Three major elements define the architecture of this farmhouse in São Paulo, Brazl: modern design, rustic details and impressive 10 meter-high ceilings. Residence Baronesa was envisioned by Mauricio Karam in an unconventional fashion: by drawing inspiration and developing the design from “inside-out”. Occupying a living surface of 900 square meters and structured on a single level, the house draws its roots from the living room, which was the starting point of the project. The social sector is definitely the most spectacular part of the residence, with its high ceilings, exposed wooden beams and generous lounge area. The rustic style is apparent in the window frames and various original decorative objects, while modern wood paneling, layout and furniture arrangements pay tribute to modern design. Stone, concrete and wood were the main materials employed. The residence also features a large garden with swimming pool, campfire area and barbecue. If you would share the details you find most appealing about this project, feel free to do so in the comment section below.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light