This beautiful and playful modern chalet in Genolier, Switzerland was designed by LRS Architects to take full advantage of the Alps and Lake Geneva. According to the architects, “The topographical insertion, in a «plug-in» way, inverts the interior walk and the superposition of the functions. The intermediate floor with the parent and the children bedrooms offers a terrace. From the garden, the ground floor is accessible with the inner-pool and the workshop. So to speak, this single family house get immersed into the topography and let us play with the perceptions and the variation of scales. The relation between the inhabitant and the distant landscape (the lake and the Alps) and the nearby context (so are the garden, the terrace and the porch) is a central theme of the project. The utilization of the larch gives a strong contrast with the mineral parts and the tiled roof introducing the stacking lecture“. Inside and out, the features of this home are tasteful and inspire a serene living environment.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
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