A creative blend of wood and steel, the Moji Residence envisioned by Patina Design Architects is an example of inspiring modern living. Protected by imposing trees that enrich Bainbridge Island, in the state of Washington, USA, the crib is a perfect refuge for its inhabitants. The L-shaped project was developed around a central patio, especially created for dining and recreation. Its wooden exterior resembles that of a mountain chalet, giving away a perpetual holiday feel.
Despite the elegance and minimalism which define the interiors of Moji Residence, this is a place exuding warmth throughout. An open plan living and dining room acts as the core of the house, with wood playing a major role in the design scheme. A container was ingeniously added to the design, resulting in a perfect home office surrounded by forest views. A master bedroom on the first level completes the serene image of this fantastic retreat.
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
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.