Designed by Los Angeles based firm Griffin Enright Architects, Ross Residence opens up towards a beautiful natural landscape located in a small town just north of San Francisco, Ross, California. The home is perfectly settled between a stream and a steep hillside, offering its inhabitants a healthy and remote living space. According to the architects, ” entry to the site occurs via an existing bridge that crosses a small stream to a new entry made of charcoal concrete board that wraps around a new foyer and becomes a floating bench“.
The environmental energy is preserved in the elegant interiors, all showcasing large floor to ceiling windows and state-of-the-art materials: “A custom fabricated, textured ceiling made of CNC milled MDF enhances acoustics and integrates a seemingly randomized lighting pattern, while reflecting light into the space. The loft-like living space opens to the north, optimizing the view of a luminous landscape that is perfectly lit for the majority of the day. A custom white powder-coated steel hearth floats off the wall and provides seating at the fireplace”. We know there are probably many things “right” with the design of this residence, but can you see anything wrong with it?
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
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.