Away from the city rush, on a small plot of land (210 square meters), a single-family home in a picturesque settlement is all some of us need, in order to experience the wonders of a new and fresh lifestyle. The V House, designed by BaksvanWengerden Architecten in Alkmaar (the Netherlands) is an interesting example of modern architecture, being all cladded in ceramic tiles. A wonderful and relaxing garden spreads ahead, just for you, to simply enjoy spectacular views while reading your favourite newspaper in the morning. On the South, the kitchen opens up to a formal front yard. The bedrooms are located upstairs, for an additional amount of privacy.
The design of the house looks interesting, without being too edgy. “The position and proportions of the building plot as well as the different views and privacy resulted in a north-south orientation on the ground floor which is organized around a free-standing box containing services and mechanical and electrical components for the surrounding spaces“. It is rather a solid house with a humble aspect. The striking element is definitely the garden, with its exquisite lush vegetation. Soak your senses into deep relaxation and enjoy the view!
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
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts