The Six Senses Con Dao Resort in Vietnam, designed by AW², is a holiday retreat bringing together 50 beautifully designed villas, sandy beaches and forested hills. With materials and colors blending seamlessly into the environment, the Six Senses Resort was developed using natural, sustainable sources, acquired locally where possible. Each of the villas is an inspiring combination of rustic and modern. Wood is the element which predominates, both in the exterior finishes and indoor wall paneling. The interiors are tasteful and inviting, perfect for ultimate relaxation. At the edge of the beach there is a softly curving pool, shaded by wild and mature mahogany trees, one of the many spotlights of the resort. A holiday escape in this resort will give you a chance to practice snorkeling, diving around the best coral reef in Vietnam and simply take in the natural beauty of the Con Dao archipelago.
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
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests