Inspired by the natural mountainous landscape,Villa Midgård is a project defined by DAPstockholm, in the cosmopolite capital of Sweden. The exquisite residence spreads over 402 square meters and it has been completed in 2011. The client envisioned a space that unveils the natural beauty of the site. The architects focused on creating a place that inspires a comfortable feeling of warmth and relaxation. The main idea was to create an intimate retreat, where details such as listening to the pouring rain or welcoming the morning sun to the master bedroom, became relevant.
The result is a multi-facade house, ideal for disconnecting from a crowded lifestyle. The playful mix of volumes allow you to perceive Villa Midgård in seven unique ways. The cut-outs in the rocks that surround the house and the volumes play an essential role in defining the house’s character. The infinity pool gives you the feeling that you immerse gently into the void of wilderness, deep into the forest. The garage’s roof is fully covered with grass and the main materials reflect the human need of connecting with its natural environment: ceramic granite, marble and walnut. The interior is characterised by simple lines, neat details and a luminous atmosphere.
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.