Quiet Waters Residence by Locati Architects can be defined by using a single word: “sophisticated”. Combining traditional decorations and materials, the residence does not only have a memorable appearance, but a unique cottage-like feel as well. With views of the Rocky Mountains, this modern chalet located in Big Sky, Montana, USA, displays interesting details throughout. With an exterior that blends wood, stone and glass, the building is camouflaged in its environment, while taking full advantage of the surrounding vistas with the help of generous windows, terraces, and an inviting swimming pool. A double-height living room acts as the core of the house, a place inspiring both warmth and intimacy, despite its impressive dimensions. Traditional furniture elements, wooden decorations and the presence of fireplaces in most rooms, increase the feeing of comfort and well-being this place gives away.
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.
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