Another ravishing dream home caught our attention. The brilliant masterminds from Tate Studio Architects completed the Pass Residence, an enchanting spot, “lost” in the middle of the arid region of Arizona. With a specific mysticism, the site is populated with fickle vegetation, resistant to the harsh, hallucinating climate. Capturing the essence of the surroundings, this particularly beautiful house is a staggering example of Southwestern refinement. Stake-stone walls assimilate the desert’s scent, exposing strong geometric shapes and a stunning patio with an infinity pool, a fireplace and other unique architectural features. The house looks wonderful at night, when the tender moon rays overlook the peaceful site.
The lounge area invokes an Olympian type of experience, especially at dawn, when the light overshadows the region, embracing the mix of dark blues and indigo tones. The landscaping is mostly welcomed inside the house, through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall. For a more dramatic effect of natural scent, suspended wooden beams and rectangular wood panels decorate the living room. The outdoor and the indoor blend together, emphasising the special connection between man and nature. When it comes to furnishing, there’s a phrase that says it all: “keep it neutral”. Beautiful and staggering, Pass Residence is bold and modern, without trying too much. It remains a breathtaking monument in a region of solitude.
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
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.