This modern luxury residence located at 1060 Woodland Drive in Beverly Hills, California, strikes with its geometry displayed both outside and inside. Take a look at the pool, for example – its shape follows the contours of both the dining volume and the white garden wall, giving the impression of slashing through the landscape. Located at the end of a gated driveway, the 5,868 square feet house was designed to be part of its surroundings, marking the need for a secluded modern lifestyle. Welcoming its owners and their guests with four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, the modern Californian mansion boasts porcelain tile and Brazilian walnut floors.
A luxurious Gaggenau kitchen with Carrara countertops and stainless steel appliances opens out to the rest of the first floor plan, constructing a column-defined open interior. The dining space is lined with vertical openings and a dark-framed glass wall offers views of the pool. A 24-foot concrete fireplace thrones in the main living space, while a Walnut Burl bar on the opposite side exposes the owner’s love for entertaining. The guest bedroom you can see in the photos below seems to be a little crowded, but the main bedroom makes up for this with a stunning display of furniture embedded in the design. Here, wooden floors descend into a duet of steps, following the contours of the bed and complementing the use of ebony Macassar wood. If you’re convinced this is your dream home, then you get in touch with The Agency, who have this residence listed for $6,995,000.
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.