Resting on a five acre property, this fantastic residence displays two contrasting facades – a privacy-protecting front view composed of two volumes resting on a smaller wooden volume and a fully glazed south facade mirroring its 14 feet high steel and glass windows and stucco piers in the nearby pool. Part of architect Michael Haverland‘s portfolio, the residence named Waterfront House is located in East Hampton, New York. Concrete walls with interesting computer-generated vertical and horizontal patterns acting as rain-screens adorn the unique facade.
These hand cast panels are made from sand from the site, further deepening the connection between the built residence and its surroundings. The residence is described by Michael Haverland as follows: “From the initial approach, this house appears to be two opaque volumes. Once closer, an elevated courtyard is revealed, and a gap between two rectangular volumes exposes the steel and glass entry. The gradual sequence from grade to to the front door leads to the second floor where the main spaces are elevated to capture water and sky views.” Isn’t the use of patterned panels an amazing solution to beautifying an opaque facade?
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
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