our site is always on the lookout for extraordinary projects and the G House in Ramat HaSharon, Israel, is definitely one of them. The contemporary residence seems to be set half inside, half outside, seamlessly connecting social spaces to the exterior garden. Floating above the green grass and featuring a line of pebbles that appear like a shadow under the construction, the modern home is part of Paz Gersh Architects‘ portfolio. This incredible seamless connection between indoors and outdoors was possible due to the large sliding doors and windows that unite the suspended balcony to the main residential zones – living room, dining room and kitchen. Guarded by trees, the wooden front entrance leads to the simply fascinating double-height living space capturing natural light through clerestory windows. A mezzanine level with glass railings opens to the social spaces below, creating another strong connection between spaces, proving that this is the residence’s defining feature.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
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