The Z House in Bellevue Hill, Sydney, is an interesting home, with an awkwardly creative structure that “allows” social interaction while maintaining a resonable sense of privacy. The Bruce Stafford Architects, the studio responsible with the execution, envisioned a space that combines harmonically, the need of cozy home elements with the abundance of sunlight and the benefits of nature. The garden, the courtyards, the glazed openings enhance the feeling of peacefulness, emphasising our need to connect to what really recharges our batteries: the nature. The architects say: “Having no expansive external views, the house creates its own vistas and depth of field through the use of permeable spaces which connect to landscape.”
The house is divided in two blocks. On one side, there’s a completely white structure and on the opposite side, a slatted wood cladding rectangular block, which basically is the upper level, where the bedrooms are. The division is marked inside through a long hallway that connects the entrance to the back garden. The open space kitchen, together with the dinning area, have a beautiful view over the swimming pool. The rooms are interconnected – there are only a few doors. The interior transparence maintains a positive atmosphere.
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
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