This single-family House in Pankyo can inspire creatives to play with lines and volumes in a different way. Personal desires were transformed into architectural language when Office Kokiwoong was commissioned to build this contemporary residence. Inhabited by a young couple in their mid 30s and their two children, the house in the Korean county of Pankyo welcomes family and guests in a modern collection of interiors that speak a non-traditional architectural language. Dynamic lines create a playful architecture, allowing some windows to bulge on the facade, and others to be embedded in the design. The use of wood on the exterior lower part of the building can also be observed inside, where pure white walls beautifully contrast with the wooden floors. Translucence and transparency go hand in hand and successfully create a game of direct and indirect natural light. After admiring the photos, please tell us what was the first think about this home that caught your attention.
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.
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