Located in Santa Fe, Argentina, Casa V was designed by Matías Blas Imbern+ Agustina González Cid and borrows its name from the shape of the residence. According to the architects, the idea for this project was to build a house around a patio without having to resort to a cloister, taking advantage of the irregular shape of the terrain. Measuring 210 square meters, on a lot of 800 square meters, the residence gives the impression of a fluid volume, a compact mass that was stretched, while preserving its continuity. The pool completes the appearance of the project and the whole assembly is surrounded by lush trees. Dynamism and fluidity are the features that characterize the strategy of this work, as well as the project’s relationship with its surrounding landscape. How would you comment on the features of this modern home?
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