Have a look at this intriguing architectural combo defining a residence in Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA. Implemented by Philadelphia-based studio Wyant Architecture, the project consists of a modern design addition to an existing 18th century farmhouse. According to the official press release, “the existing house, with its wide plank wood flooring, rustic hearths and intimately scaled rooms was appealing to its new inhabitants, but it lacked the modern spaces and amenities they desired to support a contemporary lifestyle, and offered few connections to the beautiful setting”.The new residence meets these objectives by remodeling the existing structures and transforming them into home offices and bedrooms for children. The addition itself accommodates a generous family room and master suite, while acting as a “bridge”, directing the inhabitants towards the new outdoor patio. Abounding in natural light and displaying a variety of materials, each room of the house inspires an overall cozy feel.
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