One of the main feature of Water Patio House designed by Drozdov & Partners in Odessa, Ukraine is its strong connection with the surrounding landscape: “The visible proximity of the sea is enhanced with the mirror of the swimming-pool, which links together the whole space of the ground floor and the terrace. The flared space of the first floor opens towards the sea horizon through the owner’s sleeping-room and bathroom and shows a never-ending marine movie“. This water frenzy- driven project is well complemented indoors by surprising design solutions.
A spacious living room filled with natural light sets the tone for a bright and airy house. Wood has an enormous role in the overall design scheme, diminishing the scale of the interiors and adding coziness. The color palette is simple in order to emphasize what’s beyond the windows. A visually captivating central stairway leads the way to the bedrooms, where the views are equally impressive.
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
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.