The McClellan Architects studio has envisioned the Lake House 2 as an uncluttered temple of relaxation and well-being. The construction was pretty challenging, due to the tricky landscape (very steep). The view is absolutely breathtaking – this actually made the architects realise the advantage of such an environment and as a consequence, they created a series of patios and spaces, that focus more on establishing a connection with nature. The inhabitants can enjoy stunning sunsets nearby the water. “The home is conceived as a single living environment expressing the seeming dichotomy between interior and exterior living spaces pivoting around the central kitchen and hearth. Rather than “bring the outside in,” Lake House brings the inside out.”
The Lake House 2 is surrounded by a maze of greenery, attracting positive energy and giving you the feeling that this is the perfect spot to settle down, because the environment is so healthy and inspiring! The site is also very romantic and the courtyard, located right above the water, offers spectacular views, especially at dusk. The interior is luminous and very chic, sprinkled with many natural elements of décor (such as cladding stones and wooden finishings).
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
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.