Casa Maritimo was designed by the creative team atSeferin Arquitetura and was built as part of a regional architecture event that took place in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Entitled Casa&Cia Praia 2012, the event involved the building of various beach homes, by several architects. Casa Maritimo features large windows and terraces opening up towards the garden and beach beyond, while the mix of brick, wood and glass give away a holiday feel. While inside, a potential visitor will be pleasantly surprised by the cozy interiors, where energetic colors coexist with walls and floors tastefully designed in a neutral color palette. The core of the residence is an open plan living and dining area, with plenty of space for family and guests. Large white curtains ensure the privacy of the inhabitants and create a great visual effect.
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.