Completed by Leicht in Ahlen, Germany, this private two-storey modern private house displays a distinctive interior, highlighting the clear contrast of black and white, in order to achieve an interesting effect. This combination is widely spread in nature, being well defined and tangible. It appears structured, clean and last, but not least, balanced. In this particular case, the team responsible with the project, architects and designers from Leicht studio, used white as a basis, with corresponding highlights in the contrasting colour. The ground level accommodates the living room, the dining area and the kitchen – in other words, an open plan living space, well-lit and uncluttered.
The entire level opens up the surrounding site. Floor-to-ceiling glass panel windows frame the exterior world, “bringing” it closer to you. The exclusive kitchen furniture (sleek and dashing), all shiny and minimalist, adds a touch of value to any interior. The same palette of colours (black and white) was used to complement this particular area of the house and to keep, of course, the contrast “alive”. The upper floor shelters the master bedroom. With the best views in the house, this is the perfect spot from which you can fully appreciate the breathtaking setting!
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
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