Demanding contemporary projects require hard work and brilliant ideas . La Dehesa House, located in the captivating country of Chile is a modern piece of fine architecture. The project, developed by the brave architecture company Elton + leniz Arquitectos Asociados , headquarted in Santiago, has been completed in 2011. La Dehesa House occupies 6.135 square feet of ground, being nothing less than imposing by its very own greatness in execution.
The project has been perceived as provocative, taking into account the large quantities of concrete and wood used for completing it. Surrounded by a green splatter of vegetation, the refreshing atmosphere is a pure delight for the senses. The front yard is decorated with a geometric play of rectagular mazes that mix big blocks of marble with the delicate subtle shades of green grass. The home inspires a certain scent of coolness and that is definitely the result of the abundance of raw materials sprinkled all around. The use of natural elements highlight the need of man connecting to the environment. Take a look at the brick walls, the large wooden hallway at the top floor, which represents sort of a transitory area and picture yourself living there. Amazing, right?
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
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests