El Secreto House was designed by Pascal Arquitectos and is located in Mexico City, Mexico. Despite its name, the residence features a series of open spaces, encouraging spacial communication and continuity. According to the architects, the structure of the project was envisioned as follows: “The house has two levels, a ground floor and a first floor with an additional garage, courtyard with reflecting pool, and a garden area. The ground Floor includes a covered entrance hall, an inner hall, a double height library, two guest bathrooms, a double height Interior Patio, a living room with fireplace, dining room, breakfast area, and kitchen with Pantry and utility room.The residence was build with structure-based construction of concrete with rebar, apparent concrete walls, red brick and use of structural steel elements. The exterior wall finishes and some interior finishes are Galarza stone while cast with vinyl and enamel paints are used in wet areas“. What do you think- welcoming or too sober?
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