Close to downtown Bethesda, Maryland, rises a modern residence silhouette that enchants passers-by and inhabitants with a strong feeling of comfort and style captured in its contemporary architecture. Attention to details led to David Jameson Architect designing the Burning Tree Residence as a” two simple gable roof volumes of stucco which sit on a foundation of stone“. The 3,800 square foot house also displays a central mahogany volume that unifies the overall look.
Challenged by limitations of the plot and stock material sizes, architects managed to erect a residential structure that would develop a strong relationship with its owners: “Having to work with the constraints of pre-engineered wood roof trusses and other stock material sizes, the approach to this spec-house was two-fold. First, to build a house within the limits of a material budget and the stock sizes available. Second, to be able to generate spaces within the house that generously embrace the site, and spaces which allow light and visual continuity to flow from one room to another.” Protecting the inhabitant’s privacy by allowing only partial views to the street, the house was designed to open towards the back, in order to offer a powerful connection to the surroundings. I love the large dark-framed windows, don’t you?
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.