Built on a steep slope in Cornelio Procopio, a town in the southern part of Brazil, Casa AS takes advantage of the site’s topography to construct two levels featuring a series of spaces encompassed between 7,5 meter high walls, which protect the owner’s privacy needed in a the center of the city. With a total surface of 565 square meters, the modern residence was designed by Studio Guilherme Torres, well known for their residential projects like the GT House or Casa SF. Displaying wooden garage doors and part of the upper floor, the front facade is closed to the passers-by, but the backside captures sunlight straight from above.
The two floors of the house are arranged around a central courtyard with an inviting swimming pool with palm trees mirroring on the water surface. Cumaru wood floors adorn the corridors shaped of white concrete walls. Black and white act as the charming color palette duo, with warm wood tones breaking the monotony here and there. Sliding doors keep a permanent connection to the outside space, managing to create an urban oasis of open, bright spaces. What other solutions for a warmer, greener outside space can you think of in this specific situation?
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.