CannyArchitects completed the design for Residence Hawthorn, a contemporary project in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, especially envisioned for a family with three teenage boys. The main objective required by the owners was the existence of independent living zones for the needs of the growing family. A traditional facade was chosen in order to complement the street-scape, while the opposite facade and rooms (facing the swimming pool and backyard) are highly contemporary.
The rear of the home showcases a distinctive curved pool house and plenty of outdoor leisure opportunities: “Dual outdoor entertaining areas with canopy skylights and recessed alfresco heaters allow for continuous enjoyment throughout all seasons. All of these elements were carefully integrated and designed with the landscape“. The modern-minimalist interiors offer a large amount of natural light, being well connected to the outdoors.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
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