Nested on an island near Amsterdam, the Netherlands, this gorgeously modern Kavel Villa was intentionally built of a diamond shaped plot of land to take advantage of the surroundings. The island is relatively new and it will accommodate several other residential projects in the future. It’s an oasis of tranquility just minutes away from the city centre. Kavel occupies the most exceptional spot, overlooking the lake and the city’s skyline. Constructed by Studioninedots, the villa boasts an abstract geometric shape, mainly following the form of the site. The building itself surprises the viewer with its versatile appearance. It’s all a matter of perception and… angles. Sometimes it looks sleek and edgy, sometimes massive and robust.
“By introducing a spectacular concrete structure we made it possible to create a ground floor plan with maximum transparency, without any columns. This transparency increases the interaction with nature and the relationship between inside and outside. On the south side the glass facade is bended inward, creating an intimate and covered terrace. The contrast between the concrete facades and the folding glass reflect the changes of the nature around.” Interior of the house opens entirely to the landscape. The house is well-lit and properly ventilated. Rooms come with astounding views, therefore each sunset is a wonderful and crisp experience. Glossy and contemporary decorated, the interior of Kavel Villa enhances the feeling of comfort and elegance. Metallic shutters with abstract shapes adorn the first floor’s windows. They can be fully opened, allowing light inside or add a sense of privacy, when needed. [Photo credit: Peter Cuypers]
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
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