The Tred Avon River House, located in Maryland was designed by architect Robert M. Gurney. The house is surrounded by a beautiful meadow of greenery, offering stunning views, each time you go out for a walk. “The house is crisply detailed and minimally furnished to allow views of the picturesque site to provide the primary sensory experience. The house was designed as a vehicle to experience and enjoy the incredibly beautiful landscape, known as Diamond Point, seamlessly blending the river’s expansive vista with the space.”
Collect this ideaStructured on a single level, the house boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, replace the walls, allowing the sun to flood the house with light. Composed of three rectangular blocks, the interior looks pretty compact and unitary (glass corridors link the spaces between them). Despite the fact that the house is located right alongside the river, there is no danger of flooding. The whole house is elevated four feet above grade. To blend with the picturesque surroundings, the house “suffered” a series of interventions that soften its environmental footprint.
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.
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