Located in Bangkok, Thailand, Baan Moom is a highly modern residence especially designed by Integrated Field for a family of five. The new building was constructed next to the inhabitants’ former living retreat and a special passage way ensures a good connection between the two. A massive white volume hosts the three floors, each having its own well defined function. According to the official architects’ description, the residence accommodates one master bedroom with master bathroom for parents, two bedrooms and two bathrooms for the sons, a living/dining space, a working room, an open kitchen, a Thai kitchen and a lap pool.
Several unexpected design additions add originality to the interiors. A triangular skylight on the rooftop and internal voids in every room allow natural lighting inside. The voids also provide natural ventilation for each room and visual connection for family members. Wood is an important functional and aesthetic factor in the design scheme, together with other materials such as steel frames, insulated glass and even fishnet from the ocean liner.
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
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city