mnm MOD designed a residence entitled A House and constructed with the help of sustainable materials and technologies. The building accommodates two bedrooms, a music room and a jewelry studio. The interiors are modern and minimalist, displaying a tasteful mix of colors and textures. Generous outdoor spaces expand the living areas and take advantage of the views towards Venice Beach, LA. But the most inspiring characteristic of this 2,400 sq ft home is probably sustainability. According to Inhabitat, the residence uses an “advanced wall system made from recycled steel framing, incorporated insulation, and a mechanical chase to achieve high U and R values” (you will understand this better by simply looking at the last photo of the post). Which basically means that after this home will no longer be used, all the materials can be collected off the site and recycled.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
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