Australia has its share of fantastic residential architecture that continues to grow – one example is the Banya House in Brisbane. Reached via a driveway in between grassy lawns, the modern residential construction opens to the street by displaying its complex facade featuring a welcoming vertical entrance behind the covered gate. Arranged around a central courtyard, living zones were capable to offer an almost seamless connection to the outdoor space. Making use of sliding glass walls, architects of Brisbane-based TONIC studio designed a light-filled house that can also be adapted to suit a multitude of potential occupants. A long, sculptural red and black kitchen counter stretches to shape the kitchen and continues with a living space highlighted with red seating. On the other side of the kitchen, the dining room ca easily be extended outside and towards the outdoor BBQ across the covered terrace. Upstairs spaces are private but have the same transparency visually linking to the central courtyard – a glass railing system creates a terrace overlooking the swimming pool. Imagining the luxurious house as a comfortable, stylish collection of transformable spaces, architects have designed a welcoming plot of land shining from dusk till dawn.
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