Integrated in a picturesque setting in Normandy, France, among orchards and forests, the minimalist G House by Lode Architecture demonstrates that 100 square meters are more than enough for building a comfortable crib. The monochrome building was built using laminated wooden panels and slate cladding, which reacts to the changing skies of Normandy.
Once inside, visitors will come across cozy, yet hollow volumes and furniture arrangements reflecting practicability more than anything else: “A series of load-bearing walls, made of wooden panels, carve the space. Openings, cut in their thickness, create ways, frame interior views or invite the nearby landscape in. By using the effects of superimpositions and gaps, these picture windows give a kaleidoscopic vision of the home and its inhabitants“. Durability, aesthetics and integration within the local landscape were the main objectives of the architects when building the project. [Photography by Daniel Moulinet]
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