This mountain holiday home was especially envisioned by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter as a contemporary retreat for a family of four. Situated near the village Geilo, a popular skiing destination in Norway, Split View Mountain Lodge frames the spectacular views and allows easy access when it comes to skiing and hiking activities. According to the architects, the owners’ brief requested a home with four bedrooms, separate living and dining areas, a youth lounge and a mezzanine for the younger children. In addition, a small annex was also on the list of the clients for accommodating visiting friends and family.
The challenge was successfully met: “Our response was a cabin of clear and clean-cut expression with a continuous skin of timber cladding on the exterior walls and roof, which will acquire a grey patina with time. The volume consists of a main body, housing mostly bedrooms, which follow the natural contours of the landscape and splits into two living zones“, explained the architects. All interiors pay tribute to the modern-minimalist style, with wood being used in abundance for a welcoming feel. What are your thoughts on this Norwegian holiday ski lodge?
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
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