Displaying a highly original architecture and layout, House L by Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten is an inspiring example of modern living. The 620 square meter L House is located in Oosterhout, The Netherlands and is surrounded by a charming setting which influenced the outcome of the project: “The ground floor was raised with respect to the current ground level, with large glass surfaces positioned to look out over the rural landscape and terraces running the length of the building with an unbroken roof surface on corbelling, all of which allow the outer space to be experienced to the full“.
Minimalism defines all the interiors of the residence, emphasizing on the beauty of the surrounding landscape According to the architects, the ground floor may be described as a single, open space where the massive volumes and the project-oriented design of the interior provide a further connection with the outside. It is here that the primary living functions are located, with all rooms flowing seamlessly into one another.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
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