Architects: Estudio Martin Gomez Arquitectos designed the Psicomagia Residence in Punta Piedras, Punta Del Este, Uruguay. According to the architects, the house features two distinct volumes: “the first one overlooking the ruta 10, which contains the service area, and the second one overlooking the garden, pool and sea. On the ground floor, three bedrooms are located and on the first floor you can find the social area with an amazing view to the Punta Piedras beach.The two volumes facing each other connect the ground floor by a terrace as a transition area. At the same time these two volumes are very different from each other: the service area is a closed and heavy block and the social area is more open and transparent”. The interior design is highly contemporary, displaying an interesting mix of furnishings-have a look!
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
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