Kiev-based architect Igor Sirotov sent us images of a concept residence he envisioned on a rocky ocean coast. Especially designed for enthusiastic people with a love for nature and its many manifestations, the house displays a sober exterior, similar to the roughness of the neighboring stones. In contrast, the interiors inspire a feeling of perpetual rest and cosiness.
The house consists of two parts: one “in” the rock, and another “outside” the rock formations. Nevertheless light is a major asset of the project, especially due to the windows in the ceiling. Each room comes with its special ocean views. Materials used for the construction are stone, wood and glass, a mix which can achieve an organic merge to any environment. Even though the project is just a concept, I would personally enjoy taking a live virtual tour, wouldn’t you? [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Igor Sirotov]
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
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.