There’s something about the beach houses that makes us go “wow”, every single time we bump into one. Maybe it’s the general ambience or the particularly beautiful surroundings, the azure blue waters or the breathtaking cliffs, that allow us to return to a genuine dreamy state of mind. We’ve seen the enchanting region of Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia and we simply fell in love with it. One of the loveliest residential projects we’ve seen here is definitely is Point King Residence. The house is characterised by privacy and breeziness. “The house has been designed as a slatted timber box overlaying a limestone base. Nestled into the rear of a sloping block, the ground floor anchors the house, allowing the second floor to ‘float’, suggesting lightness.”
The team responsible with the project, HASSELL Studio, designed the house with the clients in mind. Their request was to have a place where to gather the entire family and spend quality time together, disconnect from the routine and rest. The house was divided in three different areas: shared, private and living. When it comes to execution and details, the interior looks absolutely stunning. The bedroom offers some of the most amazing views, due to the floor-to-ceiling windows.
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
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