With a perfect location in a secluded forest in Tapalpa, Mexico, Toc House is an impressive 3,445 square-feet contemporary home completed byElias Rizo Arquitectos. An interesting mix of wood and stone define this modern residence, making it blend well in its natural environment. Different from every standpoint, Toc House is truly inspirational for anyone planning on having their very own quiet retreat. The most spectacular element of the project is probably its generous cantilevered terrace, with plenty of space for outdoor furniture.
The most spectacular element of the project is probably its generous cantilevered terrace, with plenty of space for outdoor furniture. The numerous windows opening up the home towards the beautiful landscape make for spacious and airy interiors, flooded in natural light. Even though the rooms display a variety of textures, wood is the predominant material, making each space feel warm and inviting. Enjoy the virtual tour and tell us what you believe are the pros and cons of living in a house like this.
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