This residence in Johannesburg, South Africa developed by the team at Summersun Property Group and initially discovered by our site on Sotheby’s is a massive display of opulence. The generously-sized house features five bedrooms, five bathrooms and large living areas for social encounters. The alternation between covered and open spaces contribute to its breezy, holiday-inspiring appearance.
Flanked by a pond on one side and by a swimming pool on the other, the two levels of the building are subtly reflected by water- probably an appealing sight, especially during night time. Once inside, a potential visitor is welcomed by spacious interiors, filled with natural light and refined design compositions. Except for the wall color, which is constant throughout the residence, no room is similar to the next, each interior having it own well defined personality. Currently on sale for $4,115,583, the project also features a strong security system, a home theater and a fitness center.
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.