Texas-based studio Mell Lawrence Architects took it upon themselves to recreate this 1981 multi-level home and offer it the surroundings the respect it deserves – a dream home reborn out of its ashes. Located in Austin, Texas, the Mt. Bonnell Remodel was re-imagined for a couple and their three dogs. Most of the existing walls were demolished to make space for an open floor plan, and an office space also became part of the new design. The walls were redone and the ceilings and floors were changed, preparing the rooms for showcasing modern furniture items and charming details. Spreading over 2,700 square meters, the house displayed a huge space potential, translated into a light-filled kitchen connected to the dining and living spaces. I love the modern pantry- straight wooden shelves that display every kitchen accessory, gathered in a long and narrow space. New, larger aluminum windows were installed, connecting the modern interiors to the outside views. Horizontal galvanized corrugated metal siding update the exterior look to a contemporary level, while the rolling frosted plexi-glass doors that partition the interiors were a smart, low-budget solution for this particular project. Outside, two terraced levels connected by broad concrete steps provide the inhabitants with different vantage points for enjoying the surroundings. Perfectly reshaped, right?
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
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