We recently received photos and information about a highly modern project, defined by an optimum indoor-outdoor connection. Andrés Serpa designed this tropical home in Playa Grande, Costa Rica located just by Las Baulas Marine National Park. The residence was conceived as a place allowing inhabitants to enjoy the outdoors and natural environment. A sustainable home was built by following traditional construction methods, by utilizing local construction materials and by realizing the huge need to preserve the nature around.
A combination between concrete and Wood really maximized sophistication and simplicity in a single space. The core of the house is the semi covered space with easy access to pool, in which one can enjoy nature, tropical weather and monkeys passing by. In this space, worldly cares can be forgotten and the human spirit is granted the freedom to dream. The Orizon house symbolizes humanity and nature co-existing peacefully. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Andrés Serpa]
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
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