Ward+Blake Architects completed the design for a residence located in a perfect natural setting in Wilson, Wyoming, United States. According to the architects, “the project was sited on a low lying wetland that demanded consideration due to a high water table. The solution to this problem was to elevate the house three feet above existing grade and to utilize an insulated slab on grade to avoid the probability of fostering mold growth in a crawl space“. Charming ponds, a neighboring forest and the mountains beyond make this dwelling a dream home.
Sustainability was a key factor to consider when developing the design: “Carbon footprint issues were addressed by utilizing 100% reclaimed material for the exterior siding and otherwise specifying materials that required no maintenance ie: cor-ten roofing and fascia detailing. New wood that was used received a water soluble lifetime finish that slowly weathered to a protective base coat over time. Wood sash windows of teak further reduced the exterior maintenance issues“. Enjoy the design and the views!
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
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic