Combining Asian design influences with a contemporary need for comfort, this villa in Phuket, Thailand is currently up for sale for an impressive $5.4 million. The four-bedroom, oceanfront home is defined by an impressive infinity pool fading into the Andaman Sea and outdoor decks with panoramic views. Concrete, stone, wood and glass ensure the visual diversity of this Phuket villa, which offers surprising details, no matter what the standpoint. Strongly connected to the surrounding environment, the interiors ensure an opulent modern lifestyle, complete with state-of-the art furniture and appliances. Floor to ceiling windows allow complete openness, great illumination and natural cross-ventilation. The interiors are tastefully decorated in a minimalist, contemporary fashion, but due to an extensive use of wood and stone (hinting a warm, diverse crib), the future owners can improvise while personalizing their residence.
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