Boasting approximately 10 000 square feet of opulent modern living, the 44 Belvedere Residence is a two story home in Southern Ontario, Canada, currently on sale for $5,35 million. The massive house is located steps away from the lake and was especially designed for a “successful individual or family”. Here are some of the features of the project, as described in the official press release: “The spacious backyard offers multiple options for relaxation and enjoyment. Whether it’s hosting a dinner party next to the sleek concrete pool and Miami style cabana or you are soaking up the sun on the exotic 1,400 sq/ft Brazilian wood deck. Built for the health conscious in mind, the professional grade gym sports a free weight and cardio area with multiple media zones. After you energize yourself with a work out enjoy the integrated spa with both dry sauna and steam shower – which features 18” rain head and body jets. Escape to a cinematic experience like no other. The three level cinema features dual LCD digital movie posters as you walk through the grand entrance”. Be sure to watch the video below and tell us if you notice any other design ideas worth highlighting.
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
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