Black Beauty Mariposa Villa is a massive 4,424 square foot, three-bedroom holiday home, located in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The translation for “Mariposa” is “butterfly” and we are curious to see if you can find the reasons behind the name. Here is a description from the project developers: “Though nestled into the terrain, Mariposa gives the appearance of fluttering above Costa Rica’s lush Northern Pacific coast. Its towering height and open spaces features an uninhibited union of earth, ocean, and a luxurious modern eco-lifestyle. An enveloping exterior garden bridged by a glass circulation spine connects and subtly separates the interior living spaces & entertaining areas from the private bedrooms.??Whether entering directly to the master bedroom from the corridor, or descending stairs to the family room and guest suites below, Mariposa’s intimate spaces provide ultimate privacy, while expanding one’s experience of picturesque nature, vivid sunsets and deluxe amenities.” If you are interested in experiencing the National Wildlife Refuge, or would just love to relax in one of the world’s most famous travel destinations, you can book the villa all year long, for costs ranging from $550 to $700 per night.
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