Drucker Arquitetura have completed the AM House, a diverse modern residence located in São Paulo, Brazil. “Wrapped” in windows, this contemporary building exhibits an elegant minimalist style, appearing airy and light, despite its massive size. A generous courtyard with just enough parking space, green relaxation spots and an originally looking swimming pool casts an opulent impression when it comes to the property. Structured on four levels, the AM House is perfect for a big family living life at large.
The double-height open plan living room completely opens up towards the courtyard and swimming pool, due to floor-to-ceiling windows. With this complete outdoor-indoor connectivity, one is likely to get lost in the freshness of the exterior environment, while still indoors, immersed in complete comfort. This modern Brazilian residence in not your common bedroom/bathroom villa, offering some extra-treats as well, such as a spa, a home theater and a sauna. Check it out and tell us what you think!
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
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.