Gómez de la Torre & Guerrero Architects completed a 634 square meter residence in Casuarinas, Lima, Peru. The residence was built on a steep hillside slope, offering perfect city views. This feature defines the project’s structure, as the architects placed the social areas in the lower part, the bedrooms in the middle and the service area, a study room and the entrance lobby on the higher terrain. Concrete and glass were the main materials used to give the exterior a bold personality and to open up the house towards its landscape.
Vertical columns frame the windows inside and out, adding an interesting design element to the project. The interiors seem to revolve around the triple height open living space, with elegant arrangements and generous windows. A large stairway acts as a vertical circulation shaft around which the rest of the rooms are located. as usual, we invite you to go through the photos below and speak your mind about the overall design of this home.
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
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.