Boora Architects designed the Oregon Coast Beach House as a set of two different-sized volumes linked by a large covered deck. The smaller front volume shelters the two car garage on the first floor and an office space on the second floor, while the larger volume is separated into public and private spaces. The garage/office volume was covered with a hybrid copper rooftop that forms an origami-joined ceiling. Overlooking Siletz Bay, the 2,865 square foot Oregon Coast Beach House displays an U-shaped floor plan arranged around a central courtyard and capturing 180-degree views of the natural surrounding landscape from the larger volume’s mostly glazed second floor.
Constructing a powerful duality – spaces for contemplation and connecting with nature versus private, quiet rooms – Boora Architects designed the coastal weekend retreat for the enjoyment of its inhabitants: “The upper floor in the largest of the two buildings is extensively glass-walled. Windows crescendo from 8 to 15-feet tall at the most outward facing point. A large covered deck extends the indoor footprint by nearly an additional 1/3, joining the massing of the residence, framing an outdoor invisible wall. The lower level is more private, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a flex room–a space that converts open living area into a guest bedroom by pulling two eight-foot sliding hemlock accordion pocket panels to form walls. A 45-foot long covered walkway sided in horizontal slats forms the base of the U-shape. The landscaped courtyard fuses building with walkway, creating focus on where interior and exterior spaces merge. At night, the residence appears as a lantern, and the central courtyard is its hearth.”
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