Disobeying the principles of traditional mountain architecture, Agraz Arquitectos envisioned a highly contemporary residence in the Santa Anita Golf Club of Tlajomulco in Jalisco, Mexico. Built on a site with a highly accentuated slope, the project is structured on four levels: “the first one for the automobiles, the next one for social areas (kitchen, living and dinning rooms), third for main bedroom next to family room, and last, a fourth one destined for boy and girl bedrooms which have the most privileged views due to their location in the highest peak of the terrain.”
The four levels are connected through a central stairway, but an elevator was also added a practical feature to the overall design. One of the most spectacular interior of the Mountain House is its wine cellar, perfectly integrated into a rocky mountain carving, yet displaying elegant finishes. Enjoy the virtual tour below and feel free to share your ideas below!
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