This modern residence listed by Jamie J. MacDougall made me think of Scandinavian design in the scenic Northern islands. But the real location of The Pender Harbour House is in British Columbia, Canada, on a generously-sized lot of 613 square meters. With extensive views of the natural shoreline and neighboring forest, the residence is an oasis of tranquility for its inhabitants. Its jaw-dropping purchasing price of $20 million hints the project’s opulence and modern features.
Built in 2011 from scratch, the residence was equipped with state-of-the-art amenities: “Exposed architectural reinforced concrete walls are combined with Pennsylvania Blue Stone floors and Douglas Fir beams inside to create a delicate warmth to host the main residence with 6 fully en-suited bedrooms. Each bedroom enjoys total privacy, 180-degree breathtaking views and its own access outdoors“. I must say I am not too thrilled about the cost-benefits relationship when it comes to this project, but the location is truly breathtaking.
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.
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