On a snowy backdrop, 285Chaplin Crescent residence developed by Zeca Homes Inc. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, looks like a cozy refuge. A mix of materials (stone, wood, glass and zinc) and an irregular geometry make the building visually stand out. A few terraces and balconies, as well as generously-sized windows ensure an optimum indoor-outdoor relationship. Currently listed for sale at $3,185,000, the project comes with state-of-the art appliances, hi-tech entertainment systems and an overall interior design that most contemporary-style enthusiasts would probably crave for.
Space, neatness and light are the defining characteristics for the social level of the house. A floating staircase in walnut and glass sets the tone for a minimalist contemporary interior scheme. The color palette is kept simple, yet powerful visual contrasts can be seen throughout. Just notice how the red carpet in the living zone becomes the focal point in relationship with the white walls and floors. Another element of interest is the three-sided stone fireplace, dividing the kitchen area from the family room. Can you spot other details worth highlighting?
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
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