Gavin Maddock Design Studio completed the development of Pearl Bay Residence, an impressive retreat located 90kms north of Cape Town, South Africa and bordered by a nature reserve adjoining the ocean. A modern signature within the budget and Mediterranean style influences were the two main requirements mentioned in the clients’ brief. The result is a rectangular double storey structure of 600 square meters, accommodating three bedrooms, four bathrooms, generous living and dining areas both inside and out, a gallery, casual living room, a study, decks, terraces and balconies.
Other architecture challenges were successfully met: “The building had to be grounded, therefore it needed to be vertical, not horizontal. Both the front and rear pavilions are two storeys and the windows are sliced through to the parapet to emphasize the verticality. The two pavilions are joined by the gallery, which is a single storey element where the horizontal lateral wall again emphasizes the verticality of the main building.” As you can see in the photos below, every interior frames mesmerizing ocean views, adding up to the perpetual holiday feel this place inspires. [Photos by Adam Letch]
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
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests