Guillermo Cacciavillani.Bar Makers completed the development of Captain Central Brewery (CCC), an original bar design in the bohemian neighborhood of Güemes in Córdoba, Argentina. The architects transformed an old police station into a an engaging meeting space where beer lovers can unite and share recipes. Merging cement, iron and glass, the building has a fascinating exterior design, which attracts passers-by like a magnet. Exposed red pipes powerfully contrast the gray cement, resulting in a playful and dynamic visual scheme. These pipes distribute bear to lines to different bars and support the lighting installation.
The 600 square-meter conversion was planned on two levels and displays quite a few inspiring details: “Morphologically, the bar reveals a marked industrial imprint through icons in its design. A stripped facade, an imposing five-meter concrete portal with an angular arch, extended at the top by a rusty chimney over seven meters high. A text in neon embedded in the concrete at the entrance that reads ”obsession to create something beautiful,” makes for a synthetic and forceful sentence.” Connection between the two levels is achieved through a concentric red staircase covered by a metal strip. Large terraces and patios offer guests the opportunity to enjoy a drink outside and contemplate the surroundings. [Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte]
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