Defined by simplicity and a powerful connection to its green surroundings, the Dunrobin Shore modern family home was envisioned by Christopher Simmonds Architect as being a personal oasis near a crowded urban fabric. A unique custom home design was envisioned by the architect as shaping a private heaven for the family living here, a cluster of spaces adapted for a modern family lifestyle. Bright and airy, easy to navigate and in permanent visual contact with the green outdoors of Dunrobin, Ottawa, the modern Canadian home showcases a blend of modesty and simplification few homes provide. “To the river, a continuous wall of glass spans the living, dining and kitchen space allowing a full panorama of the passing seasons.”
There’s no doubt this home is ravishing in its simplicity and the architect knew how to make the most of views, space and functionality: “Away from the water the view is framed and edited by a simple porch. The porch roof has been opened to create space from nature, a single Japanese maple which is inserted as a foil to the simple black stained cedar cladding of the house. The garage volume is differentiated from the house by a cladding of grey cement board. To the river, the simple cantilevered form of the deck is surrounded by frameless glass. The porch and deck, occurring opposite each other, stretch the space of the living room out into an experience of the landscape and provide varied options for sun, shade, shelter, and view.” One last thing you might want to know about this unique modern family home is that it was designed within a modest budget. The attention to details alongside a remarkable mix of natural and industrial materials create a soothing effect. Bamboo stair treads complement polished concrete floors on the lower level while bamboo flooring and cabinetry flood the master suite with warmth. Completely vibrating on the same wavelength as the outdoors, private spaces were visually entangled with the raw, inviting riverside landscape outdoors.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
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