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We love the concept behind this uncommon senior grammar school located in Melbourne, Australia. The creative team at McBride Charles Ryan was commissioned by Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) to develop a space for 11th and 12th year students and you can see the result below: a project shaped like an infinity symbol. This allowed the architects to place two protected courtyards within the composition, offering healthy outdoor learning and relaxation spaces.
Tthe library and student learning center were both located at “the heart of the infinity“. The architects further explain that each wing has its own qualities, different from each other and yet seamlessly connected to the next: “This way the building acts as an embodiment of the journey of education, with less distinction of any prescribed boundaries between disciplines“. I never really saw the power of design as a motivational factor when it comes to studying. But I do believe some students here enjoy learning grammar a bit more than if taught in a common-looking school.
This super stunning residence is a project developed by Meridith Baer and La Kaza. Ravishing and gorgeous, the private residence located in the spectacular city of Los Angeles, aims to offer a unique living experience to its inhabitants. The house promises a staggering panoramic view over the city and some of the most exquisite high class facilities: a gorgeous wine cellar, a home theatre room, where you can soak your feet into comfy pillows while watching over and over again your favourite movies, together with your friends, a stunning luxury swimming pool with a wide patio and a refined terrace, on top of all this.
The interior is elegant and airy. The living room opens up to the terrace while one of the bedrooms offers a wonderful view over the swimming pool. Transparence is one of the defining elements that enhance the feeling of freedom. The environments playfully connect, creating a unitary living space. The sophisticated interior meets the relaxing “green scape” that surrounds the house, unveiling a place full of peacefulness. Everything is gorgeously arranged and every element of décor seems built the house’s character.
Cloudy is Fabbian Illuminazione’s new blown-glass lamp created by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur. Normally, when we look at clouds, we seek organic shapes, similar to objects of living beings. In this case, the creative process has been reversed: this is a special object which, during its creation, revealed all its potential. “Cloudy is a paradox!This lamp has been created using extremely complex steel molds, which have given it an almost magical lightness, a glass cloud floating in the air”, explains young designer, Mathieu Lehanneur.
An object-lamp therefore which, from the pencil of the designer to its engineering and manufacture, has taken on the shape of a light and evanescent cloud. “By mixing together clear white glass with high-luminosity LEDs, Cloudy is a ray of sun after the rain!” When switched on, Cloudy reveals all its luminosity and evokes sunlight after the rain. A design lamp containing in itself a positive sign of hope and optimism. Cloudy, available as a suspension lamp or light fitting, features gradient white blown glass and die-cast aluminum structure. It is lit by high-power LED lamps. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Mathieu Lehanneur]
A gorgeous place to eat when in Barcelona. A powerful mix of exuberance and minimalism, the union between two great cultures, one minimalist and quiet and the other, loud and abundant, both strong and influential meet and create this great fusion of tastes and flavours. Ikibana restaurant is the expression of two cultures that are both very passionate about nature. On one hand, there’s Japan, where the dialogue between the man and the natural ambient is very important and on the other, there’s Brazil, a country that exhales lushness through its landscape. Ikibana is the work of El Equipo Creativo, that managed to design a great place for people who like exploring antagonistic cuisines.
The artificial environment created is overwhelming: imagine wooden stripes reminding of Brazil’s richness spread all over the ceiling and walls, while Japanese decorations embellish the already crowded atmosphere. Despite the fact that is might seem “too much”, the place looks really good and it definitely creates and impact upon who ends up dining here. For certain, you can call Ikibana an unforgettable place and eventually, if it ends up being memorable, it’s all that matters. The name of the restaurant is borrowed from Ikebana, the art of arranging flowers, deeply rooted in the Japanese culture and born out of respect for nature. The restaurant’s design is based on these core principles, seeking to create a space composed of materials, both living and dried.
Yo Yamagata Architects completed the design of a three-level residence located in Saitama, Japan, The design team managed to maximize the space (54.98square meters) and create functional interiors filled with natural light. Three major components make up the structure of the building. The first is a buffer zone, an inspiring indoor-outdoor boundary consisting of a small courtyard, a terrace, and outside room, all partially hidden from the street with the help of wooden louvers.
Next off, there is the body of the building itself, containing the living spaces. The slot is the third element of the design (you can see the entire layout in the house plans attached at the end of the post). It is here that the architects envisioned a narrow atrium allowing light and air inside the residence and ensuring natural ventilation. The interior approach is minimalist, with arrangements playing a strong practical role. What do you think are the pros and cons of living in this particular home?
Advocates of the “Green City” concept, the creative team at WOHA developed a hotel design with a surreal appearance. PARKROYAL on Pickering is a highly modern architecture project in Singapore, combining concrete organic shapes with simple rectangular volumes and incredible sky-gardens. Greenery flourishes at every four levels of the hotel, visually blending the massive accommodation unit with the neighboring park.
The concept of the green building derived from a need to create a local landmark that would be associated globally with the skyline of Singapore: “Most of Singapore’s recent architecture – especially in and around the city centre – is nothing more than generic and can be seen anywhere in the world, regardless of climate and culture. An equilibrium point of architectural anonymity has been derived from a number of factors. Finally the city has a uniquely expressive urban landmark that reinterprets and reinvigorates its location”. We love the garden theme behind this imposing hotel design and are looking forward to reading your thoughts as well.
We were recently sent photos of Emma, an elegant armchair design envisioned by Färg & Blanche for Gärsnäs. According to the designers, the project is a hand-sewn, well-tailored armchair that speaks the language of craftsmanship picking up the gauntlet. The needlework here involves both form and function, elevating the classic look to a superior level. Both the seams and the stockinged legs accentuate that “well-dressed” feeling.
The Swedish – French design studio is the recent winner of the interior magazine Sköna Hem’s Furniture of the Year Award 2013, with their original armchair. The jury explained their decision: “Emma is a classic in modern garb. A well-tailored interaction between tradition and industrial manufacturing. An acquaintance with a long history, dressed in the latest fashion: tight elegant and feminine with leggings”. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Färg & Blanche]
Drawing on themes from luxury, glamorous and trendy blends, Eskada Club Porto designed by AAMD stands for an invigorating atmosphere. Thought from a range of differently design rooms, each with its own special feature, it has achieved a unique environment out of the mix between past, present and future. In the buildings restoration, materials were carefully chosen to guaranty comfort and innovative design. Retaining the original features and characteristics of its stunning façade and blending them with modern European design, it stands out for an exclusive club in the nightlife of North´s Portugal region.
Original elements, such as the nude stone, architraves and ceiling coving have been restored and contrasted with modern, custom designed furniture, brushed and polished copper steel finishes and natural colors. The light design trends for an exceptional visual experience. Through its minimalist elegance, it leads to a stimulating and refrained exuberance. [Information provided via e-mail by AAMD Architects; Photo credits: Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography]
Each contemporary house has its own particularities. By respecting a simple design line, that makes it look spacious and breezy you can obtain a private piece of tranquil paradise. Most of the times, a contemporary house is ‘seasoned’ with a gorgeous and relaxing courtyard. For those moments of relaxation, mellow and unforgettable. There’s no better place like home, isn’t that what everybody keeps saying? Of course you want your home as gorgeous and as personal as possible!
Let’s take a look at the Street House, a contemporary volumetric residence, with a street that runs lengthwise it, from the house’s entrance to the garden. The project was defined by Seinfeld Arquitectos in Lima, Peru and responds to the client’s needs. The client requested a living space that combines joyfully the twi ambiences, the interior and the exterior. The result: a house that shows a mild perspective upon life, embraces the idea of the seamless transition between environments, transparence, an outdoor mini-kitchen ideal for barbecue, cuts outs and hallways that serve as transitory areas between the interior and the exterior.
Located between Ziqidonglai Central Park and the peripheral edge of Jiading, a new town in Shanghai, China, From East Bookstore displays a very European design. Scenic Architecture Office imagined a cultural retreat with unusual architecture elements that blend in, defining the personality of the project : “We conceived the environment of the bookstore as a whole, which provided an even and merged interrelation between interior space and exterior space, guiding people to read and relax“, explained the design team.
A sense of intimacy is provided by two small gardens included in the layout of the property, which further blur the indoor-outdoor boundaries. It is here that the visitors are offered an extra treat: “In different parts of the courtyards we created multi-leveled and enriched spatial sequences through splits and merges of wall routes and simple wall openings“. How would you comment on this highly modern bookstore design in Eastern China?