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  • NZ Villa

    In a cramped, steep site on one of the busiest residential streets in Ponsonby, Auckland was magic to be found in the form of a dilapidated 110-year old heritage villa. Over two years, the three-bedroom, one-bathroom villa was transformed into a beautiful and functional, family home. Fundamental to its success is the sense of tranquillity and respite the villa’s spaces...
  • Suburban Sex Appeal

    Having lived in their Illinois home for seven years already, when time came to update the interiors the family decided they needed to be fresh, edgy and have sex appeal in spades and in hiring Chicago-based firm PROjECT Interiors they have achieved just that and then some. Set deep within American suburbia, the architectural language of the house was traditional,...
  • wine time

    Located in the centre of Rotterdam the 4 storey wine store has been transformed into a space clad with laser engraved oak panels. The store is flanked by two cabinet walls with niches, cupboards and amenities. Wine boxes are stored inside the cabinets, large cutouts function as displays for over 300 different bottles of wine. Service areas like storage, toilets...
  • the play off

    Perched on a woodland bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this home, designed in collaboration with Environment Architects (AOR), is an assemblage of three offset structures that play off each other— the ‘gathering’ structure contains the living room, kitchen and a covered ‘vista’ seating terrace; the two ‘sleeping’ structures house the master bedroom suite and three children’s bedrooms. A dining area breezeway...
  • First impressions count

    Making a great first impression can be tricky. What do I wear? How do I smell? Am I interesting? So when Mayes Office was approached for this complete renovation a big part of the design resolution was focused towards this and it shows! The entry creates a memorable experience, orientating us towards the rest of the house in a concise...
  • Life inside a barn

    Sadly, we live in a world where it is easier and too acceptable to demolish the past and move on to the new so I find exciting to see more clients and architects looking to preserve and invent the past.  A 150-year-old barn located in Austria that was no longer in use (was about to be demolished) but in this...
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