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Kips Bay Show House

Instead of competing amongst themselves for a coveted project, the crème de la crème of the New York design world come together under one exceptionally chic roof for the benefit of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. In its 45 years, the Kips Bay show house has become a must-see for the design community, a launching pad for young talent, and an expressive canvas...

Crisp white box

David Mann, founder of MR Architecture + Decor, completely reimagined this typical pre-war apartment in Manhattan’s Carnegie Hill neighbourhood. The clients: discerning art collectors and their young daughters. The brief: to showcase their extensive art collection in spaces where the kids can have sleepovers and movie nights all in a crisp white box! No small...

To the Bat Cave!

This immense 1350 square metre home in Itu, Sao Paulo Brazil is home to a family of six who had some rather strict design constraints. On a sloping site the building had to essentially be single storey and meet accessibility standards. The ramping throughout is Villa Savou-esq in its interjection. Slow and processional, perhaps even conversational. The main functions of the house - social, leisure and...

Winds of Wine

Like a pewter ribbon ripped from a perfectly wrapped present, the roofline of the Viña Vik Hotel in Millahue, Chile barrels down the landscape as if it were writhing in the winds of the valley in which it sits. Clad in titanium this space age material punctuates and gleams atop perfectly rusted iron, copper and steel. Perhaps an uneasy juxtaposition in what is such a...

TWA Terminal living

Loft Panzerhalle came about after Vienna based Studio Smartvoll won a 2013 competition to design the space, which is no surprise after seeing the finished results. Located in the Maxglan district in Salzburg, Austria, the loft spans 350 square meters of open space over two floors. The space was originally used to repair tanks but is now a...

Untouched since the 70’s

For those who have followed this blog for a while, you might remember that one of my first posts on the Design Addicts Platform was about Diego Revollo and his gifted hand to a 70 square metre apartment.  Now, three years on from that post, he brings us this renovation three times the size! This apartment, untouched since...

Modernist English Manor

This country residence by Richard Meier and Partners has been created based on three guiding principles: response to the site, a connection with the history, and a move toward sustainability. The setting of this Oxfordshire Residence is notable not only for the incredible views and the expansiveness of the landscape but also the relationship between...

Classic proportions

This apartment in Moscow is opulent in its proportions and provided the base for what is a stately renovation. Maintaining some of the original features – the parquet flooring and marble bathrooms, Elena Kornilova has sensitively inserted her point of view here. Touches of Modernism, Hollywood Regency and Georgian periods play out in lighting and cornicing details. It’s hard...

Entirely free

I can’t remember the last time I looked at a series of photographs that actually made my hairs stand on end. This latest project from architect royalty Joseph Dirand is his version of the ideal – a limitless expression of his design point of view. Constraints can be addicting – we construct elaborate ways to convince our clients to...

Simplicity in repetition

“The Lookout” as it’s known to its owners on Broad Cove Marsh is situated delicately along a narrow piece of land between a tree-lined country road and a dramatic ocean-side cliff. This seasonal family escape is located on the outskirts of Inverness, Cape Breton Island. The house sits on a long sliver of coastline with expansive sunset views over the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The dwelling...

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