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First Look – Celine Melbourne

Celine opened its first store with a new architectural direction on Collins St, Melbourne in September designed by creative director Hedi Slimane, the new store concept juxtaposes the finest natural materials, crafting a balanced and expansive sculptural interior. Natural stones are complemented with reclaimed oak, concrete, polished stainless steel, brass and gold mirror in a refined twenty-first century brutalist context. Specially designed furniture...

sacred spaces – Canada

The Bigwin Island Club Cabins are located on an island, in the middle of a lake in the Muskoka region in Ontario, on the Canadian shield landscape. The design process of Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple architects was strongly driven by an attention to its natural context and its historical significance. Named for Chief John Bigwin, the island had been a place of significance to the...

CLOUD hotel

CLOUD hotel is the second resort in Moganshan, Zhejiang province designed by Studio8. A renovation of an existing building the Cloud Hotel represents “the cloud on the top of the castle”. The studio have taken the existing building as the castle, and worked in their design with the idea of the mountain, where the castle is nested, and...

the Firehouse Hotel – LA

Once a rundown area of abandoned warehouses and derelict factories in Downtown L.A., the area found new life in the 1970s when artists flocked here in search of large, inexpensive spaces they could use as studios, ensuring the preservation of many historic, early 20th century buildings that would otherwise have been torn down. Housed in a converted 1927 fire station, the No Comments Read more

Madrid refurbishment

Grande House is a refurbishment of a house located on an estate in Madrid rich in vegetation and local wildlife. The restoration of the old house has been carried out Lado Blanco Arquitecturas with the purpose of enjoying the house with family and friends, which was the fundamental goal. The intervention has protected the original morphology of the house discovering hidden...

Island Life – self-sufficient house

Finnish designers Aleksi Hautamaki and Milla Selkimaki have built a self-sufficient summer house on the five-acre island they own (as you do) on the edge of Finland's Archipelago National Park. Called Project Ö, after the Swedish word for island, two cabins on the site house living spaces and bedrooms, as well as a workshop and sauna. In order to be completely self-sufficient, the cabins source their...

Keeping a low profile – Doe Bay

Located on a rocky, wind-swept south facing shoreline at Doe Bay, Washington; this home nestles into the landscape to harmonize with its surroundings whilst minimising exposure to weather. The home is a vacation house for a family of four, who desired a low-impact home with a strong connection to land and sea. Designed by Seattle based Heliotrope Architects as a...

connection to place – QLD

Bellbird Retreat is a weekend escape to a stunning rural setting in Killarney is a small town located 35 kilometres south-east of Warwick, on the Condamine River in Queensland, Australia. The modest dwelling sits in a pristine bushland reserve and encourages a dialogue between man-made and natural environments. Designed by Steendijk architects connection to place is embraced through building...

settling naturally – Carmel Valley

Settled in among the old growth oaks and rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel Valley, California, the residence, which takes its name from the area, also took its form from it: an L-shaped plan allows the house to settle naturally into the contours of the land. Seated in a sunny clearing defined by the surrounding oaks, concrete, weathered steel, and natural cedar...

The Empire House – Canberra

The Australian capital is home to some of the best examples of post-war and modernist architecture in the country. The Empire House is located in a culturally significant and important area of the city, on a ring-road that forms part of architect Walter Burley Griffin’s masterplan. The houses here are a product of an aspirational time in Australia. Austin Maynard Architects...