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The Slender House

The slimness of the new building Slender House in Japan’s Shiga, is a response to both the property’s elongated shape and the need to establish a breathing distance from its neighbours. Designed by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects the home is tapered at the front to allow for parking spots on either side of the concrete porch, the austere composition...

Experiencing the tropics

Initially, the villa was neoclassical, located in a long but narrow footprint, divided into small disconnected rooms with no flow. The original house was unsuitable for tropical Vietnamese climate and location . Considerable adjustments were made by Nemo Studio, adding a new deck for outdoor living which connects with the pool, river and tropical gardens. By placing a  a void in...

Melbourne Design Week 2020 Announced

In 2020 from 12-22 March, Australia's leading annual international design event, Melbourne Design Week, presents its largest program to date, with more than 300 events over 11 days. Programmed around the theme ‘How Can Design Shape Life?’, the festival comprises 85 exhibitions, 94 talks, 15 films, 22 tours and 16 workshops celebrating the best of local, national and...

Keeping a low profile – Santa Barbara

Located on one of the last remaining undeveloped coastal areas in Santa Barbara, California, this modern guest house resides on a wildlife preserve; exemplifying a successful balance of residential development and ecological preservation. Nestled into a steep hillside, the residence was designed with low visual and environmental impact on the surrounding landscape. Disguised by a low profile and green roof, the home itself invites sweeping...

in strong contrast – Dublin

Kingston Lafferty Design were appointed to collaborate with Brazil Associates on the interior of this Dublin South Residence bringing a sense of luxury, fun and playfulness to the home. The original house is beautifully proportioned with generous ceiling heights and spacious room sizes. Large Victorian windows line the front of the house and link beautifully to the exterior landscaping. The scale of the spaces allowed...

A unified home – Brazil

The design of the house was based in a contemporaneous concept, regarding the architecture and interior design. Designed by Dado Castello Branco architects, the external area is integrated with the inside, unifying the whole social area in a wide inviting space. Located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the house is enclosed with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open the house to the...

Not so typical Milanese home

For this apartment, set within a building from the late 1960 on Corso Sempione, Italy, the Turin-based duo Marcante-Testa has applied its immediately recognizable style to reinterpret a typical Milanese home in an original way. Keeping a classic layout, with a central corridor providing access to the various rooms, the design expands the living area and connects it to...

A private show-home – Japan

Located in central Takamatsu, Japan, this residence is home to a couple with one child. The client requested Fujiwaramuro Architects create the building to occupy as much of the lot as possible, ensure privacy, have a built-in garage that showcased their car and have a reinforced concrete structure with simple finishes rather than textured interiors featuring wood and other materials....

transformative contemporary gallery

The ‘Aranya Art Center’ is a newly designed contemporary gallery by Shanghai-based architects Neri&Hu; located in the seaside resort Aranya Gold Coast, in Qinhuangdao, China. The architects describe the venue as a solid rock, “sitting firmly in the shifting environment.” Making use of textured concrete as its primary material both inside and out, the building takes its form...