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Countryside family compound – Malaysia

The house is built for a client and his extended family who seeks a communal way of living, but cherishes privacy and security. The family entertains frequently and needed the house to be generous when hosting huge parties and cozy for smaller affairs. Moving from Singapore to Malaysia, the family were excited with the prospect of living off on an immensely large plot of land...

Millennia house – Lebanon

At the helm of thousand year old rock formations, housing Phoenician tombs, lies Cana Guesthouse in Bhamdoun, Lebanon. Withstanding erosion throughout the millennia, a mosaic of grey and yellow limestone encompass the entire space. This solid retaining wall partnered only with natural rock boulders, summons an archaically curious and stunning remote façade. Upon entering this arid stone wall, ample sunlight rushes to welcome an unexpected discovery of a warm lodgeable cavern,...

The creation of boundaries – Italy

The reconfiguration of the inner space of an apartment located in delle Fonti, Italy, is based on the identification of three functional areas within a single space, by using fixed and mobile pieces of furniture. The single space of the day area has been divided into three specific areas: entrance, kitchen and living room. For each of these spaces, we designed an element completely detached from the...

The Charming Chloe hotel

The Chloe hotel in New Orleans, which has been designed by decorator Sara Ruffin Costello is loaded with opulent decadence and old world charm, laced with Inky blue walls, alligator-print carpet and grand four-poster beds. The Chloe hotel comes as the latest venture from restaurateur Robert LeBlanc and is situated amongst the picturesque streets of New Orleans. It occupies a family mansion that was originally designed...

Minimalist sophistication – Italy

Overlooking the fields and vineyards of rural Brianza in Milan, Italy this recently renovated house by local architecture practice a25architetti celebrates its local heritage with contemporary edge. Once used as a barn and warehouse, the building had been left abandoned for several years before the studio took up its refurbishment, striking a thoughtful balance between restoration and renovation. Using local materials such as stone and...

Playing with space – Mexico

Hannah House, in Merida, Mexico, is a project that maximises spacial sensation, by playing with double heights and integrating the exterior with the interior. The land, with only 105 square meters, accommodates a studio house, which was designed with the concept of being a vacation residence for its owners. Being a reduced space, the main goal of the project was to create sensations of spaciousness...

A house made of wood – France

The 100% wooden house, yes that right; I said 100% wooden house, was commissioned as part of the second edition of the Forest and Wood Festival. The stated target was to achieve a house of around 55sqm with a ground floor and a first floor, for 2 people, using only wood. The design process was based on confronting a search for spatial qualities of the...

Hawaiian family compound

Set atop a hardened lava flow with views of sky, sun, and water Makani Eka Residence strikes a balance between modernity and tradition. Old and new ebb and flow through a simple composition of small structures linked by a lush courtyard and a series of walkways and patios. Composed of four independent structures, including a cedar-clad main living pod, the siting balances the desire to...

Creating opportunities – Manly

Crisp House involved the transformation of a modest 1.5-bedroom brick veneer cottage into a light-filled, environmentally inclusive home for a young family of 6. Located in Manly, Australia, a calming palette with considered resolve settles the home into its complex context with a sophisticated arrangement of architectural prospect and refuge. Designed by buckandsimple, the site is quite unique, a 180sqm...

Daily Paper store clad in recycled cans

Dutch fashion label Daily Paper's inaugural shop in the US, which has opened in Manhattan, New York. Occupying a corner plot in Manhattan's Lower East Side which is embellished in over 13,000 flattened aluminium cans. Up until now, the brand has exclusively been based out of Amsterdam, where its founders and childhood friends Hussein Suleiman, Abderrahmane Trabsini, and Jefferson Osei, grew up together. All three founders are...