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Timeless and alluring marble artist – Carrara Italy

Angela Simi is a photographer based in Hamburg whom has recently documented the workplace of Damascus-born marble artist Usama Alnassar. Nestled underneath the steep mountains of the Carrara marble quarries, Italy, the open-air atelier is a mesmerising setting of timeless and alluring beauty. Angela’s project was inspired by her childhood memories of driving up the winding roads of the colossal marble quarries of Carrara with her...

Colonial architecture of Yucatan

Located in the heart of Merida’s historic downtown, just a few steps away from the Canton Palace in Paseo de Montejo, Mexico, we find Casa Canela, a colonial house from the beginning of last century, that holds behind its ambiguous façade, a contemporary 2-bedroom residence sympathetically revived by Workshop studio. Walking through the green front doors, a spectacular sculpture by...

Changing the past

The renovation of an arsenal factory located in Xialao Creek, the suburb of Yichang City, Hubei Province, China was once a military factory, it was gradually shut down and abandoned in the 1990s which now represents the opposite of its past. The project covers an area of about 3 hectares and a construction area of about 13000 square meters. Designed by 3andwich Design and He Wei...

A quasi-theatrical scene

The project transforms an Italian 1950s apartment into a surreal set where reality and fiction coexist in a quasi-theatrical scene. Thanks to the multidisciplinary approach of its two founders, from La Macchina Studio. The studio celebrates the graphic sign, in a project that fuses architecture, theatre, music, and illustration. In alignment with the wishes of the clients  – a young...

The demands of a contemporary family

Designed in 1957 by architect Rodolpho Ortenblad for his family, the house was renovated starting from the recovery of the elements that characterised the original build. The front ground block, where there was an extensive service program and opened onto a central courtyard of the same character, started housing the garage and a playroom open to an outside area. Redesigned by

RESIDENT DOG: Incredible dogs & the international homes they live in

Nicole England is a Melbourne-based photographer, director, artist, author and dear friend. Her second book, "RESIDENT DOG: Incredible dogs and the international homes they live in", offers a view inside some of the world’s most incredible architecturally designed homes through the eyes of the dogs that live there, showcases 25 of the world's most stylish houses and the...

Philip Johnson White Supremacist – name removed

Philip Johnson was one of the most influential architects of the past century and became one of the best-known architects of the 20th century. He was awarded the first-ever Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1979 and died in 2005. One of his most known and celebrated projects, “Glass House,” became a celebrated landmark of modernist design in Connecticut and around the globe. Sadly he also championed racist...

A House in the Forest – Japan

House in the Forest begins with close to three hectares of nearly untouched pristine forest located in Rankoshi, Japan. Only a short distance from Niseko’s ski slopes, the silence here is the antithesis of the vacation bustle that has turned several of the renown ski area’s towns into a haphazard sprawl of increasingly suburbia. The site is an almost perfect square with 160-metre-long edges, filled with...

Gestures of minimalist elegance

The store’s interior design of cosmetology brand “Meunier Technology Beauty”, is underpinned by a stripped-back, minimalist sensibility that belies a rich amalgam of contradictions: slender, lightweight metal and glass furnishings converse with chunky blocks of concrete; smooth, curvaceous forms are set against rugged, craggy textures; and shimmering, polished brass surfaces are juxtaposed with muted expanses of cement. Far from saturating or confounding the senses, these...

Relationship between body and mind

StudioVASE believes, the story contained in the space can be compared to the relationship between the body and the mind. No matter how high the visual completeness of the space is, if the story is simple or poor, or if it is similar to something, the user easily feels boredom and emptiness. Even though all the restaurants in the alley...