architecture

Bond house

Bond house is designed through the interplay of intersecting elements coming together to shape places for gathering and recreation on all levels- a junction that unifies elements traveling in all directions. Designed by Alexis Dornier, this work of lines frames the lush surrounding and forms no obstacle to the eye that is free for gazing. One approaches the house...

Restrained in nature – San Francisco

Residence 363 is a minimalist architecture project located in the Noe Valley neighbourhood of San Francisco, California, designed by Michael Kramer. Behind a humble historic 1890 Victorian facade lies a minimalist modern home that breathes life and space. The material palette is restrained in nature, Dinesen lye washed planks and Silver Italian ash blend with matte white and black lacquers and Pietra gray stone, white...

Back to life – Chicago

This is one of those feel good stories, that we wish to be applied to so many heritage significant buildings. Completed in 1914, the Cook County Hospital building is a Chicago Landmark and once stood as the symbolic heart of the Illinois Medical District healthcare community. Vacant since 2002, the building had fallen into a severe state of disrepair and was threatened with demolition. Instead, SOM...

England far from England – Toronto

In Toronto’s historic neighbourhood of Baby Point, which I think is the cutest name for a suburb, ever! The Baby Point district is currently under study as a heritage conservation district in Toronto. Occupation of this area dates to 6,000 BCE, and it is believed that the area was permanently settled in the year 1673 as the village of Teiaiagon, which translates to ‘it crosses...

Modernist sensibility – Tel Aviv

This 1930s meticulously renovated apartment in the heart of Tel Aviv tackles both issues the preservation of the Bauhaus-style apartment and modernisation. Having to deal with a compact size in addition to its neglected state and awkward configuration, local practice WE Architects boldly rejigged the space into a contemporary apartment of effortless sophistication without most crucially effacing its modernist sensibility...

The Greenery Curtain House

The Greenery Curtain House is located in Mao Khe, Vietnam which in the past had low environmental quality due to local mining operations and recently the quality of the air and urban life has seen improvements. When approaching this project, HGAA Architecture Office aimed to create a house with a fresh atmosphere and close to nature. The owners of the house...

Chocolate Factory conversion

In the urban center of the small town of La Bisbal, Spain, on a block from the late nineteenth century that follows two of the main roads to the old town, stands a small warehouse, a former chocolate factory with a very curious typology. It is a three-floor structure with a stone-bearing facade, each floor made using a different technique.  The ground floor is comprised...

Family beach compound – Mexico

Located in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Casa Cova is arranged on a wide lot between the Pacific Ocean and the Oaxacan mountain range, only 70 meters from the waters edge. Designed by Anonimous architects as a two-family vacation home, which involved the creation of two different compounds of private rooms that are connected through common recreational areas. The house consists of two...

Frank Gehry Designs Sculptural Gold Bottle for Hennessy X.O

Frank Gehry Pritzker Prize-winning architect is among the most acclaimed architects of the 20th century, and is known for his use of bold, postmodern shapes and unusual fabrications. Gehry's most famous designs include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Lost Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and in Australia, the UTS 'paper bag' building in Sydney He has recently designed a limited-edition bottle for...

Coherence and balance – Colombia

After a trip to Japan, the owner of this home came back determined to recreate a space that felt completely tranquil, and wanted to inhabit the house more like a sanctuary rather than a home. So he engaged Cinco Solidos architects to bring his vision to life. The house was initially planned as a reform of an existing home, which...