architecture

Introverted and open – Lebanon

Laying remotely within Lebanon’s most arid and historical nature-scape, Villa Chams embraces its surrounding’s identity from the flora to the Roman temples, and presents itself as a melodically elemental story teller. Designed by Carl Gerges Architects, at a distant glance the structure grounds itself horizontally, while respectfully blending in with the mindfully preserved rocks, opunita, olive trees and other flora on...

Bruny Island Cabin – Tasmania

Bruny Island Cabin an off-grid retreat set on 99 acres of land located in Tasmania, Australia. Maguire + Devin created the cabin for their client whom spent her childhood in traditional Japanese houses. Out of this grew a love for highly crafted minimalist design. The studio’s brief was to capture the essence of minimalist design and create a building as...

Little guest house – Spain

Nordest Arquitectura were assigned project to design a guest pavilion as an extension of the main house overlooking the ocean and forest. The studio’s first thought was to create a shape clear and simple, a cuboid placed in the middle of the forest, changing as less as possible the surrounding characteristics, as if it had always been there. The pavilion...

House on the pond – France

This small holiday home is located on the edge of the forest between two ponds in the Territoire de Belfort in France. The previous house dated back to the 1970s and was in poor condition and no longer met the needs of the owners. The site was re-imagined by Foeldvary Staehelin architects with the new design of the building optimising...

1970s Brutalist residence – Brazil

Led by architect Lutero Leme, from the Arquitécnika studio, the project aimed for the revitalisation of a jaw dropping Brutalist residence, built in the 70s, originally designed by architect João Filgueiras . The intention was to keep the original exposed concrete and its volume and resolve current technological issues so the house can function as a modern home. To this...

Hidden House – Margaret River

Located in picturesque Margaret River, Western Australia, this addition is located amongst jarrah and peppermint forests and grafts a contemporary pavilion onto an existing timber-framed and clad house built in the early ’90s. The new work consists of a reading/living room and master bedroom with a bathroom and is linked to the existing house by a transparent gallery that also acts as a secondary entrance...

KINK – Berlin

Located in Pfefferberg, Berlin within a former mid-19th century brewery, KINK is a unique venue where gastronomy and mixology fuse into one. Founded by Oliver Mansaray and Daniel Scheppan, whose shared passion lies at the intersection between international food and drinking cultures, KINK brings together a bar, restaurant and in-house culinary laboratory in a space that fittingly marries...

Living with colour – London

In a mindful colourful overhaul of this period house in Tooting, south London, 2LG Studio has added dusky pink walls, blue tile-work and coral-orange cabinetry. Louisville Road house falls under the Heaver Estate conservation area – a series of period properties that were constructed between 1888 and 1910 in south London's Balham and Tooting neighbourhoods. The house belongs to a couple with a young child...

Generating intimate relationships – Costa Rica

Studio Saxe was commissioned to design a villa on the hilltops of Santiago in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. The primary objective was not only to provide occupants with a connection with its jungle surroundings but also to generate an intimate relationship with the stunning view of the shoreline which delivers a more profound appreciation of the natural environment. The studio decided...

Strong and site-sensitive – Washington State

After living in a large home with a manicured landscape for several years, the homeowners were ready to inhabit a more intimate space with a strong connection to trees, bay views, and the land itself. One of the owners, originally from Switzerland, requested the design reflect elements of Swiss style, combining modern inferences with classic structural elements, craftsmanship, and pointed attention to detail. Seattle-based