architecture

House in a meadow – Switzerland

This stand-alone house is located on a generous lush meadow which forms the upper boundary of a vineyard. A sequence of rooms consisting of entrance, hall, and courtyard set the stage for the primary axis in the direction of the vineyard and the lake and are the starting point for a symmetrical layout. The new building meticulously designed by Think Architecture...

Arthur Casas reworks a Brownstone – NY

New York Brownstone’s are much loved and revered terraces houses lined up on long and narrow parcels of land. This Brownstone House renovation and refurbishment by Studio Arthur Casas seeks to respect the historical character and offer a practical, contemporary and technological solution for an extensive program distributed over its six floors. Yes, that’s right, I said six! The...

Midcentury revival – San Francisco

Five years after commissioning Framestudio to remodel their previous home, their clients contacted the studio about a dramatic hillside midcentury home with commanding views of Mount Diablo. The 1958 home had suffered from unsympathetic alterations over the years, not the least of which: falling victim to decades of decorating trends. The house called Ridgewood is located in Alamo, a suburb 20 miles east of San Francisco,...

Impenetrable synergy – Poodle Bar & Bistro

As many Melbournians, yearn to hear those words, “can I take your order?" As we long for stage 4 COVID lock-downs to lift. There’s a delicious new bar and bistro, that is set to be a major new player in town and I was fortunate enough to explore and dine prior to lock-down. Nestled in a row of Victorian terraces is

A balanced relationship – Portugal

Combining the architecture of the 1950s with the comfort, spaciousness and luminosity of contemporary spaces, this three-story house in Restelo, Portugal, has undergone a profound transformation by Joao Tiago Aguiar Architects. Space, light, functionality and wellbeing spearheaded the ambitious project to renew the 70-year-old villa, transforming it into a luxurious house with spectacular views over the Tagus river. From an...

MPAVILION: chronicles the first six years

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation and Thames & Hudson have released MPAVILION: ENCOUNTERS WITH DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE. The first publication on the MPavilion project which chronicles the first six remarkable years of this landmark Melbourne architecture commission. A celebration of what MPavilion has collectively achieved, this volume captures the groundbreaking contributions of each of the MPavilion architects from 2014 to 2019; Sean Godsell, Amanda Levete, Bijoy...

La Torre Bianca – Italy

The residence titled ‘La Torre Bianca’, which translates to The White Tower in English, due to its 12-meter-high white tower that overlooks a large courtyard. The villa is located in Gagliano del Capo, in the region of Apulia in south-eastern Italy. The house is located in the regional park that stretches between the rocky Adriatic coast and the white beaches of the Ionian Sea. Owned and...

The Nest guesthouse – Namibia

South African designer Porky Hefer took cues from the the birds nests of the sociable weaver that dot the landscape to create this unique off-grid guesthouse on a wildlife reserve in Namibia. The Nest at Sossus guesthouse is situated on the Namib Tsaris Conservancy, a 24,000-hectare reserve nestled between the Nubib and Zaris Mountains in Namibia's Namib desert....

Health conscious Sorano Hotel

SORANO HOTEL is one of main facilities in new-born urban development in Tachikawa city, 30 minutes away from Shinjuku, Tokyo based on the concept of “Wellbeing”. Offering health conscious activities, located in the area of renown National Park, the luscious views are captured throughout the hotel interior. Designed by Curiosity architects, the ambiance of the lobby changes dramatically during...

A local relationship – Spain

With a terrace overlooking the beach of Playa de la Barrosa, Spain, a patio with a capacity for 250 people and a restaurant area for 100 diners, El Cuartel del Mar, the new space by the Azotea Grupo, located in an unbeatable location. At an architectural level, Azotea Grupo has relied on the study of Paula Rosales, who was in charge of the award-winning NuBel...