architecture

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...

Virgin Galactic unveiled

It has always been a childhood dream to board a Concorde and my dream could very well come true. Last week, Virgin Galactic unveiled the design of a Mach 3 aircraft for high-speed travel featuring Rolls-Royce engine propulsion technology. This marks an exciting step forward in Virgin Galactic’s development of a new generation of high-speed aircraft, in partnership with industry and government leaders, with a...

Secluded jungle hideaway – Rio de Janeiro

This private retreat adjacent to the Tijuca National Park outside of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a rational steel and glass box supported by two concrete piers. The 1,500-square-foot house rises into the rainforest canopy providing a secluded hideaway for the owner couple to retreat from the city and connect with the natural landscape. Designed by Olson Kungig, the home is...

Once a Ruin – Czech Republic

ORA architects were approached too reconstruct a house in the Czech Republic that suffered significant damage, a former homestead rebuilt under the communist regime into a granary. The house was looted and reorganised for another purpose. During the first site visit, the studio analysed its joints, niches, and protrusions, discovering the original forms. Despite its previous inconsiderate rebuilding, the house...

Coastal forest house – Canada

Nestled in a weather-beaten beach forest, this beach house creates a connection between the drama of the nearby ocean and the sense of sanctuary provided by the trees. Located in Tofino, Canada, the house is composed primarily of one large room, the house is light-filled on the south side facing the ocean, and insular and protected on the other side. Designed by

Olive tree houses – Spain

High up in the Tramuntana Mountains of Mallorca, Spain with views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Mar Plus Ask architects have created two small off-grid houses. The houses are surrounded in all directions by thousand year old olive trees (yes I said thousand) standing on man-made terraces of dry stacked stone, where only the wind and the bells of...

Palm Beach Blue – Sydney

Palm Beach Blue is a new house perched upon a steeply sloping site at Observation Point, Palm Beach, NSW. The project is a holiday home for a large inter-generational family, designed by Benn + Penna Architecture with the flexibility to accommodate a variety of occupants in short term stays. The home contains 4 bedrooms, each separated by open space, along...

A sense of privacy – NZ

Te Pakeke house is situated north of the popular resort town Wanaka, New Zealand surrounded by mountains and looking out across the waters of a vast lake. Its owners had tasked Fearon Hay Architects with creating a winter holiday retreat that had the feel of a secluded cabin. However, as the site was positioned on the corner of an arterial...