architecture

Millennia house – Lebanon

At the helm of thousand year old rock formations, housing Phoenician tombs, lies Cana Guesthouse in Bhamdoun, Lebanon. Withstanding erosion throughout the millennia, a mosaic of grey and yellow limestone encompass the entire space. This solid retaining wall partnered only with natural rock boulders, summons an archaically curious and stunning remote façade. Upon entering this arid stone wall, ample sunlight rushes to welcome an unexpected discovery of a warm lodgeable cavern,...

The creation of boundaries – Italy

The reconfiguration of the inner space of an apartment located in delle Fonti, Italy, is based on the identification of three functional areas within a single space, by using fixed and mobile pieces of furniture. The single space of the day area has been divided into three specific areas: entrance, kitchen and living room. For each of these spaces, we designed an element completely detached from the...

The Charming Chloe hotel

The Chloe hotel in New Orleans, which has been designed by decorator Sara Ruffin Costello is loaded with opulent decadence and old world charm, laced with Inky blue walls, alligator-print carpet and grand four-poster beds. The Chloe hotel comes as the latest venture from restaurateur Robert LeBlanc and is situated amongst the picturesque streets of New Orleans. It occupies a family mansion that was originally designed...

Minimalist sophistication – Italy

Overlooking the fields and vineyards of rural Brianza in Milan, Italy this recently renovated house by local architecture practice a25architetti celebrates its local heritage with contemporary edge. Once used as a barn and warehouse, the building had been left abandoned for several years before the studio took up its refurbishment, striking a thoughtful balance between restoration and renovation. Using local materials such as stone and...

Playing with space – Mexico

Hannah House, in Merida, Mexico, is a project that maximises spacial sensation, by playing with double heights and integrating the exterior with the interior. The land, with only 105 square meters, accommodates a studio house, which was designed with the concept of being a vacation residence for its owners. Being a reduced space, the main goal of the project was to create sensations of spaciousness...

A house made of wood – France

The 100% wooden house, yes that right; I said 100% wooden house, was commissioned as part of the second edition of the Forest and Wood Festival. The stated target was to achieve a house of around 55sqm with a ground floor and a first floor, for 2 people, using only wood. The design process was based on confronting a search for spatial qualities of the...

Hawaiian family compound

Set atop a hardened lava flow with views of sky, sun, and water Makani Eka Residence strikes a balance between modernity and tradition. Old and new ebb and flow through a simple composition of small structures linked by a lush courtyard and a series of walkways and patios. Composed of four independent structures, including a cedar-clad main living pod, the siting balances the desire to...

Creating opportunities – Manly

Crisp House involved the transformation of a modest 1.5-bedroom brick veneer cottage into a light-filled, environmentally inclusive home for a young family of 6. Located in Manly, Australia, a calming palette with considered resolve settles the home into its complex context with a sophisticated arrangement of architectural prospect and refuge. Designed by buckandsimple, the site is quite unique, a 180sqm...

A former gymnasium

This space was part of the gymnasium of a former monastery located in the historical heart of Amsterdam. Re-imagined by interior architectural studio Robbert de Goede, the objective was to design an intimate, livable home which resulted in a minimal, industrial approach towards the architecture and a very personal approach towards the finishes, which reflects the clients as...

MAD Paris – Acquires two landmark pieces

The renowned Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD, Paris) has acquired two landmark pieces by South African designer Thabisa Mjo of Mash T. Design Studio for its permanent collection. Mjo is the first local designer to have work included in this prominent international museum. The notable Parisian institute was founded in 1905 and its permanent collection is dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of the decorative arts....