architecture

Floating home – Hawaii

Hale Lana is a 1,598 square metre house designed for a couple who wanted ample space to host large gatherings on Hawaii's Big Island. Its name translates to "floating home" as each structure is lifted slightly above the lava bed – a plain of flat lava flows. Piles of the red and black rocks are situated around the grassy property and form a cascading hill...

Paradise on Earth – Sydney

Paradise on Earth, a new exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, is a celebration of the career and legacy of visionary architect, Marion Mahony Griffin, that will enchant visitors of all ages. Paradise on Earth Opened on November the 8th, 2020 and reimagines the extraordinary work of Marion Mahony Griffin and her deep connection to the natural environment which she saw as a place full of...

Community and friendship – Romania

The first time STUDIO 1408 visited the site in Balote?ti, Romania, the location impresses them. A beautiful meadow surrounded by an old forest with huge oak trees. They asked themselves "How do we design a house that compliments the surroundings but does not overshadow them?", and "What exactly makes a house great?". There are a thousand possible answers to...

Countryside family compound – Malaysia

The house is built for a client and his extended family who seeks a communal way of living, but cherishes privacy and security. The family entertains frequently and needed the house to be generous when hosting huge parties and cozy for smaller affairs. Moving from Singapore to Malaysia, the family were excited with the prospect of living off on an immensely large plot of land...

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...