interior design

Chocolate Factory conversion

In the urban center of the small town of La Bisbal, Spain, on a block from the late nineteenth century that follows two of the main roads to the old town, stands a small warehouse, a former chocolate factory with a very curious typology. It is a three-floor structure with a stone-bearing facade, each floor made using a different technique.  The ground floor is comprised...

Informally sharp – San Francisco

With three children under the age of 5, the clients of this home were starting to feel the confines of their Pacific Heights home in San Francisco when the expansive 1902 Italianate across the street went on the market. After learning the home had been recently remodeled, they jumped at the chance to purchase a move-in ready property. They worked with

Family beach compound – Mexico

Located in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Casa Cova is arranged on a wide lot between the Pacific Ocean and the Oaxacan mountain range, only 70 meters from the waters edge. Designed by Anonimous architects as a two-family vacation home, which involved the creation of two different compounds of private rooms that are connected through common recreational areas. The house consists of two...

Frank Gehry Designs Sculptural Gold Bottle for Hennessy X.O

Frank Gehry Pritzker Prize-winning architect is among the most acclaimed architects of the 20th century, and is known for his use of bold, postmodern shapes and unusual fabrications. Gehry's most famous designs include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Lost Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and in Australia, the UTS 'paper bag' building in Sydney He has recently designed a limited-edition bottle for...

Coherence and balance – Colombia

After a trip to Japan, the owner of this home came back determined to recreate a space that felt completely tranquil, and wanted to inhabit the house more like a sanctuary rather than a home. So he engaged Cinco Solidos architects to bring his vision to life. The house was initially planned as a reform of an existing home, which...

Modernist influences – Brazil

The concept of the project emerged from modernist influences and from narratives that guide new ways of living, inspired by contemporary and minimalist perspectives. Roberto Burle Marx, a renowned Brazilian landscape architect - the same profession as the owner himself - was one of the most influential and successful modernists in Brazil. Concrete covered columns guided the design, becoming one of the project's highlights, emphasizing...

The Breezeway House – NSW

The Breezeway House was conceived as a joyous and engaging destination for holidays by the beach on the Central Coast of New South Wales, where shelter, shade and connection to the landscape are prioritised. Situated on a complicated subdivided block with trapezoidal boundaries, cross easements and significant cross-fall, the linear building form is stretched along the southern boundary allowing a series of gardens to buffer...

Three Arches – Vietnam

The project is a small private residence for a family with one child in Binh Thanh District, Vietnam close to the center of Hochiminh city. As seen in typical Vietnamese townhouses, this site was so tight that there was almost no garden available, but the clients wanted an open house with a bright, spacious outdoor space. Designed by Sanuki...

Fashion Icon Kenzo Takada dies of Covid-19

Japanese-French fashion designer Kenzo Takada, founder of Kenzo, sadly died yesterday of Covid-19 aged 81. He founded Kenzo, a worldwide fashion house, skincare and perfume brand. Known for his bright graphics, jungle inspired prints and eclectic use of colour, he was the first Japanese designer to gain prominence on the Paris fashion scene. He settled in France in the 1960s and spent the rest of his...

Dulux Colour Awards 2020 Winners

A new level of innovative and considered use of colour has been achieved by the exceptional winning projects in the 34th Dulux Colour Awards, which were announced this week. Recognising the most cutting-edge and creative applications of colour across six categories of architecture and design, the renowned industry awards program attracted more than 450 entries from Australia and New Zealand. “The level of sophistication, creativity and...