interiors

Country Road – Spearheading Sustainable Design

Last week I attended the launch of Country Road’s sustainable flagship store at Chadstone and it impressed me at every turn. Country Road is literally redefining sustainable fashion and design in a bid to become a leader in sustainability in Australia and overseas. Through the launch of its new flagship store, Country Road is Australia’s first fashion retail...

Uniquely Urban – Melbourne

A house in an unforgiving Fitzroy lane-way has been imagined as a robust, simplified form a container for family life.  The tight vertical space is improved through a memorable threshold rising to the living areas and opening to a startling city view. Designed by Kennedy Nolan, the brief for this house was relatively conventional – a place for a...

A house within a house – Switzerland

The clients' desire was to live in a timber house. However, located in Vitznau, Switzerland the challenging geology combined with the hillside location prompted alp Architektur Lischer Partner to design a solid construction in which the hard shell of the concrete facade encases and protects the soft core of the timber house. The prefabricated timber frames were erected, sealed and...

Budapest’s Paris Court

Hungarian firm Archikon teamed up with interior design studio Kroki to convert Budapest’s Paris Court—one of the most ornate buildings in Europe into a five-star hotel. A popular location in spy films, the historical building has been renovated by the studios, recreating the once-glamorous setting of Budapest’s iconic architectural...

Recover and Enhance – Barcelona

Casa Burés has been restored and re-imagined by Vilablanch to feature a host of modern fixtures and furnishings that don't compete with or imitate the original ones. Studio Vilablanch refurbished all 26 Casa Bures apartments in the building, ranging from vast living quarters with frescoed ceilings, to more pared back, white-walled flats. They opted for an elegant and sophisticated...

Derived from Nature

The design of the JW Marriott in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is intended to create an intimate relationship with this spectacular natural setting, blending architecture and art with the site’s powerful desert landscape and an endless panorama of the Pacific Ocean. Though separated from the water by a 35-foot-tall dune, the resort creates an immediate connection from entry to the ocean through a horizon-framing main...

Cheetah Plains – Game Changer

The Cheetah Plains game lodge by architecture and interiors studio ARRCC in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, reinvents traditional safari?style architecture to create an altogether new safari experience of nature from within. The lodge accommodation is split into three separate, private components referred to as the Plains...

Discrete connection – San Bernardino

This family residence and accompanying pool house were envisioned as an escape cradled within the foothills of the San Bernardino National Forest US. Designed by Walker Workshop the design uses a series of thickened walls which run east-west along the shape of the dramatic mountain site to establish discrete programmatic spaces and to protect the interiors from the sun. Each...

Affordable New York Style

Moxy NYC Chelsea is located in the midst of the Chelsea's bustling Flower Market which provided the main influence for the hotel. A small florist run by Putnam & Putnam is located at the front, alongside an Italian patisserie. Both are fronted with huge glass doors that swing up to open them onto the street. Guests are able...