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Photographs of Hong Kong by Romain Jacquet-Lagreze

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Thursday, September 18, 2014



Inspired by the "geometry of the urban environment and the vivid lives it shelters", French photographer and graphic artist Romain Jacquet-Lagreze captures the dizzying heights and gobsmacking urban densities of Hong Kong. Using a wide-angle Sigma lens, Romain snaps photos of mammoth buildings, both immersing and intimidating us with verticality, height and scale. His photos have been turned into a 160-page book, Vertical Horizon, which marvels at the geometric and almost kaleidoscopic formations of the city, at the same time exploring Hong Kong's elegant and vernacular architecture. 

Via Yellowtrace



Apartment Rue de Lille by Spamroom and LEAinvent

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, September 18, 2014


Designed to meet the needs of a fashion designer and an African art collector, Apartment Rue de Lille was conceived by way of a collaboration from Berlin's Spamroom and Paris' LEAinvent. The 19th century 100sqm suite's renovation aimed to create a calm sequence of spaces with a refined layout and appropriate use of materials. 

The result saw each room with a courtyard window offering daylight and ventilation and an inconspicuous kitchen that doubles as an entranceway featuring a monolithic marble bar. With finishes including the white washed Douglas Fir flooring, minimal detailing and indirect lighting, the space also serves as the perfect exhibition space to showcase pieces from the owner's collection. 

Via Designboom



MO House by Gonzalo Mardones

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, September 18, 2014




Poised on a section of rugged Chilean coastline, the MO house by Gonzalo Mardones Arquitecto features a low profile form that does little to interrupt the undulating terrain. Accessed by stairs and ramps from the road, the stunning residence is constructed from reinforced concrete and presents vast panoramic views of the ocean. 

The upper surface of the home is considered a fifth facade, finished in smooth stone while inside, white walls maximise the daylight with help from strategically placed skylights and apertures. The lower levels have direct access to the external garden while living, dining and cooking areas are located on the middle level with private functions contained in the cantilevered space above. 

Via Designboom.




Shape Up Lighting by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee

Anna Coe - Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Dylan Davis and Jean Lee of Ladies and Gentlemen studio have designed a collection of lighting titled Shape Up that pays homage to geometric shapes. Connected by a network of cords, the individual shades are made of hand-blown glass and are formed into varying shapes such as a triangle, sphere, cylinder and an arc. The height of the shades can be adjusted through the cords and a solid brass counterweight. 

Ladies and Gentlemen is available locally from Douglas & Bec.

Via Mocoloco.



Design: The Week In Review 16/09/2014

Anna Coe - Monday, September 15, 2014


A. Aeromobil Flying Car might finally deliver the flying car dream [via TheCoolist]

B. Geometric Dichroic glass installations by Chris Wood [via ThisIsColossal]

C. The iPhone's design evolution, visualised [via Fastcodesign]

D. Friedrich Bayer Bridge by LoebCapote Arquitetura [via Contemporist]

E. Guest harbor by Visiondivision imagines boats as side houses in Sweden [via DesignBoom]

F. Chamber light by Hallgeir Homstvedt for Menu [via DailyTonic]




Snakeskin Facade by D'Houndt and Bajart Architectes

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 15, 2014




In a bid to instill a sense of vibrancy and fun into a school canteen in Lille, France, D'Houndt and Bajard Architectes were employed to clad the outside of the institution's edifice while delivering a message of imagination and creativity to the scheme's young occupants. The resulting brick snakeskin pattern appears as an organic membrane that serves to create an identifiable landmark building for the region. Inside the canteen is an educational vegetable garden set within the internal courtyard which is lined by a green wall of bamboo. 

Via Desginboom.



Sprial Staircase by Tron Meyer

Anna Coe - Monday, September 15, 2014



Norwegian architect Tron Meyer has conceptualised a spiral staircase carved out of laminated wood. While many staircases of this kind are constructed from concrete or steel, Meyer wanted to make reference to Norway's history of building in wood - it uses cross-laminated timber that is milled into precise profiles.

Via Dezeen.



Lucy in the Sky - Single Room Hotels, The Netherlands

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 15, 2014



Conceived by a group of local architects, Lucy in the Sky is a series of bespoke single room hotels situated in the up and coming province of Deventer in the Netherlands. Providing an unique urban retreat in unprecented solitude, the various 'Lucys' are housed within a four by four metre space, delivering vast views of the surroundings and 100 percent privacy while still allowing plenty of natural light in via transparent ceilings. The stand-alone rooms come with all the amenities while providing guests with the opportunity to temporarily reside in a piece of art. 



Private Vaulted Spa in London by Lawson Robb

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 15, 2014


Located within a grade II listed building in London's Mayfair district, interior architecture studio Lawson Robb have recently completed a reconfiguration of the structure's subterranean volume, transforming it into a combined pool, gym and spa. With three-way mirroring positioned between the sectioned off areas, a glass bridge runs above a central light well that allows natural light into the underground area containing massage rooms, a sauna and steam room. 



Corsica Holiday Home

Anna Coe - Friday, September 12, 2014


This Corsica holiday retreat slots seamlessly into its almost barren surroundings, while offering the perfect environment for a relaxed family getaway. 

The materials of worn wood and polished concrete floors make it feel like it's been there forever, and also ensure that the residence can be easily maintained. 

Via StudioArrc