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Giraffe house by Glamuzina Paterson and Monk Mackenzie

Anna Coe - Friday, August 29, 2014

With the height of its inhabitants of paramount consideration, the Giraffe House at Auckland Zoo, designed as a collaboration between local architecture practices Glamuzina Paterson and Monk Mackenzie, was created to comfortably accommodate in harmony, both the long necked animals and their human keepers. Playing with the verticality of the space, the roofline varies from three to ten metres in height. The angular animal house presents functionality and operational overlap, where two internal dens allow for the easy interaction between the giraffes and their caregivers. Inside a mezzanine overlooks both sides of the interior while clerestory windows allow natural light into the space. 

Photography by Mark Smith and Jonny Davis

Cuttings Crystal by Martino Gamper

Anna Coe - Thursday, August 28, 2014

Designer Martino Gamper has presented a collection of mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal glassware for new Irish crystal maker J.Hill. To achieve the designs across the pieces, Gamper worked directly with the crystal, removing layers to create three different designs. 

"This series features strong, intuitive marks confidently hewn out of the surface of lead crystal. The process of making cuts in thsi instance is less about applied decoration and closer to sculpture, hence the series name." notes J.Hill's Standard. 

Via MocoLoco

Energy Efficient Dome Homes by Solaleya Designs

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, August 28, 2014

Embracing the concept of a bio-dome residence, Miami-based Solaleya Designs have set out to create these spherical homes made entirely of natural and recycled materials such as repurposed steel, certified wood and compressed straw, employing the use of solar power for a minimal environmental footprint. The Domespace model sits on a rotating base in order to customise the amount of sunlight exposure in any one part of the house while the various designs shed light on a renewed appreciation for these eco-friendly homes.  

Via HiConsumption.

L'Espoir Blanc Patisserie by Yuko Nagayama

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Located in Okamoto, Japan, L'Espoir Blanc is a patisserie and cafe designed by Tokyo-based Yuko Nagayama. The building was conceived to look like two separate structures with a small courtyard that snugly encompasses the tree within. A solid Western wall protects the interior from strong sunlight while the Northern and Southern facades allow natural light to flood in via their almost entirely glass facades. 

Via Dezeen.

Trocadero Apartment by Francois Champsaur

Anna Coe - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Parisian apartment renovation is yet another exquisite project by French designer Francois Champsaur. The residents' family have owned the apartment for several generations, and the brief from the current residents was to give it a complete overhaul and make it "unrecognisable". The result is a truly spectacular layout - slim corridors and pokey areas have been removed to make way for large spaces with lots of natural light. 

Curved wooden dividers cleverly separate areas without closing them in, while also adding a sculptural aesthetic to several rooms, in particular the living area where Charlotte Perriand's lounge, and Cassina Tre Pezzi armchairs (both available herefollow this up seamlessly. 

The new dining area features banquette seating - designed by Champsaur himself (and similar to those he installed in the new Hotel Vernet) that adds pop of green amongst the black Diana dining chairs by Konstantin Grcic for Classicon (available locally from Matisse). 

Via TheCoolHunter

Riverbed by Olafur Eliasson

Anna Coe - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Artist Olafur Eliasson has laid out a large scale riverbed through the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Aptly tited, Riverbed, the installation is part of Eliasson's solo show and is the largest of the three works on display. The site-specific work weaves through the south wing of the gallery, with rocks of varying sizes covering the entire floor, forming an undulating rock terrain. The artwork encourages the viewer to think about the gallery visit as an aesthetic experience, rather than just a brief moment between the visitor and the artworks. 

Via DesignBoom

Chassis Mirrors by MaDe for Reflect+ by Deknudt

Anna Coe - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Belgian design studio MaDe have taken the traditional mirror and added volume to create three dimensional versions. "The volume is defined by a thin metal framework. In that way the Chassis claims a more important space in its environment compared to a regular mirror" notes MaDe.

Behind the mirror - in all variations - sits an oak shelf for personal objects. 

Via DailyTonic.

Slims Lamps by Studio Beam

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In a design project by Studio Beam that simplifies the surfaces of industrial objects in creating the novel 'slims' lamps, each lightpiece is crafted in metal by using laser cut technology and silver soldered by hand. The concept was born from the designers' desire to create an object that carried no heaviness around it, purifying "matter and feelings into a minimalist experience" with a result that allows light to disperse in every direction. 

Via Designboom.

London House Extention by Tigg Coll Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, August 25, 2014

Tasked with designing a kitchen and living room extension that would connect the inhabitants of this London based home with the property's large back garden, local studio Tigg Coll Architects came up with the idea for a refined, contemporary add-on. With vertically and horizontally laid bricks framing all the openings including the feature glazing that disappears into the walls, the generous aperture serves to connect both the indoor and outdoor spaces as specified. 

Via Dezeen.

Villa F by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, August 21, 2014

Keeping in mind efficiency and sustainability, Villa F's ultra modern design wouldn't be out of place in a science fiction setting. A holiday retreat located on Greece's Rhodes Island, the main structure is made from plaster coated timber with sharp angles and vast open spaces that make the most of the spectacular views. A perfectly balanced example of interior and exterior living, the house is perched above the waterfront road that is bordered by a natural stone wall providing an element of privacy.  

Via Archisearch