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House of the Infinite by Alberto Campo

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Envisioned as a jetty built from Roman travertine stone that elegantly complements the sandy beach, this residential masterpiece by Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza stretches out towards the Atlantic Ocean. The structure was given its name 'House of the Infinite'  due to its podium-like structure, crowned by an upper horizontal plane that is orientated to face the horizon. 

Comprised of one large box of solid rock 20 metres wide and 36 metres deep with two levels of living space embedded within, the home is accessed via a trench in the form of stairs hollowed out of the podium. The exposed upper level is surrounded by three walls that abate the strong prevailing winds. 

Via Designboom 

Design: The Week In Review 21/07/14

Anna Coe - Monday, July 21, 2014

A. Forest Cabin by Bernd Riegger offers sanctuary in the wild [via The Coolist]

B. Anny Wang uses contrasting materials in Akin Collection of funiture [via Dezeen]

C. A glamorous new furniture collaboration from two L.A. design luminaries [Tmagazine]

D. A jellyfish tank installed in an abandoned building in Liverpool by Walter Hugo & Zoniel [via ThisisColossal]

E. House of the Infinite by Alberto Campo Baeza [via DesignBoom]

F. Marx Design: Uppers & Downers [via Trendland]

Animated Architecture by Axel de Stampa

Anna Coe - Monday, July 21, 2014

French artist Axel de Stampa has created a series of GIFs that showcase famous buildings in motion and different perspectives. 

Via YellowTrace

Bathing Pond by Herzog & de Meuron

Anna Coe - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Herzog & de Meuron have completed a new project in the form of a 'Naturbad Riehen' - translating to natural bath.Forgoing the traditional pool construction method and water treatment systems, the natural pond uses plants as a natural filtration process. Using biological filter terraces, no chemicals or chlorine are used whatsoever, yet the pool's cleaning capacity will still be able to accommodate for up to 2,000 guests over the day. 

Via DesignBoom.

Limantos Residence by Fernanda Marques

Anna Coe - Monday, July 14, 2014

Located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is the Limantos residence designed by Fernanda Marques. The expansive, two storey family home takes inspiration from Mies van der Rohe (as noted by the architect), with its layout and strong use of glass, concrete and steel. 

The home consists of 13 rooms, and is proportionally balanced with just the right amount of private and open spaces. An incredible feature of the interior is the white spiral staircase that elegantly curls from the upper level to the lower. 

Some of the furniture pieces used in the project include the Roda Network outdoor sofa and daybed (available locally from David Shaw) and Knoll Barcelona lounge chairs (available locally from Bromhead Design).

MM House by Studio MK27

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, July 07, 2014

This Brazilian home is organised around the intersection of two perpendicular axes on a single ground floor. Along one axis is the horizontal volume of the main house, with its green roof that appears to lift the grass from the land; the other axis is contrasted by a sense of openness created from the exterior wooden deck and pool. 

At the intersection of these two axes are the social spaces of the house including a kitchen and open plan living area. With permanent cross ventilation provided, the atmosphere here is inviting even when challenged by the high temperatures of Sao Paulo. The terrace provides the main transition between the interior and exterior of the home dividing the house into two blocks; the southern block contains the garage and TV room while the northern block houses bedrooms, kitchen and services. The area's hot climate is a key issue for the habitability of the home. All spaces are provided with ample ventilation through wooden folding doors that can be fully opened. Moreover, the green roof acts as an effective insulator, as well as adding to the peculiarity of this unique structure. 

Furniture includes Wishbones Chairs by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen (available from Cult), Arandela Potence Lamp by Jean Prouve for Vitra and Nebula Nine Sofa by Diesel for Moroso (available from Matisse) and Sabi Sofa by Francesco Rota for Paola Lenti (available from ECC).

Villa E by Studio Ko

Ashley Ropati - Monday, June 30, 2014

Described as a minimalist mountain lodge, the traditionally inspired Villa nestled within the Moroccan foothills is a spectacle of contemporary design. The house, comprising of solid stone walls, a metallic entrance and built using locally-sourced Ouriko stone; juxtaposes beautifully to the rugged Moroccan terrain yet adheres to a warm, earth-toned palette, in keeping with its environment. 
The interior confines to all the fundamentals of modern design, housing a stone fireplace with structural concrete slab counter fixtures throughout the interior space. The soft white walls, prevalence of marble, wood, raised ceilings and oversized windows, stylistically reaffirm the designer's East meets West aesthetic.

Via TheCoolist.

Serpentine Gallery's London Pavillion

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, June 27, 2014

Unveiled earlier this week was the Serpentine's Gallery's 14th annual London installment - an immense, translucent, shell-like pavilion that has taken up residence in the city's Kensington Gardens. Brainchild of Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, the cylindrical building was constructed using a paper-thin layer of white fibreglass that is characterised by its light and fragile aesthetic. Perched atop an arrangement of rugged quarry rock, the pavilion's circular plan gives way to a central open air courtyard whilst opposing balconies offer views out over the expansive gardens. 

Via Dezeen

Blackened Timber Cottages by Format Elf Architekten

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, June 26, 2014

Designed to evoke a sentiment similar to the agricultural buildings in the surrounding Bavarian countryside, these three-of-a-kind holiday cottages resemble a geometric archetype of the pitched-roof barns that are characteristic of the area.

Employing the talents of German architecture firm Format Elf Achitekten to create a series of luxury long-stay facilities in the rural resort, the black-stained timber used to fully clad the exterior was chosen for two reasons: one being to camouflage the lodges into the dark tones of the surrounding forest, the second to remain in keeping with local materials and architectural traditions. These pared back structures have an “iconic and sharp appearance [that creates] a conceptual bridge to the old weather-beaten barn” says architect Stefan Hanninger. 

Via Dezeen


Design: The Week In Review 23/06/14

Anna Coe - Monday, June 23, 2014

A. Yelp's downtown San Francisco headquarters [via FastCoDesign]

B. Bounce Below: A giant network of trampolines suspended in an abandoned Welsh slate mine [via Colossal]

C. Green Roofed Labyrinth house by Estudio Entresitio [via TheCoolist]

D. An interview with the artist Will Cotton [via DesignBoom]

E. Roderick Vos showroom [via DailyIcon]