design folio

Groenlandia Gallery in Sao Paulo by Triptyque

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, December 11, 2014

With an objective to make the building's heavy materials, such as concrete and marble, to appear light and almost transparent in their context, Brazilian studio Triptyque's conceived this design for the Groenlandia gallery. Located in an upmarket neighbourhood of Sao Paulo, the building's scheme is organised around a concrete deck which hovers at a height of nine metres with the material-focussed structure featuring fully retractable glazing on the ground floor, a contemplation pool set within the concrete flooring, and individual apertures in the walls.  

Via Designboom.

126 Walsh Street by Carr Design Group, MAA Architects & Neometro

Anna Coe - Friday, November 28, 2014

With three creative groups collaborating on the redevelopment of four, single-level luxury residences in Melbourne, you would be certain to assume that the outcome would be something to behold. 126 Walsh Street by Carr Design Group, MAA Architects and Neometro is essentially four homes rather than apartments, with large open plan living and generous outdoor spaces. 

The interior blends a mix of materials seamlessly, grey exposed concrete surrounds the living area, while timber and black highlights are a feature in the kitchen.  

To note some of the furniture pieces used in the project: Gubi Semi SM2 pendants hang over the dining table (available from Bromhead), HAY About A Chair seating in the office and Tray Table used in the living area (both available from CULT)

Herne Bay Road by Daniel Marshall Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, November 28, 2014

This contemporary residence located in Auckland's Herne Bay is the work of Daniel Marshall Architects. With an empty site zoned in Residential 2 acknowledging the heritage and character of the area, the architects took to the project design as a re-conception of the Villa archetype typical of its environs, simultaneously integrating modern design and construction ideals. 

The concrete construct is formed over three levels with the garaging excavated below. The mid level is expressed boldly by a horizontal aesthetic of weatherboard impressed concrete fins, meanwhile the upper level sits recessively beneath a hipped roof. Boasting an excellent northern aspect and stellar views over the Waitemata Harbour, this hybrid residence exhibits living spaces within that are both grand and intimate. 

Photos by Simon Devitt via Daniel Marshall Architects

RK Apartment in Paris by Nicolas Schuybroek

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, November 24, 2014

Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroek has made a name for himself with his considered approach to understated luxury, perfectly demonstrated in the RK apartment. With a sharp vision of space and materials, Schuybroek manages to maintain a warm ambience throughout his projects. Using his signature monchromatic palette and raw materials, the Paris residence presents yet another example of Schuybroek's outstanding contemporary design. 

Via Yellowtrace

Lock Down Ready House by Philip Stejskal

Deborah Raj - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Australian studio Philip Stejskal Architecture has equipped a white timber extension to a 1890s duplex with shutters and sliding panels that camouflage with the walls when closed. Hatches in the cladding pivot open to ventilate and light the interior space. The shutters are made up of two layers – an external skin that blends with the cladding when closed, and a internal layer of plywood that tones with the timber-lined living space. The project won the Australian Institute of Architects Award for Residential Architecture.

Via dezeen.

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Perched with an unrivalled perspective of Oman's Al Hajar majestic mountain range inhabiting a remote corner of the Middle East, the Alila Jabal Akhdar is another fine example of Alila's superbly chic boutique hotels. Carved into the rugged landscape, the LEED-certified hotel blends in with the use of locally sourced stone and wood, astutely composed by UK-based architecture firm Atkins and Thailand’s P49 Design. 

Cabin at Norderhov by Atelier Oslo

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, November 17, 2014

Located on the steep and exposed slopes of the Kroskogen forests, Norway, the Cabin at Norderhov by Atelier Oslo is shaped to create several outdoor spaces that provide shelter from the wind and sun at different times throughout the day. The interior's continuous space is finished in birch plywood with a geometry that defines the different functional zones. The fireplace is strategically located at the centre of the cabin with large glass walls located in the living and dining areas that creates a direct relationship with the nature outside. 

Via Architizer.

La Suite Sans Cravate in Bruges by Veronique and Henk Bogaert

Deborah Raj - Thursday, November 13, 2014

The idea for La Suite grew spontaneously and naturally from a family house project. Nothing had been researched in advance; no market research was carried out, one thing just simply led to another, yet somehow, the resulting interiors never give the slightest impression of having been haphazardly put together. The Dutch couple’s seamless vision and harmonious aesthetic is executed in a design that is both playful and razor-edged, rustic and graphical. The rooms bear names of wine grapes and upon arrival, guests are greeted with a glass of bubbly and a macaroon biscuit, flavoured to match their room: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Syrah or Pinot Noir. The names set the colour themes and the mood, but the rest is a playground for whimsical contrasts. 

Via Travel+Style.

Long Museum Shanghai by Atelier Deshaus

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, November 07, 2014

Located in downtown Shanghai's West Bund area on the bank of the Huangpu River, the city's cultural hub has welcomed the Atelier Deshaus designed Long Museum. Characterised by a series of umbrella-like vaulted forms and a monolithic concrete materiality, the design resembles a 1950s coal-hopper unloading bridge. With the smooth concrete surfaces of the arching walls and ceilings, the 33,000 square-metre space offers plenty of gently daylit spaces for exhibiting in.

Via Designboom.

Fogo Island Inn by Todd Saunders

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, November 07, 2014


Located on remote Fogo Island, off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada, the Fogo Island Inn's distinguished structure embodies a vision of imitating the fishing shacks on stilts the island is speckled with. The resulting craggy, minimalistic design, the antithesis of local influence and contemporary charm, is the genius of architect Todd Saunders and was brought to life by a major community revitalisation project. 

Perched proudly on the island's rugged periphery above the ancient rocks of the Back Western Shore, the uninterrupted view will have you feeling like you're on the edge of the world, surrounded by the Labrador Current, icebergs and tranquility. Housing an art gallery, heritage library, cinema and rooftop sauna, the inn proffers a cultural destination for visitors and locals alike.