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Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Sophie Burton - Monday, November 05, 2012


A calm, breezy retreat to escape Sydney's scorching heat, the Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson is a compact dwelling located on the iconic Bondi Beach. Elegant and modern, ample amounts of white terrazzo, Calacatta marble and American walnut timber were used throughout the interior.

Designed to utilise a narrow plot with maximum efficiency, the architects created a four-story space; the ground level accommodating the entry hall and two spacious bedrooms, while a marble staircase leads up to living areas and more bedrooms. Equipped with a two-car underground garage, wine cellar and service area, the main draw card of this residence is its enviable terrace views and unbeatable location.



Dupli Dos Residence by Juma Architects

Sophie Burton - Friday, October 19, 2012


Perched on the edge of a cliff on the island of Ibiza, Spain sits the Dupli Dos residence. Designed in collaboration with Minimum Arquitectura, Juma Architects integrated two separate duplex structures to make a spacious home that makes the most of the property's jaw-dropping views of the Mediterranean ocean. The dwelling can be used as an intimate space for a couple by using only one of the two floors, or the residence can be opened up to accommodate up to ten guests. Two pool areas and a wooden pavilion that seems to stretch right out over the ocean make up most of the outdoor area, while the interior is kept minimalist. White walls, expansive windows and removable doors help the space feel airy and light, in perfect sync with Mediterranean island life.



Starbucks Pop Up Shop by Nendo

Xuan Lim - Thursday, October 11, 2012


Walk into this Starbucks in Tokyo and you’ll be excused for thinking that you’re in a library instead of a café. Conceived by Japanese studio Nendo, this pop up shop is filled with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves crammed full of books on the many variants of espresso. Caffeine-lovers are invited to learn more about their favourite caffeinated drinks via nine different colour-coded book covers, which they can then trade at the counter for an actual beverage.

Customers are encouraged to hold on to the book cover however, which also serves as a tall or short Starbucks tumbler insert, allowing them to participate in the ‘Starbucks Create Your Own Tumbler’ initiative.

The concept for this thought-provoking pop up shop was born from the observation that both books and coffee play an essential part in our everyday life. And that’s exactly what Nendo has done here by creating a harmonious space that brings the two together. 

Via designboom



Walk into this Starbucks in Tokyo and you’ll be excused for thinking that you’re in a library instead of a café. Conceived by Japanese studio Nendo, this pop up shop is filled with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves crammed full of books on the many variants of espresso. Caffeine-lovers are invited to learn more about their favourite caffeinated drinks via nine different colour-coded book covers, which they can then trade at the counter for an actual beverage.

Customers are encouraged to hold on to the book cover however, which also serves as a tall or short Starbucks tumbler insert, allowing them to participate in the ‘Starbucks Create Your Own Tumbler’ initiative.

The concept for this thought-provoking pop up shop was born from the observation that both books and coffee play an essential part in our everyday life. And that’s exactly what Nendo has done here by creating a harmonious space that brings the two together. 

Via designboom


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Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

Sophie Burton - Monday, September 17, 2012


Nestled amongst olive groves and orange trees on the side of a small hill sits Villa Extramuros, a guest house located on the outskirts of the ancient town of Arraiolos, in Portugal. Designed by Vora Arquitectura, the dwelling is inspired by both the majestic manor houses of the Alentejo region and the clean lines of modern architecture.

Numerous socialising areas are available to guests, whether they wish to lounge in the villa's secluded courtyards, relax in the communal living areas or feast in the central dining room. The use of exposed concrete throughout the villa adds to the modern appeal, while cork lines a selection of exterior walls and surfaces. The villa's Parisian owners have balanced out the concrete, glass and marble of the interior with designer pieces from Jean Prouve, Marc Newson and Pierre Paulin, also incorporating local Alentejan handicraft to create a warm and accommodating space. 

Spacious, breezy and completely connected to the countryside that surrounds it, Villa Extramuros seems to balance the history of the region with the contemporary demands of tourism perfectly.

Via Arch Daily



Bird apartment by Nendo

Xuan Lim - Thursday, September 13, 2012

Created for the Momofuku Ando Centre and set in a forest in Komoro City, Nagano, Nendo's bird apartment / treehouse is meant to bring people closer to nature. A whopping 78 birdhouses are nestled together to form the "apartment", which makes up the back end of the building, and convenient peepholes are placed on the inside for voyeuristic purposes. As it is usually us humans who live in apartments while birds nest in trees, this dwelling also serves to flip that notion on its head. They say birds of a feather flock together; Nendo's structure certainly serves to bring bird lovers and their feathered friends together in one simple, fun space.  



Fray León House by 57 STUDIO

Sophie Burton - Thursday, August 30, 2012


The Fray León house can be found on an expansive property in Santiago, Chile, and was built around a native Cryptocaria Alba tree. Designed by 57 Studio architects, the residence caters to a family who were after more space and a greater connection with their environment, without leaving the traditional Chilean neighbourhood where they had lived for the past thirty years.

Built in the shape of an 'H', twin pergolas extend the interior spaces outside, providing plenty of space for entertaining. The West wing opens up to an expansive garden, complete with a lap pool and outdoor entertaining area, while the East wing contains the home's sleeping spaces. On the second floor, more private rooms can be found, along with a terrace that looks out over the tree tops. This residence is full of high stud rooms, breezy entrance ways and plenty of glass for looking out at the lush and leafy vista.

To view more of 57 Studio work, go here.



Can Manuel d'en Corda by Maria Castello Martinez

Sophie Burton - Thursday, August 16, 2012


On the Spanish island of Formentera sits the Can Manuel d'en Corda house. Maria Castello Martinez architects designed the contemporary remodel and extension of this traditional stone wall house, transforming it into a breezier, light filled version of its prior self.

The original house was an example of the type of residential architecture that developed in Formentera between the late eighteenth and mid nineteenth century. The dwellings traditional dry stone walls remain intact, linking the building to other structures in the surrounding area, whilst new volumes have been added to the original structure in order to allow for more sleeping and living spaces.

White wash walls and polished concrete unify the old and new parts of the dwelling, while the external joinery of the new structure are made of solid Iroko wood, just like the beams that were part of the original house. Inside, the residence has been furnished with Mediterranean design classics like Torres Llavé armchairs, Miquel Mila's Cesta Luminaire and made to measure furniture in Iroko wood with a natural finish.

To find out more about this house go here. 



Toblerone House by Studio mk27

Sophie Burton - Wednesday, August 08, 2012

  Designed by Studio mk27, the Toblerone House is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Three horizontal concrete planes create a simple structure with two distinct spaces. The ground level is designed for entertaining, with glass walls interspersed with slender steel columns to minimise obstruction of the view out into the garden. Mindful of the humidity and heat that is characteristic of the city of Sao Paulo, the upper level is wrapped in retractable screens of wooden slats, encouraging lots of air to flow through the sleeping spaces at night and light to filter through during the day. Simplistic and very much concerned with its surroundings, the Toblerone House is yet another stunning example of Brazilian residential architecture.

To view more of Studio mk27 projects visit their website here. 



Creekside Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Sophie Burton - Monday, August 06, 2012

 
In a meadow surrounded by oak trees, Douglas fir and aromatic bays sits the Creekside Residence, designed by renowned American architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Built for a couple and their two children, the dwelling was designed to accommodate the family's collection of modern art and mid-century furniture. A winding driveway passes by a pair of small outbuildings before arriving at the main house, which features a cantilevered roof and expansive views of the creek lined meadow and beyond. A glass pavilion with dining and living areas extends out from the main house, leading onto a library, complete with a floor-to-ceiling Douglas fir bookshelves on either side of a large stone fireplace. Bedrooms take up the North wing on the home and are connected by a hallway with shifting angles creating a type of inside alley-way. A prime example of how a home can seamlessly connect with it's natural environment. 

To view more projects by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson visit their website here.



Aradas House by RVDM Architects

Sophie Burton - Thursday, July 26, 2012

Minimalist and boxy, the Aradas House is situated in the town of Aveiro, Portugal. Designed by RVDM Architects, the residence's exaggerated box shape frames the central living area, doing double time as both a sheltered outdoor patio and a striking design feature. Altered ceiling heights in different parts of the house help to give rooms their own distinctive look and feel. For instance, social spaces like the living room have higher ceiling heights than the bedrooms, where lower studs dominate. Wood paneling in the library, study and stairwell creates a feeling of warmth that perfectly balances out the white, paired back aesthetic that runs both inside and out.



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