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Eco Ranch by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, October 09, 2014


Surrounded by the verdant countryside of California's Chileno Valley, this eco-friendly ranch reflects a commitment to sustainability while drawing on the natural serenity of the site. Designed to accommodate a healthy, happy and conscious family life, the residence boasts several energy-saving features including passive heating and cooling with thermal mass and insulation. The most laudable trait being the home's seamless blending of both modern and rural elements. Several of Patricia Urquiola's designs have been used for the interior, including the Tufty Too sofa setting by B&B Italia and the Vieques bath by Agape. 

B&B Italia and Agape are both available locally from Matisse. 

Via Freshome



Brick Malva House by Bloco Arquitetos

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 29, 2014



Maximising its modest site, the Brick Malva house by Brazilian firm Malva Arquitetos is formed around a central courtyard and patio that smoothly integrates the interior and exterior living spaces. The objective of the single story residence was to avoid a monolithic appearance, a feat achieved by reinforcing the characteristics of each of the structure's materials. The resulting various patterns of brick cladding ensure illumination and ventilation throughout the home.

Via Designboom.



Bombay Sapphire distillery by Thomas Heatherwick

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, September 26, 2014


British designer Thomas Heatherwick has completed a new gin distillery for renowned Bombay Sapphire in Hampshire, England. The complex includes two sculptural glasshouses that are cleverly heated using warm air generated during the distillation process. One greenhouse is dedicated to growing tropical plants while the other is reserved for Mediterranean species used in creating the widely used gin. 

Via Dezeen



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.




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]




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



Manor House Stables by AR Design Studio

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, September 03, 2014





Once the home of famed a British race horse, the dilapidated stables of Manor House have since been transformed into into an elegant and contemporary three-bedroom family home in the Hampshire countryside. Renowned architecture firm AR Design Studio undertook the metamorphosis maintaining many of the existing exposed timber walls applying a pared-back, minimalist approach to the remainder of the interior.

Via ArchDaily.



Design: The Week In Review 1/09/14

Anna Coe - Monday, September 01, 2014

A. Claire Healy + Sean Cordeiro Interweave Lego and Ikea furniture [via DesignBoom]

B. New Zealand's Waiatarua House by Hamish Monk Architecture is a Retiree's Heaven [via TheCoolist]

C. A Design Lover's Guide to the Modern Jaipur [via Tmagazine]

D. Randy Slavin paints with light to create Cobra Starship's Never Been In Love music video [via Dezeen]

E. New cut paper sculptures and illustrations by Elsa Mora [via Colossal]

F. Shape up lighting by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee [via Mocoloco]