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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]

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

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

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