This creative loft apartment / atelier located in Paris, France, was designed by Murs et Merveilles.
Villa AZ is a private residence designed by MMA Projects on the exclusive Palm Jumeirah, one of the three artificial islands built off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
With a sophisticated and essential elegance, Villa AZ stands out for its simple lines with references to the Arab style. The exteriors have been cleaned of excessive decorations and redundant elements, opting for a few high-quality materials.
As a tribute to Arab culture and to be consistent with the context in which the villa stands, some elements in bronzed metal have been added. The delicate geometric designs of the panels that adorn the façade are reminiscent of the mashrabiyya, a natural forced ventilation mechanism typical of the architecture of Arab countries.
Can the “Mediterranean” style have a new reading? Can an urban house offer a summer atmosphere without falling into aesthetic topics?
We attended to the wishes of our clients to have a fresh, pleasant and comfortable house with very contemporary organization of rooms, materials and geometries but from our origins.
There were two entrances but we decided to cancel one of them, so the access now is in the middle of the house. Like a kind of spiral (or seashell), the house is organized around a curved center that slides you into the rooms. This route is carried out through a compressed space in an aquamarine green tone that causes an expanding effect when you “go out” to the adjoining rooms.
Trullo Piccolo is a luxury resort located in Alberobello, Italy, designed by Davide Gabriele Padoa.
The owner was inspired by the silence — you can hear your heartbeat in the evening — and the sky was full of stars.
Set over 4 acres, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home has plenty of outdoor space. It includes 1 original small trullo, 1 wooden building (10m from the trullo), 1 stone building and 1 glass building (set away from them in the garden). A 100-metre-long private road leads from the bottom of the property, with your destination visible at the top. It has been designed very geometrically and intentionally with the trulli on one side and the villa on the other.
In front of the villa and trulli is an infinity swimming pool, which measures 12×3 metres and is 1.5 metres deep. There’s also a secondary pool (7×3 metres and 1.1 metres deep) that is loved by children.
The property is designed with simple lines but within the context of the place. The property’s focal points are its olive trees and lavender, so the owner designed a glass kitchen where you feel like you are in the middle of a garden. Opposite the trulli is the outdoor dining area and a small swimming pool that’s a favourite place for children.
The property is located in a nicely contoured tract of countryside with just a few scattered trulli and no modern construction visible from the property. It is positioned between Alberobello, Martina Franca and Locorotondo, which (aside from Ostuni) are three of the most popular destinations in the region.
Photography by Britney Gill- by Matt Watts
The two projects made by the Studio converged on the goal to match the magnitude of the space in which they are located and the elements that surround it. The first was the Pavilion with the leisure area, its program features a swimming pool, barbecue area, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, games area, spa, massage room, and gym; all these spaces are distributed in a functional way on an open and connected plan, ideal for meetings, according to the client’s brief – who is always receiving friends and family for celebrations.
In addition to this demand, there was also the need to design a showroom to exhibit his horses to clients, so a large garden area was planned with details in its materiality that would contribute to the protagonism of the beautiful animals and emphasize their elegance. An example are the details in Portuguese tile, which recall the owner’s origins and create a harmonious composition with the wooden wall and ceiling. The Lusitanian influences also appear in other components of the project, such as the stone walls, whose inspiration were the constructions in the Portuguese countryside, in materials such as carbonized wood, burnt cement floor, textured sand or earth painting and the romantic aspect of the landscaping, reminding the Portuguese countryside air.
Casa BL is a contemporary house located in Cesena, Italy, redesigned in 2021 by Lorenzo Tappi.
In the open countryside, surrounded by orchards and framed by the hills of Cesenate, stands Casa BL, a residential building that takes the place of an old agricultural artifact.
Curated by Arch. Lorenzo Tappi, the project includes facades that aim to blend with the surrounding natural colors: painted in two different colors in order to highlight the play of volumes and shadows, they focus on coffee-brown to evoke the colors of the earth and on the brightness of white, generating a perfect play of contrasts.
The villa, enveloped in light and surrounded by the colors of the fields and orchards, has a generously sized ground floor that contains a large living room with a 65-square-meter kitchen facing south, a master bedroom with walk-in closet (15 + 8 square meters), two single bedrooms and two bathrooms. The entire interior design is played on white tones warmed by beige ones, in a mood of refined essentiality that makes the protagonist a nature that [SB1] embraces the environment through the large windows. Outside, there is a nice porch in front of the entrance of 19 sqm and a technical room of 9 sqm.
Situated on the Mediterranean Sea, on the coast of Formentera, the house is the embodiment of the landscape and the slow and serene pace of life that the island promotes.
The project surges from the desire to integrate the architectural intervention with the physical environment both in composition and in colours and textures, combining linear Mediterranean architecture, minimalist principles and the island’s natural materials.
The house is a volumetric composition of stone elements and flat roofs, evoking the traditional walls of Formentera’s architecture. Made of natural dry stone with rustic wooden pergolas, the house is an extension of its surroundings. Other materials that characterise the house are micro-cement and timber, lending the home an earthy palette. The interiors are composed of made-to-measure joinery and furniture among enduring design icons. The light, the protagonist of the project, creates a play of light and shadow throughout the day that is reflected in every corner, giving the surfaces a vibrant dynamism.
This amazing traditional residence designed by Jessop Architects is situated in Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.
Source: Jessop Architects
New Zealand (Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa]) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and over 700 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the islands of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. The country’s varied topography and sharp mountain peaks, including the Southern Alps, owe much to tectonic uplift and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand’s capital city is Wellington, and its most populous city is Auckland.
More info: New Zealand – Wikipedia
With big budget movies and TV shows afoot, Sherlock Holmes is all the rage in London again with Holmes fans seeking a fix, hopefully not the 7 Percent Solution kind but of the amber liquid that comes in a pint. Fans of the literary mystery character must not miss throwing back an ale at The Sherlock Holmes Restaurant & Pub in London. To soak in a bit of London and Sherlockiana, have a meal with Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, or at least his many guises which adorn the walls, get a table at this long time London landmark. A few blocks from Trafalgar Square on Northumberland Street (see also Tattershall Castle Steamer Pub) around the corner from Charing Cross Station and across the street from the Old Scotland Yard.
Inspiring penthouse apartment designed by Missoni Home, situated in Sydney, Australia.
Studio: Missoni Home
The architecture of Sydney, Australia’s oldest city, is not characterised by any one architectural style, but by an extensive juxtaposition of old and new architecture over the city’s 200-year history, from its modest beginnings with local materials and lack of international funding to its present-day modernity with an expansive skyline of high rises and skyscrapers, dotted at street level with remnants of a Victorian era of prosperity.
Under the tenure of early nineteenth-century Governor Lachlan Macquarie, the works of Francis Greenway were the first substantial buildings for the fledgling colony. Later prominent styles were the Victorian buildings of the city centre created out of local Sydney sandstone, and the turn of the century Federation style in the new garden suburbs of the time.
With the lifting of height restrictions in the post-World War II years, much of central Sydney’s older stock of architecture was demolished to make way for Modern high rise buildings – according to Singh d’Arcy, in The Apartment House (2017), «From the 1950s onwards, many of Sydney’s handsome sandstone and masonry buildings were wiped away by architects and developers who built brown concrete monstrosities in their place. The 1980s saw uncomfortable pastiches of facades with no coherence and little artistic merit». Despite this, Sydney is still home to Australia’s oldest public building, Old Government House, located in Parramatta.
Sydney’s notable new buildings were designed by the Austrian-Australian architect Harry Seidler, as well as by international architects such as Jørn Utzon, Jean Nouvel, Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, and Frank O. Gehry throughout the 1960s up until the 2010s.
This contemporary two-story house located in Port Melbourne, Australia, has been designed in 2018 by Thomas+Williams Architects.
Photography courtesy of Thomas+Williams Architects
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Designed in 2017 by MCK Architecture + Interiors, Andubh (Gaelic for ‘the black’) is a contemporary yet modest home perched on the harbour-facing hillside within the eclectic heritage of Greenwich in Sydney, Australia.
Its design represents a strong conceptual dialogue between positive and negative space and challenges the notion that an interior is defined by walls.
The brief was initiated by a young family for a four bedroom home to suit Sydney’s climate and make the most of south facing views to the harbour and CBD. An intelligent interpretation of flow was to be considered and therefore the notion of private versus public space was explored. Doors are hardly utilised, permitting form to define space whilst still creating privacy.
A floating first floor bedroom pavilion folds down the hill becoming the ground floor massing. At the fold, natural light enters the southern spaces and filters to the ground floor via a void. Playful forms define the living area as negative space between the floating pavilion and ground plane. This plane sets a strong datum extending towards the street, such that one enters the home beneath it.
Photography by Willem Rethmeier
Open Shut House is a contemporary double-storey extension to a semi-detached Inter-war dwelling that caters to the growing needs of a large family.
The original period building is one of a pair of semi-detached dwellings with Art-Deco stylings reflecting its Inter-war era. The building sits on a long and narrow allotment (10 x 60m) with a rearward slope falling 4.2m. The owners’ family had outgrown the original building and their brief called for an extension that could be future-proofed and cater to the changing needs of individual family members, particularly their 4 young adult children.
The new addition fulfils their brief to have 2 generations of people under one roof whilst allowing family members to inhabit each space in their own way. Parents’ and children’s bedrooms are housed in separate buildings connected by a central atrium. New tiered living spaces follow the fall of the land and open up toward the rear garden. Openings via skylights, large windows and courtyards draw daylight along the length of the buildings, and bring borrowed amenity into the home to strengthen the bond between its inside spaces and the outside. The split levels and atrium enable inhabitants to still feel connected visually with each other throughout the house.
Photography courtesy of Wala
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Apt Testaccio is a lovely apartment located in Rome, Italy, redesigned in 2021 by MGK Studio.
Located in the Testaccio district in a building of the early ‘900, between the Lungotevere and the Slaughterhouse, the apartment overlooks almost entirely on the plane trees and the river, creating a different scenario in every season. The restructuring has focused on the redefinition of services and a new general concept to make the environments more functional and adherent to the needs of the new client.
The interior design maintains the original conformation marked by load-bearing masonry and develops from a distributive filter, apparently treated in a neutral, silent way that actually welcomes the natural light and color coming from neighboring environments, animating in a different way depending on the position of the sun and the time of day.
The intervention began with the restoration of the vaults, the restoration of the frames of the fixtures and the recovery of the original painting in the dining room, bringing to light the ancient lambris.
The spaces are marked by a game of warm and cold tones: green for the guest bathroom, rope for the linear and modern kitchen made to design, crimson red for the living room and light blue for the master bedroom suite. Light filters into all the rooms thanks to the high iron and glass doors that further enhance the space and the contrast with the other materials. Contrast that is repeated also for the horizontal surfaces – parquet, resin and grit – and for the furniture – ranging from designed volumes to vintage furniture, from antiques to contemporary design objects – contributing to create an eclectic and welcoming atmosphere.
Photography by Edi Solari
Villa Sa’ Contissa is a luxurious residence designed by Studio di Architettura Luca Scacchetti located in Liscia di Vacca, Italy.
Photography courtesy of Italy Sotheby’s International
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In the local language, its name means «beach of the cows,» because it is where the shepherds used to bring their flocks to pasture. It is now a well-known residential site, famous for huge villas, where Italian and international wealthy people spend their summer vacations.
On a 1,000 square metre south-facing plot, Villa Anguli overlooks Camp de Mar, Mallorca, from a privileged elevated position. Created by E5 Living, the 399 square metre state-of-the-art Mediterranean residence boasts spectacular sea views that have influenced its geometric architecture and sleek glass facade.
Superior interior luxury is realised in chic modern furniture and a clean minimalist approach. White walls, plenty of light and high ceilings make perfect gallery space for a covetable collection of contemporary works by Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and Banksy. The artwork injects lively bursts of colour over three floors of seamless spaces that each pull toward the panorama.
Glass balustrades invisibly border an elevated walkway into the villa from the pool deck, leaving the vast windows of the facade unobstructed.
Taking a dip in the swimming pool whilst looking out over the bay feels just like diving into the bright blue sea itself. Cap Andritxol headland rolls in the distance.
An outdoor living room is arranged on the pool terrace, to make the most of the excellent Mediterranean weather. Inside the luxury villa, an interior living room unfolds with a double-sided lounge and a formal dining area. Four large dining room pendant lights descend from the impressive ceiling height at the centre of the space, where more blue skies cut through the white concrete structure.
The lengthier side of the sofa arrangement looks inward toward the fireplace. A comfortable pouf provides a small footrest to get toes toasty in the winter months. A large area rug spreads a cosy, cream base beneath the modern lounge layout. An assortment of grey accent pillows contrast with the cream sofa upholstery.
The entire upper level is dedicated to a luxurious master bedroom suite. Up here, a courtyard grows a tropical jungle theme in the centre of the floor plan. On one side, the green interval makes a fabulous headboard feature wall…
Another riot of uplifting colour elevates an all-white entryway into the master suite. Find Damien Hirst spot paintings here.
On the ground floor plan, we can see the even scale of three double bedrooms, each with their own ensuite bathroom. Sliding glass doors unify the bedrooms with the outdoor space and swimming pool. We can also observe the angular nature of the open plan living area, which cuts across the cantilevered sun terrace. The ground floor of the villa has been evenly split between indoor and outdoor living spaces, with retractable walls blurring the boundary.
Designed in 2017 by MCK Architecture + Interiors, this two-story beach house is located in Mollymook, Australia.
Sunrise House is a beachfront home in the dunes of the Australian NSW South Coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The original brief was humble, calling for a house that was as comfortable for a family of four, as it was for an extended family or group of friends. It was also acknowledged early on that it should be of a high quality to withstand the coastal elements and ensure a longevity in construction the locality was generally deprived of.
The brief called for the design to make best use of the Pacific Ocean whilst remaining conscious of the home’s street presence, avoiding it feeling obnoxious.