architecture

Fearon Hay Architects serving up coastal, rural, alpine and lakeside

Based in New Zealand Fearon Hay Architects apply their design approach to diverse environments,  coastal, rural, alpine and lakeside. Their buildings seem to sit peacefully within the setting allowing the environment to take center stage there is a wonderful sense of space and connection with the land. This Auckland based studio has projects spanning across NZ and Australia. [caption id="attachment_2019" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Project by Fearon Hay Architects"]

Kengo Kuma and associates give Starbucks a modernist makeover

The location of this Starbucks stands on the main approach to the Dazaifu Tenmangu, one of the most major shrines in Japan. Established in 919 AD, the shrine has been worshiped as "the God for Examination," and receives about 2 million visitors a year. Along the main path to the shrine, there are traditional Japanese buildings in one or two stories. Kengo Kuma...

Saunders Architecture, artist studios and homes

Bringing together dynamic building and material experimentation with traditional methods of craft, Bergen-based Saunders Architecture with a strong contemporary design sensibility has been commissioned to create artist studios and residential projects across Norway, England, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and Canada. Most design practices would kill to have such brave clients, by looking at their body of work the law of attraction seems to deliver them brave, cashed...

escape to the Scape beach house

Situated on the rugged Victorian coastline looking out towards Wilsons Promontory the Scape beach house was designed to fend off harsh winds and provide flexible sleeping quarters suitable for a family. The simple monotone pallet and stunning origami like angles sit elegantly whilst taking in the commanding views. [caption id="attachment_1892" align="aligncenter" width="501" caption="The Scape house by Andrew Simpson Architects"] No Comments Read more

Eades & Bergman urban luxurious Australian style

Samantha Eades and Wendy Bergman are in high demand collaborating with multi award winning architectural firms and leading developers across Australasia. With a shared passion for creating efficient, luxurious and individually designed space, their collaborative approach with their clients ensures an end result that enhances the way people live day to day. Below - The Islington Silos are a unique development of the old James Hood...

We’re going to Miami ….. Wanders Style

Mondrian South Beach Hotel designed by Marcel Wanders, is a little bit OTT likened to a fairy-tail involving lots of magic mushrooms. Slip into a world of giant arched hedges, over-sized bell chandeliers,  curvacious columns and heavily a detailed lace staircase. The hotel's sunset lounge provides views over Miami's downtown skyline while golden candelabras and onyx jewel-cut stools by Katel are combined with ottomans and...

On the door-step of the breathtaking mountains and valleys of Langeberg Mountains in South Africa

This residential dwelling designed by South African studio Gass is situated in Swellendam at the door-step of the breathtaking mountains and valleys of Langeberg Mountains it's a view so magnificent that the locals have named it "Gods Window" and we can see why. Gass say, "It was because of this exquisite setting that simple forms and materials were chosen for the architecture, in order to facilitate...

Cedar Lake House with parking for 2

Muskoka Lakes Boathouse If your like me you just can't go past a house by the water especially a house that you can dip your feet over the deck and into the water. This rebuilt boathouse is situated at the end of a narrow bay, the design mediates between extended views out to the wide vista of the distant lake and the immediacy of the enclosed...

Lithuanian architectural design studio Architecku Biuras defy gravity

Lithuanian Design practice Architecku Biuras have a strong signature inherent in their designs their projects seem to bunker down into the earth or counter-lever above. This forward thinking practice is fast gaining much deserved recognition below are a few of my favorite projects. [caption id="attachment_1601" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="project byArchitecku Biuras"]project byArchitecku Biuras

John Pawson the minimalist

One of the UK's most celebrated architects John Pawson is often described as a 'minimalist'  known for his designs which present simplicity, grace and visual clarity. Designing residential, churches and even yacht's John Pawson work quietly speaks for it's self. [caption id="attachment_1564" align="aligncenter" width="502" caption="Cathedral by John Pawson"]Cathedral by John Pawson[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1565"...