interior design

The topless house

Located on the Atlantic coast in France, the topless house replaces a dilapidated veranda formerly adjoining the main beachside holiday home. A small architectural gem, it offers its users multiple spatial configurations. Equipped with a removable roof, it reveals itself letting in the first rays of sunshine of the day. The roof overhang, defying the laws of gravity, acts as a cap extending...

A refined and sexy revival

Both the interior and the back of this stately, three-floor property located in a century-old residence in Alkmaar, a picturesque Dutch town, were subjected to some serious rebuilding works to create more light, space, and a connection between the different living zones.
Executed by architect Jeroen de Nijs, the restored ceilings, bay windows, and the...

The Desert Paradero Hotel

When approaching the Paradero Hotel in Mexico, the architectural team POLEN Arquitectura de Paisaje + Yashar Yektajo + Rubén Valdez aimed to emphasise the natural motion of the desert by exploring and highlighting the topography.
Inspired by desert winds and its natural form of creating paths and spaces that appear and disappear as in a landscape of surprises. The desert is a land of...

New Jersey lake house

This 1930s house with steel casement windows and stone walls is sited on a hill overlooking a lake in New Jersey, United States. It has served as a weekend retreat for an antiques dealer specialising in 17th- and 18th-century English furniture and an art conservator of modern and contemporary artworks. While very fond of this home and its original details (including the mint-green...

Buckle Street Studios – London

Buckle Street Studios, located in the Aldgate East neighborhood of London, is a new thirteen-story building comprised of 103 compact apartments, a mezzanine co-working space, coffee shop, meeting rooms and a concept store. Grzywinski+Pons designed the building from the ground up as well as all of the interiors and much of the furniture.
Low-rise heritage structures sit...

Restoring architectural identity

Casa dos Gelados consists of the rehabilitation, expansion, and interior design of a building from the 1920s, located in the historic center of the city of Olhão, Portugal. Having the building already undergone some changes in the past, this intervention by Sena Architects was intended to restore spatial and architectural identity as well as quality,...

Inspired by rice fields – Expat Roasters

Launched by Expat Roasters, whom are residents of Ubud, Bali, they work closely and respectfully with Balinese farmers and producers to source finest local product to compliment their nomadic collections of beans around the globe.
The brief for Sydney based interior architects X+O the new bar and restaurant was to bring to life the EXPAT Roasters...

Taking a practical approach

The main design concept for this residential project located in London, UK came from the clients practical need for storage. The solution was initially derived as two joinery ‘edges’ that ran along the ground floor external walls – one pushing towards the front of the property into the living room and the other pushing out from the kitchen into the rear garden.

A Grade II Listed farmhouse is given a new life

An extensive refurbishment, reconfiguration and contemporary extension to a Grade II Listed farmhouse and barn in Kent UK. Gregory Phillips Architects reconfigured the ground floor plan and added a contemporary glazed extension housing the new kitchen, the property now provides the family with an arrangement suited to open plan living, while maximising views of the idyllic...

Taking a minimalistic approach

This Cape Town pied-à-terre, near to the V&A Waterfront’s Silo Precinct, was conceptualised as a blank canvas for the owner’s growing collection of South African and African art. The precinct is anchored by the Zeitz MOCAA, which is not only the most significant art museum in the world dedicated to artists from Africa and the diaspora but is also a local architectural landmark...