Tag Archives: grand

preserving the past

Lisbon based architecture studio AVA is behind the interior design and renovation of this stunning to die for apartment in Portugal’s capital city. Situated on the first floor of a 1893 building, the ‘Três Marias Loft’ is owned by a married couple of engineers with two small children. The designers chose to intervene upon the existing space as little...

Dialogue house

Located in Phoenix Arizona the Dialogue house by Webdell Burnette Architects is based on two volumes of light – one warm and one cool – one projected to the expansive horizon and one toward the canopy of the desert sky. Inspired by John Van Dyke’s ruminations on the phenomena of desert light specifically “colored air” and “reflected light” in...

floating down the river

Located on an island on Lake Huron Canada on a remote island posed a set of constraints. Using traditional construction processes would have been expensive; the majority of costs would have been applied toward transporting building materials to the remote island. Instead, MOS architects worked with the contractor to devise a prefabrication and construction process that maximized the...

Melbourne Regency

Whats not to love about Kerry Phelan Design Office whom favor a collaborative design approach, which espouses the theory of emotional design, a soulful and responsive exploration of ideas, rather than a static design methodology. This is expressed through a strong architectural aesthetic that has ultimately resulted in creating warm and versatile spaces.

Located in Melbourne Australia one of K.P.D.O.'s recent projects, a...

desert dwelling

Villa E by Studio KO is described as a minimalist mountain lodge, but it’s place in the Moroccan foothills, solid stone walls, and imposing metallic entrance make it seem more like a fortress. Locally-sourced Ouriko stone gives the luxury home the distinct red colour often associated with nearby Marrakesh. To contrast the building’s somewhat harsh exterior, the interior is filled with soft white walls,...

The Boatshed Takapuna New Zealand

The Boatsheds House located in Takapuna Auckland New Zealand is built on constrained, compact urban site, a stones throw from Takapuna Beach. The three-stepped gables of these black 'boatsheds' appropriately reference the local boating and beach culture. The simplicity of the exterior form is contrasted by the highly crafted timber interior, exhibiting the skilled artistry of the builder...

The flip house

Like many San Francisco homes, with poorly integrated levels and sloping topography provided a disconnect across the home. By reversing its reading, Fougeron Architects recast the back of the house as its main facade with a custom-built glass wall. Divided into three vertical panels that push in and out, this dynamic prism begins animating light and spectacular views to...

industrial gallery chic

It's a bit of an art executing high end finishes such as marble and luxurious Italian furniture without looking opulent.  This dwelling designed by Architology that combines very natural elements and some super contemporary features which are dressed down by by the exposed brick walls and industrial concrete floors. The home interior is treated with colour, patterns and texture...

south California vacation

This three-bedroom vacation home located on the spectacular south coast California is anchored in the natural beauty and power of the surrounding landscape. The design literally embeds the building within the land, creating a structure that is inseparable from its context. The site, which features a 250-foot drop to the Pacific Ocean along the bluff and toward the west, offers dramatic views.
The long, thin house...