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One of the most satisfying things for an Architect must be when the client presents an opportunity to radically overhaul a building that has been left to decay, giving them the chance to inject much needed love and transform it into a something truly stunning. A great example of this would be MM House by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects, located in the leafy and affluent Chapultepec, Mexico City.
Designed by local studio AGi Architects – whose previous projects include a home that produces its own mist – Wall House provides a home for a family in Khaldiya, a suburb of Kuwait City.
Located in Melbourne‘s Elsternwick, Penta is a 125 square metre café designed by the local Architecture & Interior Design Studio Ritz&Ghougassian. A polished grey concrete floor is lightly ground back to expose loose ends of aggregate. Orthogonal concrete elements rise from the floor creating a coffee and waiting station, married with terrazzo clad plinths, which form seating.
Spanish designer Jaime Hayon and Swedish firm Fritz Hansen are celebrating their long and fruitful partnership by installing a large hotel lobby in the heart of Brera. It is a luminous and colourful space, a sort of “tropical Scandinavia”, as he describes it, tangible proof that not only can Latin exuberance live alongside Nordic rigour and minimalism but together they bear excellent fruits.
Located in Rome in the charming Monti neighbourhood, near the Forum of Augustus, this renovated Italian apartment has a distinctly 70’s ambience. Massimo Adario Architetto was given the task of taking the original, small apartment and amalgamating the roof terrace, once used to house water tanks, to turn it into part of the condominium with the access via a glass lift.
Design firms Asylum and Zarch Collaboratives have converted a former spice warehouse on the Singapore River into a hotel, featuring exposed ceilings trusses, brickwork walls and mid-century style furniture. The Warehouse Hotel occupies a trio of gabled buildings on the banks of the river, which were used as warehouses during the height of Singapore's spice trade.
A huge, round opening is carved above the outdoor dining area of this house in southern France by Pascual Architect, which also features large glass doors that swing open to the garden. The local studio designed the 180-square-metre family house in the city of Nîmes to make the most of the region's sun and a garden featuring a swimming pool.
The house by Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama in Nagano surrounds and is surrounded by the trees and plants of the forest, with five courtyards that vertically invite light and nature into this house.
Casa Kwantes bases itself around the clients’ desire for seclusion and privacy, whilst having a maximum of daylight and open living spaces. From the road, the bare brick wall offers only a partial glimpse into the property and family life through an opening of the white brickwork façade - a subtle indented entrance leading into an initially dark and enclosed entrance hall.
Kim Benatar and Sian Fisher, co-founders of Three14 Architects, persuaded their client to demolish his home of ten years to create this calm, contemporary cuboid in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. In with the new! We say. Looking for an open-plan home that was elegant, yet easy, a peaceful backdrop to his routine and a space that would transform easily to entertain guests.