The Gabriel Chandelier by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have designed the Gabriel Chandelier, the first permanent contemporary piece installed in the Palace of Versailles, France.

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Description

The Gabriel Chandelier, which is over 12 meters high and weighs half a tonne, is composed of 800 crystal modules. These pieces are threaded around a stainless steel skeleton containing a led lighting system. Realized by Swarovski.

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Design: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Karuna House by Holst Architecture

Holst Architecture have designed the Karuna House that overlooks the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

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Description

Karuna House is an ambitious sustainable design project that was designed to meet a combination of the world’s most demanding green building certifications. The project is the first MINERGIE-certified home in North America, earning the top rating of MINERGIE-P-ECO. Additionally, it has achieved Passive House PHIUS+, is pending LEED for Homes Platinum, and has reached Net Zero energy use by incorporating onsite solar panels. It is expected to be one of the few homes in the world certified by both MINERGIE and Passive House Institute US.

While achieving the environmental sustainability requirements of the project, the home successfully maintains a rigorous form that responds to the client’s programmatic needs. Located on the southern slope of a mountain overlooking the Willamette Valley’s rich wine region, the Karuna House provides spectacular views of the hills and the town of Newberg, Oregon, below. Two towers anchor the Karuna House to the earth, marking the location of double-height spaces and vertical circulation.

Wood and glass volumes appear to alternately cling to and slide past the towers. These elements contain the living spaces, and are arranged to maximize views to the south and east while graciously separating social spaces from the private and guest spaces. Sited in an area famous for its rust-colored soil, the home’s exterior palette is composed of materials and colors that reflect the tones of its surroundings. The interior finishes cast a warm minimalism saturated in natural light, allowing the owner’s eclectic art collection to take center stage.

The super-insulated envelope is designed to be airtight. Solar heat gain is controlled through the use of exterior operable blinds that shade triple-glazed wood windows. Heating, cooling, and hot water are supplied by an efficient heat pump system, and a heat recovery ventilator provides the spaces with a continuous supply of fresh, preheated air. The home’s tight building enclosure is expected to result in the usage of 90% less heating and cooling energy than a typical home.

Karuna House’s client, a leading proponent of smart climate policy and sound land use, is pursuing the project as a case study to shed light on the ways that the leading green building certifications and standards complement and/or conflict with one another.

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Architect: Holst Architecture
Builders: Hammer & Hand

Light installation by Arturo Alvarez

Arturo Alvarez has created a lighting installation using the TINA collection at the chapel of the
“Hostal dos Reis Católicos” in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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Description

Arturo Alvarez has just made a lighting pop-up installation at the chapel of the “Hostal dos Reis Católicos”, in Santiago de Compostela, a one of a kind architectural setting full of history through the centuries, since the middle ages.

This lighting installation symbolizes the happiness after finishing the Way of St. James, argument that has served to present the Nordesia vermouth. Both companies share the same core values: a hand-made, pampered product, full of emotions. Together we welcome the pilgrims that come from the edge of the world.

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Design: Arturo Alvarez
Photography: Héctor Santos-Díez

Moraga Residence by Jennifer Weiss Architecture

Jennifer Weiss Architecture have completed the interior renovation of the Moraga Residence, located in California.

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Description

This interior architectural remodel transformed an existing awkward, dark, ranch house into a modern, light and view filled space – with a limited budget. With strategic moves, the interior architecture was transformed.

The plan was rationalized: the kitchen was almost tripled in size; the plan was made efficient; an entry way was gained by creatively modifying a hallway; relocating the laundry area created room for a new office, created privacy for the powder room, and allowed for a much needed storage wall for the children.

Exterior windows and doors were replaced with wider, taller, stained wood openings. Phase II includes work to the exterior architecture of the house and began in the fall of 2013.

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Design: Jennifer Weiss Architecture
Photography: Lucas Fladzinski

Ardmore Residence by UNStudio

UNStudio have designed the Ardmore Residence, a residential tower located in Singapore.

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Description

In recent years high-rise residential towers is Asia have undergone a significant transformation. No longer only mass replicated tower blocks dot the skyline of most Asian cities, a new generation of bespoke towers now provide aesthetic, singular silhouettes and incorporate comfortable living spaces, attractive landscaped gardens and an array of amenities for residents.

The Ardmore Residence at 7 Ardmore Park in Singapore is one of this new breed of residential towers. Located in a prime location close to the Orchard Road luxury shopping district the Ardmore Residence enjoys both expansive views of the panoramic cityscape of Singapore City and the vast green areas of its immediate western and eastern surroundings.

The primary concept for the design of the 36 storey, 17.178 m² residential tower is a multi-layered architectural response to the natural landscape inherent to the ‘Garden City’ of Singapore. This landscape concept is integrated into the design by means of four large details: the articulation of the facade, which through its detailing creates various organic textures and patterns; expansive views across the city made possible by large glazed areas, bay windows and double-height balconies; the interior ‘living landscape’ concept adopted for the design of the two apartment types and the introduction of transparency and connectivity to the ground level gardens by means of a raised structure supported by an open framework.

The facade of the Ardmore Residence is derived from micro-design features which interweave structural elements, such as bay windows and balconies into one continuous line. The facade pattern is repeated for every four storeys of the building, whilst rounded glass creates column-free corners, visually merging the internal spaces with the external balconies. Intertwining lines and surfaces wrap the apartments, seamlessly incorporating sun screening, whilst also ensuring that the inner qualities of the apartments and the outer appearance of the building together form a unified whole.

The apartments in the Ardmore Residence embody the idea of a ‘living landscape’. Functional spaces are redefined and extended into the living landscape concept, offering the possibility for versatile functionality for the occupants. An indoor-outdoor living experience is achieved through the inclusion of large windows and double height balconies in all of the residences.

The first residential level of the Ardmore Residence is located on the eighth storey of the building. An open framework is therefore introduced at the base of the raised tower which enables full connectivity and transparency across the ground level landscaping, while simultaneously organising the shared amenity facilities.

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Design: UNStudio
Photography: Iwan Baan

Net Blow-up by Numen

Numen have designed Net Blow-up, a temporary installation in Yokohama, Japan.

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Description

Net Blow up is a further development of the Net project both in means of construction and appearance. The object is inflated till the outer surface reaches adequate tension for stretching the nets connected on the inner side of the object. This construction excludes any use of additional structure.

The result is a soft object which deforms and mutates with every movement of its temporary habitants. The outer membrane acts both like a “soft box” diffuser of the outside light, or a projection screen in case of inner illumination of the installation.

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Design: Numen
Photography: Tomohisa Tasho

California House by InForm & Pleysier Perkins

InForm together with Pleysier Perkins have designed the California House, located in Brighton, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

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Description

This modernist inspired architecture, with deep horizontal roof planes, extensive glazing and emphasis on outdoor living is perfectly suited to the Australian lifestyle and climate.

The California house maximises the potential of its corner site with all living spaces orientated towards north facing gardens. The upper floor accommodates a master domain and three other bedrooms, separated by the stair well.

Stained western red cedar cladding contrasts with white fascias, tiled fireplaces and silver travertine that flows throughout the ground floor and external terrace.

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Design: InForm and Pleysier Perkins
Photography: Rhiannon Slatter

Mimosa Road by Park + Associates

Park + Associates have designed a house in Singapore named Mimosa Road.

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Description

Mimosa Road was first introduced as a reconstruction further the idea developed into a new erection residential project that unfolds more of its potential to suit both the client’s demands and the architect’s ideas.

Park + Associates aimed to capture modern design through clean straight lines and massive forms compensated by meticulous and creative selection of materials to keep a warm rustic touch to the feel of the house. One from these materials is burnt orange brick that reconnects the history of the original house prominently having exposed bricks all throughout.

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Design: Park + Associates
Photography: Edward Hendricks

Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects have designed the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Description

The Heydar Aliyev Center hosts a variety of cultural programs, its design is a departure from the rigid and often monumental architecture of the former Soviet Union that is so prevalent in Baku, aspiring instead to express the sensibilities and diversity of Azeri culture.

The Center’s design establishes a continuous, fluid relationship between its surrounding plaza and the building’s interior. The plaza, as the ground surface, accessible to all, rises to envelop an equally public interior and define a sequence of event spaces within. Undulations, folds, and inflections modify this surface to create an architectural landscape that performs a multitude of functions: welcoming, embracing, and directing visitors throughout the center; blurring the conventional differentiation between architecture and landscape, interior and exterior.

Fluidity in architecture is not new to the region. The continuous calligraphic scripts and patterning of historical Islamic architecture flow from carpets to walls, walls to ceilings, ceilings to domes; establishing seamless relationships and blurring distinctions between architectural elements and the ground they inhabit. The Center’s design relates to this historical understanding of architecture, not through the use of mimicry or a limiting adherence to the iconography of the past, but with a firmly contemporary interpretation.

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Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Photography: Helene Binet, Luke Hayes, Iwan Baan, Hufton and Crow

Steel Screen by Möhn+Bouman

Möhn+Bouman have designed a Corten steel screen that covers an old building located in Emmen, The Netherlands.

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Description

The client, a small innovative project developer called Orangerock, acquired a piece of land close to the city centre for future redevelopment, planned to take place within ten years. On the site some old buildings can be found that will eventually be demolished. Until that moment the developer decided to temporary use one of the available buildings, an old rustique house, as his office. We were asked to design an intervention to turn it in a representative office.

Instead of renovation for esthetic purposes, we designed a Corten steel screen that masks the old building. It was completely computer-cut, allowing a very sophisticated detailing. After production it was installed within two weeks. To prevent staining the glass, rusty water from the roof is guided to a hidden gutter. The gutter ends above a massive rock, gradually coloring it orange over the years.

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Architecture: Möhn+Bouman
Photographer: Sarah Blee

Corset Wall Tiles by Arbutus+Denman

Canadian based design studio Arbutus+Denman have created the Corset Wall Tiles, featuring hand laced cord that creates a unique design element.

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Description

Corset Wall Tiles are unique interior elements which create shadows, textures and patterns.

By being offset from the wall, the Corset Wall Tiles add a layer of depth to any wall.

Each tile features hand laced cord.

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Design: Arbutus+Denman

Big Sky Vacation Home by Len Cotsovolos and LC²Design

Len Cotsovolos together with LC²Design Services have completed the interior design of a private vacation home located in Big Sky, Montana.

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Description

Interior Designer, Len Cotsovolos, unveils his latest contemporary architectural design at the Yellowstone Club- a private residential ski resort community in Big Sky, Montana, where he designed a custom 11,000 square foot vacation retreat that epitomizes comfort. “To understand this home, you must start from the inside,” explains Cotsovolos, “the home was designed from the inside out, while trying to bring the outside in”.

Although this property shares the mountainside with classic American vernacular log cabin estates, Cotsovolos, with LC² Design Services has styled this dream home to express modern mountain luxury…with just the right amount of Vegas “bling”. Nestled among the tall pines of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 10,500 feet, this custom home reflects characteristics of Modernist architecture, which typically features glass walls, post-and-beam construction, exposed steel, and open floor plans; however, Cotsovolos also introduced unique finishes, opulent furnishings, and other details, which he sourced worldwide to create a warm, dark and mysterious home that is internationally inspired.

Cotsovolos’ interior design concept is focused around Earth’s elements in nature, and the geology of the region. The colors, textures, woods, and other nuances were pulled directly from nature, allowing the home to perfectly blend into its surroundings, as if it had grown in its place among the trees. The monumentality of the landscape is balanced in the interior by the proportions of the millwork, oversized furnishing, and scale of the spaces. To further blur the distinction between the interiors and exteriors, and to celebrate the breathtaking views, the home boasts full-height, floor to ceiling uninterrupted windows, which allow the exterior to merge into the interiors regardless of the season. As the colors of nature outside change with the seasons, the colors of the interiors of the home also subtly change to maintain the Zen monochromatic palette year round.

Cotsovolos tirelessly space-planned the flow and sequence of spaces, allowing his interior detailing to dictate the shape and position of the architecture. Each view corridor and elevation was carefully studied by the designer and his team to ensure that the breathtaking views were always celebrated, and the sequence of rooms flowed logically and elegantly. “The focal directions of the end users and their sightlines were taken into careful consideration when deciding where to place the interior furnishings, and where the windows and partition walls were positioned in the floor plans”, said Cotsovolos.

His contrasting use of petrified woods, fossilized crystals, and polished minerals, set against rough-hewn timbers, Turkish silk shag rugs, fine Italian furniture, and Belgian linens, is creatively juxtaposed by the luxurious animal furs, sumptuous calfskin leathers and sparkling custom-chandeliers. The contrast of the rough, rustic, natural elements against the sleek, polished and refined finishes balances the interior composition to create a sexy, sleek and sophisticated atmosphere, which is warm, cozy and inviting- a masterfully unexpected paradox in Big Sky.

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Design: Len Cotsovolos, LC²Design
Photography: Roger Wade

Dedalo by Gradosei for Formabilio

Italian design studio Gradosei has created the Dedalo dining table for Formabilio.

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Description

The essentiality of two identical trapezoidal shapes, intersected, rotated and flipped between them, gives dynamism to the table making new geometrical impression.

The wood’s strength used for the plane, is supported by the formal elegance and movement of the legs.

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Design: Gradosei
Manufacturer: Formabilio

Menlo Oaks 2 by Ana Williamson Architect

Architect Ana Williamson has completed a contemporary addition to a 1960′s Eichler house located in Menlo Park, California.

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The existing house, a 1960’s Eichler nestled under a thick oak canopy in a Menlo Park neighborhood, was still in its original condition when our client first acquired it 10 years ago. From that time until we met, he entertained several expansion ideas that were inspired by a continuously evolving program. However, his deep affection for midcentury modern design, coupled with a fear of overwhelming the simplicity of the original structure both conspired to stall any tangible progress for most of those 10 years.

The initial design objective wasn’t clearly delineated when we started to work together with our client. We generated several preliminary concepts as the scope of the project fluctuated between a minimal remodel approach and a more comprehensive undertaking. Ultimately, after several schematic design explorations, we established a solid program with a clear path to create a direct connection to the backyard that had been previously overlooked. We achieved this deliberate connection by introducing a new Family Room hub which opened the rear (bedroom) area of the house towards the beautiful backyard and its mature oak trees. This gesture is further emphasized by the gently sloping roofline that reaches upward directing the view towards the upper tree canopy and sky. The slim-line steel doors and windows of the addition offer an elegant counterpoint to the traditional wood structure, emphasizing lightness and transparency.

The relatively modest 500SF addition radically transformed the original flow of the house, and made it possible to integrate the backyard and pool area with the remainder of the house. The material palette was kept simple, using concrete floors to match existing, white walls, concrete countertops for bathroom vanities, Heath ceramic tile for the shower walls and reclaimed walnut sliding panels in the family room.

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Architect: Ana Williamson Architect
Photography: Paul Dyer

Gatineau Hills by Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.

Architect Christopher Simmonds has recently completed a single family home in Quebec, Canada.

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This modern house, set into the dense foliage of the hills north of Ottawa, is designed to encourage the forested surroundings and natural light to subtly permeate the interiors through large expanses of glass. On the exterior, the use of reclaimed wood on the second level provides a textural balance to the white cement board and glass of the ground floor. A rustic modern language continues on the interior, with hand-scraped oak floors throughout and hand-forged handles and pulls set against white lacquer.

The open ground floor, with its interconnected spaces, allows sunlight to flow through uninterrupted, showcasing the beauty of the natural light as it varies throughout the day and by season.

Outside, key elements include a concrete pool, which nestles into the slope; a small balcony that connects the master bedroom to the ensuite; and the projection of the sunroom, which inserts itself subtly into the land.

The spaces to the southern slope look out to the cities of Gatineau and Ottawa, the winding Gatineau River below, and the adjacent ski hills.

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Architect: Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.
Photography: Peter Fritz Photography

Espace St-Dominique by Anne Sophie Goneau

Anne Sophie Goneau has designed Espace St-Dominique, a condo in an industrial building in Montreal, Canada.

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The project is to design a condo with an area of 1,600 sq.ft. in Montreal. It is located at the second floor of a 1920’s industrial building on St-Dominique Street. It was previously owned by the Dominion Preserving Company Limited where was produce the famous Habitant canned soups.

The mandate was to relocate the kitchen and to add a third bedroom for the couple’s second child. The 10 feet length sofa, with the new gas fireplace, defines the living room. The existing second bedroom has been reduced to create a hallway to access the third bedroom.

Adjacent, the bathroom is a continuation of the frosted glass facade; thus, these two rooms have natural light from the living room windows, facing southwest, while preserving privacy. At the entrance, the closed room has been abolished to make way for multifunctional storage cabinets and white soundproof curtain has been installed ahead the principal door.

The kitchen, open plan, is an extension of this entrance, where unfolds the dining room. On the ground, the existing solid maple floors were sanded and varnished. The steel structure in the center of the space is bare, expose and fireproof. Only the bathroom have a white epoxy floor finish, matched with sink and faucet. The shower is enclosed by a grey epoxy on all surfaces. A clear glass panel, installed at the end of the shower, accentuates the depth of the space by its reflection.

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Design : Anne Sophie Goneau, designer
Photography: Adrien Williams

Hand Made Collection by Sandro Santantonio Design for Lucente

Designer Sandro Santantonio has created the Hand Made Collection for manufacturer Lucente.

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The Hand Made collection marks the company’s first experimentation with fibreglass, a light and resistant eco-friendly material, to create a collection of lamps that exudes Italian craftsmanship and the fine “hand-made” expertise after which it is named.

Hand Made is based on the concept of simplicity and formal purity, “organic” inspiration that creates a notable impact due to its size. As Sandro Santantonio explains: “this is a striking yet familiar collection where soft lines are paired with the physicality of the material to add a touch of originality to any type of environment.”

Versions and finishes: Hand Made is available in both a suspension and floor model, the latter of which can also be used as a lighted pouf. There are two variations: A brand new closed version in natural fibreglass, which plays on the transparent effect of the material, also for outdoor use and an elegant open version for indoor use, hand painted, in the following finishes: matt or glossy black on the outside and gold leaf on the inside; matt or glossy white on the outside and silver leaf on the inside.

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Design: Sandro Santantonio Design
Manufacturer: Lucente