Rabu, 31 Maret 2010

Ippolito Fleitz Design Studio

The number of co-workers at Ippolito Fleitz Design Studio has grown with its tasks, therefore the architects and communications designers have jointly created for themselves a new place of work on a floor of an old office building in Stuttgart.

The design of the space is in accordance with their own demanding standard as “identity architects”; the office is to be the hallmark that conveys their identity to both clients and co-workers.

Two long work desks cultivate a creative and communicative atmosphere. Shelving and furniture are executed in white or dark wood. Contrasting accents of color are set by textile bands above the workplaces that serve as light switches, and the areas of green plants. In addition to two conference rooms, cheerful communication islands are available for discussions. The studio with spacious kitchen and oversized mires is a place of both inspiration and relaxation.

Senin, 29 Maret 2010

Luxury Apartment by TECTUS DESIGN

This modern 220 squared meters apartment with 3 child bedrooms, a master bedroom, a large living room with fire place including a piano area, a full bath, and a modern kitchen was designed by TECTUS DESIGN Interiors and is located in Heraklion, Greece. The main concept of this project is to create a relaxing environment for the owners. The interior of the apartment follows the same colors and the dominance of natural materials. The floor is covered totally with wood. The living room occupies a wide space open to the exterior sea sight view, through glass panels. A wall is covered with wooden shelves and LED lighting. The light brown leather sofa, called Buxter is combined with a modern circular coffee-table and leather stools. In the dining room the large Marcezi table is set with eight leather chair. Between the living and dining room there is a screen of LCD TV and a set of stereo, which can be rotate at both of these two areas. Finally, in the luxury master bedroom we can see a minimal jacuzzi covered with highlight glass.

Minggu, 28 Maret 2010

The Zenden Hotel

Wiel Arets Architects designed the interior of the Zenden Hotel and Swimclublocated in Maastricht, Netherlands.

Here is the project description:

The Zenden Hotel and Swimclub is located within three monumental town houses near the river Maas in Maastricht, the Netherlands. During the renovation, the scattered program was re-crystallized into an iconographical and integrated whole.

Newly created openings in the hotel’s walls allow for views between all areas of the new program, as well to as the exterior. The renovation led to an abstraction of the structure in both plan and section, not least because all ceilings heights were kept to a maximum. The resulting interior sculpture is completely clad in white, while the exterior inversions are painted anthracite.

Upon entering the hotel, a relaxing lounge welcomes guests and invites them to have a drink, admire the hotel’s pool or simply enjoy the red Japanese maple on the patio. From the lounge, guests can pace past the glass-clad wall in the entrance area and descend to the basement, where one finds the sapphire blue waters of the pool, which retains its original medieval vault. Oppositely, ascending the stairs, nine hotel rooms await their guests, each room unique.

Jumat, 26 Maret 2010

Mamasan Bar

Curious Design & Architecture projected the first asian fusion tapas bar in Glasgow, Scotland, with wall murals by New York graphic designers Omnivore.

This venue comprises a 6 bed boutique Hotel, Bar and Restaurant, which becomes a Club later in the evening. The venue is ideally suited to attract a wide audience ranging from students, the business community and city centre shoppers.

The Hotel offers a personal but friendly service to visitors. Each room has its own distinct feel owing to the physical characteristics of the building.

The brief for the Bar was to complement the offering of East Asian tapas, so we drew on references from Japan, China and Thailand. This is seen through the use of highly glossed black lacquered tables,black ash chairs and Bar front which carries a slashed motif reminiscent of traditional bamboo screens. Chinese lanterns add a decorative touch but there have been enveloped in black perspex cubes, which gives them added value. We directed a photo shoot of a naked Geisha to add a dramatic and sensual talking point within the venue.

This Victorian Terrace enjoys a presence off the street with two entrances, one serves the Hotel, and the second leads you down to the basement whereMamasan is situated. The benefit is that the Bar and Hotel, although linked, can operate independently which gives the client some flexibility with his operation.

Rabu, 24 Maret 2010

Cottesloe House By Paul Burnham Architect

Cottesloe House comes from by Paul Burnham Architect and is located in Perth, Western Australia, in the beach side suburb of Cottesloe. We appreciate the diversity of its exterior design, with the unusual architecture twists. Inside you will notice that most of the rooms are connected, while showing off a contemporary feel. Here is a statement from the architects regarding the project: “Concrete is a recurring theme throughout the house in recognition of the owners’ occupation and willingness to engage alternate methods of construction and finishes. The successful aspects of the property appear to be the sense of privacy, the consistency of light quality and the uplifting sensation from the significant winter sunlight penetration throughout the building.”

Selasa, 23 Maret 2010

Sumar House

Isay Weinfeld Architects projected this house for a graphic designer in Sao Paulo with a studio situate below street level opening onto a garden.

The two-story spacious house, fits an atelier, a swimming pool and a space for ballet routines, along with ample entertaining areas, two bedrooms and all other rooms suitable to a residence.

Due to restrictions laws, the building should not exceed two floors, and an underground floor was necessary to place the caretaker’s quarters and the atelier. As both areas open onto small but nice lawns, it does not feel like being underground at all.

On the middle floor, a few steps above street level, there are the sitting and dining rooms, the kitchen and a larger lawn. In the living room, a long shelving displays the owners collection, ranging from works of art to design and vintage objects.

On the upper floor, there are the bedrooms and the facilities for physical exercising: ballet and swimming. As this is a space meant for private use mainly, it is in the bedrooms, enclosed only by a screen of pre-cast concrete blocks, through which you are able to see the city skyline far away.

Above all, on the uppermost level, there is a wood-decked outdoors entertaining area, perfect for a get together, by day or by night.

Senin, 22 Maret 2010

Studying Place By AEQUO

This studying place was created by AEQUO, a Dutch design studio and is located in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The Vleuterweide Campus “suffered” a tremendous make-over as its information plaza became a high tech culture space where students can catch up with the information they need. The place was compared to a monastery, where each bench is equipped with state of the art technology. However, the computers, magazines and other elements are very subtly integrated in the overall bench design.

Sabtu, 20 Maret 2010

Pio Restaurant

Since transparency is common and expected in the New York City gastronomic experience, Sebastian Mariscal Studio wanted to lead and transport people to a different place, a Latin American place.

The L-shaped plan provides an opportunity to divide the space into a progression of smaller experiences until it opens up into the main dining space. Spatially, each alcove channels your experience to the rich materials, and only as you move through it, does it unfold the the flavors of Latin America.

The simplicity and humble selection of materials narrates the vernacular architecture in Latin America; concrete, wood and stone. The mixture of contrasting materials sets the tone to a pleasant experience as it amalgamates with the food.

Abrupt turns within the space are softened by the consistent use of horizontal wood planks that direct you though the space, not only acting as skin but also as a directional wayfinding method. The undertone of the space allows the food, people and conversation to be the focus – a cultural staple of Latin American culture.

Kamis, 18 Maret 2010

Modern House By OmasC Architect

Designed by OmasC Architects, this modern home is located in Candamo, Spain and comes as an example of original design and architecture. The home has a very interesting structure: two individual areas were joined together- one is for day time activities and the other is used as a night zone. A large parking lot was connected to the building site by using stone slabs. Light was an important factor which stood at the basis of the design. Windows are present everywhere, allowing natural light to mingle with the homey atmosphere. We developed a special interest in the outdoor covered platform which is an original element in housing design. The interiors are airy, spacious and let out a warm atmosphere.