Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Bernd Zimmermanns mirror-clad House wz2 offers distorted reflections



The facade of a 1950s house in south-west Germany has been transformed into a giant funhouse mirror킠as part of a renovation by킠German architect킠Bernd Zimmermann.

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Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Traditional British beach huts get a modern makeover from Pedder & Scampton



Stones and shells from the seashore fill the walls of these eight contemporary British beach huts that킠London office Pedder & Scampton designed for the seaside town of Southend (+ slideshow).

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Wednesday 23 April, 2014

3XN chosen to design new Swiss headquarters for the Olympics



News:킠Danish firm 3XN has been selected as preferred architect to design a new headquarters for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Wednesday 23 April, 2014

School building by Mitchell Taylor Workshop contrasts pale stone with grey brick



This school building in Bath, England,킠by local architects Mitchell Taylor Workshop features킠stone walls recalling the city’s historic architecture, alongside contrasting킠dark grey brickwork킠and window surrounds (+ slideshow).

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Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Elding Oscarson completes Swedish seaside house in M



This house in the Swedish seaside town of M탶lle by Stockholm studio Elding Oscarson has an upper storey clad with roughly sawn Douglas fir and a lower section that is entirely transparent (+ slideshow).

Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Break-Out and Dining Space in Manchester With Industrial Influences



The Hub is a break-out and dining space developed by Opus 4 (a design and build interior fit-out company in Manchester, England) for NSG Environmental. NSG- a nuclear waste management specialist – wanted a social ‘Hub,’ an engaging, inspiring space where employees could dine, relax, socialize and hold informal inter-department meetings. The original area was a mezzanine floor used partially for warehouse storage but was largely redundant. The mezzanine floor had to be dismantled, modified and strengthened, then rebuilt in readiness for the fit-out works.

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Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Inspiring 15 Sqm Modular Artist’s Studio Ranking High in Functionality




How do you imagine the perfect workspace? Israeli architect Ranaan Stern designed and implemented a modular artist’s studio in Tel Aviv exhibiting clever storage solutions. The original looking apartment features 2 desks, 36 drawers, modular storage compartments and pegboard display walls. And if at some point the owners feel tired, they can just bring down the folding bed and come up with new ideas after a soothing nap.
Although the exterior seems not to reveal much on the contents of the drawers, everything is perfectly organized: “The artist creates and collects different kinds of art pieces, most are 2D but also some small sculptures, books and old materials. We needed different kinds of storage units, different sizes and different ways of keeping the new and old pieces“, explained Ranaan Stern. Moreover, each tool category is represented by a certain color, exposed only when one opens a drawer or any other storage unit. The closets and units are made of white birch, perfectly complementing the flooring, which is covered in bright birch tiles. [Photography is by Gidon Levin]

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Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Sustainable Four-Level Home in Brazil Exhibiting a Bold Modern Architecture




Located in Sousas, one of four districts from the city of Campinas-Sao Paulo, this four-level home by 24.7 Arquitetura Design defies the provincial air with its bold modern architecture. According to the architects, the overall design was guided by the optimization of natural resources, such as sun lighting and ventilation. The house plan tends to an L shape, enabling greater integration between the ground floor and the courtyard, acting as an outdoor extension of the kitchen and dining room.

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Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Carrara Marble and Tuscan Craftsmanship: Original Design Collection by ZPSTUDIO



ZPSTUDIO sent us photos of their latest work, a series of objects evolved from a research on traditional and avant-garde techniques and manufactured in collaboration with Tuscan craftsmen.

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Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Wood Encouragement Policy Coming To Australia



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