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Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas

Anna Coe - Friday, August 15, 2014

The latest project out of Studio Arthur Casas is the three storey Casa Al. Located in the Brazilian hills near Rio de Janeiro, the elevated property affords breathtaking panoramic views across the surrounding landscape. 

The first floor houses the entrance and social areas alongside the sleek infinity pool, whereas the ground floor is home to the guest accommodation  and service areas. The piece de resistance is the smaller timber clad volume that sits atop the first floor that forms the master suit and spa.

Studio AC have utilised materials that reflect the residence's surroundings such as quarry stone and cumaru wood.

Via DesignBoom.

Penthouse apartment by Pitsou Kedem

Anna Coe - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Situated in Tel Aviv, this penthouse apartment designed by Pitsou Kedem blurs the lines between private and public space by being completely open and transparent to the surrounding city. 

The large floorspace (approximately 600 square metres) is wrapped within a clear screen shell and the internal rooms all float within this area. Essentially everything is open to the urban backdrop and each room affords a spectacular view of the city. The level of privacy is regulated by various levels of shading. 

Many of the materials used have been left in their raw state - the flooring is poured terrazzo and several feature walls are in exposed concrete. The muted colour palette is offset with pops of colours from several pieces of furniture. The space features lighting by Serge Mouille (available from Cult) and bathroomware by Boffi (available locally here).

Via DailyIcon.

House M by Studio Aire

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Conceptualised by Argentinian firm Studio Aire, this stacked concrete home was designed with consideration for the artist owner's specifications for a home that felt like a warehouse. Choosing concrete for its 'brutal texture and dignified aging process', the stacked box design creates sculptural overhangs while the concrete itself has been indented with wooden planks to achieve a rougher surface. 

Internally, the living spaces vary in size with lowered ceilings in the bedrooms and bathroom creating a more enclosed environment. The narrow entranceway offers a view straight through the house to the pond that lies beyond.     

Via Dezeen

Logo Island Headquarters by Oto Arquitectos

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In a bid to improve management on the volcanic Logo Island located off the west coast of Africa, the Cape Verde government commissioned Oto Arquitectos to design a headquarters facility for the outpost's natural park. Taking heed of its barren surrounds, the low lying building aims to blend in with the impressively austere landscape. 

Applying a dark matte colour to the building's low ramping form that wraps around a central courtyard, the design also considers an effort to minimise light radiation in order not to disrupt the habitat of the island's native birds. As a facility serving visitors and inhabitants of the nearby village, the structure provides spaces for cultural and recreational enjoyment as well as offices and laboratories for the technicians responsible for the preservation of the area. 

Via Designboom

Design: The Week in Review 04/08/14

Anna Coe - Monday, August 04, 2014

A. Oto Arquitectos blends Fogo Island Park HQ with volcanic landscape [via DesignBoom]

B. Chilean beach pavilion house is a private Pacific escape [via TheCoolist]

C. Versailles to get first new permanent sculpture in 300 years [via FastCoDesign]

D. Palm by StudioPepe [via Trendland]

E. Generic plastic bubble wrap transformed into mini goldfish bowls by Daisuke Akiyama [via Colossal]

F. A Japanese artist launches plants into space [via Tmagazine]

Desert Courtyard House by Wendell Burnette Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Situated amidst the arid shrubbery of Scottsdale, Arizona on a peninsula of granite outcroppings lies the Desert Courtyard house. Designed with much consideration to the surrounding landscape, Wendell Burnette Architects created this zen garden of air, light, privacy and tranquility housed within the subtle yet grandiose structure of the home itself. 

Via Archdaily

Rocha apartment by CaSA

Anna Coe - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Colombo and Serboli Architecture have recently completed this playful renovation on a Barcelona holiday apartment. The space  features minimal furniture and a subdued colour palette, combined with linear structures that are used as subtle room separators. 

Via dezeen.

House of the Infinite by Alberto Campo

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Envisioned as a jetty built from Roman travertine stone that elegantly complements the sandy beach, this residential masterpiece by Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza stretches out towards the Atlantic Ocean. The structure was given its name 'House of the Infinite'  due to its podium-like structure, crowned by an upper horizontal plane that is orientated to face the horizon. 

Comprised of one large box of solid rock 20 metres wide and 36 metres deep with two levels of living space embedded within, the home is accessed via a trench in the form of stairs hollowed out of the podium. The exposed upper level is surrounded by three walls that abate the strong prevailing winds. 

Via Designboom 

Design: The Week In Review 21/07/14

Anna Coe - Monday, July 21, 2014

A. Forest Cabin by Bernd Riegger offers sanctuary in the wild [via The Coolist]

B. Anny Wang uses contrasting materials in Akin Collection of funiture [via Dezeen]

C. A glamorous new furniture collaboration from two L.A. design luminaries [Tmagazine]

D. A jellyfish tank installed in an abandoned building in Liverpool by Walter Hugo & Zoniel [via ThisisColossal]

E. House of the Infinite by Alberto Campo Baeza [via DesignBoom]

F. Marx Design: Uppers & Downers [via Trendland]

Animated Architecture by Axel de Stampa

Anna Coe - Monday, July 21, 2014

French artist Axel de Stampa has created a series of GIFs that showcase famous buildings in motion and different perspectives. 

Via YellowTrace