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Bombay Sapphire distillery by Thomas Heatherwick

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, September 26, 2014

British designer Thomas Heatherwick has completed a new gin distillery for renowned Bombay Sapphire in Hampshire, England. The complex includes two sculptural glasshouses that are cleverly heated using warm air generated during the distillation process. One greenhouse is dedicated to growing tropical plants while the other is reserved for Mediterranean species used in creating the widely used gin. 

Via Dezeen

MO House by Gonzalo Mardones

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, September 18, 2014

Poised on a section of rugged Chilean coastline, the MO house by Gonzalo Mardones Arquitecto features a low profile form that does little to interrupt the undulating terrain. Accessed by stairs and ramps from the road, the stunning residence is constructed from reinforced concrete and presents vast panoramic views of the ocean. 

The upper surface of the home is considered a fifth facade, finished in smooth stone while inside, white walls maximise the daylight with help from strategically placed skylights and apertures. The lower levels have direct access to the external garden while living, dining and cooking areas are located on the middle level with private functions contained in the cantilevered space above. 

Via Designboom.

Design: The Week In Review 16/09/2014

Anna Coe - Monday, September 15, 2014

A. Aeromobil Flying Car might finally deliver the flying car dream [via TheCoolist]

B. Geometric Dichroic glass installations by Chris Wood [via ThisIsColossal]

C. The iPhone's design evolution, visualised [via Fastcodesign]

D. Friedrich Bayer Bridge by LoebCapote Arquitetura [via Contemporist]

E. Guest harbor by Visiondivision imagines boats as side houses in Sweden [via DesignBoom]

F. Chamber light by Hallgeir Homstvedt for Menu [via DailyTonic]

Lucy in the Sky - Single Room Hotels, The Netherlands

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 15, 2014

Conceived by a group of local architects, Lucy in the Sky is a series of bespoke single room hotels situated in the up and coming province of Deventer in the Netherlands. Providing an unique urban retreat in unprecented solitude, the various 'Lucys' are housed within a four by four metre space, delivering vast views of the surroundings and 100 percent privacy while still allowing plenty of natural light in via transparent ceilings. The stand-alone rooms come with all the amenities while providing guests with the opportunity to temporarily reside in a piece of art. 

Private Vaulted Spa in London by Lawson Robb

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 15, 2014

Located within a grade II listed building in London's Mayfair district, interior architecture studio Lawson Robb have recently completed a reconfiguration of the structure's subterranean volume, transforming it into a combined pool, gym and spa. With three-way mirroring positioned between the sectioned off areas, a glass bridge runs above a central light well that allows natural light into the underground area containing massage rooms, a sauna and steam room. 

Corsica Holiday Home

Anna Coe - Friday, September 12, 2014

This Corsica holiday retreat slots seamlessly into its almost barren surroundings, while offering the perfect environment for a relaxed family getaway. 

The materials of worn wood and polished concrete floors make it feel like it's been there forever, and also ensure that the residence can be easily maintained. 

Via StudioArrc

Manor House Stables by AR Design Studio

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Once the home of famed a British race horse, the dilapidated stables of Manor House have since been transformed into into an elegant and contemporary three-bedroom family home in the Hampshire countryside. Renowned architecture firm AR Design Studio undertook the metamorphosis maintaining many of the existing exposed timber walls applying a pared-back, minimalist approach to the remainder of the interior.

Via ArchDaily.

Design: The Week In Review 1/09/14

Anna Coe - Monday, September 01, 2014

A. Claire Healy + Sean Cordeiro Interweave Lego and Ikea furniture [via DesignBoom]

B. New Zealand's Waiatarua House by Hamish Monk Architecture is a Retiree's Heaven [via TheCoolist]

C. A Design Lover's Guide to the Modern Jaipur [via Tmagazine]

D. Randy Slavin paints with light to create Cobra Starship's Never Been In Love music video [via Dezeen]

E. New cut paper sculptures and illustrations by Elsa Mora [via Colossal]

F. Shape up lighting by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee [via Mocoloco]

Giraffe house by Glamuzina Paterson and Monk Mackenzie

Anna Coe - Friday, August 29, 2014

With the height of its inhabitants of paramount consideration, the Giraffe House at Auckland Zoo, designed as a collaboration between local architecture practices Glamuzina Paterson and Monk Mackenzie, was created to comfortably accommodate in harmony, both the long necked animals and their human keepers. Playing with the verticality of the space, the roofline varies from three to ten metres in height. The angular animal house presents functionality and operational overlap, where two internal dens allow for the easy interaction between the giraffes and their caregivers. Inside a mezzanine overlooks both sides of the interior while clerestory windows allow natural light into the space. 

Photography by Mark Smith and Jonny Davis

Energy Efficient Dome Homes by Solaleya Designs

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, August 28, 2014

Embracing the concept of a bio-dome residence, Miami-based Solaleya Designs have set out to create these spherical homes made entirely of natural and recycled materials such as repurposed steel, certified wood and compressed straw, employing the use of solar power for a minimal environmental footprint. The Domespace model sits on a rotating base in order to customise the amount of sunlight exposure in any one part of the house while the various designs shed light on a renewed appreciation for these eco-friendly homes.  

Via HiConsumption.