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Cape Town House by Three14 Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Designed for a young family in the suburban area of Rondebosch, Cape Town, this house sits on an elongated site with views out toward the iconic Table Mountain. Calling for a contemporary, open plan home that provides a relaxed lifestyle as well as making the most of the surrounding views, the result is Three14 Architects' minimal white box with bedroom accommodation on the upper lever that is cantilevered over the living spaces on the ground floor below. The residence's street facade is broken up by the tiled screen that creates an open-air terrace for the guest wing of the house while the ground floor spills out onto the inner courtyard where the shaded garden fills the area with a soft dappled light.  

Via Archdaily

Inside the Rogner Bad Blumau Spa by Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Conceived by none other than legendary Austrian architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the Rogner Bad Blumau Spa is no less a luxury spa hotel than it is a mammoth work of art. Located in the heart of Austria's thermal region, the hotel boasts colourful patchwork facades and verdant, grass-covered roofs - needless to say, there's not a single straight line in sight. Arranged like a city with various districts, the diverse range of accommodation offers a plethora of swimming bathing and restaurant areas that branch out into the open landscape. 

Via Designboom

Cross Street by C+M Studio

Anna Coe - Monday, January 05, 2015

Open for just three weeks, the Cross Street Project by C+M Studio allowed Sydney-siders to enter a completely shop-able apartment, not only was the actual residence for sale - you could buy it empty or with all the items in it, but you could purchase individual pieces that took your fancy. C+M invited their favourite local designers, artists and retailers to fill the apartment with their wares, which would have been the ultimate 'in situ' showcase for the merchants.

Via StudioArrc

Groenlandia Gallery in Sao Paulo by Triptyque

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, December 11, 2014

With an objective to make the building's heavy materials, such as concrete and marble, to appear light and almost transparent in their context, Brazilian studio Triptyque's conceived this design for the Groenlandia gallery. Located in an upmarket neighbourhood of Sao Paulo, the building's scheme is organised around a concrete deck which hovers at a height of nine metres with the material-focussed structure featuring fully retractable glazing on the ground floor, a contemplation pool set within the concrete flooring, and individual apertures in the walls.  

Via Designboom.

126 Walsh Street by Carr Design Group, MAA Architects & Neometro

Anna Coe - Friday, November 28, 2014

With three creative groups collaborating on the redevelopment of four, single-level luxury residences in Melbourne, you would be certain to assume that the outcome would be something to behold. 126 Walsh Street by Carr Design Group, MAA Architects and Neometro is essentially four homes rather than apartments, with large open plan living and generous outdoor spaces. 

The interior blends a mix of materials seamlessly, grey exposed concrete surrounds the living area, while timber and black highlights are a feature in the kitchen.  

To note some of the furniture pieces used in the project: Gubi Semi SM2 pendants hang over the dining table (available from Bromhead), HAY About A Chair seating in the office and Tray Table used in the living area (both available from CULT)

Herne Bay Road by Daniel Marshall Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, November 28, 2014

This contemporary residence located in Auckland's Herne Bay is the work of Daniel Marshall Architects. With an empty site zoned in Residential 2 acknowledging the heritage and character of the area, the architects took to the project design as a re-conception of the Villa archetype typical of its environs, simultaneously integrating modern design and construction ideals. 

The concrete construct is formed over three levels with the garaging excavated below. The mid level is expressed boldly by a horizontal aesthetic of weatherboard impressed concrete fins, meanwhile the upper level sits recessively beneath a hipped roof. Boasting an excellent northern aspect and stellar views over the Waitemata Harbour, this hybrid residence exhibits living spaces within that are both grand and intimate. 

Photos by Simon Devitt via Daniel Marshall Architects

RK Apartment in Paris by Nicolas Schuybroek

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, November 24, 2014

Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroek has made a name for himself with his considered approach to understated luxury, perfectly demonstrated in the RK apartment. With a sharp vision of space and materials, Schuybroek manages to maintain a warm ambience throughout his projects. Using his signature monchromatic palette and raw materials, the Paris residence presents yet another example of Schuybroek's outstanding contemporary design. 

Via Yellowtrace

Lock Down Ready House by Philip Stejskal

Deborah Raj - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Australian studio Philip Stejskal Architecture has equipped a white timber extension to a 1890s duplex with shutters and sliding panels that camouflage with the walls when closed. Hatches in the cladding pivot open to ventilate and light the interior space. The shutters are made up of two layers – an external skin that blends with the cladding when closed, and a internal layer of plywood that tones with the timber-lined living space. The project won the Australian Institute of Architects Award for Residential Architecture.

Via dezeen.

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Perched with an unrivalled perspective of Oman's Al Hajar majestic mountain range inhabiting a remote corner of the Middle East, the Alila Jabal Akhdar is another fine example of Alila's superbly chic boutique hotels. Carved into the rugged landscape, the LEED-certified hotel blends in with the use of locally sourced stone and wood, astutely composed by UK-based architecture firm Atkins and Thailand’s P49 Design. 

Cabin at Norderhov by Atelier Oslo

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, November 17, 2014

Located on the steep and exposed slopes of the Kroskogen forests, Norway, the Cabin at Norderhov by Atelier Oslo is shaped to create several outdoor spaces that provide shelter from the wind and sun at different times throughout the day. The interior's continuous space is finished in birch plywood with a geometry that defines the different functional zones. The fireplace is strategically located at the centre of the cabin with large glass walls located in the living and dining areas that creates a direct relationship with the nature outside. 

Via Architizer.