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Long Museum Shanghai by Atelier Deshaus

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, November 07, 2014

Located in downtown Shanghai's West Bund area on the bank of the Huangpu River, the city's cultural hub has welcomed the Atelier Deshaus designed Long Museum. Characterised by a series of umbrella-like vaulted forms and a monolithic concrete materiality, the design resembles a 1950s coal-hopper unloading bridge. With the smooth concrete surfaces of the arching walls and ceilings, the 33,000 square-metre space offers plenty of gently daylit spaces for exhibiting in.

Via Designboom.

Fogo Island Inn by Todd Saunders

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, November 07, 2014


Located on remote Fogo Island, off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada, the Fogo Island Inn's distinguished structure embodies a vision of imitating the fishing shacks on stilts the island is speckled with. The resulting craggy, minimalistic design, the antithesis of local influence and contemporary charm, is the genius of architect Todd Saunders and was brought to life by a major community revitalisation project. 

Perched proudly on the island's rugged periphery above the ancient rocks of the Back Western Shore, the uninterrupted view will have you feeling like you're on the edge of the world, surrounded by the Labrador Current, icebergs and tranquility. Housing an art gallery, heritage library, cinema and rooftop sauna, the inn proffers a cultural destination for visitors and locals alike.

A Home By Frank Gehry

Anna Coe - Monday, November 03, 2014

This stunning example of esteemed architect Frank Gehry's work was built in 1968 in Malibu, California  -originally for artist Ron Davis. Now it's home to actor Patrick Dempsey and his family who enlisted the help of decorator Estee Staneley to complete the interior.

Check out the virtual tour of the home below. 

Images via Architectural Digest.

Bosco Verticale by Stefano Boeri

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Milan's skyline has been interrupted by a verdant new apartment building by Stefano Boeri. Having recently seen completion after five years of construction, the skyscraper residence, whose name literally translates to 'vertical forest', comprises two landscaped towers with an integrated vegetation of over 1,000 different species of trees, shrubs and plants. The project seeks to counter the negative affect on the environment and biodiversity of the site while under construction. 

Via Designboom.  

Son La Restaurant by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, October 24, 2014

Named after the same region in Northern Vietnam, the Son La restaurant in the first hospitality development in the relatively untouched province. As the first facility of a new and nearby hotel complex, the difficulty of getting materials to the site via the precarious cliff roads meant that Vo Trong Nghia Architects opted for local bamboo and stoneworks as the principal materials. Maximising the use of local resources, the open air dining hall lends itself well to both the tropical monsoon season and high humidity in the wet season. 

Via Archdaily.

Hut on One Corner by Atelier 8000

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, October 13, 2014

Appearing to have fallen from the sky, the Hut on One Corner was designed as a concept lodge as part of an international competition to conceive a residence located in the high Tatra Mountains of Slovakia.With an objective of providing a sustainable dwelling for high terrain adventures all seasons of the year, the novel construction also aims to perform autonomously in terms of energy usage.

The cube, rotated onto one of its corners, produces a visual lightness such as that of a boulder resting among the landscape while the interior prompts a feeling of disorientation from within. The structure's crisp edges and high peak relate to the mountainous surrounding.

Via Designboom.  

Eco Ranch by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, October 09, 2014

Surrounded by the verdant countryside of California's Chileno Valley, this eco-friendly ranch reflects a commitment to sustainability while drawing on the natural serenity of the site. Designed to accommodate a healthy, happy and conscious family life, the residence boasts several energy-saving features including passive heating and cooling with thermal mass and insulation. The most laudable trait being the home's seamless blending of both modern and rural elements. Several of Patricia Urquiola's designs have been used for the interior, including the Tufty Too sofa setting by B&B Italia and the Vieques bath by Agape. 

B&B Italia and Agape are both available locally from Matisse. 

Via Freshome

Brick Malva House by Bloco Arquitetos

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 29, 2014

Maximising its modest site, the Brick Malva house by Brazilian firm Malva Arquitetos is formed around a central courtyard and patio that smoothly integrates the interior and exterior living spaces. The objective of the single story residence was to avoid a monolithic appearance, a feat achieved by reinforcing the characteristics of each of the structure's materials. The resulting various patterns of brick cladding ensure illumination and ventilation throughout the home.

Via Designboom.

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.