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The rise of La Fábrica

After discovering an industrial cement factory just outside Barcelona in 1973, Ricardo Bofill embarked on a transformative project that continues on to this day. In the early 1970s, Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill was searching for a space to adapt into both a home for himself and his family as well as a spacious workshop for his firm. A somewhat ambitious project, as regulations in Barcelona at the time didn’t allow for dual residential/workspaces. But, on a fateful day in 1973,…

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Must visit: Can Tres Formentera

Tucked away on the beautiful island of Formentera, surrounded by white sand beaches and a calm, relaxing energy, lies a little collection of three boutique apartments: Can Tres. Just 400m away from the Migjorn Beach lies an idyllic little escape. Three apartments are nestled among a thriving orchard and the cool sea breeze: Can Aire, Can Mar and Can Terra. Named after the air, the sea and the land, each of these beautifully decorated apartments effortlessly reflect the sentiment of…

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An Urban Escape: The Jardins in the heart of São Paolo

Designed around a small lot, CR2 Arquitetura transformed a structure with no architectural value in São Paolo into a green oasis fit for a family: The Jardins House. Back in 2012, a local family was looking to upgrade. Hoping to stay in the area but dreaming of moving away from apartment living and into a house, their luck changed when they came across a small plot of land housing only an industrial kitchen. After approaching CR2 Arquitetura, their dream of…

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The Master of Light: James Turrell’s iconic body of work

It’s not unlikely you’ve heard the name James Turrell before, even if only in passing. This iconic artist’s body of work spans approximately 50 years, inviting spectators to view light in a different way, and explore its relationship with their own perceptions. The son of an aeronautical engineer, James Turrell obtained his pilot’s license at just 16 years old, and ever since then has had a fascination with light. Having further trained in perceptual psychology, Turrell has continued to push…

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Paying homage to Denmark’s natural beauty

Located in the south of Jutland, Denmark, Wadden Sea Centre is quietly unassuming, even at first glancing lying in balance between being seen and letting its surroundings take centre stage. Initiated in 2017, the Wadden Sea Centre was given a modern, rather sculptural update by Copenhagen-based architecture firm Dorte Mandrup. The Wadden Sea Centre was designed to be a throughway to UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadden Sea, its mudflats seeing 15 million birds yearly stopping each year along their migratory…

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Modern living in Antwerp

How an empty penthouse apartment became a Minimalist haven… Presented with a completely blank canvas, an entrepreneur couple’s penthouse in the Westkaai Towers in Antwerp became a bright, modern haven. Situated at the top of the David Chipperfield-designed building on the waterfront neighbourhood of Eilandje, the owners were looking for something different from the original plans drawn up by the developer. And so, the 220 square metre penthouse became the ultimate clean slate with which Belgian architect Hans Verstuyft could truly…

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ICONIC NIEMEYER MODERNISM: Where thoughtful construction meets playful design

Built in 1951 and situated just outside of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, Oscar Niemeyer’s Casa das Canoas is considered to be one of the most significant and quintessential examples of modernist Brazilian architecture. Casa das Canoas embodies Oscar Niemeyer’s Brazilian Modernist roots with exemplary tropical charm, touching upon the topography and abundant nature embracing the family home, all while keeping in mind the archetypal modernist elements of the movement of which he was an iconic contributor. The…

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