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A BALANCED BUNGALOW: Modern twist on an Australian classic

The recent renovation of a bungalow in the heart of Sydney by Vanessa Wegner Architects breathes new life into a classic Australian home, turning what looks from the outside like a dark and closed-off property into an open, airy space that embraces all that the outdoors has to offer.     Blurring the lines The extension of this family home was brought about in the view of designing and creating a larger space for the residents while drawing inspiration on,…

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RUGGED RESPITE: Sunken holiday homes

Two private guest residences and a wellness centre sit within a small village on the Greek island of Kea. Referencing the local landscape, this minimal development by Bobotis+Bobotis lies half submerged within the landscape itself.     The natural environment Nature plays a key role throughout this guest complex, primarily in the architects’ decision to sink the homes down into the ground and so making them almost part of the landscape, and secondly in the design choice of incorporating local…

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POST-MODERNIST PARADISE: Jenck’s London home-turned-museum

The architectural historian and cultural theorist Charles Jencks’ name is known the world round. And now, after his passing in 2019, his former London home is set to open to the public as a museum in the autumn of 2021.   Out of this world The writer and critic Charles Jencks was key in the understanding of postmodernism, making these theories and ideas accessible to the public, and his home is full of this movement’s influence. After purchasing the Holland…

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DETAIL-ORIENTED DESIGN: Old meets new in Tokyo

Kooo Architects’ recent apartment renovation in Meguro, Tokyo incorporates soft, warm wood tones and elements of a traditional Japanese lifestyle. Undertaken by the firm’s founders, Ichijo-Toma focuses not only on the bigger picture, but also on the details.     Japanese lifestyle The founders of Kooo Architects decided to draw on the wisdom of the generations that came before and the materials that have been respected in the culture to create something that now is rather out of the ordinary.…

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BRUTAL BUILDING BLOCKS: A Viennese spa pavilion

Austrian architecture firm Smartvoll decided to go outside of the box for a new private spa in the countryside town of Hinterbrühl near the country’s capital. And what they came up with happened to be a deconstructed monolithic box housing a true wellness temple. Vertical and horizontal Situated at the rear of a residential property, the private spa designed and developed by Viennese firm Smartvoll brings design back to the basics of modernism, focusing on form and function above ornamental…

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THE HOUSE ON THE HILL: A modern Portuguese home

An angular concrete house in Celorico de Basto, Portugal focuses on glazing and maximising beautiful courtyard areas from which to enjoy the landscape. Designed by Portuguese architect Hugo Pereira, the home aims to make an impact, without impacting the landscape.       Luscious landscape Known as Cork Oak House, this home gets its name from the dynamic landscape it sits within, overlooked by trees of this variety stretching out toward the horizon. The conditions of the hilltop site informed…

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HOLIDAY HYGGE: A small Norwegian seaside retreat

Nestled right into the edge of a seaside cliff in the coastal city of Sandefjord, architecture firm Lund Hagem designed a small holiday home with a somewhat different profile.   Commissioned for one of the architecture firm’s very own founding partners, the project is designed as a small annex to accompany an existing holiday home on the secluded coastal site. The 30 square metre residence is carved into the rocks, its stepped roof and vertical glazing curved around the weather-beaten…

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ROUGH AND READY: A true display of mastery

There’s something to be said for a house that displays its bones proudly, showing off natural materials and a variety of textures. And Missionsstrasse House by Buchner Bründler Architekten is a true display of mastery of this art.   Swiss heritage Located in close proximity to Basel’s famous historical centre of Spalentor, which dates all the way back to the 1400s, Missionsstrasse House is a representation of a bygone era of Basel’s history. Built in 1880, this structure – once…

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BOLD IN BARCELONA: 2 tries create a dream apartment

Situated within an art nouveau building in Barcelona, a Californian family has created its own dream Spanish residence. With the matriarch of the family initially spearheading the renovations alone, local studio Colombo and Serboli Architecture came in mid-way after a fire cut out half the work, and half the budget.     While the original plans, many of which had already been undertaken before the fire struck, were much more elaborate, when it came to round two the Californian owners…

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OBJECTIVELY OPEN: Exceptional exterior living

Bending the rules in a curiously clever way, Amsterdam-based architecture firm Studioninedots really turned the concept of indoor/outdoor living on its head when it designed and built this home in Eindhoven.   Fifty-Fifty Villa Fifty-Fifty was born from the clients’ wish to live closer to nature in a more minimalist environment. Studioninedots unpacked the idea of living between inside and out, creating both home and garden in one volume: fifty-fifty, imposing importance on neither one element nor the other.  …

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