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Effortless design meets cosy living in Brasilia

The architects Alex Claver and Wilker Medeiros from Studio 2 Arquitetura e Interiores created a cool, contemporary haven in modern Brasilia. Following collaboration between the owners and architecture firm on 13 bakeries and the previous family home, Studio2 Arquitetura e Interiores turned their keen eye, skill and experience to this new project, creating a truly unique but beautifully warm home to be treasured for years to come. A much-needed refresh The existing 283 sqm apartment was renovated with the aim…

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A 20th century vision: Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion

In 1929, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was commissioned to create the German national pavilion for the International Exposition in Barcelona, displaying the modern post-World War Germany. Also known as the “Barcelona Pavilion,” Mies van der Rohe’s construction was intended to be in the German section of the exhibition, hosting the King of Spain and German officials and displaying the country’s new architecture. However, history had another thing in mind as Germany was already under Nazi rule and the pavilion…

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VINCENT VAN DUYSEN, spotlight on this Belgian architect

Our Top 3 series takes a look at some of the world’s most innovative designers and architects, presenting you with DECOVRY’s pick of their top three projects. This week, top Belgian architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen is in the spotlight. Born in Belgium, Van Duysen began his career as an architect, establishing his own practice back in 1989. However, not only does this innovative thinker work in architecture, but he has always been interested in the relationship between the…

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ENVELOPED BY NATURE

Nestled comfortably next to a family farm, this rural home by architecture firm MW Works was designed to offer a warm, comfortable retreat without the built structure stealing the show. Located on a rural lot on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, a farm-owning family hoped to add a part-time residence to the edge of their existing site. Tucked slightly out the way into the edge of a dense forest, this retreat overlooks chicken sheds, cattle fields, a fishing pond and…

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Waves of luxury at the Garden Pavilion

When architecture firm NCDA was commissioned to design a VIP lounge in one of Hong Kong’s beautifully luxurious shopping centres, they took the concept of an airy, garden-like landscape and ran with it. Provided with a brief to create a relaxing escape within a shopping centre at the heart of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping district, this VIP lounge echoes the serenity and calm of nature, whilst perfectly embodying the feeling of luxury. Inspired by Japanese zen gardens, curved forms and…

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SENSE OF SERENITY

The owners of this one-of-a-kind home in Kerala, India, brought together their three favourite designers to create their dream residence: Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, the English landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith and the Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt. When homeowners discovered their ideal plot of land in their home state of Kerala, the young family dreamed of bringing together three designers whose work they’d always admired. And when their dream became a reality, they couldn’t be more delighted with the…

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A TRUE TRANSFORMATION

CR2 Arquitetura’s Jacupiranga House in Sao Paulo is a fantastic feat of transformation, taking what was once a neglected structure from 1965 and turning into an enviably bright, open family home. Before its unique regeneration, this home in the Jardim América neighbourhood of Sao Paulo was a cramped space with small rooms, narrow windows and an overall dim and unpleasant demeanour. Extensions had been added over the years, and outbuildings cluttered the lot, making the revitalisation seem a rather difficult…

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