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A VISUAL INTERLUDE: Luxury living in Bangkok

With a low-key but high-impact façade, architecture firm Ayutt and Associates Design created this couple’s home in Khet Sathon, Bangkok to be an escape from the busy city streets, a moment of privacy and togetherness and a luxurious space in which to entertain.   Positioned within a rather densely populated area, the entrance to this property is through a busy, narrow road, filled with tall, modern apartment buildings. The owners were looking for a space that could ebb and flow…

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EXCEPTIONAL ERAS: Blended interiors in the heart of Paris

Alongside Patrizio Miceli, the head of Parisian-Roman creative agency Al Dente, interior architect Hadrien Breitenbach has designed a blended interior in the heart of Paris for the agency.   The downtown interior is nothing but ordinary, moving confidently away from the standard office typology. Designed to feel like a living space, the agency’s new home additionally includes a hidden indoor swimming pool, a patio complete with lounge and dining space, two photo studios and a bright and airy conservatory.  …

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MODERN MEDITERRANEAN: An interior landscape

Gallardo Llopis Architecture’s recent project is tailor-made for the owners, incorporating patios and gorgeous gardens to create a sanctuary with plenty of privacy. A new viewpoint As this plot of land in sunny Santa Gertrudia, Ibiza is surrounded by neighbours on all sides without a clear view in whose direction to orient the home, the architecture firm turned this concept on its head, instead containing the home’s exterior by way of a monolithic volume integrated into the four-bedroom home. Rather…

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DREAMY DESTINATION: Can Sastre Ibiza

One of the most beautiful and unforgettable spots we love from around the world is the iconic Can Sastre in Ibiza. Just be warned, if you read on, you may not be able to resist booking your next holiday at this charming boutique hotel. Located in Santa Gertrudis, right in the heart of sunny hotspot Ibiza, you’ll find a beautifully decorated, quaint escape called Can Sastre. The small, intimate agrotourism spot invites you to take in nature, good food and…

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All natural: A Finnish forest escape

Finnish firm Sanaksenaho Architects’ 2010 design of a lakeside family home focuses on all-natural materials, reducing energy consumption and the appreciation of the lush local landscape to create an escape that truly soaks in its natural surroundings.     A material world Known as Villa Musu, this lakeside retreat was built entirely of wood, aside from the concrete foundations of the structure. Black painted timber cut to various lengths and widths clad the façade, chosen by architect Matti Sanaksenaho and…

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AUTHENTICITY DONE RIGHT: Hiroshima’s coolest new hotel

Paying homage to its original architecture and the building’s history, Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects reimagined a former hospital and designed what is now the cool, chic boutique hotel Kiro Hiroshima.   A different dynamic When Japanese architecture firm Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects took on the design and creation of a pared-back hotel in the centre of Hiroshima, the team decided to retain many of the original features of the space in order to build a home away from home. Rather than falling…

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OPEN LIVING: Portuguese countryside residence

Located within the rather traditional Portuguese village of Comporta, Lisbon-based architecture firm Fragmentos has designed and constructed a five-bedroom family home that spotlights low, minimal volumes and open living known as Comporta 10 House. (c) Francisco Nogueira Easy life This five-bedroom home is designed within the interplay between various living volumes, not only encouraging an elegant transition between indoor and out, but additionally allowing for a range of orientations as seen from central living and sleeping spaces, resulting in a…

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A BREATH OF LIFE: Cetto’s rebirth of Pedregal

Max Cetto’s iconic project was a true testament to his design aesthetic and imagination. Designed upon land devastated hundreds of years earlier by a volcanic eruption, his masterpiece led to the rebirth of the area of Jardines del Pedregal. What is now a rather desired, upper-class modernist residential colonia of southern Mexico City was for hundreds of years nothing but empty land, built up of volcanic lava and home to interesting foliage. Architect Max Cetto took this opportunity, however, as…

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STUNNING SIMPLICITY: A modern Pugliese holiday home

Nestled within a traditional baroque village in the south of Italy, Villa Cardo may look unassuming when viewed by passers-by, but this Mediterranean villa houses within a rather modern, 21st century aesthetic.   Modelled on traditional architecture, this three-bedroom holiday home designed by Andrew Trotter is a true haven from the hustle and bustle of modern life, allowing visitors to relax and revel in the beauty of the Pugliese countryside.   Vernacular architecture The home was built using traditional Pugliese…

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We asked an expert: how to add colour to any home

Nothing affects the mood of a home quite like colour does — that may be why 95% of people are intimidated by having to choose one. The brand-new book The Complete Book of Colourful Interiors aims to change that.   This useful, illustrated volume takes you, step by step, from tones to hues, and answers all of your questions about colour in the home. Which colours suits which spaces? How do I combine the right shades? What’s the matter with…

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