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Flexible living: officially the coolest home studio

Mexican architect Manuel Cervantes’ Casa Estudio project perfectly houses both his family home and a lofty, spacious showroom. Located on a hillside in the town of Amatepec, this five-story property is organically staggered to sit alongside the steep sloping hill. While from the outside it appears as one, the space has been cleverly divided in order to incorporate Cervantes’ family home, an additional rental home and his own design gallery and studio.   A room with a view The lowest…

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KEEPING IT SIMPLE: refined apartment living in Melbourne

A new apartment building in Fitzroy, Melbourne, stands out from the crowd for all the right reasons. Its simple off-white façade, large steel-clad glazing and natural materials both draw the eye and make this residential project by Freadman White the perfect form of city living. Drawing inspiration from a local modernist icon Heide II, a Melbourne home designed in 1963 by David McGlashan and Neil Everist, this project carries on its legacy with a refined palette and raw materials.  …

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: An homage to Mayan culture in Mexico

A long, narrow plot finds its true personal identity in this tribute to Mayan culture in a Merida, Mexico house designed by architect Ludwig Godefroy. Merida is known as the capital of the indigenous Mayan civilisation, providing the inspiration which led Mexico City architect Ludwig Godefroy to design a fragmented concrete home that pays homage to the city’s culture while providing respite from the extreme Yucatan climate. Traditional talent With the residential property’s design so closely connected to its location,…

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A HOUSE OF DREAMS: Frank Gehry’s Santa Monica home

It was his own home in Santa Monica that made Frank Gehry into a household name, but even forty years later, his new dream house shows he hasn’t lost his touch. One of the most influential architects of the 20th century, Frank Gehry gained recognition for his 1978 Santa Monica street-corner home, the cornerstone of his and his wife’s life since. Having renovated the former house again in the 1990s and raised two children at the site, Gehry’s new home…

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BONDI BLISS: A continuous garden fit for a landscape architect

Located in the iconic Sydney suburb of Bondi, Andrew Burges Architects have designed a stand-out property for client Will Dangar from landscape architecture practice Dangar Barin Smith. Nominated for the much-anticipated Dezeen Awards 2020 in the house interior, residential rebirth and urban house categories, the key requirement for this Bondi holiday home was that it should stand out from the crowd. And that it truly does. Old becomes new Nestled on Bondi Road leading straight down to the world-famous beach,…

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SEASIDE DREAMING: Living with an ocean breeze

Located in a prime location only two blocks from the seaside in Hermosa Beach in, LA, this residential plot’s small size meant a challenge for architecture firm Ras-A-Studio, but what came from it was more than the family could have ever imagined. In order to take advantage of every part of this residential lot, the LA-based architects designed a series of stacked volumes that not only abided by the area’s zoning laws but were able to provide the maximum amount…

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IN TRANSIT: The Picturesque Gare Maritime in Brussels

Architecture firms Neutelings Riedijk Architects and Bureau Bouwtechniek have come together to create a picturesque multi-use space by converting a 20th century railway station in the heart of Brussels. As part of the ambitious Tour & Taxi development – a development project by Brussels-based real estate developer Extensa – Brussel’s Gare Maritime has been given a breath of new life.   Old meets new The wider development as a whole aims to combine the past and the present of Brussels…

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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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