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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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Charming Character: the Green House

Brighton-based FAB Architects’ first built work was a bold and playful client-focused renovation and extension for a family house in Croydon, Greater London. This terraced house gained a playful new extension and a charming renovation back in 2018, which truly allows the home to stand out from the crowd. Featuring larch cladding, porthole windows and arched geometry, this playful piece of work was created to inspire fun.   Creating new life In their first larger-scale project, FAB Architects worked closely…

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Winter Wonderland: A modern take on cabin living

Overlooking the Moldefjord in the west of Norway, Rever & Drage Architects have designed and created a paired-back approach to the traditional wood cabins found up and down the country. Nestled into the hillside, the home known as Zieglers Nest is a four-storey residence with a difference. Modern features such as large glazed areas and a roof terrace allow for the clients to take full advantage of the sweeping views. The high life The tall, narrow design of the building…

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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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GO GRAPHIC: a playful take on a home extension

Architecture studio CAN transformed a two-storey Edwardian home for his own family in South London, drawing on graphic shapes, bright colours and texture to transform the property. The renovation and extension project, named Mountain View, breathes new life into an old family home in London, partially inspired by the Matterhorn Bobsleds ride in Disneyland California.   Home regeneration Rather than building a standard extension as is the go-to for London homes built in this era, architect Mat Barnes, founder of…

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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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Building blocks: The edgy home with space for all the family

Tamara Wibowo Architects’ Breeze Block House nestled in the hills of Semarang, Indonesia, combines geometric shapes with natural materials to create a family home which feels fresh, modern and perfectly fits the everchanging landscape. Confined by a tall retaining wall along two sides of the lot, this defining element became the first stepping-stone in the design of this fresh and modern home.   Redefining space While the retaining wall traditionally is used as the edge of the home itself, Tamara…

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COOL, CALM & COLLECTED: ultracool Miami beachside apartment

Designed for a family of six leaving Seattle to relocate in the famous beaches of Miami, Florida, MW Works combined two seaside apartments set on Ocean Drive to create the ultimate chic residence complete with sea views. Seattle-based architecture and design firm MW Works is well-known for its use of natural textures, and this Miami apartment is no different. Focusing on the location’s beautiful views and introducing natural wood and a neutral palette, this residence is truly timeless. Dark and…

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