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SERENITY IN THE SOUTH: The luxury cabin at the bottom of New Zealand

Nestled between the coast and the bushland of the South Island of New Zealand, a tiny settlement of 30 homes has now welcomed another escape within its handful of houses. An unbeatable location The owner originally discovered this area halfway between the two larger cities of Invercargill and Bluff while visiting a friend’s family home and spent a couple of years camping in the area in order to understand the land before she began to design the home, even climbing…

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HOUSE ON THE HORIZON: The Cape Town villa with a view

One of ARRCC’s latest ventures, Horizon Villa is a five-bedroom villa set seaside in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. Boasting an unbeatable view of the Atlantic, this family home’s classic materials, open feel and pops of colour create a contemporary modern home that wouldn’t be out of place in any interior magazine.   Open concept Together with architects SAOTA, ARRCC’s Bantry Bay project successfully marries the feeling of modern luxury with a comfortable space for a young family. Apropos to its…

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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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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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DESIGN TALK: WIJNPAAL

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’re going to introduce you to Ruby Oudejans and Mike Plevier, the founders of Wijnpaal. Their Amsterdam-based label is all about wine — the word ‘wijnpaal” means wine pole in Dutch — and makes display racks for all kinds of wine, from red to sparkling. Their objects emphasize the beauty of bottles by setting them into the foreground.…

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