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LIGHT, BRIGHT AND AIRY: A Vertical Loft in New York

Situated in the heart of Greenwich Village in NYC, SKOLNICK architecture + design partnership’s renovation of an 1830s townhouse has created a new type of loft living, transforming traditional design concepts into a vertical space fit for a family.     Preserve and update To honour the history of this federal style façade, the architects retained many of the original interior floor plates as well as the existing exterior. While from street-side the elegant 19th century house looks much like…

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MODERN FORMS: An organic lifestyle in Mexico

Situated on a peninsula north of the iconic surf area of Troncones, Punta Majahua is a flowing, modern and striking residential complex designed by Zozoya Arquitectos in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.   The original concept for this eye-catching project was to create a large complex composed of luxury beachfront residences, focusing on an organic architectural style that would both integrate seamlessly to the site, while simultaneously allowing for a magnificent, striking aesthetic.   A link to nature Punta Majahua…

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FASHIONABLE SLEEPING: A small-scale fashion hotel

Mexican fashion brand Octavia has taken over an old house in La Condesa in the country’s capital to create a boutique hotel, with PPAA Architects designing and creating the soft, neutral space. Designed to be an extension of the clothes created by Octavia, the seven-room boutique hotel’s two studios, apartment-style room and four hotel rooms merge comfort and design, with its public spaces offering refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. A natural touch The well-known local clothing…

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INDUSTRIAL CHIC: The uber-cool warehouse transformation in Barcelona

Local interior design firm Kirsten Schwalgien Design’s remodel of Casa Bures uses steel, glass and contemporary materials to breathe new life into the ground-floor loft of this Barcelona Art Nouveau gem. Originally dating back to 1905, Casa Bures is one of the most representative examples of Art Nouveau design in Barcelona. Built by Francesc Berenguer I Mestres, a close friend of Gaudi, the building was commissioned by a wealthy merchant at the height of the region’s textile boom. After the…

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WALKING ON WATER: A Floating Home

Part of a new local scheme, i29 architects has designed and developed a low-budget family home that not only looks a treat, but is also eco-friendly, energy-efficient and truly packs a punch. Set apart by its dark monolithic exterior appearance from the outside and crisp, white interiors full of high ceilings and glazing, this home stands out from the crowd while providing its owners with stunning views and abundant daylight.   Schoonschip Amsterdam Floating Home was designed as one part…

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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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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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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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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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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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