The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel

By : Dennis Franklin | 16 Feb 2015 7:04 pm | Hotels & Spas

The Grand Daddy is a boutique hotel located in Cape Town, South Africa where each room features a unique design and aside from the diverse interior the guests also have the option to occupy one of the seven Airstream trailers on the roof (which we covered in a bit more detail here) that were each designed by different local artists. The trailers offer queen-sized beds, a wet room with shower and also TV, aircon and fridges, while the rooms are…


Caruso Fragship Store Milan

By : Dennis Franklin | 16 Feb 2015 6:01 pm | Stores / Showrooms

The Caruso men’s wear company recently opened a new flagship store on via Gesu 4 in the Montenapoleone shopping district of Milan, Italy, and the project wants to showcase the large collection of clothes in a setting that was designed to look as the backstage of an opera house, so that the customers can feel as if they are getting ready for a performance. The entrance leads to a central aisle covered in antique wood and with a skylight to…

Google office in Zurich by Camenzind Evolution

By : Dennis Franklin | 16 Feb 2015 4:58 pm | Offices

The Camenzind Evolution architectural practice designed the Google office in Tel Aviv (covered by us here) and they also created the Zurich office for the EMEA Engineering Google employees after inquiring them about the emotional and practical needs they have. The space is the transformation of a local brewery into a 12,000 square meter office area for 800 employees. The pictures might not give you the impression of an office space and this is due to the thematic rooms and…


Ravenscourt Road House by DOSarchitects

By : Dennis Franklin | 16 Feb 2015 3:53 pm | Homes

The Ravenscourt Road House located in West London, England is a stunning contemporary home designed by the DOSarchitects practice that extends an imposing brick structure with a lower ground floor while also adding more space to the upper floor and bringing the whole interior up to modern living standards. The first step in the renovation was to lower the ground floor so that the opening toward the rear of the house would be larger and thus bring more natural light…

Authentic Studio Apartment

By : Dennis Franklin | 16 Feb 2015 2:51 pm | Apartments

Although the designers had to integrate all the functionality needed for a home into a 40 square meter space, this apartment is carefully arranged to ensure the needed efficiency while also bringing eco-friendly and high quality materials into the project for a very balanced and cozy setting. The living area is divided into the kitchen, dining room and lounge while the bedroom and bathrooms were separated. The white ceiling makes the rooms seem taller and the exposed brick walls add…

Whitworth Art Gallery by MUMA

By : Dennis Franklin | 16 Feb 2015 1:49 pm | Museums

The Whitworth Art Gallery in Moss Side, Manchester, UK was recently redesigned by the MUMA architectural practice from London to transform the 125 year old museum into a contemporary gallery with two new wings added to connect with the existing building and Whitworth Park in a more efficient manner. The project opened on 14th February 2015 with a Cornelia Parker exhibition and, aside from the works of art, the most important parts of the gallery are the two stainless steel…

Former Caviar Warehouse Transformed into a Loft by Andrew Franz

By : Dennis Franklin | 14 Feb 2015 1:21 am | Apartments

This caviar warehouse originally built in 1884 in Tribeca North, Manhattan, New York, was transformed by the architect Andrew Franz into a stunning residential project with a flexible layout and a great view of the urban outdoors. The loft spreads over a surface of 3000 square feet on the top floor with access to the roof as well and the industrial features of the original project add more character and diversity to the overall ambiance with something new in each…

Publikus Restaurant by Minusplus

By : Dennis Franklin | 14 Feb 2015 12:18 am | Restaurants & Bars

The Publikus Restaurant located in Budapest, Hungary is a very impressive venue designed in 2013 by the Minusplus architectural practice to offer neutral tones and raw textures for a very impactful and artistic interior. The only touches of color are provided by a few of the hanging lights and the rest of the space seems to come out of an expressionist film, making the ambiance seem gloomy but highly elegant at the same time. The owners of the Leves and…

Playtech Office By Soesthetic Group

By : Dennis Franklin | 13 Feb 2015 11:15 pm | Offices

Playtech is an online gaming software company and their new offices in the Gulliver business center of Kiev, Ukraine were designed by the SOESTHETIC Group with a panoramic view of the whole building’s perimeter and a very bright interior with rich colors and a modern look. The designers made the different areas transparent and comfortable with the concrete ceiling slabs left open for a maximization of the ceiling height. The public areas such as the reception, coffee points, relaxation and…

Knutsford House by Nicolas Tye Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 13 Feb 2015 10:11 pm | Homes

The Knutsford House located in Cheshire, Manchaster/Knutsford, UK was designed by the practice of Nicolas Tye Architects to have spanning views of the beautiful countryside while at the same time evoke some of the timeless elegance of the English mansions. The project is covered in Western Red Cedar and has an L shaped layout spanning through a series of linear volumes that each has a distinct design. Aside from the main structure there is a projecting carport in the front…

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