Belmond Grand Hotel Europe Presidential Suite by Tihany Design

By : lau | 21 Nov 2014 11:00 pm | Hotels & Spas, Interiors

The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe is the first five-star hotel in Russia and it recently unveiled six new suites, one of which being the presidential suite inspired by the 20th century Russian artists. The hotel is located on Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg, Russia and there are 19 rooms on the first floor with the six suited adding more space. The hotel will celebrate its 140th anniversary next year and to complement the historic neo-baroque architecture the new suites bring…

Artsquest Center at Steelstacks

By : lau | 21 Nov 2014 10:00 pm | Other

The ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania stands in what used to be the blast furnaces of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation which was one of the largest producers of steel in the country and shipbuilders with a surface of almost 2000 acres occupied by the company that closed its operations in 1995. The ruins of the project were transformed into a sustainable mixed-use community with the ArtsQuest Center serving as a performance space, exhibition venue, art cinema, education center and landmark…

Shop 03 by i29 Interior Architects

By : lau | 21 Nov 2014 9:00 pm | Stores / Showrooms

The Shop 03 for FRAME Magazine located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands was designed by the practice of i29 Interior Architects as two shops in one, offering a contrasting experience to the shoppers. There is a white and rectangular installation on one side combined with black diagonal one. The Frame store wants to bring together art, design and fashion with a flexible interior that can change with ease. The space is white and works as a canvas for the installation with…

SS House by Codigo Z

By : lau | 21 Nov 2014 8:04 pm | Homes

The Casa SS is a residential project designed by the Codigo Z architectural practice in 2013 and it is located in the most luxurious area of Mexico City with a façade that makes the contrasting volumes stand out. The exterior has an interplay of wood lattices and natural stone with a view of the indoors through the large windows. The interior has a tree with a skylight providing the natural light and making the setting cozier. The social area is…

Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building by Frank Gehry

By : lau | 21 Nov 2014 6:58 pm | Education

The Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia was designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry as the first facility he created in the country and the project contains research, teaching, learning, research and office areas with an impressive façade toward the east and west. The waving bricks are a reference to the sandstone heritage of the region and the angular glass panels articulate the building, creating a dialogue with its surroundings. The designed…

Park Tower by Studio Farris Architects

By : lau | 21 Nov 2014 5:55 pm | Skyscrapers

The Park Tower designed by the Studio Farris Architects in 2014 is located in Antwerp, Belgium close to the MAS Museum, the waterfront of the Scheldt River, the Eilandje harbor district and the historic center of the city. The tower is a part of a larger development project that wants to transform the northern side of the city into a more contemporary area. The tower has a height of 78 meters, making it one of the tallest buildings in Antwerp…

Casa Chinkara by Solis Colomer Arquitectos

By : lau | 19 Nov 2014 8:35 pm | Homes

The practice of Solis Colomer Arquitectos designed the Casa Chinkara residential project located in Guatemala City, Guatemala which integrates splendidly into the forested area while also bringing a contrast between the natural and the architectural. Spreading over a surface of 11991 square feet, the volume was designed as an ethereal element following the contour of the terrain and inside it hosts an art gallery. The house permits light to penetrate inside through a skylight and the spaces area easily flowing…

Scandinavian-Inspired Apartment in Warsaw by Soma Architekci

By : lau | 19 Nov 2014 8:30 pm | Apartments

Although this apartment is located in Warsaw, Poland, the practice of Soma Architekci employed a Scandinavian aesthetic into the project to make it more cozy and welcoming with an open layout that consists of a living area, dining room with kitchenette as well as two bathrooms and four rooms, one for each member of the family. The project is near the Szczesliwicki Park and has a surface of 130 square meters of cozy areas. The design scheme was based on…

KLM Airlines and Airbnb Airplane Conversion into a Hotel Room

By : lau | 19 Nov 2014 7:26 pm | Other

The KLM Airlines and AirBnb hosted a competition that wanted to convert a retired Royal Dutch Airlines jetliner into a hotel room that will function for only three nights, from the 28th of November to the 20th. Competition is still underway and the hotel room is equipped with seven bathrooms, a master bedroom, a private cinema, a children’s playroom and two fully equipped kitchens. The jetliner flew around the world no less than 3675 times and has a surface of…

Red Bull New York Offices by INABA

By : lau | 19 Nov 2014 6:23 pm | Offices

The Red Bull high-energy drink company is known for its collaborations with the INABA architectural practice (as we have seen from their design of the Red Bull Music Academy here) and they recently designed their headquarters in New York to provide a minimalist but high-tech office. The project spreads over a surface of 16800 square feet and instead of telling the company’s story or philosophy the design focuses on the architectural qualities of scale and light for a highly pleasing…

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