Yoshi Bar by Naoya Matsumoto

By : lau | 14 May 2014 8:51 pm | Other

The architect Naoya Matsumoto created the Yoshi Bar in Shiga, Japan for the school festival of the Seian University which offers a view of the nearby Lake Biwa. The project was created as a material stall and its inspiration comes from the curriculum of the Spatial Design class which creates its landscape each year with the aid of reed grows from local sources. The designer used the material for the second time, the first time using it for a place…

Twins – Houses in Five Parts by William O’Brien Jr.

By : lau | 14 May 2014 8:47 pm | Homes

The architect William O’Brien Jr. designed this project comprised of two vacation homes for two brothers and their families in upstate New York with a scheme following the principle that any two regular polygons with equal areas can be divided into sets of similar shapes which in this case is represented by a six-sided polygon and a four sided polygon containing the same five shapes, namely four trapezoids and a triangle. The fixed arrangements allow a high degree of flexibility…

Istra Tennis Club by Za Bor Architects

By : lau | 14 May 2014 8:43 pm | Other

The Istra Tennis Club designed by the practice of Za Bor Architects is located in Moscow, Russia on the Istra riverside which is one of the most picturesque districts of the capital offering a surface of 1.5 hectares with five open air courts and a large infrastructure of sports and recreational facilities incorporated into a single complex. The elongated structure is composed of several volumes with four “casebound” volumes acting as the façade and creating the three floors inside. The…

Designer Home on Sunset Strip

By : lau | 13 May 2014 2:42 pm | Homes

This impressive residence is currently on sale for the sum of 38 million dollars and it is located on Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California offering a very elegant interior with five bedrooms and ten bathrooms. The house is on the Oriole Way above the Sunset Strip and it offers a panoramic view of the whole Los Angeles basin with an open space interior where walls of glass and Fleetwood pocket doors maintain a permanent connection between the rooms while also…

Lisbon apartment by Cristina Jorge de Carvalho

By : lau | 13 May 2014 2:35 pm | Apartments

Located in Lisbon, Portugal, this lovely apartment was commissioned by a business executive and it was completed in 2014 with a design created by the award-winning interior designer Cristina Jorge de Carvalho with a contemporary cosmopolitan aesthetic. The project spreads over a surface of 125 square meters and its interior was first inspired by the Pombaline architectural style of the building which was afterwards adapted to the needs of the inhabitants. The designer created a lot of the furniture as…

Treehouse Restaurant

By : lau | 13 May 2014 2:31 pm | Restaurants & Bars

The Treehouse Restaurant was built as a marketing campaign for Yellow Book and it has the shape of an egg suspended at a height of 130 feet near Warkworth to the north of Auckland, New Zealand. The restaurant is accessed through an elevated tree top walkway and the roof is made of acrylic sheets to allow the diners to enjoy the stars during the nighttime. The project was built with sustainable elements, the redwood for the walkway being milled on…

Ramzi Towers by SPARK Architects

By : lau | 13 May 2014 2:29 pm | Skyscrapers

The constructions for the Ramzi Towers in Lagos, Nigeria are set to begin, adding a landmark to the city with a design created by the SPARK Architects practice from London as their first project on the continent. The towers were commissioned by Athena Capital Investment and they want to set a new standard for contemporary living in the region. The residential project is on the Victoria Island, an exclusive part of the city, and its 18 floors ensure panoramic views…

Nursery School by MDR

By : lau | 13 May 2014 2:26 pm | Education

The Nursery School is a centrally located project in Baillargues, France which is a very old town with ancient architecture and the designers from the MDR practice tried to create a harmonious contemporary design which would integrate with the surroundings. The project is a part of a large greenery patch and it offers a beautiful view of the Mediterranean landscape which the designers tried to continue using materials and a geometry which is appropriate, taking the surrounding constructions into account…

Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium by Cardin Ramirez Julien + Aedifica

By : lau | 13 May 2014 2:16 pm | Other

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium located in Montreal, Canada was designed by the Cardin Ramirez Julien + Aedifica architectural practice after winning the international design competition with a scheme which tries to bring out the connection to nature in the experience of the visitors. The lights in the city make stargazing difficult so the designers wanted to implement the qualities of the outdoors into the design of the building with two huge cones oriented toward the sky in a manner…

The Lifting House by Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

By : lau | 12 May 2014 6:21 pm | Homes

The Lifting House located in Cascais, Portugal was designed by the practice of Guedes Cruz Arquitectos, changing the original layout to a more reasonable and practical contemporary residence in the middle of a lot which isn’t protected from the sandy winds prevalent in the region while also taking advantage of the impressive views toward the sea and of the hills of Sintra. The renovation project began with a lifting and ended with the complete reconstruction of the building’s body using…

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