Tour Carpe Diem by Robert A. M. Stern Architects

By : lau | 13 Dec 2014 2:20 pm | Skyscrapers

The Tour Carpe Diem is a skyscraper located in La Defense, France which was designed by the practice of Robert A. M. Stern Architects with an eco-friendly scheme that improves pedestrian access to the area due to a raised esplanade continuing the Champs-Elysees axis. The project spreads over a surface of 45500 square meters and is accessed through a pedestrian street that opens to the winter garden and lobby with a large stair to descent to a plaza in the…

The Cake by 2b.group

By : lau | 13 Dec 2014 1:20 pm | Restaurants & Bars

The Cake is a dessert restaurant in Kiev, Ukraine which was designed by the architects Slava Balbek and Nadya Chabanny from the 2b.group and it only took them four months to complete the project which was opened in November 2014. The main hall has a surface of 80 square meters and the abundance of details brought into it was only possible through the use of handcrafted design elements. The transparent walls of the kitchen have piles of cakes on display…

Prefab Retreat by Noem

By : lau | 13 Dec 2014 1:20 pm | Homes

The Noem architectural practice created this prefabricated residential project in 2014 which is located in Castellon de la Plana, Spain, offering a vacation home for a couple that wanted to have a place where they could bring their friends or family. The most efficient choice was to create several prefabricated modules from wood that would be easy to set up and then provide sufficient comfort with automatic controls. The orientation is toward south east to maximize the thermal comfort during…

NNS Apartment by Mudrogelenko

By : lau | 13 Dec 2014 12:20 pm | Apartments

The NNS Apartment in Saint Petersburg, Russia is a contemporary refurbishment created by the Mudrogelenko architectural practice to improve the access between the three levels and provide a more efficient open layout to the interior. The apartment spreads over three floors and thus the stairway between them is very important to the project. The designers added a balcony area to the main volume to permit more light inside and the living room, kitchen and dining area were integrated into a…

Bendigo Art Gallery by Fender Katsalidis Architects

By : lau | 13 Dec 2014 11:14 am | Museums

The Bendigo Art Gallery is the largest and most important regional museum in Australia and it went through a 8.5 million dollar refurbishment done by the practice of Fender Katsalidis Architects to add a new contemporary wing of galleries at the edge of the Rosalind Park. The redevelopment was inaugurated in March 2014 with the first feature of the new wing being The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece. The extension added 600 square meters of gallery space and a specialist…

Triburg Headquarters by S.P.A Design

By : lau | 13 Dec 2014 10:10 am | Offices

Triburg is the most important apparel sourcing company in India and their headquarters in Guargaon, Haryana were created in 2010 by the SPA Design studio to blend the natural environment with the transparent features of the Adalaj Stepwall and thus ensure an efficient ambiance for an office building. The complex footprint of the building defines four courtyards that provide natural light inside although not too much to reduce the solar gain. The structure has a basement, ground floor and additional…

Lakewood Art Studio by KZ architecture

By : lau | 12 Dec 2014 2:20 pm | Homes

The Lakewood Art Studio is an extension to a home located in Florida which was designed by the KZ Architecture practice in a natural setting with a nearby lake and mature oak trees. The beautiful surroundings had to be integrated into the design so the outdoor areas were better landscaped with a more contemporary layout. The clients are a family with three children and the mother is a painter so she needed an artist studio which was created to serve…

SSENSE Office by Humà Design

By : lau | 12 Dec 2014 1:20 pm | Offices

The Ssense designer of clothes, shoes and bags commissioned the Huma Design studio to create their new office on the top of the 333 Chabanel building in Montreal, Canada to replace a former textile factory. The project contains an office space, studio and warehouse all with a contemporary aesthetic that is transparent and minimalist. The industrial elements of the factory are balanced with refined materials and the color tones are neutral black and white to follow the graphic signature of…

Lavazza by Studio Fabio Novembre

By : lau | 12 Dec 2014 12:20 pm | Other

The Lavazza coffee manufacturer commissioned the Studio Fabio Novembre to design their stand at the Salone del Gusto located in Terra Madre, Italy where they unveiled the 2015 calendar with portraits of the African Slow Food Presidium producers taken by Steve McCurry. The stand took its inspiration from the purpose of the calendar which wants to offer a glimpse into the African continent with the Earth Defenders protecting their land. The idea was to bring the visitors into a setting…

Crump House by Room 11

By : lau | 12 Dec 2014 12:18 pm | Homes

The Crump House is a warm contemporary residence set in the middle of the natural landscape in Tasmania, Australia and it was designed by the Room 11 architectural practice with an orientation toward the north to take advantage of the expansive views of the Derwent River and the nearby city of Hobart. Spreading over a surface of 1453 square feet, the house has a layout spread over a single floor with the living areas shaded by the overhanging roof and…

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