Bea B&B by Bea Mombaers

By : Dennis Franklin | 2 Feb 2015 10:54 pm | Hotels & Spas

The Bea B&B isn’t your typical hotel since it is located in a traditional family home so it ensures all the comfort and warmth you are bound to find in one with the beautiful scenery of the town of Knokke, Belgium as its surroundings. The owners commissioned the architect Bea Mombaers to design the interior and she combined the Dutch farmhouse exterior with accents taken from the English cottages. A tall ceiling and open layout with large windows ensure a…


AJA Restaurant by Arch.Lab

By : Dennis Franklin | 2 Feb 2015 9:45 pm | Restaurants & Bars

The AJA Restaurant located in Chandigarh, India was designed in 2014 by the Arch.Lab architectural practice with a setting that wants to bring an unexpected tone into the urban landscape since it blends together nature and art in a contemplative manner. The space was sunken so that there is no contact with the outdoors and there is a ramp which sets the transition between the two environments leading to the Garden of Herbs which offers its own flavor and aesthetic…

Hill-Maheux Cottage by Kariouk Associates

By : Dennis Franklin | 2 Feb 2015 8:41 pm | Homes

The Hill-Maheux Cottage located in Quebec, Canada was designed in 2010 by the architectural practice of Kariouk Associates for a couple and their young son so that it would act as a gathering space and vacation home until one day when it will become their primary residence. The programs inside were divided for a more private section on the upper level while the primary living areas and communal zones were located on the ground floor to extend to the outdoor…


University Place by StudioLab

By : Dennis Franklin | 2 Feb 2015 7:38 pm | Offices

The University Place is a duplex apartment designed by the StudioLAB and it is located in Greenwich Village, New York City. The project was created for a family that wanted to live in a very efficient apartment with minimal furniture pieces and a fluid layout. The budget wasn’t very large and the small space needed to appear larger, so the rooms were painted white with white furniture for a bright interior. The open kitchen has the appliances integrated and it…

Flamingo Group Shanghai Office by Neri&Hu

By : Dennis Franklin | 2 Feb 2015 6:35 pm | Offices

The Flamingo Group is a leading global insight and strategic consultancy company and they commissioned the Neri&Hu architectural practice to transform an industrial roof space into their new headquarters in Shanghai. The project has several shapes that resemble housing units placed into the landscape with concrete platforms to break the minimalism of the volume and the roof has more than a single vantage point so that it can be seen from multiple levels. The aesthetic approach started from Gaston Bachelard’s…

Kristal Kule by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP

By : Dennis Franklin | 2 Feb 2015 5:34 pm | Offices

The Kristal Kule is an office tower with 45 floors located in Istanbul, Turkey and it was designed by the practice of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP in 2014 with a prismatic exterior shape that stands out in the urban landscape as a new and original piece on the skyline of the city. The tower is the headquarters of an important bank and it was created through the subtraction of a few parts from an orthogonal volume to…

JRB House by Reims Arquitectura

By : Dennis Franklin | 31 Jan 2015 11:31 am | Homes

The JRB House located in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico is a project designed by the Reims Arquitectura practice in 2012 with a lot of sustainable features implemented as well as a contemporary look created with handmade traditional techniques. The shapes evoke the modern Mexican architecture with their massive volumes and protruding sections to give a sense of lightness for contrast. The outdoors have exposed concrete on the ground acting as the foundation for the architecture and they continue with steel…

Urca Apartment by Studio Arthur Casas

By : Dennis Franklin | 31 Jan 2015 10:27 am | Apartments

The Urca Apartment located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was designed by the Studio Arthur Casas as a luxurious penthouse that is in a great location with the Sugar Loaf on one side and the Guanabara Bay on the other. The original apartment was in a very bad condition when the owner bought it but the space allowed great opportunities for refurbishment, so the designers began with the aim of creating a better view from both sides as well as…

Terrazze Niseko by AE5 Partners

By : Dennis Franklin | 31 Jan 2015 9:26 am | Hotels & Spas

Terrazze Niseko is a condominium hotel located in Annupuri which is the highest summit in the Niseko mountain range of Japan and it was designed by the AE5 Partners as a full panorama of Mt Yotei, Ezo-Fuji. The project is in Niseko Hirafu ski resort at the lowest part of the terrain and the great natural landscape surrounding the site is what inspired the design. There are four levels above the ground floor with six residential units that are organized…

Kinfolk Studios by John Berg

By : Dennis Franklin | 31 Jan 2015 12:09 am | Other

This multifunctional project serves as an event and performance space, bar and retail store created for the Kinfolk Studios by the architect John Berg and it is located in Brooklyn, New York in the Wythe Avenue corridor. The region of Williamsburg Brooklyn is mostly occupied by low rise industrial buildings supporting the local manufacturing and Kinfolk is a creative collective that utilizes this space for various projects such as a restaurant, shop, bar or showroom. The Kinfolk began in 2008…

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