Archive for August, 2007

August 28, 2007

Light experience


The SOMA restaurant/bar by a+i architecture/information design company from New-York is literary an experience of light. Viewed form the outside, the entrance to the building suggests no more than an austere interior inspired by eastern architecture and lifestyle.

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August 22, 2007

Taschen rocks!

Taschen has presented us with another amazing book, and by the looks of it, it will be a hit!

For all of you(us) graphic design fans (or should I say addicts) this is THE book to have and to cherish: Contemporary Graphic Design

See some of the riches inside:

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August 22, 2007

Casa de Mar Azul – Argentina

 Besionias-Almeida-Kruk 01

Amazing thigs can be epressed with béton brut, as Le Corbusier thought us. The Argentinian trio of architects, Besionias-Almeida-Kruk (Maria Victoria Besonias, Guillermo de Almeida, Luciano Kruk) seem to be the disciples of this great master. Their award-winning project for a one-family house in the woods, (the “Mar Azul” in its name being the woods), near Buenos Aires is a poetical search into the realms of béton brut, embraced by nature.

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August 20, 2007

Architecture at the Bahamas – young talents at Cotton Bay

Cotton Bay, a luxurious private community, located on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas, has recently run a Young Architects Design Competition. The goal of the comptetition was to design homes/villas that would be offered to investors to choose from. The jury included, amongst others, architect Richard Meier and India Hicks, doughter of David Hicks. Ecology and sustainability were taken into account when judging the projects.

See the first three nominations below.

First prize: Will Shepphird

Will Shepphird


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August 16, 2007

Malmaca Studio in Ibiza


Malales Martinez Canut is the driving force behind his own interior design/architecture/furniture design company “Malmaca Studio”.

For this house in Ibiza, originally built in the sixties, Martinez came up with designs for it`s extension, as well as interior design.

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August 14, 2007

Villa Jones wins RIBA 2007 award

Architect Dixon Jones received the 2007 RIBA award for his

residential project in the south of France, the Villa Jones.

Naturally, it`s not all about awards – this project in particular has more to it than meets the eye. The unusual blend of styles, or rather an absence of them, the multitude of different living-playing-relaxing areas, some of them indoor, other concieved as outdoor living rooms, as seen on the above picture.

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August 12, 2007

Paradise revisited

lisoni hote 

It is not too big a statement – Dellis Cay Island (in the West Indies) is truly a paradise, and an architecturally enriched one, too. Developed by the O Property Collection, led by Dr Cem Kinay, a remarkable name in the business of luxury developments, Dellis Cay stands out from other “ordinarily remarkable” design resorts. Where else in the world could you get a Zaha Hadid designed villa at the marina, a Kengo Kuma spa and a David Chipperfield villa overlooking the ocean? And the list goes on…

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August 9, 2007

News at OMA

Beijing skyline is increasingly defined by OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), with Rem Koolhaas as part the creative force at OMA.  Just as we`re getting used to the unortodox feature of CCTV building (shown at right), there`s more to come: the building next to it, also designed by OMA, will be a new luxury hotel. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced it will be managing this new offspring in the central business district of Beijing. Opening is due mid-2008, in time for the Beijing Olympic Games.

see more pictures and other news from OMA 

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