Category Archives: Architecture

DREAM HOLIDAY HOME IN GREECE

4 August 2016

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Situated on the island of Syros in Greece this dream holiday home sits in the most breathtaking spot overlooking the bay of Plagia.

Simple and contemporary the summer house makes the most of the views and the outdoor area follows the landscape through a series of steps leading to stunning relaxation areas and an infinity pool that might bring on a mild case of vertigo.

The modern rustic open-plan kitchen caught my eye – in particular the in-built cupboard that houses crockery and glassware as well as coffee machine and kettle which can be easily hidden by closing the beautiful solid wooden doors. A great solution for a home that has four additional guest houses no doubt catering for numerous friends and family.

 

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THE ARCHITECTS SUMMERHOUSE

15 July 2016

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I’m showing you the architects summerhouse today located in sleepy North Zealand, Denmark, and situated amongst beautiful pine trees built by it’s owner Christian Cold with a deliberate ‘split personality’.

On the one hand a simple almost barn-like building, clad in natural untreated cedar oozing warmth, tradition and comfort and on the other hand a sharp aluminium and glass annex with a dramatic roof line and attitude.

It’s a stunning mix and I love how Christian has set this futuristic annex at a right angle so you can appreciate it’s shape and construction from the inside as well as from the large sun deck. To bring these two very different characters together materials on the inside have been kept consistent in neutral shades of black, grey and white to draw the eye outside and take in the beautiful surroundings.

This place also reminds me of Zac Monro’s new programme ‘Inside Out Homes’ on UK’s Channel 4 where he tries to break down the boundaries between inside and outside through innovative design and challenging traditional living concepts. The first episode aired last night and I’m already hooked, just wished they were a bit more transparent about budgets.

 

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MORE INFORMATION | Christian Cold, Entasis
PHOTOGRAPHY | Karsten Damstedt
 
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COURTYARD HOUSE AUSTRALIA

13 June 2016

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We moved last weekend and my mind is on unpacking boxes, locating toothbrushes, booking cleaners and baby-sitters which is just so… argh… tedious and boring. So it’s no surprise I am procrastinating and got distracted by this beautiful extended courtyard house in Australia designed by Robson Rak architects.

I love how the architects managed to bring light and greenery into this long and narrow plot wedged in between two large double storey residences. By reconfiguring this 80ies house they’ve added two courtyards which reveal cleverly designed living areas as you move through the space.

The clients love for Japanese architecture comes through in the garden design by Ed Purcey and the inbuilt furniture and seating areas which avoid interrupting the flow as you move through the house. Every room has a strong connection with nature; even the cellar where a low window looks out to the courtyard whilst also limiting sun exposure to the wine.

This calm minimalist space is pretty much the exact opposite to the chaos and boxes that surround me at the moment. #wishmeluck

 

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ARCHITECTS & PHOTOGRAPHY | Robson Rak with thanks
 
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SEASHORE LIBRARY BY VECTOR ARCHITECTS

29 March 2016

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I’ve just about come down from the sugar rush during the Easter break and in search of some austerity I came across the Seashore Library by Vector Architects in China.

The monumental concrete structure on a beautiful sandy beach has been cast on-site over a board-lined formwork, leaving behind a wood grain texture, reminiscent of the marks the waves leave behind on the sand.

I was intrigued to find out that it’s a public library as the views from each of the different spaces are simply stunning and I wonder how much reading or research can be achieved when tempted with such an extraordinary scene outside.

The two level building is cleverly divided and even hosts a meditation space at the top with dim lighting to invite contemplation and slim openings that fill the space with the ocean’s sound but don’t distract with large vistas.

I can’t imagine a more peaceful place to calm as well as stimulate your mind.

Namaste!
 

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MORE INFORMATION | Yatzer
PHOTOGRAPHY | Su Shengliang and Hal Chen at Vector Architects
 
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HOUSE MAHER BY TRIBE STUDIO

21 March 2016

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I’m a bit obsessed by architecture at the moment – have been for years actually – and was fascinated when I came across House Maher by Tribe Studio.

This new build for a young family is set in suburban Willoughby, north of Sydney and Tribe Studio describe it eloquently as ‘a playful study in volume and light’.

The description is absolutely spot on when you study the photos more closely. I’m not only drawn to the contrasting brick and smooth plaster but in particular how clever the space has been divided up, keeping it open but still zoned.

I love the double height at the back of the house over the living / dining / cooking area and how the chandelier drops from the very top of the pitched roof through an opening in the ceiling. This offset second ceiling follows the pitched roof line and creates a narrow gallery used as a semi open workspace giving the interior it’s wow factor.

The more I study the photos the more details become apparent, eg the placement of the small window in the work gallery which echoes the large square window in the brick wall giving you views from the gallery into the garden and beyond.

I wish there were more photos and elevations form all sides as I can spot a double pitched gable which you can only see internally – all adding to House Maher’s playful character.

 
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MORE INFORMATION | Tribe Studio
PHOTOGRAPHY | Katherine Lu
 
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