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Friday
Apr202012

Alia Bengana - part 3

I have one last project to share with you by architect Alia Bengana. This one is a 150 square metre apartment in Paris with a very cool layout. The place was originally a classic apartment in a building of the 20s. The clients wanted a contemporary space without completely losing the atmosphere of the place.  Attention has been focused on the central living space which distributes all the rooms of the apartment. Five doors open on this place, they have been refined and lengthened, custom designed and opening around the pivots for enabling the discovery of the spaces hidden behind, each of different colors. The doors have also been put into perspective in order to always see one in the axis or diagonally from the surrounding rooms, thus creating a space that is both calm and dynamic at the same time. I love how Alia made features out of the large amount of doors leading out of the main living space. And I must mention that my dream bathroom is after the jump.

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Friday
Apr202012

Jason Madara 

I stumbled upon the website of Jason Madara, a talented photographer whom Jo featured back in '09, and thought I'd share some more of his work with you all. Many photographers take advantage of bright light in their photos but in the majority of cases Jason has a knack for doing the opposite and playing with low light and shadows. Love the drama it creates. 

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Friday
Apr202012

Still stalking

Can you tell I'm back at work? My real estate stalking has increased. Two houses. Both in Melbourne. One a small house in Fitzroy. The other what appears to be a converted commercial building in Caulfield. One a casual almost thrown together house with wrinkled beds and water droplets on the shower screen. The other styled and styled and styled. Cool but I need to take some cushions off the bed, ditch the throws, roll up some of those hides and take those words out of the kitchen. The first house I want to iron the bedspread. The second I want to rumple it. Links here and here while they last.

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Thursday
Apr192012

Alia Bengana - part 2

This next project by architect Alia Bengana is quite different from the previous one. It's a 450 square metre home in Algiers, designed to preserve the existing greenery as much as possible: thus the main entrance located along a stone wall which penetrates inside a double-height space, is carried out by climbing stairs directly in line with a palm tree which is viewed in its entirety through a glass wall. All the entrances of the houses have been designed as paintings open to the surrounding nature, framed by palm trees, orange trees or yuccas. I love it when architects pay this much attention to the beauty of the surroundings and frame the views within the structure. Brilliant.

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Thursday
Apr192012

Alia Bengana - part 1

Alia Bengana is a French architect from Algiers currently based in Paris who kindly sent us photos of a few of her unpublished projects to share with our readers. This first project is the complete refurbishment and division of a 195 square metre Parisian apartment into 2 separate apartments. This is great - I dig the mid-century/modern/vintage feel, that marble bathroom is heavenly and helloooooooo herringbone floor!

 

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