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Tuesday
Sep042012

LENS°ASS

Rough luxe, rustic yet modern, traditional married with minimalism. Indoor melds with outdoor, concrete and stainless steel, glass and pebbles and everything washed with beautiful natural light. The gallery and dwelling of Valerie Traan in Antwerp, Belgium by LENS°ASS Architect. Subtle beauty, the preservation of the old and the juxtaposition of the modern in a sympathetic way and always the presence of repeating patterns of brick or herringbone or block. After the jump a few more images from the firm's design of a GP surgery in an old brick barn like structure.

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Monday
Sep032012

Four Room Cottage

Common in the inner city areas of my part of the world are small wooden worker's cottages from the late 19th century. Four rooms with a central corridor wrapped with a verandah. This extension by Brisbane based architects Owen and Vokes adds areas to eat and meet and bathe but orientates them to the outdoor spaces. The lovely old garden with its spreading frangipani is now a part of the indoor outdoor lifestyle along with an outdoor fireplace for entertaining and cooking. Windows and openings allow the light to penetrate the building and a modern take on the lean-to or enclosed verandah is given a new lease on life. A relaxed and stylish family space that respects the heritage of the building but lets the home re-invent itself for the present.

  

  

  

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Wednesday
Aug292012

To cook or to bathe

Jorge Rangel, an interior architect/designer in Barcelona, Spain sent along some photos of a project he just completed. It is a completely renovated 100m² apartment that Jorge designed in a black, white and gold colour palette. Several small rooms became one large living space....which even houses a large spa bathtub. Now as you'll see below, it's not your average location of a tub but hey, if you enjoy bathing and cooking, or enjoy bathing and watching someone cook for you, then this is the layout for you! (I do love the colour scheme, and the floors are fantastic, especially installed on a bit of a diagonal).

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Wednesday
Aug292012

Templeton

  

Young, edgy, now. Architect Emma Templeton and her design team at Templeton create beautiful, functional designs, exquisite in their simple beauty. Where Oz design is now and setting the bar high for design to come. Short listed for the 2012 IDEA awards in the single residence category Templeton is definitely making waves with their calm, contemporary spaces.

  

  

  

  

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Tuesday
Aug282012

A metallic country house

My brother-in-law Dave sent me a link to this house the other day and I was really taken by this house and had to share it. It's not every day you come across a metallic home built in the middle of the woods. The homeowners wanted an escape from their city apartment here in Millerton, New York that would eventually become their primary residence. They were pretty open about the design but wanted a detached cottage or guest house that could accommodate their visiting elderly parents and be available to rent out on a nightly basis at their discretion to help with costs. Architects Grzywinski + Pons paid special attention to sightlines, exposures, seasonal variations in the quality and direction of light and the flow and integration of interior and exterior spaces and focused on making the home very sustainable and energy efficient. The exterior is clad in high albedo mill finish aluminum which was chosen to "amplify the progression of hues both throughout the day and throughout the seasons". So basically the house reflects its surroundings. That is REALLY cool. 

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