Entries in architect (1840)

Wednesday
Nov292017

Chocolate brick is cool again

I knew the day would come when chocolate brown brick was cool again, when hipsters would embrace the bain of the 70s and 80s, re-inventing and re-invigorating the humble little brick. Those of us who lived through its last incarnation gladly waved goodbye to the light-sucking, prison-like boxes that were often made from it ... but not now. It's back and it's bold and bright. It's all in how you use the little blighter. Welcome back chocolate brown brick! Dolce Lane house by Klopper & Davis Architects.

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Tuesday
Nov282017

A bold renovation of an apartment in Venice

Here is another project by the incredibly talented Italian architecture and design firm Marcante - Testa (previous one here) that I had to share because it is a work of art. Honestly I am blown away by this. A few details: This is the renovation of the communal areas of a 19th-century building facing a small canal in Sestiere San Marco, and one of its apartments. Prior to the project the building was completely without decorative-architectural features appropriate to its character. The project for this apartment develops through diaphragm-dividers with structures in painted metal and brass, infill elements in green glass and wooden panels treated with Venetian stucco: inspired by the intervention of Carlo Scarpa at Ca’ Foscari, the dividers conserve natural lighting even in the areas without windows. Inside the rooms, the relationship between the windows and the Venetian landscape is reinforced by a system of brass frames with gilded curtains of metal screen, that act to determine precisely revised openings towards the outside in a sort of continuous ribbon window through all the spaces. Through the glass of the lamps, the wallpapers with a shaded effect, the colors of the walls, all the way to the choice of the furnishings (like the glass tables or the iridescent carpet), the project sets out to interpret and incorporate the Venetian landscape, the lagoon and its colors. I have no words for the mind-blowing attention to detail here, and the bold choices in colours and patterns. This project is so inspiring, and brings creativity and eclecticism to a whole other level. Photos: Carola Ripamonti

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Monday
Nov272017

Balmain Semi

An early 1900s two bedroom single-storey semi-detached house has been reimagined with alterations and an extension by Sydney-based CO-AP Architects. Maximising daylight and green space were the priority and a materials palette of off-form concrete and Australian timbers was used. The sense of space and light is evident but it's the stairwell that's the hero of the renovation ... oh and the bedroom with its retractable wall of windows and elevated planter is hot too.

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Wednesday
Nov152017

Here ...

... with a glass of wine and a good friend with juicy gossip. By Michael G. Imber, Architects.

Monday
Nov132017

Smooth operator

"Located in Daylesford, the Central Springs house was designed to create a sense of warmth and comfort, often needed in the cool climate setting. A refined palette of white washed timber boards, and polished fresco walls are used to produce a sophisticated take on the traditional country home."

I love the play of smooth and rough as well as the calm of the greige colour palette. (I almost want to rub my hands all over those polished walls.) Central Springs by Adam Kane Architects.