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Saturday
May302015

Workplace inspiration

Architect and property developer Adelene Teh of Beulah International is a firm believer that staff are at their most innovative when relaxed. Her design for her company's head office uses monochrmatic and earthy tones, high ceilings, a wall of greenery and is washed in beautiful natural light. “My vision was to create a space that people love to work in and a space that encourages interaction, team work and communication, which is achieved through the juxtaposition of corporate and residential design characteristics, ” says Adelene. What she has created is a relaxed yet professional space that is beautiful and functional.

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Friday
May292015

Suspended

Montreal architecture firm _naturehumaine is at it again. These guys are unstoppable, and my favourite Canadian architects right now. Here is the brief on this latest project of theirs: The client wants to transform the last two levels of a building to create living spaces for her two athletically inclined children, who are now grown adults. The primary goal is to create a shared living space in which all utilitarian functions are shared but which still allows each person to have privacy. The architectural concept consists in removing the floor currently separating the two levels to create a wide-open space in which two large boxes appear to float in mid-air. These suspended boxes, adorned with unfinished plywood panels, each contain a bedroom and a bathroom. This configuration creates three gaps, each being two floors high; the centre gap becomes a physical exercise room with a pair of gymnastics rings. The whole structure is connected lengthwise by a block that is painted black; the block accommodates different services, including stairways, a shower room and part of the kitchen. A large island with unfinished wood painted white delineates the kitchen space, with sliding lacquered bookshelves underneath the wooden boxes. I love everything about this...the spaciousness (2000 sq ft too!), the massive black wall of storage, the shelving with more storage, and yes even the raw plywood. This sounds like the perfect solution given what the client was looking for. SCORE for client's kids! 

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Thursday
May282015

A bit simpler to follow up

A little bit of modern within a late 19th century Brooklyn rowhouse. LOVELY. Via CWB Architects, photos by Francis Dzikowski

Thursday
May282015

Concrete sophistication

Raw concrete and honed basalt. A monochrome palette warmed with burnt orange highlights. A nod to Palladian villas perched by the sea. Loggia lounging and beachside modern. A marriage between swimwear and sophistication. Sorrento House on the Mornington Peninsula by Melbourne-based Rob Mills Architects.

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Tuesday
May262015

Apartment for a hooligan

Crosby Studios is at it again, this time with a very small apartment (with a name that cracked me up so I had to use it as the title) that appears to have had a fairly limited renovation budget. And once again, they managed to keep it sleek and cool and homey. 

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