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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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Wednesday
Apr182012

Swedish neutral apartment

My twin sister sent me a link to an awesome little Swedish apartment for sale. According to the photo of the plans it's a studio but has all the amenities - decent sized kitchen, a great built-in desk, lounge chair for TV watching, washer/dryer and a balcony. What's even better is the decor - it's everything I'm obsessing with these days - black/white/touches of wood, industrial lighting, white tiles with dark grout, linen.....

Saturday
Apr142012

Stalking tiny apartments in Kings Cross

It's Saturday. Time to hit the bars and restaurants. Time to hit the town. Party time. We're heading to Kings Cross in Sydney. The city never sleeps but when we drag our weary bodies home it won't be far if we owned this teeny tiny but über stylish apartment. Converted from a 40 sq m studio in a one bedroom flat with some clever spacial juggling and a hole lot of style. Smart! William Smart of Smart Design Studio that is. Link to the real estate listing here and link to the architect's website here where you can view the images just a little better.

Friday
Apr132012

Sliver house

I found this really neat home in London by architects Boyarsky Murphy that is such a creative use of a small plot of land. The site had been left derelict for decades because there were no obvious ways to develop it. Wedged between two imposing Victorian end of terrace buildings with a street frontage of less than three metres, the site is eleven metres deep and 7.5 metres wide at the rear of the property. Each plan, therefore, took a different form resulting in a stacked configuration. The guiding principles behind the project were to introduce as much light as possible throughout the building whilst retaining privacy from the many neighbouring windows.

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Wednesday
Mar212012

Small space ideas

My brother-in-law Dave sent me a link to a really cool office warehouse makeover in Brazil. It's the office of a sports marketing company and they asked architect Simone Tasca to work some magic. Some very clever ideas were introduced that are awesome for folks dealing with small spaces. First, there is the lounge room, with seating made up of painted pallets (and on the wall to hang the TV).

Then there's the dining room with an expandable dining table created by 2 tables of almost the same size on casters where one has it's legs cut slightly shorter so it can roll under the other. LOVE THAT!

This bathroom is adorable. A whole bunch of mirrors for visual interest, a concrete slab (?) counter made to fit in an awkward corner and a pail for a sink. Industrial chic! (Love that wall-mount faucet!)

Photos: Alexandre Dotta