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Thursday
Jan312013

The artist's studio

A 17th century barn conversation in Waiblingen, Germany, Atelier S is a studio and exhibition space. Rustic elements were retained and restored (the building was in danger of immenent collapse) while a modern staircase sculpture leads to the second floor. By Stuttgart based COASToffice ... bringing together the past and the present, rustic and sleek.

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Tuesday
Jan152013

More please

I'd like to see more please. I know that the new building has been designed to impact on the landscape as little as possible but I want to take a virtual walk through. See more of those stone walls, that dark bedroom, the retro furniture. Just a little bit more. Barn extension by Toulouse-based Puig Pujol architectures.

Tuesday
Dec182012

GASS

Individual designs that fit individual needs. Sustainable, contemporary, with an emphasis on local materials and respect for site. Two projects from GASS Architecture Studios, located in Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa. The first, Westcliff Pavilion is a steel framed structure located on a ridge in Johannesburg. The two bedroom dwelling lightly touches the ground while its floating stone wall is a play on the local stone building materials and the notion of wall as sturdy and grounded. All in all a beautiful modernist box that sits softly in its surrounds.

The second project is the renovation of a flat in the Johannesburg suburb of Killarnery. Working within the existing constraints of the building but celebrating the beauty of its wall of windows, it is the new kitchen, though, that is a triumph. Oak and black tile ground the room and play against the light bright views from the windows.

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Monday
Dec102012

Week of stalking 1

Welcome to a week of real estate stalking. Yes I dropped down the rabbit hole of real estate listings and came up with all sorts of gems. Big and small, high end and  just within reach (if anything is within reach in Australia's still inflated housing market). Let's start with this 1940's beach house in Avalon, Sydney. Apparently the original owner carried each sandstone block from a nearby quarry. Love the neutral, relaxed vibe. A nice change from the blue and white often associated with beachside living. And if you like the chunky wooden furniture then check out Mark Tuckey's website or pop into Mark Tuckey. home. in person at Avalon Beach. Link here while it lasts.

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Wednesday
Nov282012

Paul Bernier +1

A second look at Canadian architect Paul Bernier. A departure from his timber boxes with voids and perforated floors climbing up like treehouses, this home sits solidly in a grove, its stone walls anchoring it firmly to the earth. The monotonal greys are reminiscent of Belgian interiors, clean lined and spare but with a modern, contemporary feel. As striking as this house looks in its wintery setting I cannot help imagining how different it will be when the trees are green and leafy. A cool retreat in the forest.

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