The Imperial Hotel in Erskineville, Sydney has got to be one of the most incredible commercial spaces we have ever featured. This is an iconic venue in the city’s gay nightlife and one of Australia’s most revered LGBTQI safe havens, and was relaunched last year after closing down in 2015. The transformation by design firm Alexander & Co is spectacular. The space is 3 levels, with a nightclub at the lower level, a pizzeria and bar on the top floor and the ground floor consists of an open kitchen, 250-seat restaurant, private dining room, cocktail bar as well as the main bar which includes a glazed enclosure to an inner courtyard. (Photos: Anson Smart)
It’s like I say time and time again. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. Oficinas Castex, a collaboration between Buenos Aires based architecture, interior design and design firm Estudio Carranza and Clara Jarvis Arquitectura. Love the mix of original architecture and classic pieces by Mies van der Rohe, Eames and those low contemporary tables by Federico Churba.
I have always dreamt of having some type of greenery/outdoor space indoors. With cold seasons here lasting about 8 months a year, we Canadians crave some life during these months and having a year round space to grow a tree would be amazing. Whoever lives in this award-winning house in Toronto that has an indoor courtyard is VERY fortunate. Designed by Atelier Sun. Because of the limited lot area with a request of a large scale house, the interior designer immediately thought about an indoor courtyard to bring greenness, light and shadow inside the house. A double height ceiling interior courtyard was at the center of the house with a series of landscapes and bamboo to integrate outdoor nature with indoor dwelling. The kitchen, dining room, living room, tea room and study room were placed and stacked around the central courtyard to give users visual access. Rooms are stacked and arranged around the central courtyard, creating a vertical village like spatial relationship while providing a certain degree of privacy. Stairs were located adjacent to the courtyard, providing access to all floor levels. Family members can communicate across the courtyard and maintain visibility of each other. With large windows placed at four sides of the building, and the skylight on top of the central courtyard, this stacked spatial planning enables light to stream into the entire house.
This colonial home in Locust Valley, New York was designed by BNR Interiors and is a wonderful example of how soothing and welcoming a home with a neutral colour palette can be. Very easy on the eye and a simple switch out in rugs and pillows can make for an inexpensive new look with the changing seasons, or when you’re just in the mood for something new. (Photos: Sean Litchfield for Homepolish)
My second stalking
victim I mean house is another little Victorian terrace this time in the Sydney suburb of Bondi Junction. Here extra space has been added through a modern two storey extension to the rear. Extra light floods in through bi-fold doors and clerestory windows and like our other house there is a striking modern staircase. Link here while it lasts.