If there is a heaven on earth then it must be in New Zealand. On a ridge above Matiatia Bay a series of concrete pavilions farewell the setting sun. Rough and monolithic meets soft and luxurious. Manmade meets the beauty of nature. Shelter meets spectacle. If this truly is a slice of paradise then I could sit in the sunken lounge for eternity and drink in the view. Island Retreat by Fearon Hay Architects and Penny Hay.
Is this the ultimate home cinema? Pass the popcorn and roll the film, I’m moving in. Perched on a ridge line in the Hollywood Hills, the Skyline Residence by Belzberg Architects may incorporate sustainable design practices, may have clean modern lines, expansive rooms with outrageous views through vast walls of glass but what we all will be pinning and filing away for another day will be the outdoor theatre. Genius.
Funky solution to a long narrow kitchen dining area. Sliding steel and glass doors in this extension to an old terrace house open to blur the line between inside and out allowing natural light deep into the space. Surry Hills house by Anthony Gill Architects.
I recently stumbled upon the portfolio of Russian architect Igor Sirotov and was immediately taken with his designs. I can’t tell if these are computer generated or just exteme photoshopped but I don’t really care. This home is all about drama and open spaces and lots of concrete (a bit cold) and the coolest lounge pit in the living room (I may have a slight obsession with lounge pits). Many friends would be required to thoroughly enjoy this home, because it demands some serious partying.
It’s brutal yet at times soft. It’s rough and luxe. It’s concrete and steel, rubber and leather, rope, wool and velvet. It’s industrial with a big city vibe yet zen like and eastern. It’s in the Upper East Side of Manhattan or should I say was. It’s from the mid 90s, designed by Pierce Allen. A slight tweak, new photos and we would never know. Good design stands the test of time.