The old Queensland worker’s cottages were built to deal with the heat and humidity of a subtropical summer. A hallway from front to back channelled breezes through the house, verandahs provided shade while its position perched on stumps allowed the air to circulate underneath and around. This inner city Brisbane renovation and extension in Gibbon St by Cavill Architects takes the those principles just a little further. In/out living is paramount. Boundaries are blurred as walls and windows move to open up the rooms to cooling breezes and the shade of overhangs and trees provides respite from the sun. It’s never really cold here, perhaps just a chilly winter morning here and there, so this house is all about the balmy subtropical days.
Believe it or not this 90 m2 apartment in Barcelona’s Gracia district was once 6 dark and pokey rooms before its transformation by Spanish-German architectural design firm YLAB Arquitectos into light filled zones full of clever doors that open and shut revealing or hiding the functions of daily living. As a girl who loves a cupboard or rather what can be concealed away in a cupboard this small apartment is ticking all my boxes. Not to mention that gallery garden. Sublime.
Finished your Christmas shopping and baking and wondering how to spend your Sunday afternoon? How about relaxing in a pink booth with a coffee at Pastel Rita in Montréal’s neighbourhood of Mile End. Designed by Appareil Architecture, this 1500 sq ft space is home to a café, artisan workshop and boutique. The colour scheme of green, pink and yellow is so warm and energetic. I’ll have to check this place out next time I’m vintage shopping on St. Laurent.
Photos: Félix Michaud, This Is The Place I Was Telling You About
A keen eye for detail, a heightened sense of luxury, carefully considered minimal style. It’s lean luxe. It may seem very simple but you know it’s all about the clever design creating the effortless style and subtle sophistication. French director, art director and magazine editor Fabian Baron’s residence by JG Neukomm Architecture.
This is designer Mark Zeff‘s getaway in the Hamptons. He was inspired by the simple form and straightforward construction of farm buildings but by adding black to the exterior and some dark stained wood walls and concrete floors in the interior (among other things) it is decidedly modern. It’s sleek, understated, refined, and pretty much perfect.