Transforming a stiff, unyielding late-medieval fortress into a dynamic family home: that was the challenge that Gert Voorjans faced in the Bavarian town of Coburg. The commission was anything but obvious: the moated Schloss had in no way been renovated to current standards of residential convenience.
Once the seat of an aristocratic family, the oldest section of the house dates back as far as the 16th century. However, various ad-hoc adaptations and expansions that were started in the 20th century had left the property an eclectic hodge-podge of architectural styles.
Gert evidently embraces the eclectic hodge-podge and ran with it, which makes this fortress of a home so dynamic and unexpected and filled with spaces that are pleasant to the eye each in their own way. Love it!
Rising like a dream above clouds of white flowers is Casa Santa Magdalena in Menorca, Spain. Rustic yet sophisticated, a celebration of natural materials and the history of the building by Paris-based Argentinian architect Luis Laplace who delights in the juxtaposition of tradition and craft with pops of modern. A dream house I’d never want to leave.
Photography by Daniel Schäfer
The sales listing for this home calls it a hôtel particulier but I think compound is more appropriate because it is surrounded by walls creating a courtyard. And I loooooooove homes designed to create that sense of privacy for an outdoor space. And those arching blue doors to greet you as you enter the compound…..OH LA LA!!! This home really does have such incredible bones that I can very much see past the underwhelming décor and imagine all the things I could do with this. (Quick notes: it was built in 1690, is 450 m² with 15 rooms including 6 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, is located in Semur-en-Auxois – a commune of the Côte-d’Or department in eastern France and is for sale via Capifrance for 550 000 €)
Exclusive eight-room hotel in an 18th century building in Begur, a complete project in which the studio has been in charge of the concept, branding and image as well as the whole restoration and decoration. The traditional Catalan house required a thorough structural reform to be later updated with traditional techniques and materials Quintana Partners also incorporated the latest technology to reuse energy and water resources to achieve energy sufficiency The starting point of the decoration are inspiring women from the early twentieth century, whose personality has been reflected in each room, such as Charlotte Cooper, English tennis player, the first woman to win the Olympic Games, Emilie Flöge, muse of the painter Gustav Klint, textile designer, or the dancer Carmen Amaya, a devotee of Begur.
Absolutely beautiful. What a dream to be able to spend a few nights here.
A multidisciplinary collective more than a classical architecture firm, Uchronia takes its name from the reflection on fictitional and ephemeral time. The studio creates encompassing “places of experience”, removing the barriers between technique and creativity.
Based in Paris, this firm created quite a spectacular space within this chalet-style home in Deauville, Normandy. That central stone fireplace is an incredible feature.