Latest Architecture

- 27 April 2015

Latest Landscape

- 23 April 2015

Latest Architecture

- 27 April 2015

Latest Landscape

- 23 April 2015

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Upstairs at The Beresford by Kerry Phelan Design Office

The brief was to create a live music venue that would appeal to ‘inner-city locals’ in particular. We immediately looked to venues in London and NYC for inspiration. We wanted to retain the laid back feeling of the existing pub downstairs, but as the venue was intended to attract international acts, we were also keen to introduce a touch of glamour.

 

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Calder Woodburn by BKK

This project was won through an invited architectural competition undertaken by VicRoads, who are responsible for managing the Victoria road network in Australia. The brief called to elevate a historically rudimentary building type (the toilet block) to a piece of architecture that delighted and engaged. The facility was to be made up of a collection of urban elements including a relocated memorial, a new picnic structure and carport and toilet facility. The project was constructed by the civil contractors completing the Highway upgrade adjacent to the site.

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Bassoon at Corinthia

Bassoon opened in May 2011 in Corinthia Hotel London, formerly the Metropole Hotel.  A music bar for the next generation, the space achieves both theatre and intimacy with melodic references to a heady 20s jazz heritage complemented by elegant art deco details.  

Inspired by a 1920s music room, the design features textured eau de nil shagreen walls, eclectic bespoke furniture in bold ochre, rich chocolate and greys and jazz age William H. Johnson paintings.

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Baths of Géronde

From the architect. The renovation of the historical outdoor pool complex “Les Bains de Géronde” is designed as a renaturalization of the shore, recreating a sensible connection to the lake. The new pools are conceived as two water surfaces hovering slightly over the lake of Géronde with stairs and boardwalks providing swimmers direct access to the lake. The design of landscape follows organic forms. The shores are re-naturalized using local vegetation such as water lilies, reeds and other indigenous species.

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Northern Christian Church by Eero Saarinen

Just off the highway that leads to the town of Columbus, Indiana, the most slender of spires shoots upward from the tree line. With only a small gold cross at the top suggesting its purpose, the spire seems to belong to another world, an expressive gesture reaching into the sky that extends far beyond its visible tip. As visitors approach, the base of the spire fans out and merges with the ground, subsuming it and metaphysically bridging the distance between the heavens and the Earth.

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10 Key Design Interventions for a Healthier, Happier and More Productive Workplace

Author: Kirsten Ritchie

 

In case you haven’t noticed, health and wellness has quietly become a consequential issue within the business community. Businesses and organizations are preoccupied with making sure their employees are as healthy and happy as can be, and they are willing to invest significant amounts of money to achieve these ends.

 

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  • Brugge, Belgium
  • Brugge, Belgium
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Reclaiming Pedestrian Priority with Neuroscience by Omar Bitar

The study of the mind is witnessing yet another paradigm shift, as it marches into the previously unexplored terrains of architecture and urban planning. Last year, the neuroscientists who shared a Nobel Prize revealed to the world an astoundingly organic relationship that binds people with their physical surroundings.

 

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  • The buildings exterior surface is covered in molded fiberglass panels with a plaster stucco finish to achieve the smooth and stretched quality.
  • The exterior terrace features a colorful canopy, made of 1000 pounds of thread hanging from a steel structure, has tactile qualities of softness. The and is visually vibrant palette of greens and yellows blends and enhancing the surrounding vegetation. The source of our inspiration was the natural production techniques still used by indigenous people in Guatemala.
  • The design’s playful qualities draw from cultural references.
  • The buildings the façade draws inspiration from surrounding architectural heritage of Guatemala City- namely the deep ornamental window niches of the preserved Spanish colonial
  • The combined effects give the sensation the windows and doors is “actively” pushing it out from the wall.
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Saul Zona 14

There's been a steady rise online of South American design across many disciplines, and one thing we've noticed is that they generally have very few boundaries when it comes to their imaginations.There is the most amazing skill, in using what could only be described as; random materials for ordinary applications. (The Campana Brothers are the personification of this).

 

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