Double Monk Shoe Store is located in an increasingly upmarket shopping area of Fitzroy, close to the intersection of Smith Street and Gertrude Street. The focus of the shop and the obsession of the owners' is English, handmade men's shoes. They are on display from floor to ceiling, enveloped in an atmosphere designed to evoke the quality of the way they are crafted and the long history associated with the makers.
From Switzerland to Australia, nothing beats a good timber-clad exterior for blending architecture into the surroundings of a natural landscape. Buildings covered with wooden planks get attention for their aged-barrel good looks, as well as the sense of durability associated with a good slat. Whether vertically or horizontally placed, they all exude that warm and sophisticated-yet-rustic look.
No Wódka is a concept store that shows a fine selection of today's lively Polish art and design in Berlin. The main concept created by Kontent brings a new approach to product display that thinks outside the norm of standard wall mounted shelves. The designers wanted to create a shop that embodied a wardrobe in which you enter. The result is a large, self-supporting structure made of scaffolding beams, and as the shop name No Wódka suggests, it breaks through the typical interior design stereotypes.
Embracing daylight is critical to sustainable urban development. In our increasingly urbanised world, planning regulations and tools should be reviewed to put daylight back at the heart of our cities.
Daylight is vital to our health and well-being. And making more use of daylight in place of artificial lighting can help reduce energy consumption. These are just two reasons why prioritising daylight in cities is an issue for developers, architects, politicians and society as a whole to give serious consideration to.
Studio Farris Architects was commissioned to convert both house and stables of an 18th century farm located in Lennik, a small town in an agricultural area close to Brussels, into a modern family home.
The family’s wish was to get as much natural light as possible to enter the house while maintaining its authentic charm.
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