This hotel in Singapore is a study in contrasting elements that work well together. Sky-gardens and wavy precast concrete have been integrated throughout the structure to create a power-play between organic and inorganic components. All hotel guest rooms face north towards the park and/or the sky gardens, which are full of palm trees and frangipani. The entire rooftop is constructed as a hotel-as-garden, while the interior is bright and modern, and built to look like a geological site, with rock layers revealing a natural aptitude for fostering greenery.
The beautiful and soothing Don Café House by Innarch is inspired by coffee beans inside a coffee sack. From the architects: "The walls of the bar are organically shaped and colored like coffee sack made up of "Plywood" type of wood, whereby the pillars in between are coated with textile coffee sacks. Tables and hanging chandeliers represent the coffee grains lined up asymmetrically in order to generate the impression of being inside a coffee sack." The cafe is located in Pristina, Kosovo
Designed in 2008, this Brooklyn studio was once an industrial building which has since been guttted and completely redone to reveal wide open spaces, for the very lucky owner in Brooklyn. It's nestled somewhere in Clinton Hill, and the romantically rustic interior will inevitably make you supremely jealous of whoever lives here.
"These are the offices of Animal Music, a music recording studio. The main idea was to clean the chaotic space of the common areas and create a new space that invited open exchange of ideas, and lots of room to foster creativity.
Sirocco Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand is the world's highest al fresco restaurant, It's colorfully illuminated Sky Bar changes colors, hopefully to match the mood of the diners. If you were there now, you'd be eating at the highest point in the world where you can still have your meals catered. How cool is that?
The Westbourne Grove Church, which dates back to 1853 as a Baptist chapel, was completely renovated by DOS Architects, which turned the place of worship into a loft called home, at least to some lucky person. The church's incredibly high ceilings, tall windows, and beautiful pillars make this rather an easy place to spruce up.
This colorful, modern maisonette located in Gothenburg, Sweden is young and spacious, and for sale. The interior makes the most of both modern and rustic elements of architecture, with exposed brick in some parts, and stark white walls throughout. Tall, elegant windows bring in lots of light, and each room is designed to maximize the space while maintaining a totally comfortable feeling of home.
The Bouroullec brothers, Ronan and Erwan are designers and interior decorators with an acute sense for unusual uses of materials. Their famed exhibit, Textile Field, is so delicately made that in order to see it in person, you must walk around the gallery in your socks. Textile Field and other intricate creations will be featured at Les Arts Decoratif in Paris in a dedicated retrospective show, from now until September 1.
John Wardle Architects designed this coastal home facing the Heads of Port Philip Bay to maximize access to sunlight. A courtyard in the middle allows natural light to stream through each corner of the property. The thin frame is carefully organized to allow private and communal spaces, with a master bedroom that faces the ocean. In order to reconcile the home's southern facing structure with the northern solar orientation, certain aspects of the home are specifically designed for northern access. The courtyard takes advantage of the afternoon sun, while the master bedroom faces south, toward the ocean.
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James Gulliver Hancock is an Australian–turned–New Yorker who has set about to draw every building in New York City, a truly daunting, but extremely intriguing task. James keeps track of his illustrated census on his beautifully maintained website, All The Buildings In New York. His work has been turned into a book, All The Buildings In New York (That I've Drawn So Far). The really cool part of James' site is that you can search for illustrated structures by both borough and building type.