Going through Lebanese towns, you will notice that almost every area has demolished or abandoned houses because of the 15 year civil war Lebanon witnessed. Most of these beautiful homes have not been refurbished, due to the fact that they either were severely damaged and would cost alot, or the owners have established their lives elsewhere and find it painful to come back. Najib from Blogbaladi posted about this house a couple of days ago, I had to find out more about it.Read More
As a longtime admirer of Japanese Modernism, I am deeply saddened that these great buildings might soon disappear. We hope that Bottega Veneta can help promote awareness of this issue, as we believe that great design is timeless. As part of the cultural heritage of the future, it would be a great loss for the next generation to be unable to embrace the beauty of these icons for themselves.” Tomas Maier
Due to the risk of losing much of Japan’s post-war architecture, Bottega Veneta Creative Director Tomas Maier, a lifelong architecture enthusiast, is raising awareness for, and encouraging the honoring of, these icons.
As usual, Nico Ven Der Meulen have just delivered a beautiful residence in South Africa, I had to share it with you.
From the Architects:
Designed by the highly acclaimed Werner van der Meulen, House Sar encapsulates luxury, comfort and functionality in a minimalist architectural setting. The clients approached Nico van der Meulen Architects with a modest single storey pitched roof house.
Limited views and access to the garden resulted in the rooms beings dark, and thus the clients main request was to transform this house into a light-filled open plan contemporary home. Ensuring that every room was naturally lit became the challenge for Werner van der Meulen, but one he proved could be done.
A framework of steel columns and beams surround the entrance while louvered planes conceal the four garages and floating roofs. It’s as if each plane whether wall, roof or floor has been intentionally treated differently either in material, texture or colour creating a unique entrance design.
Located in Mexico City, this modern 1000 sq. m residence was designed by Gantous Architects.The secret to having a rich volume is to know how to incorporate several finishes yet still look polished and pulled together. This is exactly how the design was tackled here. My favorite part, however, was the indoor garden. scroll below to check the remaining photos.
On another note, do you think the architects could have Lebanese origins?Read More
This is the epitome of ambition, I admire their sense of innovation. Such a dream job for creative architects.Read More
As ‘unlivable’ as this space looks, you can’t but appreciate the strength of the architecture and daring openness of the house. Designed by Yuusuke Karasawa Architects and known as the S House, according to the Coolist: it is built for an academic client, one who has spent his years studying the networking of space and nature, and how humans interface with the space around them. The design of this home is a practice in the client’s studies, a philosophical execution of his life’s work.
The first and most obvious dilemma in such a space is that there is almost no privacy whatsoever except probably in the bathroom. But then again, this is home to someone who is unconventional in his views.Read More