Casa Almare in Mexico | Residential Design

The perfect balance of white volumes and wooden structure are the characteristics of this beautiful residence designed by Elías Rizo Arquitectos and located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The way the sea was incorporated in this structure is breathtaking.the stone and organic wood elements soften the straight lines in the architecture and give it life.

 

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The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (MSU) By Zaha Hadid | Architecture

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A friend of mine studying at MSU sent me an image of this beautiful museum by Zaha Hadid Architects  which I found was a bit different than her other work yet still very powerful. The museum is known as The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and is located at Michigan State University (MSU), Michigan, U.S.A.

This Museum at MSU will serve as both an educational resource for the campus community and a cultural hub. It will present contemporary works within a historical context through access to a study collection of more than 7,500 objects, ranging from the Greek and Roman periods to modern art.

“The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is committed to exploring international contemporary culture and ideas through art. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the museum features a striking façade of pleated stainless steel and glass, signaling the museum and the university’s dynamic vision. More than 70 percent of the 46,000-square-foot facility is dedicated to exhibition space. The museum is named for Eli and Edythe Broad, longtime supporters of Michigan State University, who provided the lead gift for the museum.”

 

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Glen 2961 Project By SAOTA In South Africa | Residential Design

 

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Just like there was a time all I could see were great projects by A-Cero, it seems now SAOTA are just breeding beautiful residences in Cape Town, South Africa. Their designs have become very popular because of their use of several complementing finishes, such as stone, concrete, wood, and massive glass areas which allow plenty of light inside. This is their Glen 2961 Project, completed in 2012.

 

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Jonathan Adler’s Island Getaway | Residential Design

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Architectural Digest interviewed Simon Doonan who explained the steps he undertook with well known American interior and product designer Jonathan Adler in building their island getaway shelter. For the architecture they hired  Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi of the Connecticut firm Gray Organschi Architecture, in addition to Hamptons builder Carlos Routh.

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SAOTA Designs Another Luxury Villa In South Africa | Residential Design

 

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Photographs: Adam Letch & Elsa Young

Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl True Architects (SAOTA) known as one of the leading architectural firms in the world,  has just completed a wonderful villa in  Johannesburg, South Africa. Just when you thought they can’t do a better job, the outdid themselves with this breathtaking property known as the 6th 1448 Houghton ZM project.

Architecturally, residences in South Africa have similar layouts in terms of a U-Shape architecture surrounding a central courtyard comprising the swimming pool and access to various parts of the house. This project was no different. What differentiates this particular residence is the fact that the interior design firm Antoni Associates and SAOTA both collaborated perfectly where you feel none overpowered the other. In many projects we see the focus may be on the architecture but the interior is usually dealt with minimally. Here there are details, various use of materials and interior finishes which I thought is what made the project feel more complete.

A number of bespoke furniture pieces were designed by OKHA Interiors, a company they usually work with, while other pieces were from well known brands such as Minotti.

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