lunes, 30 de abril de 2012

Tara House

Surrounded by mountains, forests, and the waters of the Arabian Sea, the house is configured around a tropical garden filled with Plumeria, ferns, grasses, bamboo and jasmine. Under the wood framed roof, rooms are loosely arranged around the garden, weaving routes between them through louvred hallways and verandahs. Vertical wooden slats form a protective enclosure, obscuring and revealing views of the surrounding landscape. Sunlight filters through these screens, creating patters of light and shadow on the inner surfaces of the building, made up of stone, wood, and burnished plaster.
Beneath the courtyard lies a secret room filled with water from a subterranean aquifer. Light diminishes as one descends the stairs through a stone corridor, intensifying a sense of passage into the earth. The pool has a comforting silence, as water enters the building without ripples or sound. The subterranean room is a refuge from the hot Indian sun, piercing the ground through circular air holes casting shafts of light across the stone walls into water. Inside the stone-lined cavity, ocean sounds reverberate from above and water fluctuates freely, responsive to the seasons and tides. When it rains, water from the roof of the house percolates into the well, recharging the aquifer. The artesian well provides water for the house and gardens through the year.

domingo, 29 de abril de 2012

House on Pali Hill

A touch of Giverny by Mumbai based Studio Mumbai Architects.An existing house on a narrow site was realigned to open onto a community garden. Trees, wood screens, planted trellises, glass, and curtains wrap the house to form an enclosure, providing privacy and refuge from the city. A wonderful example of restraint modernism.

sábado, 28 de abril de 2012

Art galleries in Palma

viernes, 27 de abril de 2012

Maldivian Paradise

From the air, island resorts are magnificently showing off a collaboration between luscious nature and man-made luxury. Closing up on the island, each view brings new highlights and each light unforgettable shadows. The Maafushivaru Hotel in the Maldives is this fascinating place where the Maldivian paradise meets elegant design. Spacious 116 square meter pool villas constructed on land in groups of two with shared private pool are ideal for families, while the cozier 91 square meter water villas have wooden decks directly connected to the water and feature rainfall showers and splendid ocean views. The beautiful beachfront villas are the same size as the pool villas, boasting private terraces in direct connection to the beach. Welcoming guests with Mediterranean inspired cuisine infused with local flavors, the restaurant is also prepared to cater for unique lobster dinners on the deserted island of Lonubo or romantic candlelit diners on the beach.via freshome

Lugares muy extraños

La serie “Yangtsé, long river” del fotógrafo  Nadav Kander, nacido en Tel Aviv. Su trabajo documenta el constante proceso de cambio que viven las zonas colindantes al conocido río en China. Recibió el premio Pictet en 2009.
via: fubiz


jueves, 26 de abril de 2012


Founded in 1999 by two Harvard Design School graduates, Aldridge & Tanno Architects is an award-winning Architecture firm founded on a consistent philosophical approach, rather than a pre-determined house style. We are committed to creating finely crafted buildings that are intimately connected to their context and function.
The work of Aldridge & Tanno Architects is driven by design excellence, budget and program control, and proficient project management, with the goal of maximizing value and architectural quality. The firm's principals work directly with the client and design team on every project, from the initial design phase through planning, construction and completion.
We believe that high quality design results from continuity in the design process and intensive dialogue between the client, consultants, contractors and end users. Our team is well versed in working with planning authorities and local agencies, and we work closely together to ensure the best results are achieved.
Aldridge & Tanno Architects' awards include the Royal Institute of British Architects Special Commendation, and a Queen's Anniversary Trust Award.  The firm's work has also been exhibited at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the Municipal Arts Society in New York, and the London Transport Museum.

miércoles, 25 de abril de 2012

Archipelago Cinema

The final night of the first edition of Film on the Rocks Yao Noi took place on Archipelago Cinema, designed by German-born and Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren. Guests were taken by boat through the darkness of the sea to arrive on a glowing raft in the middle of the quiet waters of Nai Pi Lae lagoon on Kudu Island. Surrounded by a dramatic landscape of towering rocks emerging from the ocean, the audience experienced an atmospheric convergence of nature and cinematic narratives – primordial notions of light, sound and stories suspended in the darkness between sea and sky.
“The thought of watching films here seemed surprising,“ said Ole Scheeren. „A screen, nestled somewhere between the rocks. And the audience… floating… hovering above the sea, somewhere in the middle of this incredible space of the lagoon, focused on the moving images across the water: A sense of temporality, randomness, almost like driftwood. Or maybe something more architectural: Modular pieces, loosely assembled, like a group of little islands that congregate to form an auditorium.“
via archdaily


martes, 24 de abril de 2012

Chloë Sevigny, Apartamento magazine.