viernes, 31 de enero de 2014

Hacienda Ruins repurposed as Swimming Pools

    Hotels pictured: Hacienda Puerta Campeche / Hacienda Uayamon, both in Mexico.

miércoles, 29 de enero de 2014

Fia Cielen

What do you like the most about your home?
The space! My father bought this huge building some years ago and he lets me live here. We used to organize concerts and exhibitions here. My brother will move here too and I really like that I have my family close by, but there's still enough room to have your own private space.

Does your work as an artist shine through in your interior?
Yes, it sure does, I work a lot with natural aspects in my work. Nature inspires me and it's nice to have it all around me. So I try to integrate it in my interior.

What would you like to change about the house?
Nothing much actually, the only thing I wish is that the works on the house would already be finished, but that will take probably a year or two still.

martes, 28 de enero de 2014

In residence / Michael Anastassiades

Take a Tour of the Cypriot Designer’s Minimalist London Townhouse
“This felt like a secret spot,” says designer Michael Anastassiades of finding his home and studio which overlooks the rail tracks of London’s Waterloo Station. “I didn’t mind the noise the trains made, I was more interested in the flow of people.” The apartment is a voluminous trove of kinetic light sculptures and meticulously arranged objets d’art. “I really believe in proportion and also that everything has to relate to the space around it,” says Anastassiades, who trained as a civil engineer at London’s Imperial College and whose works are in the permanent collections of both the MoMA and Victoria and Albert Museum. Today a notable collaborator of Italian lighting house Flos, Anastassiades enlisted the help of Belgian architect and friend Wim de Mul to forge a live/work space that would also function to display his inventions in 1994. These include his Tip Of The Tongue light, where an opaline sphere teeters on the edge of a metal cylinder as if about to roll off, and brass lights that seem to balance intrinsically in the air. “I’m interested in the instability that exists in design,” he continues. “In the mobile series, everything is in perfect equilibrium until there is a slight movement in the air around you, and the fixtures start moving. You realize how delicate everything is.” 

lunes, 27 de enero de 2014

Bois-le-Roy / Claude Parent

This exceptional property was designed in the 1960s by renowned French architect Claude Parent. It has 400 sq m / 4,300 sq ft of internal space, including 3 bedrooms, and 35,000 sq m  / 8.5 acres of land, including a tennis court.

The house has a distinctive silhouette, with a peaked concrete roof clad in copper, and a frame of wood, glass and concrete. The interior is dominated by the strong curved form of the roof. The wooden floors and walls soften this effect to create a warm living space, with generous natural light provided by the large picture windows and rooflights. The split-level reception room has a double-height ceiling, and is overlooked from first-floor level. 

The house has received much critical acclaim. It was selected as a worldwide architectural masterpiece by the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 1983, and chosen to represent France at the 1996 Venice Biennale Festival of Architecture.

The house is located in Bois-le-Roy, approximately 50 minutes’ drive from Paris. via

viernes, 24 de enero de 2014

Richard Neutra in Europe

Bewo Estate I Neutra's first project to be accomplished in Europe after World War II: a dense estate of detached houses near Frankfurt Airport, nowadays partly spoiled by subsequent alterations. Richard Neutra in Europe 

Buildings and projects 1960 - 1970

From May 8-August 1, 2010, the exhibition Richard Neutra in Europe runs at the MARTa Herford Museum in Germany. Richard Neutra is one of the noted architects of the 20th Century, most-known for his mid-century modern villas in California. However his final creative years spent in Europe have been less studied. Last year, Iwan Baan documented all of Neutra's projects in Europe, focusing on how the projects are being used by people today. The exhibition shows many buildings that had never before been documented, including the Pescher House in Wuppertal, created five years before the architect's death in the same city. The exhibition of photographs and architecture models shape a greater understanding of Neutra's cumulative vision in both completed and unrealized projects.