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Home 13 by i29 Interior Architects

Dutch studio i29 interior architects transformed a former rental apartment in de Pijp, Amsterdam into a spacious loft. The original layout had many rooms and scarce daylight. The main objective was to achieve maximum use of natural light and to create a spatial experience. The interior features a simple material scheme with large oak wall panels, white plastered walls, dark blue furniture pieces and light grey synthetic floors.

An integrated wall cabinet organizes the living, kitchen and dining area in one large gesture. Several functions have been integrated in this block such as storage space, a television cabinet and a custom designed kitchen which can be hidden behind two large sliding panels. A contrasting black kitchen island combined with a large high table is placed in the middle of the room and divides the space. Furniture in black and dark blue tones are in contrast with the light airy space. The top floor including two bedrooms and a bathroom, is finished in white in combination with the rough oak flooring. New rooflights above the stairs and in the bathroom are made to flood the rooms with natural light. A built-in bath and custom designed sink blends in with the rest of the space.

Home 13, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, by i29 Interior Architects
Photography by Ewout Huibers

Figueras Polo Stables by Estudio Ramos

This project is located in a distinctive region of Argentina known as “La Pampa”. Pampa is an indigenous word meaning “plains” or “flatland”. Along with its mild climate and fertile soils, the area is ideal for agriculture. When traveling through this area, there is an overwhelming feeling of a never-ending horizontality. The horizon, as in middle of the ocean, becomes a very strong element. The poet Atahualpa Yupanqui refers to the landscape of The Pampas as “serene and pensive”. This project, with its pronounced horizontalism and simplicity of elements, attempts to make a reference to all of these themes.

The building, commissioned by professional Polo Player Nacho Figueras, is a stable for polo horses with 44 stalls, an area of 3850 square meters and a length of 180 meters. It’s composed of two long volumes and freestanding walls, which when articulated, create diverse spaces and situations. The floor plan has two parts well distinguished by their functions. One has a more social use and overlooks the polo field, and the other, facing the back of the property, houses work facilities and groom’s quarters. The volumes that face the field are partially hidden behind extended walls and massive planted earth slopes, which not only provide privacy to the stables, but also subtly reduce the building’s impact on the landscape. Only the center of the building is revealed, where a large water pond is located next to the covered exterior terraces and the tack room. The roofs are planted with wild native grasses in an intentional contrast to the perfection of the polo field’s turf. The slopes serve as both, access to the roof and as natural stands from which to observe the polo matches. Water, the universal symbol of life, purity and harmony, is used to connect and articulate these spaces, as well as to create a serene atmosphere. Two basic materials were used for the construction of the whole project: exposed concrete and local hardwoods. These materials were chosen because of their aesthetic properties, low maintenance and beautiful aging. A very special and intimate connection is forged between the horses and the people who train and take care of them. It has been our aim to design these stables as the space that contains and nurtures that relationship.

Figueras Polo Stables, General Rodríguez, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, by Estudio Ramos
Photography by Franco Molinari, Daniela Mc Adden, Cortesía de Matías Lix Klett

Holiday House in Cap Ferret by Atelier du Pont

The terrain that slopes gently towards the sea is typical of Cap Ferret: a small forest of strawberry tree, yucca, and pines. The challenge was to design a project that would exist in harmony with its surrounding landscape and have a limited impact on the existing vegetation.
The house echoes forest cabins and the multiple openings serve to accentuate its relationship to nature. Its implantation allowed to preserve a maximum of existing trees, and the façade uses mostly wood to mimic the pine grove around it. The construction blends into the topography of the terrain. The spaces were designed for a large sibling so that everyone while getting together, can still benefit of intimacy and calm. The «cabins» are connected to one another through a series of terraces. A large internal curved lines stairway exists in counterpoint to the triangular openings and the other diagonal lines that frame the views of the surrounding nature.

Holiday House in Cap Ferret, Lège-Cap-Ferret, France, by Atelier du Pont
Photography by Takuji Shimmura, Philippe Garcia

Ghost Wash House by A-I-R Architects

Ghost Wash House  Paradise Valley, Arizona, by A-I-R Architects

BG Apartment by Francesc Rifé

This dwelling is located at a key point of the city of Seville: next to La Maestranza bull ring and the Guadalquivir River. The owners of the flat, located on the top floor of a classic building, were aiming to achieve a more open space with more light. The dwelling is clearly divided between daytime and night-time areas. The latter includes two small bedrooms, a bathroom and an en-suite bedroom with a dressing room. The materials to be highlighted in both bathrooms are Calacatta marble and bleached pine wood.

The day time area consists of an access, planned in glass and marble, a feature dividing the outside and the inside of the dwelling. Leading on from the entrance, there is a significant open plan kitchen finished in bronze and a living room, split up into two environments: on the one hand, a reading area with chaise longues and a sofa area facing the fireplace, with a television, large windows and views of the river. Following that there is a dining area that acts as a fulcrum between the open space and a rear office area, acting as a bridge with the enclosed night-time area. The project’s highlight material is large format bleached pine, used for the walls and floor, with the exception of the entry area, office and bathroom where Calacatta marble has been used.

BG Apartment, Seville, Spain, by Francesc Rifé
Photography by Fernando Alda

Spotlight Volumes by Lukas Peet

The Spotlight Volumes series was originally designed by Lukas Peet in 2010, With the table light being the newest addition to the series. Available in any pairing of the four available shade sizes allowing for 16 possible configurations. Featuring an energy efficient dim-able LED globe light bulb and billet machined Aluminum dimmer knob with subtile laser etched ‘AND” logo for easy indication of the level of light being emitted.

The standard surface finish is a textured matte powder coat, with decorative finishes available in anodized clear, black and gold. while the electrical cord wraps and knots around the fixtures midsection, communicating the restriction of the two joined halves. With a machined weighted base finished in felt.

Spotlight Volumes, by Lukas Peet

Acrobat Lights by Porcelain Bear

The Acrobat pendant luminaire series is a modular feature light available in various metal finishes with illuminated translucent porcelain arms supported by a suspended trapeze. Combining the elegant effortlessness of Brancusi’s Bird in Space with crisp Bauhaus simplicity, the Acrobat series references the precision of a death defying, skilled aerial performer’s graceful sky high contortions. Highly original in its execution, the Acrobat harnesses the latest LED technology to give a super energy efficient, warm glow to commercial or residential spaces requiring a point of focus and a high spec finish.

Acrobat Lights, by Porcelain Bear

IN 3 by Jean Verville

IN 3, Domestic architectural installation, Montréal, Canada Jean Verville
Photography by Maxime Brouillet

Joint Chopsticks by Yuma Kano for Katsuhisa Toda

This design applies the art of “tsugite” joints traditionally used by carpenters in Japan to attach pieces of wood together without nails or screws. Rather than placing the joints at the end as a bit of decoration, they are placed at the point that takes the most strain.The techniques used to join the chopsticks are the same as those used by “sashimonoshi”, masters of craft to make Buddhist altars, bureaus, and other furniture. This project is a collaboration between Katsuhisa Toda, a traditional carpenter in Shizuoka JAPAN, and studio yumakano. These designs were developed to help solve the problems around traditional crafts through the concept of “everyday crafts”, extending the breadth of ordinary work, rather than struggling to develop something entirely new.

Joint Chopsticks, by Yuma Kano
Photography by Satoru Ikegami & Yuichi Yamaguchi

Helen Street by mw|works architecture + design

The clients were living on a rural property east of Seattle but were drawn back to the vibrancy of the city. This new project would distill their way of living into a smaller footprint, specifically tailored to their tastes and activities. Early design discussions focused on a simple modern structure with a quiet palette constructed on a modest budget. The home should be open and light filled but also provide privacy. Above all, the owners described a quiet design integrated with landscape that would create a tangible calmness in the home. The concept grew from this premise, drawing complexity from the opportunities and constraints of an urban corner lot. A courtyard in the center of the site brings light and private outdoor space deeper into the site and serves as an organizational hub. The result is a project that is simple but very intentional and serves as a backdrop to the landscape and the lifestyle of its inhabitants.

Helen Street, Seattle, WA, USA, by mw|works architecture + design

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