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Boat House on Lake Huron

Locating this house on a remote island on the Great Lakes imposed complexities to the house’s fabrication and construction, so the house was prefabricated near the contractor’s shop, located on the lake shore, the house was constructed on a frozen lake and then towed 80 km to the final site on Lake Huron. A “rainscreen” envelope of cedar strips condense to shelter interior space and expand to either filter light entering interior spaces or screen and enclose exterior spaces giving a modulated yet singular character to the house. On one side of the house is a sheltered boat slip.

Floating House, by MOS

Starchitects at Dellis Cay

We wrote before about Piero Lissoni’s designs for Dellis Cay. Ground has now been broken on this project on a private island in the Turks and Caicos. New designs have been unveiled by Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield, Carl Ettensperger, Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, and Chad Oppenheim.

Starchitects at Dellis Cay

Model: Renzo Piano’s Magic Box in Rome

Renzo Piano has designed a luminous residential complex that endeavours to be a prime example of sustainable architecture for the living modern city. The new luxury building defined by Piano as a “magic box” will be located in the fast growing EUR district in the south of Rome, facing Fuksas New Centre of Congress and the EUR artificial lake. With the view of improving the quality of life and the level of urban sustainability, the side facing the lake will be solely dedicated to a large greenhouse for the community cultivation of fruit and vegetables and the roofs of the main buildings will host gardens.

Magic Box, by Renzo Piano

Design for Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain

The Four Seasons hotel is expected to become the most prestigious hotel complex in Bahrain. The concrete superstructure relies on twin cores that rise the full 308 meter height of the tower.

The Four Seasons hotel, Bahrain, by Skidmore Owings & Merrill

Les Bains des Docks by Jean Nouvel

Les Bains des Docks Aquatic Centre designed by Jean Nouvel has been opened in the historical Port of Le Havre. We marvel at the way the light plays over the surfaces, and of course the splash of colour. Inspired by Roman baths, these baths are part of a revitalized dock area of the port city.

Les Bains des Docks, Le Havre, France by Jean Nouvel
Photos by Cl.Guillaume

A Room With a View in Switzerland

Rustic and simple materials lend this all-season holiday home it charm, but the real gem is its location, perched on a mountain near Lucerne, Switzerland. What a view.

Holiday House, Rigi Scheidegg, Switzerland, by Gabrielle Hächler and Andreas Fuhrimann

Bond. Forty Bond, by Herzog & de Meuron

Nightclub maestro-turned-hotelier-turned-developer Ian Schrager, has just about sold all units of 40 Bond in New York: “The attention to detail is what makes this building so different from any other in the city,” says Schrager, pointing at the pixels on screens beneath the green glass that go from marble-sized concentric circles to pin-sized. “I think the last building that approached this level of architectural achievement in this city is the Seagram’s Building by Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson.”

40 Bond is impressive for a loft building, this may be the future direction of urban renewal.

40 Bond New York, USA, $6.8 million – $9.9 million, by Herzog & de Meuron
Photos by Iwan Baan

Travel: Stay at Benesse House by Tadao Ando

If you can’t live in a house designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, then a stay at the Benesse house may come in a close second. Designed as a group of four novel buildings on the grounds of Benesse Art Site Naoshima, the setting fuses an art museum with lodging facilities so guests can leisurely enjoy art amid the natural beauty and gentle pace of Naoshima island.

Benesse House, Designed by Tadao Ando, Gotanji, Naoshima-cho, Japan, from JPY 36,960 per night.
Reservations: Benesse

Hexagonal Structure at the Sinosteel International Plaza

Sinosteel International Plaza, Tinajin, China, by MAD
via: dezeen

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