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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

IN 3 by Jean Verville

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

Hotel Mono by Spacedge Designs

Hotel Mono is a chic hideaway set in six historical shop houses of modern design. The beautifully rejuvenated buildings retain original charm with characteristic airwells and Rococo-era windows; slipping into traditional Singapore and interweaving with the city’s urban bustle.

Hotel Mono, Singapore, by Spacedge Designs

Jackie by Studio Joanna Laajisto

Jackie, Iso Roobertinkatu 21, Helsinki, Finland, by Studio Joanna Laajisto

Apartment MM by Bruzkus Batek Architekten

This Moscow-based couple’s second home is located on the ground floor of a classical villa in the Grunewald district of Berlin. Pared-down to the main elements, the new design for this apartment reveals clear gallery-style rooms, whose character is accentuated by a minimalistic lighting concept from .PSLAB. A pale grey concrete floor is combined with soaped ash and nero marquina marble in the kitchen island and the bathroom, as well as for the long bench in the living room. Between the kitchen and the entrance hall stands a “box” containing wardrobes, kitchen cupboards and a mirrored cloakroom. The clarity of the design is underlined by hiding all ironmongery from sight and by avoiding the use of door handles. Even the fridge door opens simply via gentle pressure – and with the help of an integrated motor. A separating wall divides the kitchen from the dining and living zone with its large dining table and marble-clad fireplace. Sleeping and bathroom zones flow one into the other – the bath is freestanding and the level-access shower is simply bounded by a chrome-framed glass wall.

Apartment MM, Berlin, Germany, by Designer, for Bruzkus Batek Architekten

Purified Residence by Wei Yi International Design Associates

Purified Residence, Nanjing, China, by Wei Yi International Design Associates

In and Between Boxes by LUKSTUDIO

Located in a residential neighborhood next to the Tianhe district in central Guangzhou, Atelier Peter Fong by Lukstudio revives an empty corner lot into both an office and a cafe. Through a series of clean white volumes, the design purifies the existing chaotic site to create a calm yet inviting atmosphere.

From the outside, a floating aluminum canopy connects the volumes together, while delineating between the old and the new. Three boxes stick out from the interior, composing a coherent façade while enabling areas in-between like urban alleys that draw people in from the street. Each box contains a distinct program; café, brainstorming area, meeting room and a break-out lounge. In contrast to the pristine forms, the voids are painted gray and left with the original structural ceiling.

Following a process of meticulous spatial carving, openings and niches are shaped within the volumes. Large cut-outs connect the café to the exterior and frame the surrounding greenery. On the inside, white ceiling pockets and wooden niches create a sense of intimacy. The office entry is also carved at its edge to feature a peaceful Zen garden, which becomes a focal point and visually connects the different parts of the office together.

The selection of materials further enhances the pure definition of the spaces. Smooth surfaces such as white walls and terrazzo flooring dominate the main space, serving as a canvas to capture light and shadow. The brainstorming box is lined with polycarbonate panels that form a subtle visual connection between the café and the workplace. Intimate areas are characterized by organic elements; such as continuous timber panels in the brainstorming zone and remnants of an existing brick wall in the lounge.

Combining artisanal café culture with a collaborative co-working space, Atelier Peter Fong adapts a contemporary social model to a local Chinese neighborhood. The complete transformation of a forgotten site into a destination demonstrates how architectural interventions can activate the streetscape and enhance nearby communities.

In and Between Boxes, Guangzhou, China, by LUKSTUDIO

Wadi Penthouse by platau

Located in Wadi Abu Jamil at the Beirut central district, the project is an interior refurbishment of a two-floor penthouse completed by Lebanese design studio platau for a family of four. the original arrangement of the penthouse presented a fragmented circulation between both levels, with poor spatial interaction and a narrow main foyer. During its development and execution phases, the project became centered around creating architecture in the light of local craftsmanship constraints.

Wadi Penthouse, Beirut, Lebanon, by platau

Kinfolk Offices by Norm Architects

Danish studio Norm Architects has taken influences from both Scandinavian and Japanese design to create this pared-back gallery and workspace for Kinfolk magazine in central Copenhagen. The local studio worked closely with Kinfolk’s editor-in-chief Nathan Williams and communications director Jessica Gray to develop the design, which features a gallery as well as an office. The aim was to create a collaborative workspace where the magazine’s staff could meet together but also invite friends and partners to share ideas. A palette of wood and plaster in muted tones creates an informal, home-like environment that is more akin to a lounge than an office.

Kinfolk Offices, by Norm Architects
Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Bendigo Residence by Flack Studio

Set on three acres of native bushland, this home balances contemporary design influenced by modernist principles with a warm and inviting country-home feel. The interior of the long, spacious pavilion-style house has been paid uncompromising attention. Opulent, textural materials, a deep tonal palette and generosity of space create a noticeably bold yet comforting environment. Fine handcrafted joinery and custom textiles are eye-catching next to beautiful stone, in an overall distinctly elegant and calm scheme.

Bendigo Residence, Victoria, Australia, by Flack Studio
Photography by Brooke Holm

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