Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 is an iconic landmark that has inspired architecture since its inception in 1967. This beautifully composed apartment building offers tenants the possibility of living in a village within a high-rise context. The stacking of each apartment allows each tenant to have a one-of-a-kind unit layout while sharing a garden terrace with an adjoining tenant. The only commonality of these unique spaces is the panoramic view of the city skyline across the St-Lawrence river below.
Our mandate for the H67 project was to refurbish a unit that had been remodeled many times in the past, resulting in views obstructed by opaque interior partitions. As a result, primary challenge was not only to restore the panoramic views to optimize the distribution of light throughout the apartment but to also retain the private interior spaces required for comfortable living. The functional and minimal design of the open space was obtained by removing all interior walls. Then, glass was added to the original concrete walls to add qualities of transparency and reflection.
The apartment gives the impression of being part of a series of moving cubes, evoking the flow of the river that runs beside this modern day version of hanging gardens. Integrating the qualities of an individual home and garden into an urban high-rise, through a medium of prefabricated cubes was a revolutionary concept that rethought the apartment building concept in 1967.
H67, Montréal, Canada, by Studio Practice
Photography by Adrien Williams & Gorgin S. Fazli
Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop was approached by a high end kitchen specialist to create a new wine tasting concept and experience in the basement of their new showroom refurbishment. They answered the brief by creating a wine cave clad entirely in matt black concrete panels. The concrete panels absorb the majority of natural light and create low levels of illumination that give maximum atmosphere for the wine tasting experience. A spiral wine cellar was added into the basement with an opening glazed lid capable of storing 2800 bottles of wine. All metalwork for the project, including staircase, handrails and wine cages were designed by SAAW.
Wine Cellar, London, United Kingdom, by Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop
Photography by Nicholas Worley
The project comes out of the need to reorganize the space and to solve structural problems related to the age of the building located in the centre of Milan. The structural refurbishment affects the whole pavement and the load-bearing beams of the ceiling, which have been replaced and implemented for a correct load distribution. The bearing wall that divided the living area from the bedrooms has remained the only pre-existing item of the old dwelling and actually it still divides the two macro areas of the house.
Nevertheless, the entire layout has been redesigned according to the needs of the new ownership, in detail, the kitchen has been added on the living room, optimising spaces. Kitchen is composed by a unique monolithic volume, made out of burnished steel plates. The kitchen cabinets have been replaced by a Carrara marble shelf, which enhances the room, making it an installation. Great attention is put in the choice of the all the materials and in their composition. Marble and burnished steel interact with a third particular finish: a cement effect, which dresses the whole architectural volume made of corridor, kitchen and living room, creating a perceptive unit and a clear separation from the sleeping area.
A particular attention has been given to the development of the bathroom, that becomes a wellness area, characterised by a wide space and precious finishes. Its presence is no longer hidden behind a latch, but it interacts with the living and with the rest of the apartment thanks to a built-in divider in resin.
The bedroom is separated from the rest of the apartment by means of an invisible door with a pivot hinge. Inside it, there’s a wide walk-in-closet, whose walls are made out of panels rotating up to 360 degrees, which can be completely opened, guaranteeing an optimal natural lighting, and which can become at the same time dividers and large containers.
Sought After, Milan, Italy, by AIM studio
Photography by Simone Furiosi
This small loft on the top floor of a 1644 building originally built in Rome by Architect Mattia de Rossi (pupil of Bernini) and renovated in 1719 by Architect Alessandro Specchi ( famous designer of The Spanish Steps in partnership with Francesco De Sanctis ) consists of an open-plan living area and kitchen on the main level in which only the bathroom is compartmented, with a private bedroom on the mezzanine level.
The living area is characterized by the use of reflex glass to produce a sense of expansion and compenetration of space. The table and the sofa are in solid chestnut like the original beams in the ceiling. The floor in the living area is of matt Roman Travertine slabs and the access to the bathroom is characterized by a flush door to the wall of elevated height.
The sleeping area accessed by a suspended staircase is characterized by a white finish curved parapet, by a suspended bed and by the suspended serpentine tv stand (Alessandro De Sanctis prototype). The lighting around the loft is dominated by luminous grooves that produces an indirect light that make the atmosphere more suggestive.
Apostoli Loft, Rome, Italy, by Alessandro De Sanctis – des interior architecture
The owner of this Brighton house required an interior that reflected the geometry of the building’s architecture. To achieve this brief, Mim Design undertook full planning, interior architectural design and decoration. Each view has aspect to a key interior feature or form, and each element within the house proportionally creates a sculptural form. The interiors have a sense of balance, calm and space.
From the front entry, leading through to the lounge with its elegantly curved fireplace, the space feels soft and warm. Light streams through the windows, and natural elements such as smoked oak floors, elegant grey marble, and black stained timber, create a muted sense of luxury.
MAH Residence, Brighton, Australia, by MIM Design
Photography by Peter Clarke
Project created in collaboration with furniture company Todeschini, on the occasion of the temporary decoration exhibition Casa Cor São Paulo 2015.
Inspired by the American décor diva Dorothy Draper, architect Guilherme Torres has created a cosmopolitan, playful and contemporary vision on 400 square meters that brings back the glamor of the golden days of the Jockey Club building – host of the exhibition and stage of memorable parties of São Paulo high society on its golden years.
Project for Casa Cor 2015, by Studio Guilherme Torres with Todeschini
Photography by Lufe Gomez
The property, a collaboration with architect and interior designer Jolson and Eckersley Garden Architecture, comprises just ten residences, including two penthouses. Jolson’s holistic approach to exterior and interior design is expressed in a rigorous three-story form with a sculptured façade that engages with the calm and nurturing streetscape. The entry is encased in a woven metal veil which draws dappled light into the street-front residences, allowing interior spaces to engage with the tree canopies outdoors. Ground-floor residences with private gardens dissolve the distinction between indoors and outside, creating borrowed exterior rooms. Within each home, adaptable spaces allow seamless flow. A palette of stone, timber and steel is neutral, textured and timeless. Davis Avenue promotes a living experience that is simple and considered.
Davis Avenue, Melbourne, Australia, by Orchard Piper
Photography by Lucas Allen
Whilst respecting the original structure and architectural style from around 1900, a new look has been created with an impressive new interpretation of the stylistic features of the past. In the centre stands a bar clad in brilliant white tiles. Around it are grouped bar stools which were developed by the designer himself and act as a stylistic element with their special combination of leather upholstered seats, aluminium legs and wooden feet. The lounge area, raised on a wooden floor, has also been furnished using designs by Christian Zanzotti, including armchairs manufactured in aluminium and wood and bronze tables. Above them, geometrically arranged lights give the dark walls a discreet club feel. The most striking feature is the gleaming gold ceiling which, combined with other gold accents, serves as a reminder of ages past.
The Rossini Cocktail Bar, Merano, Italy, by Zanzotti
Photography by Oliver Jaist