One such rough diamond was a 310sqm neoclassical private residence. Originally built for the French Councilor, this residence is a fine example of a typical Landmark Piraeus building. The architecture practice ASKarchitects co-founded by the Greek architect Stella Konstantinidis, was approached in 2007 with a brief to renovate the existing landmark while introducing a new built extension penthouse opening up the green roof. For this project, outmost care and sensitivity was paid to the historic values of the structure. New life has been introduced without forgetting about those that have gone by.
The finished residence consists of a four-story building with the new built section consisting of 90sqm. The aim was to create an open plan residence to house a family of four. The building was stripped to its bare bones and minor but effective interventions were applied to reinforce the original structure. All interior walls were demolished and replaced with sliding doors/walls for flexible living. The most flexible being the timeless old world courtyard reminiscent of the former days of outside neighborhood chit-chat now with over scaled glazed doors giving/retaining the sense of the endless height now bestowing a point of contact to all boundaries of the daily life. As the architect herself puts it ‘this courtyard area has become the lungs of the house’.
Every detail designed by Rosita Missoni to create an exhilarating sensory experience.
Hotel Missoni, Kuwait
Note Design Studio has completed the design for the Swedish company ATG and their new IT department. The requirements from the client was a high functioning, professional open work space for 50 more co-workers, with good acoustics and lighting, but also with spaces for both informal meetings and conference rooms. The inspiration came from aerial photography with the typical distinct pattern of varied land surfaces connected to each other. In the interior design we used different flooring to create individual spaces in the landscape. the interior should give the visitor a visually stimulating journey around the office. There are small meeting rooms for one, two or three people that should give a relaxed, intimate feeling, in soft warm colors with comfortable seating and a more homely feeling. The conference rooms are a bit more formal in their grayish color scale and solid wooden tables, but still offering glances out to the open office with it’s strong colors and the movement going on there. the color scale ranges from soft white and grey tones over to pitch black with bright colored details in green, yellow, blue and high energy luminous orange. The office covered an area of 1500 square meters just beside the Swedish national arena for trotting.
Courage, talent, style and refined humor go hand-in-hand in this house. Decorated under the direction of Monica Penaguião in a sophisticated style, this house is a song of optimism.
Furniture and accessories by: Swedese, Baccarat, Venini, Fornasetti, Flos, and above: Lamps by Tom Dixon and New Antique Chairs by Marcel Wanders for Cappellini.
Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel have renovated and converted a 1960s villa into a home-cum-museum. To add authenticity to their restoration of the villa, the designers tracked down the same model of car owned by the previous occupants – a 1972 Ford Taunus GXL Coupé – which now sits in the garage, ready for use.
Studio Job House, Bergijk, Netherlands, via: Wallpaper, Photography: R. Kot
A one-bedroom apartment located within the Republic 1 development in East Sydney. Although small, the apartment is enveloped in glazing on three sides that provide access to light, cross ventilation and city views. A floating kitchen bench sits clear off the floor and is a planning solution to the extensive glazing. Refrigeration and storage is accommodated in adjacent concealed full height cupboards. A floating joinery unit to the bedroom provides storage whilst acting as handrail between the bedroom and void to the living room below.
Apartment in East Sydney, Australia by Katon Redgen Mathieson
Dutch practice Zecc Architecten has completed Residential Church XL an abandoned church located in Utrecht, Netherlands which has been repurposed and converted into a single family residence. hundreds of empty churches are scattered throughout the Netherlands and since 1970 more than 1000 churches have been closed by communities with over 1/3 of those structures being demolished. Re-use is the only way to prevent long-lasting vacancy or destruction of the historical layer within the city. The purpose of the re-use of the St-Jakobuskerk was to revalue the dignified monument with little interventions as possible. The facade stands inconspicuously along a street at the Bemuurde Beerd in Utrecht city. Religious services have not occurred at this location for twenty years and was even used as an antique furniture showroom. The church also served as meeting place and venue for small concerts and dictated the implementation of a large mezzanine floor. This floor was an important factor in the designing process and has been substantially modified to recover and enlarge the interior spatial qualities. Partial removal of the floor generated interesting sight lines allowing light to permeate the ground floor. Underneath the manipulated floor reside the bedrooms, study and a bathroom. Ambient daylight enters through vacant spaces in the floor and openings in walls.
At the rear of the dwelling, the functional section of the kitchen is adjacent to a dining table created from old pews. To strengthen the relationship with the backyard and to provide additional daylight, three new fenestrations were added. the sleek transparent facades contrast the original stained glass windows allowing colored light to stream through the preserved exterior. The existing wooden floor and doors were retained and repaired where necessary. the new white floor sculpture is pulled away from the original walls, columns and arches. The sleek stucco volume is constructed from steel, wood and sheet metal. Closed parapets guide sight lines and encompass the living areas. Transparent surfaces within the volume constantly offer another insight of fragments in the interior while simultaneously reflecting historical elements, fusing the old and new.
French architect Odile Decq has completed the ‘(Phantom) L’Opéra Restaurant’, which recently opened in the Palais Garnier located in Paris, France. Recessed within the historical building, visitors pass the facade’s original pillars to enter the undulating interior. The mezzanine space is carefully integrated to resist touching the existing structure’s walls, columns and roof. The contemporary addition compliments the classical details of the vaulted stone ceiling without altering history.
Accommodating and seating 90 guests at one time, the large floor plate is suspended with concealed steel plates. A glass wall encompasses the interior isolating the space from the existing shell. the billowing white structure touches down to the lower level producing integrated organic supports. The striking red chairs, benches, and floors produce a theatrical character reminiscent of the phantom of the opera which was once performed within the auditorium.
A Calvinist essentiality that recalls diaphanous, diffuse, pervasive lights in sharp contrast black and white, and rigorous geometry where very little space is left indeterminate or uncertain. A seemingly scarce indulgence reminiscent of a more evident sensuality, immediate in the relationship between the body the occupation of the space, which finds expression by means of the geometric articulation of a sequence of containers; containing and contained.
Inspired by the oriental sensibility for the “box” as a container full of instruments for the unfolding of human life and by the drawer holding the domestic objects which are the primary nucleus at the centre of the oriental domestic space, all the spaces are obtained from a sequence and superimposition of cupboards, containers and joinery that not only organise the functional aspects of life, but also contain it, forming bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen and other living spaces in a sequence that is at once labyrinthine, yet clear and reassuring in its inexorable mechanism.
Even so, the container, modeled and modified by the highly worked material surface, recalls and alludes to the physical dimension of the human body and to a sensuality completely devoted to containing life; humour, affection. Tragic, sweet, sublime Virgin of Nuremberg, the porcupine’s quills removed in an innocuous representation of the domestic fort/castle in which we come back to believing ourselves the masters of our own lives, in a perennial oscillation between intimate introversion and public exposure to the light, to relationships, to chance encounters, here represented by the expansive, fully-glazed living room and entrance.
Following the game of the Chinese boxes placed one inside the other, one can imagine a suburb that contains a building that contains an apartment; rooms, furniture and objects – or in a metaphorical sense a story that contains another. Certainly a change of scale from the large to the small in which that which changes is the dimension and not the value or importance of the various boxes. Stories that proceed at times following the line of reason, at times in opposition – rational, orthogonal volumes that are at odds with furniture with inclined planes, fittings curved and asymmetrical.
Metallic laser-cut surfaces set against hand-lacquered woods, graphic colours (black and white) against red and ochre in a continuous succession of light and shade, of finished versus crude, of low versus high, and of the playful versus the serious to give body to a story that contains, from passage to passage, from chapter to chapter, rigour and incoherence, calculation and improvisation, method and paradox.
French mathematician Henri Poincaré once said “creativity is to unite existing elements with new connections that they may be useful” “creativity is the union of disorder and order”.