This 100-year-old chapel in the Dutch city of Utrecht was designed to meet the needs of an order of Catholic monks. But [the owners], who bought the redbrick building—part of a deconsecrated monastery—had a very different wish list, including luxurious kitchen cabinets and bathroom fixtures.
Once Zecc Architects’s Marnix van der Meer had laid out the various spaces, he faced the challenge of lighting them. All the existing windows were leaded glass, not exactly a good sources of daylight. Instead of simply inserting clear glass, he says he painted the walls the “whitest white we could find.” Now, the windows festoon the interior with colorful images that travel as the sun moves through the sky. “We actually intensified the windows’ effect,” he says.
Hotel Boutique La Purificadora is located in the oldest part of the historic center of Puebla just opposite of the Church of San Francisco. Converted from colonial stucture from the 1800s, the hotel used to be an ice factory. Much of the old structure including the wood and stone walls have been incorporated in the new design.
Pal’s, by Joseph Dirand
Following on success of Hotel Habita in Monterrey, Mexico Grupo Habita unveils its 8th property, Distrito Capital, in Mexico City’s international business neighborhood of Santa Fe, and most resolutely the world’s 21st-Century metropolis. With Distrito Capital, the Company once again carries its signature chic and outstanding service to previously unthought-of environments and transforms them into instant classics.
The latest, most arresting interior design trends this time courtesy of Parisian Joseph Dirand come into their own at Distrito Capital. Grupo Habita left nothing to chance, from the most prominent vintage furnishings like Eames & Saarinen’s Organic Chair to details like John Pawson’s cutlery, and even in the smallest (yet significant) in-room amenities from Acqua di Parma. In all spaces, rigorous horizontals and verticals are enhanced by modern furnishings courtesy of Platt, Hansen and Aalto among others.
Autoban has completed a hotel interior project in Istanbul. Each room was designed as one space where you can eat, rest and sleep. Patterns made from laser cut wood or iron create layers, and combine with existing Autoban furniture.
Designed as a showpiece of modern architecture and contemporary furniture, Planit is the merger between Milan-based architecture firm Bestetti Associati Studio, and B&B Italia. The prefab house is a built as a showhome for the Company’s products.
Nothing is a new commercial creative agency formed by Michael Jansen and Bas Korsten that has just opened its doors in Amsterdam. The Nothing office is an unusual construction too, in that it is built almost entirely out of cardboard.
via: Creative Review
Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağla have completed an interior in Istanbul, a marriage of mixed signals, and yet somehow it works; liberal doses of Autoban furniture and lighting, mixed with a few classics in a crumbling old world building.
Yatzer has an in-depth article about the new BMW Museum by Atelier Bruecknen in Munich. Opened on June 21st, 2008, it sets a new standard in the realm of brand-focused museums. Along with the BMW Welt, opened in October 2007, and the BMW factory tour, the museum is the final component of the BMW Triad, where two million visitors are expected annually.
In contrast to construction projects of other automobile manufactures, the new museum building would not originate in a green meadow; instead, it was a matter of integrating the new museum into the existing structural fabric of the group headquarters in Munich, according to the brochures handed out at the start of the tour. Here, trendsetting architecture already had a presence from the original 1973 plans of the Viennese architect Karl Schwanzer. This ensemble consists of the “Four Cylinder” high-rise construction, the adjoining low buildings, and the “Museum Bowl” which carries the BMW logo on the roof, and has subsequently developed into a landmark of the car group.
As Gummo were only going to be renting the space on the first floor of the old Parool newspaper building in Amsterdam for two years, i29 convinced Gummo to embrace the mantra of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ to create a stylish office space that would impact as little as possible on the environment or their wallets.
i29 developed a theme that reflects Gummo’s personality and design philosophy – simple, uncomplicated, no-nonsense, yet unquestionably stylish with a twist of humour. Everything in the office conforms to the new house style of white and grey. Furniture was spray painted with polyurea Hotspray (an environmentally friendly paint) to conform with the new colour scheme.
Gummo advertising agency, by i29 l Interior Architects