Lomocubes is a new innovative and sophisticated residential project by MPA Architetti, located in Lugano and commissioned by the entrepreneur Alessandro Lo Monaco. Lomocubes is a luxurious and high profile condominium that overlooks the Lugano lakeshores. It is a groundbreaking architectural project that marks a new frontier in residential building construction. Finished in July 2013, Lomocubes synthesizes the best relationship between interior and exterior spaces, giving from the living room of each unit a wonderful view on the lake. A texture-in-motion built with a rigorous and wise use of materials leads to a seductive aesthetic result established on the succession between full and empty spaces, transparency and opacity.
Lomocubes, Lugano, Switzerand, by MPA Architetti
This project is conceived as a domestic landscape that blurs the boundary between interior and exterior space in a temperate coastal rainforest climate. It is essentially a ranch house typology with a guest house stacked upon it – for an physically active empty nest couple who enjoy the idea of welcoming family home for the holidays. The domestic program is spread across the entire site, and the vertical circulation is deliberately understated.
The programmatic organization allows the primary residents to live entirely on the ground floor. The japanese-inspired courtyard ‘moss garden’ operates as a multi-faceted architectural device – it provides circulation along the primary project axis from the main entry through to the backyard pool and workout pavilion; it provides a visual extension of the living room into the garden; and the sliding glass doors in the kitchen (conceived as a glass box in the garden) open directly into the courtyard and the outdoor dining space beyond. The central living space is bracketed on the south side by a large concrete fireplace which provides privacy from the street, and it extends visually into the mossy minimalist courtyard to the north. The orientation, form, and positioning of the upper volume was designed to protect against direct solar gain during the summer months, while allowing light at lower sun angles to penetrate into the spaces during the winter months.
Ocean Park House,Vancouver, Canada, by Campos Leckie Studio
Photography by Ema Peter
It’s nature inspiring the shapes of Pandora, that live in the echoes of their minimal texture. Ethereal entities that make of the light an added value, building up an outfit out of time, playing to conceal the material composing them. The project makes of the versatility its overriding characteristic: Pandora can be used as floor lamps both in external and internal spaces, such as hanging lamps or floor lamps.
The biggest challenge was the conversion of a family apartment compartmented into an apartment for a young single advertiser, and retrofitting existing securities repaginating brought from other apartment. The meticulous work respected the memories impregnated in certain parts and introduced new elements from the new intentions. The living room, tv room and kitchen have become part of a single space through the demolition of walls and removal of the toilet.
Shelves specifically emphasize the horizontality of the space and serve as a shield for design pieces. A large gallery Corten steel is the element delimiter between social and intimate, camouflaging access that is done through a pivoting door. The original structure was exposed and the materials are shown with sincerity. The concrete, glass and steel corten combine a sober color palette and contrast with some pieces that give identity to the flexible space.
Maranhão Apartment, São Paulo, Brazil, by Flavio Castro
Photography by Pedro Kok
“Simplicity, quality, function and innovation have been the central tenets during the design process throughout this project. The mechanism we designed for this pen is completely unique, yet intuitive and reliable. We wanted to transcend the classical twisting or clicking mechanisms by developing this precise and user friendly piece of engineering.”
Align Pen, by Beyond Object
This unconventional design by Pitsou Kedem blurs the borders between private space and outdoor space. In a new building, in the old north of Tel Aviv, a unique penthouse covering an entire floor of some 600 square meters, is open and transparent in four directions. The entire penthouse is wrapped with a screen of clear walls. The internal spaces, floating within the building’s shell, are fully exposed to the city. Passages and movement, or corridors in conventional design language, to the rooms and then, on to the apartment’s spaces are next to the structure’s outer shell. No rooms connect with this outer shell and no rooms block or shut off the view over the city. The levels of transparency and exposure are regulated using various methods of shading. Thus long and continuous lines of sight are preserved from one of the apartment to the other.
Along the entire frontage, some 25 meters, there are transparent, teak framed, sliding doors which allow for the opening and closing of the various internal spaces, such as bedrooms and bathrooms, to the external shell. Thus the city merges into the apartment, the climate is regulated and the residents can enjoy the sky line and changing lights at any given time. The apartment’s style corresponds with international styling whilst retaining classical influences in the spirit of the period. Such as, for example, the style of French architect Jean Prouvé whose work was unembellished, placing the emphasis on practicality. The materials used in the apartment’s construction are, for the most part, shown in their raw state. The floor is poured terrazzo and an exposed concrete wall in the living room is offset with a metal bookcase. The pool is completely covered with dark stone so that the city can be reflected in its entirety in the water. Along the balcony we find planters with Frangipani trees that reflect and continue the characteristic flora of many Tel Aviv gardens. The apartment’s residents have an impressive collection of art. This played a significant role in the design of the spaces, each of which relates to the specific piece displayed in it. And the responsibility for bringing a smile to the design has been given the yellow hue that has been used in the main door, the closet and additional touches of yellow scattered around the apartment.
Open and Transparent to the City, Tel Aviv, Israel, by Pitsou Kedem Architects
Photography by Amit Geron
In collaboration with Jean-Marc Estaque, cabinetmaker and Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the designer Didier Versavel imagined the “Precious” collection. Startling small volumes faceted wood and fluorescent PMMA. This surprising combination of materials, solid wood and plexiglass fluorescent echoes Meet the master craftsman and designer, between tradition and modernity. The Precious range comes in many variations, center table, empty pocket, magazine rack, lamp ask or lampshade.
Precious Series, by Jean-Marc Estaque and Meilleur Ouvrier, for Didier Versavel
Photography by Marc Mesplié
Located in Hawthorn, this wide, open-planned office space and reception occupies 250sqm. The composition of this office space required innovative thinking and clever design solutions to make it practical whilst remaining simple, clean and light-filled. As a prominent Project and Development Management consultancy group, the interior acknowledges the client Case Meallin’s respect for professionalism, planning and efficiency. Applying a grounding palette of charcoal and white, these blues feature in the custom floor covering and as geometric graphics in both the kitchen splashback and office glazing, which creates visual intrigue without playing to short-term trends.
Floor to ceiling natural oak timber screens generate a sense of large scale proportion whilst highlighting the divisions, providing privacy and distinguishing staff zoning between spaces. Throughout the office, efficient planning and clean architectural lines ensure spaces are light-filled and well-proportioned, whilst maintaining a fluidity from one space to the next.
Case Meallin Office, Melbourne, Australia, by Mim Design
Photography by Peter Clarke
“Disconnecting”; a wall cuts the home off from the world outside: the French coast distorted by common town planning. On the other side, the sea. Nature stirs. Wind bends tree trunks. The roof bows before a bustling environment. Bedrooms transform into terrace: a concrete passageway leading outside. A moment to breathe; punctuation in sentences. A tile-covered ceiling salutes the spirit of Provençal homes. Below, only wood and concrete form the building. Beyond any codes, the natural, raw materials stand eternal. Concrete has a soul; it has something to say. The bedrooms sit alongside undergrowth. Two intimate, comfortable places facing each other. On one side, trees provide shady spots, on the other, a mass of concrete offers protection and a cool haven.
ALON House, France, by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners
Photography by Jean-Luc Laloux
Matsuso T is a collaboration project between Hiroshima’s expert carpentry workers and Jin Kuramoto design studio. Many of the professional wood working techniques used by expert carpentry workers in Hiroshima come from traditional wooden boat making. These boat making techniques can be seen in the overall design, as well as a gracious harmony between function and form.
Matsuso T, by Jin Kuramoto Studio
Photography by Takumi Ota