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Aesop Westmount by Alain Carle Architecte | Shop interiors

Aesop applies a singular sales philosophy. Specializing in body care products, it develops a variety of sophisticated space concepts combining simplicity and refinement, with the collaboration of each city’s architects that adds a specific local narrative to the venues. Working on a corporate identity by means of space implies a certain degree of abstraction. A figurative narrative in architecture always leads somehow to folkloric citation, leaving very little space for freedom of interpretation and contemplation. We believe architecture should be interpretative, not dictating. For Aesop Westmount, a first venture for the enterprise in a specific North American cultural fabric, we proposed to look back at key components of the identity of its community: its link with water. By this mean, our design proposal seeks to establish a metaphorical bound between cultural identity, space and time. As a material, water is interesting in its capability to become a tool for contemplation. In… continue

Elgin Street Residence by Sonelo Design Studio | Living space

Manipulating the sense of spaciousness is the epitome of the alterations additions to this single storey Victorian-era terrace duplex. Demolition of existing outbuilding and lean-to makes room for the new. Necessary yet poetic, a new courtyard, defined by a deciduous tree and evergreen ground covers, is deftly placed before the new double storey brick addition. Two angled steel apertures pierce the north facade of the addition, framing the courtyard downstairs and releasing the bedroom suite upstairs to a distant view. The grey-tinted-mirror clad kitchen dining interior impresses a sense of spaciousness, cleverly disguising the edge of the room, reflecting the courtyard greens, and discreetly concealing the bathroom. A bespoke timber battened door is fitted with a solid inset leaf for cross ventilation whilst not compromising on security. The revitalised dwelling is rubik-cube compact yet a serene suite tailored for predominantly lone occupation yet effortlessly flex-able for vi… continue

The Warehouse Hotel by Asylum | Hotel interiors

Combining Singapore’s rich culture, history and talent with high design and comfort is The Warehouse Hotel, an independent heritage property which is now open on the bank of the Singapore River. The Warehouse Hotel is the inaugural hotel of renowned Singaporean hospitality firm The Lo & Behold Group and is part of the prestigious Design Hotels™ portfolio. The property is owned by I Hotel, designed by homegrown agency Asylum and local firm Zarch Collaboratives led the architectural rehabilitation. Head designer and founder of Asylum, Chris Lee, has developed a stylish and enigmatic space reminiscent of the building’s original life as a ‘godown’ during the height of Singapore’s spice trade. The decor and furnishings marry a bygone era with modern-day Singapore, providing an industrial yet welcoming feel. Says Chris, “Our focus has been to protect the property’s legacy, while creating a fresh perspective on the term ‘industrial’. The environment is warm and sophisticated to prevent it… continue

Apartment Finger Wharf by Architect Prineas | Living space

The project brief was centred about making the most of a glamorous city pad with an extraordinary harbour setting. The minutiae of daily life are concealed behind dark panels giving the apartment interior the theatricality and sophistication of a luxury hotel. Contrasting touches of unexpected materiality and luxe detail are picked out as walls are re-imagined as pivoting screens that fold flush in open or closed positions. In this way, the apartment effortlessly takes on a number of reconfigurations, becoming larger and more open. This project involved alterations to a circa 2000 refurbished apartment within the heritage listed 1915 Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf on Sydney Harbour. The scope of worked included a general reconfiguration of the interior of the apartment as well as the replacement of a single sliding door with multiple sliders. The layout of the original apartment was compromised by low ceilings, a “bedroom/media room” with no connection to the view, poor physical connect… continue

Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis by EGM | Hospitals

The innovative and compact new Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis replaces two old hospital buildings. The new hospital is a building that exudes connectivity, both internally and externally. EGM architects translated this into a design in which transparency, connection and the (history of the) city of Delft play a major role. <b>Ascepius Rod</b> The design of the hospital reveals similarities with the shape of the Rod of Asclepius - the symbol for medicine. The departments ‘meander’ around a central axis, which on all floors connects the different parts of the building. As a result all departments are easy accessible. Many hospitals have double-loaded corridor systems, which means that each corridor receives light from one side only. By contrast, the central corridor and the departments of the Reinier de Graaf receive light from all sides. If not from the side, then from above or through rooms with translucent walls and doors.’ <b>Healing environment</b> The corridors, the 250 si… continue

Casa Flora by Design-Apart | Hotel interiors

<b>Your Design Home to experience Venice like a Local</b> <b>The vision</b> A large house in the heart of Venice; a space that is open, unique, to inhabit, work and socialize in, a home to experience the most beautiful city in the world feeling Venetian for a few days. Casa Flora is an Italian-design apartment, completely custom made that welcomes travelers with the comforts of a boutique hotel but at the same time, the freedom of a private home. The project reflects the vision of two people from different worlds coming together: hotelier Gioele Romanelli and creative director Diego Paccagnella. Romanelli, born and raised in Venice, is the heir of a hotel that has been in his family for three generations, and Paccagnella is a global entrepreneur and the founder of Design-Apart, a platform that connects artisanal furniture companies from Italy producing bespoke pieces with clients in New York City. Casa Flora is the result of these two worlds coming together, hospitality and cust… continue