Studio by MAIO

Centered around a small courtyard, the architecture collaborative MAIO has built their new studio in a former launderette. On the other side of the courtyard sits a gallery in this unusual site in Barcelona. Architects Anna Puigjaner and Guillermo Lopez designed the studio for themselves and the other two members of the MAIO team but it also functions as … Continue reading

Lively Architecture Festival in Montpellier

  11 young architectural teams presented spatial interactive installations during this year’s Lively Architecture Festival (FAV) in Montpellier. Based on the theme of surprise, the installations were set in the urban cityscape of 11 hotels. Among the participants was this year’s winner – Berlin-based Julie Biron with the installation NE DÉRANGEZ PAS MES CERCLES that consisted of a disk surface … Continue reading

Reframe by Paul Scales & Atelier Kit

During this year’s Festival of Living Architecture in Montpellier, France in June, Dutch architecture studio Paul Scales and French architecture and design studio Atelier Kit created an installation called Reframe. Originally built in Paul Scales’ Rotterdam studio, the installation was rebuilt for the festival. The theme of the festival this year was ‘surprise’, so the architects came up with … Continue reading

Shelter of Nostalgia by Worapong Manupipatpong

  Swedish designer Worapong Manupipatpong has created an installation attached to an existing column of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center that resembles, and functions like, a tree house. Halfway between furniture and architecture, Manupipatpong’s installation is part of the Politics of Me exhibition at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC), Thailand on now … Continue reading

Stählemühle Distillery by Philipp Mainzer

Architect Philipp Mainzer directed the restoration of an old mill in Eigeltingen, near the shores of Lake Constance where a new showroom for Stählemühle, a purveyor of award-winning high-quality spirits, was constructed. The restoration features three main programmatic components: the actual distillery, a showroom, and various tasting areas. Perhaps the most striking feature of the project is the … Continue reading

Martagon by Reiichi Ikeda

Japanese designer Reiichi Ikeda created a spacial installation consisting of a wire mesh box in the middle of a fashion boutique in Osaka. Chain-link fencing has been used for the walls of the box, which is separated into three parts and connected by rounded doorways. Clothes rails have been positioned against the bare brick walls of the … Continue reading

Pop Up Tea Shop by Alan Chu

Brazilian architect Alan Chu’s has designed the newly opened Gourmet Tea Store in Sao Paolo. The shop is somewhat secret to passers by when closed and simply resembles a graphic mural. But when opened the various graphic patterns come apart and each hold shop elements within such as a pantries, kitchen, display cases with more. The large purple … Continue reading

Boa Vista Hotel by Isay Weinfeld

Architect Isay Weinfeld, and restauranteur/hotelier Rogerio Fasano (who recently collaborated on the making of Fasano Las Piedras) have just put the final touches on the latest addition to the Fasano hotel collection – Boa Vista. The hotel is a stunning complement to the 100 plus acres of native forests in São Paulo, which include 15 lakes, an Arnold Palmer golf … Continue reading

Dream Downtown Hotel by Handel Architects

American firm Handel Architects have completed a New York hotel with porthole windows that give it an uncanny resemblance to children’s game Connect Four. Comprising one seven-storey block adjoined to another that is twelve storeys high, the Dream Downtown Hotel occupies a renovated former annex of the National Maritime Union of America. Overlapping layers of perforated metal clad the smaller of the … Continue reading

Twin Houses by William O’Brian Jr

Award-winning American architect William O’Brien Jr. has recently completed these two single-storey holiday houses located in upstate New York. Situated on one plot of land, the minimalist, black stucco-clad dwellings have been realised as ‘a regular six-sided polygon and a regular four-sided polygon’ respectively yet are composed from the same five forms — ‘each are made up of … Continue reading