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Under construction: Valley in Amsterdam by MVRDV
The arrival of Valley is part of Amsterdam’s ambition to rebalance this particular area of the city’s strong business focus by bringing in more residential appeal, transforming the region into a liveable and “complete” urban quarter. Designed by local Dutch architecture office MVDRV for EDGE Technologies, the 75,000-square-metre mixed-use Valley precinct contains apartments, shops, offices, […]
May 20, 2022
Artful lodger: Inside the Ace Hotel Sydney by Flack Studio
Inspired by the visionary modernist architect Robin Boyd and his 1960s book, The Australian Ugliness, Ace Hotel Sydney tells its story with a palette reflective of the hard-working history of its industrial shell. The use of raw, tactile and moody materials, exampled by off-form concrete walls, locally sourced timber and aged brass, nods to the […]
Commercial Design
May 20, 2022
Home tour: House of Remembrance in Singapore by Neri&Hu
In this project, dubbed the House of Remembrance, Neri&Hu has explored how notions of communal living and collective memory can be expressed spatially. The original site featured a lush vegetated edge that formed a natural green buffer along the perimeter, a feature that the designers have retained. The previous house was built in the style […]
May 13, 2022
Common Reader bookstore in Hangzhou by Atelier tao+c
From an early stage in the design process, the architects at Atelier tao+c reached a mutual understanding with their client that the Common Reader should not just be a “storage room” for books. Rather, it should also be a place for people to get involved with “collecting social memories and absorbing knowledge,” the tao+c team […]
Commercial Design
May 13, 2022
Patricia Bustos unveils ‘Serene Touch’ installation at Casa Decor 2022
The great success of the debut edition – and those that followed in its footsteps – lies in its formula. Casa Decor is unique and exclusive, and focused on three fundamentals. Firstly, it brings together in historic locations a large group of professionals with experience and prestige who, with great enthusiasm, wish to show their […]
May 12, 2022
Egeo Greek restaurant in Valencia by Masquespacio 
The move into Valencia marks the next step in Thanasis’ chain of Egeo souvlaki restaurants, building upon two already established venues in Madrid. Offering generous servings of skewer-grilled meat and vegetables, the Greek restaurants boast a strong following of food-loving locals whose loyalty is hoped to be replicated on Spain’s southeastern coast. “When Ana and […]
Commercial Design
May 6, 2022
Wall restaurant in South Korea by Studio Studio 
As its name suggests, Wall restaurant is all about the walls. How they divide the space, seperate the different functions of the project and – perhaps most importantly – cocoon the patrons as they drink or dine. “The main function of drinking wine and eating food is divided into different atmospheres in one space,” Do says, referring […]
Hospitality Design
May 5, 2022
Olson Kundig architecture office in New York City 
“The table introduces a physical embodiment of Pacific Northwest design culture within the new office space,” suggests the Olson Kundig team, whose architecture practice was born in 1967 in Seattle – the largest metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest. The table also includes an integrated turntable and vinyl record collection, curated by Seattle’s Sub Pop Records, […]
Commercial Design
May 2, 2022
Bamiyan Cultural Centre in Afghanistan by M2R Arquitectos
The centre arises in the wake of tragic events that date back over twenty years, to March 2001 when the Taliban destroyed two colossal Buddha statues that towered over the Bamiyan Valley. The statues, carved into the stone cliff-face approximately 1500 years ago, were considered the largest standing Buddha sculptures in the world, forming an […]
April 29, 2022
Colour-drenched homewares by India Mahdavi just dropped at H&M
Now, India’s highly sought-after work is more accessible than ever before. Her studio has teamed up with the homewares arm of Swedish clothing behemoth H&M to release everyday objects for the home, taking the shape of eye-catching ceramics and textiles. Inspired by the fuzzy slick of colours that appears when you close your eyes in […]
April 28, 2022