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Australia 108: The tallest residential tower in the southern hemisphere
Set back from the Yarra River in the Southbank precinct of the city, the 100-level Australia 108 building is now settling into its new home and getting acquainted with its neighbours. Including the 297-metre Eureka Tower that was completed in 2006. Located only a block away, the Eureka Tower held the title of Melbourne’s tallest […]
June 10, 2021
The ‘Hortensia’ armchair by Andrés Reisinger and Júlia Esqué for Moooi
Suddenly driven to bring the piece to life, Andrés called upon the expertise of textile designer Júlia Esqué, who was also working in Barcelona at the time. The pair agreed that any tangible iteration of the ‘Hortensia’ armchair needed to replicate the beauty of nature. It would also be required to create a feeling of […]
June 9, 2021
A 1960s London post office is now a swinging sushi restaurant
“The post office was built in the 1960s and our design pays tribute to London’s modernist heritage of that era,” explains Alexy Kos and Che Huang, co-founders of Child Studio. “Our aim was to rediscover and celebrate the unique history of this building and the neighbourhood.” Maido sushi restaurant in London by Child Studio The […]
Hospitality Design
June 8, 2021
Just revealed: Victoria’s most beautiful gardens and landscapes
“Submissions were centred around Victoria’s need to connect, play, roam, to give back to the community and to proactively adapt for the unforeseen,” Naomi says. “The past year has seen changes in the way public places are valued, with the rediscovery and enabling of new forms of connection and expression. These places became the backdrop […]
June 3, 2021
Rock star Matthew Simmonds carves miniature buildings into solid stone
Merging this lightbulb moment with his life-long fascination of stone buildings, Matthew decided to study architectural stone carving at Weymouth Technical College in the UK’s south. This led to gratifying work on the restoration of several major English monuments, including Westminster Abbey in London and the cathedrals of Salisbury and Ely. It wasn’t until 1997, […]
June 3, 2021
Masquespacio rolls-out new brand identity for Bun burger restaurant
In Milan, this flexibility led to existing architectural archways and exposed bricks becoming defining features of the space. At the second Bun restaurant to open under Masquespacio’s vision, located in Turin, three existing windows informed the decision to expand the colour palette and split the interior into three clearly defined sections. “The idea to play […]
Hospitality Design
June 1, 2021
A floating plus-shaped swimming pool in New York is one step closer to reality
Employing patented technology, the plus-shaped pool is designed to filter the very water that it floats in – more than 1,000,000 gallons per day – making it possible for up to 50,000 New Yorkers to swim in clean river water each year. Something that hasn’t been possible since the 1930s. “Plus Pool strives to reclaim the river […]
May 30, 2021
Bank to boutique: Acne Studios in Stockholm by Arquitectura-G
A former bank building in Stockholm became world-famous in 1973 when a robbery occurred, a dramatic six-day hostage situation unfurled and the phrase ‘Stockholm syndrome’ was uttered for the very first time. The term would go on to label the inexplicable bond formed between hostages and their captors, not just in Sweden but all around the globe.
Interior Design
May 27, 2021
Pierre Yovanovitch launches long-awaited Mobilier furniture brand
Acclaimed French decorator and interior architect Pierre Yovanovitch has pulled back the curtains on his very own furniture label. Titled Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier (PYMO), the brand debuts 45 pieces of lighting, seating and accessories, each bearing the hallmarks of the designer’s playful yet sophisticated style.
May 27, 2021
Little Island in New York by Heathwerwick Studio and MNLA
After Hurricane Sandy rendered Pier 54 in New York irreparable, businessman and philanthropist Barry Diller, in collaboration with the Hudson River Park Trust, recognised a rare opportunity to replace the pier with a completely different kind of public park – one where nature and art could unite. “What was in my mind was to build something for the people of New York and for anyone who visitsa space that on first sight was dazzling and upon use made people happy,” Barry said at the time.
May 25, 2021