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Plesner Architects delivers decadence at the Six Senses Shaharut resort in Israel
Yoga classes as first light magnifies the copper hues of the Arava Valley and the Edom mountains. A day journeying through undulating ancient valleys on camelback. And late-night stargazing sessions after sundowners in the dunes. For many, right now, these are the activities of an unreachable desert-holiday dream. But as international airlines look to ramp-up flights at the end of this year and beyond, Israel’s soon-to-open Six Senses resort will no doubt capture the imagination of luxury-seeking adventurers around the globe.
Architecture
August 18, 2020
‘The Apple tree’ by Foster + Partners blossoms in Bangkok
Housed under a "cantilevered tree canopy" roof structure, Apple Central World’s distinctive architecture is "brought to life with the first-ever all-glass design," says the tech giant. Located in the heart of Ratchaprasong, Bangkok’s iconic intersection district, the striking Apple store designed by Foster + Partners forms a new social subject in this part of the city. It also contributes to the backdrop of the famed New Year celebrations and a program of other regular festivities. The store is fronted by a generously sized public plaza and Bangkok’s renowned Erawan shrine is sited across the road. Adding to the spectacle, 'The Apple tree', as it's been quickly nicknamed, is overlooked by a busy web of vehicle and pedestrian routes that weave around the site.
Architecture
August 17, 2020
Ahead of the curve: Kennedy Nolan’s blueprint for new-age kitchen design
Defined by its colossal curves, scalloped detailing and coved rear benchtop, the Expansive Kitchen boasts all the hallmarks of Melbourne architecture outfit Kennedy Nolan. But this certainly isn’t a cookie-cutter response to the client's brief, explains practice principal Rachel Nolan. “Every approach we take for kitchens is always new,” she says. “We try not to ever roll out just what we’ve done before.” The client in this instance was Australian company Laminex and the challenging brief called for the brand’s range of laminates to be put to the test in innovative and exciting ways by Rachel and practice co-principal Patrick Kennedy.
News
August 13, 2020
Five (or so) minutes with artist Dan Kyle
When ferocious bushfires ravaged the region in late 2019 through to early 2020, Dan felt a gut-wrenching sense of loss, sadness and absolute helplessness. Darkness had descended upon his beloved bushland, and blackened earth and smoke-washed hot-glowing skies replaced the famous blue-green haze of the mountain range. Captivated by the rapidly changing natural environment and […]
Art
August 11, 2020
‘The world’s most popular chair’ gets a sustainable overhaul by Konstantin Grcic
Italian design house Magis has recently launched the 'Bell' chair. Lightweight, affordable and stackable, this new iteration of the popular monobloc chair is designed to be stronger than ever before and is manufactured using industrial waste. The versatile chair comes in three colours: Sunrise, High Noon and Midnight.
Industrial Design
August 10, 2020
Canvas House: co-living quarters for expats by Ministry of Design
The colonial shophouse buildings of Singapore, so-named due to the shared retail and residential functions, evolved from the early 19th century. With a restricted budget and only four months to complete the project, MOD opted to blanket Canvas House with an all-white veil, a brave move that Colin says, “blurs the distinction between new and […]
Interior Design
August 7, 2020
Home tour: A contemporary house in Subiaco with quaint cottage appeal
Subiaco House, however, is far from cliché. Designed and coordinated from nearly 4500 kilometres away by Brisbane-based architecture practice Vokes and Peters, the two-storey family abode is located on a prominent corner block and wears a distinctive bell-shaped ‘top hat’ clad in petite terracotta shingles. At ground level, the suburban home engages politely with the […]
Architecture
August 6, 2020
Home tour: A concrete house in Singapore with lush tropical gardens
Appearing like a mirage in the metropolis, the property is situated in a Singaporean landed housing estate that hails from the 1980s. Zoom out and within a 1.5-kilometre radius the new dwelling is surrounded by typical low- and high-rise housing estates. Within the same radius, Stark House also rubs shoulders with Changi Prison, Changi Airport […]
Architecture
August 3, 2020
Five (or so) minutes with interior designer Tamsin Johnson
Ten years after going solo, and with a line-up of impressive interior design projects now under her belt in locations from Sydney and Melbourne to Byron Bay and Paris, Tamsin Johnson caught up with DAN for a quick chat to speak about what’s next in her busy schedule, including a hotel in Marrakesh and publishing […]
Interior Design
July 30, 2020
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Since early January when the awards program opened to submissions, many, if not most, aspects of daily goings-on around the globe are markedly different from those that surrounded last year’s announcement. But one key message remains the same: Architizer’s commitment to highlighting the most pressing issues facing architecture and design today. News highlights The Architizer […]
Architecture
July 28, 2020