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Antonio Zaninovic’s spectacular concrete Cape Town villa offers magnificent views over Bantry Bay

Posted in Architecture
By Sam Bathe on 9 Apr 2015

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Using planked concrete to create a striking open plan space with an even better view, Chilean architect Antonio Zaninovic‘s Bantry Bay House overlooks Cape Town’s stunning city bay. Warming the living space with natural furnishings and wooden floors, glass walls on all sides make the house feel light and spacious, but it’s the infinity pool on the terrace that is the Bantry Bay House’s jewel in the crown. Making the house feel like part of the city even though it sits above it, the pool is the perfect space to relax and unwind or party. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Antonio Zaninovic’s work on his site: www.antoniozaninovic.com

Tom Blachford shoots Palm Springs’ classic mid-century architecture in his series ‘Midnight Modern’

By Sam Bathe on 1 Apr 2015

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With rare access from the Palm Springs Modern Committee, Australian photographer Tom Blachford‘s latest project takes in the gorgeous mid-century properties of Palm Springs. Shot under moonlight, the mysterious series looks like it could be straight from an ’80s slasher movie, albeit the most stylish John Carpenter film to date. Try to spot the architectural aristocracy, the Kaufmann House designed by legendary architect Richard Neutra is featured in Blackford’s series too. Show the rest of this post…

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You can buy prints from the series from the Midnight Modern website: www.midnightmodern.co

Architect Valerio Olgiati takes concrete homes to the max with the striking Villa Além in Portugal

Posted in Architecture
By Sam Bathe on 3 Mar 2015

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A striking and experimental home, Villa Além by architect Valerio Olgiati is an expansive concrete structure that creates serene spaces for people to live and breathe. Located in Alentejo, Portugal, some 10km inland from the Atlantic Ocean, Villa Além is a single-storey home with imposing five and a half metre walls that produce ever-changing shadows in the central courtyard. Show the rest of this post…

The outdoor pool and amazing open-ended workspace bring the outside in, connecting the property to the expansive desertland beyond the property walls.

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Architect Andrew Franz turns an old Tribeca soap factory into a glorious, open, mezzanine apartment

Posted in Architecture, New York
By Sam Bathe on 9 Feb 2015

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In the shell of an 19th century soap factory building, Architect Andrew Franz has created a wonderfully open and bright mezzanine apartment. Located in Manhattan’s Tribeca district in New York City, a striking staircase allows for access to the roof terrace above, while a window wall floods the living space with natural light. Show the rest of this post…

Combining natural materials like wood and brick – a call back to the building’s industrial past – with colourful and stylish fixtures and fittings, the apartment feels so warm and inviting. Innovative storage solutions keep the apartment clutter free, with hidden shelving and compartments built into walls and corner cabinets folding out for extra holding space.

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Check out more of architect Andrew Franz’s work on his site: www.andrewfranz.com

Jacobsen Arquitetura’s RT Residence hides a second floor within its stylish, minimalist exterior

Posted in Architecture
By Sam Bathe on 22 Jan 2015

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Though it’s built over two levels, Jacobsen Arquitetura have designed the RT Residence in Laranjeiras, Brazil, to appear like a compact and stylish bungalow. Using an optical illusion in the front of the house and warm natural materials so it blends in with the surrounding garden, the lower level is half-buried underground. With the back opening onto big open green space and the coast, light floods through the open plan living space. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Jacobsen Arquitetura’s work on their site: www.jacobsenarquitetura.com

Eliot & Eun Lee’s Napa Valley House is a gorgeous, sprawling single-level property deep in wine country

Posted in Architecture
By Sam Bathe on 4 Nov 2014

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Located in one of the most famous wine regions in the world, Eliot & Eun Lee’s magnificent Napa Valley House is comprised of four buildings connected by a series of intersecting paths and walls. Located between two hills, the open and spacious property features views out over the gorgeous surrounding landscapes thanks to numerous floor-to-ceiling windows. Show the rest of this post…

Of the four buildings, one holds the living and dining space, another is the master bedroom and bathroom, the third is a guest house and the final building includes a spa and sauna and leads to a fantastic, long swimming pool that runs along the back of the property.

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Studiofour creates amazing view corridors with their Victorian conversion Alfred Street Residence

Posted in Architecture
By Sam Bathe on 8 Oct 2014

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Originally a single level property, Studiofour‘s renotation of the Victorian Alfred Street Residence replanned to add a first floor and create a dynamic space ready for family life. Creating an amazing view corridor from front to back, the house in Prahran, Australia, connected the exterior courtyards to the kitchen for easy outdoor dining, while creating an apparent extension of space to the living room. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Studiofour’s projects on their site: www.studiofournews.com

Spanish architecture firm CaSA create the perfect holiday apartment in Barcelona

Posted in Architecture, Travel
By Sam Bathe on 17 Sep 2014

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Briefed to transform a neglected and poorly distributed apartment into an attractive holiday home, with the Rocha Apartment in Barcelona, CaSA have created the perfect light and airy city retreat. Located in the centre of the city between between Plaza Catalunya y Plaza Universitat, the apartment is on the sixth floor of a beautiful art nouveau building. Show the rest of this post…

Pastel tones and warm wood paneling accent the white walls of the living space, while folding windows and French doors connect the inviting outdoor balcony. The other side of a striking turquoise corridor lie three bedrooms and their brightly tiled bathrooms. The balance of tone and colour and the new distribution of space is a real success.

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View more of CaSA’s projects on their site: www.cargocollective.com/CaSA

Monaco’s $400m Odeon Tower five-storey penthouse will be the world’s most expensive apartment

Posted in Architecture
By Sam Bathe on 3 Sep 2014

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The first skyscraper built in Monaco for 30 years, when complete, the penthouse atop the Odeon Tower will be the world’s most expensive apartment. The $400m, 38,000-square-foot Sky Penthouse is split across five levels (each with its own kitchen), with stunning views of the coast through its floor-to-ceiling windows and from the rooftop remarkable terrace, infinity swimming pool and vertigo-defying water slide. The brochures along for the property cost the developer $1,000 each to produce, so its a good job nearly 30% of Monaco’s residents are millionaires. To find out more, head over to their site: www.odeon.mc

Bates + Masi Architects’ East Hamptons Elizabeth II home is as smart as it is stunning

Posted in Architecture
By Sam Bathe on 2 Sep 2014

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From the outside, Bates + Masi Architects‘ Elizabeth II development looks like your average modern home, but located in the East Hamptons, New York, the building’s simple frontage masks a very clever design. Show the rest of this post…

A bustling resort area, the windowless exterior masks a concrete walls nearly 20 inches thick, build to provide excellent sound insulation from the noise of nearby Amagansett. Inside, the home feels bright and spacious thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows facing the rear garden and swimming pool, particularly the open plan kitchen-living space where the entire wall can be folded back.

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