Studio Rick Joy designs concrete apartment complex in Mexico City’s Polanco neighbourhood

Long windows are embedded into the board-marked concrete walls of this residential building in Mexico City’s upscale Polanco area, designed by American architecture firm Studio Rick Joy. The Tuscon firm designed the five-storey structure, also called Polanco, in collaboration with local studio FRB Arquitectos Asociados. Made from reinforced cast-in-place concrete, it comprises a pair of […]

Takero Shimazaki Architects infuses Barbican flat with Japanese details

A client’s strong ties to Japan informed the interiors of this Barbican apartment, which has been overhauled by Takero Shimazaki Architects. The apartment is within Shakespeare Tower, one of three high-rise buildings on London’s Barbican estate – a housing complex completed by architecture firm Chamberlin, Powell and Bon in 1976. Its two owners had moved […]

Call for entries to AHEAD Americas awards 2020

Architects and designers working across the Americas are now invited to submit their entries to the 2020 edition of the AHEAD Awards. Championing standout hospitality projects from around the world, the AHEAD Awards focuses on four different regions: the Americas, Asia, Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Europe. The 2020 AHEAD Americas competition will review […]

Piazza Dell’Ufficio won interior project of the year at Dezeen Awards 2019 for teaching children “the power of design”

Piazza Dell’Ufficio by Branch Studio Architects, which was named interior project of the year at Dezeen Awards 2019, teaches children about the power of design says judge Eva Jiricna in this movie. Located in a suburb of Melbourne, the renovation of the administration offices of Caroline Chisholm College attempts to reduce visual barriers between staff […]

Custom-made furniture takes centre stage in Ozone’s second London roastery

Coffee roaster Ozone has opened a new space inside an east London warehouse, featuring plywood interiors by local studio Box 9. Box 9 has created custom tables and bench seating to complement the bright and airy aesthetic of the restaurant and roastery. Located in Bethnal Green, it is the second venue that New Zealand-based Ozone has […]

Two mothers open Brella to offer flexible childcare in Los Angeles

Childcare subscription app Brella has opened its first space in Los Angeles, comprising play areas, a co-working space and a yoga studio. Launched in 2019, the startup is led by two mothers – Darien Williams and Melanie Wolff – that grew frustrated with the daycare options available to their own families. Brella‘s service provides licensed, […]

Frama uses neutral tones for Beirut concept store The Slow

Multidisciplinary design studio Frama tried to emulate a relaxed neighbourhood atmosphere inside this Beirut concept store, which features limewashed surfaces and simple concrete fixtures. The Slow – which was formerly an old-school cafe – accommodates a shop, eatery, co-working area and meeting room that locals can hang out in throughout the day. It’s situated in […]

Green plywood cabinets outfit Maharishi store in New York City

Plywood is used to make cabinets, nooks and dividers inside this olive green retail store in Lower Manhattan that Brooklyn studio ABA has designed for London streetwear brand Maharishi. Designed by architects Emily Abruzzo and Gerald Bodziak of Abruzzo Bodziak Architects​ (ABA), the store in New York’s Tribeca neighbourhood is Maharishi‘s first location outside London. […]

Alex Michaelis wraps his London family home with curvy brickwork walls

London architect Alex Michaelis, co-founder of Michaelis Boyd, has designed a home for his family as a “striking, contemporary take on Corbusien modernism”. Michaelis completed the residence for a “challenging long and narrow site” on Blythe Road in West London’s Hammersmith area, in place of a disused garage that was demolished. The creamy brick house’s […]

Bath’s Francis Gallery is set inside a Georgian townhouse

Homely living spaces serve as a backdrop to artworks inside this gallery in Bath, England, which has been created by editor Rosa Park and designer Fred Rigby. Occupying the ground floor of a heritage-listed Georgian townhouse, Francis Gallery has been designed to be a cosy, domestic setting that “shows people how to live with their […]

Six interiors with pops of Pantone’s 2020 colour of the year Classic Blue

Classic Blue is the colour of 2020, according to Pantone. Here are six interiors that already make the most of the bold shade. Roksanda Ilincic’s house, London, by RA Projects A blue steel-fin stairwell design also functions as a bookshelf in this London home that local studio RA Projects designed for Serbian-born fashion designer Roksanda […]

Izumi’s latest Copenhagen restaurant is designed to reflect its Nordic-Japanese menu

Pan-Projects and Mok Architects drew upon Nordic and Japanese aesthetics to design this restaurant in Copenhagen, which features oak surfaces, translucent screens and paper lanterns. Izumi is a Danish restaurant chain, which serves Japanese food with Nordic influences. Its latest outlet occupies a busy street corner in Copenhagen’s northern suburb of Charlottenlund. The 120-square-metre restaurant […]

Louisiana Museum showcases the socially minded architecture of Tatiana Bilbao

The work of Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao is on show at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark, in an exhibition that includes an imaginary city, a cabinet of curiosities and four full-size architectural mockups. The Architect’s Studio: Tatiana Bilbao Estudio is the first major international retrospective for Bilbao, 47, whose broad-ranging portfolio includes social-housing prototypes, a […]

SelgasCano’s sprawling Second Home Hollywood revealed in Dezeen video

Second Home Hollywood, the first US location from the British co-working company, is revealed in this captioned video produced by Dezeen for Second Home. Spanish architecture practice SelgasCano transformed a former Hollywood parking-lot into a sprawling co-working complex that will house 250 companies. It has previously worked with Second Home to create other spaces in […]

Mim Design uses perforated metal to brighten Melbourne construction office

Perforated metal screens, glass walls and an open-plan layout help to maximise light throughout this Melbourne office, which has been overhauled by Mim Design. Located in the small inner-city suburb of Cremorne, this office interior was created by Mim Design for Melbourne building company Cobild. The construction specialists asked the local design studio to create […]

Chybik + Kristof stack wooden balconies inside Czech Republic’s House of Wine

Curved wood-panelled volumes designed to recall traditional Moravian wine cellars are stacked up in this Czech wine bar to create intimate tasting rooms. Located in Znojmo, a walled town in the Czech Republic’s winemaking region of Moravia, House of Wine is a wine bar and tasting rooms designed by Czech architects Chybik + Kristof. The […]

SuperLimão teams bold colours and historic elements in a São Paulo apartment

Exposed pipes painted pastel tones and a burnt pink ceiling are among the details Brazilian studio SuperLimão added during the renovation of an apartment in downtown São Paulo. RF Apartment is located inside the modernist Saint Honoré Building building, completed in 1958 by Brazilian architect Artacho Jurado. The local studio designed the renovation for a […]

Restored plasterwork and paintings adorn Aires Mateus’ self-designed studio

Ornate paintings and decorative stucco ceilings appear inside the self-designed studio of architecture practice Aires Mateus, which occupies an 18th-century building in Lisbon, Portugal. Aires Mateus‘ four-storey studio, which has been named Atelier Cecílio de Sousa after the street it’s located on, contains working and meeting spaces, two model-making areas and a multipurpose room. Existing […]

Bathhouse spa with sensory deprivation tank opens in old Williamsburg soda factory

A 1930s soda factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has been transformed into bathhouse with a subterranean spa influenced by Scandinavian saunas, Russian banyas and Turkish hammams. Founders Jason Goodman and Travis Talmadge collaborated with Manhattan firm Verona Carpenter Architects to reinvigorate the space to be a unique venue for social bathing called Bathhouse. The 600-square-metre underground […]

Plywood cabinetry makes the most of space in Brooklyn Loft for couple with two dogs

New York studio Dean Works has reorganised a former studio apartment in Brooklyn around a multi-functional plywood volume that forms arches, walls and cabinets. Architect Brandon Dean, the founder of Dean Works, designed Brooklyn Loft for a young couple from Portland, Oregon that moved to the New York City, bringing with them two large dogs […]

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