Clayton & Little carefully updates mid-century Balcones Residence in Austin

Original brickwork, mahogany panelling and a new guest casita are featured in this 1950s Texas dwelling that has been meticulously renovated by local studio Clayton & Little. The Balcones Residence was originally designed by Roland Roessner, a University of Texas professor and prominent architect of modern-style homes. The brick dwelling sits adjacent to an historic […]

Public Records in historic Brooklyn building pairs vegan cafe with nightclub

Shane Davis and partners have overhauled an industrial building in Brooklyn‘s Gowanus area into a spot that functions as a vegan cafe by day, and a bar and restaurant, complete with a nightclub, after dark. Located at the tip of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, Public Records is the brainchild of musician Francis Harris and […]

Sheet/RockLA renovates cluster of historic cabins in California mountain town

Birch plywood and linoleum are among the cost-effective materials used by design-build firm Sheet/RockLA to update a collection of rustic cabins on a forested site in the San Bernardino Mountains. The rentable cabins form the Colorado Lodge, which is located about two hours outside of Los Angeles in the small town of Big Bear. Encompassing […]

Foster + Partners restores “iconic” glass Apple Fifth Avenue

Apple‘s glass Fifth Avenue store in New York City has reopened to the public following a renovation by Foster + Partners that added a spiral staircase, skylights and public plaza. Apple Fifth Avenue is an underground Apple Store in Manhattan, nestled below a plaza that is in front of Edward Durell Stone’s 50-storey General Motors […]

Everlane opens minimal Brooklyn store featuring painted brick and pale wood

A large window punctures white-painted brickwork to reveal fashion brand Everlane‘s store in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The 4,400-square-foot (409-square-metre) Everlane store in Williamsburg is the US clothing brand’s “largest store yet”, and doubles the size of its other New York store on Prince Street in Soho to create more space […]

Maayan Zusman retrofits Tel Aviv apartment for tall sporty couple

Tel Aviv designer Maayan Zusman has renovated a two-bedroom apartment in the city, with a range of custom details for its tall inhabitants. The 1940s apartment was renovated for an athletic couple whose tall heights led the local designer to create several custom details, ranging from cabinet height to sneaker storage. Zusman collaborated with architect Amir Navon, […]

Spanish Colonial house in Los Angeles receives major update by Síol Studios

California firm Síol Studios has maintained the historical character of a 1920s dwelling while adding contemporary elements, including an eclectic array of furnishings and artwork. Encompassing 1,848 square feet (172 square metres), the Genesee project was designed for Sonya Yu and Zack Lara, a San Francisco couple with two children. They desired a second home […]

Eight Brooklyn townhouses that make creative use of small spaces

Brooklyn townhouses provide a blank canvas for creative renovations. US reporter Bridget Cogley selects eight diverse designs that include boldly coloured cabinets, pathways for cats and a huge slanted window. The New York City borough stretches over 70 square miles (183 square kilometres) with neighbourhoods including upscale Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg to more upcoming areas […]

Bar Orian Architects tops historic Tel Aviv villa with slatted box to create The Levee

A historic house in Tel Aviv‘s Neve Tzedek neighbourhood has been transformed into luxury accommodation with a slatted steel addition on top by local firm Bar Orian Architects. The Levee comprises eight rental apartments in Tel Aviv across the extended historic villa building in the city’s oldest neighbourhood, Neve Tzedek. The two-storey structure was built […]

Stark monochromatic interior of Saint Rocco church brings stone ruins into focus

Architects Luigi Valente and Mauro Di Bona have renovated the former church of Saint Rocco in southern Italy into a theatre with a black and white interior. Located in the small commune of Rotello near Campobasso, the historic landmark has been restored into a permanent performance venue and multi-purpose hall. Fragments of the stone floor […]

Michael Yarinsky enlivens Long Island house with the help of Brooklyn design studios

Brooklyn designer Michael Yarinsky has renovated a home on Long Island‘s eastern-most tip with crisp white interiors, several lights by Ladies & Gentleman and ethereal Calico wallpaper. The Cedars is a three-storey, wooden home built in 1883 in Orient, a coastal town on the tip of Long Island in New York state. The historic residence […]

Appareil Architecture uses minimal palette to update 1960s Montreal home

Dark slate tiles, white marble and wood are among the materials that Canadian studio Appareil Architecture has used in the renovation of a mid-century home in Montreal to “foster harmony” with existing details. Appareil Architecture designed the overhaul for a residence in the city’s Outremont neighbourhood, which was completed in the 1960s by Montreal architect […]

Huge salvaged trees form benches in San Francisco restaurant Radhaus by Envelope A+D

A screwdriver, drawer knobs and a pipe are among the objects that Berkeley studio Envelope A+D has used as beer taps in this industrial-style restaurant in San Francisco. Radhaus is a beer hall and Bavarian restaurant located in the Bay Area’s historic Fort Mason Centre for Arts and Culture, a region acknowledged for its former […]

Scott & Scott Architects outfit Vancouver’s Fig facial bar with scalloped green walls

Perforated green steel walls form curved nooks slotted with a washbasin and shelving inside this beauty store in Vancouver, designed by local studio Scott & Scott Architects. Scott & Scott Architects designed the store for Fig – a skincare bar founded by Anita Chan and Jessica Walsh that offers a range of treatments including facials […]

Basic Projects designs The Fat Radish Savannah eatery inside former pharmacy

Charleston interiors firm Basic Projects has used design touches like rattan and textured green plaster to add “a warm, Southern element” to the Savannah outpost of New York eatery Fat Radish. Basic Projects completed the Fat Radish Savannah earlier this year, marking nearly 10 years after it designed the New York City outpost in the Lower […]

Rodić Davidson merges two 19th-century art studios to create home in London’s Chelsea

Rodić Davidson Architects has transformed a pair of artists’ studios that may once have belonged to JMW Turner into a lofty family home in London filled with eclectic furniture and striking artworks. The property is located on Glebe Place in London’s Chelsea, a street where many celebrated artists took up residence in the 19th century, when […]

Big slanted window tops renovated Brooklyn townhouse by PRO

Brooklyn architecture studio PRO has overhauled a townhouse in Williamsburg, adding a slanted glass volume on its top-level to double the home’s living space. Peterson Rich Office (PRO) redesigned a 4,000-square-foot (371-square-metre) property in the trendy Brooklyn neighbourhood to create the family residence called Prismatic Bay Townhouse. PRO tore tearing down a large portion of […]

Geodesic dome cabin in New England gets major overhaul by Jess Cooney

Large triangular windows bring daylight into this dome house in western Massachusetts, which has received an extensive makeover by local firm Jess Cooney Interiors. Built in the 1980s, the cabin is located on a lakefront site in Becket, a town in the pastoral Berkshires region. The house takes the form of a geodesic dome – […]

Alexandra Palace Theatre restoration makes a feature of decades of decay

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has refurbished the long-abandoned east wing and theatre at Alexandra Palace in London, leaving its original surfaces visible in a state of “arrested decay”. The architecture studio has revived the Victorian theatre space, along with the east court exhibition hall and adjoining spaces, conserving them while also upgrading them to meet […]

Omar Gandhi brightens Lady Marmalade eatery in Toronto with skylights and baltic wood

Canadian firms Omar Gandhi Architect and SvN have used baltic wood, skylights and plants to update a popular brunch spot in Toronto. Omar Gandhi, which has studios in Halifax and Toronto, and local firm SvN designed the renovation for the restaurant Lady Marmalade. The aim was to open up and brighten the space on the city’s […]

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