Checkwitch Poiron Architects have designed the Double High House in Nanaimo, BC, Canada.
The Double High house is an elegant and efficient re-interpretation of the typical suburban site plan. The slender form is positioned against the long north edge of the site in order to maximize the solar exposure to the south. A 22 foot south facing sliding door system connects the main living space with the wooden deck and landscape, blurring the line between interior and exterior. The floorplan is a connected flow of open and overlapping spaces. In addition to the passive solar scheme, further efficiency is achieved through in-floor radiant hydronic heating, natural ventilation, a heat recovery ventilator and an efficient lighting design.
Greek Cypriot industrialist and art collector Dakis Joannou recently commissioned Jeff Koons and Italian yacht designer Ivana Porfiri to design him a mega yacht. A floating piece of art, “Guilty” measures in at 115-feet long and ranks as Koons’ largest project to date. Inspired by British naval camouflage from World War I, the yachts exterior features bold geometric designs that include alternating yellow rhombuses, pink triangles and blue polygons.
The yacht’s interior walls and ceilings are all white, with extremely large windows to maximize natural lighting. Highlighting the space, a central staircase turns from pinkish violet to galactic blue and finally warm yellow. The main cabin encompasses the top deck, with 180-degree views and the word “Feelings” hanging in neon lights above the bed, the master bedroom also has a private terrace. The four guest cabins feature “museum-worthy” works, while the living room is decorated with Italian Radical Design furniture.
Whipple Russell Architects have recently completed Laurel Way, a house in Beverly Hills, California.
One aesthetic idea driving the creation of Laurel Way was that each room or space should be a jewel box, an individually conceived, precisely functional and dramatic sensory experience with its own depth of architecture. Central to the composition are many of Marc Whipple’s signature elements, one being the use of texture; smooth next to rough stone, rich wooden panels against glass, and glass reflecting water. The immediate experience upon entering the house is its inherent weightlessness – the sense that the walls appear to float as panels and you are always connected to the outdoors. This is achieved with adherence to precise symmetry of beams, support panels, tiles, and sightlines, and also that walls do not meet the ceilings – a half-inch gap is left that helps achieve the effect.
The main premise of this intervention was to open the the house and connect as much as possible the exterior with the interior.
Partitions were replaced with shelving units to open up and connect all spaces. Not only Sliding glass doors from floor to ceiling make this connection possible but also the wood installed indoors that continues on the deck outside, using the exact same height and perfectly following the lines.
Pool is reconfigured to better follow the house and illuminated with fiber-optic stars, that mimic the starry night. New solar photovoltaic panels provide power, water heating panels heat the pool.
Philipp Architekten have designed House Lombardo, located above Lake Lugano, Switzerland.
High above Lake Lugano, this impressive villa designed by Philipp Architekten – Anna Philipp is set in fantastic surroundings with a stunning view. The clients had already lived in Lugano for many years before they decided to move up onto the mountain. The house consists of four levels which all have to be crossed before reaching the top located residential area.
The Roadster actually does not come with any kind of top, meaning that it is permanently open and therefore a pure summer car. Just like the Coupe, this version of the car features the internals of the Aventador sharing the same 740-hp (750PS) 6.5-liter V12 engine and going from 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 354km/h (220mph). The Coupe is limited to only three and the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster will apparently be produced a total of nine times with the price tag set at US $5.3 million and €3.9 million.
Studio Equator has designed Bluetrain Restaurant located in Melbourne, Australia.
Celebrating their 20th birthday, BLUETRAIN has discovered a new design direction with Melbourne based designers Studio Equator who have re-created “Melbourne’s Meeting Place.” South Bank is part of the South Gate precinct overlooking Melbourne’s energetic skyline and iconic Yarra River.
Defined as the “People’s Café”, Bluetrain’s concept of “Aussie Fusion” cuisine and non-pretentious aesthetic energy create an attractive dining option as well as a casual café environment for new and existing customers. The objective was to “create an emotional connection with our customers by manifesting our core values.” Studio Equator has combined eclectic and quirky materials and bespoke designs to support the core brand message and values and to reflect Australia and Melbourne’s unique sense of style and humour in arguably the best location in Melbourne, surrounded by plenty of foot traffic, theatre-goers, sporting punters, transport savvy Melbournians and the extensions of Port Phillip Bay.