April 28, 2017
White boxes might be a cliche for modernist houses, but when placed against the clear blue skies and emerald waters of the Mediterranean, the appeal of a dazzling white villa is easy to understand. Take, for instance, the Casa Del Acantilado in Alicante, designed by Fran Silvestre Architectos.
Located on a steep site with sweeping views across a bay, the house take the form of a white floating rectangular box, its angular planes and smooth surface cutting a sculptural figure against the craggy hillside. Inside the box, which contains the main living and bed rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows lead to a long balcony with glass balustrades running along the full length of the building, offering unobstructed views of the surrounding hills and sea below. A rectangular infinity pool sits on a lower platform, framed by dramatic double-height walls and a sculptural free-standing staircase. The decor inside is sleek and minimalist, focusing all attention on the expansive view outside. This is a slick, almost meditative space that makes a real mark on the environment.
February 26, 2021
How do you square the circle of practical, rectangular spaces with emotive, curvy designs? San Francisco based OPA Architects shows what's possible with the interior refurbishment of a modern house in Mill Valley, California.
February 16, 2021
Japanese zen style goes far beyond minimalist white spaces. It is about thoughtful spaces which encourage the contemplation of light, colours, textures and shapes - the building blocks of nature and beauty. The Shutter House in Perth is a great example.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
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