October 12, 2017
Clerkenwell may now be synonymous with architects and furniture showrooms, but beneath this genteel veneer lies a deep industrial heritage with brewers, jewellers and printers once jostling for space around its narrow streets. The Cooperage is a relic of that age which has been converted into a spectacular residential house by Chris Dyson Architects.
The architects maximised the hemmed-in site by extending the basement, building a roof extension and creating a stunning triple-height atrium with a freestanding staircase which serves as the focus of the house. We particularly like the entrance porch with the original cast iron pillars, the patinated copper panels of the extension block and the green wall next to the dining area. This is an unexpected gem of a house and a wonderful example of how to showcase a building's industrial heritage.
The spectacular Pipework London Tube Map coat rack from Nick Fraser looks spectacular in an industrial style space, as does the Concrete Nuclear plant holder from Lyon Beton. To create a sense of an industrial space try the Rusted Metal wallpaper by NLXL.
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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.
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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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