November 11, 2015
Vivarium, Latin for "place of life", evokes images of glass terrariums filled with exotic plants. The Vivarium restaurant in Bangkok lives up to its name and delivers the image on a much grander scale. Designed by Hypothesis and Stu/D/O architects, the restaurant makes the most of its converted industrial warehouse structure with its corrugated iron roof, polished concrete floors and metal beams painted in flashes of red. The greenhouse atmosphere is emphasised by the vast expanse of glass walls and the huge plants suspended from the ceiling. The use of sleek white fabric upholstered furniture adds a touch of luxe and provides the perfect backdrop for the Thai-Japanese fusion cuisine served in the restaurant.
"Vivarium" apparently translates in Thai into "will you marry me". In such a beautiful and evocative space, I'm sure the answer can only be "yes".
April 20, 2021
The brief for the architects at RM\Architecture is to capture the essence of Brazilian style in a 115 square metre apartment in Rome, a challenge the team pulled off with the grace of a capoeira master.
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.
January 07, 2021
Minimalism is about much more than empty spaces. It is the artful use of light, colour and objects to define spaces, creating an atmosphere that is warm and contemplative. The BU1H house, designed by Igor Sirotov Architects, is a great example.
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