December 04, 2018
Tourists have long flocked to the city of Guilin in China, famous for its spectacular limestone hills towering over serene lakes and rivers. Those who stay at The Other Place, a local guest house, however, may be surprised by scenery which is rather unexpected but no less spectacular.
Architect Shi Zhou of Studio 10 has designed two beguiling rooms inspired by the "impossible" drawings of Dutch artist MC Escher. Maze is painted in a soothing palette of forest green, peach and white, whilst Dream is swathed in delicate shades of pink, white and black. Both rooms feature double-height ceilings and slanting roofs, providing the perfect backdrop for numerous "impossible" staircases, some of which lead to doors which go nowhere. All the doors are painted the same colour and have the same rounded frames as the wardrobes, which add further to the visual disorientation. These are rooms you can get delightfully lost in, especially after a few stiff drinks.
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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