Posts Tagged ‘modern spaces’
October 14th, 2013 – The folks responsible for Stuttgart’s most exclusive sneaker shop, SUPPA, are at it again – this time with the opening of the their first menswear spot, MRQT. Swiss architecture firm ROK spearheaded the design of the new shop with a unique fur-like wall consisting of 22,000 wooden sticks operating at individual directions and of various lengths. The in-shop art installation refers to the flowing forms and delicate texture of textiles and cloth.
ROK’s principal architects Michael Knauß, Silvan Oesterle and Matthias Rippmann, used the free-flowing wooden stick installation as the main feature of the space. The wall was designed using customized digital tools to master the large number of wooden sticks.
CNC drilled holes define the individual direction of every stick installed. Only a perfectly streamlined production process guaranteed the efficient and feasible realization of the project. The wall creates a unique and sensational background for garments displayed on smoothly integrated clothes hangers.
The flow of wooden sticks and subtle lighting frames a central full height mirror and forms a central “stage” for the customer. Display stands and shelving in beech wood match the material of the wall installation.
Together with the minimalistic interior space featuring white walls and a grinded concrete floor, the store develops a warm and inviting atmosphere for the customers browsing through a well-curated selection of premium street-wear brands.
September 8th, 2013 – Shoreham Vineyard House, a weekend retreat designed by Jackson Clements Burrows, provides its owners with a place to relax from the everyday stressors of the week and just “wine” a little. This earthy weekender, seated comfortably among the vines from a vineyard on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula in Australia, offers its occupants with a weekend of understated luxury. The home was designed using passive design principals, which give the space a casual and modest feel despite its sizeable dimensions. Although the Shoreham House is ample in space, each room is fresh in character and function making this second home as comfortable and accommodating as the first.
Visitors approach the house up a gravel driveway, which leads past the left wing of the house to the main entrance, the garage. Approaching the house in this way makes it appear like a gargantuan wooden box. The house sits atop a natural cliff providing the house with a view of Western Port. The descending roof of the house was positioned to manage the winds, which are often very persistent on the embankment. The roof extends from the bulk of the house over the garage with a space in-between, which acts as the formal entry to the home. A wooden slider front door with an antique door inset brings texture and focus to the entry.
Entering the door brings guests into the entry hall decorated with bottles of wine form the vineyard. Guests can either go right towards the main living space and parent’s wing, left to the guest and children’s wing, or through a small entry to a climate-controlled wine room.
Let’s go right towards the heart of the house, the main living room. This room is very open with a kitchen at one end and a large fireplace at the other. Couches, chairs and a long table help create a homey space for lounging or eating with family during any season. Large sliding doors lead outside to the veranda, which overlooks the vineyard to the west and stone terrace positioned above a freshly planted garden to the east. The verandas was designed to be a social place, acting as another living room during the days of pleasant weather. The terrace overlooks the waters of Western Port, which gives the terrace a completely different character than the veranda.
Vines grow just beyond the verandas edge. The rooms of the house appear to be burrowed right between the vines so that “when viewed from this side, it is a house in the landscape, not on the landscape.” The house is mostly timber with the exception of contrasting black stained columns from the veranda. The columns were designed to imitate the linear growth of the vines. The deliberate selection of a limited palette was chosen to “settle” the design into its surroundings.
Continuing back into the house and past the kitchen is a second living room devoted mostly to television watching. A staircase between the kitchen and the second living room leads to the master bedroom, which sits beneath the high point of the roof. A smaller suite is connected to the bedroom. Both rooms have spectacular views of the waters of Western Port. Wooden blinds provide the master bathroom with privacy from the living room below.
Moving on to the left wing visitors will pass several bedrooms, another living space, and bathing areas. This wing was designed so it could be closed off when the owners are visiting without children or guests. The rooms in this wing benefit from vineyard views through sliding glass doors. Despite the many rooms, the house is described as being “one room think” which helps with cross ventilation while reverse brick-veneer construction aids in thermal performance.
Jackson Clements Burrows successfully created a materially and texturally warm and rich space “like an oak wine barrel,” which blends effortlessly into its surroundings.
Writing By Jessica Britvich
September 9th, 2013 – Westerners have an undeniable desire to reach a respectable comprehension of Eastern culture. We do so through observing their customs, and through observation, hopefully, comes understanding. Some say, that the best way to engulf oneself in another culture is through food. Enter, the Matsuri Boetie restaurant in Paris, France. Designed by Moreau Kusunoki Architects, this Japanese food-bar concept appears simple, albeit beautiful, at first glance. However, once you begin a bit of introspective examination, you may notice a few unsuspected happenings.
The designers have given thought to this space that will possibly go unnoticed to the reluctant observer. For instance, we all know that wood can provide a certain acoustic ambience, but by using softly worked rough wood, assigned in a harmoniously vertical pattern, you’re able to create a wonderful sense of calmness and serenity.
In keeping with the theme of tranquility, Matsuri Boetie also houses several black fiber panels, which assist in the absorption of noise. It’s with these simple, yet highly technical design methods that the architects were able to create such a conscious space in the heart of Paris.
From the furniture, to the lighting, the firm of Moreau Kusunoki has managed to keep traditional Japanese sensibilities as the central theme. This can surely be appreciated from a Western standpoint. Through allowing customers to experience a feeling of intimacy while they eat, the aim is to bring forth a better understanding of the Japanese culture itself.
Look for Moreau Kusunoki Architectes (Matsuri Boetie) as they compete for Best European Restaurant in the 2013 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards on September 12th in London. Writing by Jordan Bailey.
Photography Courtesy of Moreau Kusunoki Architectes
Leyk and Wollenberg created an L-shaped layout by securing a collective of wooden dowels from the floor to ceiling. The repetitive dowels create an interesting design feature while defining the spacial perimeters of the space. Central to the restaurant is a large food prepping and buffet station where Total’s employees gather around to load up on daily specials. Both, the dining area and the food counter are crafted from oak wood then stained in black to stand out amongst the neutral-toned color palette of tans and white. Various sized table tops and counters are methodically scattered throughout the lounge to promote a social environment for Total’s employees.
May 2nd, 2013 – 10 years after the opening of Barcelona’s Hotel Amrey Sant Pau, the Spanish-based hospitality group is opening the doors to it’s second establishment, Room Mate Pau. The hotel, which was designed by renowned architect and interior designer Teresa Sapey, is decked out with vibrant color pallets, charismatic graphics, and cosmopolitan decor.
The 66-suite hotel is located in the center of Barcelona, steps from Plaza Catalunya, and La Rambla; the most famous pedestrian street of the city.
Sapey’s reputation of using bright colors and bold objects in her designs is what made her a perfect choice for the lively Room Mate Pau Hotel. The Italian architect was called upon by the owners to create a hotel that is both friendly and stylish.
The building, which has just undergone a full restoration, now has an atrium full of piercing eye balls, and an elevator shaft outfitted with a huge mural of a ambiguous person wearing a houndstooth patterned dress coat. Spacey transformed large wall patterns into cool backdrops to unique and minimalistic furniture pieces that create a one of a kind experience for hotel guests.
Photography By Room Mate Pau
April 12th, 2013 - It took over 9,000 screws to secure 1,400 bright green plaster medallions into the feature green wall and ceiling at Naples new Barbatella restaurant. Basically, building the Floridian restaurant was contractor’s dream job – sore arms?! Venetian-born chef and restauranteur Fabrizio Aielli purchased two separate buildings connected only by a courtyard with the intention of transforming them into one restaurant. Aielli teamed up with Griz Dwight of Washington D.C based GrizForm Design Architects to unify the two spaces that are located steps from the shores of Naple’s swanky Port Royal.
After opening two successful restaurants, chef Fabrizio Aielli knew exactly what he wanted in his new Italian joint, Barbatella. The chef wanted to turn two separate buildings into one restaurant, he wanted the design to cater to a casual dinner patrons, but also attract a sophisticated cocktail crowd, he wanted the space to cultivate two different styles of Italian architecture, and one of the chef’s most important requests was that the restaurant should function to serve three meals a day, seven days a week.
Dwight, along with his team at GrizForm managed to pull the two spaces together and meet the programmatic needs by creating a comfortable place where old world authenticity meets new age sophistication – giving Barbatella a dual personality.
Barbatella’s bar side offers a more sophisticated dining experience with a long wood communal table, birdcage chandeliers, an eye-catching green medallion ceiling where light bulbs sporadically pop out, and bright yellow upholstery, attracting an uptempo night-owl crowd.
“We just kept adding more medallions and before we knew it, 1401 medallions lined the ceiling and wall,” Dwight explained of creating the feature wall. The architect admitted that the chef was initially hesitant about painting the wall bright green, but because the two have previously worked together, chef Fabrizio lent his trust. “Chef was calling asking me ‘are you sure green?’ trust me, bold color and bold gesture.”
The dining side takes a more rustic approach, celebrating its Italian roots with brick floors, wood tables, terrazzo counters and copper finishes, exuding the warmth and roughness of the Italian countryside. “Together, the spaces illustrate two very different styles of Italian architecture. One takes a more, practical utilitarian approach, while the other is a bit more flashy and decorative,” Dwight explained.
The open kitchen on the restaurant side further characterizes the honest and open features of the dining side of the restaurant. The fire of the copper-clad, wood-burning pizza oven further warms the space, creating a welcoming environment for guests. Photographs line the left wall featuring both unknown and celebrated Italians, including Toto and Sophia Loren, enjoying Italian feasts.
The restaurant has only been open a few months, but is kicking off to a great start with a design that comforts and ‘wows’ guests at the same time. “Make sure you try the Pizza’s” Dwight insisted. “They are light and refreshing, perfect to have during a day at the beach.”
February 14th, 2013 – Lisbon based Aspa Arquitectos explores the use of void spaces when they re-worked the Junqueira Apartment, and transformed the single level space into a contrasting two level dwelling. The juxtaposing second level expansion comes as a new addition to the existing structure, thought of not as a restoration, but as an extension, putting to good use the “empty” space of the building in relation to its original characteristics. The architects constructed the sleek black unit to fit snug into the 18 foot high ceiling, creating a mezzanine for the residents. Black steps reach down from the mezzanine and meet new steps cut out of a high-gloss white custom unit where they continue to the floor. It was important for Aspa’s Co-founders José Maria Cumbre and Nuno Sousa Caetano to maintain the original decorative and constructional characteristics of the building intact, while revitalizing the space with a unique new addition.
(Photography By Fernando Guerra FG+SG Fotografia De Arquitectura)
February 12th, 2013 – The groundbreaking design of three Vittra Free School Organization’s in Stockholm are challenging the traditional learning environments for children. Rosan Bosch Studio has created imaginative, interactive, and colorful interiors that supports the unorthodox educational methods of the new age school. The three schools that Dutch-born artist Rosan Bosch have cleverly designed are located in Telefonplan, Södermalm, and Brotorp.
The design of Brotorp strives to support the school’s pedagogical methods and gives teachers and students the opportunity to work in different settings depending on the learning situation. The design solution comprises small caves for concentration and contemplation, a colorful cave with deep red upholstery, organic high tables for group work, and a soft lounge furniture for informal gatherings.
The schools have individually designed sections for three different age groups – a custom designed library and a multicolored podium are among the conspicuous design elements. In the preschool area, a large green structure occupies the space creating a multifunctional landscape for play and exploration.
The structure is built at children’s height and they will find comfort in the small pockets and niches – while at the same time adults can create an overview of the entire room.
With a similar design concept to Brotorp, principal designer Rosan Bosch has transformed common areas at Södermalm into an inspiring learning environment that brings together education and leisure.
Crystal chandeliers, colorful caves and a library that opens like a treasure chest. Here, the school has 350 students and is located in a historic building in central Stockholm.
“Rosan Bosch has created a learning environment that helps us keep our educational visions into reality,” says Annica Ångell, rector of Vittra Södermalm. “She has created an environment that gives the students and teachers the opportunity to chose from different environments depending on their needs. It’s a huge support in their daily work.”
(Photography Courtesy of Rosan Bosch Studio)
The cozy, elevated dining pods at Restaurant Fabbrica in Bergen transports us back to a time of forts and makeshift tree houses. These snug, elevated niches however, are tailored to an adult sensitivity, boasting delicate chandeliers and glass stemware were designed by Tjep Studio, an Amsterdam based architecture and design firm. A large pizza oven is decorated in with a gorgeous Bisazza tile mosaic, while geometric industrial containers hold the oven’s wood. Natural light floods in through an expanse of open windows and arched glass atrium, giving the space a greenhouse-like feel. Overall, Restaurant Fabbrica echoes with a simplistic authenticity, not overly polished, but just right.
Is it just us, or can wine connoisseurs be a little, what’s the word, …snooty? With the smelling of the cork, the swirling of the glass and the examining of the “legs,” it can all be a bit much. Well, instead of heading to your nearest convenience store for a box of vino, check out Studio Sklim’s Wine Bistro. There’s not a dash of pretentiousness in the space, but rather it’s carefully curated with approachably modern and minimalistic elements from concrete screed flooring, to exposed ceiling vents and industrial touches. Wine Bistro sits in Singapore’s Business District, Marina Square, and boasts a wine cellar as well as French/Italian bistro cusine. The vision is fresh, the atmosphere comfortably sophisticated, and the prices affordable. Perhaps it’s time to say sayonara to Trader Joe’s “two buck chuck?!”
(Photography: Jeremy San Courtesy of Studio Sklim)