Greenwich Street Loft by Specht Architects

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Location: Lower Manhattan, New York, USA
Architects: Specht Architects
Contractor: Bernsohn and Fetner
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Light was a primary issue with this renovation of an industrial loft space in Lower Manhattan. We maintained much of the open “workshop floor” character of the space, while creating a bright and comfortable kitchen, entry hall, and bedroom adjacent to the large living and dining areas. A simple palette of bone-white ash wood paneling and white plaster walls carry the light from the perimeter windows deep into the space.

The detailing of the space complemented the original industrial nature of the building and reflected the owner’s love of mid-century modern furniture and art. Vertical battens line the entry hall and conceal hidden doors to a powder room and a laundry room. The original vaulted concrete ceiling and a steel-clad fire door were maintained and highlighted. A new fireplace has built-in wood storage, as well as niches for art. The home feels comfortable and livable, while remaining true to its history.

Specht Architects


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Scott Specht
Scott Specht AIA Founder and Principal

Scott is the founding principal at Specht Architects with over 25 years of experience designing and managing institutional, commercial, and residential projects. Before founding Specht Architects (formerly known as Specht Harpman), he worked as a senior designer for Daniel Libeskind Architect and collaborated with that office on its winning New York World Trade Center master planning proposal. He also worked for several years with Kohn Pedersen Fox and Associates Architects in New York, and was the Designer on a number of tall building projects around the world, including the Chifley Square project in Sydney, Australia, and the Niaga Bank headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is a licensed architect in Texas and New York, is NCARB certified, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Scott received his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University, where he received the George Nelson Scholarship and the Franklin W. Gregory Scholarship.

In addition to his work with Specht Architects, Scott was a featured speaker at TEDx, and his independent design work has been exhibited in two SoHo gallery shows. His design work has also been publicly featured at a Yale University exhibition, the Van Alen Institute, the Municipal Art Society of New York, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
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Specht Architects

info@spechtarchitects.com

Austin, Texas

3500 Oakmont Boulevard
Suite 101
Austin, TX 78731

512.382.7938

Dallas, Texas

3100 Commerce St.
Suite 39
Dallas, TX 75226

512.382.7938

New York, New York

32 Broadway
Penthouse
New York, NY 10004

212.239.1150


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Interior Design Pacific Bondi Beach by Koichi Takada Architects

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Location: Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Clients: Rebel Property Group and Captil. el Group

Year: 2016



AWARD

Winner Development Excellence Awards Development of the Year 2016


Interior Design:  Koichi Takada Architects

Architecture: Andrew Andersons of PTW Architects

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The more we looked at the space, the more we knew we had to put the focus on that amazing backdrop of Bondi Beach. Gazing out to the ocean from Pacific’s enormous terraces is so dramatic, it blows your mind.

For us, context is very important. We wanted to draw that natural inspiration inside, juxtaposing the energy and texture of the beach environment – the breeze, the air, the smell of the sea salt – with the refinement and luxury embodied within these oceanfront homes. We sought to capture that natural luxury and represent it in physical form.

Living here is a beautiful experience. Everything you touch within the space is beautiful. The mood is soft, calming and always easy on the eye.

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Koichi Takada Principal

Koichi Takada has brought a Japanese sensibility to Australian architecture. His work is innovative and refined. Koichi melds the traditions of his homeland with today’s stunning flowing forms – an approach he developed in New York, London and Tokyo.

Koichi Takada has won international competitions in Australia and Japan as well as several key architectural and interior design awards. The firm’s projects are well recognized and have been extensively featured in Australian and international design magazines.

Koichi Takada studied and graduated from the School of Architecture at the City University of New York and the Architectural Association, London. Koichi studied his thesis work under Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi with Rem Koolhaas as a visiting critic.

While practicing at Atsushi Kitagawara Architects in Tokyo, Koichi worked on an invited competition of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 1997 and stayed in Sydney thereafter. Koichi has been associate director at PTW and worked on award winning luxury apartments in Sydney, and a diverse range of architectural projects in Japan, China, and the Middle-East.

Koichi established his own practice, Koichi Takada Architects in Sydney in 2008. The practice is now growing with competition winning architectural projects and a focus on the construction phase, with key multi-residential projects in Australia and key landmark projects overseas.

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CONTACT

Koichi Takada Architects

Suite 41 & 42, Level 4
61 Marlborough Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Australia

T +61 2 9698 8510
F +61 2 9012 0359
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K Sint-Eloois-Winkel by Frederic Kielemoes

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Location: Kortrijk, Belgium

Year: 2016



Interior Design: Frederic Kielemoes Interior Architect

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Frederic Kielemoes Interior Architect


CONTACT

Izegemsestraat 58A
8880 Sint-Eloois-Winkel
M +32 (0) 486 40 75 64

info@frederickielemoes.be


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Kirribilli Apartment by Brcar Morony Architecture

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Location: Kirribilli, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Year: 2015


Architects: Brcar Morony Architecture

Photography © Justin Alexander


 


The project involved the transformation of a 1960s two bedroom apartment which was lacking natural daylight into an elegant and light filled space with refined, timeless finishes.

The apartment was designed to be flexible for a sole executive owner with generous living and entertaining spaces easily able to be converted into secondary sleeping quarters for staying guests when necessary.

A flexible plan was created and overlaid with a minimalist and monochromatic aesthetic. Generous and finely crafted storage joinery is subtly integrated into each room to provide a series of spaces that appear and feel far more generous then they actually are.

The removal of existing non load bearing walls, the use of clever joinery, sliding panels that can be hidden allow the spaces to connect more seamlessly with one another and also connect visually to its immediate context, views to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour and city CBD views.

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‘Natalie has great design and management skills. She understood and addressed my needs and project brief entirely.  She delivered an outstanding fit out to my apartment which was on time and on budget. I am delighted to recommend her to you.’

Client Therese Adami


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Natalie Brcar and Michael Morony cofounded Brcar Morony Architecture in 2015.

Natalie and Michael first met in 1999 at the University of Technology Sydney where they commenced the first of their two degrees in Architecture. Throughout their six years of university studies they had the opportunity to work together on numerous occasions. This joint study, shared interests and mutually agreeable beliefs and thoughts on design was the beginning of a collaborative partnership.

Natalie and Michael both graduated with 1st class honours in 2005 and 2004 respectively while concurrently working in some of the leading architectural practices in Sydney.  Post-graduation, Natalie and Michael continued to work for award winning architectural and development practices in Sydney and progressed to leadership positions within these offices. When opportunities arose Natalie and Michael would undertake private commissions to test their own design philosophies and this experience lead to the formation of Brcar Morony Architecture. more


CONTACT

Brcar Morony Architecture Pty Ltd
ABN 80 140 916 208

Dulwich Hill NSW Australia

NSW Architects Act
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Natalie Brcar
Director

M: +61 (0)405 321 884
Natalie@brcarmorony.com

Michael Morony
Director

M: +61 (0)409 272 459
Michael@brcarmorony.com


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Tower Bridge Penthouse SE1 by TG Studio

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Location: London, United Kingdom

Total Internal area (apartment): 4598 sq ft / 427.2 sq m

Total external area (terrace): 3195 sq ft / 296.85 sq m

Year: 2017



Interior Design: Thomas Griem TG Studio

Photography © Andrew Beasley Photography



“I don’t want to create something that is just beautiful. For me, it should also work really well. Design has to add value. It should be simple and logical, it has to survive and give longevity – only then is it logical and clever.”

Thomas Griem, Founder
TG Studio


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THOMAS GRIEM

Thomas Griem is the founder and director of TG-Studio, his 20 years’ experience spans from residential, retail and office schemes in international locations from Hong Kong to New York. Thomas studied in Berlin and London, where he won the Hubert Sands Memorial Award, and graduated with a BA and a diploma in Architecture. In 1998 Thomas worked with Phillippe Starck for the global residential developer YOO and went on to co-found the successful interior design practice Target Living. After taking it to the prominent position of industry design leader, Thomas Griem decided to move on in 2011 by starting the creative venture that is TG-Studio.


CONTACT

TG-Studio

10 Rathbone Place
London
W1T 1HP

T 020 7636 3838
F 020 7636 5659
info@tg-studio.co.uk


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Treetop House by Arent&Pyke interior design studio

 

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Interior design: Arent&Pyke

Photography by Anson Smart

Award

2018 AIDA Shortlist: Residential Decoration



The material diversity of stone and felt, timber and colour are drawn together as harmonious elements in this contemporary penthouse home. Delivering refined luxury that is tactile, warm and without clutter, an emphasis has been placed on spatial harmony, colour, and detail. With an abundance of light flooding the apartment from the full height windows and skylight, creating human-scaled areas for dining, lounging and entertaining were key.

Clutter-free and seemingly spare joinery is warm and inviting thanks to the use of tactile finishes. The monumental stone island defining the kitchen responds directly to the client’s brief for a highly contemporary living experience. At the same time, the colour adds a complexity to the palette, while detailing is refined and highly tactile. Bespoke brass handles were developed in collaboration with Henry Wilson. The Butler’s pantry delivers an abundance of concealed appliances, while beautiful craftsmanship delivers a jewel-like interior. In the master bedroom, oak and felt linings within the walk-in-robe provide a beautiful dressing experience.

Furnishings, colour and sculptural form have been used to define spaces within an aesthetically cohesive whole. Contemporary purchases and reupholstered classic pieces deliver the high level of comfort our clients are accustomed to. The palest of pale pink drapes add warmth while tempering the superabundance of light. Rich chocolate and caramel tones, with shades of pink and blue in the furnishings and rugs, work to provide tonal contrasts and harmony. As always, lighting plays a dual role, with sculptural pendants defining the living spaces.

Arent&Pyke


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SARAH-JANE PYKE PRINCIPAL

Drawing on a Bachelor of Interior Architecture (UNSW), Sarah-Jane’s meticulous attention to detail, coupled with an eye for beautiful and unexpected combinations, has been finely honed through her work with respected architectural firms. Her design processes and spatial acumen, while concept driven, are also highly practical thanks to the invaluable experience of working on-site alongside builders and tradespeople. The result is a genuine and respectful relationship with consultants that is both indicative and cherished as innate to the Arent&Pyke ethos of collaborative respect.

 

 


 

JULIETTE ARENT PRINCIPAL
JULIETTE ARENT 

JULIETTE ARENT PRINCIPAL

Combining the expertise of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) UNSW with an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design (SIT), Juliette’s is a very particular skill set that is able to facilitate and nurture individual and layered interiors. Her’s is a philosophy of ‘emotional design’ that supports an honest connection with the client, whereby a shared vision is appropriately manifest as a beautiful and liveable result. Indeed, it is the philosophical stance of mid-century designers that most succinctly defines her design principle, in that design, must always respond to the way in which we live and how we interact with 268 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010one another.

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Studio Arent&Pyke

268 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

+61 2 9331 2802

 


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Penthouse G by Juma Architects

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Location: Gent, Belgium

Year: 2017


Architects: Juma Architects

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This new penthouse was realized on the roof of an existing apartment building overlooking the 3 towers of Ghent. JUMA positioned the window sections precisely so as to frame the view onto the towers, and bring them fully to the fore.

Because of its excellent orientation, the immense terrace not only lets one enjoy the striking Ghent skyline, but also allows maximum sunlight entry. Particularly challenging elements in this project were the chimneys and technical shafts that had to be incorporated. Take, for example, the shaft that runs through the kitchen island, that has however been elegantly concealed by covering it with a gray mirror.

The bedroom and bathroom are conceived as one large suite, a layout that creates a highly spatial feeling. Finally, to minimize the weight of the rooftop penthouse, a wood frame construction was opted for.

Juma Architects


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JUMA Architects is a Gent based architecture firm founded by Mathieu Luyens & Julie van De Keere in 2009 with a focus on creating well-crafted and custom made structures.

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CONTACT

T +32 9 279 64 29
contact@jumaarchitects.com


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Penthouse O by Juma Architects

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Location: Gent, Belgium

Year: 2016

Architects: Juma Architects

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This new penthouse was bought on plan from a project developer. The client came to JUMA for the entire redesign of the proposed interior. The complete new layout also had implications for the outside facades. As such, JUMA also determined part of the outside architecture.

The new layout was to accommodate three bedrooms instead of the existing two, using the same floor surface and without changing the interior program or sacrificing the sense of spaciousness. JUMA set out in search of the most logical layout and came up with a design defined by circulation lines that maximize the available floor space. A central block was placed between the sitting area and the kitchen with dining room, fitted with an incorporated gas fireplace on the side of the living room and the kitchen recess on the other.

Placed in between these two elements is a storage area for the kitchen. Along the central block, the volume of the storage space is continued to accommodate a desk. The low cabinet in the seating area houses the TV and gently leads to the hallway.

An additional request concerned the elevator, which the client(s) wanted to open directly into the penthouse and not into a common hall. When the elevator doors open, one is immediately immersed in a homely atmosphere which is in part determined by the warmth of the dark parquet in Hungarian point. The double glazed door between the entrance and living room is fireproof to meet safety requirements. It also brings natural light deep into the space, and ensures, in this way, that one need not enter through a dark entry space. The fixed furniture is finished in a light larch veneer which contrasts nicely with the dark, distinctive floor.

Juma Architects


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Juma Architects


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JUMA Architects is a Gent based architecture firm founded by Mathieu Luyens & Julie van De Keere in 2009 with a focus on creating well-crafted and custom made structures.

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CONTACT

T +32 9 279 64 29
contact@jumaarchitects.com


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AFM Interior by Olha Wood

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Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Year: 2018

Architect: Olha Wood Interior Designer

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The apartment was created for the Mother of our client, we presented his interior NPL Penthouse two years before. Both are in a similar new concrete structure of houses. Both have a skyline view.

The client brief was to create a colorful interior with garden, yoga area and a room for two sofa-bed for guests. This flat is for one person, so we decided to create rooms with petitions of this human scale.

Olha Wood


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OLHA WOOD INTERIOR DESIGNER is a Ukrainian architecture firm based in Kiev/ Ukraine
Olga Akulova DESIGN buro founded in 2001 and changed its name to OLHA WOOD INTERIOR DESIGNER on June the 2017.
The scope of work ranges from interior design, to small scale construction, to master planning, and public structures.

 


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INTERIOR DESIGN DEPARTMENT
Of 92, Buggovutovskaya str. 4, 04107
Ukraine, Kyiv
tel. +380677908415
email: olha@olhawoodinteriors.com
DESIGN DEPARTMENT
PLAII OU
Laki 25-411  12915 Tallinn, Estonia
email: olhawood@plaiishop.com
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Chiang House by 2books Space Design

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Location: Hsinchu City, Taiwan

Year: 2017



Interior Designer: Jeff Weng/2books Space Design 

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Nano Pad by Architect Prineas

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Location: Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Size: 22 m2


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Longlisted in WAN Awards  /  Categories 2017  /  Small Spaces



Architects: Architect Prineas

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Nano Pad is an interior architecture project within a 22 sqm Art Deco Studio Apartment in Sydney’s inner city. The project was designed as short stay accommodation, as an alternative to short comings of existing “design hotels” in Sydney.

The existing studio was compromised by poor planning with a comparatively over-sized and under utilised entry and lack of defined spaces. The design is conceived around a contemporary plywood insertion that sits within the existing fabric of the apartment. A definitive change in level created by the bed platform and its associated joinery establishes a threshold and visual distinction between the living and sleeping zones of the studio, while maximising opportunities for storage and space.

The insertion allows the original Art Deco structure to be maintained. The use of lime-washed ply is punctuated by black steel details. Bespoke mirrors feature blackened steel frames with curved edges that act as contemporary iterations of the Deco Style. This curve is mimicked in the hanging rails.

The planning of this space allows a number of functions to take place within the 22 sqm studio to provide a short stay that feels like home.

Architect Prineas


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Eva-Marie Prineas
Principal

Eva-Marie Prineas founded Architect Prineas in 2004.  As the Principal Architect, she is a quick problem solver with an ability to make things happen.

Her early career began at Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners, where an exposure to Heritage Conservation areas set the foundation to Architect Prineas’ philosophy on adapting and understanding places that are already special.  She also worked at Environa Studio, a practice focusing on sustainable buildings and landscapes, and later co-founded and directed The Superstudio, before starting her own practice.

Outside of practising architecture, Eva-Marie is frequently involved with the industry.  She was one of the founders of DARCH – the Australian Institute of Architects group for emerging architects and maintains a role as guest critic at the University of Sydney.  Eva-Marie is also an examiner for the architects registration exam at the NSW Board of Architects.  In 2007 she was elected onto the NSW Chapter Council for the RAIA and has continued to contribute to numerous juries since, including the Institute of Architects Awards in 2006 and 2013.

Eva-Marie possesses a balanced and organised disposition.  Her career is held steady by her family-orientated and active lifestyle.  Her well-grounded attitude and values on quality extend to all aspects of her life.

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CONTACT

Studio 504
19a Boundary Street
Rushcutters Bay
NSW 2011 Australia
T +612 9332 2006


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HOTEL SURAZO BY WMR Arquitectos

 

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Location: Matanzas, Chile

Superficie: 1100 m2



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V by Crown Group, Interior by Koichi Takada Architects

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Location: Parramatta, Sydney, Australia

Client: Crown International Holdings Group

Residential Tower Architecture: Allen Jack + Cottier architects

Interior: Koichi Takada Architects

Styling: Sue Axlund

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V by Crown Group will offer a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, executive studios and exclusive penthouses.

Features include stunning floor to ceiling glass, an external waterproof balcony, decorative sliding scree element to the bedroom, reverse cycle air conditioning and video intercom security system. V by Crown Group’s shared resort facilities include private pool deck, gym, theaterette, music room, conference and library facilities, resident gardens, spa, sauna and gaming room.

V by Crown Group will set a new standard for apartment inclusions. Kitchens will feature ceramic floor tiles, stone bench tops, imported stainless steel appliances, soft close laminate drawers and cupboards, glass splashback and LED cupboard lighting. Bathrooms and toilets will feature ceramic floor and wall tiles, recessed mirror laminate wall cabinets, stone vanity top, lavish bathroom accessories and LED lighting. V by Crown Group offers two unique apartment finish schemes inspired by nature and the luxurious allure of a resort holiday.

‘Cloud’ is a light colour scheme of clean and modern lines balanced with timber joinery to add texture and warmth. Reflected light and panoramic views are drawn into the apartments via frosted mirror creating environments awash with ambient light. Cloud apartments ‘float’ above Parramatta, creating a sense of escape and retreat lifestyle.

Koichi Takada Architects


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Koichi Takada
Principal


Koichi Takada has brought a Japanese sensibility to Australian architecture. His work is innovative and refined. Koichi melds the traditions of his homeland with today’s stunning flowing forms – an approach he developed in New York, London and Tokyo.

Koichi Takada has won international competitions in Australia and Japan as well as several key architectural and interior design awards. The firm’s projects are well recognized and have been extensively featured in Australian and international design magazines.

Koichi Takada studied and graduated from the School of Architecture at the City University of New York and the Architectural Association, London. Koichi studied his thesis work under Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi with Rem Koolhaas as a visiting critic.

While practicing at Atsushi Kitagawara Architects in Tokyo, Koichi worked on an invited competition of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 1997 and stayed in Sydney thereafter. Koichi has been associate director at PTW and worked on award winning luxury apartments in Sydney, and a diverse range of architectural projects in Japan, China, and the Middle-East.

Koichi established his own practice, Koichi Takada Architects in Sydney in 2008. The practice is now growing with competition winning architectural projects and a focus on the construction phase, with key multi-residential projects in Australia and key landmark projects overseas.

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CONTACT

Koichi Takada Architects

Suite 41 & 42, Level 4
61 Marlborough Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Australia

T +61 2 9698 8510
F +61 2 9012 0359
E info@koichitakada.com


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A Traveller’s home by Annabell Kutucu


Location: Berlin, Germany


19th Century Apartment Berlin


Interior Design & Styling by Annabell Kutucu

 In collaboration with Michael Schickinger

Photography: Claus Brechenmacher


All images courtesy of Annabell Kutucu



Annabell Kutucu



A renowned Interior Designer and Stylist based in Berlin, she has been styling and decorating private luxury homes for more than 10 years. Since she set up her own business in 2010, with a focus on hospitality and private residences, she has raised great interest with her work of various international hospitality projects, like the Papaya Playa Project in Tulum, Mexiko, the San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos, Greece, both in collaboration with Design Hotels™, and the Nomads Apt. in Berlin, an alternative urban concept.

BASED IN

Berlin, Germany

When Color Meets Calm by Maayan Zusman & Amir Navon

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Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Area: 55 m2



Designers: Maayan Zusman & Amir Navon

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Maayan Zusman


Studio Maayan Zusman, based in Tel Aviv, was established by Maayan Zusman in 2012.

Maayan holds B.A, M.B.A and Interior Design degrees in addition to extensive experience from the the hi-tech world.

The studio provides interior architecture and design services for projects of all shape and size, both in residential and commercial spaces.

Services provided range from consultation, identification of the space most suitable for your needs, initial sketches and 3D rendering, architectural work plans, custom made furniture design, home styling and on-sight supervision.

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CONTACT 

Maayan Zusman | Interior Designer
Tel: +972-54-3339813
Mail: maayanzusman@gmail.com

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Maayan Zusman


Old Jaffa House 3 by Pitsou Kedem Architects

 

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Location: Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Total floor area: 100 sqm
Design and build: 2016-2017
Program: single family house


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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects pitsou.com

Initial design: Irene Goldberg, Pitsou Kedem
In charge architect: Raz Melamed
Project manager: Assaf Lupo Ltd with Guy Shaked.
Styling for photography: Eti Buskila
Photography: Amit Geron amitgeron.com



Pitsou Kedem Architects

Pitsou Kedem Architects Studio opened in 2000 and today consists of 11 architects. The studio is responsible for the design and planning of many projects in Israel and lately, also in Europe.
Pitsou Kedem set up the studio after finishing his studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA). The studio’s design language and concept is founded on the modernist style and his work encompasses the values and principles of the period as well as the design philosophies of the modernist movement.
During its formative years, the studio was involved in a constant dialogue with the fundamental principles of minimalism: reduction and moderation, clean lines for each element, separation of structural materials as part of the process designed to avoid the irrelevant in order to emphasize the significant and refining and seeking out the essence of the space.
Together, all these elements lead to a strong architectural concept that is uncompromising in its search for the absolute truth, in its pursuit for purity of form and shape and in its goal of achieving a spatial perception of comfort and tranquility.
This constant quest for simplicity leads to sophisticated and precise elements which , in turn, contributes to their uniqueness.
The majority of the studio’s projects can be characterized by simple geometric, rectangular and recurring shapes that impart an exact and interconnecting look to the structure and its spaces.
Structural facades are uniform, mono-chromatic, devoid of all decoration and provide a feeling of being almost monumental in nature. By using this architectural and design language, we attempt to bring order to urban chaos, For the past years, the studio has been searching for new materials, for a fresher approach that will allow us to enter new territory and step outside of recognized and boundaries. After years of simplifying materials to the extent avoiding all distractions that created those pure moments when “emptiness” disappeared and the individual sees and feels all that they failed to see and feel before, we began to add layers of materials and spatial layers. Inevitably, these layers created increasingly ambiguous and illusory spaces within the structure, layers that, in turn, created a greater sense of curiosity.
A great deal of effort was used in our research for new materials, and in particular, for materials to be used for building external structures and walls. In its ongoing search to deepen and expand its architectural and design language and to add new contentment, the studio has, over the past few years, been working with contrasting materials such as weathered steel and exposed concrete on the one hand and carbon and other new and innovative materials taken from the world of industrial technology on the other. The combination of different materials and different architectural and design languages and even, on occasion, different schools of design, created, in many projects, a surprising and dramatic tension.
The studio designs projects covering a wide range of sizes and complexity. From the interior design of restaurants, stores and living spaces to the design of private residences – usually those spreading over very large plots – and recently, hotels and residential complexes.
In all of our projects we consult closely with the client and “brainstorm” in our efforts to discover the story, the concept, that flash of inspiration that will lead to the project’s design. The nucleus of an idea, leads to the development of the design language and concept which then leads to the development of spaces which serve the users – whilst all the time, placing an emphasis on the context and the integration of the building into the urban fabric.
The studio has, over the years, been awarded many prizes including, for the past seven years, the Israeli Design Award. Our designs have been showcased in many professional journals and magazines around the world as well as on leading architectural web sites.
Pitsou Kedem has mentored graduation projects for the Faculty of Architecture at the Technion, Israel and lectures regularly at all of Israel’s architectural faculties.

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CONTACT

Pitsou Kedem Architect
39 Maze St. Ground Floor Tel-Aviv
T. 03.6204493 F. 03.6292835

Studio: office@pitsou.com
Pitsou: pitsou@pitsou.com
Press: pitsou.press@pitsou.com


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Barcelona,Urban Beach Home by Egue y Seta

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 Urban beach home

Location: Barcelona, La Barceloneta, Spain

Area: 40m2

Year: 2016



Designers: Egue y Seta

With direct involvement of: Daniel Pérez, Felipe Araujo, Gaia Trotta, Szymon Keller y Covadonga Díaz

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Whether you like it or not, Barcelona, for many non-locals, is also, a beach. A beach bathing the shores of an open-air museum, a coast line bursting with tapas bars and the seafront of a real city with its very own customs and history. But always, even more so during the summer, a beach. A beach that attracts real estate investors who want to turn the whole into a touristic resort, but also a spot that catches the eye and stills the heart of young couples in love that, in the antipodes of the above, try to capture the very essence of the Barcelonian´s way of life in a few square meters with a view to turn them into their own summer private retreat. This was the case of Jacques and Hannes and their cozy little flat in the heart of the traditional fisherman´s neighborhood of La Barceloneta.

Forty square meters allow for much when you´re talking about two. Two inhabitants, two guests or two months maximum period of summery stay. However, space optimization never hurts. And therefore, the new lay out of the home, has wanted to tear down the walls of old bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and hallways to shape instead only three segregated but visually connected spaces.

Amidst the first of them we find a dining room with a social call facing two large balconies and flanked by a large linear kitchen on one side and a cozy lounge on the other. At the opposite end of the windows and to finish drawing up the social area of the unit, a decorative piece of storage, framed by an iron joinery glass partition, crowned with greenery that manages to provide privacy to the en suite bedroom located on the other side, while allowing ventilation and the continuous flow of natural light.

In the private interior of this room, the same storage piece of double depth, becomes a closet wardrobe behind sliding doors lacquered in an expansive white that reflects the light coming in through the interior windows. In the centre, the indispensable bed under a decorative pendant lamp and presided over by a headboard, also deep, and custom made to work simultaneously as a trunk, nightstand tables and a decorative shelf. Just in front, the guilty pleasure of television, for rainy days when no one wants to go out, or if you needed some other very specific way of warmth, the views of one´s partner in the shower through a window that visually communicates the bedroom with the bathroom, giving the whole a greater sense of spaciousness.

But these glass “openings”, sometimes luminous and sometimes indiscreet, are not the only elements present there to guarantee the fluidity of space. The material finishes and coatings choice are also partly responsible for the visual connection between the rooms. The marine theme commonly seen in beach apartments and many houses of this old fishermen’s neighbourhood is reduced here, although tremendously present, to a blue-green tint that dyes selected walls, remarks pieces of decorative furniture and guides the eye throughout the house from the outgoing lounge to the very intimate bathroom, passing through the bedroom. In the same way, the floors of traditional hydraulic mosaic tile and oak parquet, seem to want to deride the frontier between the public and private space, freely flowing underneath the closet and its partition.

At the same time, the pieces of furniture and the small gardened cornices have also been included as a reinforcement of the sense of continuity, being present in both rooms, maintaining their chromatic and material properties on each side, but modifying their vocation accordingly for each particular space. The ceilings, on the other hand, undressed for the occasion, shamelessly bear their striping of beams and the Catalan vault of traditional naked clay block. Under these, the necessary installations have been arranged to allow light bathing of exposed original brick walls, suspension of the decorative lamps that crown the bed and the dining table respectively, the supply of a pleasant temperature airflow throughout the year in all areas of the house, and the extraction left-over aromas after a homemade dinner with post-dessert drinks and new friends made in front of the sea.

So now you know, if some sunny afternoon in the weeks to come, you happen to run into a happy couple, hand in hand walking down the narrow little streets of La Barceloneta, they might very well be Hannes and Jacques coming home after a day at the beach. Say hi, they are extremely friendly and might just invite you for dinner!

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Project info:

Construction company: Habitat S.L

Carpentry: Wooden Disseny9Evo


Finishings:

Flooring:
Pavement: Natural Oak wood, Neoceramica.
Pavement: Hydraulic tile edging, 20×20 cm, Neoceramica neoceramica.es

Vertical surfaces: Restored Original brick and plastic painted walls

Bathroom: White beveled Metro tile, 20x5cm, Neoceramica.


Furniture:

Livingroom:

Kitchen: kvik.es/

Dining lamp: Bell, Normann Copenhagen normann-copenhagen.com/

Dining Table: Custom made with legs VOID model by piknik-store.fr/

Coffee tables: GRAPHIK, Maison du Monde maisonsdumonde.com/

Sofa: BROOKE, Maison du Monde maisonsdumonde.com/

Dining chairs: Masters model, Kartell kartell.com/es/

Area Rug: Sukhi sukhi.es/

Bedroom:

Lamp: EOS LARGE, Vita Copenhagen.

Bed: IKEA. ikea.com/es/

Venetian Blinds: Living 66 imliving66.com/

Bathroom:

Lamps: Brass Pendant, Anglepoise anglepoise.com/

Sanitary Ware:
Toilet Roca Meridian roca.es/
Tap Focus and shower Crometta by hansgrohe.es/