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25Jun 2017


KPF Advances Growth of Boston Seaport with Towered Mixed-Use Building

KPF Advances Growth of Boston Seaport with Towered Mixed-Use Building, Courtesy of KPF

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Echelon Seaport, a mixed-used development designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and CBT Architects, will join the growing number of buildings and public spaces slated to revitalize the Boston Seaport neighborhood in the coming decade. The 1.3 million square foot property will accompany projects such as OMA’s 88 Seaport and developments by James Corner Field Operations, Sasaki, and NADAAA.


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Due to its accessibility to the Boston Harbor, the area has historically been known as a space for industrial and commercial use. Factors such as proximity to Boston’s downtown have spurred developments such as the Echelon Seaport that aim to introduce residential living into the fabric of the neighborhood. Developed by Cottonwood Management, the project will feature 733 residential condominiums along with 125,000 square feet of publicly accessible restaurants and retail.

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Courtesy of KPF

The development is broken into three towers of differing heights in order to create visual interest. To further that design initiative, the facade of the building is a mixture of glass and masonry. According to the architects, the focus on a diversified aesthetic is a nod to the collection of styles and materials that make up Boston’s current skyline.

Our design for the project transforms a larger site into a series of three, smaller-scaled towers, where each is given a subtly differentiated architectural character, said James von Klemperer, KPF President and Design Principal.

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Integral to the design is the something currently lacking in the neighborhood– public space. Looking towards the future of Seaport, the architects identified the need for a dynamic urban streetscape that encourages civic interaction. The point where the three towers meet forms a central courtyard that features multi-level retail space connected through passageways and a bridge.

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Renderings of the project show both the large-scale connections between towers and the smaller layered connections of the retail and public spaces. The renderings also detail the additional exterior space in the building such as sun decks, terraces, and pools that are designated for the private residences.

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Courtesy of KPF

The buildings enliven the adjacent streets with active retail, finely crafted details, and smaller scale visual moments of surprise said Klemperer.

Pre-construction for Echelon Seaport began in March 2017 and is on track for final completion in 2020.

News via: Cottonwood Management.

OMA Designs Carved Mixed-Use Building for Boston Seaport

OMA New York has revealed renderings for it latest project, a 490,000-square-foot mixed-used retail and office development located at 88 Seaport Boulevard in the emerging Boston Seaport neighborhood. Being developed by Massachusetts-based property developer WS Development, the structure adds to a growing collection of quality architecture commissioned for the district, including projects by James Corner Field Operations, Sasaki, and NADAAA.

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25Jun 2017


Over the past decade, Belgian art dealer, antiques guru and all-round tastemaker Axel Vervoordt has put on exquisite exhibitions at Palazzo Fortuny, becoming an unbeatable highlight of the Venice Biennale’s frenzy. As spiritual as ever, the sixth iteration – which, to the art world’s dismay, will be the last – is devoted to the notion of ‘intuition’ and how it has shaped art across continents and historical periods.

‘My wish is that, through art, visitors are invited to open themselves up and liberate their intuition,’ says Vervoordt of the exhibition he co-curated with Daniela Ferretti, the director of Palazzo Fortuny – a gothic building in Campo San Beneto, formerly the studio of Spanish set designer and couturier Mariano Fortuny.

On the ground floor of the palazzo, visitors are greeted by an oddly functioning dialogue between a collection of Neolithic sandstone statue menhir figures, and a striking 1982 Jean-Michel Basquiat painting. Other notable works include paintings by Gustave Courbet, James Ensor and Cy Twombly; a specially commissioned performance piece by Marina Abramović; a series of works by surrealists like André Breton, André Masson and Paul Eluard (with a particular interest in their exploration of the subconscious, including automatic writing and drawings); and one of Anish Kapoor’s round sculptures.

Mariano Fortuny’s cabinet with items from his personal collection. Photography: Jean-Pierre Gabriel

‘Standing in front of it, is feeling the fullness of emptiness,’ explains the Flemish collector of the imposing fibreglass and wood structure. ‘It’s a long, endless white tunnel of light. There’s no time, no beginning, and no end.’ And this somehow sums up Vervoordt’s sense of taste and curatorial instinct – an open-ended search into universality and the philosophical concept of the void.

Known for his eclectic eye and his ability to gracefully mix old and new, the celebrities’ favourite interior designer (his clients include Kanye West and Calvin Klein no less) played a significant role in the discovery of prominent post-war art movements like the artist groups Zero in Europe and Gutai in Japan (both enjoyed surveys at New York’s Guggenheim in recent years).

‘We’ve explored fantastic themes together, but now it’s time for other projects,’ answers Vervoordt when asked about the end of the acclaimed Fortuny series. Since 2007, it has addressed topics of time, infinity, transformation and proportion (sidelining in 2013, with a focus on the life and work of Catalan painter Antoni Tàpies).

And you can’t blame him. Later this year, the hyperactive 69-year-old will be launching Kanaal, a residential and cultural complex in his native Antwerp, under the umbrella of the foundation he created with his wife, May. ‘It’s my intention to curate very personalised exhibitions, also with strong concepts, in these new spaces,’ he tells us. So while this may be the end of the Venice era, it is certainly not the end of the Vervoordt era.

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24Jun 2017


Argentinian fashion consultant, creative director and travel influencer Sofía Sanchez de Betak was nicknamed ‘Chufy’ as a kid. ‘It went from Sofía, to Sofi, to Chofi, to Chufy,’ she writes via email, in between flights.

As you might expect from a worldwide wunderkind, Chufy is difficult to pin down. As well as stalking the globe, hunting for inspirations for her self-titled fashion label, she has also just launched her first round-the-world tome with Assouline, Travels with Chufy.

The scrapbook-esque edition, complete with self-styled holiday snaps, lays out Sanchez de Betak’s wayfaring wisdom, via dozens of characterful hideaways. Each is chosen for its ‘luxury beyond stars’ approach and individualistic qualities that push further than standardised amenity checklists.


‘Nowadays, I think hotels use the word “luxury” to define a room with a good duvet and a flat screen TV,’ she offers. ‘It feels like travel’s “luxury” parameters are all about making every destination look and feel the same across continents.’ For Chufy, this has no relevance to true high-end travel. ‘“Luxury” means connecting with your environment, relating to locals, finding the things that make that destination unique – and learning.’

And she’s learnt from the best. A fuselage of well-travelled acquaintances and colleagues have offered their favourite places and tips, many of which can be found in the anecdotal ‘Don’t Miss’ section of each chapter. Sanchez de Betak thanks Alber Elbaz, Elie Top, Isabel Marant, and Princess Elisabeth von Thurn, among others, for showing her that ‘there are more people like us out there, who value these understated gems more than any number of stars’.

Aslı Tunca, Istanbul, with furniture designed by of the owners, designer Aslı Tunca and Belgian sculptor Carl Vercauteren. Photography: Angeles Holmberg

Though she refers to her draft writings as a series of ‘messy memories’, the finished prose is easy and accessible – even when the places she describes aren’t. She writes as if speaking to a friend. Page after page, we step down into the crushed taverners of Istanbul, out onto wild Kenyan savannahs, finally flinging ourselves into the open pampas of Finca Los Alamos, in Chufy’s Argentinian homeland.

Of course, she’s far from hanging up her hand luggage. Hungry for more adventure, Sanchez de Betak cites India, Africa and the Nordic countries as places she’s yet to fully explore. ‘There’s so much to see,’ she says. ‘The world is so big, even if you’ve visited 100 places, you’ve never seen enough.’

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24Jun 2017


Sant Antoni Apartment is a project designed by CaSA. The project, meant for a bachelor with a penchant for sports and cycling and a passion for design, transformed a highly partitioned, ancient layout, dark apartment into an open-spaced two bedrooms home with a large living space and bespoke features.

Major structural reinforcements were needed, since most of the beams were affected, all of the metal reinforcements are hidden.
The aim was to create a very masculine yet sophisticated home, using a neutral palette and focusing on different textures.
By the entrance, a system of tubes creates a double bicycle rack. Behind these black structures, grey tiles protect the wall from dirt. These 60x60cm porcelain cladding continues into the kitchen fading to a 30x30cm format, then into the bathroom space getting smaller reaching a 10x10cm format in the shower area. This material gives spatial continuity to surfaces all on one side of the project.
A wide band of rough surface at the top of the wall surrounding the living area unifies and gives character to the space, while hiding lines of diffused led lights above the teal coloured velvet curtains and also along the wall opposite the kitchen, and disguising big reinforcement beams.
The small terrace, that previously had been closed and transformed into bathroom and laundry spaces by blocking one window, has been restored. One of the two windows it’s been reopened, the balcony regained, bringing much more light into the living, and the space formerly dedicated to the washing machine became a built in terrace seat.
On the side of it, a square window has been opened, as a way to give direct natural light from behind to the suspended square bathroom mirror. Two twin structures of black tubes, one on each side of the wall, allow plants to climb around the square opening towards the outdoor side, while on the bathroom side suspend the hanging sink mirror.
The grey tiled bathroom (previously a closed kitchen) also features a bespoke freestanding shower glass bulkhead, and matching black faucets.
Kitchen is open to the living space, raised on a step just like the bathroom area, and the units are black. Kitchen fan is hidden in the false ceiling drop. A small shelf clad in grey tiles hides an additional light.
Access to the master and guest bedrooms is through two original double doors with mouldings that were kept in their place and restored. Rooms are are bright and airy, featuring the same natural oak wooden floors of the living area.
In living, furniture pieces by Kettal and Stua give the finishing touches to the space, while plants bring life to it. A big square planter customized by artist Zaida Sabatés with a “terrazzo” effect, just like the dining table golden leg, adds a sophisticated point.
Photos by Roberto Ruiz

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24Jun 2017


with the senic COVI, elegant interior lighting merges with smart home technology. the speech-enabled lighting design blends perfectly into modern homes with a clean-shaped aesthetic and open-source capabilities. supporting services like amazon alexa, it connects with other smart devices to enable automation. it does so by seamlessly integrating with any ecosystem with an open API (application programming interface), using bluetooth, bluetooth low energy and WIFI to work.


all images and video courtesy of senic

inside its sand-blasted glass shell and aluminum base, the senic ‘COVI’ enhances a powerful quad core computer that enables its advanced functions. as well as as amazon alexa, it can integrate with other services such as sonos, hue and nest. this, as well as its rule engine, allows users to trigger events on their smart devices based on specific times, inputs and commands. this means that you can customize daily routines, such as waking up in the morning to your favorite playlist. additionally, the smart home hub sets to natural circadian cycles and adapts its lighting and brightness accordingly, and also to certain activities.

the ‘COVI’ smart home hub designed by senic, a Y combinator-backed hardware and software startup in berlin, is currently seeking funding here via the crowd-sourcing platform kickstarter.

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24Jun 2017


This Rooftop Deck Has Custom Designed Wood Benches Surrounded By Greenery | CONTEMPORIST

Jeremy Jih of J.Roc Design recently completed Wood Flow, a sculpted, modular roof deck that's 600 square feet in size and surrounded by greenery.

Jeremy Jih of J.Roc Design recently completed Wood Flow, a sculpted, modular roof deck that’s 600 square feet in size and surrounded by greenery.

A pergola made from Sapele wood slats sits above a living green wall and provides a small covered area for dining on the roof.

Jeremy Jih of J.Roc Design recently completed Wood Flow, a sculpted, modular roof deck that's 600 square feet in size and surrounded by greenery.


Modular sapele wood pieces have been used to create curved benches that wrap around the rooftop deck, while some sections raise up from the wood floor.


Jeremy Jih of J.Roc Design recently completed Wood Flow, a sculpted, modular roof deck that's 600 square feet in size and surrounded by greenery.


Here’s a closer look at some ‘making of’ photos that give you an idea of how each piece was CNC milled and how they fit together.


Here's a closer look at some 'making of' photos that give you an idea of how each piece of a modern rooftop deck was CNC milled and how they fit together.

Steel Fabrication: Atlantic Steel | CNC Milling: Polyfab | Landscape Install: Erdman Design | Plantings: Mahoney’s Garden Center

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24Jun 2017


The Living Room In This Brazilian House Opens Up To Enjoy The Views | CONTEMPORIST

Barbara Becker Atelier Arquitetura has shared with us a modern white house that she recently completed in Pato Branco, a city located in Brazil.

Photography by Estudiograma

Barbara Becker Atelier Arquitetura has shared with us a modern white house that she recently completed in Pato Branco, a city located in Brazil.

The house, designed for a couple with adult children that have moved out, and was created as a space to entertain friends and to relaxing.

Barbara Becker Atelier Arquitetura has shared with us a modern white house that she recently completed in Pato Branco, a city located in Brazil.

Photography by Estudiograma

Welcoming you to the home is a white entrance hallway, with a bright red pendant lamp and decorative red tiles. The entrance hall provides access to the three main areas of the home, the bedrooms, the living, dining and kitchen, and also the exterior space for entertaining.


Welcoming you to this modern house is a white entrance hallway, with a bright red pendant lamp and decorative red tiles, and a board-formed concrete ceiling.

Photography by Estudiograma

The living room has been designed so that sliding glass doors can be opened, exposing the living room to the outdoors and providing picturesque views of the city.

The ceiling throughout the home is made from concrete that was cast in place, allowing the finished ceiling to reveal the wood texture of the form.


The ceiling throughout the home is made from concrete that was cast in place, allowing the finished ceiling to reveal the wood texture of the form.

Photography by Estudiograma

Behind the living room is the dining room and the kitchen. The furniture throughout the home was chosen for its practical use and not just decorative, like the wood dining table by a local artisan and the wood fire stove.


The furniture throughout this modern home was chosen for its practical use and not just decorative, like the wood dining table by a local artisan and the wood fire stove.

Photography by Estudiograma

In the kitchen, simple white cabinets almost blend in with the white walls, while the backsplash provides a dash of red.


In this small kitchen, simple white cabinets almost blend in with the white walls, while the backsplash provides a dash of red.

Photography by Estudiograma

In the bathroom, a decorative white tile on the wall adds texture, while the large mirror helps to make the small space appear larger than it is.


In this modern bathroom, a decorative white tile on the wall adds texture, while the large mirror helps to make the small space appear larger than it is.

Photography by Estudiograma

Back out to the main living space, there’s a set of outdoor stairs that leads down to the backyard and lower level of the house.


This modern living room opens up to the balcony for an outdoor feeling.

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Here’s a closer look at the stairs with white railings. You can also see how the sliding glass doors look when they are closed.


This house has white exterior concrete stairs that lead from the living area down to the backyard.

Photography by Estudiograma

From the backyard, it’s easy to see that the house sits above the ground, creating a void underneath the home.


From the backyard of this modern house, it's easy to see that it sits above the ground, creating a void underneath the home..

Photography by Estudiograma

The space below the house has been left open, creating a covered space, ideal for entertaining friends.


The house has been raised, creating an open yet covered space, ideal for entertaining friends.

Photography by Estudiograma | Construction company: Charrua Construcoes LTDA | Structure: Charrua Construcoes LTDA e Giga Eletro Instaladora Ltda

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24Jun 2017


This Renovated Loft In Boston Was Designed To Be Bright And Open | CONTEMPORIST

ZeroEnergy Design (ZED) together with Ralph S Osmond have given this modern Boston loft a makeover making it open and fresh, and suitable for an expanding family.

Photography by Eric Roth

ZeroEnergy Design (ZED) together with Ralph S Osmond have given this contemporary Boston loft a makeover, keeping it open and fresh, and suitable for an expanding family.

Just inside the front entrance is a small sitting room with a wall full of floor-to-ceiling white cabinets. This area can be used as a home office (there’s a small desk built into the cabinets) or as a sleeping area for guests. A red door and graphic wall paper give this space a bright and fun feeling.

Just inside the front entrance of this modern loft, is a small sitting room with a wall full of floor-to-ceiling white cabinets. This area can be used as a home office (there's a small desk built into the cabinets) or as a sleeping area for guests. A red door and graphic wall paper give this space a bright and fun feeling.

Photography by Eric Roth

Opposite the entryway and sitting room is a simple bathroom. Light grey rectangular tiles have been used in the bath/shower, while a triangular-shaped white sink sits on the on a dark wood vanity.


In this simple and modern bathroom, light grey rectangular tiles have been used in the bath/shower, while a triangular-shaped white sink sits on the on a dark wood vanity.

Photography by Eric Roth

Next to the bathroom is a nursery. Rectangular opaque windows glow from the light in the living area, while wall decals of children playing add a touch of fun to the room.


In this modern nursery, rectangular opaque windows glow from the light in the living area, while wall decals of children playing add a touch of fun to the room.

Photography by Eric Roth

Stepping back into the small hallway, you walk out into the main living, dining and kitchen area. In the kitchen four white pendant lights hang above the long wood and white cabinet island that has a slightly raised bar with accompanying stools. A bright orange backsplash adds a pop of color above the sink, while a walnut wood feature above the cabinets wraps around from the wall and up onto the ceiling.


In this modern kitchen four white pendant lights hang above the long wood and white cabinet island that has a slightly raised bar with accompanying stools. A bright orange backsplash adds a pop of color above the sink, while a walnut wood feature above the cabinets wraps around from the wall and up onto the ceiling.

Photography by Eric Roth

Beside the kitchen is the living room, where a wood fire place is framed in a white display shelf, and sits in front of dark stone accent wall. Large windows and glass doors to a small patio provide extra light in this open room.


In this modern living room, the wood fire place is framed in a white display shelf, and sits in front of dark stone accent wall. Large windows and glass doors to outside provide extra light in this open room.

Photography by Eric Roth

Going outside, the wood patio is furnished with a black table, and bright orange chairs. The potted plants in this space don’t interfere with the spectacular view of the city.


This modern wood balcony is furnished with a black table, and bright orange chairs. The potted plants in this space don't interfere with the spectacular view of the city.

Photography by Eric Roth

Back inside, a wood dining table sits below a sculptural pendant light made from human-like figurines. A wall mounted painting with reds, blues, yellows, and whites ties compliments the various colors throughout the interior.


In this modern dining area, a wood dining table sits below a sculptural pendant light made from human-like figurines. A wall mounted painting with reds, blues, yellows, and whites ties in the various colors used throughout this modern loft interior.

Photography by Eric Roth

Next to the dining area, walnut wood stairs with a black hand railing lead to the lofted part of the home. Underneath the stairs, a small area has been set up as a play area, and you can see the windows that look into the nursery.


In this modern loft, walnut wood stairs with a black hand railing lead to the lofted part of the home. Underneath the stairs, a small area has been set up as a play area, and you can see the windows that look into the nursery.

Photography by Eric Roth

At the top of the stairs, a wood desk has been attached to the black railing to create a work space that can easily view downstairs, while hidden lighting in the ceiling provides an extra glow to the lofted level.


A wood desk has been attached to a black railing to create a work space that can easily view the lower level of this modern loft. Hidden lighting in the ceiling provides an extra glow to this modern lofted level.

Photography by Eric Roth

Behind the desk is the master bedroom, where opaque folding glass doors have been added to provide privacy separating it from the rest of loft. The light grey, soft framed bed sits in front of a dark colored accent wall.


In this modern master bedroom, opaque folding glass doors provide privacy separating it from the rest of loft. The light grey, soft framed bed sits in front of a dark colored accent wall.

Photography by Eric Roth

The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, with circular patterned black and white wallpaper that stands out among the white built-in shelves and racks.


This modern master bedroom has a walk-in closet, with circular patterned black and white wallpaper that stands out among the white built-in shelves and racks.

Photography by Eric Roth

Large, dark grey rectangular tiles and wood flooring give this master bathroom a sophisticated look. The stand alone tub and shower area are slightly elevated above the rest of the room, with a glass partition separating the shower from the white vanity.


Large, dark grey rectangular tiles and wood flooring give this master bathroom a sophisticated look. The stand alone tub and shower area are slightly elevated above the rest of the room, with a glass partition separating the shower from the white vanity.

Photography by Eric Roth

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24Jun 2017


3 Soothing Scandinavian Interiors


The rise of Scandinavian design in popularity is hardly new. However, there is little that is more soothing than taking a step inside a home that uses the simplicity and functionality of the Scandinavian style to such great effect as these three homes do. Clean lines, simple colors, and an attention to practical details like storage are themes that run through all three homes featured here. White walls and organized bedrooms, with a few carefully chosen piece of artwork have never looked so lovely and inviting. Take a look inside and get inspired for your own Scandinavian-style projects.

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KPWT Residence / Julsamano Bhongsatiern

KPWT Residence  / Julsamano Bhongsatiern, © Beersingnoi

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From the architect. This KPWT residence project offers an example of a modern house in the tropical climate country. In order to build a modern architecture in this particular area, it is not only about a form, less-is-more, clean and clear, box-like building but also, for its longevity, building needs some sun shading devices as well as a roof for the rains. This project offers architecture which is more applicable.

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The house is on an 800 square metre land plot, situated in a residential area of Bangkok, Thailand where the owner wants to build a house for his contemporary family; two storey, open-plan living, dining area with a double volume space and three bedrooms are altogether in the main building whereas a 6 metre high ceiling multifunctioning hall and cinema room are in one another. Both are connected to each other by a gallery on the second floor with another bedroom behind it.

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Ground Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan

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First Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Orientation of the building has strong relationship with the context, the 6 metre high building turns its back on the unpleasant 8 storey office building nearby in the north, whilst the 2 storey main wing makes a connection across the site to adjacent existing 1970s modern house in the south, creating an interesting conversation between the two modern houses that are built through different times.

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Mass of the architecture itself illustrates admiration to the site, the long horizontal lines are used to emphasise and celebrate long frontage of this land plot, 40 metre long facing the road. For the tropical climate aspect, main surface of the house is slightly angled to create sun shading for itself instead of only plain surface confronting the sun. The aluminium windows also makes a feature, rather than building another wall as a second skin or a sun protection, which is widely used elsewhere, the windows are preferably designed to be sun shading themselves by embedding the vertical frame gradiently to control daylight from sunrise to sunset.

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