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22Jul 2018


Tree House is a project designed by Taller Estilo Arquitectura. From the first visit to the site where the Tree House is located, three premises for the project were evident, “the permanence of an ancient Zapote tree, the need for more openness in the space, and to cause the least impact on the natural and built environments.”

The existing structure that would have solved the previous requirements, would not cover the needs of the new inhabitants without making drastic changes.
The design led us to create a home that more than living with the environment, LIVES IN THE ENVIRONMENT. It not only respects the natural and built contexts but makes them an essential part of its character.
The space was optimized reusing the entire existing structure, rearranging the areas and creating apertures capable of incorporating natural ventilation and lighting favorable for each area of the house, despite its unfavorable orientation.
The new building was added on the east side, between the Zapote tree and the existing building, thus defining two exterior areas, a cozy and intimate central courtyard that allows public areas to open to the north and east, and a wide backyard surrounded by the greenery of the immediate context, where the tree is the protagonist along with the circular pool, playing with the curved shapes of the building that enable us to keep the tree.
Both green areas allow any room of the house to have contact with the outside, creating the feeling of living outside but with all the advantages and comfort of the interior. A new upper floor houses the master bedroom, which literally seems to float on the branches of the zapote.
The Tree House in full, due to sliding glass walls, can be interpreted as a terrace where the boundaries between interior and exterior become blurred or practically nonexistent, a quality that is valid for both social and private areas.
Another important element was to incorporate comprehensive design furniture in different areas, whether in closets, kitchen, bathrooms, allowing the spaces to be fully optimized.
All exterior walls and pool are finished with polished white cement prepared with “chucum” water, a traditional technique used in the area that creates an impermeable surface with greater durability without paint, while inside we respect the traditional materials, which in some cases were reinterpreted with a more contemporary aesthetic. Such is the case of the mosaic cement floors. The existing ones were reused in the first corridor, and on the rest of the ground floor they were changed by the same kind of flooring but with a solid color. Upstairs we used wood floors (bamboo inside and Dzalam outside) to reinforce the idea of the Tree House.
The result is a renovation that optimized the entire existing structure, respected its environment making it part of the design itself, and changed the image of a worn house for one that is totally contemporary and respectful of its past.

Photography by Alberto Cáceres Centeno

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21Jul 2018


The Duke is a project designed by Nook Architects in 2018, covers an area of 78 m2 and is located in Barcelona, Spain. Photography by Yago Partal.

THE DUKE’s location could not be better. It combines the advantages of living in the historic centre of Barcelona with direct views of the sea and a nearby square in the process of being redeveloped. Taking these values into account, the vision for this project was clear: to open the apartment up to the street and allocate the most functional areas in the darker side of the property. Following this premise, a new distribution was proposed that would provide functionality, richness of materials and maximum use of light.
The position of the kitchen was key to the interaction of the rest of the spaces, occupying the corridor area and freeing up the most interesting spaces for the living room and bedrooms. Its layout, far from classical in composition, enhances its decorative function in a key area of the apartment. As a result, the bathroom adapts to the surrounding space to create a smooth walkway, at the same time increasing the size of the workspace. The master bedroom is afforded a privileged location and is given priority with direct, outward-looking views through the living room.
A combination of materials was proposed to fit with the original ethos of the existing elements. We recovered the tiled flooring in the living room, which had been buried for years under a poor quality stoneware floor. Using darker shades than usual for flooring of this type, the perimeter of the recovered area is complemented with maroon tiles, in line with the existing colours of the tiled flooring. Whereas, in the bathroom, we opted for more vivid colours. Throughout the rest of the house, a natural wood parquet was chosen so as not to compete with the striking colours of the tiles. In terms of coverings, we chose fine materials in the kitchen and small format tiles in the bathroom, consistent with the colour scheme of the floor.
Taking into consideration the pre-existing mix of materials, we looked for a common denominator that runs through the various parts of the apartment. We chose steel for its versatility, its durability and the contemporary appearance it provides.
With this material we designed shelving and multimedia furniture in the living room and, in a similar style, we defined a set of sliding doors that would incorporate different options of movement and transparency. We used the same sliding door system in the bathroom and the second bedroom, as well as in the shower cubicle. The different finishes and degrees of transparency of the glass allowed for greater versatility and privacy preferences.
We took advantage of the existing height of the bedrooms by creating a mezzanine storage space with a steel structure and railings.
The different steel elements form part of a common thread that runs through the property. They define the boundaries between zones, accentuate the height of the building and mark the contrast between the original features and those introduced by the renovation.
THE DUKE is a challenging structural project that set out to modernise an outdated living space. In achieving this aim, we incorporated contemporary architectural resources, while managing to conserve the apartment’s classical, elegant spirit.

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21Jul 2018



Will Speros •
July 20, 2018


In partnership with Marriott International, Ian Schrager has introduced the Bodrum EDITION at the threshold of the Aegean Sea within the Yalikavak bay of the Turkish Riviera. The 72,200-square-foot property balances classical elements with modern culture and is positioned as a natural amphitheater for modern recreation.

The hotel’s 350-foot-long beach area serves as a key social hub complete with a beach bar and club inviting guests to lounge in private cabanas. In addition to more than 4,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor meeting space, the hotel boasts amenities including an infinity pool, garden lounge, and laidback beach-to-table F&B options. The hotel spa features a Turkish Hammam, salt treatment room, sauna, steam room, and plunge pool, as well as 14 treatment rooms. The signature onsite eatery, the Kitchen at Bodrum EDITION, emphasizes a traditional but refreshing Mediterranean perspective.

The 102 luxury accommodations exude elegance with warm wood finishes and airy fabrics reminiscent of a beach house with terraces overlooking the Aegean Sea. Outfitted with marble bathrooms, the sundrenched interiors contrast stone floors against a clean color palette. A private, four-bedroom villa further embodies the brand’s luxurious sensibility with a private pool and sauna, while two additional suites boast private plunge pools and terraces.

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21Jul 2018


Utopia Residence is a project designed by Strang Architecture in 2009 and is located in Coconut Grove, FL.

A serious home for a serious art collector, the Stein Residence is a light-filled gallery set amidst the lush landscape of Coconut Grove. The calm and minimalistic spaces provide an appropriate atmosphere for the owner’s collection of architectural photography, video installations and other cutting edge art pieces. The Wall Street Journal featured the home in 2009 to coincide with Miami’s Art Basel convention.

Photography by Claudia Uribe-Touri

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21Jul 2018



Will Speros •
July 20, 2018


The Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel in Florence, Italy has announced the opening of its new Duomo presidential suite. Designed by Rocco Forte Hotels’ design director Olga Polizzi, the 1,600-square-foot accommodation occupies its own wing of the hotel, ensconced in a distinctive Florentine aesthetic.

Guests are welcomed to the residential-style accommodation with a hunting dog sculpture crafted by Ceccarelli Ceramics. The suite exudes opulence with special furnishings crafted by local artisans, including custom bronze tables and gold leaf mirrors. Natural light floods the suite via large windows that illuminate herringbone floors and the wooded, nature-themed sylvan wallpaper. A turquoise color palette anchors the interior, which boasts a living room and bookcases sourced in Castorina. A dining room, private bar, and bathrooms lined with Carrara marble and mosaic tiling are also housed within the space.

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20Jul 2018


Before & After – This Spanish Colonial Revival Style House In Arizona Was Transformed Into A Contemporary Home | CONTEMPORIST

The Ranch Mine have recently transformed a Spanish Colonial Revival style house into the ‘Red Rocks’ residence, a modern house that sits against the side of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona. #Renovation #Architecture #ModernHouse

Photography by Roehner + Ryan

 

The Ranch Mine have recently transformed a Spanish Colonial Revival style house into the ‘Red Rocks’ residence, a contemporary house that sits against the side of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Here’s a before photo of the house. The homeowners were frustrated by the thick columns that interrupted the views, the heavy clay tile roof, dark beams, and the floor plan that focused more on a ceremonial entry than the indoor/outdoor lifestyle they craved.

The Ranch Mine have recently transformed a Spanish Colonial Revival style house into the ‘Red Rocks’ residence, a modern house that sits against the side of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona. #BEFOREPIC

Photography by Roehner + Ryan

Claire and Cavin Costello of The Ranch Mine, stripped back the additive design features, leaving a simple, 2 story stucco box, of which they added an addition to.


The Ranch Mine have recently transformed a Spanish Colonial Revival style house into the ‘Red Rocks’ residence, a modern house that sits against the side of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona. #ModernHouse #Architecture #Landscaping

Photography by Roehner + Ryan

A custom pivot gate by Bang Bang Designs, features a decorative hexagonal pattern and guides guests to the home.


This modern house has a custom pivot gate that features a decorative hexagonal pattern and guides guests to the home. #Gate #EntryGate #ModernGate

Photography by Roehner + Ryan

The gate opens up to covered patio that’s lined with misters to keep the space cool all year round in the desert heat.


This modern house has a covered patio that's lined with misters to keep the space cool all year round in the desert heat. #Patio #CoveredPatio #Landscaping #Architecture

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The patio also provides access to a hot tub with expansive views of the desert.


This modern house has a covered patio that's lined with misters to keep the space cool all year round in the desert heat. #Patio #CoveredPatio #Landscaping #Architecture

Photography by Roehner + Ryan

Stairs with hidden lighting lead down to the pool area that’s lined with planters.


This modern house has a covered patio with stairs that lead downs to the pool area. #ModernHouse #Architecture #PoolDesign #Landscaping #SwimmingPool

Photography by Roehner + Ryan

Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors frame the view from the living room and kitchen.


Inside this modern house, floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors frame the desert view from the living room and kitchen. #Windows #InteriorDesign #ConcreteFloors

Photography by Roehner + Ryan

Exposed concrete floor, like in the kitchen, was poured on the first floor to cover the extensive amount of work that needed to happen due to the failing plumbing and structural infrastructure of the existing house.


Concrete floors, white and wood cabinets, and quartz counters give this kitchen a modern appearance. #ModernKitchen #KitchenDesign #ConcreteFloors #WhiteKitchen

Photography by Roehner + Ryan

The concrete complements the fairly neutral palette throughout the house of walnut and white cabinetry with a variety of quartz counters and marble tile, that help to keep the red rocks as the star material.

Adjacent to the living room and kitchen is the family room, that features a double-height ceiling and plenty of windows for natural light and views of the red rocks. New steel, glass and wood stairs were created in a new location to allow for a view from the rear of the house through the front and to the valley beyond.


This modern family room features a double-height ceiling and plenty of windows for natural light and views of the red rocks. #FamilyRoom #ConcreteFloors #Windows

Photography by Roehner + Ryan

Upstairs and in the library, maple wood floors and white open shelves help to keep the interior bright.


Maple wood floors and white open shelves help to keep this modern home library bright. #Library #Shelving #OpenShelves

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In the master suite, there’s a living room that opens up to the second floor patio.


This modern living room opens up to a patio with custom-designed shade screens. #LivingRoom #Patio #ShadeScreens

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The patio, which has an Ipe ceiling and floor, features bi-folding custom steel screens (also by Bang Bang Designs) that help shield the deck from the harsh desert sun, while still allowing the breeze to come through. They can also be folded aside at dusk to take in the Arizona sunsets.


This modern patio, which has an Ipe ceiling and floor, features bi-folding custom steel screens. #Patio #Deck #Screens #Architecture #ModernHouse

Photography by Roehner + Ryan

Just to the side of this area is a walking deck with custom planters, that overlooks the driveway.


This modern house has a walking deck with custom planters, that overlooks the driveway. #Planters #Deck #ModernHouse

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At the other end of the patio is a bedroom, where large picture windows perfectly frame the view.


This modern bedroom opens up to a covered patio, while large picture windows perfectly frame the view. #Windows #Bedroom

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In the master bathroom, a large window allows the rocks to become the backdrop for the mirrors.


In this master bathroom, a large window allows the rocks to become the backdrop for the mirrors. #MasterBathroom #BathroomVanity #Windows

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In the powder room, decorative geometric tiles cover the wall, while a simple vanity with chrome accents adds a touch of glamour.


In this modern powder room, decorative geometric tiles cover the wall, while a simple vanity with chrome accents adds a touch of glamour. #PowderRoom #ModernBathroom #InteriorDesign

Photography by Roehner + Ryan

The second floor also has a Juliet balcony that cantilevers out away from the house.


A Juliet balcony cantilevers out away from this modern house. #JulietBalcony #Architecture #ModernHouse

Photography by Roehner + Ryan | Architect: The Ranch Mine | Builder: Koss Design+Build | Landscape Architect: The Green Room Inc.

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19Jul 2018



Will Speros • The exterior of the Willows Spa complements its rustic California surroundings •
July 18, 2018


The adults-only Willows Hotel & Spa at Viejas Casino & Resort in California was recently unveiled, signaling the completion of the third phase in the resort’s redevelopment. San Diego-based IGroup Design led the latest phase of the project in collaboration with several other teams, including global firm Cuningham Group Architecture and local firm Sotelo Landscape Architects, to capture the original, rustic sensibility of the property.

“The results of our collective approach with clients, architecture, and construction partners in combination with our understanding of the industry can be felt in every detail at the Willows,” explains IGroup founder Roger Storer. This lends itself to celebrating the natural beauty of the valley, which informed much of the resort’s design.

The hotel’s lower lobby reflects several design motifs including refined wood details.

The spa lobby welcomes visitors with an artful take on the recurring image of willow leaves.

Natural materials, such as refined and polished stone and wood elements pervade the space, while organic patterns subtly reference willow leaves throughout the resort-within-a-resort. Each area of the resort, which now includes a fitness center, salt water pool, opulent suites, and an expanded Viejas Casino, “melds functionality and artistry,” Storer continues.

Crafted with lounge-style living room finishes, all 159 suites promote relaxation via rich wood finishes, soft neutral tones, and notes of gold. The spa further perpetuates this theme with clean, white stones and blue mosaics. The hotel’s full-service spa stands out with details like a garden and outdoor treatment cabanas, which reinforce the natural world. A salt sauna, steam room, and salon round out the spa amenities.

Defined by clean, white stones, the spa nods to the hotel’s natural surroundings.


The hotel boasts three F&B spaces, as well, including the signature concept Locale Kitchen & Lounge. Here, each space is designed with its own distinctive identity through a wide range of finishes that include an emphasis on gold metals and eclectic patterns and textures. The coffee shop Daily Roast functions as a social grab-and-go option, while Ginger Noodle Bar exudes calm and warmth with wood ceiling features and semi-transparent elements against a backdrop of abstracted Asian elements and textures.

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18Jul 2018



C.V. House is a project designed by Ofist and is located in Instambul. Photography couurtesy of Ofist.

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18Jul 2018



Will Speros •
July 17, 2018


Kempinski has announced plans to expand its luxury portfolio with the launch of the Apurva Kempinski Bali, set to open in the fourth quarter of this year. The opening will become the brand’s second Indonesian property and its first on the tropical island. Melbourne-based architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall will partner Trivium Design Group to craft the property with an Indonesian-inspired design aesthetic.

Set amid the cliffs and beaches of southern Bali, the hotel will house 475 guestrooms, suites, and villas in addition to five F&B spaces and a cigar and shisha lounge. An oceanfront spa and fitness center will be installed along with a nearly 200-foot-long pool, children’s pool, and family club. Featured among the property’s meeting spaces will be an 11,600-square-foot pillar-free, ocean-facing grand ballroom and a 23,680-square-foot oceanfront lawn.

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