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Amazing Dalian Child School in China

This is a really special project. A school for children developed with an amazing care both in aesthetic appeal as the internal planning, and of course the main function that deserves our full attention, offering to the childrens a unique learning and consequently grow as individuals. Located in China, Dalian is a school project by Debbas Architecture. In this project what attracted our attention is mainly is the arrangement of buildings, the architects have created several blocks rotated thinking of a better use of solar in all the environments. In this program we have spaces such as classrooms, sleeping rooms, bathrooms with showers, kitchen and dining area, ballet and music rooms, reading area and, of course, an outdoor area with a large playground for kids. They deserve it! © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer Overall, our concept was to create a fluid and spiritual environment distant from the more mechanistic, rigid and prosaic late-modern designs that have come before it. We want to allow the architecture to invigorate a child’s sense of wonder and generate unique memories without resorting to theatrical stage design or applied nostalgic detailing. © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer © Shu He Photographer

Architect Day: FXFOWLE Architects

For over 30 years as part of the new architecture of New York, FXFOWLE won recognition and numerous awards. Now have an office in the cities of Washington, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, increasingly showing its good architectural designs. photo © fxfowle.com Photos from site fxfowle.com . Founded in 1978, the office is led by the architects FXFOWLE Bruce S. Fowle and Gerard "Guy" F.X. Geier, focuses his practice in architecture, interior design and urban planning. Their projects are characterized by excellence, social responsibility and sustainability, an important aspect of their work. The Onyx, New York, USA. photo © fxfowle.com The Onyx, New York, USA. photo © fxfowle.com The Onyx, New York, USA. photo © fxfowle.com FXFOWLE won many awards and recognition during these years on the road. As part of the new architecture of New York City, are currently participating in its transformation, with new residential and commercial buildings and major renovations to the city. Besides New York, FXFOWLE has offices in the cities of Washington, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The Oculus, New York, USA photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com Hudson Hill Condominium, New York, USA photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com SAP Americas Headquarters Expansion, Newtown Square, USA photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com The Conde Nast Building at 4 Times Square, New York, USA photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com Eleven Times Square, New York, USA photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Shanghai, China photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com The Calhoun School Expansion, New York, USA photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com Alice Tully Hall Renovation, New York, USA photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com The Juilliard School Expansion, New York, USA photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com Martin J. Whitman School of Management, New York, USA photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com Hosfelt Gallery, New York, USA photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com American Bible Society Renovation and Addition, New York, USA photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com Center for Global Conservation, New York, USA photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com photo © fxfowle.com

Beautiful Houses: K3 House in Sydney

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week we present you the beautiful K3 House. The K3 House is a project by Bruce Stafford Architects, an award winning studio based in Sydney, Australia. Formed in 1980 in South Africa by principal Bruce Stafford, BSA has been responsible for the design and construction of over 200 projects in Australia, Africa and the Caribbean. The K3 house project was a renovation centered around a spacious internal courtyard defined by natural rock rock face and lush vegetation. Wide sliding glass doors were an important element in this project, besides giving an elegant touch, the doors give seamless flow between inside and outside - also providing great natural lightening indoors. I really liked this house! The open spaces, the combination of glass, rocks, wood and concrete, everything looks great. I even liked the decoration, I would say this is a 'ready to move in' place - at least I would pack and go. ;) Check out Bruce Stafford Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Karl Beath.

Architect Day: Lyons

Founded in 1996 in Melbourne by the architects Corbett and Carey Lyon. They earned great reputation in Australia doing good projects in health and education. With many national and international awards accumulated, have a consistent architecture within the concept and worked with harmony and boldness. photo © lyonsarch.com.au lyonsarch.com.au After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Corbett and Carey Lyon, passed by good professional experience in architecture offices in Australia and the United States. In 1996 Lyons founded the office in Melbourne, sparking one of the large repertoire of projects for their country. In 1998, Cameron Lyon joined the studio, so did Neil and Adrian Stanic Appleton. Parramatta Trial Court, Parramatta, Austrália. photo © lyonsarch.com.au Parramatta Trial Court, Parramatta, Austrália. photo © lyonsarch.com.au Parramatta Trial Court, Parramatta, Austrália. photo © lyonsarch.com.au Lyons has a huge reputation, won numerous national and international awards in architecture, in addition to awards for sustainability of their works. Represented their country at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and have large projects in education and health in Australia. In their projects the concept is evident in every angle observed, volumes with lots of movement, textures, materials and colors coming to a final design bold and innovative. Lilydale Super Clinic, Lilydale, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au Mornington Centre, Mornington, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au John Curtin School of Medical Research Stage 2, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au Marine & Freshwater Research Institute, St Albans, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au University of Tasmania, School of Medicine and Menzies Research Institute, Hobart, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au John Curtin School of Medical Research Stage 1, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au Lyon Housemuseum, Kew, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au Hume City Council Office Building, Broadmeadows, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au Victoria University, Online Training Centre, St Albans, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au BHP Billiton Headquarters, Melbourne, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au Monash University, Student Services Centre, Caulfield East, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au Gordon Institute of TAFE, Building & Construction Centre, East Geelong, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au Monash University, School of Art & Design, Caulfield East, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au Bacchus Marsh Science and Technology Centre, Bacchus Marsh, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au South Western Institute of TAFE, Warrnambool, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au University of Melbourne, School of Botany, Carlton, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, Kensington, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au Kangan Batman TAFE, Automotive Centre of Excellence, Melbourne, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au Australian National University, Hedley Bull Centre, Canberra, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au University of Western Sydney, School of Medicine, Campbelltown, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au Victoria University, Online Training Centre, St Albans, Australia photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au photo © lyonsarch.com.au

Beautiful Houses: Bahia House in Salvador

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week we present you the beautiful Bahia house. The Bahia House is a project by StudioMK27 - Marcio Kogan, a studio founded in 1980 by Marcio Kogan that today counts with more than 14 architects. The studio is recognized internationally and received several awards for its modern projects. The Bahia house is located in a Brazilian paradise - Salvador, Bahia - and it's a modern and intelligent structure that consider the local tropical weather to build something cool and airy. The open spaces, the wooden panels, the materials and the house distribution are projected to allow the wind to keep the house ventilated and also naturally illuminated. I live in Brazil but I never been to Salvador... after this house I really think it's time for me to go there. ;) This place is incredible. It's open, beautiful, well distributed, has great material combinations and a nice garden. Certainly another house I would live in. Check out StudioMK27 - Marcio Kogan website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. :) We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Nelson Kon.

Quick Preview - Rabat Grand Theatre, by Zaha Hadid

Zaha-Hadid is one of my favorite architects. I admire the boldness of her work and the use of forms that can be both simple and futuristic. This is the case of the Grand Theatre Rabat, in Morocco, the project still in concept stage but I'd like to share with you. This building estimated at 120 Million Euros will receive up to 7,000 people in a complex with three theaters. The Grand Theatre will be part of the largest development program in Morocco. And he certainly will be a landmark in the region because it has totally innovative shapes even more considering the surrounding characteristic of the buildings in the city. And as said Mr Essakl, director of the agency that chose the design of Zaha, "The construction of the Grand Theatre will allow Rabat to showcase its rich cultural heritage as one the world’s greatest cultural centres." Render © Zaha Hadid Architects Render © Zaha Hadid Architects Render © Zaha Hadid Architects The dynamics of the river is introduced into the site, generating the landscape of the park that engulfs the amphitheatre. This gesture gathers strength from the ground and in one fluent sweep, extends into the sky to generate the envelope that sculpts itself over the two auditoria, arches back to the ground and melts back into the landscape. Render © Zaha Hadid Architects Render © Zaha Hadid Architects Thanks @kminner for this tip on ArchiDaily.

Architect Day: Suters Architects

Suters Architects was founded in 1958 in Newcastle, Australia. After many years and unions with other firms, are Australian references to a quality architecture that respects the history and culture. photo © sutersarchitects.com.au sutersarchitects.com.au Founded in Newcastle in Australia in 1958, the office Suters Architects was responsible for a lot of major civic projects in the 60s and 70s, which gave them a great reputation in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. To get the team of 150 employees and offices in five Australian cities, including Sydney and Melbourne, the firm teamed up with other good Australian offices, as Snell Architects in 1989, Anderson Street Architecture in 2000 and winning the office, Prior + Cheney in 2007. Lorne Avenue, Killara, Austrália. photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Lorne Avenue, Killara, Austrália. photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Lorne Avenue, Killara, Austrália. photo © sutersarchitects.com.au With these associations the firm has strengthened its team by adding more heads and good knowledge in different areas. In addition to work in the residential and commercial Suters Architects has a vast repertoire of projects in civic, educational and health. Its architecture transforms related to each program, but always the same concept of integration into environment, composition of shapes and the best materials for every single building. Vintage Project House, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Vie Apartments, City Quarter Village Green, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Altro Apartments, Penrith, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au The Vintry, Hunter Valley, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Sunbury Aquatic Centre, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Sam Cracknell Pavilion, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Maribymong Sports Academy, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Rosebud Collegre PAC, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au City Exchange, Newcastle, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au 670 Hunter, Newcastle, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Greater Building Society, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Honeysuckle House, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Patterson Lakes Community Hub, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Blacktown Leisure Centre, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Churchill Community Hub, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Caroline Springs Library, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Parkwood Green Community Centre, Hillside, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Cardinia Cultural Centre, Cardinia, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au Joan Sutherland PAC, Penrith, Australia photo © sutersarchitects.com.au photo © sutersarchitects.com.au

Beautiful Houses: FYF Residence in Argentina

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week we present you the modern FYF residence. The FYF residence is a project by PATTERNS, a firm with a very particular style that describe its work as an attempt to deal with architectural organizations capable of acquiring a rather unseen degree of material performance. The FYF Residence is located in Rosario, Argentina. FYF Residence can be described as an attempt to deal with the generic and undifferentiated flatness of the landscape. The project was conceived as a monolithic solid, a monochrome form only punctuated by subtle inflections that establish a complex physical relationship among the different spaces while maintaining a sense of identity and privacy between them. Specifically, a supple concrete shell constitutes the body of the house. Problematic transitions are registered into the shell through folds and bends. The modern look of this house really got my attention. I loved the geometrical shapes and the mix of materials. The white walls contrasting with dark wood, concrete and glass gave the house an unique style. Really interesting... got me wondering about the decoration. ;) Check out PATTERNS website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. :) We found this house at ArchDaily.

Architect Day: Bevk Perovic Arhitekti

Founded in 1997 by architect Matija Bevk Sava and J. Perovic, Office Slovenian Bevk Perovic Arhitekti, impressed by its broad portfolio of qualified and completed works, awards and success in competitions. The project quality is unquestionable. photo © bevkperovic.com bevkperovic.com Office founded in 1997 by architect born in Slovenian city of Ljubljana, Matija Bevk and by the architect J. Vasa Perovic, Born in Belgrade in 1965. Bevk graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana in 1999 and Perovic in 1992 the School of Architecture in Belgrade, after that he made his Masters of Architecture at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam. Elementary School Ob Rinži, Ko?evje, Slovenia. photo © Bogdan Zupan Elementary School Ob Rinži, Ko?evje, Slovenia. photo © Bogdan Zupan Elementary School Ob Rinži, Ko?evje, Slovenia. photo © Bogdan Zupan Elementary School Ob Rinži, Ko?evje, Slovenia. photo © Bogdan Zupan With a simply stunning portfolio, with a solid and remarkable architecture, bringing movement to pure forms, through volumetric additions and subtractions, Bevk Perovic Arhitekti is another great source of inspiration. Independent of scale and work program, the commitment to detail and their surroundings, always appreciating the outdoors and the urban environment, are concerns resolved with perfection, reaching a very interesting final result. Housing Pilon, Ljubljana, Slovenia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic House H, Ljubljana, Slovenia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic Congress Centre Brdo, Kranj, Slovenia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic House A, Ljubljana, Slovenia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic NL Residence, Ljubljana, Slovenia photo © Bogdan Zupan photo © Bogdan Zupan Faculty of Mathematics, Ljubljana, Slovenia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic Housing for the elderly, Trebnje, Slovenia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic House TV, Silba, Croatia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic Student Housing, Ljubljana, Slovenia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic House D, Ljubljana, Slovenia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic Housing Soto?je, Kranj, Slovenia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic House SB, Ljubljana, Slovenia photo © Matevž Paternoster photo © Matevž Paternoster photo © Matevž Paternoster Housing Poljane, Maribor, Slovenia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic House R, Bohinj, Slovenia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic Renovation of Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic photo © Miran Kambic

Beautiful Houses: Bergman – Werntoft House in Sweden

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week we present you the beautiful Bergman – Werntoft House. The Bergman – Werntoft House is a project by Johan Sundberg, a person who believes that each project has its own structural strength and refined style. Johan believes that the architect's profession is an artistic endeavor with elements of technology, economics and many other things. One of his projects, the Bergman – Werntoft House, is a house situated in the heart of the Ljungskogen forest, in Vellinge, south of Malmö - Sweden. The design is based on the Danish atrium house typology from the 60s and 70s and has an outer brick wall and an inner façade which is mostly glazed. The inner and outer walls of the building are folded and doors and windows move in and out of alignment along the outer walls. This helps define spaces and views, frames the nature outside and creates an inner life. This is certainly another beautiful house. I really like this combination of shades and types of wood with glass and some white interior elements, I think that the outcome here is great. An elegant and cozy house that allow you to have nice views without loosing privacy. Check out Johan Sundberg website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. :) We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Henrik Magnusson.

Pixelmator Office Photos - 1 Copy to Giveaway

Pixelmator has been growing in a fast pace since 2007, not only in terms of popularity but their team has increased considerably too. They also have moved to a new office and thanks to Saulius, we will share with you a little bit of the workspace where the Pixelmator guys come up with their crazy ideas. But that's not all, we've also gotten a copy of Pixelmator to give away. Founded by the brothers Saulius and Aidas, today Pixelmator has 9 people on the team helping to create the software that is called "the best image editor for the rest of us." And we have to say that the working environment of those guys over there is inspiring. Based in London, it differs a little bit from those "organized" offices with everything in their proper places, and shows an area with so much life and personality into every corner. About the giveaway We'll be giving away 1 copy of Pixelmator. To win, simply follow Pixelmator on Twitter @pixelmator and tweet or add a comment below showing why you must win this Pixelmator. Next week we will be announcing the winners Pixelmator, the beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X has everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images. More about Pixelmator If you want to know more about this powerful image editing tool, visit: pixelmator.com.

Architect Day: WRNS Studio

The architects Jeff Warner, John Ruffo, Sam Nunes and Bryan Shilo resolved to join their professional experiences after more than 20 years of practice, through SOM and Gensler, and in 2005 formed the WRNS Studio in San Francisco. photo © wrnsstudio.com Photos from site wrnsstudio.com . Created in 2005 by architects Jeff Warner, John Ruffo, Sam Nunes and Bryan Shilo, WRNS Studio currently has a staff of 50 people at her office in the beautiful city of San Francisco in the United States. WRNS Studio, California, USA. photo © wrnsstudio.com WRNS Studio, California, USA. photo © wrnsstudio.com WRNS Studio, California, USA. photo © wrnsstudio.com The architects of the founders have extensive office experience, Jeff has over 30 years of practice, Ruffo is 32 and Sam Newman over 23 years. Bryan Shiles began his professional practice at the SOM in 1983, then went through NBBJ and Gensler. In 1995 joined Chong Partners Architecture, certainly a very important experience in the formation of WRNS Studio. Capitol Area East End Mixed-Use Parking Structure, California, USA photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com Claremont Village Mixed-Use Parking Structure, California, USA photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com Rumsey Tribal Community Center, California, USA photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Ryan Ranch Outpatient Campus, California, USA photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com Contemporary Jewish Museum, California, USA photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com The Cosmopolitan, California, USA photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com 310 University Avenue, California, USA photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com Crocker Middle School Technology, Lecture and Band Classroom building, California, USA photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com Mission Bay Block 27 Parking Structure, California, USA photo © Tim Griffith photo © Tim Griffith photo © Tim Griffith photo © Tim Griffith UC Davis Student Health and Wellness Center, California, USA photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com City of Watsonville Water Resources Center, California, USA photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com photo © wrnsstudio.com

Beautiful Houses: KvD in Netherlands

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week we present you the super elegant House KvD. The House KvD is a project by Grosfeld Van der Velde Architects, a firm that believes that each projects has its own essence and personality and that this is something really important to follow on the creative process. They believe that as an architect they have a huge responsibility towards the space they are building, the space where people will live and/or work. The house KvD is located in the woods of Teteringen, close to Breda, southern Netherlands. In the residents point of view an important thing was to experience the green environment around them in a really intense way and this ambition formed the main concept of the building: a house that feeds in between the trees, giving every arbitrary movement a surprising perspective on the forest. The square-shaped volume keeps you in constant contact with the environment. They also intensify the sculptural characteristic of the volume, the facade is made of vertically placed black stained wooden parts. The subtle details in combination with shape and material make the house modern, but also reserved in it’s afforested environment. I think this is a really elegant house. The wide clean spaces, the minimal interiors, the views... everything is stylish and elegant. It's certainly a modern house, another great architecture accomplishment. Check out Grosfeld Van der Velde Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. :) We found this house at freshome.

Mediacite Shopping Mall, by Ron Arad Architects

Maybe amazing is not yet the word to illustrate this mall in Belgium. Created by Ron Arad Architects, the building of nearly 10,000 m2 is a masterpiece in a matter of architectural innovation and daring. Despite the conservative environment of this area of Liege, a city of Belgium, the Mediacite is very well placed in context with clean and simple shapes that make contact with the surrounding buildings, while creating a new volume, outstanding and innovative, which transforms a simple mall in one place to be admired. And according to the architects "the building stands out as a symbol of the city’s revitalisation and strives to spearhead the city’s regeneration". The design of the roof unites these elements with a complex network of steel roof ribs that undulate through the mall. The lattice of steel sculpts the volume of the mall beneath, varying both in height and structural depth to form a variety of differing experiences. © Marc Detiffe © Marc Detiffe © Marc Detiffe © Peter Cook © Marc Detiffe © Peter Cook © Marc Detiffe © Marc Detiffe The project was completed to a highly accelerated programme, with a duration of only 34 months from inception to completion. The total built area for the Mall is 9750m2. With a construction budget of €18.75m the project was delivered for €1920/m2. © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Marc Detiffe © Bernard Boccara section 01 model 01 perspective section structure model 02

Architect Day: Fletcher Priest Architects

In 1978, Michael Fletcher and Keith Priest based in London the Fletcher Priest Architects office, now with offices in Germany and Latvia. With an extensive and very qualified portfolio, have large architectural projects in London, and masterplans for cities, commercial spaces and interior designs. fletcherpriest.com Created in London in 1978 by the architects Keith Priest and Michael Fletcher, Fletcher Priest Architects office structure their practice in the areas of urban design, architecture, interiors and research groups. The scale ranges from interiors and commercial spaces up masterplans for cities such as Stratford City and Riga. His works have gained notoriety in the UK, mainly in London where they are in charge of leading large projects. Watermark Place, London, UK. photo © fletcherpriest.com Watermark Place, London, UK. photo © fletcherpriest.com Watermark Place, London, UK. photo © fletcherpriest.com Opened in 1992 the German office Fletcher Priest Bosler Architekten in the city of Köln and after the city of Riga in Latvia. Winner of many awards, have 85 people in the London office and still located in the city center. Developed a reputation for qualified projects allied to a consistency of production, making them one of today's strongest offices of his generation. Vodafone Headquarters, Newbury, UK photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com Sedley Place, London, UK photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com Rio Tinto Headquarters, London, UK photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com Peoplebuilding, Hemel, UK photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com One Wood Street, London, UK photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com East Thames Headquarters, London, UK photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com Devonshire Square, London, UK photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com Cannon Avent, Suffolk, UK photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com 40 Eastbourne Terrace, London, UK photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com 10 20 30 Eastbourne Terrace, London, UK photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com North Wharf Road, London, UK photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com photo © fletcherpriest.com

Beautiful Houses: Industrial Loft in Sao Paulo

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week we present you the contemporary Industrial Loft. The Industrial Loft is a project by Diego Revollo, an interior designer and architect based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Diego is getting noticed as an architect that really knows how to use classic elements in contemporary projects and he recently finished the design of this beautiful loft-style apartment, the industrial loft. The loft has 100 square meters (1.076 sq ft) and its located in the southern part of Sao Paulo. The project has the perfect mix of modernity and comfort, giving the residence an industrial felling, an unique style. In this project the main element was integration, so he used one material to cover walls and roof, creating a single box. I really love lofts... I think they are elegant, inspiring and beautiful. And this place is simply an awesome example. The materials, the mix of modern/classic elements, the spaces, everything looks great. It just makes me want to get one of those. Well, I hope you like as much as I did. Enjoy guys! See you next time. :) Diego Revollo is finishing his website, but you can get in touch with him via email: diegorevollo@diegorevollo.com.br. We found this house at Design Milk. Photos by Alain Brugier.

Where We Work - Giveaway Winner

Today we will announce the winner of the Where We Work book. A book for those who loves offices, who are amazed by the creativity of some companies to create fantastic work places... the book presents a collection of creative offices around the world. The author of this collection is Ian McCallam, creator of the blog This Ain't No Disco. This book goes far beyond simply selecting some offices, it shows us a little of concept of each company, floor plants of the spaces and carefully chosen pictures, everything did with a tastefully layout on every single page, bringing even more beauty for each one of these offices. Whether the concepts are personal, indulgent or simply well thought out, Where We Work showcases a variety of offices where the pursuit of imagination is the driving force. The Winner Some days ago we published a giveaway for this book. And the luck guy is: Jimmie Österberg Congratulations Jimmie, we will get in touch with you soon! If you want to know something bore about the book and need to buy your copy right now, go ahead and visit thisaintnodisco.com/book/. More about the book Showcasing forty-five of the world’s most extravagant and inspiring work environments from internationally acclaimed and recognized agencies within the advertising, media and design industry, Where We Work explores how creative agencies transform lifeless commercial spaces into bastions of creativity, offering inspiring interiors and visual insight into the breadth and depth of each agency’s thinking. Spaces that not only inspire, but invite us to re-evaluate our lives from nine to five. To complement the visual showcase of interior design, Where We Work provides an in-depth look at the direction and thought processes behind each agency’s work environment, giving important insight into current and future trends of creative office interior design from some of the world’s most creative companies.