By Magaly • Jun 5, 2018
This wonderful hotel with sober and elegant spaces is located on the border between the neighborhoods of Montorgueil and Le Haut Marais, in the magical city of Paris, in France.
The Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers is the last Clé Group hotel, which also owns the Hôtel Bachaumont. This new establishment makes a bold statement with its timeless design, and offers a new way to experience the Parisian lifestyle.
When choosing a location next to the National Center for Arts and Crafts, the Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers aims to pay tribute to that century-old institution dedicated to engineering and teaching manufacturing techniques.
Its rooms have been designed as places of refuge where comfort is the priority. A place of hospitality where Parisian heritage joins architecture and innovation to create a sense of timeless charm. The 70 rooms of the Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers are spread over the six floors of the two Haussmannian buildings that make up the establishment, overlooking a tree-lined square.
The hotel has a wide variety of accommodation to meet every need or desire, with spaces distributed in a unique way. Each room has its own configuration, and furniture that has been carefully selected so that guests feel as if they are staying in a personalized room.
By Magaly • May 31, 2018
This fantastic and modern house, with spaces that are open and full of natural light, has been designed by the architectural firm Williamson Williamson, under the command of its professionals Betsy Williamson, Shane Williamson, Chris Routley, Paul Harrison, Dimitra Papantonis, Lucas Boyd, Eric Tse and Donald Chong. It is located in the city of Hamilton, Canada, and was created for a young couple and their parents.
The property covers an area of 3800 square feet and its construction was carried out in 2016. The house was conceived as two different residences, each formed in a linear bar that contains the complete program of a home. The parents’ suite occupies the ground floor with the living room and the dining room. The suite is presented as an accessible one-story apartment with additional features to adapt to the specific challenges faced by aging parents.
The main protagonist of the house is the spectacular spiral staircase lined with wood that connects the living room with the master suite on the second floor.
The ground floor of the house is lined with Algonquin limestone, locally extracted.
Radiant floor heating can be used sparingly, in combination with LED lighting, creating a low energy home.
By Magaly • May 28, 2018
This house was designed for a small family by the architectural firm IDIN Architects, led by the architects Jeravej Hongsakul, Wichan Kongnok and Eakgaluk Sirijariyawat. The home was completed in 2017, and is located in Thailand.
It has a total area of 530 square meters in which there are 3 rooms, including a main room and two rooms for guests or their future children.
There were two other requirements that the client felt were important during the designing process of the home. Firstly, they wanted a large common social area, where the owners would always meet with their friends, something very usual in the lifestyle of the new generation. On the other hand, their privacy was also an important factor they wished to incorporate into the home. As such, the house had to be spacious, full of natural light, and still maintain privacy.
By Magaly • May 21, 2018
This new and modern restaurant is located on the top floor of the new Tivoli Corner building in Copenhagen, Denmark, overlooking the historic Tivoli Gardens, and with wonderful views over the city skyline. Tivoli Corner is a multifunctional development designed by world-renowned architects Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of OEO Studio, based in New York City, New York, in the United States. The newly built space houses shops, restaurants, a food hall, and over 20 new rooms for the award winning Nimb Hotel.
The design concept devised by OEO for the new restaurant is based on the universe of the Sticks’n’Sushi brand, which reflects the meeting of East and West and is inspired by Japan reinterpreted in a modern European context. The result is a warm and welcoming space with many evocative details, custom design elements, and high quality materials combined to offer the taste of Japan in the center of the Danish capital.
The central and focal point of the restaurant and all the action that takes place in the heart of Sticks’n’Sushi is its structure. The custom-made wooden structure provides a skeletal framework for a high-quality and functional kitchen designed to optimize the service functions and improve the overall dining experience.
By Magaly • May 18, 2018
This hip bed and breakfast was designed by the Italian architectural firm ARCHIMED PROGETTAZIONI Architetti Associati in 2017. It is called “L’Officina di Apollo,” or “Apollo’s Office,” and it is located in Palermo, a city in the autonomous region of Sicily, in Southern Italy.
The interior makes use of a yellowed-wood motif throughout the different areas of the bed in breakfast in order to create continuity, putting it to use as tabletops and cabinet doors in the kitchen and dining room, on the walls, as headboards and footboards for the beds in the bedrooms, and as additional surfaces in the bathrooms. The skeleton of all furnishings and details is done in black, forged iron, adding to this sense of continuity as well as granting the spaces a sense of the industrial. Simple light fixtures hanging from the ceiling with black wires and ending in a naked light bulb continue this same trend.
Colorful and trendy pieces of contemporary art decorate the walls, adding an extra touch of vibrancy to the spaces, as well as a bit of culture. By contrast, the bedding in all bedrooms is done in earthy and neutral tones, creating a sense of peace and serenity for these special places.
By Magaly • May 15, 2018
This dramatic transformation of a small Victorian house covering an area of 175 square meters, and located in Clapham, London, England, in the United Kingdom, is a perfect show of the excellent work done by the architectural firm MWArchitects and its collaborators Matthew Wood and Melissa Robinson in the year 2015.
Its exterior is enchanting, with its very traditional and wonderful brick walls against which its white windows stand out. Glass walls were installed to add a modern touch to the building and, at the same time, allow the interior to receive natural light from the outside and enjoy the beautiful views of the garden.
The garden, divided into several levels, has many areas in which flowers have been planted, as well as fruit trees and vegetables. It has several terraces located strategically in the different levels of the garden.
Inside, we find open spaces and shared areas full of light. Wooden floors contrast with the white used on the walls. A simple, far from ostentatious, and traditional décor fills the spaces.
The studio, a place made to immediately catch our eye, is really charming, with old wooden floors and lots of natural light that passes through the glazed glass walls. It also has a large library where we can find all sorts of books – truly a lovely space.
By Magaly • May 14, 2018
This elegant house, done in a contemporary style, covers an area of 700 square meters and was designed by the architectural firm MY Group Architecture. The project was completed in 2017. It is located in Dar Essalam, a new luxury suburb in Rabat, Morocco.
The design was focused on creating an open area full of light with a very clear separation between the private and public areas, as well as employing a very modern architectural style. The villa consists of three levels where the architects’ main goal was to create a wide and functional space.
The ground floor contains the reception area, as well as a kitchen, a guest room, and an integrated bathroom. There is a smart mix between a modern and traditional Moroccan style in the living room, which stands alongside a glass wall leading to the swimming pool. This allows natural light to seep into the room, flooding the entire space.
On the second floor we find two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a parental suite. The underground level contains a wet kitchen, a bar, and a multi-purpose area which opens on a courtyard. The villa is surrounded by a beautiful garden of typical vegetation, with tall palm trees that shelter the place and the entrance, giving shade and providing privacy for the swimming pool area.
By Magaly • May 11, 2018
This monochrome apartment, which covers an area of only 50 square meters, was designed by Aida Šniraitė, owner of the interior designer firm “Authentic Interior.” It is located in Vilnius, Lithuania. Vilnius is the capital and most populated city of Lithuania, located in the homonymous province. The city lies to the southeast of the country, about 30 km from the border with Belarus.
The apartment was designed for a single woman with strong tastes for industrial and urban US design, but with quite a limited budget. It has very unusual color combinations for what is the more traditional Lithuanian style, with black doors and plinths, original concrete ceilings or black furniture. Inspired by industrial and urban US living, concrete, bricks, metal have been used throughout. The apartment is divided into a living area of 30 square meters, a big shower of 6 square meters, and a bedroom of 14 square meters.
Due to its small size, some intelligent solutions have been used that have made it possible to maximize the tiny spaces. Large mirrors have been installed in the closets, so that the light is reflected, creating a more luminous atmosphere and, at the same time, giving us a visual sense of spaciousness.
The main objective of this project was to create an elegant and welcoming space, presenting a personal style of western/oriental fusion, combining characteristics of the interiors of southern Italy and the countries of Southeast Asia. The design adapts to the personality of the owner, a woman of good taste, a lover of traveling and coffee.
The project, which consists of 172 square meters, was entrusted to the architecture firm FAR OFFICE, headed by architects Giovanni Ferrara, Victor Cao, Xin Hong and Si Song, in the year 2017 in the city of Changsha Shi, Hunan Sheng, China .
The original design is narrow and mostly developed in length, with a considerable lack of natural lighting in the lower area. This was a challenge when it came to organizing the space properly. Because of this, they decided to locate a living room in the lower part of the plot, in the darkest area. To give light to the dark space, many hanging lamps were placed, which fall from a square bamboo ceiling as the centerpiec. As a result, the weakest point was changed. This entices visitors to sit down and find a comfortable place in an area that would otherwise be vacant.
A couple of fashion designers felt a powerful attraction for this construction and, thinking that they could enjoy a pleasant life-style in this place, decided to build their new nest here, so to speak! It was love at first sight, from the different recreational options offered by the area, to the pleasant spaces where they knew they could enjoy a pleasant walk with their cute dog.
The architecture firm Cho and Partners, led by its team of excellent professionals Hyeonjin Cho, Haewook Jeong and Kyuhwan Kim, were in charge of carrying out this significant project in 2017. It is located in Yeonnam-dong, South Korea and has an area of 277 square meters.
The couple, whose children have all moved out to start their own lives away from the nest, wanted to have a set-up where the living room and the bedroom were united instead of making them each separate spaces. Their goal was to make the entire house feel closer to itself, eliminating any unnecessary barriers that could stand between them. To carry out this unique idea, an equally unique space was made taking one space and creating two rooms by placing one of them (the bedroom) above the other (the living room).
By Magaly • Apr 24, 2018
This project is marked from start to end by the personality of the owners, who, with their rebellious, restless and nonconformist character, made the design of this house add personal experiences and dreams. The responsible for carrying out such a precious project was the Mano de Santo architecture studio in 2014. A project that has 400 square meters and is located in the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain.
Its development supposed a challenge and a stimulus at the same time, since the plot presents a very steep slope and an orientation and spectacular views towards the sea and the city of Valencia. The house is located at the highest point of the plot and consists of two volumes, one embedded in the ground and the other placed on top of this slightly separated and light appearance using in this case materials and prefabricated dry execution systems and light (prefabricated concrete).
The most private bedrooms and rooms are arranged in the upper volume from where you can enjoy the comfortable privacy of the wonderful views over the city.
The design, layout and systems of facilities used in the house, result in an energy efficient building.
By Magaly • Apr 17, 2018
This cozy restaurant called “Kadeau” is located in København, the native name for Copenhagen, Denmark, and was designed in 2015 by the design firm OeO Studio, inspired by a deep passion for the country’s landscape.
For this project, the members of the firm tried to immerse themselves in the universe that surrounded the restaurant, which lead them to maintain many hours of dialogue with the head chef and his team to create a shared understanding of the driving passions behind Kadeau. The design was not only about creating a physical environment, but also about using it to shape the atmosphere of the restaurant and complete the dining experience.
The culinary roots of Kadeau Copenhagen are found on the small Danish island of Bornholm, in the Baltic Sea. The love of Nicolai Nørregaard for his small native island, which is full of coniferous forests and surrounded by sandy beaches, is evident in everything the restaurant does. Dining at Kadeau is an immaculate and sophisticated experience that consists of celebrating the smallest details, a universe where guests feel they are dining at home with their dear friends.
For its design, OEO Studio left no surface untouched. All materials, colors, and design solutions used have been carefully designed to create the right feel, atmosphere, and sense of place.
By Magaly • Apr 16, 2018
This luxurious apartment has been decorated with an exquisite taste by the firm Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects, and it is located in the city of Putuo, China.
The project, with a full range of shades of gray, creates an atmosphere with an air of elegant and meditative calm, which would perfectly adapt to the wishes of a globetrotter after a long and exhausting journey.
In the middle of a forest of 20,000 trees, the “Schwarzwald” apartment towers offer the unique synthesis of living a modern urban life in a quality environment. Many metropolitans long for a place of tranquility and relaxation where their families adopt a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. To fulfill these wishes, an innovative project with a vision of the future was created, which meets the highest standards in terms of comfort and quality of life.
The layers and interactions of premium materials, fascinating textures and high contrast surfaces make this 250 square meter apartment a metropolitan sanctuary with an impressive view of the urban skyline of Shanghai.
Warm shades of gray, natural wooden surfaces, indirect lighting, and lush fabrics contrast with the smooth surfaces of the rooms and create a relaxed atmosphere.
Thanks to a sophisticated combination of marble, unpretentious white sanitary ware, and accessories in black and gold, the bathrooms unfold in an aura of classic and timeless taste.
By Magaly • Apr 10, 2018
This boutique café is the second designed by the firm Studio Adjective, an architecture and interior design agency in Hong Kong, for this franchise. The project was personally led by one of its designers, Wilson Lee.
This is located at 321 Des Voeux Road W, Sai Ying Pun, in Bohemian House, in the old western district, and has an area of 140 square meters.The design team wanted to offer a complete coffee-tasting experience through the conceptual design of interiors.
The general design focuses on presenting a complete visual experience through zoning and flow. First, the clean and natural palette is dominated by both white and gray, as well as more wood-like colors, to highlight the sensation of space and zoning through the simple and rustic tones. In addition, the bean and dining room storage areas are separated by large glass doors with white metal frames.
The design will not only attract passers-by, but also offer customers an overview of the coffee making process, from storage, toasting, packaging to brewing, thus completing a unique experience.
The 7 meter long coffee bar will allow baristas to demonstrate their skills.
By Magaly • Apr 9, 2018
The renovation of this hotel, the Hotel Alexandra, of the Hilton hotel line, has been carried out by the firm Borrell Jover, Office of Architecture, in the year 2017.
It is located in Barcelona, Spain, a few minutes from the Passeig de la Gràcia, the fashion, culture and the commercial heart of Barcelona, as well as steps from the Rambla de Catalunya, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and other main attractions. This boutique design hotel is a place where fascinating history, modernist details, and the avant-garde meet.
The building dates back to the nineteenth century, and has been completely renovated and still reflects the charm, elegance, and spirit of the Barcelona environment. The walls are covered in local photos, designer furniture from the 50s and 60s, original tiled floors, framed ceilings, and natural oak throughout the hotel.
Its rooms have all the comforts of a home, such as air conditioning, free WiFi, a 37-inch high-definition TV, satellite channels and a large work space. You can choose a junior suite or a suite with options such as a terrace, relaxation area, separate bathtub or outdoor bathtub, it’s up to you!
Alexandra Barcelona also offers excellent culinary experiences that include a Catalan gastronomic buffet breakfast with quality local products.