miercuri, 30 ianuarie 2013

Waiheke Island Retreat by Fearon Hay Architects 13

Fearonhay : An arrangement of freestanding structures around a sheltered central courtyard rests in a saddle above Matiatia Bay. The natural undulations of the saddle have been subtly emphasized to form a natural setting for three roofed structures and freestanding raised pool. Inspiration for the site came from a study of lightweight, canopy- like structures, tensioned to the ground plane. Draped roof planes are tensioned to the surrounding landscape over interior and exterior spaces.










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Waiheke Island Retreat by Fearon Hay Architects 13

marți, 29 ianuarie 2013

Hanging Home by Chris Briffa Architects

Chris Briffa Architects:A few years ago, Richard England’s celebrated ‘Villa la Maltija’ and its surrounding gardens in San Pawl tat-Targa (Malta) were demolished to make way for semi-detached villas. Permission was granted for the developers to divide the estate into parcels of land with an average area of 250 square metres each.

The next six years saw a busy construction landscape of the twenty or so structures – each by a different owner employing a different architect – all designed and built at pretty much the same time; yet all very different from each other. A sort of microcosm of local middle-class architectural tastes, the neighbourhood varies in style; from traditional to modern to nondescript. One of these lots was entrusted to Chris Briffa Architects, who designed and recently completed this sculptural white cube with seemingly very few apertures, hanging over a narrow but gripping side-garden.

The clients – a family of three – needed to capitalize on their modest 250 square metres of land. While zoning regulations allowed only 40% site coverage, they presented the architect with a very demanding brief: an open plan living area, a separate dining room, two large bedrooms with bathrooms, an independent home-office, a study, a three-car garage, a pool, as much garden as possible and an area to enjoy their daughter’s piano playing.

After numerous hours of design planning and meetings, Briffa proposed cantilevering practically half of the house over the pool area, in order to liberate more space in the garden, while still falling within planning regulations. A scale model illustrated the proposal’s use of space, with a skillful juxtaposition of exterior and interior spaces, and the clients agreed to the design. The layout not only satisfied their brief, but also provided a generous outdoors area compared with the small side-terraces of similar surrounding properties. The clients moved in at the end of 2011, after a saga of permit delays, construction hiccups and bespoke interior finishing.

From the street, a steel staircase bridges over the underlying front garden and invites us beneath the sheltering white mass. High louvered doors, similar to traditional Maltese ‘persjani’, lead to the interior. Essentially two opposing openings and a staircase, the entry hall is compact but motivating: an unassuming composition of horizontal lines of glass, steel, timber and marble. One opening is a doorway into the living area, while the other a narrow window to the outside; catching a glimpse of water from the pool beneath. The hall extends upwards onto a light steel staircase, sandwiched between an eight-metre-high space naturally lit from above.

The long living area – a double-height volume attached to a low one – accommodates the piano salon (with enhanced acoustics thanks to its high ceiling), the sitting room, concealed stairs to the garage and the sunny kitchen/breakfast area. The dining room and guest WC are each hidden behind a composition of oak doors and storage cabinets, which also hides the vertical services and cooling system.

The dining room extends into the garden on a cantilevered concrete slab enclosed by three glass walls; hovering above the deep end of the pool surrounded by south-facing olive trees. This perimeter garden – with its twelve-metre long pool, olive trees and outdoor eating area – enjoys privacy from the street thanks to an elevated, semi-basement room which houses the home office.

Perhaps the most interesting (and the architect’s favourite) internal space, this peculiar home-office is partly underground, sharing a wall with the pool while looking up to the olive trees and the cantilevered dining slab. Water reflections from the pool dance on its inclined ceiling in the early summer months. The inspiring home headquarters enjoys a separate access from the street and additional light and ventilation from the front yard of the house.

Upstairs, the main bedroom suite is entirely cantilevered over the whole length of the house. A progression of personal privacy levels, it consists of a linear arrangement of terrace, sitting area, walk-in wardrobe, bathroom and bedroom; with a low level window strictly controlling privacy and reflected natural light.

With a low-energy, water-based under-floor heating system keeping the house warm in winter, the architects’ main concern was to keep the building cool in the summer months. Every single room enjoys cross-ventilation from opposing windows, and the south-facing dining area becomes a terrace when the large doors are opened. The main ‘lung’ of the house – the space above the main staircase – acts as a cooling tower in summer, channeling the heat up from the main areas while scooping the cool, prevailing summer breezes from the uppermost clearstory windows.







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Hanging Home by Chris Briffa Architects

Maple Set by The Federal

 Ian :  With this project we wanted to explore an alternative emotion to the standard kitchen knives you see every day. The focus is drawn to the high polished blade, while the rest of the knife’s Maple wood body sits warmly in the hand and blends in to its surroundings. The wood is sealed and food safe to allow for easy cleanup. The knife gives the appearance of being lightweight; however their weight is balanced to ensure that they can be used by any level of chef

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luni, 28 ianuarie 2013

Gareth Pugh’s Trim Jacket

Wiki:  At the age of 14, Pugh began working as a costume designer for the English National Youth Theatre. He started his fashion education at City of Sunderland College and finished his degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins in 2003. He interned with Rick Owensin Paris.Pugh’s solo premiere was in London’s Fall 2006 fashion week; he has since showed his Spring 2007 and Autumn 2007 collections there. Pugh’s shows have continued to draw critical praise. British Vogue, for instance, called his Spring 2007 collection “an incredible, unmissable show” and said that “his genius is undeniable.”Anna Wintour is a notable supporter of Pugh’s designs.


SenseLong sleeve jacket in grey. Black genuine leather trim throughout. Stand collar. Concealed zip closure at front. Open-fronted draped overcoat detail. Padded shoulders. Scoop pockets at interior jacket. Welt pockets at exterior layer. Stitched darts at elbows. Concealed zip closures at sleeve cuffs. Partially lined. Tonal stitching.

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Gareth Pugh’s Trim Jacket

UTRIAI RESIDENCE by Natkevicius & Partners

ignant : The Utriai Residence is located in a small town called Vežaiciai in Klaipeda County of western Lithuania. The architectural bureau Natkevicius & Partners built this conceptualized residence for a young family of three, set in the beautiful lush of Minija valley. This open space with it’s unusual form consists of wood, glass, reinforced concrete and a 15 m long steel frame slightly rising up into the air, sheltering two cars beneath it. The interior is simple, open and spacious, with soft and neutral tones and a lovely view of the valley, while the sky is reflecting from the large windows.






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ANCIENT WORDS by Kaoru Akagawa

A masterful Japanese calligraphy artist explains the traditions and craft of an astonishing art form. More ontheavantgardediaries.com

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duminică, 27 ianuarie 2013

Men/Woman Spring 2013 by Alexander Wang

“After last season’s austerity,” he explained, “I wanted to pull garments apart, experiment with volumes.” Wang’s is a precise kind of deconstruction. more…



















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Men/Woman Spring 2013 by Alexander Wang