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Studio Arthur Casas were hired by a previous clients’ friends who wanted to build a house right next door on a narrow beachfront property in São Sebastião, Brazil. Casa EK has its own look and feel as to distinguish itself from their friend’s house next door. There were many challenges that came up during the design process – they had to account for an entryway and cars to park within the same space, as well as focusing on opening the house up towards the beach views




Originally hired to complete an extension, AR Design Studio ended up designing an entire house after the original was split in half because of a landslip. The holiday home, dubbed The Crow’s Nest, resides on top of a cliff on the UK’s South Coast and due to possible future movements, they worked with engineers to create a solution. First, a concrete slat was poured into the ground with strategically placed dwarf walls built on top. Working as an adjustable “raft,




Online design community Coroflot were interested in developing a space that reflected their creative community while also keeping mobility in mind and the result is their Mobile Work Unit (MWU). It’s a clever office on wheels that was designed in collaboration with Portland-based LOS OSOS who took a new approach when it came time for the construction. The MWU is parked inside an old ambulance garage in downtown Portland that’s now home to Hand-Eye Supply. Built on a trai




Affordable housing is becoming a thing of the past resulting in many having/choosing to downsize. Since we can’t always get the large space that we want, finding ways to make it work become a necessity. Helping make that happen is Nils Holger Moormann who has designed a Kammerspiel (intimate theatre) to increase functionality within a small space. The Kammerspiel is basically a room within a larger room that organizes many essentials, like sleeping, working, eating, and reading,




New York-based designer Michael Yarinsky recently worked to convert a turn-of-the-century warehouse space outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard into an office/showroom for eco-conscious flooring company Madera and Copenhagen-based kitchen manufacturer Reform. Madera designs their products (high quality, beautiful sustainable wood products)in their Brooklyn studio and manufactures them locally in New York, using a “forest-to-floor” approach. The building, which was run down, wa




After sitting empty for several years, a bungalow in Braid Hills had gone into disrepair prior to a family purchasing it. With its condition and poor layout, they hired Capital A to transform the South Edinburgh house into a much larger modern home. With the dramatic ground level change, they chose to work with it instead of fight it by designing a split level extension. Now, the main living area is at ground level so it can be reached without having to climb any steps. The design i




Located within the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Villa Criss-Cross Envelope was designed by OFIS arhitekti with a perforated metal exterior composed of layered sheets with diagonal crosses that result in a dramatic facade. The residence incorporates an ancient Roman retaining wall that leads to the Plečnik Pyramid, designed by Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik, which brings a bit of old to the new structure. Behind the metal facade, there’s an internal structure made fro




It’s official, the winners for the 4th annual Blank Space 2017 Fairy Tales Competition are in! This is a contest where designers, artists, and creatives from all walks of life are asked to design their own unique architectural fairy tale world. For this year’s competition, three prize winners, an AIAS winner, and 10 honorable mentions were chosen from an esteemed jury that included: John Maeda of Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers; Dan Wood of WORKac, Chase W. Rynd, Hon. ASLA – Nati




World-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind inspires Jaime and Amy with his eternally optimistic world-view and powerfully uplifting story of being born into persecution, immigrating to “the promised land” of the U.S. and participating in the space race. As the architect responsible for the master plan of the World Trade Center site, he composes memory in order to heal the future. Oh and he’s got mad accordion skills. Photo by Stefan Ruiz Dresden Military History Museum \\\ Photo: Huft




Cape Town, South Africa based Porky Hefer incorporates traditional South African craftwork into these hanging, creature-like cocoons that make up an exhibition entitled, Heart of Lightness. Presented by R & Company, the handmade pieces make up an immersive space encouraging visitors to reconnect with our natural environment in a playful way. A collection of woven nests hang amongst patches of bright colors that spill onto the concrete floor letting visitors appreciate the craftsm




The following post is brought to you by A’ Design Award and Competition. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. It’s that time of year again! The A’ Design Award and Competition 2016 period is still open and accepting entries. If you’ve been thinking about entering, now is the time to register and upload your design. All of the competition entries are peer-reviewed and voted on by an esteemed jury of des




The owners of a private Victorian house in Victoria Park, East London hired Tamir Addadi Architecture to design a modern extension along with some renovations to the lower ground floor of their residence. Originally they only requested an extension to house a dining room, but reconsidered to alleviate the blocked view to the back garden. When the project started, a utility room with a bathroom was located at the back essentially blocking the garden from the kitchen’s view, as w



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