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London’s first ‘Design Biennale‘ took place at Somerset House from 07 to 27 September, overlapping conveniently with the capital’s annual celebration of all things design, the London Design Festival. 37 countries and territories from six continents responded to the theme ‘Utopia by Design’ in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia. Britain’s contribution (above) was Forecast by London-based designers Edward Barber a

Located in Maracaibo, Venezuela, a city where the temperature is generally around 100 degrees all year round, Ferrer & Zraid Arquitectos had their work cut out for them when designing Casa LL2. The 13,300-square-foot residence spans two floors and sits on a 40,550-square-foot compound, giving the homeowners plenty of outdoor space. The top floor cantilevers over the ground floor providing plenty of covered space to avoid the direct sun. Other eaves were built-in to offer sun prot

House Between the Pine Forest is a minimal home located in Paterna, Spain, designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos. The aim of the project was to create a new and consistent identity to a house belonging to the same family for several generations. The original structure was intervened multiple times with various construction methods. Due to the fact that each of the rooms within the home represented an important memory, it was crucial to maintain the overall programs and their uses, w

This long, 80 square meter apartment, located in the center of Tel Aviv was given a minimalist new look by interior designers Yael Perry and Dafna Gravinsky, along with architect Amir Navon. The monochromatic new look accentuates the airiness and gives the illusion of having more space. Part of the renovation included recreating the layout to create a bright living room, kitchen, and two master bedrooms. The grid was behind the design concept and you’ll see it throughout the ap

When Norwegian agency Opera Software needed a new office in Wroclaw, Poland, they called on mode:lina to design an unforgettable space that fulfilled their request where they said, “We want the best office in the world!” Located in the heart of the city, the headquarters takes up two townhouses, one from the beginning of the XIX century and the other from 1913, which led to the designers’ inspiration of the architecture in the city around them. Along with the buildin

Kaspar Weyrer Strasse is a minimal residential complex located in Innsbrock, Austria, designed by Snøhetta and Werner Burtscher. The architectural arrangement of the housing units encourages interaction between residents, and facilitates social contact within shared areas such as the underground garage or the private apartments. All windows within the apartment face either west or east, with each unit having at least one outdoor area, such as a west-facing garden on the ground level,

Working under architect Amir Navon, Rotem Hanan and Sivan Livne Hakim designed this 105-square-meter (~1130 sq ft) apartment that’s located in the center of Tel Aviv. The outdated interior needed a renovation that restructured the layout for better functionality, which was made difficult thanks to its diagonal footprint. To help define areas in the apartment, they incorporated different colors and materials within niches. The living room’s floor became a light grey tone,

When thinking of religion in general, modern doesn’t usually come to mind, does it? Just because religion is steeped in tradition doesn’t mean that they can’t be practiced or appreciated in modern structures. In recent years, more and more modern churches, chapels, mosques, cathedrals, and temples are popping up to go along with modern times and here are 10 of our favorites. Located in the alpine village of Mogno, Switzerland, the Church of San Giovanni

Remy arquitectos partnered with MYOO on the renovation of the 150 square meter (1615 square foot) Gascon apartment in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The interior was immediately emptied to get a better idea of the space they were working with and that led to the relocation of the staircase. By moving the stairs to a perimeter wall, they were able to open up the first floor and give the mezzanine level a new look. A horizontal steel structure acts as a railing and a desk,

Apartment T is a 120 square meter (1292 square foot) apartment located in the East District of Taipei City that was designed by KC design studio. Breaking from its traditional closed off layout, they opened the living spaces up to increase interaction. The German-born homeowner requested the interior to reflect the design aesthetics he grew up around in his hometown of Cologne. Therefore, the space incorporates red brick walls and wood beams, along with subtle, muted tones and modern

House of Fluctuations is a minimal home located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Satoru Hirota Architects. The site of the single-family home has many restrictions, including a height restriction, limiting any vertical increases in volume. As a result, the neighborhood is densely populated, and maintaining privacy became the main concern for the architects. The architects decided to adjust the position and size of the entrance by creating a concrete opening that partially blocks the main

In the Westlandse Zoom dunes in the South of Holland, Global Architects were hired to design a minimalist modern house in this beach locale. House as a Rock becomes a sculptural form that materializes out of the dunes just like a rock would, hence its name. A traditional gable roof was eliminated and instead, the house and roof join together giving it its modern look. A light sand color was chosen for the brick to give it that rock-like appearance and so that it would blend in with t

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