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Worrell Yeung updates apartment in former Manhattan hotel with “classic materials”

October 20, 2018 James Brillon 0

New York studio Worrell Yeung has overhauled an awkwardly shaped apartment inside a landmarked hotel in the city, adding decorative marble and brass to reference its history, and a curved plaster hallway to clean up the layout. The renovated two-storey NoMad Loft is set in the Gilsey House building – an elaborate structure built in Manhattan’s

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Gonzalez Moix designs Biblioteca Sur community library in Lima

October 13, 2018 James Brillon 0

A library by Gonzalez Moix Arquitectura is the latest addition to a cultural complex in the residential district of La Molina, Peru, which also includes a plaza, school, and public park. Biblioteca Sur was completed in 2017, after an eight-year design and construction process. It is located in a residential neighbourhood on the outskirts of

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Main Office staggers Casa LT down lush slope in Mexican surf village

October 9, 2018 James Brillon 0

Architecture firm Main Office has extended and renovated a residence in a Mexican surfing town to nestle among trees, plantains and ferns on a steep slope overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The 219-square-metre house called Casa LT comprises two volumes on a hill in Sayulita – a village facing Mexico’s Pacific coast that is known for

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Black extension by Hatem + D and Étienne Bernier contrasts pale-brick Quebec City home

October 6, 2018 James Brillon 0

Quebec City studios Hatem + D and Étienne Bernier have given a 20th-century residence a new life, by refurbishing the existing building and adding a small extension to the back yard. Having previously collaborated on a contemporary wood-and-brick home, firms Hatem + D and Étienne Bernier Architecte teamed up again to renovate and extended the two-storey Rue de la Salle

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Cliff House in Idaho steps down a granite slope to a lake

September 29, 2018 James Brillon 0

This waterfront property by US studio McCall Design and Planning is built into rugged granite boulders that face Idaho’s Payette Lake. The five-bedroom Cliff House is named for its placement on a steep slope in a wooded area. The design was informed by the natural context, which helped determine the layout of the home’s three levels

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Neumann Monson completes shared building for Des Moines municipal services

September 21, 2018 James Brillon 0

Neumann Monson Architects has designed a municipal services building for the city of Des Moines, to consolidate its various departments and facilitate collaboration. The 105,000-square-foot (9,755-square-metre) office building is the first phase of a larger masterplan to create a new civic services hub for Des Moines, the capital and most populated city in the US

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Deborah Berke Partners completes low-slung black residence in Connecticut

September 15, 2018 James Brillon 0

This low-slung residence in rural Connecticut, completed by New York firm Deborah Berke Partners, is clad in black siding to blend into the surrounding forest. The Sackett Hill House is located in the town of Warren, roughly two hours from New York City by car. The home sits on an expansive property that enjoys distant

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OMFGCO updates branding and interiors for Hawaii’s Laylow Hotel

September 9, 2018 James Brillon 0

Design agency OMFGCO has overhauled and restored a hotel in Waikiki, drawing inspiration from Hawaiian mid-century modernism to create a lush getaway. OMFGCO, a design consultancy based in Portland, was originally tasked with producing a new branding concept for the Laylow Hotel, which originally opened in 1969 as the Coral Reef Hotel. The team’s idea

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Intersticial Arquitectura builds Casa Maguey in Mexico on volcanic stone plinth

September 4, 2018 James Brillon 0

Intersticial Arquitectura has completed a home in the Mexican state of Querétaro, lifting the living spaces on walls built from volcanic rocks found on-site during construction. Casa Maguey is the latest commission by the local firm, which finished work on the 490-square-metre home in the residential area of Zibatá in February 2018. The team used the

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Paz Arquitectura expands Guatemala forest retreat with new living spaces and huge terrace

September 3, 2018 James Brillon 0

Paz Arquitectura has extended a small cabin on the outskirts of Guatemala City, flanking the existing structure with two additional volumes connected by a terrace and a glass walkway. The La Cabañita, or Little Cabin, project began in 2016 and was completed earlier this year by the Guatemala City-based studio. It involved updating and enlarging

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