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Appartement écrins

This 5th floor Parisian apartment is a showcase of minimalism and focus. Designed for an art lover by Swan Architectes, it’s also a model of using natural light to enhance volumes and art. Continue reading

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Son Jaumell Hotel

I can’t resist a 17th century stone villa restored to glorious understated luxury. The two story structure of stone walls and clay tile roofs create an impenetrable protective cocoon. From the moment you step through the grand stone Romanesque arched entrance and massive wooden doors, you feel a sense of calm envelop you. Polished concrete slabs are cooling in the Majorcan heat. Yet the warmth they collect in the day radiates back to you in the evening. Continue reading

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Floating Home

I can’t think of a more beautiful way to drift off to sleep than on a gently rocking boat. This floating home located in Holland is a testament that by utilizing a simple shape artfully, it can be redesigned into a creative structure. Black stained red cedar is the exterior envelope that wraps this home. Local building codes restrict two story buildings, resulting in a clever design by which the architects at Piet Boon built the bedrooms and basement below the water line. Continue reading

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La Cornette

Imagine a roomy home for two families to celebrate and enjoy holidays together. This country home outside of Montreal, designed by YH2 Architects, may be just what you need. Set on a rolling site, it burrows in and rises above, taking full advantage of the wide open spaces and views. Continue reading

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Copenhagen Penthouse II

The design team of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Ronn of Norm Architects are the dynamic duo behind the design of this stunning 84 sq.m. penthouse renovation in Copenhagen, Denmark. The exterior facade fits into the traditional architecture of the area, but as you enter the home, the unexpected awaits you. A stunning palette of black and whiten home that is remarkable in its simplicity and awakens your senses to new heights. Continue reading

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Gothic Office

An 1870s Portland private office gets a timeless update by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. The client chose a deep dark historic attitude that’s apparent immediately in the two story lobby. Continue reading

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Blue Hills House

In the Laurentian Mountains in Montreal, Canada, La SHED Architecture embedded a modern home with singular clarity and resulting richness. The house springs from the clients’ desire to build with the utmost respect for and all-out proximity to the natural wonders outside. Continue reading

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Montreal Storefront Condo

This storefront home in Montreal embraces city life at ground level. Designed by Anne Sophie Goneau, it is very public and very private at the same time. With a common list of maximizing space and day light, these home owners discovered raw original details that became major players in the design. Continue reading

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Tama Hotel Phnom Penh Tower

In the bustling capital and largest city in Cambodia, the fortunate will find this boutique hotel that provides respite and comfort in unexpected ways. With just 26 rooms, a restaurant, coffee shop, and smoking area, it delivers big personality. Continue reading

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Idunsgate Loft Apartment

Many tricks in the grand book of design were used, or created, to transform this loft in central Oslo, Norway. Haptic Architects considered and utilized every inch of the newly acquired loft above their clients’ top floor 19th century home. Continue reading