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Mediterranean Retreat - Romina Osuna Tunks

Aug 17 2016

JUMA Architects were asked to create a serene holiday retreat on a Mediterranean hillside, characterised by pine forest. Taking a leaf from the Japanese ethos, the architects kept as many trees as possible, for shade and for a natural feel. This is accented by the use of white plaster and natural stone in the interior. Arranged in an L-shape orientated towards the spectacular view, the first floor accommodates the bedrooms, which have large windows featuring… Read more

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Brugge Townhouse - Romina Osuna Tunks

Aug 31 2016

JUMA Architects took an elegant but dilapidated townhouse in Brugge and turned it into a contemporary oasis, making the most of the huge windows (fitted with soundproofed glass) and featuring horizontal lines in the interior to complement the exterior. The subtle colour palette belies the quiet luxury throughout, furnished with many custom-made furniture pieces including loose soft furnishing in round, soft shapes to create a cosy and inviting whole, tied together by the wonderful aged… Read more

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Bungalow to Villa - Romina Osuna Tunks

Aug 31 2016

JUMA architects transformed a typical 1976 bungalow into a contemporary villa with a strong Scandinavian vibe, completely rewriting the flow of the house. The garage was turned into a fabulous kitchen with a huge window, removing the unused attic space above the garage for a super-high ceiling: the massive Vertigo lamp was hung above the central kitchen island, where it comes fully into its own. An L-shaped volume containing a covered terrace and the master… Read more

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Farmhouse Renovation - Romina Osuna Tunks

Aug 31 2016

For the thorough renovation of an old farm, JUMA architects set out in search of the perfect balance between old and new. The farm was opened up by demolishing walls and introducing windows, but valuable historic elements, such as the impressive fireplace and old heavy beams, were retained. Contemporary elements were distinguished from historic ones by the use of simple black frameworks. The modern open-plan kitchen features an an eye-catching island finished in natural stone… Read more

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Ganjam Showroom - Romina Osuna Tunks

Jun 29 2016

Indian jewellery brand Ganjam opened this 930 sq m flagship showroom in Bangalore, India, in October 2015. The very contemporary concept was inspired by a Hampi temple, reflecting the heritage of Ganjam, with massive dimensions, cut-stone walls and carved columns. RDAI designed the store while keeping in mind the guidelines that govern Vastu Shastra, the traditional Mandala for architecture, to ensure a flow of energy that is in harmony with nature. Natural materials abound – not just the… Read more

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Life House - Romina Osuna Tunks

Jun 1 2016

In creating Life House (Ty Bywyd in Welsh) for design-led holiday rental company Living Architecture, the renowned architect John Pawson aimed to create a perfect space for serenity and meditation, an oasis from the bustle of modern life. Even the house itself aims to fade into the background, created from a dark Danish brick, which gives the low building a shadowy feel. Inside there is more brick, this time a pale grey beige accentuated with… Read more

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Dovehouse Street - Romina Osuna Tunks

May 5 2016

NBB Design was briefed to create a vibrant, open-plan family home from a 1950s house in London’s Chelsea. Two separate flats were reunited to bring the property back into one welcoming and beautiful home. The interiors celebrate the client’s Persian heritage, achieved by incorporating a bold colour palette – banishing white basins and wooden doors in favour of upholstered fabric doors and hammered basins that betray high-glamour influences, evocative of the Middle East. Colour is… Read more

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Garden House - Romina Osuna Tunks

May 5 2016

Helen Green Design was appointed to create this 11,000 square foot residence in Wimbledon, south-west London. The owners wanted to create a tranquil space with a natural flow and a calming atmosphere – a retreat away from city life – as well as a residence that would work equally well as an intimate home for themselves and their young child, and as an entertaining space. A calming palette and a layering of sustainable materials, textures… Read more

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Notting Hill House - Romina Osuna Tunks

May 5 2016

Annabel Karim Kassar, founder of AKK Architects, owns this Victorian house, which she modernised and updated. The property is very narrow but has been opened up to create more of a sense of space and grandeur, a feeling that is enhanced by features such as the black-stained oak parquet floor. The house is full of unexpected delights, from the carved wooden doorway that separates the master bedroom from the dressing room to the richly tiled… Read more

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Project Sinatra - Romina Osuna Tunks

Apr 29 2016

Project Sinatra consists of seven apartments in the heart of Mayfair, designed by 1508 London. This Grade II listed Georgian property had been converted into offices, its original internal features having been stripped out in the process. 1508 London’s brief was to transform the space into contemporary family residences, while respecting the classical language and details of the building’s heritage. A ground-floor four-bedroom duplex is the largest apartment and includes an impressive marble and walnut… Read more

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Project Pearl - Romina Osuna Tunks

Apr 28 2016

In a sought-after Belgravia postcode, this ground- and lower-ground floor apartment was redesigned and refurbished by 1508 London. The design brief centred around the restoration of classical period details and the introduction of fresh, modern materials and a controlled colour palette to create a timeless feel. Beautifully proportioned rooms and high ceilings lend a sense of grandeur and scale to the property, which is furnished with a mix of antique and modern pieces. Highlights include… Read more

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West London Mews House - Mario Scotto

Mar 2 2015

Architect Tom Croft’s own home is a 1980s mews house, tucked at the end of a gravel road in west London. He remodelled this “urban cottage” in 2012, completely rebuilding one wing of the L-shaped house; the ground floor is open plan, with the living area to one side and a kitchen-diner to the other, both spaces wrapping around an outdoor courtyard visible through floor-to-ceiling glazing. Upstairs, the main bedroom includes a contemporary take on… Read more

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