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Mews House in London’s Fitzrovia - Mario Scotto

Feb 5 2015

The three storey terraced mews house was formerly used as an office building before the client, a well-known fashion and horse photographer, asked TG Studio to transform the building into a home and office.  Now the accommodation comprises ground floor office space, cloakroom, WC and a guest bedroom with en-suite; first floor, a large full width entertaining space featuring kitchen, dining and living area; second floor a large master bedroom with en-suite and walk in… Read more

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Desert House - Romina Osuna Tunks

May 4 2016

The extraordinary Desert House in Joshua Tree, California was built in the 1990s by the legendary Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, a proponent of organic architecture and disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright. From 1994-2014, designer and craftsman John Vugrin worked almost exclusively on the house. Every aspect of the details of the from house, from furniture and fittings including a jaw-dropping spiraling table, to sculptural taps to spacecraft-like lamps, was created by John. It is a phenomenal showcase… Read more

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Skip Stop House - Romina Osuna Tunks

Jul 7 2015

This development just off London’s Marylebone High Street saw architecture and design firm Design Haus Liberty (DH Liberty) combine two buildings to make a mixed commercial-residential building. The process revealed a building rich with history – aged wallpaper, tiles and brick – and this was a starting point for the interiors, with DH Liberty opting to feature these unmade surfaces through framed ‘windows’ of new construction. Old, rough textures are countered with slick new ones… Read more

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Long Farm - Benchmark

Jun 23 2014

Long Farm is a family house in rural Suffolk, designed by Lucy Marston Architects. Familiar building elements and materials are carefully composed to create a sustainable house that is clearly of its time, but with an identity that is firmly rooted in its locale. Photography: Jack Hobhouse

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Country Farmhouse - Benchmark

Jul 9 2014

Retrouvius worked on the architecture and interior using Emery & Cie wall tiles to make a contrast to the reclaimed shelving and kitchen lighting. Photography: Debi Treloar, Ryland Peter’s & Small   

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Chedi Andermatt - Romina Osuna Tunks

Jan 27 2016

Tucked away in the Swiss Alps, Chedi Andermatt in Andermatt is the first European property for the Asia-based luxury hotel chain Chedi. It’s part of a major revival for the village, which will eventually offer luxury apartments and chalets, golf course, shopping and leisure facilities. The five-star, five-floor hotel is highly contemporary but the pitch of the roof, materials, cladding, terraces and latticework etcetera, all echo the local vernacular. The chalet is a happy combination… Read more

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Fletcher’s Cottage Spa - Romina Osuna Tunks

Oct 28 2015

Part of the 550-acre Archerfield estate in East Lothian, this spa was a labour of love for designer Sian Parry Jones – she spent hours creating the wall cladding from old potato crates and hessian, and used many reclaimed and recycled materials found on the estate. The look is in harmony with nature, with pale painted wooden furniture, stone flags warmed with underfloor heating, woodburning stoves, sheepskin rugs, and squashy sofas and cushions. Other sustainable… Read more

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Ty Pren - Romina Osuna Tunks

Oct 5 2015

Ty Pren is a passive long house designed by Feilden Fowles and inspired by the rich local vernacular of the Brecon Beacons. Passive solar principles have driven the design, with greater window openings on the southern side, opening to views over Pen Y Fan, and fewer openings protecting against to the harsh weather from the north. The larch cladding was felled from the client’s land two miles away and milled on site. Recycled Welsh slates wrap over the… Read more

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Bude Barn - Romina Osuna Tunks

Oct 5 2015

The renovation of this cob barn by Feilden Fowles adds another layer of history to a building that has been expanded and stitched together over the last 200 years. The project celebrates the rich material patchwork of cob, stone, concrete and brick, keeping much of the existing fabric while inserting a new loadbearing timber frame inside. Delineation between existing and proposed is clearly distinguished in the external faces of the building. New openings are framed… Read more

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Equestrian Centre - Romina Osuna Tunks

Sep 4 2015

Located amidst farmland and vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, Seth Stein Architects (UK) and Watson Architecture + Design (Melbourne) were commissioned to design a new equestrian centre. The building is arranged in a crescent plan characterised by a rear perimeter wall, constructed in rammed earth, which culminates in a fountain and shallow pool for the horses. Natural ventilation and shading as well as efficient use of water resources were key to the… Read more

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The Dune House - Romina Osuna Tunks

Jul 7 2015

The Dune House by Jarmund/Vigsnaes Arkitekter (JVA) unsurprisingly sits right on the beach near Thorpeness in Suffolk. Commissioned by the visionary holiday home company Living Architecture, it’s the first UK property from JVA, who are renowned for their creative responses to the awe-inspiring coastline in Norway. In The Dune House JVA – who worked with the renowned Mole Architects – have combined a distinctly Nordic outside-in aesthetic mixed with English vernacular, particularly the gabled roof, which… Read more

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House in Cornwall - Mario Scotto

Oct 8 2014

A creation by Seth Stein, a new build family house located on a steep woodland slope and a small cliff overlooking the Fowey Estuary on the south Cornish coast. The linear plan arcs slightly to follow the land contours while the timber structure is cut into the slope and reinstated by a flat planted roof. Awards: RIBA South West Award 2009 Shorlisted for Wood Award 2008 Building Design Single Dwelling Architect of the Year Award… Read more

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