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Somerset Country House Garden - Mario Scotto

Apr 29 2015

In this vast garden, Mazzullo + Russell Landscape Design were able to make an impact with their lush – often romantic – planting in multiple areas of the grounds as well as responding sympathetically to the existing hilly topography with an elegant series of terraced gardens on one side of the site. Areas include a family garden with large herbaceous borders offering year-round interest, a kitchen garden, a swimming pool garden and an orchard with… Read more

Posted in Gardens, Residential

Hotel de Rougemont - Mario Scotto

Apr 15 2015

Set in the Swiss ski resort of Rougemont, this mountain getaway was transformed into a contemporary boutique hotel by local studio Plusdesign. Although traditional from the outside, its interiors combine local materials such as timber and stone with contemporary, clean-lined furniture to come up with a fresh look. Reclaimed timber panelling on the walls and ceilings adds warmth and texture and rustic irregularity that contrasts with the smooth glass, metal and marble surfaces. Photography: Design… Read more

Posted in Bars & Hotel

Lime Wood Lodges - Mario Scotto

May 4 2016

Part of the New Forest’s Lime Wood Hotel, these charming rustic lodges (three in total) sit apart from the hotel’s main accommodation, with a warm, cosy aesthetic that befits their secluded position. Interior designer Robert Angell – best known for sleek, urban five-star hotels and sophisticated restaurants – here runs with a new theme, a more casual look that mixes reclaimed timber panelling, big fireplaces, tapestries on the wall and a little hints of opulence.

Posted in Bars & Hotel

GBK Baker Street - Mario Scotto

Nov 20 2014

Moreno Masey uses design to take the customer on a detective story of large and small scale clues woven into the building. Fabric banquettes taking a twist on tweed jackets, with alternating spacing in the leather banquette buttons and stitching create an undulation from the front to the rear of the restaurant. Careful removal of layer upon layer of modern day finishes and fixtures from the building interiors sought to exposed original listed period feature brickwork… Read more

Posted in Bars & Hotel, Restaurants & Cafes

Stackyard House - Mario Scotto

Nov 12 2014

Cambridge-based Mole Architects takes special interest in creating homes that are sensitive to context, and this house in Palgrave, Suffolk is no exception. Partly inspired by the classical rectories that typically stand on the fringes of villages – the house is on the edge of open farmland – it features an exposed timber structure, maximum natural light and sustainable features. Inside is a generous entrance hall leading to a double height atrium, while the upper… Read more

Posted in Residential

The Old Hall - Mario Scotto

Nov 27 2014

This historic hall house dating to the 16th-century had been remodelled into several cottages circa 1800 and later altered further with unsympathetic extensions. Nash Baker Architects reversed the alterations, reuniting the building as a single dwelling of 3,000 square feet and creating a crisp, contemporary design that showcased the original medieval timber frame structure.

Posted in Residential

Maurizio Pellizzoni A Scottish Retreat - Mario Scotto

Oct 9 2014

The brief was to bring a dash of the Cote D’Azur to the Scottish Highlands. The space was a new extension to an eighteenth-century family house, complete with several bedrooms, a kitchen and a turret with a bell-tower. Maurizio Pellizzoni‘s first step was to lay matching floorboards in both the old and the new wings and create a colour scheme consisting of pastels, naturals, yellows and blues. Expensive finishes were rejected in favour of unfinished… Read more

Posted in Residential

Pizza East Portobello - Mario Scotto

Aug 24 2016

Following on from Pizza East’s opening in Shoreditch, the chain expanded to west London with this Portobello Road outpost. MBDS designed the interiors as a neighbourhood pizzeria that looks like an Italian cafe, with a rustic-industrial look; reclaimed wood paneling, ceiling tiles, subway tiles and vintage furniture, with hits of bright blue leather upholstery, create a laid-back, informal local.

Posted in Restaurants & Cafes

Extremadura Estate - Mario Scotto

Sep 4 2014

This country house designed by Ábaton in Cáceres, western Spain, replaces a dilapidated stable, and retains the former building’s basic shape and layout, and its rustic charm. Deep eaves prevent too much sun from entering the house during summer, and large wooden shutters can be slid closed at night to cover the large windows at night to trap the heat inside. The bedrooms have huge picture windows overlooking the countryside. Electricity comes from photovoltaic panels and… Read more

Posted in Residential

Canalside - Benchmark

Jul 9 2014

Retrouvius extensively remodelled this canal side home to meet the needs of an expanding family. The staircase was boxed in and the building was missing the sense of space. A lack of storage and tricky navigation of ground floor doorways had led to a cluttered and confused hallway. Opening up and providing multiple routes with sliding doors and moving surfaces was the answer. Photography: Debi Treloar, Ryland Peter’s & Small and Jo Willis.  

Posted in Residential

Martello Tower - Benchmark

Jun 4 2014

Converting a Napoleonic defence tower built in 1808 into a 21st Century private residence was a demanding brief for architects Piercy & Co. As a Scheduled Monument on the At Risk register and located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the planning negotiations were matched in complexity by the on-site logistics. The completed conversion won the support of English Heritage who heralds it as an exemplar of how to convert significant historical buildings. The… Read more

Posted in Residential

Les Haras de Strasbourg - Benchmark

Apr 30 2014

Les Haras de Strasbourg is a project designed by the French Agency Jouin Manku, composed of the four-star hotel and Michelin 3-starred chef Marc Haeberlin’s first brasserie. Les Haras presents an original solution to the question many provincial cities are facing: how to redevelop and harness the potential of their architectural heritage. In 2009, the City of Strasbourg entrusted the renovation and management of this site built in the mid 18th century to IRCAD (Research into Cancer… Read more

Posted in Bars & Hotel, Commercial, Restaurants & Cafes

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