holton street by paper house project

Holton Street_01

all images courtesy of paper house project

the old-meets-new type of house renovation/extension work in UK has been one of my favorite go-to when i am looking for the urban dwell renovation inspiration. i recently came across london-based paper house project‘s work and the holton street project is a perfect sample of their work : minimal yet rich in personality,  which is also michitecture’s design mantra.

” We don’t think sustainability should be a special design feature, but rather a fundamental idea that informs every decision we make from start to finish.”

all project images and description are provided by paper house project (thanks james!).

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holton street by paper house project

architect todd saunders’s family house

todd saunders's family house_entrance

all images courtesy of  bo-bedre.no | photos by Mads Mogensen

recently i came across this interview of norwegian-canadian architect todd saunders’s own family house in bergen, norway.

people always imagine that a architect’s house must be the most spectacular or precious project the architect ever designed. as to saunder, the most important thing was to create a house that could fit into the neighborhood.

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architect todd saunders’s family house

ekimetrics new office by vincent & gloria architects

ekimetrics by vincent and gloria architects_cube_2
all images courtesy of vincent & gloria architects | photos by arnaud schelstraete

love this minimal & playful office design by paris-based vincent & gloria architects! normally i am kind of skeptical about the design of slide in office (think google and these corporate companies with a giant slide in the middle of room), but this one look so chic and low profile when not in use.

my only concern is if people do really use the slide – poor guy who sits right in front of the end of slide… ha.

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ekimetrics new office by vincent & gloria architects

i can move in here: cross street project by C+M studio

C+M studio_Cross St_kitchen_black wood dining table

all images courtesy of C+M Studio

designed by sydney-based C+M Studio, not only the selection of material & accessories – from the crisp white interior, beautiful wood floor, wood benches and stools, and that hexagonal marble tiles in kitchen and in bathroom- are all the right things to have in the same place (did i tell you this apartment is in walking distance to taramara beach?), i love the idea of collaboration with local artists, designers and retailers to decorate the interior, host exclusive dinners by the pop-up farm-to-table dinner organizer, free Q+A on property development and design with the architects,workshop  about gardening in small spaces etc… events that is not only aimed to sell the place, but also provides social&cultural opportunity for the local community. 

another really cool part in this renovation project is that you can choose to move in with or without these furnitures& accessories – or you can shop the items yourself on the cross street project website.

although the three weeks open house is now closed, here are some images from architect’s website to share:

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i can move in here: cross street project by C+M studio

sunday mix : above and under the boston sky


today’s sunday mix actually only have one single subject which is about my recent day trip to harvard design school. i managed to stop by couple must-see places before the day started… i thought i could go back to check out these places again during lunch break but of course, the day went crazy busy and the next thing i know i was on the way to airport to catch that delayed flight (ugh!) back to philadelphia.

i am glad i followed the rule: there will always be reasons to wait, but never wait for later to do something you really wanted to do.

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sunday mix : above and under the boston sky

vega cottage by kolman boye architects

Vega Cottage_kolmanboye architects_norwayall photos © 2013 Åke E:son Lindman | images © 2013 Kolman Boye Architects

fancy tuesday! this must be the most dreamy weekend house we could ask for.

designed by swedish studio Kolman Boye Architects, vega cottage is situated on the island of vega in the norwegian archipelago, with panoramic view to norwegian sea and continuous mountains surrounded.

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vega cottage by kolman boye architects

kerferd by whiting architects

kerferd_whitingarchitects_black facadeall images courtesy of whiting architects | photography by sharyn cairns 

we heart vintage modern!

a lovely residence located in suburb melbourne australia in a walking distance to albert park and the beach,  whiting architects transformed a 19 century edwardian-style old building into a modern & cozy family house that is not only beautiful but functional.

special thanks to carole whiting, creative director of whiting architects, who kindly shared the images with michitecture!

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kerferd by whiting architects

place de la république by TVK

place de la Republique_paris_usage diagram

[image © TVK architectes urbanistes]

while browsing JML (water feature design)’s portfolio for the precedent images at work, i realized they’re also the consultant behind the beautiful reflecting pool design at the recent renovated place de la république in paris. and that reminds me i still have this draft in the queue… so, monday, today is the day to share.

led by architects TVK, the big decision is to eliminate the traffic circle and bring back a two hectare size of flexible open space that can accommodate different groups, varied size of activities, from day to night, all year round. the super awesome diagram shown above is the illustration of usage. wouldn’t it be a great poster?

here is the project description from the architects:

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place de la république by TVK