Imagine that the campus store you remember from college–the place where you went to buy text books and maybe a school sweatshirt–could be so much more. Now, instead of just a bookstore, it’s a town square/marketplace where students, faculty, and maybe even locals grab lunch, meet friends for coffee or a glass of wine in the evening, plug in for an afternoon of studying, buy an iPad, buy a keyboard, buy a T-shirt, get their laptop fixed, and perhaps buy a book.
After moving around for work, living in eight houses over the past ten years, a family with two small children finally decided to settle down. Choosing Mandeville Canyon, a small community in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood, the family found a 3.14-acre lot sheltering over 200 mature trees and everything was set in motion. They decided to work with Rockefeller Partners Architects in building a home that would not only be cozy and bright, but also open to the expansive views of the city and ocean beyond.The architects remember how their work spoke for itself: “When they learned that three of their favorite houses in west Los Angeles had all been designed by the same architect, and further discovered that this architect had designed but never had a chance to build a house for their Mandeville property’s previous owners, they knew they had found their firm.”
We’re used to SAOTA‘s impressive and imposing residences and pleased to see each of them unravel before our virtual eyes. This time we’ll be admiring a fascinatingly transparent Lake House in Geneva, Switzerland. Attracting the eye with an unusual architecture, the building acts as both a residence and an office. The client is a fan of the illustrious architecture team and this 2,800 sqm family home and office is the 4th home SAOTA has designed for him. The owner can boast about a wonderful collection of homes in Cape Town and Paris and Senegal. This one is located on Lake Geneva, and features sculptural design lines shaping a provocative architecture.
The owners of this loft had been seduced by its sweeping Boston skyline views and vibrant historic South End neighborhood, but its existing built-ins and other features didn’t stand up to the loft’s 18-foot-high ceilings, and the spaces did not make the most of the views. Working with the architects at ZeroEnergy Design, they embarked on extensive renovations to create efficient multipurpose spaces, including a home office, built-in storage, room for guests and a nursery for their first baby, who was on the way. Here’s what they did.
It begins with a blank piece of white paper.When Starbucks senior designer David Daniels is challenged with creating a new store, he starts sketching chairs or a table setting and thinks about all the meaningful moments that will happen in the space.“My imagination runs wild, and as I draw I think about how somebody might meet the girl of their dreams there. All sorts of things could happen there, if only the walls could speak,” said Daniels, as he looked at the original drawings for Starbucks new store in Downtown Disney West Side at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.
In recent years, master bathrooms have gained a reputation for being increasingly luxurious. However, the bathroom remodels needed to create these relaxing retreats are often long and expensive. But, they don’t need to be. Take a look at some easy design touches that will leave your master bath feeling like new with little effort.
Featuring stunning sea views and a secluded garden with large natural rock formations, Samujana Holiday Villa 11A is an exotic retreat in Ko Samui, Thailand. The residence is a treat in itself, but also offers a privileged hillside position for contemplating the neighboring sights. Located just minutes from Samui International Airport and the stunning beaches of Choeng Mon and popular Chaweng, this is a holiday escape at its best.