Toshihiro Oki has reportedly designed clay bricks in varying hues across the walls of a holiday home in Long Island. The clay bricks are stacked in a random pattern and differ in tone. They offer subtle colour changes across the facade, thus providing rigidity. The Bellport House is spread across 4,800 sq ft, while the two offset longitudinal volumes contain the home's five bedrooms and meet at a central point, which contains the main social spaces. The ground floor has four bedrooms, while an additional bedroom is perched on the level above. The upstairs features the terrace with an elevated view of the landscape and waterfront. All of the bedrooms have doors that open to the exterior, providing guests with the option of stepping outside without passing through the home. Adjacent to the library is the dinning room, while the kitchen is a separate room that opens onto the backyard.
Living walls and glazed rooms have reportedly been the addition to 1960s building at Harvard University. The work has been carried out by British firm Hopkins Architects and US studios Bruner/Cott Architects and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Known as the Richard A and Susan F Smith Campus Centre, the facility is composed of concrete and glass. Spread across 360,000 sq ft, the building comprises of eateries, shops, event space, offices and space for socialising and studying. The exterior of the building showcases the facades, while within the facility, the ground, second and the tenth floors have been completely reconfigured. The triple-height space is ringed by partial floors and has seating options. Its ceilings are covered with wooden slats and plantings are incorporated throughout the facility.
Only If Architecture has reportedly turned an unusual plot of land between a pair of apartment blocks in Brooklyn into a micro living space. Karolina Czeczek and Adam Snow Frampton are the co-founders of the New York-based studio. The house, which is currently being built on a plot that is 3.9 m-wide and 30 m-long, is designed to optimise circulation and daylight. Corridors and wall through a split level configuration on each floor have been eliminated. The house is reportedly being built in parallel with Irregular Development, a research project by Only If which catalogued 3,600 unused plots of land across New York City. The findings of the research project were exhibited at the Shenzhen Biennale in 2018.
Stellar Works, a Shanghai furniture brand, has reportedly launched products in China for the first time. It has unveiled pieces by Neri&Hu, Jens Risom and Space Copenhagen at the Design Shanghai fair. Besides, the brand is expected to launch items at Milan design week in the coming week. The brand also launched the Discipline sofa, Bund table and Cabinet of Curiosity: Dress. The sofa features a horizontal wooden base that sits low to the ground on delicate metal legs, with a cushioned back rest and a buttoned upholstered seat. It is about 20 m long. The Bund table is the an addition to the existing dinning chairs, stools and lounge chairs in the Bund collection, while the Cabinet of Curiosity: Dress is a wardrobe that has a walnut-wood frame and veneer-laminate panels.
The design for its first project in Brooklyn has been revealed up OMA. The project includes a pair of residential towers shaped like a ziggurat and its inverse. Situated in an industrial area, the Greenpoint Landing scheme, which is the brainchild of developers Brookfield Properties and Park Tower Group, focuses on extending the northern parcel at Eagle Street and Dupont Street, and forms part of the area's transformation. Its masterplan has been developed by a local firm, Handel Architects. The projects also features two rental housing towers of different heights. The gap between the two towers is 60 ft and maintains the view of Manhattan. Facades of each tower will comprise precast concrete panels, punctured by large square windows to form a homogenous effect across the two.
Aim Architecture and Norm Architects has reportedly created austere concrete interiors offset for the verdant surroundings of a holiday homein southwest Sri Lanka. Situated on a beachfront location, the luxury home aims to achieve a rough luxury experience that embraces nature. With two peaked roof concrete properties, the unit is arranged in an L-shape to frame a central garden. Its pool areas slopes down towards the beach. The building features shuttered doors. While the east house overlooks the ocean, the west house is polished with cement walls and floors. Dark grey terrazzo forms chunky sink basins in the bathrooms, two of which open onto private, stone-walled courtyards where guests can shower outdoors. The interiors of the east house are open-plan design and its surfaces are painted in white. Granite tiles clad the adjacent verandah, which sits underneath a terracotta roof.
TAAB6 has reportedly renovated a townhouse, Casa JJA, in Barcelona with contemporary and traditional features. In order to keep the original elements of the house, very few additions have been made to the space. The ground floor entrance area is lined with original tiles and walks through open-plan kitchen, dinning and living space. A sliding door opens to the garden area that has a bamboo pergola for outdoor dining. The flooring is concrete, both indoor and on the patio. The house is covered with white plaster walls that are combined with original exposed brickwork. The new layout allows for better sight lines through the house, thus improving ventilation. One the first floor, two rooms have been merged into one kids’ room in the front of the house, while on the end, three rooms are combined to create a larger garden. The garden faces the master bedroom that has a balcony.
Slade Architecture has reportedly designed a glass and weathered-steel box bridges a grassy hill and a terrace in an organic farm in New York. The Link Farm House is positioned to the lower level as the upper block bridges a void that was created by carving away a portion of the hilly site. The open area is used as a carport. The main living area has glazed walls with a flat overhanging roof. The house has five bedrooms, a family room and a study, while the windows are covered with external shutters. The shutters are made of weathering steel. The roof is blanketed with little plants, helping the building blend with its verdant setting. The interiors is incorporated with marble and wood and the rooms are fitted with contemporary decor such as leather chairs and plush blue sofa.
Peter Pichler Architecture has reportedly designed the Tree House hotel rooms with sharply pointed roofs and wooden cladding in Italy. The hotel offers the guest a connect with nature. Ranging between 35-45 sq m in area, the tree houses are built from locally sourced larch and fir wood, while the cladding is stained black to blend with the surroundings.Each of the houses rest on small concrete foundations, with additional structural support provided by the structural glass walls. The fir wood creates warm interior that contrasts with the facades. The lower level contains a reading and lounge area, alongside a bathroom and an open-tread stair that leads to the upper level, while the upstairs has a sleeping area with bed and small bathroom.
Lighting brand Voltra has reportedly launched a range of minimal cordless lamps. The lamp are designed to recreate the intimacy of candlelight at home or in restaurants. The collection comprised of three lights, namely Alabaster, Reeded and Frosted. Alabaster is handcrafted from natural alabaster to give each lamp a unique pattern, while the Reeded lamp combines brass mesh with a reeded polycarbonate outer layer. Frosted lamp is a pared-back translucent design that is created with universal functionalityin mind. The lamps are powered with batteries and are reportedly available in two different sizes. The larger one are designed for group tables and has a diameter of 100 mm, while the smaller, which are intended for intimate dining, measures 80 mm.