Originally built to house railway workers, this turn of the century apartment building in Cologne, Germany was recently converted into a single family home by BeL Associates. Dramatic use of penny tiles highlight the otherwise restrained pallet of painted surfaces and concrete. I am particularly keen on the shower tucked under the eave - a really endearing quirk. Spotted first on THE BRICK HOUSE, then on Dezeen. See more at BeL Associates.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Spotted on Dwell, I was just reminded of the stair drawer phenomena. While I'm not entirely sold that it's the best way to go for storage (drawers are a lot of work and relatively likely to fail, compared to cabinets accessed from the side), I am still eager to try it out myself. Now I just need to find a place to climb up...
First spotted on Remodelista, this small but unusually satisfying studio in NYC's West Village sports "a balance between modern lines and raw, vintage materials." Rough-hewn floor boards and neatly integrated shelving speak to the happily medium feel of the overall design. See more at MESH Architectures.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Spotted on Design Boom, via NOTCOT: A residence in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan by Baqueratta architects. According to the architects, the broad intention of the design is to "frame" spaces, from inside and out. With that in mind, the pairing of large windows, skylights, and courtyards have a very simple implication: Viewer and subject. See more at Design Boom or, for Japanese speakers, Baqueratta.