G&G _ Magazine N°17 – January 2020
Classic Blue REDEFINING SUSTAINABLE LUXURY
NATURAL LIGHT CHIC BEACHSIDE BOLTHOLE
Interior Design Excellence
Hereâ€™s to the lives that youâ€™re gonna change Made in JAPAN Premium Japanese Bamboo
CONTENTS 9 G&G _ Magazine N°17 – January 2020
FAVORITE DÉCOR OBJECTS
Classic Blue REDEFINING SUSTAINABLE LUXURY
NATURAL LIGHT CHIC BEACHSIDE BOLTHOLE
ON THE COVER
TV room / Renova-on of an old house in the Beirut Central District by T SAKHI Page 112
THE BEST SHOTS
FROM DESIGN WORLD COLOR OF THE YEAR FROM INSTAGRAM
REDEFINING SUSTAINABLE LUXURY
CHIC BEACHSIDE BOLTHOLE
THE DRAYTON HOTEL
ROYAL CHAMPAGNE HOTEL & SPA HOTEL ESENCIA
CONTENTS INTERIORS 94
PRIVATE RESIDENCE BY BLACKHAUS KAROL CIEPLINSKI ARCHITEKT / KRAKOW
RENOVATION OF AN OLD HOUSE BY T SAKHI / BEIRUT RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY BY MICHAELIS BOYD / BORANA RANCH PROJECT BY THE ROOM STUDIO / COSTA BRAVA
REFLECTED IN THE MIRROR
A CASCADE OF EXPERIENCES
ALL OFFICIAL SOURCES
121 EAST 22ND BY OMA / NYC
MOHR LIFE RESORT BY NOA* / LERMOOS FAMILY CABINS BY WITTMAN ESTES ARCHITECTURE+LANDSCAPE / WASHINGTON'S HOOD CANAL HOUSING COMMUNITY BY LOHA / LOS ANGELES
ere we are in 2020! As every time, this year each of us has made good intentions and goals to be achieved, hoping that some dreams in the drawer could be revealed. For several years, one of my aspirations, and also that of the whole G&G _ Magazine team, is to respect our planet more and more. We arenâ€™t unique in pursuing this goal! Also the Pantone Color Institute tries to sensitize us by identifying Classic Blue as the Color of the Year 2020. A reliable and reassuring shade that instills trust and hope - the right color for a world that needs peace and quiet. Although it's a simple color, unfortunately, it's no longer found so easily in nature: to see a clear blue sky or a clean sea, not invaded by chemicals and plastic is almost impossible. Then, we've reserved a rich selection that will help you insert this elegant shade into your interior. Sincerely, I hope that this color can influence our choices and our way of thinking by promoting the protection of the entire ecosystem. I invite every reader to try to look beyond and to engage with small gestures to protect the environment in which we live. G&G _ Magazine team and I support our planet every day by promoting Eco-sustainable Design and not by providing the hard copies of the magazine that weigh heavily on the environment. Iâ€™m sure we can make a difference to safeguard the Earth!
GANDGMAGAZINE.EU HOTELS Contemporary residenWal look LW Dubai team has completed a stunning interior scheme for the new Raï¬„es Hotel in Shenzhen, China.
INTERIORS ZOOCO ESTUDIO completed the renova-on of a detached single-family dwelling located at the north-west of Madrid.
HOTELS DESIGN OKHA explores the concept of transition and mutability in the design and function of new coffee and dining tables Tectra & Morpheus.
Design trends Eclectic style Flowerpot Lamp by & Tradition
A furnishing trend that favors the fusion of different ways to furnish your apartment, giving free rein to your imagination. So we reserve you a palette of colours in earthy tones to match them together and create creative ambiences.
Balance Wall art by ARTYCRAFT Retro Moryson Sideboard by MEZZO COLLECTION
Flores Rug by AYTM
Trullini Room fragrance by NATUZZI ITALIA
Virgin Armchair by MisuraEmme
THIS SHADE OF REDDISH BROWN IS PERFECT FOR THOSE WHO PREFER TO MARRY DIFFERENT TRENDS WITHIN THE APARTMENT OR EVEN IN THE SAME ROOM. MIX ELEMENTS AND ACCESSORIES OF THIS COLOUR WITH THE LIGHT ONES TO GIVE A PLEASANT CONTRAST
Nยบ8 Cushion by HOME SOCIETY
Factory Pendant lamp by Young & Battaglia for MINEHEART
Classico Paisley French Green Texture wallpaper by MINEHEART
Nยบ 11 Chair by BOCA DO LOBO
Collins Dining chair by ESSENTIAL HOME
Morris Dream Minty egg blue Fabric by MINEHEART
Bardot Sofa by ESSENTIAL HOME
BE FREE TO USE THIS SO COLD COLOUR BECAUSE IT'LL INCORPORATE PERFECTLY IN YOUR ROOMS; ICE SHADES OF GREEN MAKE THEM MORE RELAXING GIVING A SENSE OF CALM
Zellige Blue Pillow by BRABBU
Hexa Ceramic by TERRATINTA
Audrey Chair by KOKET
INSPIRED BY THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA, THIS INTENSE COLOR IS PERFECT BOTH IN FURNITURE AND WALL COVERING TO GET AMBIENCES NOT ONLY FUNCTIONAL BUT ALSO ORIGINAL. A SUCCESSFUL MIX WITH THIS BLUE PROVES TO BE CAPABLE OF DEPLOYING VIGOR AND ENERGY
Genesi Ceramic by SARTORIA Grimilde Dressing desk by MENTEMANO
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Lulu Chair by MINEHEART
Caleido Coï¬€ee tables by MENTEMANO
FOLLOW US ON
Enjoy the journey in our sustainable world of delicacy from the Italian regions.
Claire Console by ESSENTIAL HOME
Antelope Rug by RUGâ€™ SOCIETY Anise Pillow by BRABBU
Granada III Cushion by ARTYCRAFT
Garbo Dining chair by ESSENTIAL HOME
IN OUR ECLECTIC PALLETTE THERE IS ALSO SHADES OF YELLOW THAT WE SUGGEST TO MIX THEM WITH DIFFERENT FURNISHING TRENDS IN LIVING AT HOME, AND MATCHED WITH BLACK AND GREY COLORS, IT CREATES AN ALTERNATIVE ENVIRONMENT Pumo Home accessory by NATUZZI ITALIA
Rivers Sofa by MEZZO COLLECTION
E-SHOP Are you addicted to online shopping? If yes, this section is for you! Choose your favorite décor objects proposed by us and with a simple click, buy them directly from our magazine.
Bolster - Brown Herringbone Dog bed by KONA CAVE €199,00
Lamp by ST. JAMES R$ 2.239,00
Bowls by ARTYCRAFT Large €340,00 Small €150,00 Medium €280,00 20 | G&G _ Magazine
Vase by EDEN OUTCAST €119,00
Candle holders by ARTYCRAFT €65,00
Candles-ck by ST. JAMES R$ 1.469,00
Little Crush II
Table Lamp by Young & Battaglia for MINEHEART £210,00
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Fusing Double Vase by EDEN OUTCAST €119,00
Monte Pom Pom
Cushion by PAMPA $195,00 AUD
G&G _ Magazine has completed a sophis-cated selec-on of all Interior & Architecture projects published on the plamorm in 2019, iden-fying the Best 40.
Pouf by Young & Bapaglia for MINEHEART £ 198,00
Puna llama - tobacco Throw by PAMPA $345,00 AUD
Umbrella in the wind Framed Canvas Lite Painting by MINEHEART £175,68 - £385,92
Vase by EDEN OUTCAST €119,00
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Plate by ARTYCRAFT €120,00
Translucid grand is our most traditional model. Being on the intersection of modern and classic. Itâ€™s timeless body shape is resting on the transparent acrylic legs. The lid and music stand are transparent as well revealing the beauty of the cast-iron plate and stringing design.
The unique Lucid Luxury Design Grand Piano Collection
Art in Palo Alto, California Cache Me if You Can, a new installation by Los Angeles-and-New York-based architecture office FreelandBuck, is on view in King Plaza, Palo Alto in front of Palo Alto City Hall through June 2020. The project, commissioned by the City of Palo Alto, is a three-dimensional, materialized image documenting the life of the plaza over the course of one day. www.freelandbuck.com Photography by Eric Staudenmaier
Guiniang Experience Store
Ippolito Fleitz Group has realised the interior design for the ﬁrst Guiniang Experience Store in Shanghai. The Guiniang Group is a young company that produces the Chinese tradi-onal liquor, Baijiu. This store possesses an elegant, saturated and luxurious ambience, while s-ll allowing space for personal privacy. The concept translates the excep-onal care that Guiniang invests in the produc-on process into a world of sophis-cated materials. Everything is craqed in a very precise and high-quality way - from marble ﬂoors to an elaborate lamellae ceiling. The warm ligh-ng we have chosen reﬂects the natural colours and gently conducts the client through the store. For the high-quality crea-ons by Guiniang and the exclusive brand experience, we have used unique shapes, layers and materials – as unique as the taste of a high-quality Baijiu. www.ifgroup.org Photography by Sui Sicong
Wardrobes in bloom
Doorknobs turn botanical with Haute Déco’s new Fleur wardrobe knobs in precious gemstone colours. At a -me when Victoriana is making a come-back – no doubt thanks to the hit television series about the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign, ﬂorals and foliage are once again a major source of inspira-on for interior products. www.hautedeco.com
Aqer the recent opening in Milan of Al-do Galleria, ALTIDO, company specializing in alterna-ve hospitality, it inaugurates a second structure in the center of Como. The accomoda-on, which is housed in an elegant Art Nouveau building, combines the comforts and services of a high-end hotel with the privacy of an apartment in an innova-ve and modern formula of real estate redevelopment for hospitality purposes. Address: Viale Varese, 65, 22100 - Como (Italy)
“Kids want to look as cool and unique as their parents. Even if they are 4-5 years old, they look up to their parents when it comes to style.” - Kirsi, SMALLS co-founder
Luxury hotspot for family
It just was launched the new SMALLS Kids Fashion Gallery in Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon. Here, a careful selec-on of luxury brands, with a mini-me attude, that will be accessible for the ﬁrst -me in Portugal. The space has the signature of Architect Nuno Rodrigues, recognized for various works throughout the country, as interna-onally. Address: Rua Rodrigues Sampaio nº4, 1150-278 - Lisbon (Portugal)
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“I think that unconsciously we want to be surrounded by nature, which is why we appreciate design that mimics nature. Vegetables are an endless source for colors, geometrics and compositions, and well... this is what design is all about.”
Only red cabbage
Studio Nir Meiri is happy to announce the launch of a new ligh-ng collec-on in collabora-on with India based designer Vaidehi Thakkar. Veggie Lights is a sustainable ligh-ng collec-on inspired by the unique use of a vegetable as a material. The veins and natural color are clearly visible and produce a special visual eﬀect once combined with light. The cabbage lamp designed to imitate the original silhouepe of this vegetable. www.nirmeiri.com
Inspired by the Lewis Carrol’s masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland, the Circu’s Booboo swing is here to exponen-ally upgrade your kid’s bedroom design. The suspended version of this delicate and luxurious sofa makes it easy to add to any décor or theme. The Booboo Swing Suspension is the ul-mate modern sofa for your kids’ room that combines both luxury and comfort in the most adorable way possible. The sofa’s gentle mo-on will provide you and your children with absolute relaxa-on, making it the perfect spot to make new memories. With a reinforced stainless-steel frame, and with synthe-c leather and velvet upholstery, the sofa is carefully handcraqed. www.circu.net
- Nir Meiri
Cologne 17 – 19 January 2020
Interior moments of tomorrow! imm cologne 2020
Hosted right at the start of the year, imm cologne is the most important date on the interior design calendar. It’s where the entire interiors industry gathers to present and discover new launches from around the world, to experience the major future trends and make a successful start to the new season. The trade fair is a must-attend event for senior decision makers from all international markets and the whole interior design scene imm cologne’s new Home world is divided into three main sections: Home Sleep, represents products and concepts designed to ensure a good night’s rest; Home Scenes, showcases modern furniture for sophisticated comfort; and Home Settings, presents furniture and individual solutions for young lifestyles, ready-to-go furniture, bedroom and children’s furniture, specialised ranges and accessories. www.imm-cologne.com
Mark the address!
The Molteni Group opens the doors to its new Molteni&C|Dada Flagship Store in Seoul. The concept deﬁning this space – measuring over 1,500 square meters with wide glass windows – is played out over 3 levels and symbolises a life marked by Italian ﬂair with the in-macy of a private home. The whole interior design range is represented to enable visitors to sa-sfy whatever home interior requirements they may have, from kitchens to living rooms to bedrooms. Address: N 201 Hakdong-ro, Gangnam-gu - Seoul (South Korea)
In the city of the Adria-c sea, San Benedepo del Tronto hosts the new restaurant Sbizzurà designed by Design? Studio Associato in collabora-on with Terra-nta Group. In this loca-on the care of tradi-onal cuisine meets an informal service. Design? Studio Associato has supported these characteris-cs by proposing the idea of a contemporary ﬁshmonger. Only a ﬂooring inspired by the old ﬁsh markets lives in equilibrium an architecture with contemporary furniture. Address: Via Dandolo Enrico, 5, 63074 - San Benede_o del Tronto (Italy)
Twentieth Century sculpture
The Aether series of cabinet knobs, which finds its inspiration in Giacometti’s Cubist I Composition illustrated below, marks a departure in bronze Haute Déco’s work to date, which has tended to focus on texture and patterns. Here, the focus changes to what happens on the inside: at first sight, the miniature works of art appear like simple distorted cubes, each shaped slightly differently. www.hautedeco.com 34 | G&G _ Magazine
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Pantone unveiled Color of the Year 2020: PANTONEÂ® 19-4052 Classic Blue!
REASSURING AND VIBRANT AT THE SAME TIME, CLASSIC BLUE IS A TRIBUTE TO TIMELESS ELEGANCE. INTENSE, REFINED, STOLEN FROM THE COLORS OF THE SKY WHEN IT GETS DARK AFTER A SUNSET, IT INFUSES CALM, SECURITY AND COURAGE FOR TOMORROW'S CHALLENGES. WE PROPOSE YOU OUR CLASSIC BLUE SHADES IN THE DIFFERENT VARIETIES TO LOOK TO THE FUTURE WITH A NEW DOSE OF INSPIRATION.
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BLUE & GOLD 1. Apartamento Panamby Living room by MONISE ROSA 2. Pluto Rug by RUG’ SOCIETY 3. Royal Plate by GALERIS CRIS CONDE 4. Mademoiselle Armoire by KOKET 5. Nuance Armchair by ANGELO CAPPELLINI 6. Privé Day bed by KOKET 7. Cortes Round table by CLAN MILANO
Exclusively, G&G _ Magazine in collaboration with Tintswalo Atlantic presents a special tour of the award-winning boutique lodge nestled at the base of the ocean-facing Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town!
Address: Chapmans Peak Dr, Hout Bay, 7806, Cape Town, South Africa
IDEAL LIVING ROOM 7
1. Cherry Tree - Blue Rug by CarpetsCC / Cecilia Seperdahl 2. Mansﬁeld Sofa by ESSENTIAL HOME 3. Naima Bench by DOMKAPA 4. Lynx Quilt Deep Blue Pillow by QUAKER DECOR 5. Projeto Paraíso Living room by ROBERTA BANQUERI 6. Oxygen Floor lamp by Pio e Tito Toso for LINEA LIGHT GROUP 7. Grace Armchair by JETCLASS
HANDMADE ARTWORK 1. Royal Jar Face by CRIS CONDE GALERIS 2. Delft Baroque Blue Wallpaper by MINEHEART 3. Heritage Cabinet by BOCA DO LOBO 4. Once Upon Our Time White & Blue Wallpaper by MINEHEART 5. Royal Plate by GALERIS CRIS CONDE 6. Midnight Moods Rug by MINEHEART
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SPECIAL TOUCH 1. Kintsugi Rug by ILLULIAN 2. Monochrome Blue Console by BOCA DO LOBO 3. Artigiana Ceramic by SARTORIA 4. Ketch Chairs by BARTOLI DESIGN 5. Da Vinci Sofa by JETCLASS
INDUSTRIAL STYLE 1. Endless Rug by Aquili Alberg Architects for ILLULIAN 2. Six Light ﬁxture by ESTÚDIO MULA PRETA 3. Cumbuca Bojuda Vase by Rosenbaum and O Fe-che for VASAP DESIGN 4. USM Haller by USM 5. Frame Workbench by Salvatore Indriolo for FANTIN 6. Clip Staircase by FONTANOT 7. Diana Table lamp by DELIGHTFULL 8. Sena Madureira Kitchen by SP ESTÚDIO 44 | G&G _ Magazine
THE PORCELAIN TOUR OF CHINA
8 - 21 April 2020 The Porcelain Tour is a small-group, unique and professional in-depth discovery of exquisite Chinese porcelain at its origins. Celebrate the timeless beauty of ceramic arts and crafts at the most important porcelain centres in China, personally engage with the masters and participate in an interactive workshop experience. Organised by China Design Centre
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LOCATED IN THE REGION OF TANAH LOT, HOME TO BALI'S MOST ICONIC TEMPLE, NIRJHARA, SANSKRIT FOR WATERFALL, IS A LUXURY BOUTIQUE RESORT OFFERING TAILORED COMFORT IN THE MIDST OF A LUSH JUNGLE.
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ncircled by forests and rice paddies, Nirjhara is nestled in a tropical enclave a short walk away from the volcanicsand beaches of the southwest coast of Bali and 20 minutes from trendy / hip Canggu. The resort is deeply commiped to environmental, social and cultural responsibili-es. Its mission is to make a posi-ve change within the community as a priority, and to minimize the impact on the environment. Nirjhara’s approach to sustainable luxury centers on 3 core pillars: Community, Land and Climate. Bali’s constantly growing popularity threatens the island’s environment and Nirjhara's team believes that trea-ng our natural surroundings with the utmost respect is the only way of preserving the aura that has made this place so special to begin with. At Nirjhara, guests are encouraged to take part in this approach to sustainable tourism through a variety of proac-ve and passive ini-a-ves. Nirjhara’s scope of ac-on towards a greener future extends from its immediate neighboring community to the broader ecosystem of Bali and its oceans, and to our planet as a whole.
“Nirjhara is a voyage of discovery; where barefoot luxury is redeQined. Where one can just be themselves, exploring nature of land and sea. Uncompromising service is blended with local warmth, traditions and hospitality. Feed the explorer within; with our handcrafted experiences, while dreaming in one of our tree-top suites or in luxury cabins in our traditional tropical schooner. Everything awaits at Nirjhara.”
â€œNirjhara is a journey of being off the beaten path. Exploring new destinationsand experiences, while achieving exceptional service and being in touch with nature and the communities we travel to.â€?
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“Wellness is defined by enabling guests to find their spiritual and physical balance.”
Wellness is a key pillar of the guest experience at Nirjhara. The Retreat, a spa which was designed as a haven of relaxa-on at the heart of the property, draws inspira-on from Bali’s rich tradi-on of village healers to oﬀer a menu of unique Blessings. Housed in a design-led, yet casual chic environment, complemented by unsurpassed views over lush green and abundant rice ﬁeld, 60 | G&G _ Magazine
guests are invited to explore Indonesia’s culinary diversity in its restaurant. Here, the chef and his team reinterpret local favorites with a fresh twist, using farm to table ingredients sourced throughout the region to take the clients on a journey of epicurean delights, accompanied by personal dedica-on and humble sophis-ca-on. In the same place, there is the fresco bar and lounge set up by the main swimming pool.
â€œWe have curated a selection of original contemporary Balinese artworks for each of our suites. Showcasing emerging Balinese artists and artisans.â€?
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In order to showcase the island’s unique natural features, 85% of Nirjhara’s 25 suites face dis-nc-ve views of waterfalls, terraced rice paddies and a gentle river. Set amidst verdant landscapes, The villas are styled to exac-ng standards with clean lines, earth tones and decora-ve accents to extract the quintessence of Indonesian design while oﬀering a fresh interpreta-on of a tropical aesthe-c. In each suite, Nirjhara has chosen to collaborate exclusively with local ar-sans from the archipelago to produce bespoke pieces that
exhibit excep-onal levels of craqsmanship, as well as emerging ar-sts to showcase and promote contemporary Indonesian art. Nirjhara prides itself in craqing bespoke memories through highly individualized, bespoke service. The spacious bathrooms are oumiped with his and hers vani-es, and oﬀer a magical atmosphere with a large bathtub, a wide freestanding/soaking tub suspended on the deck, and both indoor and outdoor rain showers. Address: Jl. Nirjhara, Banjar Kedungu, Desa Belalang, Kediri, 82121 - Tabanan, Bali (Indonesia)
IRRESISTIBLE USA: A GEM IN THE HEART OF SAVANNAH’S HISTORIC DISTRICT, THE DRAYTON HOTEL IS A 50-ROOM REINVENTION OF ONE OF THE CITY’S OLDEST BUILDINGS DATING FROM THE 1890’S. Photography by William Hereford 64 | G&G _ Magazine
“For over a century, the building has been at the center of commerce, culture, and has an unmatched sense of intimacy.” - Raghav Sapra, the owner of The Drayton Hotel
ocated on the corner of Drayton East and Bay Streets, The Drayton Hotel is just a few steps away from the famed Savannah River Front. Known as one of the world’s friendliest ci-es, the coastal town of Savannah has an interna-onal reputa-on of southern hospitality and grace. Carefully restored to embrace the building’s 19th century exterior and neighborhood’s charm, The
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Drayton Hotel embraces the city’s iden-ty, people, and culture — a soulful, invi-ng place that instantly feels familiar for guests and locals to gather. The Drayton Hotel’s square format echoes the city’s 22 parklike squares, while herringbone brick ﬂooring nods to the cobblestone streets, and the hotel’s oak paneling, whitewashed beadboard, and a full-length wall composed of handwoven rapan panels reference the Victorian-style architecture. Layered décor and furnishings evoke a storied design, combining elements of various -me periods. The Drayton Hotel creates a luxury experience while staying true to its roots in southern hospitality and tradi-on. An in-mate drawing room beyond the lobby oﬀers a setng for guests to enjoy tea surrounded by work of acclaimed local muralist Bob Chris-an.
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“The space had to be true to the neighborhood’s traditions, reQlect the progress, and function as an amenity to the residents of the neighborhood…”
With its indoor and outdoor spaces, an unmatched, lush Rooftop bar provides views of City Hall, the Savannah River, and the cityscapes, with intimate nooks to connect with others and unwind. While Saint Neoâ€™s Brasserie is a seafood brasserie and oyster bar showcasing local ingredients with an inventive cocktail program and a focused wine selection. The restaurant also has the Mural Room transports the guests to the soft comfort of an 18th century low-country landscape. Located downstairs from St. Neoâ€™s, the Downstairs Cocktail Bar is designed as an intimate, exclusive space for cocktails, entertainment and small-scale meetings.
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The 50 rooms and suites have drama-c views of City Hall, River, and surrounding historic neighborhood. The hotel oﬀers also the diﬀerent types of the bedrooms: from Chambre Double to River King to Suite. Each room is thoughmully designed with reclaimed wood ﬂoors, beds dressed in the ﬁnest linens and ameni-es. Address: 7 Drayton Street, 31401 - Savannah GA (USA)
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OVERLOOKING THE VINEYARDS THAT STRIPE THE HILLS OF FRANCEâ€™S CHAMPAGNE REGION, THE NEWLYRENOVATED ROYAL CHAMPAGNE HOTEL & SPA COMBINES AN OUTSTANDING SPA EXPERIENCE WITH TREATMENTS BY BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE AND KOS PARIS, WITH WORLD-CLASS CHAMPAGNE TASTINGS AND MICHELIN-STAR FOOD.
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cknowledging that it is located amidst some of the world’s ﬁnest vineyards, including those of Dom Pérignon and Taitnger, the hotel is the ideal spot to unwind with indulgent spa treatments. In addi-on to that, the people can enjoy Champagne tas-ngs at the two restaurants of the structure: Le Bellevue and Le Royal. Set beneath a thousand crystal pendants that reﬂect the sun’s rays, Le Bellevue takes its cues from the terroir of Champagne. Chef Jean-Denis Rieubland sources his produce and meat from locals and friends in the region, resul-ng in an ever-changing menu full of rich stories and intense ﬂavors. While Le Royal with its sophis-cated and contemporary interiors, oﬀers the dishes on custom Maison Fragile china, designed for the resort by Nicolas Ouchenir.
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The furniture for the bedrooms needed to look classic in a way that aligns with every era’s design, but practical as well. Besides the interior boasts rich and extravagant color schemes that grace the floors, walls, and ceilings. While the vintage-like bathrooms have a monochromatic palette, it to stand outhotel fromcomprises the othernine The allowing world-class des-na-on rooms. treatment rooms; state-of-the-art ﬁtness facili-es; a wood-lined yoga studio; eucalyptusinfused sauna; manicure and pedicure sta-ons and a mosaic--led Hammam.In partnership with acclaimed French brand Biologique Recherche, the spa and wellness centre are inspired by the original purpose of this former Post House built on the orders of the Empress Josephine – to communicate, to link and to connect. Inspira-on also draws from the region’s most famous
produce, Champagne of course, and the art of ‘beper living.’ Recently, the spa also introduced a soothing set of bespoke immersive programmes, designed to elevate the guest relaxa-on experience to the next level. In partnership with acclaimed French brand Biologique Recherche, the spa and wellness centre are inspired by the original purpose of this former Post House built on the orders of the Empress Josephine – to communicate, to link and to connect. Inspira-on also draws from the region’s most famous produce, Champagne of course, and the art of ‘beper living.’ New for Autumn 2019, the spa will introduce a soothing set of bespoke immersive programmes, designed to elevate the guest relaxa-on experience to the next level.
Completing the experience are two temperaturecontrolled, chaise-longue-lined swimming pools â€“ one indoor, one outdoor â€“ along with dedicated staff who deliver invigorating juice blends and guide guests to multiple relaxation lounges.
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Luxurious rooms with magical Champagne views of which design was inspired by the natural and cultural heritage of the region, favoring natural materials to create a sleek and graphic mis-en-scene. Comfortable in their dimensions, all bathed in natural light, the rooms with French classic design revisited oďŹ€er a room awash in French character and custom-made furniture. Address: 9 rue de la rĂŠpublique, 51160 - Champillon (France)
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ORIGINALLY BUILT AS THE PRIVATE HIDEAWAY HOME OF AN ITALIAN DUCHESS ON WHAT IS CONSIDERED THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STRETCH OF MEXICOâ€™S CARIBBEAN COAST, HOTEL ESENCIA IS TODAY ONE OF THE FINEST LUXURY BOUTIQUE PROPERTIES ON THE RIVIERA MAYA.
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n 2005, the hotel began a new journey when award-winning entrepreneur and art collector Kevin Wendle became owner. Since taking over, Wendle has completed several major refurbishment programmes, enhancing the hotel’s facili-es by refreshing all guestrooms and suites and introducing a one-oﬀ collec-on of art and an-ques, including tradi-onal mid-century furnishings and authen-c 1950s art works. Subsequently, having acquired a further 10 acres of beachfront property, Hotel Esencia launched 11 new suites – six Beach Suites and ﬁve Jungle Suites – as well as beachfront restaurant, Mistura. S-ll fresh from the refurbishments, the bou-que resort then unveiled further addi-ons in Spring 2019, including the launch of two spectacular Penthouse Suites and two Master Beach Suites, taking the hotel’s total room and suite count to 40, plus two villas – as well as a new interna-onal Coﬀee Bar. This extension project also included the launch of interna-onally acclaimed Beeàar concept by Riccardo Giraudi, launching Beeàar Esencia in an innova-ve ﬁrst for the region. Hotel Esencia is home to a handpicked collec-on of art and an-ques, making its décor so unique. With Wendle’s desire to reimagine the property came an en-re collec-on of furniture designed 86 | G&G _ Magazine
especially for the hotel in addi-on to hand-woven rugs, bed throws and tabletops which pay homage to mid-century Mexican and European art and design. Artwork by celebrated Spanish and La-n American ar-sts decorate the walls including works by Pablo Picasso, Fernando Botero and Eduardo San-ere. There are Pierre Jeanneret chairs, lamps by Serge Mouille and Pierre Guariche, and a table by world-renowned architect and designer Charlope Perriand. Public spaces are subtly ﬁlled with a music playlist conceived by Paris-based DJ Michel Gaubert and website illustrated by stylish Pierre La Tan anima-ons. Combining the modern and tradi-onal, the original design template was done by C.S. Valen-n, who spent a yea with Wendle when he ﬁrst bought the hotel. Valen-n designed a bespoke collec-on of original furniture and rugs exclusively for the hotel and, had them craqed by a local ar-san – hand-woven rugs, bed throws and table tops truly pay homage to mid-century Mexican and European art and design. Hotel Esencia has Valen-n to thank for its strong original graphics and much of the furniture designed by him to complement Wendle’s own collec-on of handpicked collectables found in the Main House.
Hotel Esencia is home to three outdoor restaurants as well as a Beach Bar and Coﬀee Bar. Situated between the two main pools and the beach, Café Esencia places emphasis on seasonal ingredients and seafood, while the aptly named Mistura is a mul--cultural gastronomic experience under a towering beachfront palapa with spectacular 180° views. Beeàar Esencia is a name synonymous with meat lovers since its incep-on in Monaco in 2005 – and with restaurants now in Paris, Cannes, Luxembourg, Mykonos, Hong Kong and Mexico City – that brings an excep-onal new dining experience to the Riviera Maya that is completely exclusive to Hotel Esencia. The menu concept is simple, based on the ﬁnest high-quality ingredients and centred around three main pillars: ‘street food to share’, ‘great meats’ and ‘incredible dishes’. Beach Bar, located in our two storey beachfront palapa, is where people can savour the crea-ve signature cocktails and enjoy the warm sea breeze and the best views in the hotel.
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Coffee Bar offers coffee lovers a wide selection of coffee beans from different regions in Mexico as well as renowned international brands. All coffee beverages are prepared with freshly ground beans and brewed on demand. A selection of mouthwatering house made Mexican pastries are also on display. This charming new addition also features our Juice Bar, offering a delicious selection of freshly squeezed juices, smoothies made to order, and our popular superfood bowls.
Two large pools oﬀer guests the perfect opportunity to cool oﬀ and unwind on sun loungers surrounded by lush foliage. Housed under a towering tradi-onal thatched-roof palapa, designed for op-mal energy ﬂow, at the end of the gardens overlooking the cenote is Hotel Esencia’s Spa & Health Club. The spa integrates hallmarks of modern wellbeing with ancient customs of cul-va-ng beauty, balance, and peace. Recently, the spa also added an innova-ve infrared sauna and hydromassage plunge pool. There is also a fully equipped Technogym gym, Pilates reformer and private trainers. Those who wish to sit back and relax can take advantage of sunrise yoga on Hotel Esencia’s open-air beachfront palapa.
The spa journey begins with a traditional Mayan kitchen laboratory where therapists tailor bespoke, restorative programs, using the purest ingredients harvested from the waters of the Caribbean and soil from the Mayan jungle. Guests leave Hotel Esencia cleansed and whole. It is a matchless experience of health that opens a new chapter to a life of sound mind and body. 90 | G&G _ Magazine
The stylish bedrooms and suites are equipped with complimentary mini bar, Mastro Raphael Italian bed linen and a curated collec-on of art and design books, oﬀering all the comforts and signature ameni-es of Hotel Esencia. Each room and suite boasts a private terrace and sea-ng area with views of either the luxuriant gardens or the Caribbean Sea. Address: Carretera Cancún, Tulum km 265, Quintana Roo, 77750 - Xpu-Ha (Mexico)
Hotel Esencia’s stylish bedrooms and suites are equipped with complimentary mini bar, Mastro Raphael Italian bed linen and a curated collec-on of art and design books. Hotel Esencia also has its own range of bathroom ameni-es, created in partnership with Ahal, a local Mexican brand that specialises in natural and eco-sensi-ve products. Each room and suite boasts a private terrace and sea-ng area with views of either the luxuriant gardens or the Caribbean Sea. 92 | G&G _ Magazine
Hotel Esencia has its own range of bathroom ameni-es, created in partnership with Ahal, a local Mexican brand that specialises in natural and ecosensi-ve products.
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MATERIAL The award-winning design studio Blackhaus Karol Cieplinski Architekt relised the interiors of a private residence located in historical Jewish district of Krakow. Photography by Tom Kurek
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or many years Podgorze, the neighborhood where the residence, is located was forgopen but now it is the center of cultural and social life. In par-cular, it's an apartment placed in a new building in a border the district, next to the river Vistula. So it has the boundless view at the old Krakowâ€™s district with its old churches towers and new buildings locates at the riverbank. All buildings tell a story, from the architecture of ancient Rome to the skyscrapers that dot our modern horizons. Without this story, buildings would be simple boxes of pure func-on. In architecture, a residence is more than a simple shelter. It is a story of the people that live there, the rela-onships between them, and the living that occurs when a home is occupied. The apartment was designed for a young businessman - living fast, very pedant and with a strong, raw taste of interiors. The design balances between permanence and lightness, a nod to the human experience of dreaming while grounded in a single place. Apartment was to supposed to reflect the character of the owner that loves raw materials and simple elegant spaces. So the studio has realised a design with the use of the existing elements of the apartment like reinforced concrete existing in structure of the building that was cleaned and polished. While the imperfections of concrete have been exposed and turned into an asset, a decorative element. Client was very
enthusiastic about this idea so he was happy about every scratch on a construction beam that can be compare to the white perfect surface of the wall. The entrance acts as a preview of the apartment a prelude to what awaits in the next rooms. There is presented a minimum of what the studio wanted to show to a random person knocking to the door. Concrete, smooth plaster, black - metal frame mirror reflecting the light coming from the hall (thanks to this even when the lights are off, the walls has reflections of daylight) and 300 kg solid oak beam - oiled and attached to the wall with six steel anchors. These materials will scroll throughout the flat, giving it a consistent character. In the living room large windows allow you to enjoy the view of the city. The flat has unlimited access to light and zero neighbors, which allowed to display the view. The raw spaces are insulated with soft furniture lines like oak shelves that house the library. Every detail of this project has been treated with care giving it the character. The spaces are closed in geometric order. Raw concrete is interspersed with a plaster
The kitchen laboratory with tabletops, open shelves allows you to present cooking skills to guests by the owner of the apartment. The wall along the long working space has been rebuilt from the concrete blocks neat welds and the loca-on of electrical connec-ons have been taken care of. Structure of papern gives industrial look - painted with special cover for the hospital rooms, it allows unrestricted cooking excesses without fear of order. The steel construc-on of black steel furniture houses all the necessary kitchen equipment. The construc-on over the island allows unlimited access to kitchen utensils and the cul-va-on of a garden with ďŹ‚owers and spices.
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In the master bedroom, the space around the bed is en-rely wood: the ďŹ‚oor, walls and ceiling are lined with it. Spruce over the bed is a canopy that allows you to feel comfortable, lying in a bed enclosed in a wooden shell. Black curtains bring out the natural color of wood emphasizing its grains and nuances in texture. 100 | G&G _ Magazine
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Founded by Lebanese-Polish sisters Tessa and Tara Sakhi, T SAKHI presents the renovation of an old house in the Beirut Central District respectfully maintaining its traditional aspects while adapting it to a contemporary lifestyle. Photography by Ieva Saudargaite
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he project is an old Lebanese house that represents the mee-ng between harmonious culmina-on of heritage and modernity. It's divided into 2 parts: one side inhabits the living and common areas for family gatherings while the other side cater for the private areas and bedrooms. The entrance, marked by a wide door with windows, leads to a 6m high-ceiling white central hall, which is the main axis of the house, ﬁlled with daylight piercing from the main veranda of colorful ceramic--les and inhabi-ng exo-c plants, ﬂowers and trees, edible vegetables, as well as beau-ful chants of humming birds. The furniture is en-rely custom-designed to each space. They rest as art pieces and subtly translates the func-on of each room. Light wireframe elements are produced to discretely inﬁltrate the space in the communal areas whereas warm crea-ons ﬁll the in-mate spaces.
Op-mizing the natural light, a warm palepe integrates rich layers of textures and colors; walnut and oak wood, oxidized brass and copper, pa-na walls, large arches of wooden window frames, Italian calacapa marble ďŹ‚oors in the communal spaces and recuperated ceramic tradi-onal -les integrated with wood in the private areas. 106 | G&G _ Magazine
Distribu-ng onto ﬂoor-to-ceiling carved doors, the main space invites its inhabitants to 6 colorful peripheral rooms; following the client’s desires, each room is carefully designed with a diﬀerent func-on and style to sa-sfy their lifestyle and needs. A large arched mint-green door invites to the breakfast room. Inspired by colonial interiors, it sits in an authen-c barrel vault painted in vibrant bloody red with a central wooden oak table, surrounded by exposed shelves to store tableware collec-ons gathered from diﬀerent parts of the world. The all-white kitchen, sits in a cross-vault highlighted by a large white carved wood latcework, inspired by tradi-onal mashrabiya. The counters and drawers are executed in corian and custom-designed ceramic -les for the ﬂooring.
Next to the kitchen, there is the lateral dining room painted in a soft cinder rose. In this room, exposed wooden beams emphasize the ceiling structure and a custom-designed table in glass highlights its copper leg structure. As in every part of the house, here a diptych photograph is hanged on one side of the wall and a collection of limoge porcelain on the other side. The chimney room is another space for family gathering. It is highlighted by an integrated library metal and brass shelf surrounding a big central fireplace, executed in ice-white marble with copper and brass incisions on the outside and basalt stones from the inside. A large stained bronze mirror hangs on top of it. 108 | G&G _ Magazine
A large stained bronze mirror hangs on top of it. One side of the wall holds a collec-on of walking canes from diďŹ€erent cultures (Kenya, Indonesia, Spain, Sri Lanka and Mexico) while the other side holds a collec-on of Religious icons.
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The oﬃce is painted in a “vert de terre” green to s-mulate peace and concentra-on while working. Simple black metal shelves are hanged on the walls and ﬁlled with books from all ar-s-c disciplines; art, architecture, poetry, and literature. A long walnut table supported by a single panel glass sits in front of 3 large arched windows and overlooks the en-re central axis and main gallery space.
A deep couch in velvet emerald and yellow cushions sparks up the room with its colors. The walls are surrounded by lighting artworks and an integrated black metal library displays collected accessories.
The TV room is the only room inten-onally executed with a low-ceiling and painted in royal navy blue to portray a cosy environment. While a guest WC is painted in dark green with woodenframed photographs dispersed across the walls to amuse the guests. The master bedroom is composed of 2 spaces; the bed that lies in a cross-barrel vault and a small living room with a rota-ng TV.
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Vacationers Michaelis Boyd projected and decorated the private residential property at Borana Ranch in the county of Laikipia, in the heart of Kenya creating a mix of European and African styles.
he house is set in the 32,000-acre Borana Conservancy in the savanna grasslands of the Ewaso ecosystem on the Laikipia Plateau in Kenya. The client wished a new holiday family retreat with a modern approach; indeed he didn't want a tradi-onal African thatched roof with dark interiors but a design that merged African and European styles, something very diďŹ€erent to lodges found in this part of Kenya. The property has been tucked into a low southern slope to allow the user to experience a connec-on with the surrounding nature and close to the watering hole where wildlife oqen gathers. Besides the house has been carefully posi-oned
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to face south to enjoy the breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya. It took many site visits to ensure that the buildings and terraces were perfectly posi-oned with the sunâ€™s movement, sheltered from the wind and hidden from view. It was also essen-al that all the rooms received plenty of natural light so to ensure this a daylight study was carried out. Aqer a winding path amongst the savannah grassland from which leads down a staircase carved out of a rocky outcrop, it is placed a large arched -mber door front entrance comes to view. The front door opens up to a green oasis courtyard garden set within colonnaded, groin vaulted walkways.
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The living areas are accessed from the courtyard. A large living/dining room on the southernmost side with 4.5m high exposed timber joisted ceilings, large arched crittal windows a large yet simple stone fireplace. Everything is handmade by the local craftsmen with typical materials like meru stone from a local quarry for the walls and grevilia timber for the ceiling beams. There is a breakfast/bar dining area on the
southwestern corner that leads onto the pool terrace with an inďŹ nity pool on the western side where one can enjoy the views of the wildlife amongst the yellow fever trees and rich grasslands. The pool terrace has a large outdoor dining table, and pergola to protect from the hot midday sun, where one can enjoy a meal cooked on the nearby outdoor barbeque and pizza oven.
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A path from the pool terrace lead to small thatched and grass roofed buildings nestled into the landscape which house a gym, yoga plamorm, treatment room and spa retreat.
The bedrooms include two childrenâ€™s ensuite bedrooms and a master ensuite bedroom all with open ďŹ replaces for the cold nights and outdoor terraces where one can relax. They are strategically posi-oned to enjoy the sunrise views of Mount Kenya.
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The bathrooms of the rooms are very spacious and have both walk in showers and cast copper baths. As in every room of the house, the design has been taken care of to the smallest detail, guaranteeing comfort and privacy. The property also has an elegant office with a sophisticated design that fits perfectly into the home.
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NATURAL LIGH The Room Studio completed the Interior Design and Decoration project of a house located in the Supermaresme on the Costa Brava (Spain), where brightness, comfort and warmth merge into a welcoming environment. Photography by Mauricio Fuertes 126 | G&G _ Magazine
he main premise of the clients was to obtain open spaces where the main protagonist was natural light. The aim was to provide each area with a relaxed and casual style according to the environment. The use of neutral colors is enhanced using a very soq color range that conveys comfort and tranquility. All the spaces were redistributed again, returning their essence and soul and obtaining homogeneous and wide areas. In the day area you can dis-nguish four diaphanous and well diďŹ€eren-ated spaces. This area includes: the living room, the reading corner, a small dining room and the kitchen with a peninsula for breakfast.
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For the kitchen was included an extractor hood flush with the ceiling was chosen, keeping the space clean and clear. While the little dining room enjoys suspended lamp of Thonet Viena that gives a character to the ambiance.
The reading corner was specially created to be able to enjoy the renova-on in front of the original ďŹ replace in the house. This area is connected visually with living room where there is no element that hinders vision. This area has views of both the porch and the rest of the plot, which we can ďŹ nd surrounded by nature. Both ambiances have stylish furniture and accessories - a lot of them were designed and made by The Room Studio like tables, wood jars and shelves.
As for the materials, The Room Studio opted for the main use of natural oak woods throughout the house, as well as comfortable tex-les using subtle colors. The aim was to provide the house with a contemporary style and restore the freshness by which it is characterized. All this was combined with the -melessness in the diďŹ€erent environments and obtaining natural light in each of the areas, together, a range of neutral and simple shades are used throughout the home.
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Mainly the outside area was expanded, where two very functional corners were obtained. On the one hand, we find the outdoor dining room that can accommodate a large number of diners thanks to the work bank that was carried out. In addition, the back wall was opened to gain luminosity and increase the visibility of the rest of the house. On the other hand, we find a rest area with light furniture and a color palette that continue the same line as inside.
In the night area the suite room is designed giving it a contemporary, timeless but contemporary style. Decorative textile papers were placed on the wall of the headboard of the bed following the tonalities of the rest of the house. The Room Studio sought to combine textures, different shades and some simple print.
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In the bathroom of the suite room a porcelain tile with textures was placed, played with the combination of color, geometry and roughness of the pieces. Elements are selected that complete together in tones consistent with the environment and with matt finishes. The general lines used are clean and continuous, avoiding irregularities and seeking their purity. These are combined with very balanced colors and always being part of the same palette of tones, without eccentricities.
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REFLECTED IN THE MIRROR OMA, an international practice of architecture and urbanism, presents 121 East 22nd - its first ground up building and residential complex in the famous New York neighborhood, Manhattan. Photography by Iwan Baan, Laurian Ghinitoiu, Evan Joseph
“We are excited to complete OMA’s first groundup building in New York, a city that has been central to the firm’s philosophy. The design appropriately responds to and harnesses the energy of the city and duality of the site’s urban context— the dynamic intersection of Gramercy Park and Madison Square is expressed by a three dimensional, prismatic corner that introduces a new identity to the neighborhood while the façade remains contextual to its neighbors. Collaboratively with Toll Brothers City Living, Gemdale, SLCE and INC. we have conceived a new, dynamic building for the neighborhood that communicates both history and modernity.” - Shohei Shigematsu
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hohei Shigematsu, the Director of the New York oﬃce, has been a driving force behind many of OMA’s projects, leading the ﬁrm’s diverse pormolio in the Americas for the past decade. With an emphasis on maximum speciﬁcity and process-oriented design, Sho is also responsible for delivering this project, providing design leadership and direc-on from their conceptual onset to completed construc-on. The design was conceived from its site which straddles two separate and diﬀerent neighborhoods: a quiet residen-al area surrounding Gramercy Park, an enclosed and private garden, and the bustling commercial space around Madison Square Park, a public park that hosts an array of ac-vi-es. The L-shaped site posed an opportunity to be informed by the two neighborhoods while ac-va-ng three street fronts. The concept emerges from this dualis-c condi-on, referencing Cubist artwork, in which objects are viewed from a mul-tude of viewpoints rather than a single one to represent the subject in a greater context. As such, the North Tower conveys the mee-ng of the two neighborhoods, realized through two interlocking planes that come together at 23rd and Lexington to form a dis-nct, three-dimensional corner. This ar-cula-on evokes a collage assembled from various reﬂec-ons of its surroundings. Ver-cally, the corner planes bend in and out, crea-ng unique views from the interiors up to the sky and down to the streets. On the street level, the corner is carved inwards, to widen the sidewalk and establish a clear entry point to the ground ﬂoor retail. From the expressive corner, the building’s two facades become more contextual as it nears its neighboring prewar buildings. Its precast panels become bolder as the façade transi-ons away from the corner, seamlessly establishing a visible gradient from new to historic. The black concrete highlights the windows to accentuate the grada-on.
The three-dimensional ar-cula-on con-nues on the 13-story South Tower, which features an undula-ng grid of punched windows overlooking 22nd Street. The tower houses the main residen-al entry and a funnel-shaped lobby within leads to an enclosed breezeway and central valley that connect the two towers. 140 | G&G _ Magazine
The valley is a calm oasis amidst the busyness of 23rd Street and Lexington and is centered around residen-al ameni-es and balconies, establishing an inside-outside living within the complex. The interior façade of the two towers facing the courtyard resonate with the three-dimensionality
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of the exterior façade—a ribbon of volumetric balconies provide a sculptural view up to the sky. Although similar in form, the valley’s materiality of light, perforated aluminum enhances daylight while giving the courtyard its own unique identity.
A CASCADE OF EXPERIENCES Among the Austrian Alps, in a small village named Lermoos, noa* unveils its latest project: a wellness area devised as a theatre with numerous different interpretations of the available space. A new, fresh take on the traditional Spa concept. Photography by Alex Filz 144 | G&G _ Magazine
“The majestic and powerful presence of the mountain itself was our test bench. The Zugspitze generally – and its beauty, strength, and formal complexity specifically – was our inspiration and the project’s protagonist. The new wellness area is conceived as a theatre’s stalls, an ideal location to admire that extraordinary masterpiece. Guests are cocooned in a relaxing environment which harmonises with the environment. Our challenge is to create structures which expand and intensify the perception of spaces, thus creating restorative areas which stir new emotions in visitors.” - Christian Rottensteiner, architect
his new wellness area named Mohr Life Resort is situated in Lermoos, one of the oldest skiing areas in Tirol just an 80-km drive from Innsbruck. Here noa* leverages the incredible nature at the heart of Tirol, Austria, to design a contemporary and ‘s-rring’ building. The glass and cement are in constant dialogue with the environment’s morphology, culture, and history. The building features a unique view across the spacious Ehrwalder Becken valley peppered with old farmhouses and barns; what’s more, the imposing 3,000 meters of the Zugspitze mountain - which represents a geographical border between Austria and
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Germany. The new wellness area at the Mohr Life Resort stretches out across 600 sqm and features a roofed infrastructure built from scratch and an outdoor area with a swimming pool.
The glass and cement structure extends horizontally to create an ar-ﬁcial rib, mirrored by the dry-stone walls running along its side. The project was speciﬁcally designed considering the gently sloping terrain and develops across two levels: this creates a height diﬀerence which allowed for the crea-on of the swimming pool. A sober and light building in the landscape obtained by the aggrega-on of simple shapes: glass cubes placed across the two levels create the structural grid for the ediﬁce’s skeleton.
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The swimming pool represents the natural extension of the wellness area. It extends into the open and features chill-out areas boas-ng diﬀerent sensorial experiences. Six ‘island boxes’ dot the water basin, reﬂec-ng the structure overlooking the pool: however, the group of shapes virtually dissolves and opens up the view across the landscape as much as possible. Both the indoor and outdoor elements of the pool feature ‘islands’ oﬀering guests original and essen-al experiences.
Using a reﬂec-ve glass surface delivers an unexpected, scenic eﬀect: the diﬀerent shapes virtually fade into the background and meld into a ‘screen’ mirroring the gargantuan silhouepe of the Zugspitze. And there’s more. The pool runs ﬂush along the length of the Spa’s glass front, thus doubling the image of the mountain thanks to impacmul chroma-c mirror eﬀects.
While the outer structure is all lines and stark shapes, its traits become softer, more organic, enveloping the viewer into its embrace once inside the building. The tension created by the contrast between indoor and outdoor language enriches the building both aesthetically and formally. The relaxation areas were developed to look like theatre stages with a view across the mountain. Every ‘booth’ includes two deckchairs featuring different designs: open, spacious areas with huge swings hanging from the ceiling enshrouded by drapery or metal cones framing the mountain alternate with closed balconies delivering increased privacy and relaxation with an omnipresent mountain view. Speciﬁc light sources where used to provide illumina-on, including atmosphere lights inspired by a glass sphere. Depending on the environment, the ﬁxtures come in diﬀerent versions: scenic lamps following the twists and turns of the spiral staircase, or a thread of light bulbs reminiscent of the lights in a theatre’s dressing room. 150 | G&G _ Magazine
The ground ďŹ‚oor features a private lounge; a lobby and bar for refreshments; a Spa and scenic sauna for approximately 20 people featuring a mini bistro reminiscent of cinema halls, as well as changing booths and showers.
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WITTMAN ESTES ARCHITECTURE+LANDSCAPE PROJECTED A SERIES OF FAMILY CABINS HIDDEN IN THE FOREST AND OVERLOOKING WASHINGTON'S HOOD CANAL, LOCATED ON A 1.13ACRE SITE ATOP A BLUFF ON A WOODED SITE ON THE WESTERN SHORE OF HOOD CANAL IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. Photography by Andrew Pogue 154 | G&G _ Magazine
â€œAs avid bird watchers and naturalists, the clients wanted an indoor outdoor family retreat that would immerse them in the stillness of the forest and capture the delicate Washington sunlight and views toward Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains to the west.â€? - Matt Wittman
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Built on the site in 1962, the original dark and opaque cedar cabin leq the owners feeling cut oﬀ from nature, and they asked for a indoor outdoor retreat that would allow them to be closer to the land and also house an expanded program of three addi-onal bedrooms and sleeping quarters for their extended family. The project has three elements: the repurposed 20’x20’ footprint of the original cabin, the cabin addi-on and a new bunkhouse and bathroom to the north. The clients had careers in hydrology and forestry (and had a deep love for trees, soils, and the richness of the natural world), and wildlife photography (with extensive interna-onal travel to capture images of birds and other animals in their na-ve habitats). Their grown children work as natural resource scien-sts and spend much of their -me deeply engaged with the outdoors. With family living across the country, the family yearned for a place to draw them together in one place. The vision was a retreat where the family
could be together and celebrate their passion for being outdoors and connect with the na-ve ﬂora and fauna of Hood Canal. The clients wanted a retreat where they could watch birds and take in the nature of the Hood Canal. While they loved modern architecture, they did not want a building that was overly expressive of itself. They asked for a set of simple structures that would allow them to be close to the land. This resonated with Wipman, who had an apprecia-on for the simple vernacular structures of his rural childhood on a ranch in northern Idaho, and ac-vely designs buildings allowing people to “experience the beauty of nature through architecture.” The family sought a place where their friends and family could gather together while also experiencing a moment of solitude and reﬂec-on. The three single story volumes with large glass openings, sliding doors, and con-nuous decks allow for such gathering and reﬂec-on.
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â€œUnlike most birds, the killdeer doesnâ€™t bring outside vegetation to build its nest - it pulls away the existing brush, burrowing into the existing forest, and nesting on the ground.â€?
The architecture defers to the landscape, inspired by nature and in particular the native killdeer bird. This project seeks a similar relationship with the ground that feels both connected to and protected from the elements of nature.
Reclaimed beams and siding from the original cabin were re-purposed as countertops and interior cladding. Simple details and a restrained material palepe kept the construc-on budget to a minimum.
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Sunlight warms the plywood walls and ceilings, grazing the warm cedar boards and cast-in-place concrete—allowing shadow and light to transform the simple interior into something more complex and subtle. In the main cabin, the indoor-outdoor kitchen has a pass-through window that extends the interior countertop into the outdoor concrete counter and built in wood barbecue. There is a built-in Murphy bed that allows the main cabin to be a ﬂexible sleeping area when needed. High clerestory windows allow views outdoors and natural light inside. A reclaimed cast iron tub in the master bath creates the feeling of soaking in the outdoors without interrup-ng moments of repose. Outside, the rough sawn cedar siding and cement panel ﬁnishes pa-na naturally over -me un-l the cabin volumes converge with the colors of the forest. This inside-outside connec-on is how the architects approach building sensi-vely in nature.
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Responding to an urgent need in Los Angeles for housing catered to formerly homeless veterans and chronically homeless and low-income households, LOHA collaborated with Clifford Beers Housing to transform a vacant, unimproved lot in South LA into a 100% affordable housing community. Photography by Paul Vu
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OHA’s LEED Gold design for this project aims to create an environment that encourages health and community, acknowledging that successful social spaces come through a variety of planned and organic strategies. LOHA incorporates several design strategies that open the building towards the street and foster a sense of community within the neighborhood. Priori-zing social equity, health, and well-being of residents over isola-on, we opted for an L-shaped typology that allows every apartment to receive sunlight and cross ven-la-on, reducing the need for hea-ng, cooling, and ar-ﬁcial light, and allowing for the inclusion of an elevated green pa-o for residents to relax and socialize away from the noise of the street. This building employs the latest strategies in environmentally responsible, forward-thinking green design to maximize space and beneﬁt the en-re community. The building was cer-ﬁed LEED Gold and features include high-eﬃciency hea-ng and cooling, appliances and ﬁxtures, solar water hea-ng, electric vehicle charging and bike parking. At the street level LOHA’s design capitalizes on a requirement for on-site parking by crea-ng an elevated community garden and social hub for residents and neighbors, that sits atop the street level parking. In order to establish a street presence, the parking is tucked behind a storefront space and a widened staircase that connects the street to the community spaces one level up. This stoop is a gathering space and a public gesture, encouraging the types of resident and neighborhood interac-on oqen missing in suppor-ng housing. The goal of the two retail units at the street level, is to generate income that will help subsidize the housing while providing workforce training to residents so that they can transi-on back into society.
The units are designed for individuals and families, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms each with their own bathroom, and all are equipped with kitchens and living spaces. Tenants are encouraged to use the shared ameni-es in the community room, which has shared kitchen and dining areas for cooking classes, potlucks, group therapy, and other planned / impromptu gatherings.
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An outdoor garden with drought-tolerant plants and raised-bed edible gardens connects the community room to the living spaces, giving residents a place to relax and socialize. All the units are accessed through exterior walkways. While the unit layouts are efficiently identical on each floor, the walkways vary in width for a more dynamic, staggered elevation and to create more informal gathering spaces and opportunities for residents to socialize. Further advancing previous experience working with Clifford Beers Housing and other supportive housing organizations like the Skid Row Housing Trust, LOHAâ€™s design acknowledges the successful track record these housing complexes have had with integrating various populations, bringing supportive services in-house, and creating uplifting living environments for people to thrive.
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