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G&G _ Magazine N°20 – July 2020


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Food. Music. Culture. Creativity. And that’s just to start 20 October 2020 - 10 April 2021 Expo 2020 Dubai will be a once-in-a-lifetime global celebration, opening up a world of wonder, excitement and hope for millions of visitors from around the world. Taking place for six months, it will offer something for everyone, irrespective of age, nationality or interest. Through the theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 Dubai provides a platform to encourage creativity, innovation and collaboration across our three subthemes: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

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When the content is finished, the container can be reused! In each package, there is a seed-stick which can be planted inside, giving the opportunity to the consumer to grow their own herbs. Due to its biodegradable quality, the container can be incorporated into the ground leaving zero residues.

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ear Reader, We are in the middle of Summer and, as in all issues, we have reserved for you a selection of the Design Trends to follow this season. This time we opted for a series of colours that don't leave anyone dissatisfied: there is something for all tastes! From the strong colours of yellow and red to the lighter shades of green to the basic ones like beige and white. And for all handicraft fans, there are Special Stories from Portuguese companies that have distinguished themselves for their passion for creating unique products: where art meets design. On the other hand, let's not neglect the strong moment of social unease that we continue to live. This is the reason why we have tried to select projects that bring us closer to Nature in order to be able to experience this period of fragility to the fullest. Whether it's a hotel in the middle of the mountains or a lake house or a residence with ocean views - each project is aimed at inspiring us to spend more time outdoors, in close contact with the environment around us. That said, go out and enjoy nature, with this edition!

Sutta was born in Japan in 2014 as a creative amalgam formed by design and silkscreen experts and is engaged in manufacturing that combines creativity and craftsmanship. Sutta's flagship products are stationery, such as greeting cards and notebooks, and, in particular, greeting cards printed only in black with highly evaluated architectural motifs. By making good use of design and silkscreen techniques, Sutta has expanded its activities in Japan and overseas while offering various wellmade daily necessities with artistic value at affordable prices. Indeed, Sutta has been involved in a great deal of collaboration with companies, museums, and organizations, both in Japan and abroad. To respond to its clients’ requests, Sutta makes design modifications until both parties are completely satisfied, and adjust them until all requirements are realized. Besides creating original products, the brand receives requests from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and so on, to create custom-made designs.

121-1 IKAWADANICHOBEFU NISHI-KU KOBE, JAPAN 651-2115 TEL: +81-78-974-9336 | FAX: +81-78-974-9366 info@sutta.jp | sutta.jp


GANDGMAGAZINE.EU INTERIORS Conserva House The architect Jose Costa designes its own house in Valencia - the most personal, intimate and necessary project an architect can face.

RESTAURANTS Projected by W Office in collaboration with Domisilium Studio for interior design, Kayu-Kayu is a restaurant and venue space created for family gathering, corporate events and hangout place located in the Indonesian city of Tangerang.

ARCHITECTURE Projected by BIAD-ZXD ARCHITECTS, the Dunhuang Tourism Distributing Center, located on the south side of Yangguan Avenue, must be passed in order to enter the city of Dunhuang. This project is the “Portal” to Dunhuang tourism.


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Design trends A selection of colours for all tastes that will accompany you during this Summer. Each colour is perfect for making your homes cosy and trendy!

Monili Cornet by AYTM

Dutch Parade Wallpaper by CREATIVE LAB AMSTERDAM


Candy Armchair by MUNNA DESIGN



Marshmallow Sofa by ROYAL STRANGER

#SUMMER2020 Atomic Suspension lamp by CIRCU

Ceramic tea pot white by HKliving

Dixon Chair by JETCLASS

Avalanche Dining table by KOKET

Cocktail Chair by KOKET

Equus Ceramic by SARTORIA

Blanc de Blanc


Branch Center table by PARDO

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Luceo Lamp by AYTM



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Open the doors of MOON PALACE and discover a world of luxurious and timeless decorative objects MOON PALACE has been designing and selecting exclusive decorative objects since 1985 in close collaboration with local crafts around the world. The most noble and delicate materials are reworked by hand with great attention to detail and finish. The African buffalo horn, but also shagreen and mother-ofpearl are transformed by hand into photo frames, storage boxes, lamp stands, necklaces and eclectic objects. Timeless objects that cross the seasons and are part of our daily lives. All with respect for man and nature. Tel: +32 475 53 54 60 / info@moon-palace.be / www.moon-palace.be




Ribbon Pouf by JETCLASS


Bloom Chair by KOKET

Dining chair by HKliving

Cuban Sand


Artsy Stones Wallpaper by HOUSE FRAME


Carousel I Suspension lamp by UTU

Memoir Coat rack by DANTE - GOODS AND BADS


Minima Moralia Room divider by DANTE - GOODS AND BADS

Chraft eclectic Pillow by BRABBU

Monsieur T 2 Seat by MUNNA DESIGN

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Varia Sculptural vase by AYTM


Pistachio green


Polaire Armchair by MUNNA DESIGN

Revolution Suspension lamp by UTU

Rukay Bold Armchair by BRABBU

Royalis Rug by RUG’ SOCIETY


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Magnolia I Suspension lamp by UTU


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Cultural revival petrjanda/brainwork completed the program and the 1st phase of architectural revitalization of the Prague riverfront area that was built as a quay and transshipment point. The architectural design responds to the context of the place and works with minimal artistic means that allow purging of the existing shapes and relations and finding new interconnection views and possibilities arising from the environment of the embankment. www.petrjanda.com


Subtle elegance

G.T.Design brings the textile element in 565 Broome, the new luxury project signed Renzo Piano in New York, a thirty-story building in the heart of Soho with breathtaking views on the city and the Hudson river. 565 Broome is the result of a collaboration between Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the Paris interior design firm RDAI and Italian developers Bizzi & Partners Development. G.T.Design designed the interiors of a duplex model apartment, providing custom textiles for the flooring in the living area, the bedrooms and the bathrooms. www.gtdesign.it

Simple to see, loyal over the time

Zazzeri launchs X ONE, a fascinating operation of restyling/redesign of the historic collection TREND, the first project by Arch. Fabrizio Batoni. The new washbasin tap comes with a new cylindrical-shaped throttle that does not include any type of lever. A clean and essential shape that allows maximum customization thanks to the possibility of choosing the throttle, in addition to the available finishes of the collection, also in 10 pastel colors. www.zazzeri.it

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Touch of class

Stellar Works launches the first of its new 2020 collections with pieces by Neri&Hu and OEO Studio Neri&Hu, creative directors of Stellar Works, present the Stack chair. This lightweight, multi-purpose chair is designed with a thin tubular steel frame, which acts as the supporting element for the seat but also follows the entire silhouette of the chair as a distinctive design feature. While Danish designers OEO Studio have collaborated with Stellar Works since the company was founded and, this year, present Seiton - a new versatile modular storage system that can be adapted to form high and low shelving and cabinet options. www.stellarworks.com

Characterful furniture

As part of its 2020 collection launches, Stellar Works unveils its first collaboration with globally renowned design studio Nendo on its distinctive piece, Blend. It's a three-legged bar stool made from black metal frame and solid wood in walnut and oak. The main design feature of Blend is the formation of the legs, with one ‘melting-away’ in the middle. This slight structural change transforms the direction of force through the stool and how it is applied. www.stellarworks.coom

Fluid spatiality

Stay strong!

At the moment we are living in, it’s important to be together. For this reason, iSiMAR has rethought the concept social distancing to create Social Designing. It presents Mario screen, a modular system for creating spaces for indoor and outdoor use. www.isimar.es

The photographer Ivo Tavares shows a new project from the atelier in Porto, Paulo Moreira Architectures, which consists of a complete transformation of the property in order to fulfil the required programme: a detached house, with a living room/kitchen, two bedrooms, study, garage and guest annexe. www.ivotavares.net


Small and refined

On to new horizons

noa* presents its latest project at the idyllic VÜlser Weiher lake in South Tyrol: Lake House VÜls, where the modern design concept merges with well-loved tradition to deliver architecture that works in harmony with nature. It's a small but attractive swimming hut with attached public changing rooms and sanitary facilities that, in addition, offers beautifully framed perspectives of views of the lake, forest and mountain. The lessthan-conspicuous architecture highlights the flora, giving it space to gently insert itself. Every element of the project demonstrates noa’s* commitment to handling natural environments responsibly and with care while remaining true to their architectural standards. www.noa.network

Conceived to save space, small desks have become, in recent years, a fixed piece of furniture in the contemporary home. Therefore, Thonet presents the S 1200 desk by Randolf Schott, specially designed to create a study corner in the home. His design is inspired by the collection of classic Bauhaus style furniture developed in the Thonet house. The S 1200 desk rests on a tubular steel frame, whose inclination is designed precisely to allow the person to stand up comfortably even in the case in which the secretary is placed in a narrow corridor or in a niche. www.thonet.de

A balanced contrast

With its structure in lacquered metal and rattan, base in terrazzo and glass globes, the new Frame table lamp by UTU will be sure to bring out your room in full illumination bloom. www.utulamps.com


Game of contrasts

Designed by Gumdesign for antoniolupi, Bolgheri is the new freestanding sink by antoniolupi that reflects the flavors and colors of the Tuscan tradition. An object with essential geometry and an innovative consistency. Bolgheri is born from the combination of two antithetical materials, totally natural cork and Cristalmood which is the result of the most advanced technology. antoniolupi, forerunner of trends in the world of bathroom and living furniture, today breaks down the existing boundaries between different materials, creating an evocative object that draws inspiration from the 'small villages set like stones' on the hills of Tuscany and from where the object takes its name. www.antoniolupi.it 40 | G&G _ Magazine



Urban modern

London based interior design firm The Living Room, has created an elegant and sleek bar concept for former England footballer, Ashley Cole. The goal was to guarantee comfort within the home, whilst still allowing for a stylish, modern and vibrant living space. Within the bar, bar chairs and upholstered panels ooze a soulful green, whilst the cabinetry is in a matt black finish with brass trims. The emerald green is a burst of colour in an otherwise neutral palette throughout the home, making the room a statement feature. Art deco inspired brass panels are repeated again, allowing for the separation between the bar area from the formal dining room and is one of the favourite design features throughout. architectural form enhanced by the use of red chain. www.thelivingroomlondon.com 42 | G&G _ Magazine

Maximum control

Flos is glad to present its new innovative and highly technological lighting fixtures, specifically developed to illuminate contract spaces: Light Shadow Pro, Flos Architectural design, a revolutionary downlight for perfect glare control for offices, retail spaces and domestic. The luminous elements of this collection houses an innovative bifocal silicone lens, specially developed by Flos, which guarantees extreme control of the light beam while maintaining high efficiency, heat resistance and maximum quality in the distribution of light. www.flos.com

A sense of home

Cream projected EDO shoes shop, located in the municipality of Sitges, a coastal town close to Barcelona, linked to fashion, tourism and leisure, but above all it is a very characteristic Mediterranean place. The objective was to give a unique and attractive image of EDO, in harmony with the materials, offering a special degree of intimacy for the client and with a contained cost. Address: Calle Jesus 7, 08870 – Sitges, Barcelona (Spain)


Touch the quality!

MIG, a Veneto-based industrial group composed by four furniture excellences, JESSE, ROTALIANA, SINETICA, SITLAND and two mechanical and component companies, MWM, SACEMI GAMAR, responds to the crisis by focusing on the enhancement of Made in Italy and its global expansion through the opening of a large showroom in Milan that joins to the recent openings in London and Beijing, to offer international markets complete and innovative design solutions also aimed at contract and retail. With a prestigious position in the central via della Spiga, the new hub is an exclusive showcase for the companies of the group that comes to life in a stately building of the '700, of which the interior architecture was carried out by the architect Tadao Ando. Address: Via della Spiga 48, 20121 – Milan (Italy)



Feel at home Cobermaster Concept develops and manufactures premium vintage and industrial inspired furniture, has developed a new line of premium office furniture inspired by the family atmosphere. The company is committed to transforming corporate offices into places that allow the creativity, good humor and productivity of the people who work there every day. For this, it is betting on a concept that brings the workplaces closer to the home environment , more relaxed and welcoming. This is a good way for companies to compensate for the long hours their employees spend at the workplace. In response to market demands, Cobermaster Concept created an internal interior design department to be able to present turnkey solutions to the customer. The company is able to manage the entire process of decorating or remodeling offices and business spaces in a turnkey concept. www.cobermasterconcept.com

Luxury In every detail Royal Stranger is an exclusive furniture brand determined to deliver the best state of the handmade furniture, obtained by the fusion of design, art and the best craftsmanship. Its team works every day to create meaningful products that represent values such as passion, function, aesthetics and know-how. Values that are meant to represent Royal Stranger’s DNA. This dedication is present at all stages of production and the combination of craftsmanship and innovative design contributes to the final purpose: to produce certified highquality products, made with passion and expertise. The products are manufactured with a serious compromise to quality, attention to detail and accuracy in order to achieve a transcendental virtue. Royal Stranger is constantly seeking new solutions and bets on innovation, without ever losing the knowledge of our craftsmen. www.royalstranger.com

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Artistic furniture Malabar designs and crafts exclusive artisanal furniture with a distinct artistic aesthetic and proves that it can be art too. Malabar design identity is based on modernizing the architectural and artistic heritage of the past 5 centuries, both Portuguese and international, involving with fine art while seeking to evoke moods through its statement pieces. Its unique furniture offer is defined as a preference for noble woods and exquisite marbles. With design in the minds and passion in the hearts, Malabar's team thrive to contribute to the world’s art. Every and each piece, from its concept to its physical form, is heartfully conceived through hours of hard work. The synergy between its designers and artisans is what makes Malabar’s art possible, sharing it across the globe, in different countries and cultures, through exhibitions and trade shows. www.malabar.com.pt 48 | G&G _ Magazine


Fluid shapes Albino Miranda launched Gansk - a new lighting and furniture brand designed for Indoor and Outdoor environments, in order to serve markets that look for something simple and elegant, proposing innovative, modern and sophisticated fiberglass furniture. Gansk's products are produced by hand, in a rigorous process that ensures their quality, and are mostly made of fiberglass-reinforced resin, an innovative and highly resistant material, which, when combined with noble materials such as wood veneers, marbles, brass, etc, give each product this unique identity and the ability to adapt to the most varied decorative environments. Gansk's versatility is also a strong feature, allowing each customer to adapt their pieces to the needs of their decoration, both in terms of finish, size and shape. www.gansk.pt

“Each piece is a work of art, a balance between contemporary design with the old handwork techniques of the craftsman.� Albino Miranda, CEO and sculptor


Unique aesthetic

Mezzo Collection is the response to an urge to create mid-century inspired furniture with a modern signature. The brand gathers its inspiration from the everyday life of the golden years, from music to art and entertainment to politics. It seeks to find a perfect balance between the timeless and modern aesthetics and the vintage design, creating a harmonious encounter amidst the past and present. Each piece of furniture represents a glorious travel through the 50s and 60s, by retrieving the vintage classics yet reinterpreted with a modern twist. Bold, timeless and sophisticated, Mezzo is reinventing a modern approach to mid-century style, through its distinctive lines, easily recognizable, and by offering a glimpse into the mid-century without never leaving the present. www.mezzocollection.com

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More than Fuction The intention of Emotional Objects was never to follow trends and fashion but creating objects as future classics that stand out from the crowd, pushing forward, testing boundaries and never stop innovating. There are real people behind Emotional Objects' objects. In most cases, second or third generation of Portuguese craftsmen who spend all their lives learning and mastering their art, creating perfectly imperfect pieces, handmade. All Emotional Objects are designed and manufactured with the purpose of making a connection with people. Far from transparency, they provoke reactions, happy sensations, as a smile, or even passion. www.emotionalobjects.com

“Our luxury might not be the luxury for others. Beyond function, we believe that our objects must arise for their originality, edginess and high quality. We make exclusive furniture with the best materials that we can find and excellent techniques. For us, that´s luxury. Unique objects that provide pleasure and happiness to their owners. Just like art, superfluous.”


Magic world Creativity was the starting point for all Fairytale's designs, making its products seem to have come straight from fantasy stories we used to hear about when we were children. Fairytale gathers its inspiration from the magical stories’ movies, where the imagination has no limits, trying to recreate the dreamy universe of spells. Each piece represents an unimaginable travel to their imaginative world, where they live as they were the main characters of their own stories. Fairytale seeks to make all the children’s dreams come true, turning any kids' room into a beautiful fairy tale. Creating ambiances where children can be surrounded by joy and happiness and places where they can play and give wings to their imagination is what moves Fairytale. www.fairytale.com

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“We want to leave our footprint in their growth and be a happy and sweet memory of any kid’s history.” Firmino Carvalho, CEO and Head Designer

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HOLIDAYS AT THE BEACH Zooco estudio presents Oasis Lanz Beach Mate, a hotel complex located in the central-east area of the island of Lanzarote. Photography by Imagen Subliminal


asis Lanz Beach Mate, located in Costa Teguise, is one of Lanzarote’s most attractive tourist destinations. It is the ideal place to relax and disconnect, and also do sports, have fun and enjoy. On a plot in a rectangular shape, small white constructions are located and grouped generating two central spaces in its interior in which the outdoor interrelation environments are developed. Two swimming pools, all outdoor and

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developed. Two swimming pools, all outdoor and heated, are surrounded by large, well-kept gardens dotted with palm trees. To strengthen the unity of the entire complex, Zooco estudio cleaned the ornaments and decorative elements that generated a disorganized and confusing image. It has chosen for the existing white color as a base, and blue for all exterior carpentry and enclosures, as well as the use of glass, basalt and bamboo, generating a very harmonious set with the environment, elegant and captivating.

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In the central northwest area, there is a building on the ground floor, which has been completely renovated and houses the hotel reception, a sales room, the gym and a service area with laundry, and spaces dedicated to hotel staff. In this building, a neutral base is also committed, on which large wooden slat furniture is developed. This piece collects and embraces different uses such as the reception desk, the back office, toilets, offices and living areas.

In the southeast area, a new basaltic stone building has been built, a pool bar where people can taste the exclusive food selection and delicious cocktails. It is characterized by large bamboo pergolas at different heights, which generate outdoor spaces protected from the sun. 64 | G&G _ Magazine

The small buildings, of two and three heights, house the accommodation units, with various typologies, double rooms with lounge, studios, and apartments with kitchen. All units have been reformed, following the same criteria regardless of the type. A palette of soft colors is used: white, beige, gray, wood, enhanced with touches of blue, both in the carpentry and in the ceramic elements. A common resource is repeated throughout the complex. The use of a lattice generated with various materials, which is represented inside the rooms, and in the glass door of access to the bathroom, as well as on the outside of the complex, in blue metallic. Address: Av. del Jablillo, 5, 35508 - Costa Teguise, Las Palmas (Spain) 66 | G&G _ Magazine

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Trendy, cool and dynamic, the Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel designed by Studio Marco Piva is an example of groundbreaking innovative luxury design with pioneering concepts, including an open space reception, concierge services, spaciousness and brightness rooms with specific design. Photography by Andrea Martiradonna


tudio Marco Piva designed the intervention of the Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel with the purpose of creating a contemporary product albeit complying with some traditional standards. Indeed, the challenge was to uncover the original building, which had been reshaped over the years, clean it up and recover some original architectural elements. Matter is paramount and creates perceptively surprising spaces, giving them a specific weight. Stone and marble recall the monumental nature of Rome, whereas bronze was chosen as a reference to the huge hinges on the Pantheon entrance door. A special led lighting system frames the entire ground floor area geometrically, recalling the compositional principles classic architecture is based on. Here, a perspective of bronze arches and white gypsum vaults, Sahara Noir stoneware floors, welcomes the guest when entering the hotel. Reception and lobby desks are sculptural Calacatta-gold marble monoliths that seem to float in a shiny black lake.

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On the sixth floor, the hotel presents the Divinity Restaurant and, on the other side of the building, the Divinity Terrace Lounge Bar. Divinity Restaurant is a space that evokes the seven planetary divinities, elegant and pure marble and metals, and a view over the eternal city that is simply enchanting. The sleek lines of the restaurant and comfortable outdoor sofas make this the ideal space for business or pleasure, with a view that will quite simply take your breath away. While Divinity Terrace Lounge Bar recalls the seven planetary gods the Pantheon is consecrated to, celebrated with dedicated cocktails. The materials replicate those used in the common areas. Also here, light is created by the architectural shapes, while some elegant design chandeliers become iconic items characterising the scenes of some common areas.

The 79 sunny and spacious rooms, arranged in five floors, have a contemporary design with soft leather-covered paneling along all walls. Studio Marco Piva has developed an intense variation of colours, giving each of the five floors a specific identity, through different chromatic choices. The idea was to create mini-apartments with the functionalities and services of a luxury hotel. From this point of view, The Pantheon - Iconic Rome Hotel aims to make guests feel as if they are living in an elegant, noble Roman palace, making the most not to look like an

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accommodating facility. Wardrobes have been designed as minimum, independent units, aggregated in vertical blocks standing on a common base, like columns on a single pedestal. In the bathrooms, emphasis is laid on Roman classicism. The grandeur of red Lepanto marble, combined with the transparency of glass and the materiality of stoneware, recalls the traditional stone roughness “worked� by time, thus outlining a space that recalls the stone decorations of the nearby Pantheon and, in the mirror, its luminous oculus.

In the suites, the wardrobe system offers specialised units like frigo-bar, wine cellar, tea and coffee corner, safe and lastly, fitted into special glass cases, a collection of artworks designed by Marco Piva and taken, at style level, from the Pantheon. The artworks tell a more complete, harmonic story of the hotel, going from architecture to interiors and then on to design and art items. Reference to the outside continues in other representative room elements, like the central ceiling light: it recalls (with its graphics) the geometry of the “temple of all gods� dome and, together with the adjustable, dimmable appliques on the brass headboard contributes to create a perfect dualism between matter and light. Address: Via di S. Chiara, 4/A, 00186 - Rome (Italy) 76 | G&G _ Magazine


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LANDSCAPE MAPA Architects presented Sacromonte Landscape Hotel in Maldonado, a city in southeastern Uruguay. This new structure substitutes the concept of contiguous rooms with exclusive cabins scattered through the landscape, but at the same time with the comfort and sophistication of urban hotels. Photography by Leonardo Finotti & Tali Kimelman


acromonte Landscape Hotel is an invitation to approach the world of fine wines in a remote natural setting, where sophistication and the rudimentary coexist in a new experience of the landscape. The hotel is nestled in the privileged location of the wild sierras of eastern Uruguay. At an equal distance between Punta del Este, José Ignacio and Pueblo Garzón, it is a unique ecosystem to be enjoyed with a singular spirit. Nature, production, infrastructure and the palpable energy of the site configure a field of stimuli to be discovered; a field of experiences. In this idyllic landscape, young vineyards adapted to the unique characteristics of its soil, interact with a hill from which the entire spot may be observed, with its lush grasslands, natural spring water reservoirs and several streams that run through the valley densely surrounded by pristine vegetation. It is the contemporary explorer who will rewrite its own script, costarring the landscape while walking through a wide range of scenarios. Besides, the structure will be part of a young constellation of small Uruguayan wineries of recent international recognition as producers of small quantities of premium wines. A unique feature of Sacromonte’s vineyards is the terroir, a result of its location in the wild sierras of Maldonado, with steep hillsides facing north and its rocky soils, rich in mica schist and granite.

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The hotel includes 13 cabins (4 shelters and 9 landscape shelters) reachable through winding paths that replace the corridors. Here, a network of elements that amplify the experience of the landscape is in place, intended to enhance unexplored spots: an open chapel among the vineyards and paths, trails and tracks activated by programs for the enjoyment of wine, culture and art. This structure is a sustainable venture, which includes the environmental dimension in all its decisions. Prefab buildings, low-emissivity glass, living roofs, the use of local materials for onsite works, an organic vegetable garden, electric cars for transport, renewable energy, the rational use of fertilizers, the use of spring waters and the eco-friendly wastewater treatment system are a few of the strategies that make the hotel a field of harmoniously coexisting events. 82 | G&G _ Magazine

The cabins give preference to constructive simplicity and the efficient use of materials thanks to the modular metal structure, a blend of steel framing and light steel framing. Finishing is simple and expressive. Materials are used in harmony with their nature. In sharp contrast, the walls supporting the prefab modules are built onsite with local stones and take diverse organic shapes adapted to each placement. Circular pools, composing a new sensory experience of the landscape, complement them. The faรงades od the cabins are composed by a sheet of one-way mirror, covering the cabin with an almost magical effect, creating a tense limit between both the camouflage and the rhythm of nature and the unreal sheen of technology and modern times.

The space is organized in a sequence of longitudinal layers of different thicknesses, between which daily life develops. The rear plane of the cabins is composed by piles of wood logs, reminiscent of woodpiles typical of lifestyles in natural settings. The following layer hosts the wet areas such as the bathroom and the kitchen, a fireplace and a reading nook ideal for just reading or sleeping a siesta, sheltered by the landscape. Separated by a wood plane, follows the main space containing the bedroom, living and dining room, which opens fully onto the landscape it is inserted in and of which it is an integral part. Address: Cno. La Guillermina CarapĂŠ - Maldonado (Uruguay)

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Cultural Experimentation Helga Faletti Studio presents Combo Torino: the new generation hostel for travellers and for Turin people who reinvents the features of low cost hospitality.

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"The opening of Turin is a stage important because it completes the first phase of the project. With Venice, Milan and Turin we start to have a widespread presence in the area and we have the ambition to become the first chain of 100% Italian hostels, with 5 new locations in the next 3 years." - Roberto Franchi, CEO of Combo 88 | G&G _ Magazine

After the opening in Venice and Milan, Combo arrives in Turin, near Porta Palazzo, with its vision to be an "open" place capable of welcoming with simplicity and informality. Someone presents a book, someone else exposes his project, others drink coffee. There are those who are stop for a lunch, a drink at the end of the day or someone who works with his laptop while enjoying a snack. Meanwhile, upstairs, you are staying in private or shared functional rooms. All at the same time. Combo is a place of multiplicity, in the Turin district that more than any other, it’s a kaleidoscope of coexistence and energy. Combo was born in the ex-fire station, in a complex that dates to 1883, abandoned for more than 20 years. It has been redesigned thanks to the work of architect Ole Sondresen and interior

designer Helga Faletti with an accurate and conscious recovery intervention. Soul and beating heart of Combo is the large ground floor with its 2,500 square meters of interior and exterior. Here, the silos-shaped reception recalls the water accumulators, and the self check-in stations, placed on long poles, tell the public the story of the former barracks. Also on the ground floor, there is Atlas Room, a large soundproofed room characterized by the original rough walls, overlooking the internal courtyard and equipped with all audio / video technologies, it’s the ideal space to organize projections, events and private parties. In the central area, long picnic tables for snacks, a large central stage and the "tub" to host concerts and performances by local and international artists.

"Porta Palazzo was an inspiration for the entire Combo project with its authenticity, contamination and magic." - Michele Denegri, founder of the project

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Combo Torino is also a place for breakfast at the bar, lunch/dinner with a cuisine inspired by the extraordinary variety of Porta Palazzo, or simply a coffee or a glass of wine. Here, the environment is characterized by unique furnishings: large common tables in solid Italian

wood, comfortable sofas covered in cotton and linen coated in liquid rubber and original rocking chairs in recycled plastic. Particular attention was given to the soundproofing of the rooms, guaranteed by one flooring made with recycled tires and sound-absorbing panels.

The first and second floors of the building are intended for the reception of travelers and have private and shared rooms, from 2 to 7 beds. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, free wi-fi and lockers for storing your belongings personal. All furnishings are custom made based on original designs and are produced by Piedmontese artisans who have recovered ancient processes adapting them to one contemporary need. A job started with the careful selection of noble materials to be modeled to create a furniture that, thanks to the concept of "adaptive reuse" and to a careful sensitivity to reduction of the environmental impact, recreates in the spaces what Combo is in the ideas: a place connected to the surrounding area. Besides, the beds reflect the identity of Combo: the platforms

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in solid oak wood - floating between the walls they create real personal spaces in which to sleep, relax, read or work. Individual lights, USB sockets, and room divider curtains guarantee the privacy of your niche. Helga Faletti chosen the red for the rooms - one of the dominant colors that wants to recall on one hand the old identity of the building and on the other create a vital and energetic space. The shared rooms are joined by double rooms and suites, the latter characterized by unique details: some on two levels with mezzanine, others with private balconies and still others that they recreate real Japanese tatami rooms. All with large lounge spaces and views of the square. Address: Corso Regina Margherita, 128, 10152 Turin (Italy)

"It'll be a house always open to all those who live and want to discover the neighborhood and the link with the Piazza will create the true energy of Combo."

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he hotel is located in the largest shopping mall in the Nordics, the Mall of Tripla: it’s a shopping centre, an entertainment centre, a train station, and the home and workplace of thousands of people. The idea was to create a hotel that was literally the opposite of the hustle and bustle of its busy surroundings. Fyra set out to tackle the challenge together with the design agency Werklig. The strategy centred on the idea of creating a hotel that, despite its massive proportions, was actually human-sized at heart. The result was a stylish and timeless hotel built on a sense of community and designed to feel like its own village. The hotel lobby opens up into the mall with a bar and cafe where people can taste dishes made by organic products, with a wide range of different diets. 96 | G&G _ Magazine

The sustainable development was part of the design process from the start. Both the materials used, and the style choices made have to stand the test of time. The hotel has no unnecessary elements at all. The hotel embodies modern Scandinavian design, which centres around light and light colours. Homage was paid to the environment of Pasila by using concrete, and inspiration was also drawn from the concept of grids. This hotel aimed to use new solutions to solve some of the most typical hotel problems, while also questioning the conventions of hotel design. The result is a range of new furniture solutions and floor plans, as well as new technical solutions designed to handle high volume and consumption. Cooperation with a local artists’ collective and Finnish villages enhanced the village-like feel. 98 | G&G _ Magazine

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The communal and homey feel extends from the public spaces all the way to the rooms. With 430 rooms, the Hotel Tripla is definitely large for Finland, but it doesn’t feel at all like a big hotel. The rooms are decorated simply and elegantly with natural colours and materials, offering to the clients a place for rest and relaxation. Thanks to the large windows that extend right down to the floor, the rooms give an awe-inspiring view of the Helsinki cityscape. The shining diamond of the hotel, the 66 m2 Sancy suite with a sauna, is located in the corner of the hotel’s 17th floor and has an amazing, panoramic view stretching out as far as the horizon. The suite’s decoration has taken inspiration from the world’s seventh largest diamond, “Le Grand Sancy”. The diamond belonged to Aurora Karamzin, a notable character in Pasila in the 19th century. The luxuriously soft

materials used for the decor, which reflect the colour tones of this exceptional diamond, as well as the carefully designed and refined details guarantee you an unforgettable experience. Address: Fredikanterassi 1B,00520 - Helsinki (Finland)



Located in Can Tho city, nearby the tranquil Mekong river, Space+ completed a villa with the modern style, adapted to Lotus Home Standard for Green Building (certified by Vietnam Green Building Council), respecting the environment and participating in contributes to the development of sustainable architecture in Vietnam.

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Space+ designed this villa with the aim to maximize the open space to gain the harmony with nature and enhance the bio-climatic comfort and the healthy, guarantying a sustainable architecture. The effort of prioritizing for green space, water surface, rainwater-absorbing surface, green roof are the main requests for this project. The house is divided clearly in calm and activity areas; each has been designed with open spaces, breeze block walls, appropriate layout of doors and windows in order to gain the convectional air

flow and bring the natural cool air to inside the house. The project has used eco-friendly materials as unbaked brick for wall partition, weather steel for fence and double-skin facade. Natural wood from the certified sustainable sources is used for floor and furniture. The combined use applied from natural ventilation and lighting, green roof, double skin façade, low-E glasses, has allowed the house to maintain the effective and economic purpose of artificial power’s use.

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The living room, dining room and kitchen are luxuriously designed. Each bedroom has an elegant modern design expressing the personality of the user. While the spiral staircase is an artistic highlight for the heart of the building. With full of light source from the tropical sun,

Space+ has brought the natural light system solution inside all rooms: indoor garden, skylight, larger windows, in order to use mostly natural light for daytime and members of family could easily see each other and enjoy the beauty of garden surrounding.

The garden has been created by local trees: mango, palm, bougainvillea, plumeria accompanied by an ecological fishpond with aquatic plants as lotus, water lily to help absorb rainwater. In the future, the owner can use the filter system to reuse rainwater into a source of pure drinking water.

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The master bedroom is in a quiet area but still has all the best views of the garden around the house. Other bedrooms are on the first floor, around a small and calm garden. Top floor is for relaxing with sauna facilities at the midst of nature. By using breeze blocks, the privacy has secured, and the natural ventilation is gained.


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“What started out as a normal interior architecture brief quickly evolved into my passion project with a focus on coupling global design and South African art and craftsmanship.”


eep overhangs and a restrained natural palette of materials blend into the beautiful natural surroundings while landscaped terraces on each level ensure that the building will settle even more effectively into its environment over time. The building mimics the existing contours of the site, sensitively ensuring that the views from neighbouring sites were unaffected or even improved. The interior décor and interior architecture has stylistic connections to the style modern movement of the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s. Each apartment effortlessly binds state-of-the-art technologies into the fabric of its functionality and existence with 24/7 security, services, and amenities that afford a lock-up-and-go lifestyle for summer or all-year-round living. Through the seamlessly integrated home automation system, almost any aspect of the villa can be remotely controlled and personalized, including the lift, pool and Wi-Fi. The client felt it was a natural choice to work with ARRCC and OKHA on reimagining South Villa’s interior architecture and interior design respectively. Together with SAOTA, these three companies are the leaders in their own rights and as a group, their skills and strengths are even further compounded.

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Entering Clifton Terraces via its stone-clad reception area, a private lift ascends six levels to the penthouse and opens to a hallway featuring a full panel of Fantasy marble before reaching the private lobby of the penthouse. Here, a provocative layering of oak and brass inlay

accents, together with charcoal grey ribbed timber skirting converge in a backlit slab of Verde Fume Onice Onyx beneath a shadow skylight and LED-lit walls. Once out of the lift, a classic clad steel mesh door leads into a living area.

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“Classical wall detailing has been given new life with a contemporary color pallet introducing moody greys, deep blues and textured green finishes.” - Jon Case, ARRCC director

The double volume living area features warm bronze and glass installations such as the feature staircase and, in turn, opens onto a 150 sqm terrace that boasts a raised rectangular heated pool offering 360-degree, year-round views of Clifton and Table Mountain. The penthouse doubles as a private art gallery, curated by OKHA in collaboration with the client and features works from galleries such as SMAC, What If the World and Southern Guild. Featured artists include the likes of Chris Soal, Galia Gluckman, Michele Mathison, Alexandra

Karakashian, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Pierre Vermeulen, Chuma Maweni and Atang Tshikare. There is a broad range of custom-designed OKHA furniture pieces featured in key areas throughout the apartment; from the master bedroom and the dining room to the formal lounge and lobby. Stand-out pieces include the double trapezoidshaped Morpheus Dining Table and the ViA console in the lobby. Taking their cue from the architecture, OKHA’s emphasis was intentionally placed on the power of form, mass and materiality.

“The emotive tension between colours, materials, tactility, forms, and spaces symbiotically contribute to the overall design narrative.�

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master bathroom, where French cane bronze mirrors and oak are combined with wall-to-wall slabs of Bianco Carrara marble, provides a vibrant backdrop to the dramatic and moody master bedroom. SAOTA, ARRCC and OKHA have matched luxury with maturity and sophistication in a statement that enriches the conversation about the possibilities of contemporary design.


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Taller Estilo Arquitectura projected a house in a city in southern Mexico, MĂŠrida, where at the center of the project there are three trees. Photography by Tamara Uribe & Marina GuzmĂĄn

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pair of preexisting galleries: the first one with a shed covered in soot, barely noticeable the color of the clay roof tiles, and the second one covered with metal sheets was almost unable to sustain – were the initial phrase in the interview with the owners of the property. The remain land was full of undergrowth and three trees we knew from the beginning that were going to play an important part for the distribution of the project. A Ramón tree (brosinum alicastrum) and a Pixoy (guazuma

ulmifolia) configurate the exterior space of the terrace with the swimming pool. While an enormous Ceiba tree, because of its size, looks like the protective mother of the household within the proportion of the site. The facade rehabilitation that protects the roof suggests the principal entrance, where there are the living room and lobby of the house with the intention of highlighting the main character of the original construction and embrace an adequate use of the project. A recess before arriving to the common use areas conformed by a small central garden the helps the service spaces become unnoticed.

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All the new areas of this project were treated in a way to ensure the amplest uptake of light and air in the interior, meanwhile they preserve the monolithic appearance from the exterior in reference with the old building.With the intention of relating the ordered spaces of the project like ailes, terraces, exterior gardens and interior patios were directly connected all the rooms of the household, permitting the spatial continuity within them and with the exterior thanks to the large windows and terraces. The volume integrity of white cement in combination with wood and red pigmented cement reach a contrast between the whole materiality, giving the house an open and comfortable character. The result is an authentic project in which there has been respected the characteristic features of the building enhancing the tradition.

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spiritual REFUGE Focused on the creation of space that reveals the human spirit and connects us to the world in which we live, Hoedemaker Pfeiffer designed the Hillside Sanctuary - a retreat inspired by a treasured stone and wood home lost to fire decades earlier in the San Juan Islands (Washington). Photography by Kevin Scott


n request of the owner of this property, Hoedemaker Pfeiffer projected the house with the aim to give its spirit new form in the Pacific Northwest. Taking inspiration from its remote site in the hills of Appalachia, the design team conceived of the project as a series of simple stone volumes growing naturally from their rocky surroundings. From that concept emerged a comfortable accommodation while offering a personal sanctuary for the owner. Taking full advantage of sweeping views of Puget Sound, the home is sited on a small plateau high on top of a steeply-sloping hillside. The view opportunity on one side and the road on the other suggested a stone plinth and stone wall to form the base and rear of the house. A pair of thick stone walls with fireplaces rising together within the home’s interior enhance the concept, separating the main level into public and private

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realms and flanking a central stone staircase. A light-filled wood structure perches atop the low stone base, creating a nuanced sense of enclosure. A simple shed roof covering the pavilion tips low in front to protect from the southern summer sun while offering prime real estate to a photovoltaic array above. Winter light in turn penetrates deep into the main living spaces through a wall of glass running continuously across the building’s south elevation. Behind the wood pavilion and within the stone wall at the rear of the building are more utilitarian spaces. Protected by a smaller shed roof pitched in the opposite direction, the relative height difference between the wood pavilion and these secondary program elements allows consistent north light to flood into the primary living spaces via a series of clerestory windows, which also allow the release of warm air high on the leeward side of the structure.

The main entry occurs at the high side of the property. It offers ease of access to the project’s public spaces through a simple, full-height opening cut into the stone volume’s north elevation. A steel canopy gives it distinction, extending from interior to exterior. Once inside the view deck opposite the entry provides a very different experience. Extending the great room while cantilevering far above grade, it affords a view of Puget Sound that is as thrilling as it is beautiful.

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The dining room, another element extending from the stone tower, was conceived as a threesided glass object floating in a forest of trees. It presented multiple technical challenges. Two steel beams carry its entire weight and extend deep into the interior floor system to allow the room to cantilever. Floor-to-ceiling glass wraps 140 | G&G _ Magazine

the exterior with minimal interruption. Perhaps most challenging of all, though, was the need to preserve nearby trees; without them the room’s purpose would be defeated. With that in mind the team developed custom retaining walls capable of avoiding critical root zones, preserving trees located a few feet from the dining room.

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The lower level of the home plays host to its more private spaces. Two small bedrooms, a single shared bath, and modest utility spaces are all contained within the perimeter of the stone datum. At the exterior a concrete patio offers protected outdoor space below the dining room floating above. It provides a secondary entry as well as its own distinct view experience.

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Formafatal studio headed by Dagmar Štěpánová designed Atelier Villa - the private residence of the owner of Art Villas, the Costa Rican jungle resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean of which the villa itself is part. Photography by BoysPlayNice


ocated not far from Costa Rican town Uvita, Atelier VIlla is nestled against a steep slope, the 26-metre-long prismatic object partially levitates over lush tropical vegetation. Looking outside, there is only the distant ocean or green hills as far as the eye can see, while the back wall facing the driveway is intentionally windowless to maintain privacy. The owner wished to have a place that merges with the surrounding nature, experiencing luxury and adventure at the same time. The architects from the Formafatal studio followed the client's assignment and were also inspired by the atmosphere and colorfulness of Central and South America.

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its surroundings. The ocean and jungle-oriented façades are fitted with large-size aluminum perforated sections which do not heat up in the sun and are rust-resistant. If pulled up, they double as canopies. The scale and pattern of perforation is different on each of the sections, thus creating an exciting play of light and shadow inside. The panels’ special coating is in the colour of COR-TEN. The full back wall is in charred timber cladding treated with Shou Sugi Ban, an old Japanese technique of weather- and ageproofing the wood. Disposition-wise, the villa possesses the same minimalistic spirit as its shape suggests. The utility and storage rooms, bathrooms and the kitchen are placed along the back wall. The layout of the rest of the house is very open; the boundaries between the inside and the outside world are gone and the whole space seems like a roofed terrace. Lightweight sliding partition walls may serve as a tool to create private zones and shake the space up as needed. In additional, the patio reveals an infinity pool, partly roofed and therefore protected from the scorching sun.

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The whole interior is in warm, earthy tones of natural materials. All of the furnishings, apart from the lounge and dining chairs, are tailor-designed for this villa and custom-made. Commissioned in the area, the major part of the furniture was made with the help of local craftsmen. Some components were custom-made in the Czech Republic and transported to the site.

As for lighting, the architects decided to opt for the renowned Czech glass-making company Bomma and their Shibari lights that go hand in hand with the overall tropical feel of the interiors.

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FADD Studio projected a house grounded by simplicity, clean lines and solid colour blocks for a couple and their two daughters in Gurgaon, India. Photography by Gokul Rao Kadam


he apartment is in an apartment complex in a residential area, within a gated community There are four bedrooms, a study, a family room and a plush dining/living space with a lovely double height giving volume to the whole space. The clients wanted this house to have a modern and minimalistic look and feel. For this, FADD Studio was deeply inspired by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret – their deep sienna passage of the Villa La Roche, their Chandigarh series and the general polychromatic feel of some of their work. The purist canvases of Corbusier led to a path of somber colours for the shell. Additionally, a few bold Japanese elements used to create a little drama. At the entrance there is a simple disc in wood to emulate an eclipse just above the Chandigarh bench. This completed the Zen-meets-midcentury modern look and gave the foyer a burst of life. While for the whole home, FADD Studio opted cement finishes and surprisingly the clients were very open to this direction. The marble floor needed covering so poured cement was not only a cost-effective solution but also one that gave a large palette of colours to choose from. Grey would be too common, so the designers decided to go with a deep, unsaturated rust/sienna colour for the floor and would bring in cool grey/green in other areas to off set its warmth. This was a unique choice in colour for the floor and the vision to pair it with grey and green made it a big success. In the grey shell with the rust floor, FADD Studio made the connecting passage a refreshing leaf green to create a colour block akin to Villa La Roche. To preserve this serene and sober experience, the designers intentionally decided to have natural browns and greens in terms of fabrics. These would complement the woven midcentury modern furniture spread across the house. In addition, the designers wanted to bring in bold silhouettes and some glossy texture to enhance and contrast the background respectively. So, without disturbing the

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understated look of the home, they used a minimalist approach while deciding the style of the central chandelier. It took something large but something that didn’t distract from the overall textural quality of the double height space. The choice was easy with the larger than life wire frame chandelier. The clients loved its simplicity because it not only filled the volume of the double height, but its simple construction of the elegant black outline also showed off at the grey that it is set against. A similar approach was taken for the dining room light. A black wire begins at the wall, hinges on to the ceiling and drops a simple black shade to softly illuminate the table. Less is more and it was all that was needed with this set up.

In the family room, FADD Studio chose a blend of a grey-blue sofa from Gervasoni with neutral customized chairs and coffee table from Magari. While the lovely floor lamps made out of cane add softness to area that is styled with blues and browns. Next to this room, there is the study with a midcentury modern furniture like chairs in a green and mustard leather customized from Magar and study tables against a sage green wall. Here FADD Studio brought in some colour with the hanging light in the corner.

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The bedrooms have a more intimate feel especially those of the daughters. The first room is downstairs, here FADD Studio used different colours in putty finish and created a geometric background to be the backdrop for a soft lilac bed from Magari. In the other daughter’s upper room, rusts, greys and olives adorn this room with a floral abstraction hand painted by a local artist. The guest room presents the light colours with a

simple striped bed in neutrals and closet in a sage laminate. To attain more personal and intimate lighting, the designers decided to go with materials that create some drama and shadows: metal and paper lights in the two daughters rooms to contrast the solid bed upholstery, and wooden slated shades in the guest room to work with the stripes of the bed fabric.

The master room has an elegant grid done in grooved putty. The furniture is a mix of imported brands and locally customised. The natural colours and materials of the furniture pieces stand out vibrantly against the textured grey walls of the house giving the otherwise serious shell a dash of drama. Especially an antique red chests brings in some fire against the earthy palette.

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There is also a little reading corner with an olive cane and lamp from Purple Turtle. To accentuate and highlight the space, metallic elements such as a copper border on the bedroom doors and stone and paper lights were used to contrast the cane headboard. In all, this home exudes a peaceful and understated vibe, representing the client’s personality in just the right way.

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Home to the new ME Dubai hotel, the Opus is located in the Burj Khalifa district adjacent to Downtown Dubai and Business Bay on the Dubai Water Canal. Exploring the balance between solid and void, opaque and transparent, interior and exterior, the design was presented by Zaha Hadid in 2007 and is the only hotel in which she created both its architecture and interiors. Photography by Laurian Ghinitoiu


panning 84,300 square metres, the Opus was designed as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole—taking the form of a cube. The cube has been ‘eroded’ in its centre, creating a free-form void that is an important volume of the design in its own right. The two halves of the building on either side of the void are linked by a four-storey atrium at ground level and also connected by an asymmetric 38-metre-wide, three-storey bridge 71 metres above the ground. The cube’s double-glazed insulating façades incorporate a UV coating and a mirrored frit pattern to reduce solar gain. Applied around the entire building, this dotted frit patterning 166 | G&G _ Magazine

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“The precise orthogonal geometries of the Opus’ elemental glass cube contrast dramatically with the fluidity of the eight-storey void at its centre.” - Christos Passas, project director at Zaha Hadid Architects

The void’s 6,000 square metre façade is created from 4,300 individual units of flat, single-curved or double-curved glass. The high-efficiency glazing units are comprised of 8mm Low-E glass (coated on the inside), a 16mm cavity between the panes and 2 layers of 6mm clear glass with a 1.52mm PVB resin laminate. This curved façade was designed using digital 3D modelling that also identified specific zones which required tempered glass. During the day, the cube’s façade reflects the sky, the sun and the surrounding city; whilst at night, the void is illuminated by a dynamic light installation of individually controllable LEDs within each glass panel.

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Furniture by Zaha Hadid Design is installed throughout the hotel, including the ‘Petalinas’ sofas and ‘Ottomans’ pods in the lobby that are fabricated from materials ensuring a long lifecycle and its components can be recycled. The ‘Opus’ beds in each bedroom while the ‘Work & Play’ combination sofa with desk are installed in the suites. The hotel’s bedrooms also incorporate the ‘Vitae’ bathroom collection, designed by Hadid in 2015 for Noken Porcelanosa, continuing her fluid architectural language throughout the hotel’s interiors. The ME Dubai hotel incorporates 74 rooms and 19 suites, while the Opus building also houses offices floors, serviced residences and restaurants, cafes and bars including ROKA, the contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant and the MAINE Land Brasserie. Sensors throughout the Opus automatically adjust the ventilation and lighting according to occupancy to conserve energy while ME Dubai follows Meliá Hotels International initiatives for sustainable practices. Hotel guests will receive stainless-steel water bottles to use during their 170 | G&G _ Magazine

stay with drinking water dispensers installed throughout the hotel. With no plastic bottles in guest rooms and a program to become entirely plastic free in all areas, the hotel is also reducing food waste by not serving buffets and has composters to recycle discarded organics.

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Located in an inner city suburb of Melbourne, k20 Architecture projected Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater, or Sunflower - an early learning childcare centre and maternal community hub facility, through a collaborative approach involving also the client and key stakeholders.

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The existing late 1970's brown-brick building has been extensively remodeled and refurbished over the years and now the present structure is past its use–by–date. k20 Architecture is regularly involved in remodeling, refurbishing and modernising aged buildings however in this case the fabric and structure of the building was beyond repair. In designing a new facility, k20 Architecture were also able to design a new premise that would utilise double the capacity of the site and provide greater services from the one location. The new centre is perfectly positioned at the very centre of the local community, adjacent to a reserve, schools, a bowling club and children’s playground and has been designed to be off grid with a 100 years life cycle, setting a new standard for sustainable design. The challenge of the site was the spatial footprint that presented as a long narrow D with east/west orientation. To achieve sustainable outcomes a northerly aspect is preferred, and k20 Architecture’s solution was to find a way to reorganise the use of the site. The result is a design that ‘bends’ the program of the building to predominantly face north to ‘track the sun’ emulating the movements of a sunflower plant. The design of the project is sympathetic to the surrounding suburban landscape of brown brick homes that are older in style and Sunflower harmoniously intersects with these existing 174 | G&G _ Magazine

buildings. The palette of materials combines brick that will be used on the façade of the building’s curved front to create a dynamic visual effect. There are boxed framed windows and the roofs are pitched to frame the buildings reinterpreting the idea of the suburban home. The project consists of two buildings. The first houses the state-of-the-art children’s early learning spaces and the second will accommodate the maternal healthcare and playgroups program, with both buildings providing their own internal well-secured outdoor areas that are directly accessed off the learning spaces. While each building will function independently, both will share a welcoming sense of arrival, adopting universal access design principles. The buildings will be easily recognised and visible from the street connecting this community facility to its community and people.

k20 Architecture has designed the building to be transparent, open and to create a feeling of warmth and comfort. The main entrance is to be clad in timber and at 2.4metres high offers space but a certain intimacy that will not overwhelm the children as they move through. The entrance also features eastfacing coloured glass that will create a kaleidoscope of colour in the morning as the occupants arrive. k20 Architecture values the importance of early learning and the design of Sunflower will offer a feeling of connectivity through volume, space and colour that extends throughout the facility.

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be relevant and appropriate for the community’s needs in 100 years. Embracing this idea, k20 Architecture has created a design that is flexible and re-adaptive for future re-use as required.

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As with all k20 Architecture’s designs, the emphasis for this project is to use local, handmade product. k20 Architecture seeks goods and services crafted by local trades and will aim to source materials and devise construction methodology supported by the local community for the project. The building will feature high levels of sustainability initiatives such as the capacity to go off-grid in the future and simple cost-effective ideas such as the use of ProctorWrap to ensure that the building will be well insulated and thermally responsive. Off-the-shelf products and materials will also feature in this project, together with a more lowtech approach to delivery with simple construction methods allowing ideas to be realised rather than imagined. The project has also been designed for neutral consumption of electricity and water which will commence from day one of operation. As k20 Architecture’s director Anthony U is Green star accredited, and k20 Architecture is a carbon neutral practice, a collaboration with Organica for this project will secure the very best sustainable initiatives and outcomes for the future.

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the interiors have been created to secure a strong connection and relationship with the outside. k20 Architecture looks forward to delivering Sunflower as an eco-centric children’s and community activity hub for the Knox community.

The interior includes earthy colour tones with carefully articulated accents of colour that will provide an important backdrop for the children’s artwork. Rather than create fashionable and ‘for the moment’ interiors, k20 Architecture has conceived a timeless design with a limited palette of materials that includes recycled timbers.

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NEW HOPE DnA_ Design and Architecture projected Dushan Leisure Center located in the east of China, precisely in Songyang County, with the aim of helping the local economy. Photography by Wang Ziling

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he new leisure center is located at the triangular wetland at the foot of Dushan Mountain adjacent to the Songyin River, the mother river of Songyang County. Dushan Mountain is the most iconic landmark in the region, and the gateway to this county and its urban center. Over the years Songyang has remained as a traditional agricultural rural region with beautiful landscape and ancient villages and was often called as ‘The Last Hidden Land In Jiang Nan’. However, there are critical issues under this utopian image, like any other rural region in China. As young people move to the cities for employment, the villages become “hollow” with very few elder populations. Most rural village communities are in economic decline and losing faith in the village

future. The urgent need exists to establish a new hope for local communities. Dushan Leisure Center is one of the key tourism projects of the Songyin River Scenic District Development, including a visitor center, water sports facilities, and a gym for water sports athletes.

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DnA_ Design and Architecture taken this project as the first meeting point of local residents and tourists in the county by considering the entire triangular harbor as a water park shared by both tourists and local communities. The architectural programs are organized through a spiral with the visitor facilities at the center and a gym at the far end, connected by an east-west walkway as a shortcut. A “C� shape dike connects to the Songyin River will also become the passage for pedestrians, bicycles and tourism electric shuttles. The overall configuration provides an undulating walkway for above the harbor, with constantly changing views of the Mountain & Water.

The project adopts timber structure as natural material, low-carbon construction, and traditional special quality. Glass curtain walls with different gradient of translucency bring subtle shift on building faรงades as misty surfaces on the water. Layers of indoor and outdoor space create interplay of views, like the traditional Chinese landscape garden.

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The meditation room on second floor is also a multi-function room. The opening on the roof casts the trace of sun on the floor with bronze

plates of different hours in the Chinese 24 solar terms, creating a dialogue with the nature and time.

In colour


Photography by BoysPlayNice

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hen the municipality of Vřesovice agreed with the Church on transferring the rectory and the parish estate to the municipal property, the Church wished that the village should not let the whole premises deteriorate but use it for a purpose. Therefore, since 2013 the main building of the rectory has been a primary school and two years later, a day care center with a kitchen and a dining room, which are also used by the primary school, was established on the ground floor of the two building wings. Public Atelir's task was to reconstruct another part of the buildings into two classrooms and two vocational ones. This was completed in the summer of 2019. The last part was the original gymnasium adjoining to the

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baroque building, which is to be converted into a modern gym and two club rooms. At present, the project is waiting for a subsidy. The need for the project, or the need for reconstruction, arose due to a requirement to expand the capacity of the school capacity, to save the rapidly decaying roof trusses of the Baroque complex and rectify the unsatisfactory state of its inner courtyard. The whole complex was built gradually, its various parts serving different purposes. They have been preserved in different conditions. Similarly, its reconstruction proceeds gradually, according to the needs of the municipality, its financial resources and the condition of the individual parts of the complex. This diversity, both operational and technical, has therefore logically become the main starting point of the reconstruction project.

The historical parts are united by a classic plaster faรงade, a red roof of plain tiles, and copper plumbing elements. On the other hand, the simple cubic shape, smooth surface and distinctive colors characterize the new parts. Passages and interconnections of the buildings which were separated in the past, are accentuated. It brings playfulness to the complex not only with its colors, but also with new possibilities of operation and movement. Children are free to choose which entry to school and which color they will use.

The project proposal emphasized the interconnection of individual parts so that their historical value as a complex should be preserved and so that the users of the school and the day care center should feel comfortable and free to use all its parts. Both newly implemented and original historical elements are intertwined, but they are clearly distinguishable from one another. The project is strengthened by the interconnection of the existing classrooms in the rectory building and the new classrooms. 196 | G&G _ Magazine

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In the past, the school economic facilities were situated on the ground floor of the rectory and the day care center on the ground floor in two additional wings. Reacting to that Public Atelier placed the main facility of the school on the first floor, which, among other things, brought an opportunity to save the valuable Baroque roof and to make use of the situating of the complex at the foot of the slope of the church hill. Thanks to that, the new classrooms have a spacious terrace with a grass area, from where it is possible to enjoy lessons with a view of the Church of St. Peter and Paul.

The new architectural elements not only improved the conditions for the children and teachers but also transformed their time spent at school into an experience of the space. The moment of playfulness and free movement has become important at school. What is fundamental is also the free space where children can move - the space where they make their own rules in order to relax from order and dictates.

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