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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Here is a modern apartment in Vancouver designed by Kelly Reynolds which has a total surface of 92.9 square meters and consists of a living zone, 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and a modern kitchen.The apartment feature huge windows that allow sun to penetrate the rooms.One of the main elements of the apartment design is the fireplace which catch the guest attention on the living room.

When we were children, we all imagined that in the year 2000 the world will be governed by robots and everything will be automated and we will use spaceships for personal use. Well, technology has evolved a lot lately, but in a different direction and nothing I dreamed of is now true. However, the minimalist style adopted by most modern interior designers is very close to what we imagined about spaceship designs. So if you are at least curious what it would be like living in the future in a very cool apartment, you should see the pictures below, where you can admire the designs imagined by some specialists and which were exhibited in Odessa, October 2010 within an exhibition called I can see.
You can see very chard edges and unexpected angles, modern materials like glass and concrete and very little furniture that looks very professional and cool. The furniture and bookshelves have irregular shapes with asymmetric positioning and the whole picture of the room contains only one color or two.
Nothing that you can see there is ordinary, as chairs have unusual shapes and the lighting is either disposed on the wall or hidden in them or maybe hanging from the ceiling in unusual shapes that look like falling stars, jellyfish or maybe ivy. Everything is high-tech all around, but deeply functional and modern.
My personal impression is that you can’t simply feel nothing when looking at these designs: you either love them or hate them from the first sight.

We don’t really know if Daniel Arsham, the inhabitant of this unique apartment wanted to take his passion to another level or was just looking for a creative way to decorate the walls of his current crib. According to Homedit , there are no less than 25000 ping pong balls decorating this 90 square foot Brooklyn apartment,which in consequence has an interesting “pixelated” effect. The small loft is located above the offices of Snarkitecture , the architecture company towards which Daniel climbs down the stairs in order to go to work: T he place is a study in simplicity. Arsham’s got a bed with some built-in shelves and a dresser, where he keeps a few clothes. To enter the loft, he climbs a ladder through the office’s employee bathroom. This is definitely not a design for the masses. But when it comes to applying it to bachelor’s den, it couldn’t be more inspired.
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We have great respect for homes with books. And an even greater respect for architects that manage to bring them into the spotlight. Sure, in the case of today’s project, highlighting them was not so hard, being given that Querosene House “accommodates” no less that 7500 books. This amazing residence comes from architects grupoSP and is located in São Paulo, Brazil. Here is a description from the architects: The design takes advantage from the difference between the street level and the lower level of the plot, by positioning the living room in this lower level which ensures the required privacy and maintains the view of the distant landscape through the void. This simple home adopts simple constructive solutions, reducing the actions required for its achievement. The structure of the volume is resumed to masonry walls and reinforced concrete. Installations are apparent and performed without interference. After that the finishes are simple: monolithic concrete flooring and white Portuguese Stone. The walls without finishes are ready as it built. A single exception: the wall with books, finished with time and history. We find this home truly spectacular and educational from all points of view.  But we just have to wonder how long it would take to clean it up from top to bottom.
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Astounding Villa Featuring Exotic Design and Incredible Views of the Bay

Located on the hillside of Corossol, St. Barts, this next villa, named Casaprima, is an outstanding contemporary villa that offers incredible panoramas of the bay. At night, the luxurious yachts anchored in the port shine their lights in the direction of the villa, accelerating the felling of a perfect holiday. Casaprima incorporates minimalist design into an exotic setting, making the living areas an enchanting place to enjoy a cup of happiness next to the shore. The villa can be rented and enjoyed by those who are willing to pay the price. It has 2 bedrooms inside the main building, complete with king size beds and another bedroom in a separate bungalow with its own kitchen and bar. Other features of the house include a cosy and bright living room, a gourmet kitchen and an amazing terrace with views of the bay. Large windows and sliding doors allow the landscape to take your breath away from any corner of the villa. The exotic wood found all over the house, combined with the fresh, frisk air of the breeze, offers the amazing connection to nature needed for a perfect vacation.
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

My English Fix….

So I haven’t done a story on one of my favorite styles of architecture which is old English villas, manors or castles ~ In which some have been sitting vacant without anyone to call them home….Have been preoccupied with other things lately and just didn’t have the time to sit down and write about one of my great love affairs with the amazing architecture of a era where attention to detail was so amazing….So it is a dreary rainy Monday morning and I thought what better time to sit and write a story about one of my passions….So as I’m researching I find this story about an amazing mansion called Alder Manor… along with some of the details from that story is my story on this grand ol piece of English architecture !!
Who knew that a near replica the Clue mansion exists, empty and forgotten, in Yonkers?
Not to be mistaken with Boddy Manor, the above is actually Alder Manor, one of the most amazing places.  It’s located in Yonkers, and, unbelievably, it’s completely vacant and has been left to decay for years.
Alder Manor was built in 1912 by William Boyce Thompson, an extremely successful copper magnate. Boyce hired architects to design a 72-room country estate for entertaining (he lived in New York City at the time) on 22 acres of hilltop land in then rural Yonkers. After the death of he and his wife, the mansion fell into ruin as it was traded between owners who had no use for it. Finally, in the past few years, it was purchased by Tara Circle, an Irish cultural group that is dedicated to restoring it.
When you first enter, you find yourself in the enormous Front Hall, with a huge grand staircase off to one side 
Off of this in the south-west corner is my favorite room, The Library:
Oh what a wonderful place this must’ve been to cuddle up on a cold winter night by the fireplace and read one of the many books that line these amazing bookcases….
From a distance, the room looks like it’s in excellent condition. It’s only when you get a little closer that you realize how much restoration is needed. Wood is rotting, the paint is fading and chipped…This ceiling picture gives you a better idea (all in all, a great candidate for restoration):
Next door to the library is what I imagine to be the Ballroom, with rich reds and blues complementing the mahogany woodwork:
A beautiful painting aligns the mantle and you can tell just how much attention to detail that was used in creating this beautiful home…..I wonder if there were any secret passageways hidden away in this mansion, as the English had a knack for doing so ?
There is an indoor pool on the second floor. wow imagine crystal clear blue water and how amazing it would’ve been to take a dip in this pool right before bedtime or to wake you up in the early morn !!
An organ sits at the stair landing of the second floor which connects to pipes way up on the third floor! It’d be awesome to hear this echoing throughout the manor.
There are tons of artistic details to be found everywhere, like this bit of a ceiling painting:
A perfect gazebo, along with a pool: Imagine this in beautiful spring time ~ what a wondrous place to sit and read and enjoy the surrounding beauty ~!!
A beheaded eagle greets you when you enter through the back: But a greeting just the same ;)
A Greek theater, where plays and other entertainments were once performed:
another outdoor pool  !!!
So once again I exit the doors through the snapshots of this beautifully made mansion, wondering what will become of her wonderfully made walls….I think back to a time when so much love and care must have been given to her upkeep…..and I am saddened that such a lovely piece of architecture once again sits abandoned and alone………;(