Aurora Aquitectos turns Portuguese family home into brightly-hued hostel

Portuguese practice Aurora Aquitectos has transformed an old family home near Lisbon into a hostel, with colourful accents throughout based on the tropical patina of sunshine and vacations.

Hostel in Parede by Aurora Arquitectos

The hostel is situated just west of the capital in the coastal town of Cascais, an area frequented by both locals and tourists for its marina and sandy beaches.

Formerly a family home, the property was acquired by an entrepreneur who is hoping to set up a network of hostels throughout Portugal. Continue reading

underground coffee shop fuses contemporary minimalism with traditional korean aesthetics

LABOTORY architects have designed a semi-underground coffee shop using elements from the hanok home structures such as the wood and colors of interiors to create a unique experience for customers.

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Marina Fridman’s Celestial, Hand-Drawn Installation

Handcrafted with charcoal pencils and sticks on white paper, Marina Fridman‘s massive installation “Omniscient Body” is actually a single, enormous drawing. The piece, at 74-feet-by-14-feet, is installed at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University, as part of the artist’s MFA thesis exhibition. The celestial forms offer a chance “to approach the celestial body of Mars at their own scale, to be towered over by one of the rings of Saturn, and to look up at planet Earth and the Moon as though from a great distance.” More

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Cascading boxes with green roofs form coastal Washington home by Prentiss Balance Wickline

American firm Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects has created a dwelling in the Pacific Northwest that consists of timber-clad volumes that step down a rocky hillside.

Bailer Hill house by Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects

The Bailer Hill house is anchored to a boulder-strewn slope on San Juan Island, which is part of an archipelago just off the coast of Washington state. The clients – a retired couple – requested an unconventional home that was skillfully integrated into the site and was sensitive to environmental concerns. Continue reading

Edward Ogosta brightens Californian bungalow with Rear Window House extension

Edward Ogosta Architecture has renovated a 1940s house in California with light-filled white interiors and a master bedroom extension overlooking the garden.

The house, originally built in 1944, was overhauled with a glazed expansion towards the back of the lot by the local firm. Architect Edward Ogosta and his team sought to breathe new life into the ageing residence, while respecting original details and keeping it in line with nearby builds.

Rear Window House by Edward Ogosta Architecture

The single-storey building spans 1,450 square feet (135 square metres) and is located in Culver City – a part of Los Angeles County. The home is surrounded by similar bungalow houses, with low pitches and minimal exterior details. Continue reading