French interior designer Maurice Padovani has been a designer since 1985. Maurice has completed this beautiful home located by the beaches of the Prado in Marseilles, France.
According to Maurice: “The contemporary French property belongs to a young family with two children. The kids had to share a bedroom temporarily whilst their home was being renovated.
“This former smallholding flanked by a stable was renovated in three steps. The volume was entirely freed from all its partitions and false-ceilings thus revealing a rich and space-structuring framework. Behind the complexity of the assembling of beams and joists, the parents’ bedroom slips in; open to the living room and accessible by a metal stairway. The main wall’s top is entirely open and the old staircase, formerly external, is integrated to the houses volume thanks to the installation of galvanised steel bays which oblique uprights give rhythm to the surface.
“A few years later, the couple acquired the contemporary French buildings semi basement as well as an adjoining outbuilding. This time again, the main walls were wide open in order to ease the passage of light and new steel bays, as an echo to the first installation, substitute themselves to masonry. The ‘cooking’, ‘meal’ and ‘living room’ functions were moved down to the ground floor. And there again, to guarantee the free flow between the spaces, every partition was removed. The little garden’s terrace, layed out during the same building campaign is covered with large ipé blades and the same wood, on the same level, was used for the semi basement in order to ensure continuity. The big wall standing between the house and the now linked outbuilding was covered with a gouged MDF wainscot because of recurring moisture that is impossible to reabsorb. The installation of this panel slightly apart from the wall creates an air flow that suppresses the effects of humidity. The panel surface’s undulating relief makes it vibrate under the light.”
314 Architecture Studio an Athens-based design studio has completed the H.2 Residence. The stunning luxury home can be found in a residential suburb of Athens, Greece.
According to the architects: “The building is located in the area of Golf in Glyfada and consists of three residential areas. Each residence has two small bedrooms and one master.
“Outside the contemporary Greek building there is an atrium that provides light to secondary areas of the contemporary Greek house while working as a funnel exit of hot air for reduced energy consumption air-conditioning during the summer months. The bioclimatic design and the positioning of the building with fixed louvers and the design of their exposures saves natural heating energy while the connection between building and water creates a natural cooling. The houses are equipped with the latest technology of under floor heating systems and VR air-conditioning friendly to the environment. The materials used in the flooring and walls are all natural rather than industrial.
“The interior design including the colours and materials used in the contemporary Greek property are used to create a sense of harmony, modernity and at the same time luxury while the sculptures of Gianni Aspra dominated the walls of living rooms creating emotions and abstract mood. Finally the roof gardens with glass stairwells offer unlimited view of Argosaronic.”
The Llawnroc is tucked away in the peaceful little village of Gorran Haven on Cornwall’s south coast. This traditional Cornish fishing village is situated in an unspoilt and relatively undiscovered corner of Cornwall.
Here you will discover a magical setting of sea, beach and cliff backed by green rolling countryside. The village itself is a quaint collection of cottages, narrow country lanes and a small fishing harbour. It is a charming and quintessentially Cornish location, where the slow pace of life makes it an ideal getaway.
The 18 individually designed rooms at the luxury English hotel have been created as an exclusive space for your comfort and pleasure. Here you can expect comfy beds, crisp white sheets, fluffy towels and robes to help you relax and soak up the splendour of the lavish interiors.
The Gwineas Bar & Bistro is a family friendly bistro, using locally sourced and seasonal produce for a village bistro feel. The Gwineas Bar is excellent for classic and signature cocktails, great wines and local beers. Tribute, Llawnroc Ale and Doom Bar is a must try!
The luxury English hotel is offering Yogo breaks in 2012. Check in and chill out on one of their relaxing yoga breaks.
A sea view room with breakfast, six hours of yoga with a bottle of bubbles on arrival, three course dinner both nights in the Gwineas Bistro and a picnic to take with you on a walk, (maps provided).
The yoga classes are suitable for all and why not bring your partner to include the two nights dinner, bed & breakfast, three course dinner both nights in the Gwineas Bistro and a picnic to take with you on a walk.
The Llawroc Hotel, Chute Lane, Gorran Haven, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6NU, England. For further information or reservations visit www.thellawnrochotel.co.uk
INNOCAD Architektur a Graz-based design studio has completed Microsoft’s new headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Completed in 2011 the office space is extremely spacious and modern.
According to the design news website Contemporist: “Working in close collaboration with the Microsoft project team during the subsequent project realisation phase, the team of architects assumed responsibility for the overall design of the new Microsoft working environment as construction supervisors and project managers. Our aim was to intertwine and harmonise physical, virtual and social working environments.”
Buensalido Architects a Phillipines-based design studio has renovated a dilapidated warehouse into a contemporary family abode. Completed in 2010, this single storey home is located in Parañaque City, Philippines.
According to the architects: “Upon seeing the old, original, dilapidated structure, we were quick to agree that the structure could be converted into a contemporary Philippines property by giving focus to an open, pre-existing courtyard right in the middle of the house.
“Instead of an excluded outdoor space, it is now stitched to all its rooms as they all flow into it both physically and visually. By employing a series of glass skylights above the courtyard, it now becomes part of the interior spaces as it can be used as an extension of the living and dining areas, but at the same time feel as if it were an outdoor space as people can still catch glimpses of the sky through the glass cut outs on the ceiling of this fabulous contemporary property in the Philippines.”