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7 hours ago11-23 22:26 by CONTEMPORIST

D’Arcy Jones Architecture have recently completed the contemporary renovation of a 1980’s ‘Vancouver Special‘ house.








From the architect

This renovation of a 1981 Vancouver Special on a 33 foot wide lot retained the entire foundation and structure of the house. The interior layout was flipped, moving the kitchen, dining and living areas from the upper floor own to the main floor, so the most important interior spaces could be at grade. A new parallel-parking open carport was built off the lane, to preserve more of the back yard for a new landscaped garden and terrace. The house was wrapped in a new exterior skin with carefully placed windows, to connect all interior spaces to the front and back yards. This house that was once dark and generic is now filled with light and air.

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Architecture and Interior Design: D’Arcy Jones Architecture Inc

Photography by Sama Jim Canzian

18 hours ago11-23 11:39 by CONTEMPORIST

Atelier REC have designed a shopping centre in La Teste-de-Buch, France that features a white wavy facade.










From the architect

“To break traditional and routine concepts of building ” This will to conceive the shopping centre of tomorrow has led us to think of an environmental place of strong energetic economy allied with comfort and aestheticism. The future shopping centre of La Teste de Buch will be classified as low consumption building, enhancing low impact CO2 materials it is in tune with the Arcachon esthetics. The white wave in the main facade recalls the picture of a sheer modern plan in curved the local context. 0 % waste, 30 % reduction of energy consumption, a division into 4 from gas rejections to greenhouse effect; here are some figures which sum up this new shopping centre and in particular this brand new shopping centre of the XXIth century.

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Architect: Atelier REC

yesterday11-23 04:41 by Passion For Luxury
France is a place which has so many old castles that they’re actually selling at remarkably low prices now.
Take this impressive estate set in the town of Blois, 114 miles south-west of Paris. The 17th century property would be great as the backdrop for a historical period drama set a few hundred years. It’s actually an entire compound spread across 98 acres with multiple buildings, the most notable being of course the 13,455-square-foot chateau, which has been carefully restored over the last three years.
The interiors, reminiscent of the great palaces from the time of King Louis XIV, feature Versailles parquet flooring and marble fireplaces, while the ceiling are decorated with molded cornices. There are no fewer than 14 bedrooms, as well as many more sitting rooms, bathrooms, studies, and a well-equipped kitchen. Finally, the property, which is entirely walled, also includes the former caretaker’s lodge, chapel, sizeable garages, a woodshed, stables with tack room, a barn, and extensive gardens dating back to 1755.
This charming, recently restored Blois Castle is currently listed for €5.5 million, or about $6.8 million.
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2 days ago11-22 13:32 by CONTEMPORIST

Frits de Vries designed the West 21st House in Vancouver, Canada.








From the architect

This 3070 sq ft single family residence with detached garage is located on a 42 ft wide lot in the Dunbar neighbourhood of Vancouver. The gently graded site has oblique views to Pacific Spirit Park, and distant views to the city core. The Dunbar Residence explores the potential for diversity of spatial experience in a home with a flexible plan that accommodates changes in everyday family life. In response to the owners‘ love of nature interior-exterior relationships are established with outdoor patios and gardens at all levels. Spatially light is used to define scale and intimacy within the home.

Designed and oriented for passive solar usage the project also employs ultra high efficiency windows, solar hot water heating and a high performance heating / cooling system, including heat recovery that allow the home to operate with low energy consumption. The careful selection of appliances, plumbing fixtures, and lighting also reduce energy and water consumption. Interior elements, such as flooring and millwork, include recycled materials and low/no emission finishes. Planters on the roof reduce heat reflectance and rainwater runoff. Landscape design makes use of native, drought tolerant plant species and reclaimed stone.

The home was built by Natural Balance Home Builders Inc., a construction company that specializes in green building.

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Architect: Frits de Vries

Photography by Lucas Finlay

2 days ago11-22 07:45 by Passion For Luxury
A magical expression of tropical luxury will enchant your senses in the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru resort.
Quiet and warm, this is a place of absolute tranquility. All 48 villas feature lush living conditions and are very close to the sparkling white sands and the simmering turquoise ocean. Their interiors flaunt a perfectly balanced combination of rustic and modern elements which create a unique atmosphere. An undoubted highlight is the villas’ open-air bathrooms.
Unforgettable dining experiences await you at the Ilaafathi Restaurant, the Naiboli Bar and the Sangu Garden. But you also have to try the private beach dinners with champagne and personal chef, the candlelight dinner in your own villa, or the private dining at sunset on a jetty.
Exquisite spa treatments and refreshing recreational activities are also an important part of the services offered at the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. So if you choose to come here for a relaxing vacation, rest assured that you will be extremely well taken care off: body mind and soul will al be pampered in this place of serenity.
 More info & Online booking

2 days ago11-22 02:29 by Passion For Luxury
New Boutique Airline La Compagnie Attractive Paris Fares for Fall 2014
The newly launched, exclusively business-class boutique airline La Compagnie announces attractive fares for its first fall season, with regularly scheduled service between Paris and New York.
Starting today, La Compagnie will fly five times a week between Paris and New York, providing passengers easy access between two of the most popular cities at convenient times.
La Compagnie is offering travelers two special fall fares this season for those traveling between Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport and Newark International Airport, where passengers can enjoy a reduced fare, whether traveling solo or together. As with subsequent promotions, this special offer requires instant ticketing and is nonrefundable. All taxes are included.
• Solo Special: $1,499.00 USD round trip for one, for flights booked today through December 1, 2014 and for travel through December 15, 2014. (Subject to availability. Class of service restrictions apply).
• Trip for Two: $2,499.00 USD round trip for two, for flights booked through October 7, 2014 and for travel through October 31, 2014. (Effective September 8, 2014).
Whether headed westbound or eastbound, one-way or round trip, travelers on La Compagnie will receive the utmost service. The attentiveness begins at the airport, with passengers flying out of Paris offered access to the iCare Premium Lounge in Terminal One at Charles De Gaulle, and those boarding at Newark International offered access to the Art & Lounge in Terminal B, conveniently located a few feet from TSA and check-in.
Delight in “La Carte” dining service created by Michelin-starred chef Christophe Langrée. Menu items such as sliced chicken, quail egg and vegetables in truffle oil and pea soup and fresh mint with almonds are served with style, as are fine cheeses, premium liquors, and French wines including Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut, Château La Bienfaisance from Saint-Emilion, and Le Bourgogne Blanc – La Part des Anges.
Eastbound flights on La Compagnie depart from Newark at 9:45PM and arrive in Paris the next morning at 11:15AM, while westbound flights depart Paris at 5:50PM and arrive in Newark at 8:30PM. 
French in spirit and global in appeal, the airline’s baby blue Boeing 757-200 is designed for comfort with 74 “lie-flat” seats laid out in a 2×2 configuration. Inflight amenities include Samsung Galaxy Tablets preloaded with movies, newspapers, games, books and Caudalie cosmetic amenity kits at every seat.
Travel agents can make bookings through the La Compagnie website. Reservations will soon be available through Sabre, Travel Port and Amadeus Systems as well. For reservations on La Compagnie and to take advantage of the fashionable fall savings, please contact La Compagnie`s call center at 800-218-8187 or visit

2 days ago11-21 22:16 by CONTEMPORIST

Dynia Architects designed the John Dodge Residence, a contemporary home and guest house in Jackson, Wyoming.










From the architect

Located near the foot of the Teton Mountains, the site and a relatively modest program with a desire for intimate scale, led to placing the main house and guest quarters in separate buildings configured to form outdoor spaces. With mountains rising to the northwest and a stream cutting through the southeast corner of the lot, this placement of the main house and guest cabin distinctly responds to the two scales of the site. The public and private wings of the main house define the exterior space to the northwest, which is visually enclosed by the prominence of the mountains beyond. At a more intimate scale, the garden walls of the main house and guest cabin enclose the entry court to the south east.

The long drive opens onto the intimate entry court. A concrete wall which extends into the landscape marks the entrance and defines the major circulation spine of the house. Public spaces open off this axis toward the views to the mountains. Secondary spaces branch off to the north and south forming the private wing of the main house and the guest cabin respectively. With regulation restricting the roof forms, the structural trusses are shaped to lift the ceiling planes toward light and the views of the landscape. The placement of the buildings, as well as their enclosure, one’s perception of interior space extends to the exterior and the landscape, blurring the distinction between the two.

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Architect: Dynia Architects

2 days ago11-21 21:24 by 2Modern Blog

Eckstrom Eames Lounge ChairMetallics may be an industrial design trend, but artist Cheryl Ekstrom has something quite a bit more permanent in mind. With the Los Angeles-based artist’s startlingly realistic sculpture series, Stable Inhabitants of a Changing World, Ekstrom has taken some of the most recognizable and exalted forms in Mid-Century modern furniture—Charles and Ray Eames’ Lounge Chair, George Nelson’s Marshmallow Sofa, Arne Jacobsen’s Swan Chair, and that 60′s staple, the Beanbag—and given them added heft by painstakingly casting their likeness in stainless steel. A series that began in 2007, the sculptures comprise to-scale models of the modernist icons, each piece having achieved the seemingly impossible: coaxing cold, hard steel into exactingly replicating the tactile softness of time-worn leather—and in so doing, brilliantly dissolving the line between art and design.  Eckstrom BeanbagEckstrom SwanEckstrom Marshmallow Sofa Via Artsy

2 days ago11-21 21:02 by Better Living Through Design

Nendo’s latest umbrella hides a cover in its handle

Kickstarter: Baron Shave Kit

Frozen bubbles

Drone made from fungal material

Kickstarter: Cambium: Minimal Dock

The tl;dr version of the Bible

360° Laser-Cut Paper Story Books by Yusuke Oono

Lettermate (via swissmiss)

Have an excellent weekend!

2 days ago11-21 20:32 by NOTCOT.ORG
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