Photo by Line Klien.
Nikkei Media Wall, Tokyo, Japan, 2009 | Curiosity Inc.The “Media wall” was inspired by newspaper on rotary press where the paper while being printed literally fly in the factory, twisted from a printer to the other. The speed and movement of the paper in motion visually erase all the information and the paper becomes an abstract white ribbon.
The house stands on a site facing a narrow, steep slope. Across the street is a wood, which promises a pleasant view with fresh greenery in summer and crimson foliage in autumn. The client’s request was a residential house containing a small gallery and office. The request suggested that the house must be open to the town community. My answer to the requirement was to build the house ‘afloat’. To be precise, the gallery is the only grounded room, which is surrounded by a breezy and sunny wood deck raised at about 1m. Round hollow on the deck floor accommodates a round bench, where people can sit and enjoy meals while watching over the wood view. The space may also serve as the external gallery.
The wood deck, tilted towards the sloped road in front of the house, created a place where the internal and external areas of the house meet and interacts. The residential area and office can be approached via respective staircases. The internal space of the residential area consists of a dining kitchen on the right and facing the wood, and a floor on the left, surrounding the courtyard and spirally ascending. The dining kitchen has a wide counter table suitable for accommodating cooking classes the madam organizes, and the uneven floor provides various corners for different number of guests to sit down. In daily life, of course, the space serves as the family’s living room.
Photography: Hiroshi Ueda, Ryogo Utatsu
When Emrys Architects was commissioned for the reconstruction and extension of offices occupying two terraced Georgian town houses on Great James Street in Bloomsbury (London, UK), the client (GMS Estates) happily embraced the architects’ vision of contemporary architecture. GMS Estates envisioned a space which would break out of the mold of confined working spaces, allowing employees to easily communicate whilst retaining a degree of delineation between departments. With this being said, the architects installed a new two-storey structure at the rear of the two buildings (all the while retaining and enhancing the grandeur of the listed terrace) in order to create additional space, improve circulation between existing workspaces whilst creating a dramatic transition from old to new. The new structure is on two levels and is accessible from both the lower ground and ground floors.
Photography: Alan Williams
Both a bed and a desk, this transformable piece of furniture by designer Mira Schröder elegantly solves the common problem of too little space. By providing an environment for two separate functions, work and sleep, the design optimizes the space available. With the push of one button, the desktop unlocks from the frame and flips over to become a single bed.
As a desk, the piece provides an enviable amount of clutter-free surface area. There is plenty of room to spread out, as well as additional storage in the shelves and drawers on the sides. The concept of the workbed is not new, but few have been so beautifully designed and aesthetically pleasing. This would be perfect for a small apartment in the city.
“Tan’s Garden Villa” Back in 2001, the Owner, Mr Adrian Tan, commissioned Aamer to design his house(s) at No 42. There a large bungalow plot was divided into two to accommodate separate but identical houses which won the prestigious Singapore Institute of Architects’ Design Award in 2004.
Some ten years later Adrian acquired the plot next door, No 40, with the intention of building another home and thus having three houses; one for themselves and one for each of their two grown up sons with their future families.
The idea, therefore, was to design the new home in sync with the previous two but different, of course. Adrian specifically requested for a garden courtyard and koi pond. Hence, the swimming pool was designed on the roof with amazing views over the estate and surrounding houses which are mostly 2 storey bungalows.
Photography: Sanjay Kewlani