Micro-apartment in Berlin by Unknown

It's easy to feel like a victim of sensory overload these days when our phones are constantly being bombarded with notifications and we spend the majority of our days staring at brightly lit screens, overexposed to colors and visually over-stimulating images. So sometimes, seeing a minimalist space, like this apartment in Berlin, exercising restraint in design, is just as interesting and compelling as a space with crazy, intricate details. We love the deliberate use of proportions to work with the small area of the apartment as well as space-saving solutions like a staircase that provides enough room for a bookcase if needed. See more of the project here.

Simple yet also complex | De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop by Unknown

Whisky loving firm, De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, were challenged to design a visitor center for Kentucky Wild Turkey Bourbon Distillery. Their design reflects the context and history of the distillery using form and materials which makes this architecture significantly attractive. 

The visitor center contextually resembles a barn in shape, and it is clad in cedar siding stained black that are set in a herringbone pattern to provide the exterior a varied texture. 

White oak, which Whisky barrels are made of, are used in the interior to create contrast with the exterior finish and spread the aroma of Bourbon.

As a result, the love for the taste of the Bourbon, history and context of the distillery are all minimized into a simple silhouette of a barn. 

Find out more about this architecture by clicking here!

“It is a site-specific, life-size sculpture.” by Unknown

Recently one of our projects was featured in Dwell magazine and we couldn't be more excited to revisit one of the coolest homes we have worked on. Not only is this minimalist style beautiful to look at, our Island Home + Studio is also unique in that the geothermal wells, heat pump, solar panels, and sophisticated insulation system allow the house to achieve in nearly zero energy use! To read more about the project check out our Dwell article here or visit our website here.

Making Modern by Steve

We love modern and minimalist, but its not always easy to find. Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and make things yourself. We are going to try and include a couple of blog posts to document the things we occasionally make here in the office. This week Shane Staley (who also operates a a high end furniture business during the wee hours of the night) created these Ash table and bar tops for a coffee shop that we are working on. Sometimes the only way to have something done right is to simply do it yourself, even if that means working through the night. Classic woodworking created these clean modern wood table tops.

The New Crematorium, The Woodland Cemetery | Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor by Unknown

Architects design habitable spaces for better quality of life. But what about the dead? Do architects design spaces for the dead also? Absolutely. 

Deep topics such as life and death, lead a group of designers to create a new woodland crematorium in Stockholm, Sweden. When we think of crematorium, we instantly think of death. But let's not forget, death is part of life as well. To make sure that the soul of the dead is rested, certain human tradition takes place. 

The site is in dense forest area, so the motto of this project is "Stone in the Forest". Unfinished white concrete is used to show honesty and purity in the interior, and bricks are used on the exterior to relates to the earth. The light from the sky penetrates the inside spade, establishing a connection with the heavens. Click here to learn more about the details.

Torquay House | Wolveridge Architects by Unknown

The language this architecture speaks is certainly an adaptation of surrounding context. This two story, three bedroom house is situated in coastal area, and uses materials that can stand the coastal environmental  conditions.

Local vegetation are also selected carefully to "blend in" with the surrounding context. But most importantly, it is designed for occupants to enjoy their new residence whether permanently or during the weekends, and to be a place worth arriving all season-long. 

 Visit here to learn more about this serene architecture.