Category: architecture

A Week in New York

I love NY. Wall Street, the Empire States Building, the NY Yankees, riding the subways, authentic New York style pizza, New York hot dog, hot pastrami sandwich at one of their famous New York delicatessens, the U.S. Open on a balmy September evening, ice skating at Wollman Rink… these are just a few of the things that remind […]

Luxury Ski Chalets

Award-winning international designer Nicky Dobree is well known for designing luxury ski chalets, villas and contemporary residential interiors. In 2003, she converted a 300-year old ski chalet in the Alps, which was featured on Grand Designs Abroad. Host Kevin McCloud described the chalet as the “ultimate James Bond pad.” Located in the Portes du Soleil area, between […]

In Search of Architectural Minimalism

It is not surprising anymore to see the number of minimalist house extensions that get built in London and pretty much around the UK. This includes the painstaking restoration and refurbishment of grade-listed structures that incorporate the old and and the new in a meaningful way that is well-designed and sustainable. In a country that has a long history and is steeped in tradition, […]

Architectural transformations

The beautiful English countryside is littered with historical-registered buildings ranging from barns, old mills, monasteries, and derelict utility structures, which some have been converted for residential use. These architectural minimalist transformations are a brilliant and ecological way of reusing what is already there in order to preserve the beauty of their past, present and future in context with the […]

Inspiring Architecture Offices

This is what I hope to achieve one day… to have a beautiful live/work space where there is plenty of natural lighting and where you feel like you are connected to nature. I would love to revisit and possibly do a project in the UK, Switzerland, Austria, and closer to home, Squaw Valley and Los […]

Movie Homes from the 80s & 90s

I don’t know what it is but I have always been fascinated by the film locations of movie homes, particularly the ones from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Home Alone, and Father of the Bride. Aside from the fact that these homes are traditional in appearance with their symmetrical windows and painted wood shutters and a stately portico out front, these houses […]

La Sagrada Familia

“There is no reason to regret that I cannot finish the church. I will grow old but others will come after me. What must always be conserved is the spirit of the work, but its life has to depend on the generations it is handed down to and with whom it lives and is incarnated”. […]

Artist, Astronomer, Earth mover

Would you pay $6,500 to see inside Roden Crater, the land art that James Turrell has been working on for nearly four decades? Perhaps it is fitting to post this on the birthday of two individuals whose works I admire, artist James Turrell and John Pawson. The two share an affinity for the perception of light and space. I have […]

2013 RIBA Royal Gold Medal Winner Peter Zumthor in conversation with RIBA’s Tony Chapman

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, known for his exploration of tactile and sensory qualities of space and site-specific buildings, is arguably one of the most sought-after members of his profession. Unlike his peers, he is one of the few design practitioners who keeps a low profile, which is not surprising considering his wooden barn studio is tucked away in the […]

A nod to the past and the future

I was first introduced the term ‘adaptive reuse’ during my third year in the architecture program at Woodbury University. There was an exhibit in one of the studio galleries which showed some of the students’ work during their summer travel abroad in Paris and Barcelona. Their beautiful drawings, rendered in pencil, ink and water color, captured the traditional architectural details and […]