Architecture + Design

Architectural Lighting Designer Profile - Motoko Ishii

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Motoko Ishii is an important and influential Architectural Lighting Designer for a number of reasons. She is famous for her lighting design artistry, as well as her accomplishments beyond the scope of her lighting projects. Motoko Ishii was able to break through the male dominated architectural community in Japan, which at the time did not welcome women into[...]

Architecture in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam has a nice variety of amazing and rare architecture ranging from Gothic, Dutch Renaissance,  Baroque, neo-styles, Art Deco, Amsterdamse School, modern architecture and more. When touring the architecture of Amsterdam there is something for everyone to enjoy! Famous for its canals, Amsterdam's city center canals provide an excellent view of 17th and[...]

Netherlands Church Turned Into Residence

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This church, located in Utrecht was used as a showroom for antique furnishings for a number of years after it was used for worship, before it was converted into a residence by Zecc Architects. Zecc has found itself a little niche in complete church renovations, the last being the Church of Living, also in Utrecht and which was nominated for the Dutch Design[...]

Architect Profile - Elisabeth Whitworth Scott

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Elisabeth Whitworth Scott was the daughter of a surgeon who had 9 siblings, and was a great-niece of the architects George Gilbert Scott and George Frederick Bodley and was also second cousins to Giles Gilbert Scott, who was the architect of the Liverpool Cathedral. Scott was a British Architect who is best known for her Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stra[...]

Le Corbusier - Pioneer of Modern Architecture

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Arguably the greatest Modern Architect of all time, Le Corbusier was actually born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris in Switzerland in 1887.  In his early years he traveled extensively throughout Europe, and ended up working for Auguste Perret, the French pioneer of reinforced concrete in Paris. It is thought that while working in Germany for architect Peter [...]

Amazing Luxury Hotels from Around the World

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There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of amazing, stylish hotels, but we thought we'd provide you with a short list of the most amazing, four start hotels throughout the world. These hotels were chose based on their Interior Designs, their architecture, history, location and overall appeal. This is just a small sampling of some of the most amazing h[...]

PLACE HO-- USES – Residential Kits and Prefab Home Services

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The Seattle-based PLACE HO-- USES is an architectural group that sells private residential kits or prefab homes in four sizes. Their homes are smart, affordable and green and the entire process typically takes less than a year. If you are looking for a McMansion then forget about PLACE HO-- USES as the sizes come in Tiny with a 935 sq ft living space + 218 [...]

Architect Profile - Benedetta Tagliabue

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One architect who has created amazing works with and without her famous husband is Benedetta Tagliabue. Being married to the famous architect Enric Miralles, who she met while living in New York, and working at the Miralles studio, the Miralles-Tagliabue-EMBT, Benedetta worked side by side with Enric until his untimely death in 2000. Since his passing, she[...]

Zaha Hadid Awarded the Praemium Imperial for Architecture

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The Praemium Imperial is a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. It has become the highest international distinction for achievements in the arts. Each year, six nomination committees, each chaired by an International Adviser, propose candidates in five fields: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theater/Film. This year[...]

High Style from the Slammer

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When it comes to interior design I’d never research jails for inspiration. However, oddly enough some of the most luxurious high-design hotels got their start as a prison. Just look at Malmaison Oxford in Oxford, England. This stylish hotel has 94 rooms and features gorgeous Victorian architecture. Your eye will go immediately to the original heavy metal s[...]