Maggie's cancer centres , UK . Architecture with a heart
Maggie’s Centres - a network of beautiful spaces in the grounds of British cancer hospitals offering support and refuge to patients and their families - have over twenty years gathered worldwide acclaim for their impressive line-up of beautiful buildings by remarkable architects.
Claire Fouché is everything her jewellery is – elegant, smart, bold and feminine. And most importantly she has a very big heart. Out of the slums of Kibera in Nairobi comes this modern jewellery with a hint of tribal Africa, designed by Claire in collaboration with the local artisans, which is then sent to London to be fine-tuned.
Young Australian architects Archier Studio have worked with a regionally based sculptor Benjamin Gilbert to hand-craft a truly beautiful dwelling from 270 reclaimed one-tonne blocks of concrete. The award-winning design was designed and built together with the client, and serves as a precedent for positive reuse of the thousands of tonnes of concrete which goes to waste each year.
This awe-inspiring, opulent building dictates the streets of Szczecin, in north-west Poland. The Great Symphonic Hall was designed by Barcelona-based architect, Barozzi Veiga and is built on the site of earlier auditorium that was destroyed during the Second World War.
A small family house planned around a sheltered triangular courtyard makes the most of a tight, rocky hillside site in Espoo, Finland. A deceptively simple profile belies the spaces within - calm, peaceful, warm and filled with natural light which spills in through the many windows and skylights.
Vortex Bladeless - stylish design of wind turbines from spanish designers .
These days wind farms are a common sight - a graceful and elegant presence scattered across landscapes, caught in our peripheral vision as we hurtle past on a Eurostar… but the future may bring an alternative to their familiar pinwheel form. Spanish pioneers David Suriol, David Yáñez, and Raul Martín of Vortex Bladeless are proposing a striking new approach to the wind turbine which we can guarantee looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
As the end of summer approaches in the northern hemisphere, we couldn't help but include this romantic villa, set in the wheat fields of Tuscany. You can feel that dry heat coming from the honey coloured sandstone.... until next year Tuscany.
Monk House, Lewes, Sussex Dates to early 16th century
An hour’s train ride from London is Monk’s House in Rodmell, Sussex. The 17th century weatherboard cottage was once inhabited by political theorist and author Leonard and novelist Virginia Woolf, and was a gathering place of the wider Bloomsbury Group. Surrounded by a lush garden of flowers, orchards, vegetables and ponds, the house has been preserved as the Woolfs left it, an artifact of their rich and turbulent life together.
We checked in at surf destination, Puerto Escondido back in March of 2014, when we covered Grupo Habita’s latest boutique offering - Hotel Escondido. Here we're revisiting Mexico’s Emerald Coast this week to give you a peek at Casa Wabi, a gallery, artists' residence and community space, by modern master, Tadao Ando.