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Niop Hacienda – Historic Renovation, Mexico

June 17, 2015

Multi-use estate in Champotón in Mexico, by AS arquitectura and R79 architects.

We share this intriguing renovation found in the coastal town of Champotón in Mexico. This multifunctional estate has been beautifully modernised as a weekend home, boutique hotel and event space, with public areas for reflection and isolation, all while staying loyal to its existing historical structure of decaying walls and geometry.

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1960’s Log Cabin Revamp

June 17, 2015

A clever addition to a 1960s holiday cabin in Blairgowie, Australia.

This beautiful cabin is a clever addition to an existing 1960s log house, located in the bayside of Blairgowrie, Australia (65 miles south of Melbourne), designed by Maddison Architects.

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A Country House Conversion, Berlin

May 30, 2015

Thomas Kröger Architects

There is nothing more wonderful than a building with history. Whether it has crumbling old walls or delicate decorative features - an old building tells a tale we all want to unravel. This impressive barn in a small village in the Uckermark, north of Berlin, has been converted into an eye-catching country house. Beautiful old bricks, large open arches, raw wooden beams and a fireplace that the A Magazine office wish we could sit around for hours…

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Raised Retreat, Spain

May 14, 2015

Mariana de Delás has created a magical intervention in a remote agricultural estate on the island of Mallorca. Translucent and hovering gently above a field of golden barley, it resembles an architectural interpretation of a cloud.

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Help Nepal

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May 16, 2015

Beautiful Photography Exhibition To Support Nepal.

The devastating earthquake in Nepal and its disastrous aftermath is forefront in my thoughts and is all the more poignant as my son and I trekked in Nepal three years ago with his school group known as CETOP. Please help us support Nepal by purchasing one or more of these beautiful, evocative prints or by making a donation - see details at the end of this article.

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Termitary House, Vietnam

May 4, 2015

Termitary House, Thanh Khê District, Da Nang, Vietnam. Tropical Space Architects, 2014

Inspired by the architectural form and communal nature of termite nests, the Termitary House is a refurbished brick dwelling filled with sunlight and fresh air; an exceptional design response to the extreme fluctuating climate of Da Nang, a coastal city in central Vietnam which alternates between hot and sunny seasons and tropical storms.

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Finland’s Most Lovely Garden Shed

May 4, 2015

Summer Retreat Linda Bergroth (Hel Yes!) and Ville Hara (Avanto Architects), 2010

This prefabricated greenhouse and garden shed was launched in 2010, designed by Helsinki architect Ville Hara of Avanto Architects as a customizable kit for Kekkilä’s Home & Garden collection in Finland. Here, designer Linda Bergroth of Hel Yes! shows us how it’s done, adapting her greenhouse as her personal summer retreat.

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A Modern Moroccan Castle, Ourika Valley, Morocco

March 12, 2015

Villa E, Atlas Mountains, Morocco by Studio Ko

A blood-red stone fortress at the foot of the Atlas Mountains shelters a house of surprises and delight.

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Pink Pomegranates & Emerald Green Shutters, Spain

February 28, 2015

Simple renovation of spanish townhouse

We loved the simplicity of this refurbishment of a townhouse in Majorca, Spain. by architects Alberto Sanchez SMS Architects. Green cactus and emerald shutters starkly contrast the light-washed sandstone facade of the house. The airy yet elegant minimal interiors that still posses that rustic Spanish nature. You can almost feel the warm Mediterranean sun hitting the stones of the house...

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Those Crumbling Stone Walls, Portugal

February 28, 2015

Another clever renovation contrasting old and new in Portugal

This two storey light filled modern concrete holiday home exists within and between crumbling stone walls from an old ruined building.

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In Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

February 20, 2015

Evan Osnos Interview

Evan Osnos, a New Yorker staff writer, was awarded the 2014 National Book Award for non-fiction in November 2014, for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China. Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore interviewed him just prior to winning what is considered one of the most prestigious literary prizes in U.S. publishing.

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A Magazine’s Valentines Day

February 14, 2015

The image of Valentines Day’s is often marred by blatant consumerism and schmaltzy sentiment, but, if we can move away from that and just focus on good old fashioned romance, we should embrace any excuse to indulge ourselves and our loved ones…

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