The architecture and interior design of the Sugamo Shinkin Bank in Tokiwadai, Tokyo, Japan sought to create a relaxing and refreshing space for customers. Architect Emmanuelle Moureaux arranged 14 different colours in a distinctive rhythmical pattern for the windows of the building, and designed silhouettes of trees for the façade. A constellation of leaves in 24 different colours are painted on the interior walls and glass windows, blending with the real trees in the courtyards.
Situated in the heart of Dubai, the tallest man-made structure in the world, designed by architect Adrian Smith, stands as 828 meters (2,717 ft.). The design of Burj Khalifa is inspired by patterning systems in Islamic architecture. The cross section of the tower decreases as the tower rises in height. The tower is the centre for offices, hotel, shopping, dining, entertainment and luxury residences.
Situated on Clifton Beach in the suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, the Victoria 50 apartments take full advantage of the ocean view. The interiors have plenty of natural light and the outdoor terraces are fully utilized for entertainment and viewing sunsets. Designed by Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects (SAOTA), these luxury apartments reflect the best of contemporary coastal living.
The rehabilitation of the city of Beirut, Lebanon has inspired famed Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron to design Beirut Terraces. Situated in the prestigious Beirut Central District, this apartment tower is made up of slabs overlapping each other, with hanging gardens on every floor, creating a vertical village that blends the indoor and outdoor, views and privacy, landscape with architecture. The building’s extensive balconies allow natural light to come through, making it truly energy efficient. Due for completion in 2013, Beirut Terraces represents part of Beirut’s future with its contemporary waterfront living experience.
This beautifully landscaped estate in La Jolla, California is a stunning Spanish Colonial Hacienda-Style Home with the ambience of Tuscany.
First Crescent in Camps Bay near Cape Town, South Africa, designed by Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects (SAOTA), is an innovative architectural masterpiece. The linear arrangement of its architecture and transparent living spaces enhance the effect of the stunning ocean view.
Los Angeles-based architect Steve Hermann is selling his “opus” — The Glass Pavilion. This contemporary 13,875-square-foot home in Montecito, California, which sits on three-and-a-half acres of land, features walls of glass, and has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, a kitchen with a wine room and an art gallery that displays the architect’s vintage car collection. The home is listed for US$35 million.
The Yokohama International Port Terminal in Japan is a new kind of contemporary architecture that turns against the form of buildings as representation of iconic architecture. The design team at Foreign Office Architects created the cruise ship terminal as an extension of the pier ground. The fluid and uninterrupted lines are folded like an origami into an unique structural system that allows its boarding level to seamlessly connect to the city’s underground level. It is also especially adequate in coping with the lateral forces generated by the seismic movements known to affect the Japanese topography.