Idea of the Day: Tin Tiles Create a Striking Accent Wall (4 photos)

There’s no rule that says ceiling tiles are only allowed to dance on the ceiling. “My client loved masculine industrial style, but at the same time, he wanted his bedroom to feel really comfy,” says interior designer Nina Magon. Working within a fairly small budget, the designer had the big idea...

 

My first Building – Deborah Saunt, Director of DSDHA

John Perry Nursery in Dagenham came out of research and speculation, gathering together ideas that question preconceptions of what buildings for children should be. Our commission via a competitive process was to build a new nursery school attached to a primary school on what was then the last page of the A-Z map of London.

The client and head teacher believed that school is the one moment where children can engage with nature and understand their place in the world as members of society.

My-first-building-Deborah Saunt, Director-DSDHA-designcurialMy-first-building-Deborah Saunt, Director-DSDHA-designcurial

We therefore made sure that the threshold between inside and out was as permeable as possible and developed the design for a huge cantilever of over 8m in length, and which the children could play outside without any interruption of columns. This developed into the rhetoric of a very strong architecture where the building almost terrifies adults but creates delight for children.

We also tested a new material for the enclosure of the building, polycarbonate Rodeca, which until that time had not been used, which coincided with the Laban Dance Centre in Deptford by Herzog and de Meuron. So we knew we were onto some simultaneously great research with them!

The only painful process I can specifically recall was when the Project Architect returned from site with photographs of the canopy, which we had been expectantly waiting for, only to find that it appeared to be drooping! This meant that 8m of steel was sloping downwards rather than lying horizontally carving its huge shelter through the air and the contractor had been insistent that it didn't really matter and that it was not drooping at all.

We had to go back to site and ask them to dismantle the cantilever, which as a novice architect was quite a Herculean request. There was some argument about the cost involved that we subsequently proved along with the structural engineer that the structure was indeed leaning downwards by over 10cm and the fault lay with the contractor.

It felt amazing to see the building emerge. Especially important was the day that the nursery opened and the first children were allowed to come in and test out the space. They ran around laughing, playing and screaming with delight at the discoveries they made and climbing all over the bespoke concrete landscape and play equipment that we had made in the large garden that lay beyond the cantilevered canopy, which had been inspired by Barbara Hepworth's garden at her studio in Cornwall.

The building is especially important to us because the client consequently asked us to make another building for them at the same site, a larger children centre, and then William Bellamy School nearby. Therefore, this first building was the start of a long-term relationship, which underscored our future ability to win projects in the future, and for me is testament to the incredible risks that clients take in supporting new designers.

www.dsdha.co.uk

 

 

Personal Spaces: Small-Kitchen Designs (18 photos)

From layout challenges to a lack of light, compact kitchens can prove challenging to live with and tricky to change. Gather inspiration for your own small-kitchen design from these 10 creative homeowners and their hard-won space solutions.

 

Metamorfose by FAHR 021.3

‘We bound the ruin with its surroundings without covering it and so preserved its dignity.’ An installation in Porto draws attention to a forgotten part of the city centre.
 

Bernd Riegger’s see-through timber cabin provides shelter for a forest kindergarten

Openings in the walls of this wooden shelter in Austria create display compartments where children can show off treasures collected from the trails of the surrounding forest (+ slideshow). (more…)

 

brillhart house in miami references florida’s vernacular architecture


two porches at the front and rear of the dwelling not only provide additional floor space, but also enhanced protection against the region's elements.

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On the market: Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire

Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire

If you have a view of housing in northern towns, you might want to review it when you see this four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire.

Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire

It is a very stylish build, the work of the current owners and a house that really makes a statement with its extensive glazing, wood cladding and open plan living.

Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire

Yes, there is a hint of old school modernism here (with a shape that’s not unlike some 1960s builds we have featured in the past). But this is no retro property, this is modern-day living, complete with all the fixtures and fittings you would expect in such a property.

Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire

That obviously includes a state of the art kitchen, designer touches (looks like a number of Tom Dixon pendants in the dining area to us), the central fireplace, the enclosed staircase, marble flooring, cutting edge technology and the wonderful master bedroom with exposed bath.

Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire

There is also eco-friendly under floor heating and solar energy harvesting, which should save you a bit on the bills long term.

Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire

As for space, there is no shortage of that, with open reception areas on the ground floor, as well as a living kitchen and utility area, along with the previously-mentioned master bedroom suite, three further double bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire

Outside there is a good amount of garden, along with off-road parking and planning permission for a double garage if you need it.

Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire

Stylish, luxurious living, which is on the market with a guide price of £۷۹۹,۹۹۵٫

Images and details courtesy of Miller Metcalfe estate agents. To see the full listing, all the images and to contact the agent, visit their website.

Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
Four-bedroom contemporary modernist property in Bolton, Lancashire
 

blake little shoots honey covered humans for preservation series


models representing a diverse range of ages, ethnicities and body types have been completely canvassed in cascading sheets of golden goo, resulting in their almost amber-preserved appearance.

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lindo vale row-house features concealed doors and dynamic shutters


located in porto, the architects behind the project, cláudia monteiro and vitor oliveira, are also the dwelling's permanent tenants.

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Mary Katrantzou contrasts Modernist shapes with “horror vacui” details for Autumn Winter 2015

Mary Katrantzou AW15 London Fashion Week

Squishy foam spikes featured on garments and the catwalk at fashion designer Mary Katrantzou's Autumn Winter 2015 show during London Fashion Week. (more…)

 



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