italian studio wok blends history and modernity with a country home in verona


milan-based studio wok completes its transformation of a derelict barn in rural chievo, outside the northern city of verona.

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sliding dividers easily turn this tel aviv apartment into an open space


the apartment has been renovated for a single man who wanted to embrace the exterior green surroundings and enable as much natural light to enter the space.

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Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

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Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

Quite a long title, but this is an apartment in the 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

Thanks to Modernism In Metro-Land for the background detail (go back the Modernism In Metro-Land book if you can), which is pretty much all the detail there is, outside of the fact that it dates from 1965.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

It is a rather impressive piece of 1960s modernism too, made up of two apartment blocks in red brick with white concrete detailing. Think hip, sixties living and you probably think something like this.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

The apartment in question is a first-floor apartment in the left wing of the block and also a refurbishment job, which is always an interesting proposition.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

This one looks to have been updated in some way in the fairly recent past, but not to a high standard. Perhaps a former rental? Who knows. But I do know that it needs work now to bring it back to its best.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. First up, it means the price is lower than a fully-restored apartment and secondly, you can sort this one out to your own taste and standards.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

The structure of the apartment is generally untouched. It looks like the original internal doors and door to the balcony are still there, plus some of the original dark wood skirting boards, for example. Not much has changed with the balcony, which looks to have the original 1960s planters. Even some if the bathroom fittings are original too.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

But beyond that, the place really needs stripping out and bringing up to date and/or in keeping with the apartment’s original 1960s style. In other words, something of a blank canvas to work on.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

You have 1,035 sq.ft. of space to rework, with accommodation including three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one en-suite), the kitchen and the private terrace with views across the ‘substantial, mature’ estate grounds.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

Southwood Park residents also have access to a full-time resident manager, those communal gardens (almost equivalent to your own park) and a recently refurbished outdoor swimming pool. Hot water and heating are also included but note that it will all come with a service charge per year.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

Before you consider that and your new kitchen, you might want to consider the asking price. Not a cheap area, with this one with a guide price of £899,950.

Images and details courtesy of Winkworth. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

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CASACOR miami brings experiential urban living to brickell city centre


the exhibition features a variety of micro-environments, where visitors can engage with design ideas that may apply to their own living spaces.

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megowan architectural’s two angle house in australia responds to its corner site


by following the contours of the land, the design prioritizes the ocean views while maximizing its sun exposure.

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Architects Create Giant Gingerbread City in London

A gingerbread house in the making. (Photo by Don LaVange CC BY-SA 2.0)

When architects trade out concrete and steel for gingerbread and licorice, they make our half-hearted attempts at holiday decorating pale in comparison.

This year marks the third year that London’s Museum of Architecture has sponsored Gingerbread City, a tasty way to envision the city of the future.

More than 60 buildings designed and created by architects, designers and engineers made entirely of gingerbread and candy grace the space at the V&A Museum in London. This city, like many non-edible ones, is master-planned: the firm Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design planned Gingerbread City, and architecture and design firms filled it in.

Reuters says the city features a high-line-esque Sugar Loop, complete with (working) licorice cable car and sugar-dusted pedestrian and bike lanes. There’s also a pub, movie theater and sports stadium, the Evening Standard said, and a rooftop vegetable garden with candy vegetables. There’s even a homeless shelter for any candy people without a roof over their heads, designed by architects Holland Harvey. The city takes up a massive amount of space, filling a whole room.

It’s a lighthearted way to end the year, but it’s also serious business for these firms. Robert Nolan, an architect at APT, told Reuters that his firm makes a lot of models at gingerbread scale, so it wasn’t all that hard to switch media — except for accidental munching of gingerbread pieces.

“We had to be very careful when making it that suddenly you might be halfway through making something and then be like ‘oh, wait, where did that piece go? Oh, we’ve actually gone and eaten it’,” Nolan said.

Another design was built by a robotic arm, showcasing Foster & Partner’s high-tech construction techniques.

Tibbalds said in a statement that the exhibition is “intended to get people who don’t normally spend much time looking at their environment to think more about the kind of places they live, work and play in, how these are created and how they impact on us all.”

“For Tibbalds, this isn’t about some dystopian vision about the future but about how real places can work for all of us and how we can live in well designed, attractive and lively places — and ideally that are a bit more long-lasting than these gingerbread ones,” Tibbalds director Hilary Satchwell told the Mirror.

 

The “New Handle-Free SieMatic” SieMatic presents a new concept for purist kitchen design

When it was first presented in 1960, it revolutionised kitchen design and function: the handle-free SieMatic. In 1988, it was once again celebrated as an avant-garde vanguard. Today, the handle-free kitchen has become the design standard. Have all th…
 

NASA’s voyager 2 probe has reached interstellar space


after 41 years journeying through space, the voyager 2 has passed beyond the sun’s influence.

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