Australian practice Breathe Architecture has transformed the former headquarters of Paramount Pictures in Sydney into a boutique hotel with warm and tactile interiors.The Paramount House Hotel is situated on Commonwealth Street in the trendy Surry Hills surburb, set within the former headquarters of film studio Paramount Pictures and an adjacent warehouse.The two buildings were restored and linked together with a two-storey extension in a nine-year project by local practice Fox Johnston.
Mattress startup Casper has opened a space where New Yorkers can relax and refresh, and even sleep for a short while in tubular wooden pods.Located in Manhattan’s Soho neighbourhood, adjoining Casper’s main retail shop that opened earlier this year, The Dreamery was designed by the brand’s in-house team in collaboration with architecture firm Hollwich Kushner.It was created as a place for visitors to rest and freshen up, “bringing better sleep to more people and to more places,” according to the brand.Inside is a bright lounge area with a separate, darker room for napping. Users can reserve 45 minutes of rest time for $25 (£19), which can be booked on Casper’s website, via ClassPass or Mindbody, or simply walking in.”Noticing that everyone was downing green juice and wearing fitness trackers — but falling asleep at their desks — Casper set out to champion sleep as an essential pillar of wellness,” said a statement from the brand.
The apartment provides a Barcelona base for Laia and Biel Huguet, owners of Mallorcan tile brand Huguet, in the city’s Gracia district.Its 65-square-metre interior is arranged across three consecutive rooms, with a view onto the street at one end of the apartment, and a view onto a central courtyard at the other.TEd’A founders Irene Pérez and Jaume Mayol aimed to open up the interior of the property, so that light could penetrate the darker central space.By inserting a long spruce plywood storage wall that snakes through the space and intersects all three rooms, the architects were able to create six smaller interconnected spaces linked by archways and doorways between the rooms and through the storage wall.”This new [storage wall] element organises the space and physically and visually connects the entire floor from one end to the other,” they explained.
Bold geometric shapes and terracotta tiles are used to reference the city rooftops in Escolano + Steegmann’s renovation of an apartment in Barcelona.Called Casa Conxita, the 84-square-metre apartment has a linear, east-west layout that looks out onto the street at one end and into a courtyard at the other.
Canadian studio Naturehumaine has overhauled a 1950s duplex in Montreal, placing a slatted black volume at its centre alongside other stark contemporary surfaces.Bessborough Residence is single-family home in the Canadian city’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood, whose ground floor was revamped by local design studio Naturehumaine.Spanning 900 square feet (85 square metres), the project involved the renovation of the main level and the addition of a new stairwell as a focal point.”The challenge was to open this 900-square-foot space by maximising living spaces while keeping a certain sense of spatial division,” said the studio. “The architectural concept is built around three ‘blocks’.”
Open living spaces, adaptable furniture and an indoor garden helped Nitton Architects create a homely apartment inside a tightly-packed residential block in north-east Singapore. The apartment – which is aptly titled House in a Flat – is situated in the town of Sengkang, set within an 800-unit residential development. It belongs to Liting Lee, founder of local practice Nitton Architects, and her husband Khoon Toong Chow.
French duo Normal Studio have become the latest designers to overhaul an apartment inside Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse building in Marseille. Jean-Marc Drut is the owner of Appartement N°5, one of 337 homes inside the housing block that is one of Le Corbusier’s most famous designs. Every year he hands over his home to a new designer to reimagine. This year, Normal Studio’s Jean-François Dingjian and Eloi Chafaï have filled the apartment with a selection of their most innovative designs. They see this as a response to the radical nature of the building.
Furo have transformed an old family home near Lisbon into a hostel, with colourful accents throughout based on the tropical patina of sunshine and vacations. The hostel is situated just west of the capital in the coastal town of Cascais, an area frequented by both locals and tourists for its marina and sandy beaches.
A century-old house in north London has been overhauled by Richard Parr and Associates, to create a home for the founder of cycling brand Rapha and his family. Simon Mottram and his wife Lucy asked for the double-fronted Edwardian-era house, which is located in the Mapesbury conservation area, to be completely remodelled.
A horizontal shower replaces the bathtub in this futuristic six-square-metre home spa, designed for small-space living by German studio Sieger Design. Realised in collaboration with bathroom brand Dornbracht, the Small Size Premium Spa, which the company refers to as SSPS, has been designed in response to urbanisation and shrinking apartment sizes.”More and more people are moving into cities, resulting in increasing scarcity of living space and rising apartment prices. But at the same time, there’s increasing demand for enhanced quality of life,” said Michael Sieger, co-founder of Sieger Design.”The bathroom is becoming ever more important as a part of overall living space. Not only does it serve to prevent illness and boost quality of life, but it is also becoming more and more of a refuge – a place to refresh and revitalise. “The Small Size Premium Spa, SSPS for short, fulfils all the standards of a luxury spa in a compact area of approximately six square metres,” he added.