Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category
The Art Deco style is eclectic and inspired a great deal of design during the early part of the twentieth century, including architecture, interior design, fashion, jewellery and film.
Coined in 1966, the term Art Deco refers to the style that was popular during the 1920s until the Second World War period. Features of this style include geometric and angular shapes, bold contrasts and colours, lots of chrome, mirrors and shiny fabrics – which is why Art Deco buildings are so memorable and distinctive even today.
Often the materials used in Art Deco buildings include aluminium and stainless steel, as architects tended to embrace the machine age to add futuristic elements to their designs. However, as with any style there were numerous sources of inspiration which is why buildings vary so widely. Often patterns were taken from around the world and from throughout history, including the Far East, ancient Greece and Rome, Africa, India and Aztec cultures.
A house is the most expensive purchase most of us will ever make in our lifetimes. They are our homes, our castles and our sanctuaries. Generally a measure of success, they regularly form the topic of conversations. These days we have programmes dedicated to them. Some have even set their own world records and below we take a look at some of the best in their full glory.
Most Expensive (Mumbai India)
This title belongs to Anitllia which is a $1 billion property just completed by the richest man in India. The building is a 40,000 sq ft, 27 storey structure which the owner Mukesh Ambanin hopes will be the Taj Mahal of the 21st century. An example surely proving that money can’t buy taste.
Cheapest House (West Bengal India)
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Robert Young Architecture + Interiors a New York-based firm, has designed what’s called the ‘Kettle Hole House’, a rehabilitation of a single family house in East Hampton, New York. Originally constructed in the 1980s, the outdated structure was permeated with bands of glazing, increasing transparency through the home to continue views to the woods behind and introduce dappled daylight into the interior. Cubic and rectangular volumes are mixed with horizontally striated cedar cladding, strongly related to the pine trees standing within the surrounding grounds in a peaceful manner.
Opening the entry foyer to a double height space, the bordering rooms on the lower and upper have been visually expanded and linked to each other. Open riser stairs with treads formed from steel plates connected to a translucent partition maintain an airy presence, allowing light to pass through the material. Dwellers are continuously offered vistas into the forest, fostering a relationship with nature.
We know for a fact that you’re into modern architecture, and this is only natural since this is the moving trend nowadays, and also for a fact we know that you will like this house. The Kelowna House wears the signature of the Canadian architect David Tyrell.
The home is a unique residential building displaying a contemporary architecture enhanced by its position. Nestled between natural landscape elements like the mountain that led to its shape and size and the forested land surrounding it, the modern home is a fortress-like construction offering a comfortable lifestyle despite the harsh conditions.
Located near Kelowna, BC, Canada, the residence that received its name from the neighboring city displays a massive brick wall supporting the interior spaces. Overlooking Okanagan Lake, the modern and imposing residence gathers views from many vantage points, both interior and exterior. Wood columns on the upper terrace support large overhangs and add an interesting character to the upper floor pavilion containing the social and entertaining areas, as well as the master bedroom. An infinity pool completes the luxurious features of this home.