south african bliss

This is what a real getaway looks like people. In their own words: “Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. It has an exceptionally well–preserved werf dating from 1690. A fruit and vegetable garden of botanical diversity supplies a remarkable restaurant. Guests staying at an exclusive … Continue reading

montréal: 3 days, 3 destinations

We were in the lovely city of Montreal for just under three days, and we surely fell in love! Amidst our busy schedule of visiting fabulous restaurants, fun bars, and plenty of browsing through great furniture shops, we also managed to visit 3 great spots that we highly recommend to our fellow architecture lovers. 1. … Continue reading

living in amazonian lushness

Today I’d like to focus on the exterior, rather than the interior of this residence. Pedro Useche’s house in Sao Paulo makes me nostalgic about living in South America and being surrounded by tropical gardens that never go through seasonal changes. You’re living in a lush Ferngully-like magical world where stuff just grows and grows … Continue reading

versailles sculpture by xavier veilhan

The awesome photographer Todd Selby documented the great French artist’s installation at the Palace of Versailles in 2009. It’s so great when historical sights are the setting for contemporary art, and I think this is a good example of that. My favorite is the purple mobile of spheres against the ornate ceiling. It feels to me … Continue reading

factory mega house and studio

“to be an architect means to understand space, to understand space organized by man, to decipher the spontaneous movements and behavior of people, and to detect the needs of change that they might unconsciously express. It is essential to track down these issues if we want to contribute with our personal work to the history … Continue reading

robert irwin at dia: beacon

I was at Dia recently with a couple of friends, and had a ball taking pictures of the exterior of the former factory building. Robert Irwin did such a beautiful job with the detailing and the preservation of this site. (I would’ve had four zillion photos if we were allowed to take the camera inside… … Continue reading

landscaping made heavenly

I recently discovered the work of Wirtz International, a Belgian landscape design firm that has been around since 1948. I’m especially in love with their work for private residential gardens, which is mostly what I’ve included in this post. I think the gardens are highly controlled yet there’s a fluidity that is really beautiful and … Continue reading