Lance O'Donnell of o2 Architecture has overseen the completion of two dwellings in Palm Springs – a contemporary home he designed, and a never-built residence by famed mid-century modernist architect Al Beadle.The homes are referred to as the Miele Chino Canyon Project — a reference to their location within the Southern California city. The dwellings are situated within the Chino Cone area, at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains.
The 02 House was designed by O'Donell, who founded the local firm o2 Architecture in 2006. The other residence, the Beadle House, is based on never-built plans by Al Beadle, a famed Arizona architect who died in 1998. He was known for creating relaxed, modernist dwellings in the desert. The two homes, which sit within walking distance of each other, share a respect for their natural context. “Both feature notable art and furnishings, as well as building principles, that are sensitive to the environment of the desert,” the team said.
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One of our personal favourite entries, Ansty Plum, a 1960s modernist house renovated by London firm Coppin Dockray, has been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year. The home is located in a small village in Wiltshire, England. It was built in 1962 by architect David Levitt – who later went on to establish Levitt Bernstein – and then extended in the early 1970s Brutalist architects Alison and Peter Smithson. “Ansty Plum is a very special 20th century house, resurrected for viable modern living without damaging the spirit or the fabric of the original. In the house what has been taken away, and what has not been added is as important as what has been rescued or retained.”
The apartment that was once the home of Auguste Perret, the pioneer of concrete and master of Le Corbusier, is now owned by architect Felix Claus. As all the original listed building, the 1930s apartment was entirely built of concrete by Auguste Perret; the interiors featured oak-wood floors and walls, concrete columns and circular plaster ceilings encased in wood fiber panels. And now nothing has changed: the space still looks like it was then, the new owner only furnished it with design icons and contemporary pieces, such as the red armchairs and Zig Zag chairs by Gerrit Rietveld, the black ones by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini, the Tulip table and side table by Eero Saarinen, produced by Knoll.
Interior designer Marie Querton lives in this Belgian house, a modern architecture designed by Marc Corbiau who got inspired by modernist icons, such as Mies van der Rohe’s Pavillion and Le Corbusier’s Citè Radius: a building that is engaged in conversation with nature, thanks to a great transparency, to combine interiors and outdoor. The result is a stylish family house, immersed in greenery and featuring art and design icons.