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Happy Pride Month! <3 Wanted to do something special for it with my kids!


The Art of François Schuiten

The Obscure Cities is a graphic novel series set on a counter-Earth, created by the Belgian comics artist François Schuiten and his longtime friend, writer Benoît Peeters, in the early 1980s. In this fictional world, humans live in independent city-states, each of which has developed a distinct civilization, each characterized by a distinctive architectural style.

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My-House in Melbourne

My-House is Austin Maynard’s own home. It is also the office of Austin Maynard Architects. Maynard and his family live upstairs, whilst AMA occupies the shopfront downstairs. The kitchen, dining and garden are shared between my family and the AMA team between 9am and 5pm.

My-House is an experiment that Austin Maynard lives in. It is a home that he dares not impose on his clients. It breaks many important rules, often not in a good way. My-House lets in sunlight where a house should not. Whilst it is a very sustainable home, My-House is not as thermally efficient as the homes he designs for others. Issues of privacy and personal comfort are often challenged in My-House. It is for these reasons that Maynard and his family love it.

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Quintessa Pavilions in Napa Valley

Situated on a ridgeline within the breathtaking 280-acre Quintessa Estate in Napa Valley, the Quintessa Pavilions designed by Walker Warner Architects exemplify the ideal fusion of architecture and nature. Immersed in the landscape and surrounded by vineyard-covered hills, each pavilion is carefully sited to protect visitors from the elements while preserving the surrounding oak trees that naturally shade the area. Built with sustainability in mind, the overall design echoes the existing winery in its environmental sensitivity and industrial material palette that ages and weathers elegantly. The result is three, unique wine tasting pavilions that can be utilized year-round despite the weather.

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Hide Out House in Los Angeles

Acclaimed Taiwanese artist James Jean lives and works inside a beautiful contemporary space called “Hide Out” that is located close to Little Osaka in Los Angeles, California. Dan Brunn Architecture redesigned the house, which was originally created by Frank Gehry back in the 1970s. The minimalist abode features a large metal pivot door, wooden stairs, a spacious living room and a kitchen, as well as a library that draws design cues from a traditional Japanese tea room. 

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris

The historical and structural studies, conducted by Bruno Gaudin Architectes to discover the issues specific to the structure, brought to light an extraordinary juxtaposition of spaces within the structure. The assessment also revealed the necessity of including multiple areas within the intervention to restore Bibliothèque Nationale de France to its use and splendor. 

To launch the project for the rehabilitation of the Richelieu Quadrangle was therefore, to accept the challenges of a polymorphic building whose architectural strata required the elaboration of not one but several different projects: one aimed at the great scale of the site, one concerning distribution and reception; and multiple projects targeting the renovation of specific rooms, each having its individual issues and requirements.  The team of Bruno Gaudin Architectes and Virginie Bréga developed different typologies of “weaves”, which set up a dialog between Architecture, History and Techniques. A vision that guided the necessary and profound changes the structure underwent.

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