Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town on the Romantic Road in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, about halfway in between Frankfurt and Munich. It’s known for its medieval center (Altstadt), seemingly untouched by the passage of time, encircled by the undamaged 14th century town wall. In the Middle Ages, it was a free imperial city, reaching its apex of prosperity under Bürgermeister Heinrich Toppler in the 15th century with a large population of 6,000 - much larger than Frankfurt and Munich at the time. Now it’s a small town and tourist attraction.
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.”
Apartment in Tel Aviv | Yael Perry, Dafna Gravinsky and Amir Navon
This beautiful 80m2 long strip apartment, located in the centre of the vibrant city of Tel Aviv is a holiday home for a family who likes to entertain guests.
The interior designers Yael Perry, Dafna Gravinsky and architect Amir Navon transformed it into a minimalist airy space punctuated by delicate black and white grids and furnishings.
The apartment was re-divided as a grid structure which maximised the apartment potential and includes a bright living space, kitchen and two spacious master bedrooms. The grid became the conceptual design of the project and is evident in the design spaces of the apartment, furniture, lighting and styling. All furniture and lighting were custom made by the designers.
Michelstadt is a small town in the Odenwald in Hessen, Central Germany, between Darmstadt and Heidelberg, pop.: ~16,000. It was first mentioned in documents in 741. Its Altstadt (Old Town) features many timber-framed houses, there’s an old town wall, a gothic church, and a few castles around.
Cochem, Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany, is a traditional town with half-timbered houses and an exceptionally scenic location on the Mosel river. Legend, folklore, and a rich web of history is woven into every street. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the valley between the Eifel and Hunsrück, it’s surrounded by hills, steep vineyards, and typical wine villages, offering tastings, festivals, and genuine hospitality. Cochem Castle (Schloss Reichsburg) dramatically rises above the town. The town lies in a valley and has an almost Mediterranean climate, with warm sunny days over a 9 month season, summers are mild to hot.