As winter is approaching us slowly here in Sydney, we explore the architecture of some mountain resort hotels around the world. beautiful buildings that are hiding behind their wooden facades accurate architectural details, draw new concepts of luxury. Hope you enjoy our selection.
WHITE POD Alpine Ski Resort, Monthey / Switzerland / 2012
ALPINA DOLOMITES Compatsch / Italy / 2010
EDEN HOTEL Bormio / Italy / 2012 (More here
in our previous blog)
THE CAMBRIAN Adelboden / Switzerland / 2007
When you have a small apartment, you feel that the small size is problematic and complicated enough and you try to avoid overthinking things when decorating the place. Sometimes a great way of maintaining a clean and simple décor in a small apartment is to keep the color palette as restraint as possible.
A black and white combo is a classical, popular and always great choice. When you only reduce the décor to only two colors everything becomes simpler and clearer. It’s easier to imagine how everything will look like in advance when you only have two colors to worry about. When those colors are black and white, the décor and the atmosphere become even more classical and chic. This apartment, in spite of being small, has an airy and discreet look. This classical and always beautiful combination of colors was used to create interesting contrasts but also to maintain a sense of simplicity.
Design by Melbourne based interior designer Travis Walton. The Cloverdale Residence, is a contemporary home with a limited colour palette that is lifted with luxury finishes of marble, travertine tiling and European Oak. The open plan design is perfect for modern Australian living.
Via | Australian Interior Design Awards
Mattel has teamed up with American Institute of Architects to create Architect Barbie for young girls. Called ‘Barbie I Can be… Architect’, the doll is dressed in a little dress that showcases the city skyline; and comes with a hard hat, carrying case for her latest designs, a model dream house, and black-rimmed architect glasses. Who said architects can’t wear pink? The costs of this Barbie is $19.89 and is available here.
She comes with a stylish architect design pink house. A joint statement from Ms. Li and Ms. Paklar stated, “We are very honored to have been chosen by AIA and Mattel as a finalist and as the public favorite – Barbie was both of ours’ favorite doll growing up in China and Croatia. We appreciate the versatility of our profession which allows us to express ourselves in a myriad of ways – from entirely built city environments to a Barbie Dream House. We hope to encourage more young female architects to flex their design muscles and just to have fun with architecture.” Winners of Barbie House design.
However, if you been following my facebook page I have been uploading some good articles from Archi parlour. Their survey research shows that the problem isn’t getting women to enter the profession in the first place, it’s getting them to stay there. It’s generally accepted that the participation of women peaks in architecture school at approximately 40 percent. Once they’ve graduated, only a quarter of those women complete the registration, required to become a registered architect or even legally call oneself an “architect.”
Today, only 20% of practising architects are women. In terms of inclusion, architecture is lagging behind other US professions such as law (42% women) and medicine (39% women). Given that the public perception of architecture tends to be of a male-dominated profession, it is important to demonstrate the profusion of women who already work successfully in the field. It is important that potential future architects have a more accurate sense of what architectural work actually entails, with a more realistic portrait of everyday life in an architectural office, including the fact that this is a place and a profession for women as well as men.
I believe that women tend to have to work harder but also more strategically to make sure that the people above them know that it was them that did the job, and them that had the idea.
I think it is harder for a male architect going to a building site to say ‘oh my god, I’ve got no idea what that thing is,’ whereas a woman can say that, and the men [builders] seem to like teaching female architects. So that is a real advantage, that kind of freedom to ask a lot of questions without it becoming an ego or macho issue at all.
We are BACK. . . Hope you enjoyed your Easter break.
We are continuing with theEaster theme, as there is still many of you celebrating Orthodox Easter this weekend.
In the run up to Easter, there’s been a big egg hunt across Central London. It’s a Fabergé-themed egg hunt which was to raise money for the charities Action for Children and Elephant Family. UK’s biggest and best artists have each designed one of the 200 giant eggs, uniquely crafted eggs were laid out in several places throughout the city and everyone was invited to join in. Check out some of our favorites and The biggest egg hunt for more designs.
In design, as in any domain, there are certain preconceptions about what designers think and do. This project is a collection of quotes that I have either found myself thinking or that I have heard my designer friends say, often on more than one occasion. Starting with the first one, which most of my friends think I do.
Personally, I would say that the biggest preconceived idea is that a project will take however long it takes to sketch it up, whereas nine times out of ten, it is the concept and not the implementation that takes time.
Let me know what you think. If you’re a creative, what do people say to you and if you are not a designer, what do you think of designers and their day jobs?