Bricks. They’re probably my favourite. Bricks skillfully dispersed around a beautiful courtyard – ding dong! We’re journeying into the heart of darkness today, to Nyanza, Rwanda, where stands this remarkable Education Centre designed by Dominikus Stark Architekten. The photographs are from the architect’s website. To my eye, the low, bricky forms of this building immediately recall the Fredensborg houses by Jorn Utzon.
The Birkenstock HQ by Melbourne Design Studios is a retail, wholesale and workshop space that sings true to the essence of Birkenstock.
Rabbit Hole by LENS°ASS Architecten in Pajottenland Belgium is a private family brick house and veterinary clinic. Paving gives unity from floor to ceiling.
Italian architect Fabio Ferrillo has given new life to an abandoned early 20th-Century blacksmith’s workshop in Milan, by transforming it into the new MSGM fashion headquarters. The original space was seriously run-down, but it’s crude and post-industrial aesthetic is now it’s most fascinating and contemporary aspect.
Previously a renowned recording studio for the who’s who of the 20th century music legends (think Rolling Stones, The Who, Prince, Nick Cave and Madonna), Olympic Studios in London has recently been transformed into an independent cinema, café, dining rooms, and a members club. The design concept was created by Simone McEwan, previously Concept Designer at Selfridges and Design Director at Soho House, who embraced the legacy of the building and translated it into every facet of the Olympic experience.
If you’re a sucker for hipster retail spaces, no-nosense industrial aesthetic and New York City (who the hell isn’t?) then boy do I have a treat for you today. Retrosuperfuture is an Italian sunglasses label with their first recently opened flagship store in the US that has me feeling weak at the knees. For my money, the stripped back, industrial chic hits that sweet-spot between the luxurious and the austere.