Ahhh goodness. Are these images real or is this some artist’s impression of a place where gravity doesn’t exist? The slickness of the folded steel stair is verging on implausible. That thin and that crisp? Really? Alas, you’ll be pleased to know that this loft is real, it’s just been subject to the wizardry of adn Architectures in Brussels.
What I like about writing for Yellowtrace is that I get to spend a fair bit of time mentally arranging my furniture in houses other than my own. With this one I am stumped. Being frank, this house is not my cup of tea. However at this point in time I’m working on a concrete house of some complexity, and so out-of-the-box buildings like this pique my interest, and earn my respect.
Ghent-based practice NU Architectuuratelier have refurbished this two-storey house in the suburbs of Leuven in Belgium. Can we please talk about that stair cascading down in front of the double height window? A bit of a died-and-gone-to-heaven moment, no? The graphic black lines of the staircase are carried through in the detailing of the balustrade and sliding steel-framed glass doors that act as a divider between the public and the private areas of the house. The overall feel is pared back, rational and reduced to bare essentials, with the red floor acting as a perfect dose of the unexpected.
Yuko Nagayama & Associates with landscape designer Toshiya Ogino have created this gobsmacking showroom for the Japanese leatherwear company Sisii in Kobe, Japan. The designers have literally turned the space upside-down and inside-out, crafting a completely unconventional interior. This retail showroom is a case study for out-of-the-box thinking. From the lush internal courtyard and trees in the interior, sloping walls, the changing levels, the display of clothes – every single element and every single moment challenges the norm, and defies the rules.
‘Katsutadai House’ is located in the suburban neighborhood of Katsutadai (Chiba) East of Tokyo, Japan. The owners are a well established pastry shop known for their killer apple pie, baking for the neighbourhood since 1977. After 35 years in business, they decided to shake things up a little by enlisted the help of Yuko Nagayama & Associates.
Swiss architecture firm Rippmann Oesterle Knauss (ROK) recently completed the MRQT Stuttgart boutique. The stand-out feature of this streetwear store is a textured wall made up of 22,000 individual timber dowels. The minimal interior features white walls and a concrete floor to contrast with the feature wall. A range of clothing is hung on metal rails against the textured wall backdrop which references flowing fabric.