Hobbyists often have lots of stuff that require lots of storage room that’s easy to access and keep tidy. Whether it’s sewing, crafting, gardening, or something else — organization is key, and an armoire can really be the perfect solution for it. You might be surprised to find how versatile armoires can be to use in place of other pieces of furniture. Check out this desk from Apartment Therapy! Put it out of sight by closing the doors when you’re all done working. If you’re expecting, an armoire can be a clever use of a changing table. And when baby is all grown up, you’ll have the opportunity to find another use for your armoire. An old armoire works just as well as a regular bookcase — if not better for the unique look you get. Check out how these home owners replaced the glass doors with netting to show off their book collection.
The Jesuit faith is based on a passionate commitment to simplicity, spirituality and intellectualism. With those principles in mind, the architects at Gray Organschi Architecture took extra care when constructing the Jesuit Community Center at Fairfield University. Nestled on a quaint hillside, and captured in photographs Robert Benson Photography, the space offers staff and students a relaxing retreat from the unyielding pace of campus life. In an effort to share their values with the community as a whole, the Jesuit’s ensured that the space makes an impressive commitment to minimizing energy consumption.
Prominently positioned in the center of campus, the building is comprised of administrative offices, a community dining room, great room, and library. There are also gendered sleeping quarters for the resident priests and their lay guests. In an effort to incorporate the natural surroundings, there are also two gardens: one of which is used as a relaxing courtyard space and the larger rooftop garden that aids in filtering rainwater. Most importantly, the chapel stands at the heart of space, providing literal and spiritual respite for those who seek it.
For all the activity going on inside, the community center’s construction appears minimalist. Once you discover the effort put into keeping the community center green, it becomes ever more complex. To start, the 20,000 square foot building utilizes an insulation system that structurally reduces heat loss and controls moisture. As an added bonus, the exterior is lined with renewable or reused building materials.
Continuing this effort in the interior, the architects chose large glazed panels and dark-polished concrete floors throughout. They wanted to ensure natural light would flood the space and, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the solar heat would be absorbed in winter. Since the windows are operable, they allow for significant cross ventilation in the warmer months. Finally, an impressive closed-loop geothermal heating and cooling system, fed wells beneath the parking area, provides energy to the building without fossil fuels.
What do you think about the ecological architecture used in the construction of Fairfield University’s Jewish Community Center? Are there any features that you would like to bring into your own home?
An armoire can be a lovely addition to your bedroom, even if you already have a giant walk-in closet. If you have enough stuff, you may want to dedicate your armoire to neatly organizing and storing all your jewelry, scarves, purses, handbags, shoes, and other smaller accessories. Do you own enough hats? Simply replace the glass doors with netting for an interesting way to display them.
You might dream of attending one of the best schools of architecture in the UK. If so, this list released by The Guardian will put some order in your choices. Cambridge University occupies the first place in the Guardian’s annual rankings among the best architecture schools in the UK. With a solid academic reputation going back some 800 years, University of Cambridge propelled into the first place this year as the top architecture school in the UK. Meanwhile, UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture dropped to the second spot after spending three years on top. The third spot was saved for University of Bath and from here on, the rankings list names like Cardiff, Queen’s University Belfast, Northumbria or Sheffield.
Gathering factors such as student survey results, student-to-staff ratio or employment opportunities after graduation, the rankings list 46 schools in the top. In this spirit, the Department of Architecture at Cambridge University has seen glory days and it’s time to shine again. Fresh-out-of-school architecture professionals will be thankful for joining one of the best architecture schools in the UK when they themselves will be celebrated for results in the field. There is more to know on The Guardian’s page, so visit them for a detailed analysis of UK 2015 Top 10 Schools of Architecture here.
We’d love to know: which one would you choose?
Emerald is a color that has consistently topped trend charts in recent times and its jewel-toned glamor is perfect for bedrooms with Hollywood Regency style. Malachite pattern and color is also a smart choice if you love that luxurious look in the bedroom while eclectic bedrooms drenched in green goodness steal the show with sheer audacity and flair.
We end today’s post by highlighting powder rooms with traditional style. Charming wall tile, an arched window and a clawfoot Astonian Luxor tub grace the light-filled bathroom below. While subway tile adds a modern look to this next featured space, striped curtains and (once again) a clawfoot tub put their traditional stamp on the room. In case you’re curious, that fabulous shower rail can be purchased at Lefroy Brooks. Be sure to check out the brand’s lovely bathtubs as well. The silver feet on this clawfoot tub make it a true standout. Surround it with black tile, and you have a powerful contrast that can’t be ignored.
There’s a dash of tropical style in this bathroom, thanks to deck-like flooring, a view of palms, and a tub that mirrors the round shape of a porthole-style window in the distance. This luxe bathroom is filled with glamorous details, such as a plush rug and Mirror Ball pendant lighting. A round tub and two round basins complete the look.
The Creekside Retreat by Richardson Architectsis a successful redesign project of a house initially built in 1954: “This home, nestled in a redwood grove, was recently purchased by a family of four. Situated on a gently upsloping lot bordered by a creek, its most distinctive site feature is an old wooden bridge over the creek and the rock walls which carve paths through the site”, explained the architects. Currently a cozy family refuge in California, United States, the residence is filled with natural light and color, adding up to a dynamic atmosphere.
A charming mix of old and new can be admired throughout the length of the house: “The client was interested in maintaining the residence’s historic character while updating it for today’s living standards and code requirements. This required adding more natural light with larger windows and skylights as well as adding a partial second story for a master suite. Maintaining the wood exterior and mullion patterns of the existing windows settles the addition into the landscape as an example of a very light effect to a sensitive site.” Enjoy the virtual tour below and tell us what you think! [Photography by Jeff Zaruba]
The Stacked system was designed by Julien De Smedt for Muuto. Held together using small clips, Stacked comprises modules of varied sizes that are arranged to create many different storage solutions and set-ups. The 835 Infinito modular bookcase was designed by Franco Albini for Cassina. Comprised of vertical elements, containers with doors or flaps and shelves in two depths, Infinito is an expression of possibilities that are designed to bring order to a space. Randomito from MDF Italia is a single unit hanging bookcase (available in white, orange, sand and green) that can also be turned upside down. Combining units provides a larger configuration with a striking visual impact.
Architect Ernesto Pereira envisioned SilverWoodHouse, an original contemporary timber-clad residence located in Portugal. Pereira was in the process of building his beach-side architecture office, when the owners of this project contacted him and asked him to redo their own dwelling near Mindelo, a coastal area 14 miles north of Porto. The brief came with no deadline or budget, yet it required “a piece of art, a product that fascinated them and where it would feel good to live”.
Extensive research followed: “It was very important to meet the owners exhaustively, as well as their tastes and their foibles, routines and pleasures, and present a solution: the SilverWoodHouse. I decided to take the beach to my clients, so that they could feel everyday the proximity of the dunes, sand and worn wood.” An array of balconies and terraces open up the interior towards the breezy environment. Diagonal slats of timber define the exterior design of the residence and contrast the white walls. Mirrored in the swimming pool, the original building inspires a holiday refuge with a soothing beach-side atmosphere. [Photos and information provided via e-mail João Morgado Photography]
There’s nothing quite like an old weathered wooden bench to add some character to almost any bathroom, even if the rest of the room isn’t exactly rustic at all. The State of Things shows a semi-rustic style in this farmhouse bathroom, which obviously works quite well, followed by this more modern and minimalist bathroom featured on Atelierul Decor.