Architecture

Vincenzo de Cotiis

The essence of time

“All homes convey feelings,” the De Cotiises explain, “and the ones we choose to live in are places where we get a feeling of well-being.”

Hauser & Wirth Menorca

An island within an island

The midday sun plays with the Louise Bourgeois spider, tracing the insect's body in shadow on the floor and making it crawl up the walls as the hours go by.

Villa Magnan

A Divine Idyll

The whimsical feel of Villa Magnan begins with the Neo-Romantic gateway in the style of an ancient ruin.

Ideal Scenario

Hotel Scenario offers the perfect atmosphere for a restful evening after a busy day on the streets of Rome.

Casa de Vidro

The house of Brazil’s “civilizing architect” Lina Bo Bardi

It makes it difficult to imagine that when architect Lina Bo Bardi bought this piece of land back in 1950, it was then a shaved ground lot from a tea estate, free of any type of tree or construction for miles around and without access to water, gas or electricity networks.

The House at Flat Rock

by Billy Maynard

The private commission for a house in Bendalong was tantalising in many ways: the first, as familiar site intimately known through numerous surfing holidays.

Thresholds

by Frida Escobedo

Frida Escobedo has always lived between boundaries, either temporarily or permanently.

Garden House

An Experiment In Ecological Integration

In the outer woodlands of Melbourne, Australia, a crystalline structure sits camouflaged amid the timeworn bush.

Terme Berzieri

A Sanctuary of Health

The oasis of Terme Berzieri nestles in Parma, a city in the region of Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy; its thermal baths and spa treatments free the strains of the city life, rely on research to alleviate ailments and mark Parma as a spa town on the map.

Carl Hansen & Søn

A seamless visual coexistence with Corberó

Within this labyrinthic work of art, Carl Hansen & Søn and Hans J. Wegner’s vision, craftsmanship and everlasting design dialogue with Corberó’s universe in an almost metaphysical visual stunt.

Huis Sonneveld

More Than a Machine to Live In

Sonneveld built it in accordance with Le Corbusier's statement 'A house is a machine to live in', a style that considered ornamentation to be 'criminal'.

Luis Barragán

The Poetics of Pragmatism

Barragán cultivated his persona as a poet of light and shadow—the image that has come down to use through the decades.

Héctor Barroso

From the secluded to the urban

Héctor generates proposals anchored in their surroundings using the resources specific to each place, whether they be the play of light and shade, vegetation or geographic features.

One Design Hidden Gem

Terme Luigi Zoja

Built in the 1960s to a design by Albini-Helg architecture studio, this spa showcases the democratisation of the well-being on the post-war economic boom.

Casa Pedregal

The Emotional Life of Architecture

This house does not have an intellectual effort; it is the emotional effort. This house, it is all about emotions.

St. Benedictine’s Church

by Dom Hans van der Laan

Dom Hans van der Laan completed the existing abbey in Vaals, which later became the new abbey for his own Benedictine order. 

Hotel Les Cabanettes

A Story of Beautiful Souls

This masterpiece happens to be the work of a local artist Armand Pellier, a stone carver from Nîmes graduated in Architecture at age sixty seven.

Kahn Korman House

By Louis Kahn

On the night before his final trip to India and Bangladesh, Louis Kahn sat down at a baby grand piano in the living room of the Korman House and played.

CASA ATIBAIA

In the Shadow of Bo Bardi

A virtual house that sits between this delicate and airy essence and a more brutal and primitive aspect.

A Refuge at Morro Chico

This ranch founded more than 130 years ago seeks to preserve its ancestral natural, social and economic heritage by adapting it to the present of Patagonia.

Placing Biography

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo House-Studio Museum

In Mexico City, Juan O'Gorman's 1930s Rivera-Kahlo House-Studio is almost an architectural proposal of how to live apart-together.

VILLA CARDO

A House of the Simplest Form

Crafted by Andrew Trotter, this modern-day villa was made to blend with the nuances of Puglia’s idyllic landscape and pay homage to the culture that envelopes it. 

HACIENDA XUCÚ

A Recomposition of Place

In the Yucatán Peninsula of southeastern Mexico, an age-old hacienda sits hidden within the confines of the sprawling jungle.

HOTEL MARTEL

Economies of Art and Life

Hotel Martel has been restored and conserved by its owner, Eric Touchaleaume, being the most complete example of Mallet-Stevens’ residential work.

Studio Mumbai

The Art of Consideration

Jazz is likely to be the most apt metaphor in relationship to Bijoy Jain’s work. Jazz is interactive and improvised.

Keeping Toward the Light

At Potter's House

Talking with Luciano is itself like being in a garden; there are points that catch one’s imagination and vibrant connections; afterwards, ideas continue to grow.

VILLA RA

A Modern Approach to Rural Dwelling

Atop the rugged cliff sides of the Calabrian coast, a contemporary structure roots firmly to the sun-baked dirt.

VVD II RESIDENCE

A Sanctuary and a Refuge —a Place Where Time Stands Still

Like a physician swearing the Hippocratic Oath, architect Vincent Van Duysen takes his role in creating spaces very seriously.

The Krane

Post-industrial Luxury

The Krane, a one-room hotel and spa in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn, epitomises the concept of a hideaway.

LIVING IN

Modern Masterpieces of Residential Architecture

Our first book, edited in collaboration with gestalten, is the outcome of curatorial research into thirty homes with architecture typified by its strong emotional appeal.

Frey House II

Thinking on the Ledge

In the shadowed interior, barely visible as an irregularly curved silhouette, but instantly recognizable, is the iconic rock, around which the house was built.

Memory and Modernism

Villa Cavrois

Home is more than a place that provides shelter. It’s a private space where life finds its personal expression.

Living Places

Simon Architecture Prize

Simon opens the call for the Third Edition of “Living Places, Simon Architecture Prize”.

Palehua House

Vladimir Ossipoff and Hawaiian Modernism

Chris Mottalini traveled to Honolulu to shoot the work of Vladimir Ossipoff, the foremost practitioner of Hawaiian Modernism, and visited the architect’s most celebrated buildings.

Casa das Canoas

Quintessence of the Brazilian House

Late morning of October. Blue sky and sweaty weather typical of the beginning of the summer in Rio de Janeiro.

Max Cetto

Life of the Rocks

By 1949, Max Cetto had become famous in Mexico and was known affectionately as “El Hombre del Pedregal”. He had built and lived in the first house in Pedregal.

Pedro Reyes & Carla Fernández

A Space to be Read

Seen from the street, the house of fashion designer Carla Fernández and artist-architect Pedro Reyes appears to have descended from the skies.

Axel Vervoordt

How the Story of a Style Evolves

We share a weekend with Axel Vervoordt to discuss travel, collecting and style.

Isla Lebe

An Endemic Marker in the Landscape

A journey to Chile's Chiloé Archipelago to discover the wonderful project of Guillermo Acuña in Isla Lebe.

I-House

A vision of mutual understanding through cultural exchanges among the people of Japan and the world.

Villa Empain

East, West, Time Machine

The gardener and I greet each other. The leaves that he prunes fall on top of and in between the pebbles. Many times before, he has seen the impressive beauty of Villa Empain.

Heaven Knows

Fernando Higueras

Man has sought refuge below ground throughout history, from prehistoric caves as protection from the dangers of the natural world.

Kandinsky/Klee House

Bauhaus Dessau

The East German town of Dessau seems unassuming at first glance.

The Hidden Dimension

Manuel Cervantes

With the invention of the concept of a house and studio, a new approach to indoor living emerged.

Finding Beauty In The Unadorned Wall

John Pawson

Minimalism is a term that is often misconstrued in this day and age.

A Summer Afternoon in the Pavilion of Dreams

RCR

The second day of the RCR Summer Workshop begins with a project review to a group of outstanding experts: Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta.

The Pebble and the Round Pond

Fernando Caruncho

As I walk, I heed the spherical pattern traced on the ground…my mind is engrossed in circular trains of thought…

Refreshing Glance for a Contemporary Paradise

Not far from Barcelona, by the Catalan village of Sant Feliu de Codines, a unique family home lies over ancient hills and pine tree forests.

Casa Poli

On the Verge of Plunging into the Blue Yonder

After several months coordinating my visit to Casa Poli, I meet up with Mauricio Pezo and Sofía Von Ellrichshausen at Casa Cien, where they live and work.

Frugal Luxury at La Fábrica

Ricardo Bofill found this mighty building in 1973 and transformed it into both a family home and the headquarters of the Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.

George Nakashima Woodworkers

The Soul of a Woodshop

George Nakashima, the preeminent American designer and master craftsman, made furniture out of a philosophical and spiritual reverence for trees.

Pierre Jeanneret

Chandigarh Belongs to Him

It is his cousin that usually takes the credit for this city, but immersing yourself in the life here you realise it is Jeanneret to whom the city really belongs.

James Goldstein’s Ever-Expanding World

If there was ever a man acclimated to construction, it’s Goldstein. For forty years, almost half his life, he’s been surrounded by it.

Van Doesburg Studio-House

Coup de coeur

While relaxing from an intense year of work, Daniëlle van Ark & Thomas Raat immersed themselves into the world of Dutch artists Theo van Doesburg & his wife Nelly van Moorsel, founders of this house turned artistic residency.

César Manrique

An Uneasy Nature

In the conviction of beauty’s power and the importance of aesthetics in the social cultures, his art interventions represented a whole new turning point on Lanzarote.

A Modernist Masterpiece Opens Up

The Margaret Esherick House was built by an American master, and its splendor cannot be understated. A recent renovation and gracious new owners have once again made it a welcome destination.

Els Comellars

John Pawson and Claudio Silvestrin

A towering and meditative villa nesting amongst the trees yet striking in contrast to the backdrop of the sky, it was designed and built by John Pawson and Claudio Silvestrin.

Many Lives Under One Roof

Richard Neutra’s VDL House

Being handed the keys to a Modernist architectural icon is no easy feat for any mustering design enthusiast.

At Home With Mies Talks & Dinner

Launch of Issue No. 9

Openhouse celebrated the launch of issue Nº9 with a private dinner and hold a series of talks with great names in architecture, art, and design.

Between the Rocks

Casa Pedregal

When Barragán first walked into El Pedregal, a barren land of volcanic rocks in the suburbs of Mexico City, a utopia came to mind.

A house of light and history

Villa Tugendhat of Mies van der Rohe

It’s June in Brno and we are outside the Villa Tugendhat, Mies van der Rohe’s modernist house in the leafy neighbourhood of Èerná Pole, not far from the centre of town.

Breaking the Boundaries of Convention

Solo Office

Ideas are intangible. They have led us to design cities and establish ways of life from the beginning of time.

At Home With Mies

Exhibition by Openhouse & USM

Openhouse together with USM transformed the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe into a house.

Masseria Moroseta

New traditions

Sharing the local traditions and Italian passion for simple living and quality of life.

Solo Houses

Building houses with Christian Bourdais

We drove for two hours through the grape vines that surround either side of the highway down to Tarragona, ascending the the mountain range and the Parc Natural Els Ports.

Reality and Desire

Casa de Blas by Campo Baeza

Two opposing elements, a glass box resting on a concrete volume, both parts blend seamlessly into the landscape.

More Than a House

A morning with Xavier Corberó

He lights a cigarette; the smoke is dense and it curls among the sculptures that surround him.

Cap Moderne

The Life of Eileen Gray

Between Monaco and Menton, Cap Moderne has witnessed the complicated relationships of several seminal figures in the history of architecture.

Casa Wabi

A wall uniting art and community

A line drawn across a piece of paper turned Casa Wabi into a reality when Tadao Ando first sketched.

A House for my Family

Rose Seidler House

He was only twenty-five when Harry Seidler built his first house, bringing Bauhaus modernism to Sydney’s North Shore.

The home of Philip Johnson

The Glass House

The property and the décor capture the original design, including the daybed designed by Mies Van Der Rohe.

In residence at Can Lis

The home of Architect Jørn Utzon

This building is modern, yet had the feeling of a roman bath house, ancient, and set to its cliff top position.

La Ricarda

Casa Gomis

Designed by architect Antonio Bonet Castellana, disciple and collaborator of José Luis Sert and Le Corbusier, for Agnes Bertrand and Ricardo Gomis.