Villa Fendi is conceived as a place of living where the experience of interior space subtly interacts with its beautiful contextual setting. Located on a lot with very privileged views and a fortunate orientation, the site itself became the best design tool as we constructed each space to uniquely receive light and engage with the existing landscape.
With a distinctly shaped lot opening towards the water, we worked to design exterior volumes and interior spaces that maximized the house’s connection to its outside while providing ideally distributed public and private spaces within.
The initial task was mainly to find the right location for a home (villa) on a large area, with its orientation providing views of the countryside and city. The house is situated on the edge of a natural divide in the landscape so that each floor is consistent with the land. The stone base supports each exaggerated conglomeration of rooms, which are partly cantilevered over the terrace and divided into parts for children and parents.
The terrace is demarcated by a relaxation wing and living space; both parts are notably glassed in, allowing them to be opened up during summer and enabling smooth passage from outside. The outside area can be freely reached from the terrace. The property will also contain a “gazebo” and a background environment for garden maintenance that uses the incline of the terrain to incorporate the interior space within the slope. The property also consists of a driveway and four parking spaces, along with a second drive running from an entrance in the walled fence to a separate piece of property used as a base for garden care and maintenance. Walkways are restricted to the staircase linking the main building to the gazebo.
The Sardine Run is considered to be one of the most spectacular wildlife events. The search for dive-able bait ball action can be long and hard, with no guarantees of being in the right place at the right time. Jumping into the water on a unique bait ball is a once in a lifetime luck. This bait ball, later christen, the Shark Ball was a phenomenal sight. Normally a the bait ball will escape fairly easily without the presence of dolphins, but the shear number of sharks, created a grid so tight around the ball, that each and every one of the bait fish got eaten.
Rainy days are often dreary, but not in these photographs! 25-year-old Morten Nordstrøm is inspired by the small pools of mirrored water covering the streets after a storm. In his collection, World Seen Through My Eyes, the artist documents the world through beautifully crisp, watery reflections.
Based in Copenhagen, the young photographer captures urban life from a unique perspective. He transforms rows of homes, businesses, and bicycles, both in his hometown and in Paris, into rare cityscapes that blur the lines between real and abstract. He finds the beauty in the diagonal lines and geometric shapes prominent throughout the city.
The abstract works are doubly intriguing as viewers are invited to observe the city both right-side up and upside down, and perspective becomes a matter of choice.
This house in Tamatsu by Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio is designed for 4 members of a family with two kids and is placed at urban district and a small plot of only 43.21sqm in Osaka, Japan. Around the site is the mixed-use area where small houses, small factories, and small office buildings coexist together without any harmony.
The client’s former house, which stood at this site, was a wooden two-story house. The adjacent sites were close and natural light didn’t enter into the old house. Therefore the client requested the family room (living area, dining area and kitchen) to be as large as possible without pillars or road-bearing walls, and that natural light that comes into the house, especially into the family room.