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    Basic instinct: rural getaways

    Peter Smisek

    18.08.2021

    The pandemic has forced many holidaymakers to eschew foreign travel this year, but it has also allowed for the discovery of new, rustic architectural gems a little closer to home.

    Software update: workplace textiles

    Peter Smisek

    04.08.2021

    How to make office spaces more inviting to workers used to the comforts of home? For increasing numbers of interior architects and designers, textiles provide a compelling answer.

    Hard to beat: concrete interiors

    Peter Smisek

    21.07.2021

    Concrete packs a powerful architectural punch, not least when serving as a scene-setter in contemporary commercial spaces.

    Cliffhangers: homes that hang on in there

    Peter Smisek

    07.07.2021

    Dramatic coastal locations can make for dramatic architectural results – topographic and logistical challenges notwithstanding.

    Newseum: cultural renovation projects

    Peter Smisek

    02.06.2021

    In the right hands, building-renewal projects help us tackle modern environmental issues while at the same time breathing new life into existing architectural spaces.

    Back to the source: new spa and bathing facilities

    Peter Smisek

    19.05.2021

    With a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, wellness facilities might soon be inviting people back into the water again – among them, our nature-embracing selection from across Europe.

    LED it be!: the latest lighting projects

    Peter Smisek

    05.05.2021

    The exponential growth of LED and other technologies has made light even more biddable as an architectural element, as the latest crop of restaurants and museums demonstrate.

    Learning by building

    Peter Smisek

    21.04.2021

    With third-level education booming globally, universities are in a fight to attract the brightest and the best – and to ensure their financial sustainability. Enter some of the brightest and best architects to help provide a competitive edge.

    Ensemble piece: the latest cabin projects

    Peter Smisek

    07.04.2021

    I want to be alone. Well, almost. Check out our global survey of cabin projects, where contemporary architecture becomes something akin to a sculpture park.

    Making a spectacle of yourself: bathrooms open up

    Peter Smisek

    31.03.2021

    In private homes and hotels alike, bathrooms are increasingly bringing the outside in, providing an unparalleled sense of well-being for the user.

    Parklife: new green recreational spaces

    Peter Smisek

    17.03.2021

    Parks have always provided urban dwellers with a respite from city stress, but now, as we begin to emerge from extended periods of lockdown, the puristic pleasure they offer becomes more inviting than ever.

    Trade mission: China's new store projects

    Peter Smisek

    10.03.2021

    Design is one of the tools that retailers in China are utilising to coax customers back offline – offering engaging, unique, analogue experiences that really speak to consumers.

    Picture of health: new medical-facility design

    Peter Smisek

    24.02.2021

    Can architecture help heal the body and mind? These projects take a holistic approach to the patient experience.

    The social network: workspaces as meeting hubs

    Peter Smisek

    10.02.2021

    What future the office? If these projects are anything to go by, tomorrow’s communal workplace will be more about social interaction than interacting with spreadsheets.

    Out of office: cabin architecture

    Peter Smisek

    27.01.2021

    Getting away from it all has never been so appealing. Check out our edit of some of the latest cabin builds out there.

    Skin in the game: geometric facades

    Peter Smisek

    13.01.2021

    Advances in software provide architects today with virtually unlimited possibilities for designing fantastical facades, but the deployment of simpler geometric forms can pack an equally powerful visual punch.

    Raising the bar: new hospitality design

    Peter Smisek

    16.12.2020

    Adaptive reuse projects may come with their own set of challenges, but, thoughtfully approached, they allow architects and designers to capitalise on a space’s pre-existing charms while breathing new life and purpose into it – as here, in our

    Show-offs!: the latest showroom projects

    Peter Smisek

    02.12.2020

    Showrooms represent an ideal setting for a brand to present its products to the public, but, with the right design team on board, they can also create longer-lasting, more meaningful consumer experiences.

    Built for the future: HI-MACS®

    Brand story

    Peter Smisek

    26.11.2020

    It has never been more important to pay attention to the sustainable credentials of the materials we use in our buildings – and companies such as LG Hausys, manufacturer of HI-MACS®, are leading the way.

    Light work: illuminating office spaces

    Peter Smisek

    18.11.2020

    Lighting plays a crucial role in modern office design, where smart, thoughtful approaches help create the holistic, dynamic, creative atmospheres demanded of these spaces.

    The rough with the smooth: Ukrainian interiors

    Peter Smisek

    04.11.2020

    While the Ukraine may not come top of mind when it comes to architecture and design, its interior-design scene, with its marriage of the raw and the refined, is gaining increasing attention.

    Face off: office facades

    Brand story

    Peter Smisek

    21.10.2020

    You only get one chance to make a good first impression, they say. The latest office facades do just that.

    Cooking by numbers: chromatic kitchen projects

    Peter Smisek

    07.10.2020

    Given the kitchen’s association with creativity and warmth, it’s no surprise to see a trend in colour-blocking bubble up. 

    The sensitive type: Illan by Luceplan

    Brand story

    Peter Smisek

    30.09.2020

    Light in all senses of the word. Illan, from Italian lighting manufacturer LUCEPLAN, responds to the slightest of air currents. Pure poetry.

    The paths to enlightenment: lighting design for landscape ...

    Peter Smisek

    23.09.2020

    Lighting design not only shapes interior spaces, it can also be deployed to lend form and narrative to external, architectural landscapes.

    Fortune cooking: hot restaurant projects from China

    Peter Smisek

    09.09.2020

    With the continued growth of the restaurant industry in China, diners are increasingly finding the architectural value of these new eateries easily a match for the gastronomical creativity coming from their kitchens.

    Art house: new cultural venues

    Peter Smisek

    19.08.2020

    Can we live without culture? Or is it simply a nice-to-have? The recent lockdown and its attendant closing of venues has demonstrated how critical it is to who we are as a society. And the extent to which architecture mediates it.

    Flexible friends: textiles in architecture

    Peter Smisek

    05.08.2020

    Across a broad range of projects, whether office, retail space or school, interior designers and architects recognise textiles as a flexible, viable alternative to concrete, plaster and wood.

    Glass ceiling: Saflex® Structural

    Brand story

    Peter Smisek

    03.08.2020

    In creating the dome of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ museum in Los Angeles, aesthetic and structural considerations were of paramount importance. For the designers, the choice was clear: SAFLEX® STRUCTURAL

    If walls could talk: old structures reborn

    Peter Smisek

    22.07.2020

    Build the wall! Build the wall! But, hang on. What’s to stop architects retaining some of the old walls of existing structure when rebuilding or adapting it? They certainly provide visual and haptic texture, while delivering intriguing

    Shore thing: new beach-house projects

    Peter Smisek

    08.07.2020

    The coast presents architects with a particular set of situational, topographical challenges and, at the same time, opportunities, when it comes to designing beach-side residences. How to hunker down while embracing the elements?

    Brand building: the corporate campus expresses itself

    Peter Smisek

    17.06.2020

    Large multinational companies are increasingly using architecture as a powerful tool both to express their individual brand identities, as well as to engage, motivate and excite employees.

    A new school of thought: education projects that really ...

    Peter Smisek

    03.06.2020

    Creative, innovative and outside-the-box thinking in education architecture serves not only to build schools that optimise learning conditions, it also drives architects and designers to find solutions that work for the environment.

    All well and good: new health-spa design

    Peter Smisek

    20.05.2020

    There’s more to wellness than warm pools and hot-stone massages – the spa experience can be significantly enhanced via considered architectural choices when it comes to materiality, colour and context.

    Body shop: new retail spaces

    Peter Smisek

    06.05.2020

    It’s undeniable that the online retail environment offers a multitude of advantages to consumers, particularly in the current climate. However, thoughtful and engaging design will always hold power to attract consumers out of internet stores and

    A change is as good as a rest: adaptive reuse in hotel ...

    Peter Smisek

    22.04.2020

    Repurposing an existing structure in architecture generally signals good news for the environment. When it comes to hotels, where architects get to celebrate, rediscover and reinterpret a building’s story, it also means creating added value for

    Things are looking up: roof gardens

    Peter Smisek

    01.04.2020

    In an increasingly urbanised world, the issue of how to create green spaces in any meaningful way is a pressing one for planners and architects. The renaissance of the roof garden might be one answer.

    Island Life: kitchen spaces break out

    Peter Smisek

    18.03.2020

    As kitchens become more sociable spaces, functionally flexible and open, the island unit ceases to serve simply as furniture, taking on a more central, architecturally meaningful, space-defining role.

    Check in, get naked: the destination hotel bathroom

    Peter Smisek

    04.03.2020

    When it comes to hotel bathrooms, designers are increasingly blurring the lines between where the bedroom ends and the bathroom starts – resulting in a richer, more joined-up experience for the user. 

    The best medicine: new healthcare architecture

    Peter Smisek

    19.02.2020

    The capacity of architecture to influence wellbeing finds perhaps its greatest utility in the area of healthcare, where thoughtful, empathetic design choices can have a profoundly positive effect on patients – and health professionals, too.

    Re:work – adaptive reuse in office interiors

    Peter Smisek

    05.02.2020

    Architects are adding value to the world of work via adapted workspaces that are small on carbon liability and big on creative solutions.

    Know this: new university design

    Peter Smisek

    22.01.2020

    The landscape of third-level education is changing and, with it, its literal architectural landscape. Flexible learning requires flexible spatial solutions.

    Altitude with attitude: mountain homes

    Peter Smisek

    08.01.2020

    Mountain-home architecture is aiming high. Structures pitted against the elements have evolved into residences that embrace both smart design as well as their often dramatic surroundings.

    Thirsty work: new bar projects

    Peter Smisek

    18.12.2019

    With the drinks market offering ever more specialist and niche products, bar owners are also increasingly trying to create unique and memorable design experiences for their customers.

    A different class: new school architecture

    Peter Smisek

    04.12.2019

    Schoolchildren have a greater chance of excelling in architecture that excels. Our latest survey of school projects from around the globe shows how it's done.

    Pure fabrication: textiles in architecture

    Peter Smisek

    29.11.2019

    Textiles and fabrics represent one of the earliest forms of human technology, as well as an effective, and not to mention sustainable, architectural element. And we’re not talking curtains.

    Pillars of the community: government architecture

    Peter Smisek

    20.11.2019

    Public architecture comes in many different shapes, sizes and forms – ranging from the grandiose, through the dull and functional, to the unwelcoming and even intimidating. At its best, however, it should reflect the place and people it was

    Living the high life: residential towers

    Peter Smisek

    06.11.2019

    With urban space at more of a premium than ever, architects have to look skyward for solutions. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of room for creativity up there.

    Making an exhibition of themselves: new museum projects

    Peter Smisek

    23.10.2019

    Museum architecture was built for showing off. Spectacular projects that exhibit themselves as much as the objects they house.

    My office, my way: new workplace design

    Peter Smisek

    09.10.2019

    Same chair, same desk, same office – not anymore. Today's office workers are increasingly demanding more from their workspaces and designers, as well as manufacturers, are responding. 

    The face of retail: Aesop’s latest stores

    Peter Smisek

    30.09.2019

    The global skincare brand that’s long recognised how exemplary interior design can function as a powerful marketing device shows off the latest cohort of its architecturally expressive stores.

    Good taste: new restaurant design

    Peter Smisek

    25.09.2019

    The latest restaurant interiors are as much about the metaphoric consumption of design-led, experience-delivering spaces, as they are the literal consumption of food. Let's order!

    No place like home

    Peter Smisek

    20.09.2019

    It’s not only Poland’s public building projects that are garnering praise these days – residential projects from a new generation of architects are also getting deserved attention.

    Taste-makers: new kitchens turn up the gas

    Peter Smisek

    04.09.2019

    As the trend for open-plan living/dining/cooking spaces continues apace, kitchen design becomes increasingly unfettered. It's a creative buffet where everyone's invited.

    Yes, we can: coworking spaces up their game

    Peter Smisek

    21.08.2019

    Not just hubs of industry and knowledge exchange, the latest cohort of coworking spaces serve as social platforms, too. And all gloriously analogue.

    Pool party: architecture to bathe to

    Brand story

    Peter Smisek

    07.08.2019

    Summer time, and the livin’ is easy. Architects flex their athletic creativity in the pursuit of the perfect pool house.

    Hot stuff: Poland's restaurants get cooking

    Peter Smisek

    25.07.2019

    Polish architects and designers are serving up restaurant designs with a real depth of colour and texture.

    Surf's up!: beach houses are making waves

    Peter Smisek

    23.07.2019

    Contemporary beach homes are embracing designs that aim for sustainability and a seamless integration into their surrounding landscapes.

    It's only natural: new spa projects

    Peter Smisek

    03.07.2019

    Naked bodies call for natural materials, as an international survey of the latest spa projects demonstrates.

    Up close and personal: micro-living spaces

    Peter Smisek

    19.06.2019

    Super-small architectural spaces for living are having a big impact on the way we think about need, comfort and sustainability. Move a bit closer.

    Water worlds: the new hotel-bathroom experience

    Peter Smisek

    05.06.2019

    The bathroom experience is becoming an indispensable part of the hotel experience, as the latest survey of projects from around the globe shows.

    Pole dancing: POLISH ARCHITECTURE SHOWS OFF

    Peter Smisek

    29.05.2019

    Rapid economic growth in Poland has seen a concomitant boom in bold architectural activity. Witamy (as the locals say)!

    Head to toe: new healthcare clinics

    Peter Smisek

    22.05.2019

    Taking the pulse on new health clinics demonstrates a further move toward designing facilities that holistically support patients’ wellbeing.

    In the bag: new retail-interior concepts

    Peter Smisek

    08.05.2019

    Through their design-led, social-mediatised interiors, retail projects are getting out there.

    Fun and games: new sports centres

    Peter Smisek

    24.04.2019

    Staying active isn’t always easy, but a little motivation can go a long way. Architecturally expressive, multi-programme sports centres are helping users score some vital health goals.

    Small Wonder: new kindergartens

    Peter Smisek

    03.04.2019

    Design-led kindergartens aren't just places for storing kids. They're cleverly conceived spaces that support development through play and interaction.

    Spaced out: new residential extensions

    Peter Smisek

    19.03.2019

    'Don't move. Improve!' So goes the saying. And why not? What with increasing property prices and a greater need to think sustainably. Never was the home extension on such fertile ground.

    Bedrooms that send you to sleep (in a good way)

    Peter Smisek

    06.03.2019

    Far from the madding crowds and blanketed in nature, the bedrooms of these recently built, secluded retreats are the stuff dreams are made of.

    Sky's the limit: new airport lounges fly high

    Peter Smisek

    18.02.2019

    In-air travel might have lost some of its lustre, but newly designed airport lounges are changing the course with ultra-modern and luxurious settings that invite travellers to unwind or keep working in total comfort.

    Free for all: new public spaces

    Peter Smisek

    05.02.2019

    Whether it’s extra elbow room or a place to rub shoulders you’re looking for, new architect-designed public spaces give city dwellers a chance to choose their own adventure.

    LET'S BLUE-SKY THIS!: NEW OFFICES BUILDINGS

    Peter Smisek

    22.01.2019

    With their bold and expressive forms, textured facades, and sustainable-design features, new office blocks around the globe are showing that they mean business – now and in the future.

    No reservations: new hotel designs that don’t hold back

    Peter Smisek

    08.01.2019

    Not sleeping on the demands of today’s travellers, the latest hotel projects offer guests more experiential stays without skimping on amenities.

    Friends in high places: loft living

    Peter Smisek

    18.12.2018

    As cleverly adapted spaces, lofts projects provide toothy creative fodder for architects and aspirational living for their users.

    Best in class: New schools have done their homework

    Peter Smisek

    04.12.2018

    A shift in the classic classroom dynamic has occurred and architects have taken note, designing schools that are ready to respond to the future with a mind toward sustainability and more room for creativity.

    Limited offer: pop-up retail spaces

    Peter Smisek

    22.11.2018

    As bricks-and-mortar retail continues to suffer heavy losses, pop-up stores are stepping in – design-led, temporary spaces that are as much about a curated brand experience as they are about shifting stock.

    Going underground: new metro stations

    Peter Smisek

    07.11.2018

    How do you keep the masses on the move while making the passenger experience as efficient and pleasurable as possible? A number of recently completed metro stations show how. All aboard!

    Old, not obsolete: new care homes

    Peter Smisek

    18.10.2018

    As the number of relatively healthy older adults entering their golden years increases, architects are responding to their needs, designing care homes that offer residents more self-sufficiency and ways to stay active.

    Close encounters: co-working spaces make contact

    Peter Smisek

    09.10.2018

    The saying 'It's not just a job, it's a lifestyle' takes on a whole new meaning with our latest survey of co-working spaces from around the globe.

    There's an app for that: new smart homes

    Peter Smisek

    07.08.2018

    Equipped with intelligent technologies, the latest cohort of smart homes are opening the door to easier and more efficient living.

    Size isn't everything: new micro architecture

    Peter Smisek

    19.07.2018

    With the ability to live more sustainably, and just about anywhere, micro homes might just be the solution to really living large.

    Playtime!: pavilions that push the boundaries

    Peter Smisek

    29.06.2018

    Pavilion projects are like catnip for architects. These often impermanent structures provide the ideal testing ground for new concepts, forms and material expression.

    The new naturists: cities go greener

    Peter Smisek

    18.06.2018

    Urban greening projects are breathing new life into global cities by opening up public access to previously underused civic spaces.

    In the swim of things: new swimming pools

    Peter Smisek

    05.06.2018

    Recently completed pool projects around the globe provide more than a just quick dip. Their bold designs make for an altogether more atmospheric and immersive swim experience.

    Parking for the people: new car parks

    Peter Smisek

    22.05.2018

    With design concepts integrating environmental factors, multi-use function and strong aesthetics, today’s car parks are bringing man and machine into better coexistence.

    Retail Reimagined: new store projects 

    Peter Smisek

    08.05.2018

    Design-led store concepts are turning shopping into a resolutely aesthetic experience, with highly curated, supremely Instagrammable interiors.

    You’ve changed: adaptive reuse in new architectural ...

    Peter Smisek

    24.04.2018

    Old buildings are changing. Be it for reasons of historical preservation or land conservation, demolition is giving way to creative adaptation. It’s a whole new you.

    Suite dreams: New hotel projects

    Peter Smisek

    03.04.2018

    The rise of Airbnb may have been a blessing in disguise for some architects as hotels must now compete even harder for their guests. The need for outstanding design and a strong sense of place means a new, more characterful and more interesting breed

    Snakes on a Plan: Medusagroup

    Peter Smisek

    28.03.2018

    Award-winning Polish architectural office Medusagroup is on a roll. From large-scale commercial builds through to more intimate, poetic projects, their work never shys from bold formal expression and sensitive material consideration.

    Eastern Promise: Polish architecture and design go large

    Peter Smisek

    28.03.2018

    Look East! A burgeoning market and ever-increasing connectivity has provided fertile ground for architecture and design in Poland, with little sign of a slow-down.

    Pole Apart: Oskar Zięta

    Peter Smisek

    28.03.2018

    With innovation his watchword, Polish designer Oskar Zięta takes the road less-travelled.

    Building our future: new school architecture

    Peter Smisek

    20.03.2018

    We've learned that learning itself, when it's made enjoyable, produces better results. And architects have learned how to respond to this shift by displacing the battery-farm model of countless, characterless classrooms with altogether more dynamic

    The architect will see you now: new health centres

    Peter Smisek

    06.03.2018

    A healthy mind in a healthy body, goes the old aphorism. Add to that: in a healthy building. Successful clinics and medical centres prescribe architecture as part of the treatment.

    State of the Art: museums that show off

    Peter Smisek

    20.02.2018

    The museum has traditionally enjoyed a privileged, almost sacrosanct status in the cultural landscape. When it comes to the design of a new one, the stakes are high – with its architecture as much on show as its contents.

    In good company: office architecture works it

    Peter Smisek

    05.02.2018

    Bold, geometric forms and compelling facades characterise a new cohort of office buildings internationally, whose cool, professional dress signals the fact that they definitely mean business.

    I've got the power: new energy plants

    Peter Smisek

    22.01.2018

    New power stations around the globe are wielding the rhetorical power of architecture. Confident, sculptural forms, signifying the confident, new world of cleaner technologies.

    Be boulder: new mountain homes

    Peter Smisek

    08.01.2018

    In a raft of new residential projects, architects find breathtaking solutions to stage mountains' great natural capital, namely the magnificent views, without skimping on comfort.

    Let's get physical: new sports centres

    Peter Smisek

    30.10.2017

    A healthy mind in a healthy body. In a healthy bit of architecture. A raft of new sports halls are serving as a shot in the arm for their users – and for their urban, physical contexts.