Minimalist and luxurious

Posted on July 9, 2022May 11, 2022Categories Home Renovation

 Construction,Home Improvement,Press Release Compiled by Team IAnD Photography: Bruce Damonte; courtesy v2com Studio Vara infuses warmth and a modern and spacious character into an uninspired white box of a loft in San Francisco… The two-level Soma loft residence is a 12-year-old beautiful white box with spectacular harbour and Bay Bridge views but was uninspiringly chopped … Continue reading "Minimalist and luxurious"


 
Construction,Home Improvement,Press Release Compiled by Team IAnD Photography: Bruce Damonte; courtesy v2com Studio Vara infuses warmth and a modern and spacious character into an uninspired white box of a loft in San Francisco… The two-level Soma loft residence is a 12-year-old beautiful white box with spectacular harbour and Bay Bridge views but was uninspiringly chopped up into many small rooms. Having worked with the owners on another home in the Carmel Valley, the designers work to bring a similar warm, modern and spacious character to it, accentuating the view, while offering two-bedroom suites for overnight guests. Removing the walls and soffits to expose concrete, and paring down to the essentials, the designers reimagined the space as a composition of planes and volumes in warm materials: concrete, wire-brushed and waxed European white oak, gunmetal grey panels and gallery white walls. These planes intersect in the open-plan, double-height living room, creating a fulcrum from which the apartment expands out. Tucking kitchen functions neatly into a compact minimalist white wall of white lacquer cabinets opens to expansive views over an oversized stone island with bar seating. A slender blackened steel stair of white oak treads and a frameless glass guardrail replaces the heavy original and serves as a focal point for the room.

The adjacent guest bedroom features a moveable wall of hanging panels that can be hidden away, allowing the living room to seamlessly double in size. On the upper floor, the master bathroom features custom back-lit steel mirror frames, travertine slab floors and shower walls and floating vanities made from wire-brushed waxed oak. A media loft overlooks the living room and is separated from the rest of the upper floor by a wall of custom cabinetry that doubles as a media unit and closet. Like many double height loft apartments in San Francisco, all windows are located along one side. Working with lighting designer Marissa Tucci, Studio Vara brightens the darker areas by highlighting architectural details with warm-tone LED strip lighting.

The lighting scheme highlights the kitchen cabinetry, media-loft built-ins, as well as along shower walls and backlit floating mirrors in the bathrooms. Using a vibrant Stark carpet purchased by the owners before construction started, furniture and art are selected to complement the natural material palette. Unique pieces include a custom steel and oak dining table and an upholstered bench. The entire exercise is led by a process-driven approach and a deep commitment to architecture as a material craft and a discipline grounded in ideas, with human-centric experiences at many scales. Soma Loft Residence is 2017 IIDA Global Excellence Award Finalist. Fact File: Architect: Studio VARA Interiors: Tony Ambus, Design Details Structural Engineer: Strandberg Engineering General Contractor: Upscale Construction Location: San Francisco to view images click on globalhop.indiaartndesign.com

Explore the Beauty of Malta’s Most Significant Churches

Posted on June 5, 2022May 11, 2022Categories Home Renovation


 Travel & Tourism Malta is abundant with religious culture, and is in fact one of the oldest Christian cultures in the world. Grottos and shrines will captivate you with their histories; the walls telling ancient tales of religious saints. The key attractions, however, are Malta’s magnificent churches. There are more than 360 churches located across the Maltese islands. The buildings are full of character and represent the true culture of Malta’s people. Not only will you be able to admire the history of these churches, but the architecture, too, is something to behold. The churches are often decorated with red or silver domes and boast many handcrafted stone sculptures. The Parish Church of the Assumption Located in Mosta, and commonly referred to as the ‘Mosta Dome’ or the ‘Rotunda of Mosta’, this church is recognized as having the fourth largest dome in the world. Its cir-cular shape makes for a stunning interior, and the building is packed with history. The church was built in 1860 and took 27 years to complete. Astonishingly, it was built by the local community themselves. Since the building was dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, people of Mosta come together annually to celebrate outside the church with feasts and merriment. St John’s Co Cathedral Probably one of the most well-known churches in Malta, St John’s Co Cathedral is si-tuated in the capital city, Valletta. The building known to be one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture in the whole of Europe. It certainly has a striking interior; with marble tombstone floors and beautifully painted ceilings, it is a must see during your visit.

This cathedral is also abundant with history. Built in the 1570s, it was dedicated to St John the Baptist, and is also as a shrine to the Knights and Officers of the Order, whose tombstones make up the intricate marble floor. Metropolitan Cathedral of St Paul This cathedral was built in the 17th century in Mdina, on the site of a Norman church that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1693. Tradition states that it is the site where Roman governor, Publius, met St Paul and was converted to Christianity. The magnificent building stands out from Mdina’s narrow streets, boasting another of Malta’s impressive domes. The interior holds some famous artworks, as well as beautiful marble tombstones. How to Get There To visit these fantastic historical spots, you will need to fly into Malta Airport. Taxis can be pre-booked before you fly to take you from here to your required destination. Journey times are usually quite short, depending on where you stay. Pre-booked transfer services are reliable, safe, and usually have friendly drivers who will take you straight to your desired holiday spots.

If you’re looking to arrange an easy transfer in advance from Malta Airport, taxis are definitely the way forward. Author Plate Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for afford-able Malta airport taxis Lu-kas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.

The world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton

Posted on May 11, 2022May 11, 2022Categories architecture design


 Travel & Tourism,Construction,Entertainment Asia’s most popular entertainment destination, Macau opens Morpheus, a new flagship hotel for its City of Dreams integrated-entertainment resort… Located in Cotai, Macau, City of Dreams combines entertainment, diverse accommodation, regional and international dining with 20 restaurants and four hotels, shopping and a casino with 475 gaming tables to create an exceptional entertainment experience for visitors from around the world. Informed by Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) signature fluid forms within China’s rich traditions of jade carving, the Morpheus’ design combines dramatic public spaces and generous guest rooms with innovative engineering and formal cohesion. Conceived as a vertical extrusion of its rectangular footprint, a series of voids is carved through its centre to create an urban window connecting the hotel’s interior communal spaces with the city and generating the sculptural forms that define the hotel’s public spaces. Linked at ground level with the surrounding three-storey podium of the City of Dreams resort, the Morpheus houses 770 guest rooms, suites and sky villas, and includes civic spaces, meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, lobby atrium, restaurants, spa and rooftop pool, as well as extensive back-of-house areas and ancillary facilities. The design resolves the hotel’s many complex programmes within a single cohesive envelope.

ZHA was commissioned to build the hotel in 2012, when foundations were already in place of a condominium tower that did not progress. ZHA has designed the Morpheus as a simple extrusion of the existing abandoned foundations; using this rectangular footprint to define a 40-storey building of two internal vertical circulation cores connected at podium and roof levels, where the many guest amenities are required. This extrusion generates a monolithic block making best use of its development envelope that is restricted to a 160m height by local planning codes. This block is then ‘carved’ with voids. The underlying diagram of the hotel’s design is a pair of towers connected at ground and roof levels. The central atrium in-between these towers runs the height of the hotel and is traversed by external voids that connect the north and south facades. These voids create the urban window that links the hotel’s interior communal spaces with the city. Three horizontal vortices generate the voids through the building and define the hotel’s dramatic internal public spaces; creating unique corner suites with spectacular views of both the atrium and the city. This arrangement maximises the number of hotel rooms with external views and guarantees an equal room distribution on either side of the building. In-between the free-form voids that traverse the atrium, a series of bridges create unique spaces for the hotel’s restaurants, bars and guest lounges. The atrium's twelve glass elevators provide guests with remarkable views of the hotel’s interior and exterior as they travel between the voids of the building.

As one of the world's leading hotels, the building’s exoskeleton optimizes the interiors by creating spaces that are uninterrupted by supporting walls or columns. The world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton, its rich pattern of structural members at lower levels progresses upwards to a less dense grid of lighter members at its summit. Morpheus draws on a ZHA’s 40 years of research into the integration of interior and exterior, civic and private, solid and void, Cartesian and Einsteinian. Space is woven within structure to tie disparate programmes together and constantly make connections. Setting high environmental standards, long-life specifications are applied throughout the building to strictly limit requirements for maintenance and replacement. Besides using locally sourced fabrication to the highest international standards, the hotel’s intelligent building management system responds in real time to usage and environmental conditions to minimise energy consumption. check out the images on indiaartndesign.com