Many of us have had the pleasure of visiting the famous Antoni Gaudi’s architecture whilst exploring the beauty that is Barcelona, but did you at any point imagine yourself actually living in one of his eccentrically designed houses? Well, Ana Viladomiu could, as she truly rents a space within Gaudi’s most renowned home, La Pedrera.
While her rent is surprisingly significantly cheap, she has stated that she struggles to get to her door at times, and is very restricted in terms of decorating her apartment as a) one must be respectful of such a historical space, and b) every wall is curved, so there’s absolutely no chance of putting up shelves. I guess Gaudi didn’t think that one through…
When considering it was built in 1905-1910, it is remarkable to believe that Gaudi possessed such a progressive mindset that he was able to design and build a home that would be fit for someone in 2019.Read More
When considering design, there are often fears around leaving white space, or what is also referred to as “negative space”.
As designers, we want to redefine this association to highlight the positives associated with white space, as it ultimately allows for the designs to do the talking. Within all forms of design, we often fall victim to the misconception that more is always merrier, but when you take a step back and simplify exactly what you’re trying to achieve, white space acts as a powerful tool to emphasise interactivity and engagement with what you really want the viewer to see.
Houses: Extraordinary Living
Discussions of new methods and materials introduced since the early 20th Century – offering new ways to let the creative imaginations run wild. The book praises the outlandish diversity and beauty of the house, from Modernist icons to feats of technological, material, and spatial innovation in the 21st century. This is explored through 400 of the world’s most innovative and influential architect-designed houses.
Released by the City of London Corporation, a glimpse of the city skyline as it should appear in 2026. The Gherkin, one of the City’s most iconic buildings, appears to completely shielded by its new neighbours from this angle across the Thames.
“London is such a fantastic place to practice and we are very spoilt with all of the things that are going on, but actually, I wonder even if that cultural life will start to de-centralise as you get concentrations of people in other parts of the country”
– Lydia Thornley
Lydia is an East-London based artist of many trades – she is a Graphic Designer, Creative Director and Live Illustrator.
Her background is broad and she has gained a wealth of knowledge throughout all avenues of graphic design, whilst also continually looking for the next project she can add value to, or the next artistic skill she can build upon.
Sou Fujmoto has crossed a variety of boundaries by placing a transparent communal toilet in a secluded garden – leaving room for the phrase “private bathroom” to be truly questioned here.
This small space offers the public the opportunity to experience a blur between privacy and public spaces, whilst also commenting on the roles that nature and architecture can play when they are presented together.
Whilst there is an element of seclusion with the fence which is built around the toilet, it is significant that it is positioned directly next to a form of transport.
It seems that Fujmoto is using these juxtapositions to blur the social boundaries of what private and public really mean.
SO&CO has made great use of infill space by designing a skinny office building in one of Tokyo’s alleys in between two buildings The L-shaped build has a volume of an astonishing 2.7 metres-wide with a concrete facade – the aim here was to create something unique in contrast to the “solid and unattractive” buildings surrounding it. Each office also has an exposed concrete structure to act as a minimal backdrop to the belongings of each tenant. With particular attention paid to the design of the staircase, windows, and lighting, this build really does encapsulate the concept of utilising space.
relating to or designed for efficiency and comfort in the working environment.
“When I do get that time to create, I sort of savour those moments to just have some peace, like a calm in the chaos.”
– Kei Maye
Kei is a North-London based Digital Illustrator who also works part-time as a teacher.
Her pieces are a depiction of her thoughts, observations and sources of inspiration and irritation.
Wes Anderson’s movies give an unmistakably architectural feel. His latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is ‘a story of architectural time’. Scenes have a resemblance to the one-point perspective shots of SUPERSTUDIO’s utopian architecture.