Category Archives: Architecture & Interiors

Spring has Sprung

Moncler NYC Spring 2013

The Moncler shop in New York City is certainly inspiring us toward the warmer months with armloads of fragrant flowers and an equally sweet collection. Stop by for a refreshing visit or discover the Spring 2013 lineup online.

source: Moncler

Zaha Hadid’s Bergisel Ski Jump

Bergisel Ski Jump by Zaha Hadid

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bergisel Ski Jump designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. In 1999, the firm won an international competition sponsored by the Austrian Ski Association and completed the structure three years later. Situated on Bergisel Mountain, ski jumpers take flight with downtown Innsbruck in the background. On the flip side, the striking tower provides a recognizable landmark from the city streets below. It was built as part of a larger initiative to revitalize the Olympic complex and bring the jump up to international competition standards.

The building program combines specialized sports facilities, offices and public spaces, including a café and viewing terrace. At 90m length and 50m height, the building is a unique structural hybrid – part tower and part bridge. For ski enthusiasts and tourists alike, the glass enclosed restaurant provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

Bergisel Ski Jump by Zaha Hadid
Bergisel Ski Jump by Zaha Hadid
Bergisel Ski Jump by Zaha Hadid

source: Zaha Hadid Architects
posted by: Nancy H.

Taking a Dip in Hong Kong

Kennedy Town Pool by TFP Farrells

If you want to get your feet wet in Hong Kong, take to the waters in the Kennedy Town Swimming Pool that recently opened to the public.  The pool is the first wave of a leisure complex sitting at the entryway to Kennedy Town, a former meatpacking district. The previous swimming hole was re-envisioned by the architecture and urban planning firm, TFP Farrells, as part of the development of the West Island Railway Station.

The building’s low-lying profile extends the views across Victoria Harbour on one side while providing a protective shield against the high-rise buildings in the background. A gently curving roof serves as a canopy over the outdoor seating area. It currently includes two outdoor pools, decks and changing facilities. There will be an additional multi-purpose pool, a teaching pool and a Jacuzzi when the second phase is completed in 2016.

Kennedy Town Pool by TFP Farrells
Kennedy Town Pool by TFP FarrellsKennedy Town Pool by TFP Farrells
Kennedy Town Pool by TFP Farrells
3D rendering

via Design Boom; source TFP Farrells
posted by: Nancy H.

Weekend Retreat – Park City, UT

Washington School House Hotel

If you’re looking for a place to rest your head during the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, look no further than the new Washington School House Hotel in the heart of Park City, Utah. This stunning historic landmark recently opened after an eight month gut renovation of the town’s 1889 limestone schoolhouse.

Meticulously restored and upgraded, the interior features beautiful reclaimed oak barn wood floors, locally quarried Utah quartzite, and ice-white marble and heated floors in the baths. Guests will appreciate the curated collection of European antiques, vintage modern paintings, crystal chandeliers, silver flatware and serving piece as a welcome respite from standard mountain town decor.

The former school’s belfry makes a perfect beacon as the hillside heated pool calls for a little après-ski unwind. Let the ski valet take care of the rest. Or, if you prefer, engage in post-film dialogue in the spacious fireside lounge over organic culinary dishes courtesy of the private chef.

Washington School House Hotel
Washington School House HotelWashington School House Hotel
Washington School House Hotel
Washington School House Hotel

There are seven rooms and five suites in all, just enough to accommodate your entire entourage – or not. Rates from $700 per night. Washington School House  Hotel, Park City, UT. 800-824-1672.

posted by: Nancy H. exterior photo (top) by: Michael Spengler, PRNewsWire

Horsing Around in Paris

Le Grand Stade by joly & loiret
Located in Fountainebleau, France – a stone’s throw from Paris – architects joly & loiret recently shaped an elegant equestrian arena to gently blend into the surrounding earth. The entrance winds through the exhibitor’s zone and horse rest area, leading up to a grand wooden stairway with rooftop promenade. While the edges of the site are loosely defined by a series of riding trails with intersecting bridges and pedestrian paths. Every angle and surface has been molded and morphed into the existing topography of the suburban landscape, effectively shifting the visual impact from the man-made to the equine.

Le Grand Stade by joly & loiret
Le Grand Stade by joly & loiret
Le Grand Stade by joly & loiret
Le Grand Stade by joly & loiret

via designboom: source joly & loiret
posted by: Nancy H.

Weekend Retreat: Norwegian Boathouse

Norwegian Boathouse

Norwegian Boathouse

Norwegian Boathouse

Since Norway is considered a leader in weekend cabins, it’s no surprise that architects TYIN tegnestue would be called upon to build a boathouse with as much attention to detail as most houses.

Located in Aure, More og Romsdal, and called Naust paa Aure (Boathouse Aure), the structure is built with wood reclaimed from the original boathouse, which dated to the 1800s. Indeed, some of the paneling is 150 years old. It’s mixed with an exterior of Norwegian pine that’s treated with a sugar cane byproduct to give it a grey hue that settles nicely into the landscape. So, too, does the fact that the boathouse is built around and on top of the site’s boulders, which peek under one of the walls and remind that habitation is temporary compared to the endurance of rock.

via: Adventure Journal; photographer Pasi Aalto
posted by: Nancy H.

Aether’s Airstream Pops-up in NYC

Aether Apparel has set up shop in NYC for the next six weeks, bringing with it a sophisticated, urban aesthetic for snow and outdoor enthusiasts. The owners brought in Paris-based designer Thierry Gaugain (a Philippe Starck alum) to help customize the Airstream PanAmerica and give it a certain Je ne sais quoi. In addition to the full line of men’s and (growing) women’s apparel, the shop is decked out with framed pictures of winter landscapes, a leather sofa bed, an IBM Selectric II typewriter, a bottle of Macallan’s and other ephemera to set the tone of a weekend hideaway.

Launched in 2009 by former film producers, Palmer West and Jonah Smith, the collection fills a huge gap in the market – balancing performance with a refined style – a quality rarely found in sports / lifestyle brands. The thirty-something owners clearly appreciate that some of us don’t want to look like teenagers on- or off-piste. But don’t take my word for it; get yourself to the AETHERstream before it decamps on December 31st.

Location: 47 Prince Street (at Mulberry), New York, NY 10012
Hours: Seven Days a Week 11AM to 7PM.

Aetherstream: Aether Apparel in NYCphotos + post: Nancy H.