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Article Image - The Polymath
Lebanese painter, sculptor and architect Nadim Karam breaks down the barriers that divide his trades. His visionary approach to using space transcends traditional thinking.
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Article Image - The Simple Life
Solar and wind powered, EcoCapsule is a cosy abode that lets you live off the grid with an almost zero-carbon footprint.
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Article Image - A Site to Sea
The Floating Seahorse villas are a pod of holiday homes with underwater bedrooms and bathrooms. Anchored off Dubai’s coast within the manmade archipelago The World, it’s the city’s latest real estate project vying to capture your imagination.
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Article Image - Pray Tell
Turkey’s Sancaklar Mosque sheds architectural clichés. The sleek, minimal house of Islamic worship featuring cast concrete walls and a cave-like prayer hall almost disappears into the landscape, eschewing the flourishes of traditional mosques to redefine the religious gathering place we thought we knew so well.
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Article Image - Born Again
As the saying goes, it is easy to fall but hard to rise. Yet there is a villa in Lebanon, perched among thousands of pine trees in a small town to the north of the Beirut-Damascus highway, which shows anything is possible, even after suffering from the trauma of war and neglect. This is a tale of nature, renewal and one insightful architect.
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Article Image - Reading between the Lines
The latest project by Vector Architects speaks for a new generation of Chinese architects who are resisting the trend for mega-scale projects to instead produce human-centred, low-level and contextually driven architecture. And though it belies its actual function as a library that’s exactly the point.
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Article Image - Magic Mountain
Sitting at 1,660 metres in a town called Oberlech, above Lech (itself a former farming village in Austria now known as the cradle of low-key luxury) is Chalet N, the world’s priciest ski chalet. To rent or to build, you might ask. The answer in fact, is both.
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Article Image - Green Light
With a complete overhaul by the Portuguese architect, Ricardo Camacho, and Stroop landscape designers, the office of the Emir of Kuwait has impressively revived a large portion of the country’s Green Belt, turning it into the largest urban park in the country and a striking tribute to their martyrs.
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Article Image - Ringing the Changes
In 2004 Studio Libeskind, in conjunction with Zaha Hadid Architects and Arata Isozaki & Associates, won the design for the redevelopment of an abandoned 36-hectare plot that was once the Fiera di Milano. Their master plan may be bold and avant-garde but it also seems to be affected by the Middle East. Now there’s a turn-up for the books.
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Article Image - Home Stretch
Though it’s just as beautiful, Lake Garda never became the playground for the wealthy that its smaller neighbour, Lake Como, did. Yet, now that a handful of starchitects have teamed up to create a unique ensemble of stunningly beautiful and expensive homes, it looks as if the nature of Italy’s largest lake is about to change.
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Dubai-based ready-to-wear designer Lama Jouni teams traditional techniques with a forward-looking approach.
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