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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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Article Image - Towering Genius
His work may divide opinion but there’s no disputing that Richard Rogers is one of the most influential architects of our time. Still, at 81 he admits he “can see an end coming” and has changed the name of his firm from Richard Rogers Partnership to Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners so that his work ethic and spirit may continue well after he has left the building.
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Article Image - Capturing our Imagination
The award-winning South African design firm, SAOTA, has done their fair share of residential projects that will blow your mind. Just check how many shots of their houses end up on Instagram and you’ll see what we mean. Indeed, their innovative, contemporary approach is based on an understanding of an ever-evolving industry.
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Article Image - Rub of the Green
Commissioned by the Mayor of Riyadh and funded by contributions from the city’s businesses and individuals, the King Abdullah International Gardens will be an incredibly high-tech, specialised and sustainable botanical sanctuary once it has been built.
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Article Image - Master of R&R
The hotels Jean-Michel Gathy designs for the likes of Aman, One&Only and Cheval Blanc are off the decadence Richter scale. It’s therefore about time we meet the man who pioneered the private plunge pool, ‘naughty bathrooms’ and basking nets.
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Since Christie’s opened a regional hub in Dubai over a decade ago, their combination of semi-annual auctions of regional art and the creation of a window through which Arab clients transact in international sales has helped the Middle East account for eight per cent of the company’s global turnover.
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With more participants than ever before, Design Days Dubai, the region’s first fair dedicated to collectible and limited-edition furniture and design objects, is garnering ever more interest.
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