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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Designed by an architect who went from high-end residences in London with Mackay and Partners to luxury hospitality projects with Denniston in Kuala Lumpur, Dymitr Malcew’s latest project, The Floating House, combines the best of both worlds.
He may eschew 3D renderings for models but Paul Kaloustian’s work is decidedly contemporary and offers a fresh take on the region’s vernacular architecture.
With several homes already built in California’s Yucca Valley, LA-based architects Monica Oller and Tom Pejic seek to reawaken a love of ‘earthy modernism’ by uniting the clean, direct sensibilities of current architectural trends with the austere brilliance of the Mojave Desert.
Looking to buy in Geneva? We were given exclusive access to a once in a lifetime property that’s about to go up for sale. Baroness Lambert’s beautifully-decorated, three storey art-filled home smack in the heart of town isn’t just spacious and beautifully-appointed, it comes with its own, very enviable roof terrace to boot.
Bernard Khoury may have a bleak view of our region but he hasn’t given up on this part of the world. Instead he fights on against the big corporate machine that he believes is largely to blame for our architectural inadequacies.