Modern "Aviator's Villa" Designed for a Retired Airline Pilot

How great would it be to have a house that's centered around your passion? New York-based firm Urban Office Architecture designed Aviator's Villa for a retired airline pilot and used the idea of flight as a catalyst for their design. The exterior of the home is envisioned as a composition of disassembled aviation parts that are exposed to the outdoor elements, like the body of a plane. Its unique form is further emphasized by its placement between the pool and a small, nearby lake. The villa is imagined as a floating volume that's surrounded by air.

The modern residence is directionally oriented to allow maximum daylight. Its geometric windows are glazed panes mounted on riveted metal frames that are screened by perforated metal paneling. This is meant to replicate a cloud texture while diffusing the sun's harsh rays and casting pleasant shadows.

Architects designed the interior as three primary spaces. This includes an expansive living and dining area, a cantilevered master bedroom, and the library. A central circulatory staircase reveals a series of hidden areas as you move between the living room and library downstairs. Once upstairs, the bedroom is a seen as a daily final retreat.

Urban Office Architecture website
via [Beautiful Life and designboom]

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

Read Article

December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

Read Article

Get Our Weekly Newsletter