The Edison, that you can find in the basement of the Higgins Building in LA, was once home to the city’s first power station. Built by brass-baron Thomas Higgins, who had a dream: to move downtown to LA’s then-vacant west part, where Wall Street West is today. Of course, the center of the city was to be his own building, sporting all advances of science: lightning-quick electric elevators, lighting, clean running water.
The Villa Vals in Switzerland is a pair of dwellings built into a hillside with the intention of remaining concealed and unobtrusive to the natural beauty surrounding it. Set within walking distance to the famous thermal springs of Therme Vals; a hotel/spa complex that is built directly over the natural springs. Villa Vals is certainly one of the coolest and unique designs Iâ€™ve come across, a joint-venture between SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects
Thirteen-foot-tall mahogany doors with a knocker that could summon the dead. A ceiling fresco depicting the rape of Ganymede. Plaster walls chipped and mottled with age, massive columns supporting limestone lions, crystal chandeliers casting spidery shadowsâ€¦. Medieval castle? Ancestral manor house? Try a two-story loft in the heart of New Yorkâ€™s ultratrendy Chelsea district.
During the renovation of his apartment in an old part of Barcelona architect Gus Vyustman used a new structure to bring light in with. Challenges during reconstruction included the existing distribution of space – into a lot of small rooms – and thus big differences in light between the different parts of the loft.
When buying this former printing press installed in a passage of the 20th district in Paris, Roxane Beis thought to Greece. Not that the place with its tall windows have been predisposed to it, but the origins of the young designer did fit well here finally.