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Poland Pavilion – Cut It Out

Ancient artisty of paper cutting has inspired the design world for centuries.  It has evolved from paper to fashion to architecture all around the world. 

(Traditional Chinese Paper Cut Peony Flowers)

Poland Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 is one of the many great modern adoption of cut out designs.  The 3,000-square-meter pavilion, mainly made of wood, is patterned like a traditional paper cut-out and illuminated from within.

Here are some other beautiful cut out works:

 3.1 Phillip Lim Lace Shift Dress – $750, Net-a-Porter

Collage Pendant Lamp – $1,312, Hive Modern

Gold Bangle – $40, Shlomit Ofir

Perforated Suede Sandal –  €565, Jimmy Choo

Laser cut rug – $199 – $499,  Brocade Home

Until Dawn Curtain by Tord Boontje – $60, Artecnica

Lace placemat – $10, Urban Barn

The Origami” Residential Tower- Dubai, Kann Finch Group 


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Truly unique, this extraordinary, scuptural villa in Somosaguas, northwest of Madrid, is just as much a piece of art as it is a great example of contemporary architecture.  Over 18,000 sf for EUR9.5 million.

A newly constructed minimalist villa for sale in the exclusive Roca Llisa area of Ibiza. The villa is just 100 metres from the sea with an incredible ocean view.  4800 sf for EUR2.75 million.

Big windows, wonderful terraces and sensational sea views defines this modern luxury villa for sale in Mallorca.  4000 sf for EUR2.5 million.

Large 3 bedroom apartment on the corner of Gran Via and Rambla Catalunya in Eixample, the centre of Barcelona and one of the most desirable locations in the city. 3000 sf for EUR$1.7 million.

Link: Modern Homes Worldwide

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Swanwick Ranch in Metchosin in Greater Victoria, Canada is a striking achievement of modern technology and environmental design.  The home was finished in 2006 and is 8000 sqare feet on 67 acres overlooking the ocean.  Its spectacular design features a canyon of water bubbling towards the ocean through cascading pools of water. This waterway is part of a geothermal heating and air conditioning system which pulls water from the ocean and runs through the house, separating the living and bedroom areas.  Such beautiful structure comes at a steep price of C$18.5 million.  

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There has beeen an increasing trend of hotels getting invovled with art, showcasing local artists’ work.  The latest one that stands out is The Opposite House in Beijing.

The name, The Opposite House, is derived from a translation of a Chinese word, which describes the guest house sitting on the opposite side of a traditional courtyard style home.  The hotel’s 99 contemporary guest rooms are strikingly simple with natural wooden floors and subtle touches of Chinese décor.  It is designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and opened in 2008.

Through January to March 2010, The Opposite House will be showing two painting installations by Peng Wei, known for her delicate ink color paintings on silk and paper.  The first series, “Rock Garden,” is a series of rock images painted on transparent panels, creating an ethereal garden of vestiges of a scholarly past; and the second, “Bodies,” depicts the female form created from rice paper adorned with refined images imbued with aesthetic sensitivity.

Peng Wei’s exhibition is part of The Opposite House’s on-going quarterly presentations of contemporary Chinese works by young artists in addition to the hotel’s permanent collection of unique pieces by noted Asian artists,

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Based on strong relationships between the landscape and the building, Q-House gives multiple experiences within and towards the house.  The house is organized in three bands that intersect around the circulation core.  These three bands, that accommodate and organize the different rooms, open up towards different views and orientations.

Location: North of Spain

Architect: Asensio-Mah

Date: May 2009

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Designed to adapt to the climatological conditions of the surroundings and to the available natural resources – sun, light, wind, rain, topography.  The house is conceived as a mass container that faces towards its interior around a central courtyard.  The clean and modern lines of the building bond and coexist with the natural surroundings beautifully.

Location: Singapore

Architect: ONG & ONG

Year: 2009

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A modern villa concealed in an Alpine slope in Vals, Switzerland.  Its brilliant design integrates the building into the surroundings and preserves the beauty of the landscape, while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building.  

Location: Vals, Switzerland

Architects: SeARCH & CMA

Design: Bjarne Mastenbroek & Christian Müller

Year: 2009

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