“Our architecture is one of deliberate empathy, fragility and imperfection.” That is how Fala Atelier describes its work, which draws from the collages the firm creates to visualize each space it devises. Our cover, a detail of the Fireworks in White home by the Porto-based quartet, exemplifies the fresh perspectives that we set out to capture in this issue, which is devoted to interior directions from minimal to maximal.
In the minimal realm, we feature a serene renovation of a suburban Quebec house by Alain Carle Architecte. After advising his clients to choose an awkward home – because they make the most interesting redesigns – he set out to transform it into a sculpted, monochromatic living space with ample access to natural light. To contrast, we included a house that pops with colour: an update on a London Victorian by Studio Ben Allen that maximizes the aesthetic potential of structural concrete.
Plus, we show how a single element – in this case, a bold blue spiral staircase – can unify a multi-residential building. The project, designed by Productora in Mexico City, emphasizes connectivity, from the intimate apartments to the communal courtyard.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
Food for thought, from standout design grad projects to how architecture students (and their schools) will embark on the road ahead.
Kengo Kuma & Associates dreams up a wood-framed museum in Odense, Denmark, dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen.
A dazzling restaurant canopy, a global initiative seeking to switch off light poverty, and lots of great new table, wall and ceiling fixtures.
Our Nov/Dec 2021 issue caps the year with inspiration for creating amazing residential interiors.