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Jillian Japka

  • Garden Chapel
    The illuminated pentagon of the Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel stands isolated and bright, like a lighthouse calling its ships home. The chapel, designed by AZL Architects, is placed on a riverbank site in Wanjing Garden, a park in the city of Nanjing, China. Once inside, one is struck by an overwhelming lack of colour; white is abound. Despite initial […]
    2016.02.11Jillian Japka
  • Casa Encallada
    On the rocky beachside of La Boca Beach Tunquén in Chile sits the handsome Casa Encallada. The home, which was designed by WHALE! Architecture, also based in Chile, is defined by its relationship to the landscape. The layout is comprised of two intersecting volumes which are derived from the topography of the site. The home is constructed entirely […]
    2016.02.04Jillian Japka
  • Casa V
    Abraham Cota Paredes has completed the lovely Casa V in Jalisco, Mexico. The home design aims to create serenity and a connection with nature in a site that is surrounded by urbanity. The main feature of Casa V is a central patio, complete with tree and reflecting pool. The courtyard physically and visually unites the various areas of the […]
    2016.01.28Jillian Japka
  • Les Perseides
    Atelier REC architecture has designed an unprecedented school with curvilinear forms and a dazzling façade. Les Perseides is a collection of 15 classrooms for the Blagnac School Group in the modern eco-neighbourhood of ZAC Andromeda, France. REC explains the intention of the design: [The school] marks the lasting urban ambition of architectural complex revolving around concepts between an open landscape and […]
    2016.01.21Jillian Japka
  • Raumplan House
    The newest member of the applauded portfolio of Alberto Campo Baeza is a stunning geometry in white. Raumplan House was completed in 2015 in Madrid, Spain. The design took an allotted 12×12 meter site and divided it into four squares. These segments form the basis for the structure and each detail is formulated around them. The layout of […]
    2016.01.14Jillian Japka
  • Casa Garcias
    Warm Architects has designed a handsome and well-balanced geometric home in the increasingly popular city of Cancun, Mexico. Casa Garcias is a moderately sized dwelling that appears as a small cube resting atop a larger one. Concrete is the first material on the home to greet you; it covers a main portion of the façade, turning into […]
    2016.01.07Jillian Japka
  • C_29 / Optimist
    314 Architecture Studio has designed a modern eyewear store in a crumbling building in the town of Chalkida, Greece. The store, C_29 / Optimist, was designed with the concept of a gallery space to showcase the eyewear for sale. The structure appears as a floating cube squeezed between two aged brick walls. Remnants of the old building are apparent; exposed […]
    2015.12.31Jillian Japka
  • Sophia Suites
    The supremely elegant Sophia Suites is located on a seaside cliff on the picturesque island of Santorini. Photographed by the talented Sara Medina Lind, this luxury hotel packs minimal and modern design in a traditional package. The resort’s architecture is in keeping with the traditional designs of the island. White washed walls pair with arched doorways and windows, all backdropped […]
    2015.12.24Jillian Japka
  • Zamora Offices
    Situated across from a traditional cathedral in the Spanish town of Zamora is the ethereal Zamora Offices. Designed by the acclaimed Alberto Campo Baeza, this noble project is the recent winner of the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award. The building is delightfully simple, a true successor of the work started by post-industrial revolution architects. All unnecessary structure is removed, stripping the […]
    2015.12.17Jillian Japka
  • Collection Lambert Extension
    Completed in 2015, the extension of the Collection Lambert in Avignon is an expansion to a traditional mansion turned museum in Avignon, France. Designed by Paris based architects Berger&Berger, the extension was needed to hold Yvon Lambert’s ever-growing contemporary art collection, which includes pieces by Cy Twombly and Donald Judd. Berger&Berger’s design adds gallery space while connecting the old and […]
    2015.12.10Jillian Japka
  • Ore
    Ore is the latest watch design in the Bulbul collection of modern Danish timepieces. The brainchild of Copenhagen-based collaborative KiBiSi, Ore is the most paired-down design in Bulbul’s stock. According to KiBiSi: The name Ore is a direct reference to the design process; By cleaning out superfluous details, Bulbul reduces its latest watch to its core. In other […]
    2015.12.03Jillian Japka
  • Twins
    Twins is a pair of homes designed by WOJR: Organization for Architecture. The upstate New York homes, devised for two brothers, are at once similar and distinct. Both use the same materials and share a common aesthetic, yet one is shaped as a polygon while the other is a hexagon. The unique, geometric structures rest on an open, flat […]
    2015.11.26Jillian Japka