Foster + Partners completes Dubai Apple Store with carbon-fibre “solar wings”

Apple Dubai Mall by Foster + Partners

Filigreed carbon-fibre shutters fold around the oriel window of Foster + PartnersApple Store in Dubai, shading the shop floor during the day but opening at night to views of the Burj Khalifa. Read more

House Zilvar by ASGK Design is an angular wooden home in the Czech countryside

A+Awards: next up in our collaboration with Architizer is this energy-efficient wooden home on the outskirts of a small village in the Czech Republic, which was one of the private houses recognised in this year’…

10 Ways To Creatively Colour Your Windows

Windows. They are so often left unloved and undressed, which is such a shame because they are the ideal opportunity to not only invite colour into a space but also create a stylish design statement. I’ve teamed up with Hillarys this season to hunt for Britain’s most creatively coloured home. Before I share the details of how you can enter (and what’s up for grabs!), I thought it would be fun and useful to share some inspiring examples of creatively coloured windows. 1. GREEK DREAM | First up is my take on the classic blue and white colour combination. This is one of my all time faves and after an inspiring trip to the Greek Islands I knew this was the type of space I was keen to style for Hillarys. The aim was to style a space that felt soothing, calming and restorative thanks to a classic blue and white colour scheme. The hanging rope lighting was a great way to add a subtle nautical edge the space: it really helped conjure up the sounds of the ocean and lapping waves. Further textural interest was added by juxtaposing a whitewashed wooden floor with cool white painted walls. This provided […]

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Perforated shutters provide light and ventilation for Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows

Australian architects Jackson Clements Burrows added perforated shutters to the exterior of this holiday cabin “like a Gore-Tex jacket”, providing light and ventilation when closed (+ slideshow). (more…)