Original stucco detailing and parquet flooring in the dining area and kitchen of a 19th-century Beaux Arts house formerly used as a lawyers’ office, Brussels, Belgium.
Few creative professions can point to a single figure as famous in their field as Frank Lloyd Wright. This architect’s legacy includes some of the most iconic and gorgeous buildings in the United States, such as the spiraling Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania, and the futuristic Marin County Civic Center in California.
By the end of his career, Wright had achieved a level of celebrity usually reserved for actors and rock stars. His was a household name, and he was recognizable by his distinctive hat, cape, and cane. He weighed in publicly on society, politics and religion, and he unabashedly claimed to be the greatest architect in the world. “You see,” he said in an interview, “early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and see no occasion to change now.”
Sumela Monastery, a Greek Orthodox monastery originally established around AD 386 nestled in a steep cliff at an altitude of 1200 meters, Trabzon Province, Turkey.
Schoonschip Amsterdam is a unique residential area: floating, sustainable, circular and initiated by a group of enthusiasts with a shared dream.
The initiators of Schoonschip commissioned Space&Matter to develop a smart urban plan. Together with a team of multi-disciplinary consultants and the inhabitants Space&Matter designed the urban plan, the plot passports and a smart jetty, which connects each house with the neighbourhood, and with the necessary technical infrastructures they need. Each resident designed their own house together with an architect of their choice, therefore the neighbourhood has a unique appearance with great diversity of materials, styles and building types.
Schoonschip consists of a total of 30 water plots. Half of the boats are shared by 2 families, creating 46 unique water dwellings for more than 100 residents. Space&Matter designed two of the floating houses, the last of which will be completed in 2021.
Villa Borghese, in Rome, was built in the ionic style between 1785 and 1792 in memory of the destroyed ancient Temple of Aesculapius (the god of medicine) that existed on the nearby Tiber Island.