London-based Royal Gateway project launches in Hong Kong

Luxury London developer Galliard Homes recently showcased its latest mixed-use offering to potential Asian investors at an exhibition in Hong Kong last weekend. Designed by award-winning architects Studio Egret West, the 2.2 hectare Royal Gateway project, , will comprise 336 private residences, in addition to commercial outlets, and numerous community gardens. It is located in […]

London luxury apartment complex developer invites Thai investors

British developer Land Securities is inviting Thai buyers to invest in The Nova, one of its latest London-based residential projects. Land Securities residential director Tom Eshelby told Thai newspaper The Nation that the Victoria district development will offer 83,335 sqm of living and working space to interested investors, including foreign buyers who are allowed by […]

Development Securities acquires portfolio in North London

Development Securities announces that it has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of five office properties for £17.5 million as referenced in its most recent interim management statement. The acquisition was partly financed by a new three-year facility from Barclays. The portfolio comprises five office properties in underground zones 1 and 2 of North London, […]

Mayfair Capital’s Property Income Trust for Charities fund reaches £245 million mark following a series of acquisitions

Mayfair Capital Investment Management, the UK real estate investment manager, announces that its flagship fund, the Property Income Trust for Charities (“PITCH”), has increased in size to £245 million, having completed a further £12 million of acquisitions. PITCH has acquired three restaurant units on Greenwich Peninsula in south-east London for £5.7 million from Greenwich Peninsula […]

Jeddah-based Al Murjan Group revamps London’s Vantage House offices into luxury flats

Al Murjan Group, one of Saudi Arabia’s leading property developers, will be converting Vantage House into a six-storey luxury apartment building to address the growing demand for upscale homes in Central London. The former office building was acquired by the Jeddah-based group in January 2013 to add to its global portfolio and was green lit […]

Number of new homes in England set to increase but not by enough

Developers in England across all property sectors are set to increase their output with 167,000 new homes a year to be built by 2018, according to new forecasts from international real estate adviser. But this is still short of the 240,000 a year required to meet need in England, but a 55% rise on the […]

Redrow London set to introduce latest high-end residential project

One of the UK’s leading luxury developers Redrow London is set to unveil its latest high-end residential project in Hong Kong later this month. Located in the northwest of the English capital, the 265-unit Royal Waterside will comprise one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with prices starting from GBP265,500 (USD433,349). “With continuing strong demand from property […]

Plots of land for self build proving popular in Turkey

Affordable plots in picturesque locations and with access to improving infrastructure are encouraging an increasing number of British people to create their dream home in Turkey, it is claimed. According to Turkey property specialist Spot Blue International Property, villages around Fethiye, a colourful town on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast with a historic harbour and mountainous backdrop, […]

Gehry Partners wins architectural competition for new residential tower in Berlin

Gehry Partners has won an architectural competition for a new 300-unit residential tower in Berlin. The development, which is owned by Hines, will be located at the D4 construction site between Hackescher Markt, Friedrichshain and Berlin-Mitte, adjacent to Hines’ recently developed Die Mitte retail building. As Berlin’s first new high-rise residential development since the ’70s, […]

Warehouse market saw the record completion levels for Moscow region in 2013

As of year end, the warehouse market in Moscow Region has shown rapid growth. New completion volume was the highest since 2009. About 855,000 sq m of warehouse space entered the market in 2013 and the total warehouse supply reached 9.65m sq m, according to the estimates of Jones Lang LaSalle analysts. In Q4 2013 […]

More investment needed in the UK for retirement properties, it is claimed

Demand for specialist retirement properties is outstripping supply in the UK and developers need to invest in building more for this specialist sector, it is claimed. According to Peter Girling, chairman of Girlings Retirement Rentals, the situation which will worsen unless more is done. The firm’s research indicates that demand is particularly high in London and […]

An extra £500 million available to build more affordable UK homes

Some £500 million is to be made available in the UK to build new affordable homes through an agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB), it has been announced. According to Housing Minister Kris Hopkins the deal will result in up to 4,300 new affordable homes to rent across the country. The funding will form […]

London Mayor sets out vision to build 42,000 homes a year for 20 years

London needs to see a level of house building unseen in the city since the 1930s to meet the needs of its expanding population but thought needs to be put into where, according to the mayor Boris Johnson. In a new document outlining his vision of house building in the city he says there are […]

Boost for Westfield London – John Lewis will anchor Stratford extension

WESTFIELD Group’s plans to expand in Britain have received a significant boost with British department store John Lewis signing on to anchor a £1 billion ($1.7bn) extension of its flagship Westfield London. The full-line 21,367sq m store will be one of the largest in Britain and is part of Westfield’s overall plans for the site, […]

London needs 50,000 new homes a year, says research report

London needs 50,000 new homes a year, the equivalent of 18 new Olympic Villages and roughly double the current building rate, to address its growing housing crisis, according to a new report. With London’s population set to grow by one million by 2021, researchers at international real estate adviser, Savills, studied the income profile and […]

Dubai and Edinburgh join global property hot spot list

Dubai and Edinburgh are up and coming property investment hot spots, according to the latest IP Global Property Barometer covering the third quarter of 2013. Dubai makes a debut appearance on the property investment company’s global investment hotspot list as it benefits from a rising economic confidence regionally and investors are seeing yields of up […]

UK housebuilding surge predicted

Britain could be braced for a housebuilding boom after fresh figures revealed a sharp pick-up in planning applications, as government schemes to boost mortgage approvals raised confidence in the housing market. The Home Builders’ Federation said the number of planning approvals for new homes surged 49 per cent between April and June compared with the […]

The $360 Million Tour Odeon Penthouse In Monaco

A luxury penthouse in Monaco could become the world’s most expensive property per square metre when it comes onto the market next year. Soaring to a height of 170m, the Odeon Tower will be the Mediterranean coastline’s second tallest building when it is completed next year. Topping out the block will be a spectacular 3,300 sq metre […]

Monaco decides to expand into sea

Monaco plans to expand its tiny territory by building a six hectare peninsula into the Mediterranean, the city-state’s monarch Prince Albert announced Friday. “I have decided to launch an extension into the sea to the east of the principality after having studied various proposals since 2008,” Albert said. The affluent city-state of 2 square kilometres (0.8 […]

Lend Lease wins $364.52 million contract to build UK student homes

Lend Lease announced its agreement with developer Manor Property Group to build 3,500 student apartments across the United Kingdom. The STG240 million ($A364.52 million) contract is also expected to include the design and construction of a further 36,500 student accommodation units, Lend Lease said in a statement on Tuesday. However the group is yet to […]

Knightsbridge townhouse by Lawson Robb in London

Project: Knightsbridge townhouse project Architecture and interior design: Lawson Robb Location: the affluent neighbourhood of Knightsbridge, United Kingdom The luxury British property illustrates the firms ability to provide a multifaceted in-house service that marries architecture and interior design seamlessly, ensuring a competent, smooth and efficient delivery. It further demonstrates knowledge and understanding of listed buildings, ability to maximise space, […]

NEXT Architects have completed the Melkwegbridge in Purmerend, The Netherlands

Project: Melkwegbridge Location: Purmerend, The Netherlands Architecture: NEXT Architects Photography: Jeroen Musch Description from the architects “The Melkwegbridge is located in Purmerend, the Netherlands. The bridge is part of the masterplan ‘De Kanaalsprong’ and connects the historic city center with the towns’ new district. The most striking part of the bridge, designed by NEXT architects, is […]

B&N House in Spain by A-cero Architects

Project: B&N House Location: Madrid, Spain Architecture: A-cero Architects Description from the architects: “It is a comprehensive reform of existing home whose owners found the need to reform both externally and internally to update its image. This is a magnificent home originally, but had charged over time both aesthetically and functionally needed a change. The work […]

Villa Rieteiland-Oost by Egeon Architecten

Project: House on Rieteiland-Oost island in the IJburg residential development Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Architecture: Egeon Architecten Photography: Chiel de Nooyer Description from the architects: To the traditional arrangement of living on the ground floor and sleeping on the upper floors a floor is added for working from home. The ground floor has a glass facade with large sliding […]

Contemporary Design Humlebaek Property in Denmark

Project: Humlebaek House Location: Humlebaek, Denmark Architecture and Design: Norm Architects According to the architects: “This old home was modernised to suit the needs of a working artist, incorporating a studio space and enhancing the amount of natural light. “The artist was looking for a sanctuary – a place with surrounding beauty to recreate and to […]

House in an Olive Grove by Luca Zanaroli

Project: Casa nel Bosco di Ulivi Location: Morciano di Leuca, Italy Architecture and Design: Luca Zanaroli Photography: Chiara Cadeddu Description from the architects: The land on which it should have been made the new building was and still is full of beautiful olive trees. The intention of the designer was to maintain the integrity of the perception of the […]

Luxury London Apartments at Walpole Mayfair

Walpole Mayfair, is a stunning Grade II building in Mayfair, London has been brought back to life by award-winning architectural interior design and development practice Oliver Burns. Located in the heart of Mayfair and St James, Grade II listed Walpole Mayfair, dates back to the 18th century and was originally the home of Britain’s first Prime […]

Innovative Visitor Centre for Amsterdam

Project: New visitor pavilion and cafe Location: Fort Diemerdam, Amsterdam Design and Architecture: Emma Architecten Photography: John Lewis Marshall Source: Contemporist

Raw materials with a contemporary feel in Germany

Project: Möllmann Residence Location: Bielefeld, Germany Architecture and Design: Wannenmacher + Möller Description from the architects: “The Möllmann residence is located in a residential area, mainly comprising detached houses, outside Bielefeld. The traditional regional architecture served as a point of orientation for the exterior of the house. In accordance to the barns that are popular for agricultural use […]

Minimalist Clean Line Danish Design

Project: Copenhagen Penthouse I Location: Copenhagen, Denmark Architecture and Design: Norm Architects According to the architects: “The basic idea for the renovation of this contemporary Copenhagen apartment was to create the feel of a private hotel suite for a Danish couple living in Spain. “As the owners travel a lot, we wanted to create a calm and pure structure that […]

Contemporary exterior design in Spain

Project: BF House Location: Borriol, Spain Architecture and Design: OAB and ADI Arquitectura According to the architects: “This property is on a plot of 3,000sqm with a height of 25m, in a Castellón neighborhood that is only fifty per cent constructed. Looking at the plot, we see that it reflects its seventeenth century history, which is when overpopulation forced […]

Luxury Ski Chalet, Heinz Julen Loft in Zermatt, Switzerland

Project: Heinz Julen Loft Location: Zermatt, Switzerland Architecture and Design: Heinz Julen The loft, considered one of the most extravagant chalets in Zermatt, is a two-floor, three bedroom loft that wouldn’t be out of place in New York as a breathtaking Manhattan-loft-style chalet, in his own unique style using steel, textured concrete, wood and floor to ceiling […]

Modern quirky pool in Italy’s Parco Acque ai Cappuccini

Project: wellness center in the Park Hotel ai Cappuccini Location: Gubbio, Italy Design: Simone Micheli Photography: Juergen Eheim Source: Contemporist

Luxury Radcliff House, Oxford, England

Radcliff House in Boar Hill, Oxford is a private country house that benefits grounds approaching two acres of gardens and is situated in a privileged setting. Set over three floors the proportions of all rooms provide a great feeling of space and light. The interiors have been fitted throughout by an award-winning interior design company. […]

Contemporary farmhouse in Italy

Project: Kurt Brunner Residence Location: the village above Sterzing, South Tyrol, Italy Architecture and Design: Bergmeister Wolf Architekten Photography: Günter Richard Wett According to the architects: “Out of a farmhouse with an old oven (made of stone) which were both fit for demolition a new holiday residence of the Brunner family should arise. “Together with the historical […]

Basket Apartments by OFIS Architects in Paris, France

Project: Basket apartment building for student housing Location: Paris, France Architecture: OFIS Architect Project description: ‘The project is located on a long and very narrow site, on the edge of Parc La Vilette in Paris’s 19th district, within an urban development done by Reichen & Robert architects. On the northeast, new Paris tram route is passing […]

Spijkenisse Book Mountain by MVRDV

MVRDV have completed a new public library for the Dutch town of Spijkenisse that features a long bookshelf spiraling up creating a mountain of books, covered by a glass shell. Source: Contemporist

The Luxurious H.2 Residence in Greece

Project: H.2 Residence Location: Athens, Greece Architecture and Design: 314 Architecture Studio According to the architects: “The building is located in the area of Golf in Glyfada and consists of three residential areas. Each residence has two small bedrooms and one master. “Outside the contemporary Greek building there is an atrium that provides light to secondary areas of the contemporary […]

Striking YouTube Offices In London Designed With a Film-Set Look and Feel

If you recall, not too long ago we featured a post with Google’s new London headquarters which occupies the Central St. Giles Building in the city’s Covent Garden area. Today, we would like to present one particular building floor- the YouTube Offices, imagined by PENSON Group with a “back of stage look with some cool detailing and a film-set look […]

Luxury Cesme Marina in Turkey

Designed, built and operated for the discerning yacht owner, Çesme Marina opened in June 2010.  It was awarded the “Best Marina” title at the Golden Anchor Awards in Istanbul in 2011, and named “Best Tourism Investment” at the 4th Izmir Tourism Awards in April 2012. Sensitively integrated within a historic maritime city, just one-hour from […]

Contemporary AA House in Barcelona by OAB

Project: AA House Location: Barcelona, Spain Architecture: OAB Photography: Alejo Bague According to the architects: “The design scheme for the contemporary Spanish property responds to simple geometric rules. The footprint of the building uses a superimposed 7×7 meter skewed grid to support the property in a composition similar to a musical score. The diagonals serve as a roof system that ungulates […]

Slip House by Carl Turner Architects in London

Project: Slip House – a combined house and studio Location: Brixton, London Architecture: Carl Turner Architects Description from the architects: “Occupying one of four plots forming a gap in a typical Brixton terrace, Slip House constitutes a new prototype for adaptable terraced housing. Three simple ‘slipped’ orthogonal box forms break up the bulk of the building […]

Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam Officially Opened by Queen Beatrix on September 22

Benthem Crouwel Architects have completed the new extension to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. According to the official press release we were sent, the new levitated superstructure contains exhibition space, a restaurant, a shop and the new entrance. Arup is responsible for the structural design and the lighting design. The new building, popularly called ‘the Bath Tub’, adds over 9,000m2 to the historic museum building. […]

Eco-Friendly Residence on the Cliffs of Scotland by Simon Winstanley Architects

Project: The Houl Location: Scotland Architecture: Simon Winstanley Architects There are no boundaries when it comes to developing extensive architectural projects that focus on alternative energy sources and environmentally friendly materials. Scotland’s climate had a lot to do with completing the project, named The Houl. The team of architects stated that their work is so impressive because it’s […]

Jack’s House by Sergey Makhno in Kiev

Project: Jack’s House Location: Kiev, Ukraine Architecture: Sergey Makhno Description from the architect: “Ukraine based architect Serghii Makhno have completed a weekend budget house in Kiev region. The main thing in this project is that this house was built with small budget in 100 000 dollars but as a result the client received modern minimalistic home […]

Luxury Casa Albanese in Italy

Project: Casa Albanese Location: Island of Pantelleria, Italy Architecture: ASA Studio Albanese According to the architects: “A pouring of lava, on the continental shelf of Africa, in the middle of the Sicilian Channel. Thirty miles from Tunisia. An agricultural complex containing a number of dammusi, the typical construction of the local agricultural population, built with double dry-masonry […]

Contemporary Can Manuel d’en Corda in Formentera, Balearic Islands

Project: Can Manuel d’en Corda Location: Vénda des Cap de Barbaria, in the west of the island of Formentera, Balearic Islands Architecture and Design: Marià Castelló Martínez According to the architects: “The main entrance of the house was placed in a southeast orientation to avoid the main road. Plus the extension of the contemporary Spanish home overlooks the best […]

Luxurious Piper Building Apartment in London

Project: The Piper Building Location: Parson’s Green, London, England Redesign: Seth Stein Architects Originally built in the 1950s by the North Thames Gas Board, it was converted into apartments in 1997 by Lifschutz Davidson, an architecture practice specialising in renovated buildings. Commissioned to decorate the exterior of the conference room wing was John Piper, a leading artist […]

Air, Wind and Water Villa in Amsterdam

Project: Water Villa Location: Gabriël Metsustraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Architecture and Design: Framework Architects and Studio Prototype Photography: Jeroen Musch According to the architects: “The relationship between water and the house is central to the design. There is a subtle playfulness between open and closed. The vertically designed pattern, an abstract allusion to the water, provides not only optimal privacy […]

Office Greenhouse by OpenAD in Latvia

Project: “Office Greenhouse” Location: Riga, Latvia Design: OpenAD Photography: Maris Lagzdins Source: Contemporist

Luxury Paddington Penthouse in London

Project: Paddington Penthouse Location: London, England Architecture and design: SHH Photography: Richard Waite After purchasing the 14th and 15th floors of a new development adjacent to Paddington Basin, together with a roof terrace, the private owner of the empty shell duplex space commissioned the London architects and designers to transform it into a luxurious, cool and contemporary London penthouse, to […]

Five Houses by RK Architecture on Mount Parnassus in Greece

Project: Five House Location: Mount Parnassus, Greece Architecture: RK Architecture, Roula Kotsilati The houses are designed on Mount Parnassus, the slopes of which are the location of the largest ski center of Greece. Source: Contemporist

Swedish Beauty Widlund House on Öland Island

Project: Widlund House Location: Sandvick on Öland island, Sweden Architecture and design: Claesson Koivisto Rune According to the architects: “This house is like a funnel of light, space and sea views. The location is the west coast of the Baltic island of Öland. The white concrete box is ‘corsetted’ in the middle, creating slightly sheared wall and […]

23 Dwellings by FRES Architects

Project: social housing Location: Béthune, France Architecture: FRES Architects Photography: Philippe Ruault Description from the architects: The project is surrounded by heterogeneous elements dating back from the 70′s, and outside of road network. The joining piece for all these elements is the public space. The building is implemented along two roads, and has four floors, plus […]

Cozy Modern Farmhouse Set In a Blooming Orchard In Germany

Project: Modern Farmhouse Location: Langenargen, Germany Architecture: k_m architektur Set in the picturesque rural landscape of Langenargen, Germany, this modern farmhouse shelters family life surrounded by a blooming orchard. Designed by k_m architektur, the contemporary construction was built along with the surrounding farmstead. Generous overhangs shelter the expansive glazing of this elongated floor plan, covering the east, west and […]

Santpoort Rail House by Zecc Architects in The Netherlands

Project: Remodel and expansion of a historic railway cottage Location: Santpoort-Noord, The Netherlands Architecture: Zecc Architects Photography: Cornbread Works Source: Contemporist

Camarines House by A-cero in Madrid, Spain

Project: Camarines House Location: Madrid, Spain Architecture: A-cero – Joaquin Torres & Rafael Llamazares Description from A-cero The house has a total Built-up Area of 631.71 m2, being located on an exclusive residential neighborhood of Aravaca, on the outskirts of Madrid. Two parallel plans with vertical lines cross the construction like a double architectonic skin which […]

Natural Color Palette Shaping Spacious Sophisticated Loft in Bulgaria

Located in one of Bulgaria’s welcoming sky resorts – Bansko – this sophisticated loft is part of Fimera Design Studio’s portfolio. There were no compromises when it comes to details – the 350 square meter apartment conveys a feeling of modern elegance from every corner. Skylights fill up the double-height lower level with natural light, composing […]

Villa 4.0 by Dick van Gameren Architects

Project: Villa 4.0 Location: Het Gooi, The Netherlands Architecture: Dick van Gameren Architects Photography: Marcel van der Burg – Primabeeld Description from the architects A simple bungalow dating from 1967 on a hexagonal ground plan had been radically altered and modificated through the years. Although this had made the house bigger, it had also become increasingly inward-looking. […]

Contemporary Property in Madrid By A-Cero Architects

A-cero architecture studio has recently finished this contemporary home in The La Finca estate in the town Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid). The façade of the house is made of travertine marble which is combined with dark grey granite in several areas, as in the vertical plane of the main façade. White has the main role in the […]