Maria Kochetkova in McGregor's Chroma. © Erik Tomasson
Maria Kochetkova in McGregor's Chroma. © Erik Tomasson
Yuan Yuan Tan and Taras Domitro in McGregor's Chroma. © Erik Tomasson
Yuan Yuan Tan and Taras Domitro in McGregor's Chroma. © Erik Tomasson
Frances Chung and Pascal Molat in McGregor's Chroma. © Erik Tomasson
Frances Chung and Pascal Molat in McGregor's Chroma. © Erik Tomasson
Frances Chung and Pascal Molat in McGregor's Chroma. © Erik Tomasson
Frances Chung and Pascal Molat in McGregor's Chroma. © Erik Tomasson
Foot-traffic statistics drove architectural interaction between students, staff and administration within the Houston Ballet's new facility.
Foot-traffic statistics drove architectural interaction between students, staff and administration within the Houston Ballet's new facility.
The final stop on the tour will take us to the magnificent Jewel Box, a modern tropical residence also designed by Architects Magnus in San Diego’s Pacific Beach community. The homeowners’ main wish was for the house to become their personal paradise. The Magnus duo made their dream come true by creating a handcrafted mahogany screen façade that provides privacy without blocking the views of the bay and foothills. Additionally, a two-story lanai creates a covered area for outdoor living.
The final stop on the tour will take us to the magnificent Jewel Box, a modern tropical residence also designed by Architects Magnus in San Diego’s Pacific Beach community. The homeowners’ main wish was for the house to become their personal paradise. The Magnus duo made their dream come true by creating a handcrafted mahogany screen façade that provides privacy without blocking the views of the bay and foothills. Additionally, a two-story lanai creates a covered area for outdoor living.
In the bathroom and throughout the apartment, Ryan kept lines as pure as possible by designing built-in storage alcoves. The cutout space in the white cabinet does double duty as a door pull and a cubby for frequently used items.
In the bathroom and throughout the apartment, Ryan kept lines as pure as possible by designing built-in storage alcoves. The cutout space in the white cabinet does double duty as a door pull and a cubby for frequently used items.
The landscape design arm of Arquitectonica, Arquitectonica Geo, is responsible for the Ballet Valet parking garage in Miami Beach. Photo by Dan Forer.
The landscape design arm of Arquitectonica, Arquitectonica Geo, is responsible for the Ballet Valet parking garage in Miami Beach. Photo by Dan Forer.
When serendipity meets design. Shot around D.C., Design Army's "In Wonderland" series was a pro bono project for the Washington Ballet's new production of Alice in Wonderland.
When serendipity meets design. Shot around D.C., Design Army's "In Wonderland" series was a pro bono project for the Washington Ballet's new production of Alice in Wonderland.
The crown jewel is Lolo’s collection of more than half a dozen classic cars, not related to farming.
The crown jewel is Lolo’s collection of more than half a dozen classic cars, not related to farming.
Like many apartments in early 20th-century row houses, architect Philip Ryan’s Brooklyn abode was the epitome of spatial inefficiency before reconfiguring the space. “If you put a lot of small things into a small space, it can feel twice as small,” Ryan says. “If you have an object with heft and mass, it makes everything feel larger. It seems contradictory, but it works.” This philosophy inspired space-saving techniques throughout the apartment, including the quirky window sill flowerpot recess.
Like many apartments in early 20th-century row houses, architect Philip Ryan’s Brooklyn abode was the epitome of spatial inefficiency before reconfiguring the space. “If you put a lot of small things into a small space, it can feel twice as small,” Ryan says. “If you have an object with heft and mass, it makes everything feel larger. It seems contradictory, but it works.” This philosophy inspired space-saving techniques throughout the apartment, including the quirky window sill flowerpot recess.
Restricting storage to a monolithic bank of bookshelves and cabinets cuts down on furniture clutter. “If you put a lot of small things into a small space, it can feel twice as small,” Ryan says. “If you have an object with heft and mass, it makes everything feel larger. It seems contradictory, but it works.” He outfitted an Ikea Pax and Komplement closet system with custom doors and placed automotive felt over them to dampen sound from a nearby track of the Long Island Rail Road.
Restricting storage to a monolithic bank of bookshelves and cabinets cuts down on furniture clutter. “If you put a lot of small things into a small space, it can feel twice as small,” Ryan says. “If you have an object with heft and mass, it makes everything feel larger. It seems contradictory, but it works.” He outfitted an Ikea Pax and Komplement closet system with custom doors and placed automotive felt over them to dampen sound from a nearby track of the Long Island Rail Road.
While the residence features four bedrooms, the crown jewel is the master suite, which includes a seating area with a fireplace, dual baths, expansive closets, and panoramic views.
While the residence features four bedrooms, the crown jewel is the master suite, which includes a seating area with a fireplace, dual baths, expansive closets, and panoramic views.
Office Den
Office Den
The house is made up of low-maintenance elements and materials including exposed plaster, a metal roof, and marine-grade metal columns. In this image, you can see the open area underneath the lanai and how the wood screen ensures the residents have privacy without sacrificing their views.
The house is made up of low-maintenance elements and materials including exposed plaster, a metal roof, and marine-grade metal columns. In this image, you can see the open area underneath the lanai and how the wood screen ensures the residents have privacy without sacrificing their views.
Inspired by the heracleum plant, The Big O Chandelier is a circular pendant light that gives the illusion of a crown of flowers. Comprised of 324 powerful and energy efficient LED lights, The Big O is a shimmering overhead light, perfect for an elegant dining room or bedroom.
Inspired by the heracleum plant, The Big O Chandelier is a circular pendant light that gives the illusion of a crown of flowers. Comprised of 324 powerful and energy efficient LED lights, The Big O is a shimmering overhead light, perfect for an elegant dining room or bedroom.
Kitchen ceiling enhancement. Clean white vibe to the island area.
Kitchen ceiling enhancement. Clean white vibe to the island area.
Ceiling over the island
Ceiling over the island
A jewel-toned pile of piastre di oro da spelare.
A jewel-toned pile of piastre di oro da spelare.
“As much as it’s practical, it’s also a very good-looking thing: a sculpture piece. I call it the jewel on the side,” says Noguera of the unique skylight here.
“As much as it’s practical, it’s also a very good-looking thing: a sculpture piece. I call it the jewel on the side,” says Noguera of the unique skylight here.
The original crown molding and Victorian detailing was left in place. The headboard is made from Elba Blue Marble.
The original crown molding and Victorian detailing was left in place. The headboard is made from Elba Blue Marble.
The crown jewel of customization, the kitchen includes a clever built-in dog station.
The crown jewel of customization, the kitchen includes a clever built-in dog station.
The crown jewel of customization, the kitchen includes a clever built-in dog station.
The crown jewel of customization, the kitchen includes a clever built-in dog station.
The crown jewel of customization, the kitchen includes a clever built-in dog station.
The crown jewel of customization, the kitchen includes a clever built-in dog station.
Hand towels in Graphite, Terra Cotta, Ivory, French Blue, & Ochre
Hand towels in Graphite, Terra Cotta, Ivory, French Blue, & Ochre
The renovation stripped away crown molding and French doors.
The renovation stripped away crown molding and French doors.
Inside the Jewel, the ridge skylight is the crowning detail, allowing natural light throughout the length of the home.
Inside the Jewel, the ridge skylight is the crowning detail, allowing natural light throughout the length of the home.
The crowning jewel of the house is a floating steel roof that overhangs the house on every side with a minimum overhang of 1,6m.
The crowning jewel of the house is a floating steel roof that overhangs the house on every side with a minimum overhang of 1,6m.
A fitting crown tops the Parco dei Principi hotel, Gio Ponti's Sorrento masterpiece.
A fitting crown tops the Parco dei Principi hotel, Gio Ponti's Sorrento masterpiece.
One of the crown jewels of the home is its expansive outdoor lounge areas and spacious rooftop deck, which boast 360-degree views of the city and the canals.
One of the crown jewels of the home is its expansive outdoor lounge areas and spacious rooftop deck, which boast 360-degree views of the city and the canals.
Much of American Trademark is organized graphically as opposed to temporally. Here the crown carries the day.
Much of American Trademark is organized graphically as opposed to temporally. Here the crown carries the day.
The deep, rich jewel tones and plush materials (mohair, velvet) are what define this comfortable Media Room — all crowned by a spiral ceiling fixture.
The deep, rich jewel tones and plush materials (mohair, velvet) are what define this comfortable Media Room — all crowned by a spiral ceiling fixture.
One of the retreat’s crown jewels is an elaborate first floor primary suite complete with dual walk-in closets, a luxurious soaking tub and a steam room.
One of the retreat’s crown jewels is an elaborate first floor primary suite complete with dual walk-in closets, a luxurious soaking tub and a steam room.
The crown jewel of the down stairs bathroom is a custom basalt stone sink sourced from Etsy seller AegeanMarble. Alta Projects was inspired by the stone that’s seen throughout Yosemite National Park, most notably in El Capitan.
The crown jewel of the down stairs bathroom is a custom basalt stone sink sourced from Etsy seller AegeanMarble. Alta Projects was inspired by the stone that’s seen throughout Yosemite National Park, most notably in El Capitan.
The New Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway. Photo by Jens Passoth, courtesy Snøhetta and SFMoMA.
The New Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway. Photo by Jens Passoth, courtesy Snøhetta and SFMoMA.
I was lucky enough to catch a performance of Don Quixote starring the incredible Sonia Rodriguez. Before the show there was a "ballet talk" that not only helped explain elements of the ballet but highlighted the wonderful design of the center. Instead of just providing circulation, the network of bridges, stars, and spans in the foyer also take on other functions, such as an auditorium that can be used for purposes such as talks and lectures. It's quite a brilliant use of space.
I was lucky enough to catch a performance of Don Quixote starring the incredible Sonia Rodriguez. Before the show there was a "ballet talk" that not only helped explain elements of the ballet but highlighted the wonderful design of the center. Instead of just providing circulation, the network of bridges, stars, and spans in the foyer also take on other functions, such as an auditorium that can be used for purposes such as talks and lectures. It's quite a brilliant use of space.

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