6 Must-See Urban Dwellings Around the Globe
From New York to Dublin, these carefully considered urban dwellings prove great design happens at every scale.
Site: New York
Size: 10,000 square feet
Revisiting a decade-old project after his clients purchased the neighboring apartment, firm founder Shamir Shah combined the two units into an ultra-large one, with homeowners’ quarters on the main floor and an upper-level guest suite. A party-ready 20-seat custom walnut dining table—hoisted in via crane—anchors the central living area, its materiality vibing with the room’s original timber pillars.
Size: 2,250 square feet
Homeowner Tereza Porybná, a visual anthropologist and curator, hosts exhibitions and artists in residence at her apartment, where concrete surrounds serve as a foil to more colorful interventions: Geometric marble slabs are set into the kitchen floor, like a modernist rug, and a neutral bathroom turns jewel-toned from light filtering through a stained-glass window and its red-painted shower room.
Site: Stuttgart, Germany
Size: 1,290 square feet
An L-shape module clad floor-to-ceiling in oiled-oak slats cleverly zones this villa’s open-plan ground floor and offers abundant storage: One side houses kitchen cabinetry, the other a built-in seating nook warmed by the living room fireplace. Every square inch is put to use; there’s even a jungle gym—complete with a slide—tucked into dead space beside the staircase.
Size: 4,050 square feet
Channeling the distortion, surprise, and delight experienced at a funfair or hall of mirrors, this Victorian town house—with a palette Yves Klein would have approved of—features bold materiality. There’s peachy onyx flooring, an op art–esque marble portal between living areas, and a funky tinted-glass balustrade in the aforementioned cool blue.
Site: Valencia, Spain
Size: 915 square feet
The local architecture and interiors studio swathed the lower half of this third-generation family apartment, a 1946 fisherman’s cottage, in a hypnotic checkerboard of blue-black and off-white tiles, a graphic move that recalls historic facades in the neighborhood and plays off original exposed brick walls and new custom emerald-green furniture.
Through Adaptive Reuse, Studio Alexander Fehre Turns Two Buildings into a New Facility in Germany
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Kingston Lafferty Design Transforms a Historic Schoolhouse into a Chic Abode in Galway, Ireland
This home restoration by Kingston Lafferty Design features many delightful anachronisms. Take a look inside.
Shamir Shah Goes West to Update a San Francisco Home
The renovation of a San Francisco house by Shamir Shah Design and Geddes Ulinskas Architects does full justice to the property’s elevated position.
This Design Duo’s Home/Office in New Delhi Exudes Warmth
The founders of DeMuro Das imbue their New Delhi home and office with a cross cultural aesthetic that reflects a traditional meets modern vibe.
Bold Hues Set the Stage for This Bakery by Day, Club by Night
Bold colors play within Pastry Club Woda, a modern-day concept in a historic building that offers visitors a pastry shop by day and club by night.
A Trio of Retro Homes Gets a Modern Reboot
In Belgium and Brazil, a trio of retro residential period pieces that encapsulate their time and place get a modern-day reboot that honor their histories.