In this Los Angeles home by Studio William Hefner, the pale tones of the limestone facade, the gallery-crisp interior walls, and the terrazzo flooring are pure California cool. Photography by James Ray Sphan.
Jean Nouvel has elevated a onetime industrial space into a temple of indulgence, Cervezas Moritz brewery in Barcelona. The ground level offers bars for beer and wine, a brasserie, a bakery, a lifestyle boutique, and an area for private events, while the basement contains a microbrewery and a more formal restaurant. Photography by Roland Halbe.
A verdant wave, swelling on a tract of land in northern France, actually turns out to be a house by Patrick Nadeau. His firm was one of five that won a competition organized by Groupe Plurial—the goal being to build an energy-efficient residence with a budget equivalent to $340,000. Nadeau’s design uses a blanket of grasses, herbs, and succulents as thermal insulation. Photography by
Converted from a department store and theater, the 200-room QT Sydney hotel tapped two designers—Nic Graham (public spaces) and Shelley Indyk (guest rooms)—to achieve its quirky eccentricity: public spaces feature high-impact LED wall art and intriguing artifacts from around the world paired with modern-vintage rooms awash in saturated hues of red, orange and yellow. Photography by Design Hotels.
The former knave of a 19th-century church located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site coastal city of El Jadida, Morocco underwent a three-year restoration by owner Jean-Dominique Leymarie and his wife Marielle. The resulting L’Iglesia Hotel is a vibrant and timeless design that incorporates eclectic European furnishings, rugs, mirrors and more. Photography courtesy of L’Iglesia Hotel.
At Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City, NY, turn-of-the-century industrial-age remnants—an antique paper machine, skids used as coffee tables, and metal walls in the lobby repurposed from the old factory elevator—are accented by poured concrete floors inset with vintage clippings from Queens newspapers. Photography courtesy of David Ayash.
Palma de Mallorca’s multicultural history and the century-old bank building’s architectural quirks led the designer (a self-described “urban archeologist”) to incorporate a mix of styles: the Roman and Moorish influences of the island transposed against the crisper lines of Northern Europe. Photography courtesy of Design Hotels.
In the lobby of Milwaukee’s Brewhouse Inn & Suites, restored 1892 brew kettles from the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery are set against original subway tile walls and a stained-glass window of King Gambrinus, patron saint of brewers. The LEED-certified hotel has 90 light-filled guest suites with headboards and tabletops made from salvaged floor joists, while the front desk is constructed of 1,550 amber beer bottles. Photography courtesy of Brewhouse Inn & Suites.
The Museum of the History of the Polish Jews has steadily found itself in the news headlines since 2005, when a team of two Finnish architects, Rainer Mahlamäki and Ilmari Lahdelma beat an international roster of so-called starchitects—including Kengo Kuma, Daniel Libeskind and David Chipperfield—with their design of the ambitious new museum, which intends to tell the 1,000-year history of Jewish life in Poland. Photography by Museum of the History of Polish Jews.