T H E   B A R C E L O N A   P A V I L I O N  | A personal favorite, the pavilion reflects a relationship between materials and ambiance that will forever have me in awe. A counterintuitive experience where substantial materials such as steel, stone and glass come together to create a sense of respite. 

'...the materials are what give the Barcelona Pavilion its true architectural essence as well as the ethereal and experiential qualities that the pavilion embodies.  The pavilion meshes the man-made and the natural employing four types of marble, steel, chrome, and glass.  The marble originates from the Swiss Alps and the Mediterranean.  Mies’ implementation of the marble is created through a process of splitting, called broaching, that creates a symmetrical patternization that’s found in the marble.  However, the most used material is the Italian travertine that wraps the plinth and the exterior walls adjacent to the reflecting pool.  When exposed to the sun, the travertine becomes illuminated almost as a secondary light source that dissolves the natural stone and washes the light over the space.  The travertine’s inherent luminous qualities as well as Mies’ seamless employment of the material over the plinth adds to the dissolution of spatial demarcation transforming the pavilion into one continuous volume rather than two separate entities.'

POST & WORDS | Sanam Miremadi [ ChloeTouran ]

ARCHITECT | Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 

LOCATION | Barcelona, Spain - 1929 

IMAGES & QUOTE | ArchDaily and


W A T E R S I D E   B U D D H I S T   S H R I N E   |  by   A R C H S T U D I O

'Stressing the features of the landscape,

the building is designed around the mound defining the area, and the trees that line it.

Avoiding all tree trunks surrounding it, the shrine is instead built around them, as if flowing from them. 


... Unity of everyday life and spiritual life as a balanced interaction

with nature is the design’s guiding force.'

POST | Sanam Miremadi [ ChloeTouran ] 

ARCHITECT |  Archstudio

IMAGES | Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi.

QUOTE | Yatzer

LOCATION | Tanghan, Hebei China



A.  C O N G E R   G O O D Y E A R   H O U S E

A modernist landmark rich in history + anchored by art, sculpture and landscape. This brilliantly thought out restoration was pulled together via a trio of talent...

" What do you do when your art-collecting clients (Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman), the owners of an Edward Durell Stone landmark from 1938, ask you not only to restore the house and reinvent its grounds but to add a tennis court and guesthouse as well? If you’re Interior Design Hall of Fame members Steven Harris and Lucien Rees Roberts, introduced to the owners by Rees Roberts + Partners landscaping mastermind David Kelly, you check your egos at the door. The trio started by choosing a site across the garden from the single-story International Style main house—designed for the Museum of Modern Art’s first president, A. Conger Goodyear—so as not to overwhelm. "

ARCHITECT, original | Edward Durell Stone

LOCATION | Old Westbury, New York. 

ARCHITECT, renovation | Steven Harris Architects 

INTERIORS + Landscape | Rees Roberts + Partners 

IMAGES | Scott Frances 

QUOTE | Interior Design 

POST | Sanam Miremadi [ ChloeTouran ]