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"... a love affair with the light, the sea, and the suspension of time. For New York–based architect Steven Harris and his husband, interior designer and artist Lucien Rees Roberts, their compound on a small island along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, near Dubrovnik, has become the place they feel most at home."

“The very first time we came to the island, I fell in love with this ruin of a tower,” Harris says of the 15th-century structure he and Rees Roberts recently spent two years restoring. “I’ve always been attracted to vertical buildings and their ability to control a landscape. There is a dialectic between the sense of refuge and prospect.” 

ARCHITECT | Steven Harris Architects 

INTERIOR DESIGNER | Lucien Rees Roberts 

QUOTES | Architectural Digest 

IMAGES | Scott Frances via

POST | Sanam Miremadi [ ChloeTouran ]


S T U D I O  K O |   Architectural duo Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty, founders of the firm Studio KO, have a penchant for creating dreamscapes out of minimalist villas in the purest of settings; dwellings where every line, stone and detail is deliberate, creating a harmonious parallel between structure and landscape.  Balance is also achieved within the homes, realized by monochromatic interiors that enhance the relationship of indoor/outdoor, flow within spaces and the overall sense of calm. Dreamscapes... design that exudes a personal sense of sanctuary and spaces within which time stands still. 

V I L L A  D L   |   E S S A O U I R A   |   M O R O C C O

V I L L A  E   |   O U R I K A   |   M O R O C C O

WORDS | Sanam Miremadi [ ChloeTouran ]

FIRM | Studio KO

IMAGES | Dan Glasser for Studio KO 


T H O N G   H O U S E   |  In former Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnamese studio NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS has managed to pull together a project that beautifully contradicts the conventional take on row house typology. Conceptually the clients vision was of spaces that stimulate engagement with nature and facilitate the idea of togetherness within the home, the approach was to step away from the traditional row house design and rather reinvent the idea of 'urban living'. An interplay between nature and space was achieved with a focus on volume and void throughout the home, with spaces that engage with botanical elements or open into lush views. Next, and personally my favorite architectural interruption within this project, the idea of using space to cultivate togetherness vs. divide. Which was visualized by thinking of space as a whole rather than individual components and focusing on the clients daily rhythm and fluidity within the home. Realized by open spaces that strengthen the relationship between and bring together areas within the home, intuitively doing the same for the occupants. 

WORDS | Sanam Miremadi [ ChloeTouran ] 


LOCATION | Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 

IMAGES | Hiroyuki Oki