ben youseff madrasa

High above the entry door an inscription reads, “You who enter my door, may your highest hopes be exceeded”.  The Ben Youseff madrasa in Marrakech, Morocco is a visual masterpiece. Built in the 1560’s, the structure was once the largest Islamic school in Africa housing over 900 students. Carved cedar, marble, and intricate mosaics cover […]

the lynhall

This June Minneapolis welcomed a new face onto the dining scene, The Lynhall. The Lyndale Street establishment pairs a tasteful interior with a coffee bar, lunch/dinner menu, and an actual bar come happy hour time. The space also features a private dining area that is available for rent, an outdoor patio, and an incubator kitchen. A […]

de beauvior house

The De Beauvoir House is a marvel. A timber and glass addition created by Cousins & Cousins Architects serves a semi-detached structure for a growing family. The geometric structure is does not attempt to match home and instead aims to contrast. The staircase bridges the original structure to the new via the living area on the garden level, the main […]

home envy: cornwall

An exterior shaped by steam-bent wood is the defining feature of this Cornwall abode. Designers Tom and Danielle Raffield set their home on the on the same plot as their furniture company (they specialize in steam-bent furniture) and connected it to an old gamekeepers lodge on the property. The home is covered in  in lengths of curving […]

vertical forests

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has just announced a new design for vertical forests in China. The city of Nanjing unveiled the ‘Nanjing Vertical Forest’ this week, a mixed-use development commissioned by the National Investment Group. The project will provide high density housing and office space while contributing to the environment in a positive manner. Boeri […]