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The untold truth of Malia Obama

Despite the fact that their father was the president of the United States and under the entire world’s scrutiny for eight years, Barack Obama’s daughters managed to keep a pretty low profile during their time in the White House. Now college-aged, the former president’s oldest daughter Malia is starting to…

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Architecture, Featured

Cotignola Staricco Tobler slots white office between warehouses in Montevideo

Uruguayan architecture firm Cotignola Staricco Tobler has sandwiched an all-white office building between shipping warehouses in the country’s capital, and included two pebbled courtyards on its second level. The building in Montevideo has an entirely white front facade and large windows, contrasting with the surrounding residential and industrial buildings. It was constructed for import business…

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Patricia Urquiola updates Cassina headquarters to commemorate brand’s 90th anniversary

Designer Patricia Urquiola has overhauled Cassina’s 1940s headquarters in Meda, northern Italy, to include a wall of plants and a cylindrical meeting space encased in metal panelling. Urquiola, who was appointed the Italian furniture brand’s art director in 2015, refreshed the old production facility to commemorate Cassina’s 90th anniversary. The headquarters are located in…

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Hanoi cafe features indoor waterfalls, koi-carp ponds and an aquaponics vegetable patch

Behind the scalloped facade of the Koi Cafe in Hanoi, Farming Architects has created a fish pond, an indoor waterfall and a rooftop vegetable patch that exists in a self sustaining eco-system. A steel frame has been added to the existing three-storey building in the Vietnamese capital, transforming it into a green oasis for cafe customers with an integrated aquaponics farm. An…

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Chengdu cafe features interiors inspired by Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

Melbourne studio Biasol combined marble surfaces with geometric elevations and pastel hues as a nod to Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel for this cafe in Chengdu, China. The Budapest Cafe is located in the Chengdu, capital of China’s Sichuan province, but its owners specifically chose an Australian design studio to create an environment that…

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