Cap d’Antibes Villa by Denis Bodino of DRC Studio & Christine Bodino Design

Cap d’Antibes Villa by Denis Bodino of DRC Studio & Christine Bodino Design

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Located in the resort town of Antibes, between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera, Cap d’Antibes Villa by Denis Bodino of DRC Studio & Christine Bodino Design | The Hardt


Just an absolutely gorgeous design by Denis Bodino, head of the architecture and design agency “Design Realization Concept “ in Cannes, has just created a splendid new contemporary home, unlike any other, situated in the magnificent setting of the Cap d’Antibes. Congratulations on the completion of a beautiful project. The 4,843 ft² (450 m²) villa is built on a flat terrain covering a surface area of over .5 acres (2,000 m²)  Denis Bodino planned the building as a composition of interlinked, extended and intertwined volumes with tile eaves, giving the structure a dynamic and aerial dimension. He played astutely with full and empty spaces, lightening the volumes so as to allow sunlight to flow freely into the interior of the villa. The sunshades that protect several of the glass panels provide shade and privacy, and the facade is enhanced with natural raw materials like wood and stone, to contrast with the radical aspect of contemporary architecture. The contrast effect is pushed to its limit in the heart of the building by a structural element designed as a suspended monolith covered with dressed stone, evoking great weight and mass by virtue of its dimensions, but in fact a veritable sculpture, “floating” above a long basin, which directs your gaze right towards the sea as soon as you enter the villa.




The use of materials such as mirrors that act as a casing, in particular for the main entrance door and other architectural elements, added to the numerous glass perspectives, serve to highlight the clean, crisp lines of the villa and to underscore the sense of airiness of the structure as a whole. The choice of the colors and materials used for the facade contribute to creating a symbiotic relationship between the villa and the natural environment of the Cap d’Antibes, with its plant and mineral life, and a panorama of maritime pine forests. In keeping with the same the concern for authenticity, the swimming pool was specially devised as a “mirror” pool, with a streamlined look & feel. The use of stone was chosen so that the colors would blend in perfectly with the surroundings and, in addition, give the pool the aspect of a natural freshwater source amidst the greenery.




Using the sleek, pared-down style that has become his hallmark, Bodino designed the interior of the villa as an open, unbroken space; the living areas flow together without any boundaries: the outdoors becomes the indoors and vice versa. Beauty and convenience are one and the same thing. The large living area, for example, is designed as a single, unique living space with a living room, dining room and an open-plan kitchen in the background, all of which open directly onto the garden and the sea. As for the bedrooms upstairs, each has its own bathroom and dressing room and all of them meet the requirements: to make the most of the sea view and the greenery, whether you’re in your bed, shower or bathtub. You can move freely between the different spaces; all of the rooms are inundated with light thanks to the large surfaces in glass. The interior design is the work of Christine Bodino : no one can possibly understand better than she the architectural vision of her brother, Denis, and know how to place her carefully selected furnishings with the same love of architecture, creating a harmonious decor perfectly adapted to the structure’s crisp, clean architectural lines and volumes. She continues to astound us with her artistic knowledge and flair, as well as her savvy choices that result in an interior décor sublimated and finely attuned to the art of good living.




To decorate the villa, Christine focused on furniture and accessories signed by contemporary designers: R. Dordoni, Eero Saarinen, Sori Yanagy, Kelly Wearstler, Vico Magistretti, Carlos Scarpa, Gamfratesi, M. Anastassiades. The choice of textured materials in the fabrics used (creative fabrics: velvet, linen, crushed flax, silk, and more), give the home a soft, warm touch. Visitors are astonished by the playful and poetic note provided the magically suspended mobile with its brass pastilles reflecting the sunlight dancing on the water. The swimming pool and pool house are equipped with minimal furnishings so that they fit into the natural surroundings as discreetly as possible.




Learn more about Denis Bodino and his firm DRC HERE and learn more about Christine Bodino and her amazing interior design firm HERE



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Tao Hua Yuan Tea House by CL3 Architects

Tao Hua Yuan Tea House by CL3 Architects

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Tao Hua Yuan Tea House by CL3 Architects located in Nanjing, China | The Hardt


Tao Hua Yuan Tea House by CL3 Architects located in Nanjing, China. A home by that name in Souzhou, west of Shanghai, was the most expensive ever to hit the market in mainland China (one billion Chinese yuan, the equivalent of $154 million) when it was completed in 2016. CL3 Architect’s view of utopia is considerably more simplified. The Hong Kong-based design firm has created an homage to the tea culture of China with the Tao Hua Yuan tea house in Nanjing, using a quiet Zen aesthetic and a simple style to bring tranquility in a bustling urban and resort area.
The architecture tells much of the story: a contemporary structure using flat planes, right angles, lots of glass and open areas. “The architecture is inspired by a Chinese courtyard house, with a series of enclosed spaces formed around open spaces and connected by covered walkways,” says William Lim, managing director of the firm. “The building is in a clear outline of single rectangles, tucked away in the forest like a masterpiece of nature.”

But if the architecture is contemporary, it’s the materials – marble and glass, but also wood and bamboo – that tell the Zen story, a harmonious combination of hard and soft.
“The marble is strong and steady, the glass is clear and pure,” says Lim. “The interior becomes the extension of the architecture – simple materials and concise lines to create Zen tranquility.”
Inside, lanterns, paintings, and works of art express the “one-with-nature” story, along with what Lim calls “scholar rocks.”



“Scholar rocks are massive rocks recovered from river beds with naturally eroded holes and wrinkles,” he explains. “Six massive rocks sit on a platform of black mirror, simulating water reflection. This serves as a piece of art installation, as well as dividing the teahouse into semi-private zones. The verticality of the young forest is reinforced by the vertical lines in the interior design in the background of black glass.”

Symbolic Chinese culture is never far from the designers’ thinking. For example, custom-designed furniture and lighting reflect the importance of balance in Chinese style. Low-rise furniture – the kinds that prevailed in ancient times when people tended to sit on the floor – is matched with modern high-type furniture. “They are mainly made of wood and are in simple colors,” Lim says, “containing both classical charm and fresh ideas, giving a contemporary interpretation to the Chinese cultural heritage.” Creating the appropriate tea house is not a casual endeavor in a culture where tea commands such an important position. “Tea absorbs the spirit of the universe,” says Lim, “appealing to men of letters throughout the ages.”

By Steve Kaufman
Photography: Nirut Benjabanpot, Hong Kong



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Salto House (2013) by AMZ Arquitetos

Salto House (2013) by AMZ Arquitetos

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Salto House (2013) by AMZ Arquitetos located in Salto, Brazil | The Hardt

Salto House (2013) by AMZ Arquitetos located in Salto, Brazil. Situated in Salto, the countryside of Sao Paulo, this is a vacation dwelling for a large family; with a total area of 650m² built on a 2500m² plot. The interior common spaces (garage, laundry, and guest bedrooms excluded), are continuous. The kitchen wall is a large sliding panel that allows the integration to the dining room whenever desirable (as shown in the schematic plan).




Social areas that overlook the valley are all glazed. On the west facade, a wooden vertical brise-soleil was applied in order to protect the living room from the afternoon sun. The bedrooms are protected by sliding louvered doors. In the edges of the house, near the neighbor’s setback limit, blank walls frame the interior views and maintain privacy
inside the glazed areas.


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O Pool House by Steven Vandenborre

O Pool House by Steven Vandenborre

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O Pool House by Steven Vandenborre located in Bruges, Belgium | The Hardt


O Pool House by Vandenborre located in Bruges, Belgium. The project brings together a walled courtyard and a swimming pool. The living area is a glass box contained within a concrete garden pavilion. By making the poolhouse entirely out of glass, with minimal framed windows, both inside and outside seems to disappear. Natural light is entering the pavilion by creating enclosed gardens. The overall atmosphere is a combination of rough and soft materials creating an intense, silent luxury the length of the pool allows you to experience swimming in a garden, under a building, and in a building. The garden (designed by Alderik Heirman) is gently entering the building and results in a perfect marriage of nature and architecture.



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18 BE by Adolfo Perez

18 BE by Adolfo Perez

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Situated in Vistahermosa Residential Area in El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz, Spain Star 18 BE by Adolfo Perez | The Hardt


Situated in Vistahermosa Residential Area in El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz, Star 18 BE by Adolfo Perez. Completed in 2014, the modern 3,315 ft² (308 m²) home is on a plot which has been divided into two parts to building two semi-detached houses in the Vistahermosa Residential Area in El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz. The owner ordered us the realization of one of the houses which had some determinants because of the shape of the plot and the property’s orders. This plot is long and narrow with two sides that look out over the street. The municipal regulation forced us to set back the facade with respect to the street and, also, the properties of the plot imposed us some limitations.




It was decided to set up a house along the plot because of the municipal regulations and the owner’s insistence to be a house as private and independent as possible as much in use as in views. The construction is suggested as “IL PECILE” in Hadrian’s Villa, that is to say, a big white wall that goes over the plot and distributes the different uses of the building. It is a long wall with a narrow bay. This wall divides the area into two parts. One of them is the area with the garden and the other one is the building. The “Pecile” is a big white blank wall with a hole which connects with the living room and the “public” rooms of the building. There are three elements along the wall formed by three crystal boxes: the first one connects with the living room, the second one with the corridor of the first floor and the last one is a big lamp that light up the garden and the swimming pool



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