Area Bed byAlain Gilles for Magnitude

Transcending the simple notion of the bedroom as a place to sleep, Area Bed byAlain Gilles for Magnitude includes coordinated modular add-on components – expandable headboard, bedside table, drawer-like “pocket table”, repositionable lamp, bench – allowing you to reconfigure a conventional sleeping space any number of new ways.

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House on Lake Okoboji by Min | Day

Architects at Min | Day created this contemporary vacation residence in 2008 for a client in West Lake Okoboji, Iowa, USA.

The site is in a rural area that overlooks a glacial lake and neighboring cornfields.

House on Lake Okoboji by Min | Day:

“It’s all about the lake,” was our clients’ direction when we began designing this vacation home in rural Iowa.

Located in rural Iowa, Lake Okoboji is a part of a glacial lake system surprisingly located amidst endless cornfields, 2.5 hours from the nearest metropolitan area.

The house sits on a diminutive lot on the dense shoreline where old cottages and new McMansions sit tightly together.

Our strategy resulted in a deceptively simple footprint that minimized the size of the house on the site while allowing for a series of spatial frames within the house that focus on the view while excluding the neighbors.

This allowed for a sense of total privacy within the house itself. Additionally, the lake itself is ringed by numerous oak trees which form beautiful a canopy around the lake, separating it from the corn fields.

Volumetrically simple from the exterior, opaque and slatted vertical Ipe clads a stacked set of spatial tubes (the primary living spaces) that are open to the lake and woods views, but visually closed to neighbors on the sides.

We formed the house’s spatial tubes around view axes running through the site, perceptually linking the lake through the forest to the fields beyond. These view-framing tubes are literal voids in the mass of the house bounded at their ends only by glass.

Light and air also enters these rooms through operable windows set behind the slatted Ipe cladding. Dense service spaces (“program solids”) fill the remaining volume.

The first level is dominated by continuous subtly amorphous space that opens to the exterior in with lake views in several directions. This space bounds the primary living spaces while suggesting connections and extensions to the surrounding landscape, lake and sky.

In contrast to the spatial tubes of the public areas, the smaller private spaces (bedrooms and bathrooms) are treated with a pronounced sense of interiority.

As spaces become increasingly intimate, the intensity of color increases as well. All interior surfaces in these rooms are subsumed by intense color to the extent that each feels like a zone of pure color.

Here color becomes equivalent to the Lake that dominates the spatial tubes, providing and autonomous interiority in contrast to the site-oriented “tubes”.

Color becomes an important tool of space making, an additional layer that can reinforce or contradict the other components of spatial geometry, intensifying the experience or adding complexity.

In addition to the house and site, we were also responsible for all furniture, fabrics and finishes in the house. We selected and supplied most of the furniture, designed window coverings and selected custom fabrics for many of the furniture selections.

We designed and fabricated several feature tables for the house, including a custom, CNC-milled cabinet for the master bedroom.”
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Aria Lito hotel in Fira town Luxury Hotel in Santorini

Luxury Hotel in Santorini

Set amidst fragrant gardens in the quaint and vibrant Fira town in Santorini Island of Greece, the charming Aria Lito luxury hotel in Santorini is a prestigious luxury hotel in the Cyclades offering elegant accommodation with a high standard of comfort.

This distinctive 4 star hotel is situated in a prime and central location in Fira town and exudes a soothing blend of original charm and graceful elegance.

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The Best Bars in Athens

Athens…the cornerstone of nightlife!

Greece is worldwide known for its vibrant nightlife and, as such, its capital Athens is put on the map as one of the must-be hotspots.

So…Cycladia Team, as unique party lovers, will give you the user’s manual, the indispensable handbook for the best places to taste Athens by night with a refreshing drink, an original cocktail or a quality glass of wine in the rhythms of intoxicating music!

A for Athens
The best roof bar in town! Enjoy your cocktail overlooking Parthenon. (Access via the Metro: Monastiraki Station)

A Liar Man
A special place in the heart of Athens, Gazi. For food or drink within the sounds of jazz, ethnic, blues, funk and rock. (Access via the Metro: Kerameikos Station)

Tailor Made
One of the new hotspots downtown Athens! A special Micro Roastery serving the best coffee in town and an excellent Cocktail bar! (Access via the Metro: Monastiraki Station)

French wine and Apple martini at its best in a tiny café bistro in Exarcheia, one of the most alternative areas of the town! (Access via the Metro: Panepistimio or Omonia Station)

A historic place right beneath the Acropolis! The oldest bar in Athens with authentic liqueurs and traditional Greek drinks! (Access via the Metro: Monastiraki or Acropolis Station)

Pop-rock atmosphere in the southern part of the town… retro atmosphere and refreshing cocktails right outside the borders of the city centre (Access via the Tram: Glyfada Station)

El Rey Alobar
In the busiest pedestrian street of the northern suburbs and into a beautiful small cocktail bar you will enjoy your drink and socialize in the sounds of exceptional music and a fresh ambience. (Access via the Metro: Halandri Station & then 461, 451 or 444 bus)

To Briki
One of the good old hotspots of Athens. It is a very small bar, but its reputation is really big! Have a drink here, in the favorite funky spot of town. (Access via the Metro: Ambelokipi or Megaro Mousikis Station)

7 Jockers
Among the most preferred hangouts and maybe the coziest spot in Athens, right below Syntagma Square. Alternative, soul, funk and disco sounds from many interesting djs, while homemade tarts and cold dishes will perfectly accompany your drinks or cocktails. (Access via the Metro: Syntagma Station)

42 bar
This bar is a must! One of the best cocktail bars in the heart of Athens with two of the best bartenders of the city. Here you can enjoy any cocktail you have ever imagined at its best version! (Access via the Metro: Panepistimio or Syntagma Station)

Baba au rum
The masters of the cocktails in a retro bar with Jazz-black and old “Pop” music. Here you can find not only any cocktail…you will also find a stunning list with alcohol-free cocktails! (Access via the Metro: Panepistimio, Syntagma or Monastiraki Station)

Gin Joint
A fairly new bar in Karitsi Square with a very special concept…Jazz, Swing and other sounds of the 20′s & 30′s in America and over 65 varieties of Gin! (Access via the Metro: Panepistimio or Syntagma Stations)

Santa Botella
A special multicultural place, rock and 50′s mood! Enjoy your drink and indulge into the drifting sounds of live concerts & exceptional dj’s sets (Access via the Metro: Panormou Station)

So, be a part of this vibrating city and taste the real side of Athens with us!
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Cocktail Bar in Tailand

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