LUXURY ARCHITECTURE

FROM MALLORCA TO THE WORLD

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ARCHITECTURE / HOSPITALITY – BOLD BLUEBERRY AND CHERRY MAGAZINE

May 20,  2021

Copyright Photos : Joan Miquel Segui Arquitectes

 

 

 

 

 

 

EACH PROJECT REQUIRES A NEW APPROACH

In high-end architecture, there are rarely universal, ready-made solutions in advance. Each project requires a new approach and a distinctive set of solutions. Just as each client’s needs and expectations differ, so do the particularities of the environment and the emotions of the construction. That is why each of the projects of Joan Miquel Segui Arquitectes architectural studio is so unique and personalized. The winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category The Best Luxury Architect Studio in Mallorca, Balearics, is one of the main trendsetters shaping the architectural landscape of the region.

Joan Miquel Segui Arquitectes is an advanced architectural studio based in Palma de Mallorca. It was founded in 2016, although its team members have been working in the field of architecture since 2007. Its portfolio consists of modern and Mediterranean architecture projects, full of meticulous geometry and attention to detail. Most of the studio’s work is residential projects, although Joan Miquel Segui Arquitectes also works with hotels, urban projects, and civic buildings. The company’s specialists work with each client until they find the best solution according to the client’s requests, whatever challenges they will face.

The founder and principal of the studio, Dr. Joan Miquel Seguí, achieved the Master of Architecture at the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB) and Ph.D. at the University of Rovira i Virgili. He has worked as an architect in several cities, including Barcelona, Lisbon, New York, and Paris. For a long time he combined his professional career as an architect with a university teaching position in architecture. Since 2016 Joan Miquel Seguí leads one of the most successful architectural studios in Mallorca. But the activities of his company are not limited to his native region. His creative and professional qualities, as well as his linguistic skills, allow Joan Miquel Segui Arquitectes to interact with clients in Spanish, Catalan, English, French, and German.

When working on any project, whether creating a new building or renovating an existing one, the Joan Miquel Segui Arquitectes team puts the client’s personality, design, atmosphere, and respect for the environment at the forefront. This approach allows the studio to create spaces that appeal to emotions and blend in with their surroundings.

 

 

 

Joan Miquel Segui Arquitectes provides a full range of services so that their clients can get their dream home without too much hassle. The company’s specialists can help with selecting a site for future construction, buying a house, preparing an architectural project, interior design, and landscape design. It takes into account the terrain and climate, creating a Mediterranean design with Mallorcan roots. The company also has extensive experience in the preparation of urban reports, primarily for the acquisition of properties by foreign owners. Joan Miquel Segui’s team ensures complete security of the transaction and guarantees compliance with all regulations and laws.

Although Joan Miquel Segui Arquitectes is involved primarily in the development of luxury residential projects, villas, and houses, the studio’s most famous work is Entrance of Palma’s Train Station. Joan Miquel Segui was tasked with making a canopy over the entrance to the train station and subway station. Most of the local buildings use tile roofs, so in order to make the structure fit the surroundings, shingles with a new creative twist were chosen as the main material. More than 8,000 uniquely designed ceramic rectangles were created specifically for this project. The design gave the station entrance a modern, unique look, making it more visible and easier to find; rainwater protection was provided while still providing access to sunlight during the day and an exquisite source of light at night.

 

 

 

EMOTIVE ARCHITECTURE

AT THE HEART OF

THE SPANISH CAPITAL

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ARCHITECTURE / HOSPITALITY – BOLD BLUEBERRY AND CHERRY MAGAZINE

March 18,  2021

Copyright Photos : Marta González Architects

 

 

 

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MODERN INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR DESIGN

Nestled in the heart of the Spanish capital lies an award-winning architectural practice that prides itself on defining modern interior and exterior design. Madrid epitomizes the juxtaposition of traditional and modern architecture, with revered iconic buildings such as the Royal Palace of Madrid and Casa de los Lujanes standing alongside modern sky-scraping landmarks.

Born out of this diverse tapestry of design, Marta González Architects has carved a reputation in creating emotive, modern buildings. This captured the eye of  The Luxury Lifestyle Awards team who awarded the practice as The Best Luxury Architect and Interior Design Studio in Spain.

Following her graduation at the University of Navarra and internship with a firm in Pamplona, founder Marta González Alonso used her expertise in superior technical architecture to start her own practice in Madrid in 2003. An ongoing desire to stay ahead of developments within the architectural and design world has helped the practice evolve and defined its principle ethos of creating an impressive foundation in modern and contemporary architecture.

The practice has grown to include the skills and art of 12 design professionals, five of which are architects, a civil engineer, an industrial engineer and three technical architects. This strong collaboration of professionals means that clients can draw on multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills, whatever the size or complexity of project.

Marta González Architects abides by a true focus on each clients’ design brief while recognising a definitive need for emotional architecture that engages with the end user. Understated luxury is created using clean lines and carefully choreographed materials emphasise both vertical and horizontal forms. This signature style can be seen clearly in practice in both current and previous projects. Not limited to residential, Marta González Architects has worked on outstanding projects from commercial, hospitality and retail sectors and provides an impressive portfolio of interior design examples.

The challenges set for the team when creating a visually engaging and practical commercial space for Paniza Wineries, highlights their understanding of creating user interactive space. Located in Zaragoza, Paniza Wineries required a mixed-use area that would be used by both visitors and staff. Within the retail and tasting areas, backlit racking helped expose the vertical displayed bottles in a modern version of a cellar. Tasting areas were created using organic inspired seating and tabletops. Behind the scenes, office spaces use glazed walls enabling end users to remain connected with the commercial space around them. This use of glass also helped maximize light while creating quiet areas for office staff.

 

 

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A predominantly white scheme with contrasting black accents created monochromatic interest while the use of geometric sculpture in hallways provide aesthetic highlights that break up the linear forms of the building. Again, vertical and horizontal forms were depicted in contrasting materials resulting in a contemporary and tactile space.

Current projects include a 1500m2 hotel project for Hotel Alcalá Bestprice which includes a double height lobby area with bold vertical accents that complement the hospitality brands focus on the contemporary, modern traveller. Alongside this project are a further four high end luxury residential projects. Mirabal House, Talo House, Hus House and Peguerinos House.

Talos House is the largest with an impressive 700 m2 space incorporating living spaces and a luxury pool area. This detached house heralds the design practices linear signature which is then defined by water boundaries. This balance of material with natural elements helps engage the end user with the outside world while providing the opulence that would be expected at a luxury residential level.

 

An ongoing commitment by the Marta González Architectural team see them continue to stay ahead of best practices and the latest technology. This allows the team to design buildings and interiors that are not only aesthetic, but provide efficient use of materials and resources so that their environmental impact is minimal. This very thirst for knowledge is another defining principle that founder Marta González has used throughout her career.
The abundance of influence on modern architecture and a clear understanding on how good, luxury design can affect the end user, clearly marked Marta González Architects as a defining practice with an ongoing influence within the Spanish design scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LUXURY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

WHERE THE PAST AND THE PRESENT MEET

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ARCHITECTURE / HOSPITALITY – BOLD BLUEBERRY AND CHERRY MAGAZINE

February 10,  2021

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CAPITAL OF THE AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE

Vienna was once known as the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, this great city does not need an empire-related status to maintain its unrivaled authentic beauty and cultural level. At the same time, modern Vienna cannot be suspected of being unduly attached to the past. It is a city that looks to the future with confidence and successfully implements the latest achievements in architecture, design, and technology.

The same can be said about Herzfeldhaus, one of the buildings, which has combined the spirit of classical Vienna and ultra-modern luxury amenities. This year’s winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Real Estate in Vienna, Austria, is waiting for its new inhabitants.

Herzfeldhaus was constructed in a classical style in 1869 near the old city wall and became one of the properties that give Vienna its unique appearance and contribute to the city’s cultural wealth. The Wilhelminian style building was designed by Carl Tietz as a residence for the wealthy businessman Carl Herzfeld. The work of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele inspired the property’s color concept, while its architecture and interior are shaped by the creative language of the architect Adolf Loos.

The building is located in the city center within close proximity to a number of famous cultural landmarks, including Vienna State Opera, St. Stephen‘s Cathedral, Musikverein, Albertina Museum, and Ronacher Theatre. The inspiring neighborhood is enhanced by the philosophers’ corner formed by Hegelgasse, Kantgasse, Fichtegasse, and Schellinggasse.

 

 

 

 

Drawing inspiration from its environment, Herzfeldhaus itself accumulates creative energy. After having been used as a studio and exhibition space for aspiring artists under the auspices of the Emanuel Layr Gallery for a year and a half, it will continue this creative collaboration in the future.

During the recent renovation and revitalization, carried out by the developer SG 112 GmbH & CO KG, the historical value of Herzfeldhaus was preserved, while the professional approach and high-quality materials used allowed literally taking the building from the past to the future. The property offers 13 light-filled luxury apartments ranging in area from 52 to 260 square meters, three top-floor penthouse apartments from 246 to 354 square meters, and ceilings up to 3.8 meters high, creating an exclusive spatial effect. The residents can enjoy an impressive view over the city.

Wine lovers will enjoy a particularly pleasant and unique experience at the Herzfeldhaus. Vienna has a special relationship with wine for a long time. This is the only region in the world where winemaking is developing within the boundaries of a large city, which allows Vienna to please connoisseurs of the ancient drink with its special stylistic findings.

The Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts particularly enjoyed the beauty and distinct ambience of the huge vaulted cellar, which has been given a second life along with the rest of the building, offers a full experience of winemaking complexity. In this stylish wine cellar and wine tasting space, the designers have developed the ideal environment and conditions to enjoy the most exquisite wines of the Vienna wine region.

 

 

 

MEXICAN TRADITIONS CAPTURED IN MODERN ARCHITECTURE

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ARCHITECTURE / HOSPITALITY – BOLD BLUEBERRY AND CHERRY MAGAZINE

January 19,  2021

Copyright Photos : Yoshihiro Koitani / Uribe + Arquitectos Studio

 

 

 

 

 

URIBE & ARQUITECTOS STUDIO SUCCESS

The ability to embrace a traditional ethic and combine successfully with modern, contemporary elements has been a long-established element of Uribe + Arquitectos Studio success.

Recent recipients of The Best Luxury Architect Studios in Mexico by the Luxury Lifestyle Awards panel, the Uribe + Arquitectos Studio team have long practiced sourcing inspiration from traditional materials and designs while combining these with contemporary materials that help amplify users enjoyment of their dwellings. It is this careful balance of mixing the new with the old that has resulted in some of the most iconic residential, commercial and multi living dwellings that now grace the Mexican skyline.

The use of traditional elements can take form in the materials chosen, such as the combination of brick alongside glazed or modern metal installations as seen in projects such as the MC Design Studio and residential project Casa Estudio OM. The ability to merge vernacular elements with a diverse range of modern materials creates an aesthetic symbiosis that Uribe + Arquitectos Studio are known. Not only in material, but the very nuances of Mexican architect are represented in each build, from chimney details through to colonial styled roofs combine with modern glazed walls and creative lighting.

 

 

 

For Uribe + Arquitectos, initial consultations and understanding the end-users interaction with their dwelling are the foundations of each successful project. With a clear focus, space is carefully curated to match and often exceed the expectations of each client. This dedication to not lose focus on the client has resulted in a stunning portfolio of beautifully designed properties that truly represent the homeowner while providing the practicalities and versatility of modern design.

The Troop Residence is a perfect example of how client briefs are visualised into a contemporary home with traditional twists. Tasked with creating an extensive dwelling that offered the best in living spaces combined with the practicalities of a busy, modern family home, the Uribe + Arquitectos devised a luxury space that utilised the best of natural light and outdoor/indoor spaces. Large glass windows allow in natural light during the day while partition walls are cleverly used to form intimate spaces within open planned living areas. The external features of the property are finished in contemporary white plaster synonymous with traditional homes but juxtaposed with modern metal columns that support a brise soleil providing cooling shade and maximising the use of outside leisure areas.

Internal finishes consist of deep wood flooring while luxury elements such as stone plinths provide not only practical design but help bounce and reflect light around high ceilinged central living areas. It is this eye for detail that have seen the team successfully undertake over twenty iconic domestic projects around Mexico.
In regards to commercial design, the MC Design Store is a fine example of how the Uribe + Arquitectos can work with multiple use areas. This project called for a mix of office, studio and showroom space that befitted the creative team that would be using them. Maximising the use of traditional walls, the team amplified impact with a mix of white painted brick details with modern grey plaster finishes.

An essential part of the design was to connect upper and ground floor space with a focal point curved staircase. Created in grey metal that matched the mezzanine level, it invites the user to explore all areas of the building. Externally, traditional plaster render is given a modern twist with calming lavender hints that glow against the turquoise Mexican sky. This ability to create intimate and versatile spaces under one large roof takes considerable knowledge and a realistic understanding of the limits and possibilities of challenging projects.

It was this eye for detail combined with extensive portfolio that captured the attention of the Luxury Lifestyle Awards team. In a competitive arena such as architecture, it was the ability to design modern luxury spaces with the longevity of considered design that set the Uribe + Arquitectos team apart from their contemporaries and will lend themselves well to the future of Mexican design.