summertime.

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It feels like it’s been forever coming, but at last it’s time for a little break. Happy weekend.

Above image, by PipkornKilpatrick via owl’s house london Pinterest.

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a pool house of cool, black simplicity.

There is a striking simplicity about this pool house with its sleek, black facade. Laid out symmetrically, it is centred about the pool and a recessed seating area, replete with fireplace and log store. Pocket sliding doors are concealed, but ready if required to separate the building from the outdoors.

The pool itself is a beautiful, elegant thing – it simply drops away as if a puddle had formed on the surface. The pale grey pavers of Belgian bluestone, with their specially aged finish (a combination of flaming and sandblasting) line the pool as well as the surrounding terrace. The building exterior is clad with ash Thermowood – heat-treated timber produced and manufactured in Finland – and finished with 3 layers of an opaque, off-black stain. The properties of this type of wood make it ultimately stable, so it can be used with millimetre precision, unlike timber which will expand and contract and change colour over time.

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Finely textured, pale- coloured internal walls are a stunning contrast to the black exterior. The monochrome palette continues with fittings and fixtures of dark metal, and a Belgian bluestone water trough, carved out of one solid block and aged afterwards.

All the furniture and hardware in the project is custom designed, except the vintage bench and the fabulous ‘Boomerang’ easy chair by Swedish furniture designer Yngve Ekström, which definitely appeals to my Australian sensibility…

CD Poolhouse by Antwerp-based designer Marc Merckx, with thanks. Photos Dominique Smet

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urban geometry.

These striking images are part of a series called Urban Geometry, an architectural study of several European cities (this one, Alicante) using the geometric forms of local buildings and urban landscapes to inform the work.

Spanish photographer Andrés Gallardo Albajar is self-taught. His images are undoubtedly architectural in form, perhaps influenced by his architect parents. Linear form, curves and angles are highlighted against a background of surreal and vibrant colour.

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Urban Geometry, Andrés Gallardo Albajar. More, Behance

happy weekend.

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Seldom Seen, 2002, James Turrell. Photograph: Peter Huggins

I can’t wait to visit the James Turrell exhibition in Norfolk next weekend. Jonathan Jones calls it ‘a psychedelic legal high in the English countryside’ (read his review, here)

Houghton hall, a beautiful Palladian house on the North Norfolk coast, already has an impressive art collection, with works by Richard Long, Jeppe Hein and Rachel Whiteread. There is a previously commissioned piece by Turrell, called Skyspace, from 2000 (image above). This current exhibition includes the illumination of the Hall’s facade into a light show, which begins at dusk on Friday and Saturday evenings.

LightScape, James Turrell at Houghton Hall, North Norfolk until 24th October 2015.

More James Turrell, here

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The mighty Royal Festival Hall, via owl’s house london instagram. Follow me, here.

drama and serenity in copenhagen.

Today, I’m drawn to these drop dead gorgeous images showcasing the work of Studio Oliver Gustav.

From a studio, showroom and boutique in central Copenhagen, a carefully curated edit of designers and artists from around the world – Faye Toogood, Michaël Verheyden and Poul Kjærholm amongst others – sit against a monochrome interior. Beautiful pieces and striking lighting create a dramatic, yet intensely serene interior that feels timeless and elegant. I love each piece of the collection, not to mention that knock-out shade of grey used on the walls and ceilings.

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Studio Oliver Gustav, here, via