Inner courtyards are one of my favourite design features. They bring light into your interior and provide the most fantastic focal points. Some have gardens, some have water features, but they all have the wow-factor. Take a look at our selection of modern inner courtyards from this week's round-up.
Mirrored buildings and structures are incredibly fascinating. They have the ability to take on their surroundings like a chameleon and change with every minute that passes in the day. This collection of mirrored edifices is all about refection.
This first image is of a playground structure in Copenhagen that was once covered in graffiti. Now covered in mirrors, this building has transformed into an interactive objet d'art to be enjoyed by people of all ages.
In the north of Sweden, near the Arctic circle, you can stay at this incredible tree hotel. It is almost completely camouflaged in the treetops. This elegant yet simple structure offers 360 degree views.
Science World at Telus World of Science in Vancouver adds a sparkly dimensions to the city's skyline. This Buckminster Fuller-inspired geodesic dome was the 1986 World Fair's Expo Centre. It reads as retro and futuristic at once.
The multifaceted PALÄON Research and Experience Centre Schöningen Spears is built at an archaeological site in Germany where the oldest preserved hunting weapons ever found were discovered.
Metalmorphosis, a 25-foot stainless steel sculpture in Charlotte, NC, is comprised of layers that rotate 360 degrees. Water pours from the head into a fountain at the base. The combination of reflective steel and water is stunning.
The Moroccan courtyard is a sanctuary protected within the walls of a home. Atria face inward for privacy and provide safe havens in the cities. In a courtyard you will often find lemon or orange trees, a cooling fountain, and an open roof. These five riads are in Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech.
At Modern Karibou we get really excited about Canadian design. Recently, I have been noticing some amazing creative minds that are making waves in the design world. I'm pleased to feature a Canadian architecture team called L'OEUF Architects, and a Canadian fashion designer named Jeremy Laing. Check them out!
L'OEUF Architects was founded in 1992 and calls the cosmopolitan city of Montreal home. The team strives for sustainable design with a social conscience, and succeeds with truly remarkable results. L'OEUF won the prestigious HOLCHIM Foundation international prize for their 'Greening the Infrastructure at Benny Farm' project. Here is a taste of some of their work:
Jeremy Laing is a fashion designer based out of Toronto. He graduated from Ryerson University's School of Fashion in 2002 and hasn't looked back. Laing's love for art is evident in the geometric and finely tailored pieces that he creates. Laing is a Canadian designer with lots of international experience and influences, and is a regular fixture at New York Fashion Week. Here are a few favourites from his Spring/Summer 2014 line: