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Plans to restore Coco Chanel’s highland retreat approved

Back in 2012 we ran a feature about proposals to turns the highland retreat shared by Coco Chanel and Hugh Grosvenor, the 2nd Duke of Westminster into a chic boutique hotel: those plans have now been approved by Highland Council. Empty for more than 60 years, Rosehall Estate near Lairg in Sutherland, will now be fully restored under a project to be managed by Bell Ingram Design. The 20 room Georgian mansion ...

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Just a little bolt hole in the city – extraordinary terraced house in Glasgow for sale

While we're not really in the business of selling flats, this place is so extraordinary we just had to share it. Glasgow is famous for the wonderful architecture of some of its public buildings and its fascinating to see that boldness carried into a private dwelling. This is a magnificent original mansion house on Park Circus close to the city centre. The terraced property extends to 12,000 sq ft over four ...

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Amangiri, Utah – the ultimate in canyon cool

Get a load of this place! Amangiri is a super luxurious resort nestling in a desert canyon in Southern Utah near the Arizona border. It's stunningly designed, difficult to get to, hugely expensive... and it's never going to happen is it?   ...

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Bus stop beauties in Austria

Bus shelters - you wait ages for a truly innovative one then seven come along at once. In an inspired and frankly odd move, Krumbach, Austria, - population 1000 - invited international architecture firms for a week’s paid holiday in exchange for designing the village's bus shelters. Built by local craftspeople, the results have put the small town on the map and show just what a bit of cultural ambition can ...

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Dave does Dunfermline: latest Scotland in Detail

Introducing 'Dunfermline', the latest in journalist David Cowan's popular Scotland in Detail series. You can check out the other featured towns here. The colourful posters are printed on quality A2 paper and cost £50 each including post and packaging. The Dunfermline poster is a limited edition A3 size and costs £40. Queries and orders should be sent to info@scotlandindetail.com. ...

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Look inside the new Dunfermline Museum

Take a look inside Dunfermline's new £10.8m museum and art gallery by way of this flythrough video.  The museum has been funded by Fife Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and aims to integrate a modern design with the listed buildings on site including the world's first Carnegie Library. The facility will open in July 2016 and be managed by Fife Cultural Trust. With Dunfermlin ...

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The Reid Building at Glasgow School of Art

Designing a new building for the Glasgow School of Art to sit alongside Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece must have felt like a huge responsibility for american architect Steven Holl.  The Reid Building, named after Dame Seona Reid, who stood down as director of GSA last summer, provides a new home for the design school. ...

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Worship in white: John Pawson-designed church in Germany

Clarity in the architecture is surely conducive to clarity in worship. Church leaders at the Catholic Church of St Moritz Augsburg, Germany knew they were commissioning a radical design having seen British architect John Pawson's work for  Novy Dvur in the Czech Republic. The church is around a thousand years old but fires, wartime bombing and changes in liturgical practice had left their mark on the buildi ...

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Villa Extramuros: mid century chic in a close-to-nature Portuguese setting

Here's something to brighten up a a dark December morning. Apparently designed to  look as if it were owned by a debonair businessman in the 1950s, the five room Villa Extramuros in Arraiolos in Portugal is a mid century inspired hideaway unexpectedly located in a rugged rural location. As well as the paired down, 'outside inside' decor - think handwoven throws, cowhides and Cubist artwork - the villa also ...

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fos see the light; art installation in Madrid

Such a simple idea.This Madrid restaurant, Rayen in Lope de Vega was illuminated for 4 days and nights by yellow tape, painted accessories, pineapples and... a lamp. Created by fos, a group of collaborating artists and architects based in Madrid and Barcelona.     ...

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