Editorial 5—Out of Focus Domesticity

Global contagion has brought about changes at many different scales, including that which we inhabit daily. While the role of the domestic in our lives becomes clearer, our relationship to time and space is beginning to blur. At the same time, we are starting to see an attention to the details that emerge in the performance of our constant present. Our daily rhythms have gone awry; we are homing in while spiraling out. With this in mind, this editorial explores what it means to stay at home, as much personal as critical, as much within the confinement of four walls as beyond them. It will delve into topics such as feminism and productive frictions, touching and exploring in digital spaces, the temporary and the temporal, dwelling as postponing, fictions and fiddling, mediums for gesturing, and experiments in designing for the unknown. As the editorial unfolds, some spaces that we reside in may slowly come into focus while others, instead, will open up new questions, paths, and domestic feelings.

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Lindt & Sprüngli Headquarters by Christ & Gantenbein

The new Lindt Home of Chocolate is more than a museum: this versatile project redefines what civic buildings can be.

La Fab. The agnès b. collection by SOA Architectes

In the heart of the 13th arrondissement, this mixed-use program includes social housing , a nursery, and La Fab., home of the new agnès b. contemporary art collection.

David Brown Appointed As Artistic Director for the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial

The designer, researcher, educator will take on the theme of the fourth edition, The Available City.

Maggie’s Center Leeds by Heatherwick Studio

This design is for a charity center that provides free practical and emotional support for people with cancer in the campus of St. James’s University Hospital in Leeds.

The Webster’s Flagship Store by Adjaye Associates

A bold, completely pink space full of texture and volumes that challenges the retail tradition of The Beverly Center in Los Angeles and creates a sensory experience.

Behind the Scenes of TomorrowAnew.org

Talking with founder Gabriel Kozlowski, we get to know this initiative that is addressing the pandemic by reflecting on the future and offering help on the ground.

Color and Versatile Furniture for Creative Conversation

Inside and outside of a creative hub, Lapalma proposes versatile and colorful furniture for Milano Design City.

North Fork House by SO–IL and Shenton Architects LLP

In the middle of nature on Long Island, this cruciform house organizes different uses through wings and takes advantage of surrounding views.

Mount Washington Studio by FAR frohn&rojas

The architects added a studio and a spacious deck facing the silhouette of the Angeles National Forest to the home of an LA-based artist.


A renovated apartment in Beijing that bets on open spaces, unevenness, strident colors, and textures to create a space full of details.

Objects in Variation: Flower Vases

A small selection of flower vases from designers around the world that redefine the many faces of the same object.

Monteiro Lobato Library Renovation by MMBB Arquitetos

A building originally designed for the Brazilian postal company was transformed into a library with an open and democratic space.

Office in Sanno by Studio Velocity

A curved roof generates unexpected interior spaces and a unique terrace for this office building in Japan.

Montauk House by Desai Chia Architecture

A single-family house designed to promote family interaction and a relationship between interior and exterior.

Dirk Denison Architects Renovate a Mies Van der Rohe-designed Residential Building

The iconic design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago has been transformed to reflect student housing needs today.

Casa Schendel by AR Arquitetos

A slim, existing house in São Paulo was transformed within a translucent volume that combines wood and glass.

Remise Immanuelkirchstrasse by JWA BERLIN with Ralf Wilkening Architect

A new building was built on old foundations to house the new offices of the start-up REMISE in Berlin, Germany.

AMEND: Chris Emile Moves, Heals, and Opens Dialogues in Schindler House

An exhibition and performance series exploring Black male identity through movement, cinema, and sound in the iconic modern house.

Useable Tableware Designs That Go Beyond Usability

Jouw, the store of the experimental gastronomy project Steinbesser, has invited forty designers and artists to re-think plates and utensils.

Casa Sierra Fría by Esrawe Studio

Noble materials, simple forms, and a lush courtyard make up this single-family home located in Mexico City.

House in “La Place” by Deschenaux Architectes

A house that reinterprets Swiss vernacular architecture and is developed on a steep slope.

Ishawooa Mesa Ranch by Lake|Flato Architects

A single-family house in Wyoming that overlays traditional construction methods with a contemporary way of living.

Pure Space by Elisa Silva

A book that explores public space within the complex dialogue of planned and unplanned settlements in Latin America.

Concordia Design Wrocław by MVRDV

The transformation of a heritage building into a dynamic creative hotspot.

School Extension in Lugrin by ateliers O-S architectes

An autonomous and rigorous volume that makes use of the local archetypical figure, a barn.

Casa en la Huerta by WOHA Arquitectura

A 150-year-old house in an alfalfa orchard is renovated and extended to give a contemporary character to the traditional.

Karen Kubey on Spatial Justice Through Social Housing

This episode explores bridging the gap between politics and design in affordable housing.

Haus Salzkammergut by INNOCAD

A conversion and a new construction for a mixed-use building in Gmunden, Austria.

Cà Ospiti by Stocker Lee Architetti

Located in Switzerland, this residential building highlights the potential of the existing area with its simple and light grey volume.

Sint-Lucas School of Arts Antwerp by Atelier Kempe Thill

The transformation and extension of the new Arts campus in the Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp.

Café Roquet by NUA arquitectures

This project transformed an old accountancy office into a café in Valls, Spain.

Pam and Paul’s House by Craig Steely Architecture

A single-family house that takes advantage of the sloped terrain and generates a low impact on the natural surroundings.

Infinite Scrolls and Touching Keys

Can digital exhibitions be laboratories for rethinking bodies in space?

This is My Square by Conjuntos Empáticos (Sálvora Feliz + Marta Benito + Tomás Pineda)

A project that studies the possibilities within the use of public space with a series of temporary-inflatable devices.

Hospice de Liefde by studio AAAN with De Kovel Architecten

The former farm outside Rotterdam has been extended and renovated into a care home.

Let the Building Talk: An Exploration of Chybik + Kristof’s Practice

Open questions juxtaposed with the studio’s projects continues the dialogue that emerged in The NESS Podcast episode.

Chybik + Kristof On Working Theory Through Experience and Buildings Getting Old

We talk with, Ondřej Chybík and Michal Krištof, the founders of the Czech Republic-based studio.

Reading Space in Ca’n Terra by Ensamble Studio

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Jardín Guardia Vieja by Ariel Jacubovich | Oficina de Arquitectura

A renovation of a PH, a traditional typology, in Buenos Aires.

A World of Many Worlds by Elii Architecture and María Jerez

This design for Casa Decor 2020 is worth revisiting as it asks us to question our current moment.

New Future for an Outdated Office: Villa Stardust by MVRDV

The design transforms a former commercial building into a private home.

Fracking Landscapes, Regenerative Empathy, and Ocean Energy Landscapes

Three projects by the Argentinian Landscape architect Stefano Romagnoli.