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Building Character

6 Mediterranean Architecture Gems to Get You Daydreaming

Building Character 05/17/2017

It’s easy to see how Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming’s obsession with architecture plays out in the designs for the jewelry line, Endswell. Marble, cantilevered ceilings, golden ratios all serve as the building blocks for their modern, striking collection of rings, earrings and necklaces. These days, they’ve been especially enamored with some famous homes of the Mediterranean.  As Rachel explains, these structures stand out because they “the strength of stoic, block formations and the softness of bright, pastel palettes.” Take a peek at six of her favorites, which also served as blueprints for the couple’s latest collection.

 

1. SOPHIA SUITES IN SANTORINI, GREECE

“Originally built in the 1800s and renovated in 2015, this luxury hotel respects and incorporates many principles and philosophies of ancient Cycladic architecture. The bright, softened plaster forms morph from wall, to stair, to floor, allowing the eye to move effortlessly throughout the space.”

 

2. MURALLA BOJA CALPE IN  ALICANTE, SPAIN

“This housing complex was built in 1973 by Ricardo Bofill, with an intent to encourage increased social interaction and bridge a previous political divide of public and private spaces. Beautifully framed scenes and overlapping blocks of geometry invite overlap and interaction between spaces and people alike.

 

3. CITY GATE IN VALLETTA, MALTA

“The main facade of this Renzo Piano structure features sculpted blocks, intended to allow light to pass through while blocking excessive heat from direct sunlight. Using stones from the region, this modern building pays homage to the region’s history through material and stoic form.”

 

 

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4. PALAIS BULLES IN CANNES, FRANCE

“Now known at the Bubble Palace, this bizarre home was designed for French Industrial Pierre Bernard by Antti Lovag with the aim to mimic cave dwellings, which resulted in many intriguing and surreal moments. It’s now owned by designer Pierre Cardin.”

 

5. KIRINI SUITES IN SANTORINI, GREECE

“This resort strikes the perfect balance of warmth and minimalism. Nestled in Oia’s hillside of Santorini, the bright hues, natural wood, and reflective pools mirror that of the surrounding landscape.”

 

6. CORTIJO EL CANITO IN VILLANUEVA DEL TRABUCO, SPAIN

“Rustic minimalism thrives in this privately owned retreat just outside of Malaga, Spain. The hardest balance to strike is that of sparse design alongside a lived-in, human touch.”

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