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A weekend in Cadaqués

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Last weekend we had a great (probably last) taste of summer for this year. A friend of ours was celebrating her birthday in Cadaqués, Catalonia in Spain. It’s a beautiful little town in a bay of the Costa Brava. But unlike other little bay towns that we know so well Cadaques is well hidden in the bay by the mountains that surround it which make the access not that easy and obvious. (I get sick every time we go there due to the serpentine street that leads there- but it’s worth it 🙂

Apart from being a beautiful place for spending some days in the summer it is also known as the town of Dali who had a home in a bay right next to the town.  Today it accommodates a Dali museum that you can visit.
The only B flat minor for those who love the beach: the beaches in Cadaques are little and pebbly but still beautiful and the water is crystal clear.

Our friends live in Barcelona, which is only a 2h drive from Cadaqués and often go there, like many Barcelonians, for the weekend. We’ve already spent some beautiful weekends with them but this one was quite unforgettable.
They’ve rented this gorgeous ‘mansion’ at a peninsula at only 10 minutes walk from the center of the village. You felt like in a dream every single moment. It was that harbor of peace and tranquility from where you watch the boats sail by and the rest of the world seems just so so far away…

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…and imagine there are people who actually live like that every single day!

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Merci Steph et Damien!

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Dreamplaces – Stars building for stars

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Tom Ford got himself built a ranch by nobody less than our famous, beloved Tandao Ando and it looks just beautiful – so clean and pure, so Tandao Ando.

I’m not a fashionista and I don’t know much about Tom Ford but what I do know about him I really like. Très sympatique – as the french would say. At least he seems so. He’s this good-looking (so handsome!), successful (cause hardworking), smart, self-confident but not arrogant ..fashion designer, film producer…  and did you know that he has a diploma in architecture which he got in Paris?  What gained him even more points  than he already got from me (not that he would care) with his movie A single man – beautiful movie.
Of course he’s not on the market, Ford is  in a relationship with the same partner since more than 20 years, with dogs and a baby as of late.
And the fact that he has chosen japanese architect Tandao Ando as architect for his home in Texas… This man has taste and culture.  I don’t know of many from the fashion business who have shown an interest in..  architecture, I mean really architecture, you know what I mean. Do you?

I’m aware that as an architect I should write probably more about Tandao Ando and not Tom Ford – but the woman in me was stronger than the architect .) Though I know that men- like mine- do like him as well – to boot.

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Photos Guido Mocafico

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DreamPlaces

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This house is absolutely breathtaking! What a beauty.
Villa Överby by Swedish architect John Robert Nilsson sits atop a rocky headland in the wilds of the Stockholm archipelago, Sweden.

The exterior is finished only in matte black (private spaces) and glass walls (common space) providing those breathtaking views out towards the sea.
The limestone-covered concrete plinth is continuous floor inside and outside of the house and opens out into a terrace with the Infinity pool, overlooking the nordic tundra and calmness.
Everything seems so calm and quite, so seamless and smooth, peaceful and so far, far away -almost unreal.
And the view,..and the view..
Who wouldn’t want to live here?

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