Although well over 250 years old, Edinburgh’s New Town – a UNESCO Heritage Site – is a beautiful, if austere, collection of sturdy and uniform ranks of Georgian buildings. Rows of terraces and mansions clad in local grey sandstone are a physical embodiment of the Scottish Reformation. Refurbished by NYC-based architecture firm Grzywinski+Pons, Eden Locke is a new 72-room hotel with a café and bar that’s received a complete renovation and comprehensive fit-out. Celebrating its heritage details, the 18th-century Georgian mansion and its 20th-century extension was whittled down to its respective bones – and the chic new hotel created from there.
London architect Sophie Hicks designed Stockholm-based ACNE Studio‘s flagship store in Seoul, taking a deliberately anti-Swedish approach to the rough concrete structure. Ironically. The narrow, winding side streets of Gangnam house some of the most exclusive shops in the South Korean capital. It is in this setting – a haven of peace in a fast-moving city – that Sophie built a new store for Acne Studios: a flagship store, in which to will sell both their men’s and women’s collections.