At AD they perpetually celebrate architects and designers—they are rock stars—but they do so with particular intentionality in annual AD100 issue, which includes their much-anticipated list of the most exciting talents in the world. The outstanding projects highlighted this month have been in development for many years, and AD has frequently followed them for a long period before publication: It’s a process! The homeowners themselves, without whom these inspiring, ambitious spaces would definitely not exist, however, are the ones who possess the greatest amount of patience, faith, and vision.
Bjarke Ingels on his houseboat in Copenhagen.
Designer Virginia Tupker in Connecticut.
One of the common threads in many of this month’s stories is a very warm relationship between customer and designer. The beautiful Malibu beach house on the cover of this issue was built by Ellen Pompeo and her frequent partner Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who counts her as one of his closest friends. “We’ve known each other for such a long time”, according to Bullard, “that we can predict what the other will appreciate before even presenting it to them”.
Pierre Yovanovitch with Nima Krings in the Paris apartment he designed for her family.
Designer Frances Merrill in Massachusetts.
About five years ago, Pamela Shamshiri met LA gallerist Shulamit Nazarian. Shamshiri and Nazarian concur that there was a “genuine bond” and that a “strong emotional connection almost instantly” occurred. Over the course of their successful partnership, the pair refurbished Nazarian’s historic A. Quincy Jones home, which is depicted on a second AD cover.
Designer Pamela Shamshiri
Theit tour ended with a stop at the remarkable home that architect Bjarke Ingels designed for a Danish businessman who wanted to live with his family and valued collection of automobiles. The task, according to Ingels, who naturally succeeded in it, “was to construct a building where the cars are part of the house, rather than just stashed away in a garage.” Regarding the client, slick sailing.