QA+M Virtual Vacation

September 16, 2020

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First, we visit Florence, Italy, with Interior Designer, Angela Carlson.

“Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, this is the heart of Florence and the city’s most well known landmark. It was designed by Brunelleschi and is known for its gothic architecture. What amazed me the most about this cathedral is the fact that you can see it from all over the city as it stands above the rest of the buildings and is so distinguishable.”


Then, we’re off to La Menagere Restaurant in Florence, Italy:

“This used to be one of my favorite spots to go and study when I studied abroad the design is very rustic and inviting. The designer focused on the use of mixed texture with rough concrete, wood accents and industrial metal. There’s also hanging greenery in the space which welcome you into their store and flower shop too. There’s a lot of natural light as well which is nice and opens up the space more.”


Kent McCoy, Associate Principal, brings us to Bruges, Belgium.


“It is of the Beguinage (circa 1245), a complex of buildings which housed a community of women.  It was not a religious order of any sort, it was women who banded together to live and work communally.  Many of them had been widowed by the Crusades or the plague, and it provided a way for them to make their way in the world without dependence on (or interference from) men.  I found the concept so interesting, and the way it was expressed architecturally: all the houses or workshops are arranged in a circle around a central shared green.  There is still a sense of peace and purpose and order about the place.”

Next, Architectural Emerging Professional, Jack Tuohy, shows us around Paris, France.