“The pandemic has in some ways slowed down or altered our perception of time and afforded me precious moments to reexperience the beauty and profound history of my country.” —Sir David Adjaye
With so many of us now months into COVID-19 lockdown, the AD staff agreed it was time to show our readers what work from home means for the illustrious creative class known as the AD100. We asked several of these treasured talents to share with us for this issue personal images alongside their thoughts both practical and profound.
They spoke about discovering a renewed appreciation for nature; enjoying the luxury of extra time with their children, or perhaps hiding from them while taking Zoom calls in the bathtub; slowing down and savoring small pleasures such as cooking and meals; expanding awareness of privilege; and pondering what the future holds for architecture, design, and humanity. I hope you will enjoy this peek into their private zones as much as I did.
On the cover, international Latin music superstar J Balvin is known for his addictive reggaeton beats—along with his kaleidoscopically colorful hair and wardrobe. But the two homes he shares with us are the ultimate in minimalist Zen.
Both his slick city loft in Medellín, Colombia, and his Japanese-inflected country retreat not far away, in Llanogrande, were designed by a talented firm in his hometown. “Honestly, I could have called anyone in the world. But I chose 5 Sólidos because they are based right here in Medellín. I love their young spirit and their passion. Latinos have beautiful taste, and we understand the meaning of lifestyle.” ¡Estoy de acuerdo!
—AMY ASTLEY, Editor in Chief
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest