Where will we go shopping in the future? In a supermarket where everything is only a click away! Architectural practice Area-17 designed a store of this kind for Coop in Bicocca Village, on the basis of experimental concepts developed and presented by Carlo Ratti Associati in the Coop pavilion at Expo 2015, covering the surfaces with Iris Ceramica porcelain.
At the end of 2016 the CTBUH updated its ranking of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai still tops the list, but there is a new building in fifth place, Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre in Guangzhou, China’s second tallest skyscraper.
China continues to erect tall buildings. For every skyscraper completed, more new plans are being approved or beginning construction. At the end of 2016, for example, the winner of the design contest for the Changchun CBD district was announced: the plan submitted by Henn architectural studio.
Area 17 and INRES have created a “Supermarket of the Future” using Carlo Ratti’s experimental technologies. The Coop store in Milan’s Bicocca Village, designed by Area 17, INRES and Carlo Ratti Associati, ushers in the change with Iris Ceramica porcelain floor and wall coverings.
Area 17 and INRES have redeveloped Galleria R-Nord in a ’70s housing development near the railway station in Modena. FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, Eiffelgress and Iris Ceramica made the floor and wall coverings inside and outside the shopping gallery.