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Farewell to Lucien Kroll

11-08-2022

Farewell to Lucien Kroll

Belgian architect Lucien Kroll died in Brussels on August 2nd. An essayist and ecologist, he believed that architecture was founded on the relationships that connect individuals with their environment. A leading figure of the global architectural scene, he is considered the father of sustainable and participatory architecture

m2atelier interior design for the Lagfin offices in Milan

10-08-2022

m2atelier interior design for the Lagfin offices in Milan

In the heart of Milan, the architecture firm m2atelier developed an interior design project for the conversion of offices on the first floor of a historic, late 19th-century building. The expertly engineered operation made it possible to recover original 20th-century elements, which shows just how feasible it is to renovate a historic setting without giving up contemporary comfort

Foster + Partners new Apple store in London

09-08-2022

Foster + Partners new Apple store in London

The new Apple Store was recently opened on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, the famous London neighbourhood that includes the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as the two department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols. The project, designed in collaboration with the Foster + Partners architecture studio and the Apple Design Team, aims to offer visitors an oasis of tranquillity and calm in this hectic and bustling area of the city

Architecture and materials

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EQUATOR PEAK COFFEE, sharing a good coffee in Yiwu

11-08-2022

EQUATOR PEAK COFFEE, sharing a good coffee in Yiwu

Designed by Chinese studio WJ Studio, the new EQUATOR PEAK COFFEE is a place designed to stimulate interaction between its customers. A physical place to take a break from the online world, achieved through a simple yet cosy interior design with a vague camping flavour.

Public Art for Public Life book by Observatorium

10-08-2022

Public Art for Public Life book by Observatorium

Working between architecture, sculpture, and landscape, focusing on themes such as the creative process, temporality, integration in changing landscapes, public participation, and imagination. In short, this is the work of the Dutch art collective Observatorium presented in their latest book Public Art for Public Life, published by nai010 publishers.

Upside Down House UK upside down experience

09-08-2022

Upside Down House UK upside down experience

The first UK Upside Down House opened in November 2018 in the English town of Bournemouth. Building on the success of this Upside Down House, not least to the virality of the images taken there, other locations were added, including London and Brighton.

Podcast

Design&Trends

The US government, road design and traffic victims

11-08-2022

The US government, road design and traffic victims

Human fallibility should not lead to human fatalities, recites the simple motto adopted by the US Department of Transportation, emphasising responsible design of infrastructure, vehicles and regulations.

THE ARCHITECTS SERIES

The Architects Series – A documentary on: CZA

The Architects Series – A documentary on: CZA

The 24th episode of The Architects Series will host international architecture studio CZA – Cino Zucchi Architetti on Thursday, June 9. This webinar event will include the screening of a video followed by a lecture delivered by Cino...

PROJECTS

B2 Architecture: Kabelovna Studios in Holesovice, Prague

29-07-2022

Projects

B2 Architecture: Kabelovna Studios in Holesovice, Prague

B2 Architecture’s Kabelovna Studios represents interior design style for recording studios and post-production areas.

Originality and expressive power: coverings and furnishings inspired by agate

26-07-2022

Inspiring Spaces

Originality and expressive power: coverings and furnishings inspired by agate

In addition to traditional covering materials, high-tech ceramic can now faithfully reproduce the aesthetic properties of precious minerals such as agate.

Yonder: Haus S in Oberreute, Germany

27-07-2022

Projects

Yonder: Haus S in Oberreute, Germany

The decomposition of volumes is the go-to approach taken by up-and-coming young firm Yonder, based in Stuttgart.

OPEN Architecture: Pinghe Bibliotheater in Shanghai

20-07-2022

Projects

OPEN Architecture: Pinghe Bibliotheater in Shanghai

As part of the plan for Shanghai’s new Pinghe school district, OPEN Architecture built the Bibliotheater, combining books with the performing arts: a landmark that looks “a bit like a blue whale and a bit like a transatlantic liner” connecting the school with the community.

Aesthetic quality, efficiency and energy savings: Granitech ventilated façades

12-07-2022

Inspiring Spaces

Aesthetic quality, efficiency and energy savings: Granitech ventilated façades

The Iris Ceramica Group’s new-generation ceramic materials allow the Granitech ventilated façade system to optimise buildings’ performance and energy efficiency, improving living quality.

Archstudio: Courtyard villa in Tangshan, Hebei, China

15-07-2022

Projects

Archstudio: Courtyard villa in Tangshan, Hebei, China

In a twist on the traditional Chinese ‘siheyuan’, Archstudio has created a contemporary villa in Tangshan built around a central courtyard.

Aesthetic quality, efficiency and energy savings: Granitech ventilated façades

12-07-2022

Inspiring Spaces

Aesthetic quality, efficiency and energy savings: Granitech ventilated façades

The Iris Ceramica Group’s new-generation ceramic materials allow the Granitech ventilated façade system to optimise buildings’ performance and energy efficiency, improving living quality.

Archstudio: Courtyard villa in Tangshan, Hebei, China

15-07-2022

Projects

Archstudio: Courtyard villa in Tangshan, Hebei, China

In a twist on the traditional Chinese ‘siheyuan’, Archstudio has created a contemporary villa in Tangshan built around a central courtyard.

Unique welcoming atmospheres: the magic of nature in Fiandre’s wood-effect surfaces

05-07-2022

Inspiring Spaces

Unique welcoming atmospheres: the magic of nature in Fiandre’s wood-effect surfaces

The look of wood is brought back to life in top-quality ceramic slabs guaranteeing resistance, impermeability, security and durability.

Biographies

Architect

Herman Hertzberger

One of the leading Dutch theorists and architects of the modern age, Herman Hertzberger (1932) graduated in Engineering and Architecture in 1958, as a student of Aldo van Eyck (1918-1999) and opened his own Practice in Amsterdam that same year. During his studies, Hertzberger had already won a competition to design a student residence (1959-1966) in Amsterdam. This project, like the expansion of the LinMij factory (1964), already contained numerous recurrent ....

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Architect

Philippe Starck

A world-renowned French designer, Philippe Starck (1949) is the son of an aeronautical engineer and admittedly inherited his father’s creative flair to be applied “as if it were a duty”. He has more than 10,000 creations to his credit, each of which “must improve the lives of as many people as possible”, regardless of the form an object takes. Therefore, from his professional ethics point of view, it is crucial for “an ....

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Architect

Andreas Kipar

After graduating from Essen and the Politecnico di Milano, Andreas Kipar (1960) began his eminent professional career in planning and landscape design. In 1990 alongside Giovanni Sala, he co-founded LAND (Landscape Architecture Nature Development) in Milan. In addition to their Italian headquarters, LAND has offices in Lugano, Switzerland and Düsseldorf, Germany. LAND’s urban redevelopment projects for parks, natural areas and agri-landscape systems, ....

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