Finnish practice K2S architects has designed the floating headquarters of arctia shipping, an icebreaking company who are based in eastern helsinki’s katajanokka neighborhood. Referencing the scheme’s close proximity to water, the building’s horizontal massing and customized black steel façades relate to the hulls of the adjacent ships. These elevations feature an abstracted motif which refers to ice crystals and textile patterns commonly attributed to sailors. Internally, the scheme is constructed from lacquered wood, which directly relates to the country’s ship building traditions. An integrated water ballast system ensures that the buoyant office remains at the same level as the dock.
Tetris House, Finland, Helsinki, by K2S architects
Photography by Mika Huisman, Marko Huttunen
Pullman Tour Eiffel just opened with the second sample of Mathieu Lehanneur’s “Business Playground” concept: reinvention of the meeting room as a perfect illustration of the “blurring” of private and professional life. This room reflects the brand’s “Work hard, Play hard” motto as well as its guests’ lifestyle. It combines performance and pleasure with a fresh take on the traditional aspects of a meeting: a meeting table designed like a poker table, a private area for informal conversations or breaks, and a cabinet of curiosities. All these features are designed to stimulate creativity and reinvent international hospitality codes. After the success of first Playground at Pullman London St Pancras, the concept is gradually rolled out across the 80 Pullman’s hotels network.
“Poker Table” The table is a key element in a small gathering like a board meeting. In the “Business Playground” room, the central table is given an additional dimension. Mathieu Lehanneur has reinterpreted it as a poker table which notably features a leather edge. This table is designed to make people want to participate in the meeting, just as they would want to engage in a game, they want to take part, be a player and stay constantly focused.
“Canopy Break” During a meeting day, it is important to have relaxing moments and less formal exchanges between the intensive work sessions. To allow participants to escape or opt for a different meeting setting, a dedicated bubble-like space has been created. The Pullman “Canopy Break”, allows participants to relax comfortably and take an organic break or have an informal conversation.
Mathieu Lehanneur explains: “Between two meetings, the Pullman “Canopy Break” provides an escape route that is both organic and digital. Designed to offer a pause but also as an informal extension of the meeting, the Pullman “Canopy Break” is somewhere else, outside, under the trees.”. At last, an object for imaginary travel, but also for growth strategy, Mathieu Lehanneur has designed a giant globe. The entirely white “Earth Ball,” revealing countries and continents through its simple relief, seems in equilibrium, ready to roll at any moment. Through this object/sculpture, the “Work hard, Play Hard” motto is embodied here more than ever. Pullman has furthermore made it an iconic object by placing it in each of its lobbies worldwide.
A wooden volume in line with the eastern façade – with a little more 2.85m high and 19m long – rests within a ceiling height of 5.15m and 11.75 in the front. Configuring a permeable space between the entrance and the back of the lot, the living room is the emptiness that results from this organization of the plan on this lot. The space is delimited – together with the eastern façade – by a wooden shelf that contains the library and a fireplace.
The wooden Box on the lot shelters on the inside, the washroom, the stairs and the dining room, which opens entirely to the ample garden in the back, like an esplanade (terrace), looking from the inside in. (de dentro para dentro) The ceiling of this living room, a slatted wooden lining – creates a cozy, intimate sensation, contrasting with the spatial sensation of larger monumentality of the lot. The four bedrooms, including a master suite looking out to the garden in the back, are on the floor upstairs.The seals – such as the wooden slats that function as a filter applied to movable panels – were designed to create greater comfort for the inner spaces. The sun’s heat, when the panels are closed, is retained by this type of brise soleil, while the wind continuesto chill the inside.
Tetris House, Sao Paulo, Brazil, by Studio MK27
Photography by Fernando Guerra
1,2,3 Mirror was part of designers diploma thesis The Past Is Never Dead at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany. Most recently, however, it was exhibited at Tent London during the London Design Festival. The three-part mirror is designed to not only be a reflection of the onlooker, but also an imprint of the time, place and context, demonstrating how context and our self-image are inextricably linked. The three layers are simply leaned against the wall, no nails or mounting required. The first two layers, a light pink layer on top of dark grey glass, provide the reflective surface. The third layer, made from untreated brass, changes with time and touch. It eventually modifies and distorts the reflection, much like our past memories and experiences can distort our present self-image. A simple mirror thus slowly becomes a physical manifestation of the self throughout time.
1,2,3 Mirror, by Matthias Klas and Philipp Schenk-Mischke, Klas Schenk Mischke
Photography by Jan Motyka
A magical light source with a graceful afterglow which lingers for up to eight hours once all the other lights have been turned off and the sun shines upon another hemisphere. The pattern on the cream FSC papershade is screen-printed with a special ink that charges itself throughout the day, and from the light of the lamp. Loena Lantern is a dream catcher for bedroom or nursery, and a shining beacon in the darkness – this celestial body is suitable for any ceiling.
Loena Lantern, by Ontwerpduo
Jaime Hayon reveals a total design for Room 506 at the iconic SAS Royal Hotel (now Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen). In 1958, Arne Jacobsen designed a room in this hotel – Room 606 – which is still preserved to this day. Both designers are known as rare multi-talented artists with the ability and the courage to create designs on any scale. Hayon’s total design of the room that includes furniture, works of art, bedspreads, lamps etc.has a playful expression, with passion for organic shapes, exclusive materials, extraordinary craftsmanship and a clear aesthetic expression.
“In our past six years’ collaboration, I think we have achieved a great evolution for the Fritz Hansen brand but also a great evolution in my own work, moving forward my design with the idea of making the most of minimum means. Coming from the Mediterranean, to be able to make an imprint on Danish design has been an incredibly special experience for me. The idea for this room is to create a luminous space that brings joy and genuine comfort through the Fritz Hansen designs along with some of my own designs and art. Together with Fritz Hansen, I have created bespoke designs just for this room, always in reflection of our shared principles of working with the best materials and aiming for simplicity and maximum comfort,” says Hayon.
Room 506, by Jaime Hayon, for Raddison Blu Royal Hotel
The house is comprised of a series of parallel walls that provide layers of privacy and insulation from the sound of the village. The walls project beyond the living spaces and ascend in height, building from a human-scale wall at the entry to a high wall along the center of the house. The walls diffract the sound waves moving past them, casting an acoustic shadow over the property to create a quiet outdoor gathering area.
The walls are built with insulated concrete forms: a wall assembly nearly twenty inches thick, comprised of a poured concrete core, continuous from footing to roof, wrapped in insulating foam, that also serves as formwork during construction. These walls provide excellent thermal insulation and an extremely low sound transmission coefficient. Due to the strength of their concrete cores, the walls act as structural beams, enabling them to span over the gathering space at the center of the house and the covered deck.
The custom stainless steel clips that attach the wide cedar board siding to the walls were designed to prolong the life of the siding. Traditional wood siding eventually fails because the natural expansion and contraction of the wood is constricted by the screws or nails that rigidly fasten it in place, slowly pulling out the fasteners or splitting the wood. The spring-like clips, however, hold the boards in tension against the house while allowing freedom for the natural movement of the wood.
Elisabeth II, Amagansett, New York, by Bates Masi + Architects
Carla forms a geometrical composition with a large, round mirror that’s bisected by a wooden shelf on two legs, still leaving plenty of room to gaze at yourself. The narrow shelf can hold your jewelry, makeup, accessories, or even your cell phone, as there’s a cable guide hidden behind the shelf. The shelf is reflected in the mirror making it appear larger than it really is. It even looks like it has three legs. Then there’s Carla’s partner, Carlo, another dressing table that was designed to be used while standing with its tall, rectangular mirror.
Carla and Carlo Dressing Tables, by Florian Schmid
The client wanted a cabin for the whole family, but at the same time it needed to be divisible in some way. The solution was a cluster of three structures, which can be used individually. Each of the buildings is defined as a clarified geometric volume, organized around the outdoor area that binds them together as one unit. Toward the northeast, a hill borders and defines the site, together with the view in the opposite direction. The spatial interaction between landscape and the structure creates a beneficial microclimate. This is reflected by the structures’ southwest orientation, where the gable end is glazed. In the other directions the buildings appear more closed.
Micro Cluster Cabins, Norway, by Reiulf Ramstad
Photography by Gessato