Yatzer has an in-depth article about the new BMW Museum by Atelier Bruecknen in Munich. Opened on June 21st, 2008, it sets a new standard in the realm of brand-focused museums. Along with the BMW Welt, opened in October 2007, and the BMW factory tour, the museum is the final component of the BMW Triad, where two million visitors are expected annually.
In contrast to construction projects of other automobile manufactures, the new museum building would not originate in a green meadow; instead, it was a matter of integrating the new museum into the existing structural fabric of the group headquarters in Munich, according to the brochures handed out at the start of the tour. Here, trendsetting architecture already had a presence from the original 1973 plans of the Viennese architect Karl Schwanzer. This ensemble consists of the “Four Cylinder” high-rise construction, the adjoining low buildings, and the “Museum Bowl” which carries the BMW logo on the roof, and has subsequently developed into a landmark of the car group.
As Gummo were only going to be renting the space on the first floor of the old Parool newspaper building in Amsterdam for two years, i29 convinced Gummo to embrace the mantra of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ to create a stylish office space that would impact as little as possible on the environment or their wallets.
i29 developed a theme that reflects Gummo’s personality and design philosophy – simple, uncomplicated, no-nonsense, yet unquestionably stylish with a twist of humour. Everything in the office conforms to the new house style of white and grey. Furniture was spray painted with polyurea Hotspray (an environmentally friendly paint) to conform with the new colour scheme.
Gummo advertising agency, by i29 l Interior Architects
Built in the brutalist style of architecture of the 1970’s, the house was subsequently renovated several times following a more traditional approach to house design especially by converting large open spaces to a more cellular room design. The renovation reopened the ground floor so that it became an open loft-like space from front to back. By installing a new fully glazed wall at the rear garden side of the house, it was possible to extend the sense of the outdoor space through to the interior.
“For designers the Raval Hotel is what a candy shop is to a five year old.” Barcelona’s 5 star Raval Hotel, is now open after a 35 million Euro face lift.
Barceló Raval Hotel, Barcelona, Spain, by Jose Maria Guillen White
Photos by Jordi Miralles
Originally designed in 1899 by Jacques Gros, Dolder Grand Hotel, the famed health spa hotel has a perfect city location overlooking Lake Zürich and the Alps. The grand old hotel has been re-imagined as a modern luxury hotel by an all-star team of professionals.
Healthy fresh food served in a real home environment, the concept extends from the interior to the garden.
These advertising images for Steelcase Coordinated Office appeared in Fortune magazine in the 1960s.
One of the main events at this year’s Art Basel Fair in Miami was the grand opening of the Mondrian South Beach Hotel. The hotel’s interior is designed by Marcel Wanders, and creates a sense of space with large supporting spindle-like columns and ornately patterned staircases. The intention was to give the new Mondrian’s interior a romantic, fairy tale feeling. Part of the interior design includes delft blue tiles with images depicting girls and sharks, chandelier showers and a small coach house entrance which features six large bell chandeliers. The hotel’s sunset lounge provides views over Miami’s downtown skyline while golden candelabras and onyx jewel-cut stools are combined with ottomans and antiques creating contrasting visual elements between the imagined and the forgotten.
Paramount members bar and club, occupying the top three floors of Centre Point in London’s West End has officially opened its doors. The full members’ club, lounge, bar, restaurant and private-hire events space is located in Richard Seifert’s Centre Point, completed in 1966, affords Paramount unparalleled views of London, taking in the glistening towers and lights of The City and Canary Wharf in the East, the magnificent unwinding of the River Thames and Westminster in the South.
“We have approached it with two principles in mind, first, the view is Paramount…keeping the lighting levels low and moody. Then we wanted to create something that feels that it has always been part of the building without being nostalgic. A tough, self imposed brief, but luckily the cycle fashion is on our side with brutalism and the radical system architecture of the late sixties being re-assesed”. The club interior, designed by Design Research Studio with Tom Dixon as Creative Director features furniture alongside vintage pieces chosen by Tom and Pierre Condou that reflect the modernism of the building.
London-based Mark Pinney Associates is completing several new stores around the world for the Danish jewellery and silverware company Georg Jensen, including this one at Kastrup Airport in Copenhagen. The retail strategy is inspired by the company’s heritage. The new store concept is built around the concept of the ‘Danish Home’.
The challenge was to create a store interior that could accommodate the diverse range of Georg Jensen products within a single concept. The solution has been to create all the components of a home: kitchen, dining, living, study areas, and use these as an appropriate and natural setting for the Georg Jensen products.
The kitchen area is typically the focus of family life. The large bar counter forms the centrepiece of this area and and contains a customer service bar with the point of sale, prompting discussion and interaction between staff and customer over a glass of champagne or a cup of coffee. Stools at this counter allow customers to be served with refreshments while purchases are gift-wrapped.
In keeping with many Scandinavian homes, the predominant interior material is wood, both in the flooring and in the Larch wood slatted wall and ceiling panels. Unlike many homes however, where a predominantly pale pallet of colours is used, here more dramatic effect is created by using a darker pallet of greys which at the same time ensures that the silver and stainless steel products are seen at their best against the dark background. This pallet of greys is derived from the reflections present in the silverware pieces within the Georg Jensen collection.
The concept references elements of Danish architecture and design, particularly the work of Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Vilhelm Wohlert and Poul Kjærholm. Materials used are wherever possible Danish in origin and include classic furniture pieces by Poul Kjærholm and Hans J Wegner.