The Milan flagship is fluid and playful. A dialogue of geometry and materiality creates an enchanting rhythm of folds and recesses further shaped by functional and ergonomic considerations. Modular display units showcase shoes and also provide seating, while a seamless integration of diverse forms invites our curiosity. The juxtaposition of these distinct elements of the design defines the different areas of the store. Rooted in a palette of subtle monochromatic shades, Zaha Hadid created an interior landscape of discovery centred on two separate zones to enhance the relationship between the customer and the collection.
Experimentation with materials and construction technologies further define the unique space. The curved modular seating and freestanding display elements have been constructed from fibreglass dipped in rose gold – a technique similar to that used in boat manufacturing. Also, the glass-reinforced concrete (GRC) of the store’s walls and ceiling expresses solidity whilst at the same time the delicate precision of complex curvatures focus on special areas for display.
Stuart Weitzman Flagship Store, Milan, Italy, by Zaha Hadid
Bitterli House, Zurich, Switzerland, by Roger Stüssi, Photography © Bruno Helbling
Situated in Heringsdorf, a spa on the island of Usedom, Villa Oppenheim is one of the finest examples of the historic spa architecture of the German Baltic. We have renovated the villa at the front of the main promenade of the popular resort on the basis of its original design, restoring it to its original use as an exclusive, private holiday residence. To create a house as a unified whole, Pott Architects also took on the custom-made interior design of the villa. This included the design of kitchens and baths, even an in-house wellness area, down to the furniture and every last detail. We have succeeded in maintaining the character of the house while adding new elements to create a modern appearance. The result is a shining example of a 21st century spa in the lovely setting of the Usedom holiday resort.
Villa Oppenheim, Usedom, Germany, by Pott Architects
Photography © Sebastian Treytnar, KLAFS
The conversion of a former manufacturing workshop in a Parisian alley to a family apartment. Multifunctional wooden cabinetry lines the perimeter of the space to open up the central living area.
Kabinett, Paris, by Septembre, Photography by Maris Mezulis
The North Delegates’ Lounge inside the United Nations was designed as a place for informal meetings. The casual setting was furnished by leading designers of the time including Hans Wegner, Peter Hvidt, Jacob Kjaer, and Nanna Ditzel. The interior was the pinnacle of postwar / modern design splendor reflective of the era. It was refined, clean and handsome. But decades of wear and tear not to mention various additions tarnished its luster. Enter Rem Koolhaus and Hella Jongerius. The Dutch masters were selected to redesign the lounge as part of UN’s nearly $2 billion plan to renovate the entire building. Artworks and some of the lighting and furnishings were preserved but for the most part, Jongerius transformed the lounge into a colorful, casual, and dare we say fun environment. The renovation and redesign was a gift from the Netherlands to the UN.
Redesign of the North Delegates’ Lounge, United Nations, New York, by Hella Jongerius and Rem Koolhaas, Photography © Frank Oudeman
Winners of the 2013 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards have been announced. Norman Foster’s Atrium Champagne Bar in London won for Best Bar.
Atrium Champagne Bar, London, by Foster + Partners, Overall Winner 2013 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
Connoisseurs architecture of the middle of the twentieth century, Michael and Gabrielle Boyd discovered a forgotten masterpiece of Oscar Niemeyer and brought him back to life.
Strick House, Santa Monica, California, USA, by Oscar Niemeyer
via: Architectural Digest
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With a sure hand bfs architects have helped an atrium house in Berlin’s famous Hansaviertel back to its former glamour. The modernist building was part of the 1957 building exhibition in Berlin’s Tiergarten park. It was designed by Eduard Ludwig, who among other things also designed the airlift monument at Tempelhof airport.
Atrium House, by Eduard Ludwig, via: Bergdorf
Hotel Zenden is located within three monumental town houses near the river Maas in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The hotel’s history begins in the late 1960s, and originally contained only a pool for swimming lessons. Over the years other functions such as hotel rooms and a Judo school were implemented into the program. During the renovation, the scattered program was recrystallized into an iconographical and integrated whole. Newly created openings in the hotel’s walls allow for views between all areas of the new program, as well to as the exterior. The renovation led to an abstraction of the structure in both plan and section, not least because all ceilings heights were kept to a maximum. The resulting interior sculpture is completely clad in white, with the exterior inversions painted anthracite. New program elements were placed if and where necessary.
Hotel Zenden, Maastricht, Netherlands, by Wiel Arets Architects