Windshape was an ephemeral structure commissioned by the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) as a venue and gathering space near their Provence campus in France. Built by nARCHITECTS and a team of SCAD students over a period of five weeks, Windshape became the small town’s main public meeting space, and hosted concerts, exhibitions, and ceremonies. By varying the degree of tension in the string, Windshape can respond to the wind in several ways, from rhythmic oscillations to fast ripples across its surfaces. During heavy winds, Windshape moved dramatically, and made a hissing sound akin to dozens of jump ropes.
Aura is an experiment in translating Villa Foscari’s Palladian design, which relies on a definite set of harmonic proportions, into a contemporary space whose elegance and dynamism is generated through a process defined by a non-linear set of rules elicited from Palladio’s theories.
Each Summer, the Serpentine Gallery commissions an internationally acclaimed architect to design a temporary Pavilion for its lawn. This was built in 2006.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Rem Koolhaas/OMA
Espasso is dedicated to modern and contemporary design from Brazil, with showrooms in New York and Los Angeles, the company is focused on the very niche market for Brazilian furniture. Their selection of designers, range from mid-century modernists such as Oscar Niemeyer, Ricardo Fasanello, Sergio Rodrigues and Joaquim Tenreiro to emerging and established designers like Isay Weinfeld, Carlos Motta and Arthur Casas.
Espasso Showroom, New York and Los Angeles, USA.
We wrote before about Piero Lissoni’s designs for Dellis Cay. Ground has now been broken on this project on a private island in the Turks and Caicos. New designs have been unveiled by Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield, Carl Ettensperger, Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, and Chad Oppenheim.
Starchitects at Dellis Cay
The walkable sculpture designed by German artist Carsten Nicolai for the New National Gallery in Berlin is at once a resonating cavity and a screen for projections. Specially composed electronic music by Nicolai generates modulations of laser light on the translucent skin. The architectural body thus become a space of sound and light into which visitors can enter, but which they can equally perceive from without.
Sculpture, by Carsten Nicolai
Les Bains des Docks Aquatic Centre designed by Jean Nouvel has been opened in the historical Port of Le Havre. We marvel at the way the light plays over the surfaces, and of course the splash of colour. Inspired by Roman baths, these baths are part of a revitalized dock area of the port city.
Bauer in Stockholm’s Södermalm district is designed by graphic team, Dizel & Sate, known for bringing street culture to big brands like Diesel, Filippa K and Hugo Boss.
If you can’t live in a house designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, then a stay at the Benesse house may come in a close second. Designed as a group of four novel buildings on the grounds of Benesse Art Site Naoshima, the setting fuses an art museum with lodging facilities so guests can leisurely enjoy art amid the natural beauty and gentle pace of Naoshima island.
Benesse House, Designed by Tadao Ando, Gotanji, Naoshima-cho, Japan, from JPY 36,960 per night.