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Foster + Partners transforms a majestic theatre into LA’s newest Apple store
After its shuttering in 1988, the majestic space remained mostly out of service – only coming to life briefly as a place to shop or worship. But its legacy of nurturing technological innovation has resumed some 90-plus years later. The opulent venue has been reborn as Greater Los Angeles’ 26th Apple store; a fitting tenant whose […]
Architecture
June 29, 2021
ANOHA museum: 150 animals made from recycled materials inhabit a ‘spaceship’ by Olson Kundig
The circular structure is inspired by the more than 4000-year-old Mesopotamian story of the ark. But the architects at Olson Kundig say that it resembles a “spaceship”, too. Visitors to ANOHA Children’s World are invited to step onboard the craft and unleash their imaginations, fuelled by the Jewish concept of tikkun olam which calls on […]
Architecture
June 25, 2021
Sou Fujimoto Architects reveals designs for a ‘floating’ tower in Shenzhen
As shown in preliminary illustrations of the structure, the Sou Fujimoto team investigated how the ‘tower’ typology could be reimagined in the 21st century, informed by the success of well-established, more traditional landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  ‘Floating’ tower in Shenzhen by Sou Fujimoto Architects The resulting design sees 99 towers ‘floating’ with limited […]
Architecture
June 25, 2021
LOHA founder, architect Lorcan O’Herlihy to join inDETAIL speaker series
During the upcoming inDETAIL broadcast, the fifth in the series so far, Lorcan will share a behind-the-scenes look at the commercial, educational and residential projects that have earned his practice over 100 national and international design awards – including the 2018 recognition from Architect Magazine as the number one design firm in the US.  Be sure […]
Events
June 24, 2021
Brooklyn’s famed brownstones inspired the Aesop Park Slope store
A corner entrance gives way to interior walls that weft in brownstone formation. Alcoves and corners emerge as areas of inhabitation and display; the negative space behind the walls becomes a place of repose for staff. In this way, the space’s choreography simulates the meandering experience of walking through the neighbourhood.  Aesop Park Slope store […]
News
June 24, 2021
The OVO collection of chairs by Foster + Partners for Benchmark
Designed by fellow Brits, Foster + Partners architects, the three new additions to OVO take the shape of an armchair, a stackable armless version and a lounge seat. “The collection is a celebration of craftsmanship and materiality, a tactile range of furniture that is characterised by the simplicity of form,” says Mike Holland, head of […]
Design
June 18, 2021
Beachside beauty: Pavilion Street residences in Queenscliff by SJB
The beautiful colour and weathered texture of brick provided the ready (and obvious) answer to the client’s brief for a local material that could withstand exposure to coastal conditions. The ‘Emperor’ brick in Ghost from Krause Bricks was selected for its handmade variation in texture and array of colours, from warm blondes to violet hues, […]
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June 17, 2021
An ancient relic lies at the heart of China’s Fuzhou Teahouse by Neri&Hu
Procured by the client, the Chinese artefact in question is the timber residence of a high-ranking Qing dynasty official, replete with ornamental carvings and intricate joinery. Relocated from the province of Anhui, about ten hours drive north of its new home in Fuzhou, the Hui-style structure is now enshrined as an inhabitable centrepiece; a fascinating […]
Architecture
June 17, 2021
Reutov Design punctuates a New York cafe with lashings of one soothing hue
“Among the endless movement of millions of people and cars, you often want to get in touch with nature,” Dmitry says of his New York experience. “Here is an oasis in the midst of a raging stream. We have created a cafe in which it will be comfortable not only to relax, but also to […]
Hospitality Design
June 15, 2021
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Zaha Hadid Architects joins Hyperloop Italia to design super-fast transport
“We are looking forward to collaborating with Hyperloop Italia; marrying transformative architecture, engineering and urban planning with the most efficient and sustainable transport network to significantly improve accessibility, connectivity, and well-being in our cities,” says Patrik Schumacher, principal of ZHA.  Zaha Hadid Architects joins Hyperloop Italia / News highlights Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has formalised […]
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June 11, 2021