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Soaring ‘Skyhomes’ join the site of Australia’s most expensive residence
Guided by property developer Lendlease, One Sydney Harbour sees the reunion of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and interior designer Daniel Goldberg, founder and creative director at State of Craft. The two design visionaries previously collaborated in 2012 on both The Shard and Shard Place in London. The One Sydney Harbour site is already known as the home to the most expensive residence in Australia – the penthouse of Residences One was sold for over AU$140 million. But it’s the buzz that surrounds Residences Two, the next step in the harbourside development, that’s capturing renewed attention.
Architecture
February 26, 2021
The ‘Tetris-like’ Arakawa building in Tokyo by Nikken Sekkei
Overlooking a bustling street corner in Tokyo’s historic business district, the Arakawa building site and the commercial ventures it has cultivated have long contributed to the fabric of the surrounding cityscape. When the original building reached its expiry date, Japanese architects Nikken Sekkei focussed on creating a new gesture that would continue this legacy and contribute to the Tokyo of the future. The architects generated a landmark volume where a vertical network of stairs and balconies line its exterior, linking the owner’s private residence and office space with commercial levels available for lease.
Commercial Design
February 24, 2021
Humbert & Poyet’s debut collection of furniture and lighting
The architects behind Monaco-based studio Humbert & Poyet have assembled an inimitable portfolio that spans the global stage. The duo is internationally renowned for the striking interiors of the Beefbar restaurants, The Hoxton hotel in Paris and the Aquazzura boutique in New York City, and are well-regarded for their recent work at the Ultimate Provence vineyard estate in the south of France, bookended by a line-up of prestigious private residences.
Design
February 22, 2021
Neon nights: Kink restaurant and bar in Berlin
Occupying a 19th century brewery site, the Pfefferberg project in Berlin is testament to Germany’s reputation for spearheading avant-garde concepts. The innovative venture, conceived in 1990, was sparked by the desire of local residents to converge in the same arena where social, cultural and commercial activities take place. Today, more than thirty years after the project broke ground, it’s one of the city's most fashionable spots.
Hospitality Design
February 17, 2021
The Gladstone members club in Lisbon by Studio Gameiro
Located in Portugal, in the heart of Lisbon’s charming Estrela district, a formerly vacant commercial space has undergone the ultimate 40-week transformation, revealing itself as a health-centric fitness and social hub called The Gladstone. Designed by local architecture practice Studio Gameiro, the soul-soothing space corrals a private gym, yoga studio, lounge, bar, cafe, spa and therapy facilities under the one worldly roof. “Our client sought to bring an international vibe to the club,” says architect and studio founder João Gameiro. “We proposed an earthy, warm and global aesthetic, where local craftsmanship and Portuguese materials are shown subtly throughout.”
Interior Design
February 16, 2021
Stockholm Design Week: Tom Dixon appears via hologram to launch new homewares
Spotlighting Scandinavian design amid an international line-up, Stockholm Design Week recently ran its course in the Swedish capital from February 8 to 14. One of the highlights among the seven-day program was the third instalment of 24-Hours, an event series delivered by British design house Tom Dixon.
Industrial Design
February 15, 2021
Resa San Mamés student accommodation in Spain by Masquespacio
Initially engaged to formulate the brand manual and visual strategy for Resa – one of Spain’s premier student housing providers – Valencia-based creative consultancy Masquespacio was later invited to design the university residence Resa San Mamés in Bilbao, a northern port town of Spain. “During the development phase of the brand manual, next to the definition of the visual strategy, we sought to establish the essence of [future] residences,” says Christophe Penasse, co-founder of Masquespacio. “During this investigation it was clear that it was important to augment the possibilities for the students to share experiences as a community in this new space.”
News
February 4, 2021
Small space, big impact: ‘Studio Kitchen’ by Kennedy Nolan
Causing a scene in a palette of dramatic blue and minty-fresh green, with mostly hidden hints of vivid red, the Studio Kitchen is the third experimental space designed by Melbourne-based architecture practice Kennedy Nolan in collaboration with Australian surface-manufacturing company Laminex. This time around, the architects have put Laminex’s luxurious matt-finished products through the wringer, highlighting the immense versatility of the fingerprint-resistant range.
News
February 3, 2021
Skinny mini: The pencil thin hotel proposed for Sydney’s skyline
Crunch the numbers of Sydney’s latest cloud-reaching tower proposal and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve read it all wrong. Planning documents submitted to City of Sydney council, which are being exhibited until February 2, illustrate the $35.6 million Pencil Tower Hotel at only six metres wide, 110 metres tall and with 33 levels of hotel rooms. 173 of them, to be exact. Each totalling around 13 square metres in size.
Hospitality Design
February 2, 2021
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Dine within a ‘mega art installation’ reminiscent of towering termite mounds
Set against the Mile City skyline in China’s Yunnan Province, the silhouettes cast by a grouping of red brick towers are equal parts distinctive, otherworldly and alluring. Created by artist Luo Xu, the cluster-like buildings are collectively named 50% Cloud for their resemblance to a half cloud floating in the sky. Bystanders also comment that their whimsical spires are reminiscent of colossal termite mounds, bursting from the red earth below. Hidden behind a section of the building’s brick armour, the 50% Cloud Artists Lounge was created by Hong Kong-based architecture studio Cheng Chung Design (CCD).
Architecture
February 1, 2021