Delicious by Design: Nendo builds a “molten-chocolate wave” lounge in Paris

Awards, Design, International
Thursday, January 15, 2015
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(Akhiro Yoshida / Courtesy Nendo)

Named M&O Designer of the Year, Nendo is contributing a Chocolatexture Lounge to the Maison et Object exposition in Paris later this month. Dubbed “a deliciously regressive space,” it houses a selection of chairs created by Oki Sato (aka Nendo) for such manufacturers as Moroso, Emeco, and Cappellini—all upholstered in cocoa brown textiles. They will be set among an array of 2,000 aluminum pipes, which, the designer said, will be painted and installed to evoke “a rippling, large molten-chocolate wave.”

But there is more to the lounge than confectionary allusions: There’s an actual chocolate creation that will be available.

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DUMBO’s enormous Empire Stores warehouses are going to be very “Brooklyn,” and here are the new renderings to prove it

Architecture, Development, East
Thursday, January 15, 2015
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The open-air courtyard. (Courtesy Midtown Equities, Rockwood Capital & HK Organization)

The open-air courtyard. (Courtesy Midtown Equities, Rockwood Capital & HK Organization)

When AN visited the under-construction Empire Stores in Dumbo last fall, we were told that the conversion of the 19th century coffee warehouses into a 500,000-square-foot office and retail complex would be completed in just about a year’s time. “Year, sure it will,” we thought as we walked around the window-less, floor-less space that had no semblance of its planned rooftop park. Well, jump ahead a few months and it looks like our skepticism was misplaced. Crain’s New York reported that things are moving ahead right on schedule over in Dumbo.

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Toronto Design Competition hopes to lure people to the beach in the dead of winter

HotBox by Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft.

HotBox by Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft.

Believe it or not, Toronto’s beaches are not a particularly huge draw during the winter months—insiders say it has something to do with temperature. To try and change that—to make the city’s beaches seem appealing even in frigid temperatures—some optimistic Canadians have launched an international design competition to transform the city’s sandy stretches.

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Video> Norman Fosters lets a drone loose in the Hearst Tower

Foster inspecting this new-fangled drone thing. (Screengrab from Hearst video)

Foster inspecting this newfangled drone thing. (Screengrab from Hearst video)

To celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of New York City’s Hearst Tower topping off, Lord Norman Foster let a drone loose inside his iconic work. In a video produced by the tower’s namesake, the Hearst Corporation, Foster marvels at how drone technology opens up an entirely new perspective on the 46-story structure. Someone needs to introduce this guy to Martha Stewart.

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Classicists Honor Their Own: David Schwarz Wins 2015 Driehaus Prize

Architecture, Awards, National
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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The Palladium in Carmel, Indiana by David Schwarz. (photos courtesy Driehaus Prize)

The Palladium in Carmel, Indiana by David Schwarz. (photos courtesy Driehaus Prize)

Washington, D.C.–based David M. Schwarz has been named the 2015 Richard H. Driehaus laureate. The prize, which is administered by the University of Notre Dame, will be presented on March 21 in Chicago, and is given “to honor lifelong contributions to traditional, classical and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world.” It comes with a $200,000 purse.

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Merge Rides the Waves in Bangalore

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Merge's HUB-1 office tower features a modular passive shading system. (Courtesy Merge Studio)

Merge’s HUB-1 office tower features a modular passive shading system. (Courtesy Merge Studio)

Modular self-shading system delivers budget-friendly environmental performance.

Tapped to design the facade for the HUB-1 office building at Karle Town Centre in Bangalore, India, New York–based Merge Studio faced a two-pronged challenge: crafting an efficient envelope that would beat the heat without breaking the developer’s budget. Moreover, the architects (whose role later expanded to include landscape and public space design) aspired to lend the twelve-story tower, the first in the 3.6 million-square-foot SEZ development, an iconic appearance. “The idea was that we bring together the aesthetics of the facade and make it performative as well,” explained Merge founder and advisor Varun Kohli. Despite financial constraints dictated by India’s competitive development market, Merge delivered, designing a modular facade comprising metal and glass “waves” that cut solar gain while allowing light and air to penetrate the interior.
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Video> Bjarke Ingels sketches the future of architecture on the floor beneath his feet

Ingels explaining "Worldcraft." (Screengrab via The Future of Storytelling)

Ingels explaining “Worldcraft.” (Screengrab via The Future of Storytelling)

The film starts from above. We see a white canvas and not much more. That is, until Bjarke Ingels enters from the upper left hand corner dressed in all black. He tilts his head backward, addressing the camera perched above him, and speaks: “If documentary is to document our world as it already is, fiction is to fantasize about how it could be.” The starchitect adds “architecture is the canvas of our lives.” He then gets down on his hands and knees and starts drawing on the canvas below him. Okay, let’s back up.

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Tired of the noisy Autobahn, Hamburg to kick off major highway-capping project

The capped highway. (Courtesy hochtief solutions)

The capped highway. (Courtesy hochtief solutions)

The city of Hamburg is kicking off a massive effort to bury and cap two miles of a highway that cuts right through town. Fast Company reported that the $800 million project will create 60 new acres of green space which include “open meadows, woods, bike paths, community gardens, and tree-lined squares.” Capping the highway will also create space for about 2000 new homes, according to city officials.

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St. Louis offers the Rams a new stadium on the Mississippi—if they stay

(courtesy HOK, 360 Architecture)

(courtesy HOK, 360 Architecture)

St. Louis‘ NFL franchise, the Rams, left Los Angeles in 1994. Twenty years later they’re mulling a move back, but not without a fight from the residents of their new Midwestern home. Last week plans for a new arena on the banks of the Mississippi River upped the ante, promising Rams fans 64,000 seats and an open-air stadium designed by HOK and 360 Architecture that a city-appointed task force called “the crown jewel of the reinvention of St. Louis’ city center”.

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Product> Must-Spec Kitchen Equipment

National, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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From food storage and prep to cooking and cleanup, a kitchen’s function—if not its form—is determined to a large extent by the quality of its equipment. Here are some new and notable products to specify for the serious cook.

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Ye is one of the first range hoods to be sheathed in Cristalplant, a polymer material that allows the creation of soft, fluid lines. The directional, double-suction vent is operated by remote control. LED spotlights illuminate the cooking surface. Designed by Fabrizio Crisà.

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Scaffolding comes down at Los Angeles’ Broad Museum, but the first impressions are mixed

The Broad, sans scaffolding (Gary Leonard)

The Broad, sans scaffolding (Gary Leonard)

Rarely has the removal of a building’s scaffolding caused as much hubbub as when Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles removed its temporary covering on December 31, revealing its “Veil,” composed of 2,500 fiberglass-reinforced concrete panels.

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These eight interiors are the AIA’s 2015 Institute Honor Awards winners

Beats By Dre. (Jasper Sanidad)

Beats By Dre. (Jasper Sanidad)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the 2015 recipients of its Institute Honor Awards, which it describes as “the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design.” This year’s 23 recipients were selected from out of about 500 submissions and will be honored at the AIA’s upcoming National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. Here are the winners in the interior architecture category.

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