YOUR WEEKLY CURATED SELECTION OF INDUSTRY NEWS:
Jockey Club Innovation Tower wins RIBA Award for International Excellence: Selected from 30 projects from around the world, the Jockey Club Innovation Tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects won a RIBA Award for International Excellence and the Heydar Aliyev Center was shortlisted for the RIBA International Prize. The Jockey Club Innovation Tower (JCIT) is home to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Design, and the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. The 15-storeys, 15,000sqm tower accommodates more than 1,800 students and staff, with facilities for design education and innovation that include: design studios, labs and workshops, exhibition areas, multi-functional classrooms, lecture theatre and communal lounge. (Read more: Zaha Hadid Architects)
Picasso’s Picassos at Gagosian New York: From 10th November until 17th December 2016, the Madison Avenue Gagosian in New York will present a special exhibition dedicated to Pablo Picasso, with a selection from the collection of Maya Ruiz-Picasso, and organised by Diana Widmaier Picasso. Maya was born on 5th September 1935, and is the daughter of Pablo Picasso and his iconic muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Her personal collection is the result of an extraordinary legacy: Picasso died in 1973, leaving behind a vast body of work including paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, engravings and lithographs, but also personal archives and photographs which were divided between his surviving heirs (the four children and his last wife).
This unique collection of paintings and sculpture, selected by Maya’s daughter, art historian and curator Diana Widmaier Picasso, includes major works in an unprecedented exhibition. Drawn from the forty-year period between 1931 and 1971, the selection provides a personal view of the family history reflected in Picasso’s celebrated oeuvre. They include several portraits of Marie-Thérèse Walter; the famous portrait of Maya as a child, Maya à la poupée et au cheval (1938); Le Baiser (1931), a voracious kiss expressing an act of both love and violence; and El bobo (1959), the portrait of a lovable street urchin, inspired by characters in paintings by Spanish old masters Velázquez and Murillo. (Read more: Gagosian)
The Lanesborough joins Leading Hotels of the World: Newly-relaunched luxury London hotel, The Lanesborough, has become one of seven hotels to join marketing consortium Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel, which reopened in July following an extensive 18-month renovation programme, will now become part of the global portfolio of properties. The Leading Hotels of the World collection currently consists of over 375 hotels across the globe, with the consortium carefully cherry-picking each of its new members to join. The Lanesborough is the only UK property out of the seven chosen to join this time around. (Source: Boutique Hotelier)
MAD unveils competing Lucas Museum designs for San Francisco and Los Angeles: After abandoning plans in Chicago, Beijing studio MAD has now revealed two new designs for its George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art – one for San Francisco, and a different one for Los Angeles. Star Wars creator George Lucas was forced to give up plans to build his film museum on the Chicago lakefront after fierce opposition from locals, so he is now hedging his bets with two competing California proposals. The first is for a site on Treasure Island, in San Fancisco Bay, while the second is for Exposition Park in Los Angeles, where it would sit near the Natural History Museum and Coliseum. (Source: Dezeen)
Walter De Maria at Gagosian Paris: Two floor sculptures and a set of related drawings by Walter De Maria will be exhibited at Gagosian Gallery in Paris through 11th February 2017 – the first solo exhibition of De Maria’s work in this establishment, prepared in collaboration with his estate. A vanguard force within four major art historical movements – minimalism, conceptual art, land art and installation art – De Maria’s oeuvre uses mathematical absolutes and elements of the sublime to push the boundaries of the traditional white cube.
De Maria’s permanent installations around the world include The New York Earth Room (1977), New York; The Broken Kilometer (1979), New York; The Lightning Field (1977), Quemado, New Mexico; and Time/Timeless/No Time (2004), Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima, to name but a few. His sculpture Apollo’s Ecstasy (1990) was included in the 55th Biennale di Venezia in 2013. His work is collected by public institutions including The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and The Guggenheim in New York, and it has been recently featured at LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California in 2012, Fondazione Prada in Milano in 1999-2000 and The Menil Collection, Houston in 2011, among others. (Read more: Gagosian)
Imperial reign – Penfolds’ decadent Saint-Louis crystal serving ritual: Australian winemaker Penfolds has collaborated with Saint-Louis on a project that celebrates the winery’s latest release – a limited edition series of its 2012 Grange. The ‘Aevum’ vessel was devised by the heritage winemaker in tandem with New York-based design studio and long-time Penfolds collaborator Force Majeure, which brought its unique expertise in product development, packaging and brand identity to the serving ceremony of the Grange vintage. As well as the ‘Aevum’, Penfolds has created a collection of smaller decanters – also produced by Saint-Louis – designed to rotate on their bases, aerating the wine. (Source: Wallpaper*)
Grimshaw’s Heathrow Airport expansion gets government go-ahead: British firm Grimshaw has been given the go-ahead for its Heathrow expansion plans, as the government approves a third runway at the UK’s busiest airport. Grimshaw was selected from a line-up of potential designers including Zaha Hadid Architects, HOK and Benoy to develop the £16 billion expansion plan earlier this year. The British government’s decision to support the additional runway puts an end to rival plans to expand Gatwick Airport. UK prime minister Theresa May and London mayor Sadiq Khan had previously opposed plans to expand Heathrow Airport, which also announced its plans to add 25,000 flights per year from 2021, ahead of the proposed opening of the third runway in 2025. (Source: Dezeen)
Leading light – Armani/Casa dispatches a bright envoy to mark the launch of its new Milan store: Giorgio Armani created this pyramid-shaded lamp for his own design studio in 1982. When he launched his interiors arm Armani/Casa in 2000, the design became an integral part of his home collection and got its ‘Logo’ lamp moniker. To celebrate the autumn opening of the new Armani/Casa store in Milan, at the former De Padova HQ on Corso Venezia, the ‘Logo’ lamp has been photographed across the globe by Wallpaper* contributor Beppe Brancato in the homes or offices of leading figures in the design world. Among them are Vincenzo de Cotiis, John Pawson, Jaime Hayon, Vincent Darré, Roksanda Ilincic and Tadao Ando, as well as Wallpaper’s own Nick Vinson. (Source: Wallpaper*)
China weaves innovation, history and architecture into its latest bridge: Dutch-based NEXT Architects has just completed an undulating red bridge that connects various levels while offering stunning views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. After three years of planning and construction, the striking new footbridge in Changsha, China, is now finished and offering pedestrians a variety of different routes across the fabled Dragon King Harbour River in the city’s rapidly developing New Lake District. A true testament to NEXT’s forward-thinking design, the 607-foot-long, 79-foot-high bridge is eye-catching, symbolic and practical. (Source: Architectural Digest)
Coarse coral-pink plaster lends furry appearance to Antonino Cardillo’s Sicilian grotto: Italian architect Antonino Cardillo has coated the walls of a vaulted chamber-music and events space in lumpy coral-pink, grey and green plasterwork. Cardillo designed the space called Specus Corallii, which translates as The Coral Cave, within a baroque oratory in Sicily owned by the Cathedral of Trapani. The room will be used as a venue for chamber music and lectures, and occasionally as a ballroom. Its design is inspired by the shell and coral imagery associated with the city of Trapani, a major fishing port on Sicily’s western coast. (Source: Dezeen)
The group behind tennis ace Murray’s Cromlix Hotel sets its sights on 2020 new boutique build: ICMI, the group behind Wimbledon champion Andy Murray’s Cromlix Hotel, has revealed plans to open a new boutique hotel and spa in north-east England in 2020. The group, which also runs Inverlochy Castle, Greywalls and Crossbasket, will transform the B-listed Ury House into an exclusive retreat as part of a Jack Nicklaus golf complex. The firm revealed that it will manage the hotel on behalf of developer FM Group, and is aiming to make the resort one of the best in the UK. (Source: Boutique Hotelier)