A WEEKLY CURATED SELECTION OF NEWS FROM ARCHITECTS, DESIGNERS & ARTISTS WORLDWIDE:
Every week, we collate information from press releases and articles across the worldwide web in order to give you a curated selection of hot news from the wonderful world of art, design and architecture. Scroll down and find out more about what’s been happening this week.
GRENFELL TOWER RESIDENTS TO BE REHOMED IN LUXURY KENSINGTON BLOCKS BY SQUIRE & PARTNERS:
Survivors of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire will be given permanent new homes in luxury apartment blocks by Squire & Partners. The London-based practice is due to complete the residential project at High Street Kensington soon.
The Corporation of London has bought 68 flats to be used as social housing for residents of the Kensington and Chelsea borough. They were purchased from the quota 120 affordable homes in the development, which will also include 301 private homes and 92 “extra-care” homes.
“The residents of Grenfell Tower have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable and it is our duty to support them,” said Sajid Javid, the UK government’s communities’ secretary. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO LIVE INSIDE HABITAT 67:
When Moshe Safdie started sketching out his ideas for a prefabricated housing development back in the 1960s, his concept seemed the stuff of architecture-student daydreams: 354 concrete boxes stacked in such a way that each would have its own private outdoor space, and the composite total would form a three-dimensional pixelated mound.
That idea would become Habitat 67, built for Montreal’s Expo 67. This year—the 50th anniversary of the building’s completion—the project was recognized with a commemorative postage stamp depicting the iconic project, and this summer, it is the subject of an exhibition, Habitat ’67 vers l’avenir / The Shape of Things to Come, at the Université du Québec à Montréal. On the occasion of this half-century milestone, Architectural Digest spoke with Safdie about his trailblazing design. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
SPIRITUAL AS EVER, AXEL VERVOORDT REFLECTS ON HIS FINAL EXHIBITION AT PALAZZO FORTUNY:
Over the past decade, Belgian art dealer, antiques guru and all-round tastemaker Axel Vervoordt has put on exquisite exhibitions at Palazzo Fortuny, becoming an unbeatable highlight of the Venice Biennale’s frenzy. As spiritual as ever, the sixth iteration – which, to the art world’s dismay, will be the last – is devoted to the notion of ‘intuition’ and how it has shaped art across continents and historical periods.
On the ground floor of the palazzo, visitors are greeted by an oddly functioning dialogue between a collection of Neolithic sandstone statue menhir figures, and a striking 1982 Jean-Michel Basquiat painting. Other notable works include paintings by Gustave Courbet, James Ensor and Cy Twombly, to name but a few. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
ZAHA HADID DESIGN COLLABORATES WITH PERRIN PARIS FOR RANGE OF CUFFED CLUTCH BAGS:
Zaha Hadid Design and leather brand Perrin Paris have created a limited-edition collection of clutch bags that feature sculptural metal cuffs. The Perrin Paris x Zaha Hadid collection is made up of seven bags and a combination of three different metal cuffs – a signature feature of Perrin’s clutches.
The cuffs bear a resemblance to other jewellery pieces designed by the late architect, and can be worn on either the right or left hand. “We have always been interested in the strong connection between fashion and jewellery, and this collaboration allowed us to combine both disciplines,” said Maha Kutay, director of Zaha Hadid Design. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
WHAT MAKES RENZO PIANO’S FIRST SPANISH BUILDING SO DIFFERENT:
After building major projects across the world, Renzo Piano is set to open his first building in Spain later this week. The project, Centro Botín, will serve as the new home for the art, cultural and educational programs of Fundación Botín. Ahead of its opening on 23rd June, Architectural Digest spoke with Piano to ask him how he arrived at such a unique project.
On Spain’s northern coast, just 60 miles west of Bilbao, Santander takes its cues from the sea, and Piano, an avid sailor, followed that lead, designing the building in relationship with its maritime environment. “I love building on the water,” he says. “This project was a personal passion”.
The new building sits directly on the waterfront of the city’s tranquil bay, tucked away from the open sea. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
FLYING FLICKER – THIS YEAR’S NETJETS LOUNGE AT ART BASEL CASTS A MESMERISING GLOW:
On the occasion of its 16-year partnership with Art Basel, private jet airline Netjets unveiled yet another project in collaboration with the fair. This year, the Netjets collectors lounge featured a bespoke installation by Swedish artist Frida Fjellman, who gave her signature blown glass lanterns a new spatial interpretation.
The lanterns first appeared as part of a solo exhibition of the artist’s work in 2015, and since been developed in a variety of colours and sizes, keeping their distinctive mouth blown glass and metal features, and presented both as single pieces or as chandelier-like clusters. Fjellman has been working with Sweden’s The Glass Factory, an art glass producer based in Boda – a small village in the country’s forests – to develop the project over the last two years. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
RIBA NAMED ITS NATIONAL WINNERS AND THE SERPENTINE PAVILION WAS UNVEILED:
Last week was rather busy and eventful, as RIBA named the UK’s best new buildings and Diébédo Francis Kéré revealed his Serpentine Pavilion in London. Burkinabe architect Kéré designed a structure with a canopy and a courtyard at its centre for the high-profile commission’s 17th pavilion.
The Royal Institute of British Architects named 49 winners of its national awards, ranging from a cluster of luxury townhouses to the new wing for the Tate Modern museum and workshops for the National Arboretum. The 20 residences contending for RIBA’s House of the Year Award were also revealed, including Richard Meier’s first UK building and a cork-covered holiday home in Essex. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
THIS $130 MILLION HYPERLOOP HOTEL LETS YOU ZIP BETWEEN CITIES WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOTEL ROOM:
Considering the prices for plane or train tickets and hotel rooms, as well as the hours spent packing (and unpacking) and idly sitting at gates or terminals, it’s understandable when people opt for a staycation. But what if you could forget almost all of the hassle that makes traveling a burden? Better yet, what if you could travel in your hotel room from city to city at incredibly fast speeds? That’s precisely the idea that took home top honours at this year’s Radical Innovation Award, an annual competition for imaginative, futuristic hotel designs.
The winning concept was designed by Brandan Siebrecht, a graduate architecture student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The idea brings together several elements into a singular experience. Siebrecht’s plan, which is called the “Hyperloop Hotel,” would connect 13 hotels across the country by way of a high-speed transit system that is in the process of being developed by Elon Musk. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
DRIVING SEAT – POLTRONA FRAU AND FERRARI JOIN FORCES ON HIGH-OCTANE CHAIR COLLABORATION:
Heads up agile workers: the ‘Cockpit’ is a racing chair for the office, the Ferrari of swivel seats. Indeed, commissioned to mark the car maker’s 70th anniversary, and manufactured by Poltrona Frau, it is designed by Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari’s design director and creator of recent models such as the GTC4Lusso and the 812 Superfast.
The chair’s silhouette and structure are informed by the ergonomic seats of the marque’s racing cars, while its modular construction offers flexibility and comfort. Poltrona Frau has collaborated with Ferrari on its vehicle interiors since the mid-1990s and the long-term partnership has allowed the two firms to develop a mutual appreciation and understanding of each other’s aesthetic values. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
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