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Thu 20.12.

‘SW’ collection by OeO for Stellar Collections (CN)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 20.12.2012 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

Detail for the daybed from the 'SW' collection by Nic Graham for Stellar Collections

Detail for the daybed from the ‘SW’ collection by OeO for Stellar Collections

Copenhagen-based design studio OeO have realised this Bauhaus-referencing seating collection for the Shanghai-based furniture brand Stellar Collections. Developed in natural oak, leather and fabric, the ‘SW’ collection comprises two upholstered, softly-hued designs; a sofa and a daybed. (more…)

Close-up of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei; photo © Iwan Baan

Following their iconic National Stadium conceived for Beijing’s Summer Olympics 2008, the acclaimed Swiss architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron and the ubiquitous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei have joined their creative forces once again, this time designing the recently-opened Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. Featuring a sky-reflecting floating roof suspended 1.4 metres above ground, the cork-clad Pavilion features eleven columns representative of all previous Pavilions commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery to date. Watch the Pavilion captured on film in the video below. (more…)

'Rice' dinnerware collection by Studio Laura Strasser for JIA Inc.

A young German designer and founder of her namesake studio Laura Strasser has developed this delicate, milky-white set of porcelaine dinnerware in collaboration with a Hong Kong-based manufacturer JIA Inc.. Named after the century-old, traditional Chinese rice grain technique employed in its production process, ‘Rice’ features a subtle, translucent cut-out pattern reminiscent of rice grains. (more…)

Triple V Gallery by Ministry of Design; photo by Edward Hendricks

A Singapore-based practice Ministry of Design have realised this dramatic, triangular permanent show gallery and tourist information centre in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin. Featuring characteristic sharp edges and sky-piercing roof, the 750-square meters Triple V Gallery encompasses three spaces of diverse functions: a tourist information centre, a gallery and a discussion lounge. Completed in only four months, the sea-facing pre-weathered Corten steel-clad building was officially opened in November 2011. (more…)

Riverside Clubhouse by Trace Architecture Office; photo by Yao Li

Referencing an icon of modernist architecture, the 1951′s Farnsworth House, this crisp, white detached house has been completed by Trace Architecture Office (TAO) who ‘stretched, looped and folded’ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s famous one-room chef-d’œuvre. As a result, the Beijing-based architects have achieved a ‘smaller building depth with better views, introversive courtyard space offering more privacy, getting closer to water and accessible roof as extension of landscape.’ Offering serene, panoramic views thanks to the translucent glass façade, Riverside Clubhouse is located in the city of Yancheng, in a northeastern Jiangsu province, China – homeland of this years’s Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Wang Shu. (more…)

Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum by Amateur Architecture Studio; photo by Lv Hengzhong

Symbolising an ‘Ark of Art’ and located near the river Yong, in an old industrial area of the city of Ningbo in Zhejiang Province, China, this Contemporary Art Museum complex was completed in 2005 by this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Wang Shu and his Hangzhou-based practice, Amateur Architecture Studio. Boasting a total floor area of 24,000-square-meters, the steel-and-timber complex encompasses the main building with its exhibition space of 5,300-square-meters, two piers, a rooftop plaza and an original 1980′s control tower. (more…)

Ningbo History Museum in Ningbo, China by Wang Shu's Amateur Architecture Studio; photo by Lv Hengzhong

Yesterday evening, the 48-years-old Chinese architect Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio has joined the likes of Tadao Ando, Norman Foster and Peter Zumthor after he was announced to be the winner of this year’s edition of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. In its 36th edition, the award is considered to be the architecture’s highest honour and Wang is the first Chinese architect to be decorated with the $100.000 prize (although the Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei, known as I. M. Pei, who was the recipient of the trophy in 1983 was, in fact, born in China). (more…)

XiaoQuan Elementary School by Trace Architecture Office; photo by Yao Li

Replacing an old school building which has been severely damaged and, consequently, demolished following the disastrous 2008 Sichuan earthquake, this austere, labyrinthine XiaoQuan Elementary School has been realised by a Beijing-based practice Trace Architecture Office (TAO). Intended to accommodate nearly 1000 students, this 8900-square-meters development is formed from ‘a cluster of small buildings’ such as classroom buildings, teacher’s office, student dormitory buildings, and a dining hall, all of which ‘create a small city, giving diversified space so as to enrich the children’s experience and activities.’ (more…)