Jean-Paul Viguier commences work on the Banque de France

Dec 11, 2018

The work of renovating a pair of existing buildings and introducing a new secure facility for the Banque de France was bagged by Jean-Paul Viguier. The French architect opted for white perforated metal to clad the three monolithic volumes of a secure cash-processing centre for a bank in Paris. The 26-m-high tower, which is in the centre of the project, along with two adjoining cubic volumes are reportedly clad in white metal, with varying surface textures to help to break up the monolithic masses. For producing a subtle pattern of light and shadow, the facades of the largest structure are formed from perforate panels. For an outdoor space for the staff, a solid structure houses the secure areas around a triangular patio. 

MAD unveils blue spiral staircase in old Fenix warehouse in Rotterdam

Dec 11, 2018

In order to create a panoramic viewing platform for a historic warehouse on Rotterdam’s waterfront, Beijing-based MAD recently revealed its visuals of a theatrical spiral staircase. Once known as one of the largest warehouses in the world, the bright blue viewpoint is expected to be a part of the complete renovation of the former Fenix warehouse. MAD’s theatrical staircase increases in size as it spirals upwards, before protruding through the roof to form a 360 degree observation deck. A public atrium is expected to enclose and link each floor to the bright blue staircase, which will create a new viewpoint over the Maas river, the Katendrecht peninsula and the city. As reported, Bureau Polderman is the local studio overseeing the restoration. The project is reportedly the first public cultural building in Europe to be designed by a Chinese architecture studio. 

Dot Architects build school library in a week!

Dec 11, 2018

A school library in rural China, which was constructed in a week by amateur builders using the WikiHouse open-source architecture platform, has reportedly been completed by Dot Architects in seven days. Previously, the library would facilitate only a reading room of 45 sq m for 1,000 pupils. The Huaxia Star Library is an addition to Er-tai primary school in the Hebei province. Being funded by donation from Hauxia Bank, Dot Studios created the standalone structure to house a library and a reading room. With a public space and courtyard occupying the central area, the northern structure contains the library shelves, while the southern block houses the reading room. An adjoining pergola provides a shaded outdoor space. Windows are incorporate into the facades ensuring the spaces feel bright inside. 

Dot Architects build school library in a week!

Dec 11, 2018

A school library in rural China, which was constructed in a week by amateur builders using the WikiHouse open-source architecture platform, has reportedly been completed by Dot Architects in seven days. Previously, the library would facilitate only a reading room of 45 sq m for 1,000 pupils. The Huaxia Star Library is an addition to Er-tai primary school in the Hebei province. Being funded by donation from Hauxia Bank, Dot Studios created the standalone structure to house a library and a reading room. With a public space and courtyard occupying the central area, the northern structure contains the library shelves, while the southern block houses the reading room. An adjoining pergola provides a shaded outdoor space. Windows are incorporate into the facades ensuring the spaces feel bright inside. 

Parryware enters PVC pipes and fittings market in Tamil Nadu

Dec 07, 2018

Parryware is all geared up to enter the household plumbing pipe segment with the launch of its cPVC (Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) pipes. The country’s contemporary bathroom solutions brand will reportedly focus on the Southern India market in the first phase of the launch as it remains to be the undisputed market leader in the region. The launch would be retailed in Tamil Nadu through the company’s large-scale retailer network, starting in 2019. Used for potable hot and cold water distribution systems, cPVC pipes are significant addition to the bathroom fittings business of Parryware to scale up its market in India.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture jury announced. Check out the jury members!

Dec 07, 2018

The master jury for the 2017-2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture has been recently announced. The jury panel will comprise of diverse and global group of architects, academics and theorists. The jury will reportedly select the recipients of the award, each of whom will, in turn, receive a USD 1 million prize for their winning work. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture recognises dignitaries involved in the conception, design and realisation of the project and aims to highlight projects of significance to primarily Islamic societies. The jury panel includes Kwame Anthony Akroma-Ampim Kusi Appiah, Anglo-Ghanaian American philosopher and cultural theorist; Sir David Chipperfield, Founder and Principal, David Chipperfield Architects, London and Berlin; Elizabeth Diller, Co-founder and Principal, Diller Scofidio Renfro, New York; Edhem Eldem, Professor of History, Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) and International Chair of Turkish and Ottoman History, Collège de France, among others. 

John Ronan Architects completes IIT's Kaplan Institute in ETFE and glass. Know more about its features!

Dec 07, 2018

American studio John Ronan Architects has reportedly completed the architecture of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Master planned by Mies van der Rohe in the 1940s, the building - located in the centre of the IIT campus - is the first academic building to be constructed at the IIT in over 40 years. Besides serving as a hub for multi-disciplinary projects at the university, the building facilitates to foster collaboration among students, faculty, alumni and external partners. Encompassing 72,000 sq ft and rectangular in plan, the two-storey building has a cantilever shading its wall, while the upper portion is wrapped in cushions that are made of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE).   

India Mahdavi and Nespresso launch Persian-inspired collection. Know more about the collection.

Dec 06, 2018

Celebrated Iranian interior designer India Mahdavi, in collaboration with Nespresso, has launched new Persian Gourmandise-inspired limited edition festive collection with several coffee pods and coffee accessories. Known for creating some of the most modern spaces in Europe like Jean Francois Piege in Paris, Mahdavi will be setting her foot into the coffee pod market with Nespresso’s limited edition Varieties range. Inspired by the flavours of this year’s Varieties selection – macaron, madeleine and praline – Mahdavi has signed the packaging with her signature colour pop. The designer’s new Origin Collection of coffee cups and trays are inspired by the shape of coffee beans in matte-finished ceramic shell.

Monk Mackenzie bags Infrastructure–Future Projects award for Thiruvalluvar project. Check out the list of winners!

Dec 06, 2018

Kiwi architecture firm Monk Mackenzie has bagged the award in the Infrastructure-Future Projects category for its Thiruvalluvar project, at the World Architecture Festival. Being described as a simple and elegant response to a complex problem by the judges, the Thiruvalluvar project is a 500-m-long pedestrian bridge in the southern tip of India, which is constructed to connect mainland India to the Thiruvalluvar Statue and Vivekananda Temple. Known for majestic creations like the Auckland Lightpath and Nelson St Cycleway and the award-winning X-House in Queenstown, Dean Mackenzie and Hamish Monk started their practice together after many years of working overseas for projects like OMA and Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), where the two met. Besides, the other winners of the event were CHROFI McGregor Croxall for their Maitland Riverlink project in Maitland, Australia in the Civic and Community-Completed Buildings category and Conrad Gargett for The Piano Mill project in Stanthorpe, Australia in the Culture-Completed Buildings category.

Ahmedabad to host Art é Fair this weekend. Check out what the fair has to offer!

Dec 06, 2018

Ahmedabad’s Rajpath Club is all set to host the fourth edition of Art é Fair, which promises to offer an immersive array of contemporary arts and crafts along with artists, galleries and design connoisseurs under one roof. An initiative of Khusbhoo Sukhbir Bagga, the fair will showcase emerging talent in the country with the participation of international galleries, workshops, and competition for artists across painting, collages, sculpture and installation, and video art. The two-day aesthetics celebration will also include conversation between Kavita Singh, Interior Designer and Art Collector, and Nimish Shah, Founder, Shift and Creative Director, Bhaane which will be moderated by Farah Siddiqui Khan, Curator and Art Advisor; master sculptor Ravinder Reddy in conversation with Roshini Vadehra, Director, Vadehra Art Gallery; and a performance on #MeToo movement by Arpita Dhagat inspired by Frida Kahlo, among others.