On top of Notre-Dame Cathedral, in order to replace the roof that was lost in the fire recently, a giant greenhouse could be built as per Paris-based Studio NAB. The studio suggest that the covered garden would stretch the length of the Paris cathedral and along both arms of its crossing, while the building's spire would be rebuilt as a multi-storey platform filled with beehives. The studio’s proposal has come on response to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's statement that the rebuilt cathedral should be adapted to issues of our time. The proposal reportedly aims to respect the cathedral’s original silhouette by matching the greenhouse's profile with the 13thcentury timber roof that was destroyed in the fire. Its structure would be built from gold-coloured steel. The space is expected to be used as a garden and educational space for workshops on ecology.
Gucci Décor has reportedly opened its temporary home in 19 Via Santo Spirito, where the store is expected to remain open throughout June. Located over two floors, the store showcases a playful range of furniture, furnishings and decorative items from the House, which displays a firm commitment to craft and artisanal skills. It has been designed to bring the eclectic, romantic aesthetic of the House to life in a way that enables customers to creatively dress their own spaces. The temporary store is expected to showcase, both new releases and the established pieces that are always on offer. The sale comprises of porcelains, furniture and furnishings, all decorated with patterns and symbols from the House lexicon of motifs, which celebrate, among other things, the natural world, through referencing flora and fauna.
Rise Design Studio has reportedly created Harvist Road flat with expansive panels of glass, thus connecting its light-starved living spaces. The apartment is situated on the ground floor of a Victorian terrace. It has a rear extension and a convoluted floor plan. Between the extension and the home’s boundary wall, a small space is provided. For the existing extension and alleyway, London stock bricks and glazed roofing have been used, while a handful of partition walls have been knocked through to form an open-plan kitchen. It is complete with slate grey cabinetry and a chunky white breakfast island. The bedroom has a huge trapezoid window that extends up to the roof. Dark oakwood floorboard has been used throughout the rooms, while hexagonal blue tiles have been applied in the bathroom and polished concrete is used in the extension.
Mira developer Tishman Speyer has released photos of the 122-m high tower. The photos capture the twisted and fragmented exterior of the US firm Studio Gang’s 40-storey tower in San Francisco. The photos showcase the lower portion of the building being fitted with boxy windows, which will eventually rise all the way up to the structure. Reportedly, the designs of these were based on the bay windows found in San Francisco. The spiral form is expected to provide numerous views of the city, the Bay Bridge and the city’s skyline from inside Mira. The tower will reportedly constitute 392 luxury residences, in a mix of one-, two and three-bedroom condominiums, townhouses and penthouses. The finished of the apartment are simple, with pale wood and white walls with open-plan lounge and kitchen.
Modus Studio has constructed the Evans Tree House with steel and heat-treated pine in order to give it an alive and mysterious appearance. Located in Arkansas, the tree house is owned by the University of Arkansas. Designed by Fayetteville-based Modus Studio, the structure serves as an interactive, educational experience intended to bring children back into the woods. The building is lifted 13-25 ft off the ground via six pairs of slender steel columns. The structure is composed of 113 ribs, of which 10 are made of steel, while the rest are made of thermalised southern yellow pine. The fins are connected to the central steel spine, which runs the length of the building.
In order to become a complete bathroom solutions player, tile maker Asian Granito India (AGL) has forayed into sanitaryware with around 160 stock keeping units (SKUs) in products including wash basins, water closets (WC), and urinals, among others. The company, at an investment of Rs 80 million, has adopted an asset and capital light strategy by opting for the outsourcing model for its initial foray into sanitaryware. The company’s sanitaryware business is expected to garner a revenue of Rs 800-1,000million in the coming four to five years. Reportedly, AGL is expected to see a commercial launch of AGL Sanitarywareby June 2019 across India. Besides, the company is also expected to foray into faucets in the coming years in order to become a complete bathroom solutions player.
France is reportedly planning an an architectural competition to design a replacement spire for Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, which had collapsed during the fire. The announcement of the competition was reportedly made by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, where he stated that instead of simply recreating the original spire, a new design is required to adaptto the techniques and the challenges of the current era. The spire was not a part of the original structure. It was built in the 12-13th century. The first spire is believed to have been part of the roof between the 13th and 18th centuries, but was removed due to wind damage.French architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc had added a new spire over the transept as part of his restoration in the 19th century.
Resembling falling domino effect, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has completed an extension to the business school at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with gradually sloping walls. The New York firm has teamed with Boston firm Goody Clancy. Spread across 70,000 sq ft, the business innovation hub accompanies the original Isenberg building in order to provide a flexible space for students and faculty. The buildings linear structure is bent to form a full loop framing an internal courtyard for the life of the students. Its facades are pulled away in a domino effect to create a generous invitation from the Haigis Mall to the Learning Commons. The slanting roofline forms a feature of the 5,000 sq ft ground floor common area. Also, the three-storey building provides an internal garden.
In order to enhance its growth rate and deepen its engagement with customers, Crabtree has launched India’s first Futuristic Crabtree Smart Experience center in Jalandhar, Punjab. It is reportedly the first-of-its-kind initiative in the industry and aims to provide a holistic experience to the customers by live experience of smart products under one roof offering instant solutions for specific needs related to modern homes. The smart experience centre will help customers to explore, purchase and experience Crabtree's most intuitive and advanced range of products such as smart range of switches, switchgears, security systems and home automation products based on IoT and other futuristic technologies. Besides, the company has also unveiled an ultra-modern and aesthetically advanced range of Smart Touch switches.
In order to glaze their collection of surface tiles, Formafantasma and Dzek have collected volcanic ash from Mount Etna in Italy. The Amsterdam-based duo and the architectural materials brand had presented the ExCincere collection of volcanic ash-glazed porcelain tiles during the Milan design week. The tiles are rectangular and feature yellow-brown tones. Available in two sizes and five volcanic glazes, the tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor surfaces. The tiles consists of fragments of pulverised rock, including basalt rock – a magnesium and iron-rich volcanic rock created by the rapid cooling of lava.The project follows on from Formafantasma's 2014 project De Natura Fossilium, a series of homeware objects made of basalt rock formed after Mount Etna erupted in 2013.