Feilden Fowles has designed a gallery, interpretation space, restaurant and shop at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in northern England. The Weston visitor centre is an open-air gallery that includes works by numerous internationally renowned artists including Henry Moore and Barbara epworth. The building is reportedly designed to have minimal impact on the historic landscape. It serves as a subtle and respectful landmark on the eastern boundary of the sculpture park. The centre features a lobby with a gallery space and shop on one side and toilets and a restaurant on the other. The building has two distinct faces. The centre's walls are constructed from layered pigmented concrete, with the kitchen and toilet arranged within the solid eastern wall and the gallery space wrapped in the material.
A concept for a floating city of 10,000 people, which could help populations threatened by extreme weather events and rising sea levels has been designed by architecture firm BIG. At a round-table discussion on floating cities at the United Nation’s New York headquarters, Bjarke Ingels, Founder, BIG had unveiled his plan for Oceanix City. Its concept consists of buoyant islands clustered together in groups of six to form villages, where these clusters would then be repeated in multiples of six to form a 12-hectare village for 1,650 residents, and then again to form an archipelago home to 10,000 citizens. The concept has been based on a modular idea of a hexagonal island. The modules are expected to be built on land and then towed to sea, where they would be anchored in place. The miniature islands are also designed to survive a category-five hurricane. The firms will be reportedly buildings atop to be constructed from locally sourced replenishable materials such wood and fast- growing bamboo.
The Shed, a cultural centre in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, has been completed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group. The New York firms have featured a retractable roof hat can be moved to form a performance area. Spread across 200,000 sq ft, The Shed is an eight-storey cultural institution. Its Bloomberg Building has been designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DSR), with Rockwell Group as collaborating architect. It features a U-shaped, moving roof that virtually doubles the size of the art complex. The building is flexible and can be physically transformed depending on the needs and requests of the artistes for utlising the space. Described as a telescoping outer shell, the moveable roof extends away from the main building on bogie wheels to creates a multi-use event space in the adjoining plaza called The McCourt that spans 11,700 sq ft.
In order to appeal to its increasingly environmentally conscious and transient customers, IKEA is reportedly in plans to roll out furniture rentals to all its main markets. Earlier, the company had been looking into leasing its desks, bed and sofas, however, it fleshed out its plans at an event held at its first sustainable store in Kaarst, Germany. Many consumers change homes frequently, however, they cannot afford new furniture every time they move. Recognising this need, IKEA worked on its first rental pilot. It is also motivated by environmentalism, with IKEA surveys showing that 90 percent of its customers are ready to change their behaviour, even if most don't know how to do that. IKEA, which had global sales of $44 billion last year, will reportedly test a range of subscription-based leasing offers in all 30 of its markets by 2020 so products are reused as often as possible before being recycled.
The design for Kempegowda International Airport Terminal 2 in Bengaluru, India has been unveiled by Skidmore Owings and Merrill. The SOM terminal reimagines the airport as a landscaped and serene transportation experience. The construction of the project’s first phase is expected to be completed by March 2021. Spread across 255,000 sq m, trees, small gardens and ponds features the local and exotic species of plants in line with the interiors, while planted bells hanging from the ceiling will greet passengers at the entrance. A large indoor garden is expected to contain rammed-earth walls and waterfalls, providing a gateway into the densely-landscaped retail space. The terminal is expected to have a garden within. The terminal’s shopping area will be connecting the gates to the three-storey forest belt.
CJ Living has unveiled its flagship store in Delhi. The new space brims with exquisite interiors offering an immersive and inspiring experience of luxury.With its motto of curating fine living experiences for the refined palate, CJ Living has been creating gorgeous homes and elegant offices. Handcrafted kitchens from Germany, bespoke wardrobes from Italy, artful bathrooms showcasing Italian craftsman, flooring solutions in wood from Europe, new-age workspaces from the USA are some of their offerings.Spread across 17,000 sq ft of space on one level in the upscale Design District of Delhi, the thoughtfully designed space displays 13 kitchens, 14 mock-up wardrobes, fine European flooring, seating, workstations, and more.
Part of the JSW Group, JSW Living has ventured into the steel furniture business with the launch of Forma. The company will be reportedly investing Rs 2.5-3 billion in the venture for the next five year and has set a sales target of Rs 500 million for the first year. Besides, the company has launched products in western and southern India and is expected to reach out to the rest of the country by next year. The company has reportedly adopted an asset-light model by outsourcing production to two entities in Nagpur and Bhiwandi, on the outskirts of Mumbai. Forma will be available online.
The US-based studio Feldman Architecture has added features such as tiered gardens, a plunge pool and a triangular loft in its recently renovated Twin Peaks Residence in San Francisco. Spread across 29,955 sq ft, the project involved the remodel of a wood-clad house designed by architect Albert Lanier, who completed a number of homes in the area. New white oak floors along with neutral grey ceiling had been completed in the first phase of the project. Further, it included work such as re-imagining the house's layout and creating more open interiors that better connected to the adjacent, steeply sloped backyard. The residence has three levels; the bottom floor contains a foyer and two garages, the second storey houses bedrooms and an office, and the top floor encompasses a living room, dining area and kitchen.
German architect studio Buero Wagner has reportedly designed The Black House. The house has been designed with differently sized rooms, cladding in blackened wood. The lake house extension comprises of a bedroom, kitchen and living space that was designed as a repost to the typical architecture found in rural Germany. The kitchen and the dinning area has a small staircase that leads to the living space above, which further extends to the terrace space. Another set of staircase leads down to the basement bedroom. The basement bedroom has an open bathroom and is located alongside of the main entrance of the house. The concrete structure has been cut to create a large opening with pivot windows that allow almost the entire corner to be opened onto the terrace, creating a connection with the small forest nearby.
Ment, a Norwegian design studio, has reportedly handcrafted tableware for Snøhetta's recently completed underwater restaurant in Norway. Brainchild of Ingvild and Sidsel Forr Hemma, have researched and tested a set of tableware for the restaurant’s 18-course menu by using sand and minerals, which are sourced from the surrounding coast. Under, the world’s largest underwater restaurant, was completed last month and Snøhetta has designed the monolithic structure to plunge into the sea from a rocky shoreline. 500 handmade items have been designed and manufactured in their studio by using 17 unique designs with different sizes, materials and colours. Objects include water jugs, toothpick holders, coffee and tea cups, milk jugs and sugar pots, as well as an array of bowls and plates for the food.