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It would have understandable if Frama had been tempted to be literal in interpreting its brief to create a restaurant inspired by eastern Mediterranean flavours, but the Copenhagen-based design studio had tricks to spare in its bag. It helped that the long narrow basement space – formerly a bike shop in the 13th-century Gråbrødretorv square, several blocks south of Copenhagen’s Botanic Gardens and Rosenborg Castle – features high ceilings and plenty of natural light.
A new publication from MoMA shines light on the role that structural engineers play in the burst of experimental architecture in postwar Japan. Through essays, images and conversations it traces a lineage of internationally-minded engineers, collaborating effectively, exchanging ideas with architects and mentoring younger generations. Charting Japanese structural design from 1950 to today, the book prides itself in a scholarly yet accessible approach to the largely unexplored subject
Construction has broken ground on Heatherwick Studio’s latest project in Asia – a striking, organic, mixed use development featuring within its composition a distinctive green pergola style roof. The scheme, located in Tokyo’s Toranomon-Azabudai district, includes the public realm and lower-level podium architecture for a site, which also comprises a 6,000 sq m central landscaped square, office, residential, retail, a school and a temple. Working with the Mori Building Company to create ‘an exceptional public district for the city’, Heatherwick Studio is effectively working on the redevelopment of the wider area’s accessible public realm, which is expected to be visited by some 25 million people per year, once completed. Image: DBOX for Mori Building Co. The practice responded to the site’s irregular shape by designing fluid, undulating volumes, which are topped off by a planted roof – this gives a much needed green element to the scheme, while echoing ‘the natural forms of the project’s valley setting’, explain the architects. ‘It’s been very exciting working on the Toranomon-Azabudai project and much of our effort has been focused on designing the public spaces that everyone will experience when they spend time in this new area,’ says Thomas Heatherwick . ‘As many new developments around the world can be harsh and sterile we wondered if we could provide a more human-centred alternative by integrating surprisingly intense quantities of planting and greenery.’ The Toranomon-Azabudai project is Heatherwick Studio’s very first to begin construction in Japan. Completion is due in March 2023
François Pouenat’s metal atelier in Nevers, central France, is abuzz with activity.
When Studio Swine ’s ‘breathing’ sculpture first huffed and puffed into life at Eden Project in 2017, it put the Cornwall institution on the map as a budding destination for contemporary art. Since then its collection has come into full bloom, most recently with new sculptural additions by Ryan Gander and Jenny Kendler, installed in the grounds alongside works from Julian Opie and Tim Shaw that arrived earlier in the year and a sound piece by Hayden Dunham. The Grimshaw Architects-designed Biome buildings form the backdrop to a site-specific work by Opie, who has created monolithic video ‘monument to the crowd’.
The Parisian jewellery designer Annelise Michelson’s pop-up boutique in Paris’s Marais district is a treat for the senses. She worked with designer-artist Matthias Kiss to create a strikingly modern but feminine mood in hazy, peachy hues. ‘We both wanted a sharp, futuristic design,’ says Michelson of the collaboration, ‘But it had to feel sensual, too.’ Clashing details, such as the sleek, mirrored surfaces and soft warmth of the carpet are delightfully French.
Where do busy Paulistanos go when they want a break from the largest Brazilian metropolis’ hectic daily life? They head upstate, to the green expanses of the wider Sao Paulo territory. And this is exactly what a family of four did, when they decided to build a holiday home in the Bragança Paulista commuter zone, some 90km for the city