Switzerland’s Finest Ski Resorts

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017
Ski season in Switzerland is in full swing with fabulous weather conditions on our favorite mountain resorts. From glittery Gstaad to the sophisticated winter wonderlands of Graubünden, St. Moritz. We collected some of the finest Swiss ski hotels for you.
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1. InterContinental Davos – Oikos Architects Munich

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2. Chedi Andermatt –  Architect Jean-Michel Gathy

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3. Gstaad Palace

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4. The Lodge Verbier
Owned by Virgin boss Richard Branson, The Lodge is equipped with an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, two bars, and even a mini ice-skating rink. All nine rooms are uniquely designed and decorated — a pleasing mix of traditional chalet-style and contemporary — and are luxurious to boot. Though individual rooms can be booked from $700 a night, the entire lodge can also be rented exclusively, currently starting at $100,000 a week (15-person staff included).

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5. Badrutt Palace St. Moritz

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6. Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa

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7. Carlton Hotel St. Moritz
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The Most Stylish Opera Houses in the World – From Sydney’s Iconic Opera House to the Futuristic Theater Domes in China

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016
The opera house is one of the city’s most prized architectural and prestigious cultural gem. Opera houses are not only meant to stage leading tenors, baritones and sopranos, ballets and entertaining musical in this world, they also demonstrate a high level of sophistication and a monumental piece of architecture, devoted to the beauty of human arts and culture.
The inauguration of the world’s first opera, the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, completed in 1737, set the bar high in terms of the architectural and aesthetic aspects. Since then, some of the world’s most famous and talented architects honorably dedicate their skills to the architecture of an opera house.
Everyone must have heard and seen, once in his or her lifetime, the sacred Palais Garnier in Paris, the flawless design and acoustic of the Teatro al Scala in Milan, the beautiful Royal Opera House in London, the impressive Vienna Staatsoper or the majestic Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. And whether it is the sumptuous Magravial Opera House in Bayreuth, the luxurious Opera Royal de Versailles or New York’s famous Metropolitan Opera – they are all a fascinating and magnificent architectural attractions and home of the world’s most coveted art, opera and ballet performances.
Milan, Paris, Moscow and New York own legendary opera houses since hundreds of years, but other cities like Oslo, Copenhagen, Dubai or Florence, also  new mega cities in China, initiated the design and construction of  opera houses meeting the contemporary aesthetic of the 21st Century.
We gathered some of the latest and most stylish opera houses with a contemporary or even futuristic design.
 1. Harbin Opera in China by MAD Architects

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2. Elbphilarmonie Hamburg in Germany by Herzog & de Meuron

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3. Guangzhou Opera House in China by Zaha Hadid Architects

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4. National Centre of Performing Arts Beijing in China by Paul Andreu

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5. Sydney Opera House in Australia by Jørn Utzon

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6. Copenhagen Royal Opera House in Denmark by Henning Larsen

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7. Harpa Reykjavik in Iceland by Olafur Eliasson

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8. Oslo Opera House in Norway by Tarald Lundevall

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9. Busan Opera House in South Korea by Snøhetta

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10. Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles by Frank Gehry

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11. Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain by Santiago Calatrava

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12. Auditorio de Tenerife in Santa Cruz de la Tenerife, Spain by Santiago Calatrava

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13. Dubai Opera by WS Atkins
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The Architecture of Happiness in the Wild Wild West

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016
Santa Fe New Mexico is located at the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains.  It is consistently named in Top Ten lists for most desirable places to live. It is one of the most unique cities in America and  treasures one of the world’s most impressive architectural properties.
Called the Cerro Pelon Ranch, the property includes a modernist masterpiece of a home, as well as an eight-stall horse barn, indoor and outdoor riding areas, a landing strip, and even an old time (fake) western town, which has been used in films like Thor, Cowboy and Aliens, Wild Wild West and Silverado.
The 20,000-acre ranch owned by designer and filmmaker Tom Ford was designed by Tadao Ando (the Japanese architect most famous for Church of Light in Osaka), and judging by the photos, it’s absolutely stunning.
Set above a reflecting pool, the concrete compound features bold, sharp lines and floor-to ceiling windows that take advantage of remarkable natural lighting. Adjoining the home is an eight-stall horse barn designed in an ultra-modern style that complements the property’s indoor/outdoor riding arenas. There are also four staff quarters and two private guest houses designed and built by internationally recognized architect Marmot Radziner.
Tadao Ando, a Japanese born architect, is the only architect to have won the discipline’s four most prestigious prizes. He is known for the creative use of natural light. His structures follow the natural forms of the land, gracefully flowing into the landscape. His architecture contrasts hard concrete lines with soft reflecting pools of water.  Ando has developed a completely unique building aesthetic, in a way that has never existed elsewhere in architecture. With obvious pride for the Cerro Pelon Ranch, Tadao Ando choose the Cerro Pelon Ranch to use as the cover of his book, Ando, Completed Works 1975-2012.
The mind-blowing estate has been recently put on the market for a hefty 75 Million (USD). More photos and information on the listing can be found at KevinBobolskyGroup.com. Kevin Bobolsky, the broker for the property, would not confirm the seller or the price of Cerro Pelon Ranch. 

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Tadao Ando’s Church of Light in Osaka, Japan
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Holy Architecture – World’s Most Beautiful Spiritual Places

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016
Legendary German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe coined the famous phrase “God is in the details”. And he is still right – Religion, throughout human history, has been the inspiration for brilliant and luminous works of literature, philosophy, sculpture, painting and of course architecture. 
We compiled some of the most iconic and innovative sacred building architecture worldwide. Envisioned by legendary architects like Botta, Zumthor, Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer and today’s star architect Santiago Calatrava and many more. From the ancient empire of Istanbul to majestic Abu Dhabi all the way to a remote seaside town in China.
Whether contemporary and cantilever church design or stunning and bold  mosque architecture that illuminate intriguing fluorescent colours. Find below some of the most unique and beautiful worship architecture that will attract people of all ages and beliefs. 
1. Seashore Chapel, China
Vector Architects planned for the structure to be lifted at the base so when the tide rises, the building seemingly appears submerged and floating on the water. Created as a spatial experience that engages all the senses, the journey towards the chapel begins with a 30 meter pathway that leads to the entrance of the chapel. On approach, the cue emerges indicating the suspended space on the other side through a 600mm wide gap set in the middle of the staircase. A constant view of the ocean is framed – further emphasized due to its elevated orientation. 
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2. St. Bartholomew’s Church, Eastern Bohemia in Czech Republic
Czech designer Maxim Velcovsky has redesigned the interior of a church in Eastern Bohemia, using customised design classics, rugs and chandeliers. Working with designer Jakub Berdych under the Qubus Studio banner, the interior features Verner Panton chairs customised with a punched crucifix, Persian rugs and chandeliers of rough-cut crystal.
Jakub Berdych and Maxim Velcovsky have succeeded in making design an integral part of religion. Illuminated by chandeliers adorned with pressed and roughly cut crystal, the bare space is dominated by an “army” of legendary chairs designed by Verner Panton with one crucial detail added – a Christian cross carved through the back of the chair. The redesign and religiousness of this design icon is multiplied by its installation on dozens of Persian carpets, which are so typical for Muslim shrines. This space is an eclectic cocktail and a place to ponder, moving towards cultural dialogue.
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3. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, New York, USA
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has designed the Saint Nicholas National Shrine building for the Greek Orthodox Church, which will occupy a site at 130 Liberty Street on the edge of the National September 11 Memorial park.
The original St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was completely destroyed in the collapse of World Trade Center Tower 2 during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

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4. Skewed Concrete Chapel, El Salvador
Local studio EMC Arquitectura designed Carded, an asymmetric concrete chapel, located on the edge of a mountain near El Salvador, situated on a grassy plot that runs down to the shores of the Coatepeque lake – a volcanic basin in western El Salvador.
The chapel has two open sides, designed to take advantage of being “in such a privileged place with spectacular views”. These openings also allow constant cross-ventilation through the interior, helping visitors to cope with the tropical climate.

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5. Al Warqa’a Mosque, Dubai, UAE
The Mosque, located in the famously sandy United Arab Emirates city, was not perceived as an icon before, but given the contemporary redesign by Pan-Asian architecture and design studio ibda, this mosque now became a jewel of holy architecture. 
Al Warqa’a Mosque echoes the spatial simplicity of Prophet Muhammad’s seventh-century house in Medina, which is considered the first mosque in history. The aim was for the building to look like an extension of the desert environment, utilising Saudi sandstone for the outer walls of the mosque. The ochre-toned walls offer contrast to the building‘s bright white dome and marble-lined interior. 
Defining access into the haram [holy space] through the sahn [courtyard] is designed to create a spatial shift that gradually takes worshippers from the busy street environment to the serene space of worship through a series of playful and inviting arches.
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6. Froeyland Orstad Church, Norway
Froeyland Orstad Church is divided into two levels and has 600 seats at the place of worship. It is the first church in Norway to have a  baptismal pool. In 2009, the responsible architect office Link Arkitektur won the award with their church design and its best accessibility for people with disabilities. The church had the highest average of people going to worship in Norway in 2010. 

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7. San Paolo Parish Complex, Perugia in Italy
This project won the national competition organised by the Italian Episcopal Conference to design new parish centres to provide an innovative and decisive landmark in accordance with the latest international research and symbolising the rebirth of the city after the earthquake. 
The new parish designed by Fuksas Architects, is a monolith of pure geometry, absolute, in a tin box. There are two main architectural elements that are identified with the functions of the religious center, the first element, the Church building, consists of two rectangules inserted into one another, the second element, also rectangular shape but long and low, is home to the Sacristy, the Pastoral Ministry of Local and Casa Canonica. A third an architectural element, smaller, combining the latter two. Spirituality and meditation joined together in a play of natural light entering horizontally and vertically, drawing a dialogue with the sky. 

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8. Farewell Chapel, Slovenia
Slovenian practice OFIS Arhitekti have completed a chapel next to an existing graveyard near Ljubljana in Slovenia. Using polished concrete, larch wood and glass, OFIS created a chapel that follows the lines of the landscape trajectories around the graveyard. There are three curved walls which embrace and divide the programs. The external curve divides the surrounding hill from the chapel plateau whilst the internal curve embraces the main farewell space. Services such as storages, wardrobe restrooms and kitchenette are on the inner side along the wall. A cross that lays on the roof sparks light in night time and allows the light to enter during the day. 

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9. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi in UAE
 The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque‘s design and construction „unites the world“, using artisans and materials from many countries including India, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Republic of Macedonia and United Arab Emirates. 
The project was launched by the late president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who wanted to establish a structure that would unite the cultural diversity of the Islamic world with the historical and modern values of architecture and art. Natural materials were chosen for much of its design and construction due to their long-lasting qualities, including marble stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics.
The design of the mosque can be best described as a fusion of  Arab, Persian, Mughal and Moorish architecture. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has many special and unique interior design elements: The carpet in the main prayer hall is considered to be the  largest and most expensive carpet in the world. This carpet measures 5,627 m2. The weight of this carpet is 35 ton and is predominantly made from wool (originating from New Zealand and Iran). It took approximately two years to complete.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has seven imported chandeliers from the company Faustig in Munich Germany that incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals and the third largest chandelier in the world with a 10 m diameter and a 15 m height.
The pools along the arcades reflect the mosque’s spectacular columns, which becomes even more glorious at night. The unique lighting system was designed by lightning architects Speirs + Major to reflect the phases of the moon. Beautiful bluish gray clouds are projected in lights onto the external walls and get brighter and darker according to the phase of the moon. 

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10. Mid-Century Church in Quebec transformed into a library 
Canadian studios Dan Hanganu Architectes and Côté Leahy Cardas Architectes have revamped the tent-like structure of a church in Quebec to create a modern library featuring coloured glazing, spiral staircases and lofty ceilings. 
The St. Denys-du-Plateau Church, a remarkable creation of the late architect Jean-Marie Roy erected in 1964, was part of this renewal, at once architectural and religious.

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11. Chiesa di San Giovanna Battista, Mogno in Switzerland
Seen from outside, the building is elliptical in shape, with a slanting roof and black and white stripes. The interior has a dizzying checkerboard design in the same colors. This is the church that was designed by the well-known architect, Mario Botta – the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista at Mogno. The innovative building made from alternating layers of native Peccia marble and Vallemaggia granite was extremely controversial, but eventually became a landmark that is known far beyond the borders of Switzerland. The church has no windows, and the interior (which seats about 15 people) is only illuminated by natural light streaming in through the glass roof.

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12. Cathedral of Brasilia, Brazil
The Cathedral of Brasília is the Roman Catholic cathedral serving Brasília, Brazil, and serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Brasília. It was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and was completed and dedicated on May 31, 1970. The cathedral is a hyperboloid structure constructed from 16 concrete columns, weighing 90 tons each.
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13. Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque located in Istanbul. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed‘s tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Magnificent hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes. 

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14. Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, Germany
Built above the village Mechernich, the Bruder Klaus Kapelle is a privately endowed Catholic chapel and now become the landmark in Germany natural landscape. The chapel was designed in 2005 by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor for the family of farmers Trudel and Hermann-Josef Scheidtweile, who wanted to honor their patron saint, Bruder Klaus of the 15th century.
Arguably the most interesting aspects of the church are found in the methods of construction, beginning with a wigwam made of 112 tree trunks. Upon completion of the frame, layers of concrete were poured and rammed atop the existing surface, each around 50cm thick. When the concrete of all 24 layers had set, the wooden frame was set on fire, leaving behind a hollowed blackened cavity and charred walls. 

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15. Notre-Dame-du-Haut in Ronchamp, France
The chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp  is one of the finest examples of the architecture of Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier and one of the most important examples of twentieth-century religious architecture. In 1950, Le Corbusier was commissioned to design a new Catholic church to replace the previous church that had been destroyed during World War II. The church reformists wanted to clear their name of the decadence and ornamental past by embracing modern art and architecture.  Spatial purity was one of Corbusier’s main focuses by not over complicating the program and removing the typical modern aesthetic from the design. Stylistically and formally it is fairly complex; however, programmatically it is relatively simple: two entrances, an altar, and three chapels.
Notre Dame du Haut is one of 17 buildings by Le Corbusier that have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List of internationally significant architecture sites. 

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Football meets Architecture – Top 20 Soccer Stadiums

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016
Football is one of the most favourite sport around the world and their stadiums are the places of dreams, hope, fun and memories. We compiled some of the most beautiful stadium in the world in a top 20 ranking.
1. Stade Matmut-Atlantique or Stade de Bordeaux,  Bordeaux in France
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Capacity: 42.115
Team: Girondins Bordeaux

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2. FNB Stadium or Soccer City, Johannesburg in South Africa
Architect: Populous
Capacity: 97.736
Teams: Kaizer Chiefs and South Africa National Team

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3. Allianz Arena Munich in Germany
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Capacity: 75.000
Teams: FCB Bayern München, TSV 1860 München, German National Team
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4. Beijing National Stadium aka. Bird Nest, China
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron, Ai Wiewei, Li Xinggang
Capacity: 91.000
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5. Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Architect: Daniel Fernandes Architectes
Capacity: 78.838

 

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6. Wembley Stadium
Architect: reinvented by Foster and Partners Architects
Capacity: 90.000

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7. Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre Brazil
Architect:  reinvented by Hype Studio Arquitetura, Brasil
Capacity: 51.300

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8. Juventus Stadium in Torino, Italy
Architect: Gino Zavanella, Giorgio Giugiaro, Hernando Suarez
Capacity: 41.475

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9. Moses-Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa
Architect: gmp-Architekten
Capacity: 85.000

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10. Longang Stadium, Shenzhen in China
Architect: gmp Architekten
Capacity: 60.334

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 11. Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brasil
Architect: Werner SobekAníbal Coutinho, Antônio Paulo Cordeiro
Capacity: 49.205
Team: Corinthians São Paulo

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12. Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Danzig in Poland
Capacity: 43.615
Team: Lechia Gdańsk

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13. Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre in Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil
Capacity: 60.540
Team: Grêmio Porto Alegre
Architects:  António Monteiro, Pedro Santos
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15. Arena Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil
Capacity: 44.310
Team: Nacional Futebol Clube
Architects:  Ralf Amann

 

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16. Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany
Capacity: 74.475
Team: Deutsche Fussballnationalmannschaft, Hertha BSC
Architects: renovated by gmp Architekten

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17. Estádio Municipal de Aveiro in Portugal
Capacity: 30.127
Architects: Tomás Taveira

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19. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Capacity: 42.486
Architects: Architectural Design Associates  & Dominic Bonnesse Architects  

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20. Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, Spain
Capacity: 81.044
Architects: Estudio Lamela currently renovated by gmp architekten in collaboration with L35 & Ribas Ribas Architects

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Canal + Studioforma = Gold Winner 2016

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016
We are celebrating a fantastic start into the week with some great news from Paris! STUDIOFORMA won the Popai award in the category Commercial Fixtures with the Canal Plus Pop-Up Booth against the other two final nominee projects Bioderma and Roger & Gallet.

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Workshop Next Generation Architect

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016
Some little insights from our last workshop in our office. Studioforma Architects Boss Alex Leuzinger hosted a “How to build a chapel” workshop with a class of ten kids from Lycée Français de Zurich. The class is part of the French-Catholic Mission in Zurich. We thank all kids,teacher and parents for this fun event.

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One Night in Rio – Starring Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière and Oscar Niemeyer

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016
In the past years, a ritual has evolved in the fashion world. Instead of depending on the regular, bi-annual calendar of catwalk shows between the traditional fashion capitals of Paris, Milan, London and New York, designers have been octane staging shows in remote cities and architectural devoted locations.
After last year’s Cruise show in Palm Springs, California, at the modernist Bob and Dolores Hope estate, Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière realized the impulse of his Cruise shows could be powered by “traveling for architecture”. Ghesquière decided to stage Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2017 collection in Brazil at the futuristic, space-agey white Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum (Museu de Arte Contemporânea in Portuguese, abbreviated most often to MAC) – completed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1996. Hence, Louis Vuitton is the first European brand that brings its catwalk the country – a decision announced last October, before presidential impeachment, the Zika virus and a collapsing currency plunged Brazil into turmoil.
Nicolas Ghesquière said: “I so admire the power of Oscar Niemeyer’s conviction. His vision, his radicality, his utopia even. Being able to show a fashion collection in such an architecturally powerful space is a sensorial experience. In Rio de Janeiro, what I saw most of all was movement and an explosive energy that lives somewhere between modernism and tropicality. I was fascinated by the constant duality between nature and urbanism and the pictorial explosion it creates. For me, the main question was how to incorporate into my collection all these elements that are part of Brazilian culture, without forgetting that I am just a visitor who brings his own Parisian and French cultural references to the moment.”
The backdrop suited the clothes, swirled with pattern and colour in a style clearly influenced by Niemeyer’s quintessentially Brazilian Modernism. Some of the garments had strips of ruffles, like a valance, plastered across the chest, which to me mimicked the slaloming walkways and overhanging façades of Niemeyer.  The forthcoming Olympics (set to begin on 5th August) undoubtedly underscored Ghesquière’s key themes. And Niemeyer’s architecture is right up his proverbial Rue- indeed, the Niterói building looks remarkably like the John Lautner-designed Bob and Dolores Hope Estate in Palm Springs, where Ghesquière showed his collection in May 2015. It has the same curvaceous yet modern lines, the same hilltop ambience, a pool of water reflecting many of the same members of the fashion press and celebrities.
Ghesquière’s sporty, fluid, modernist collection, with its bold accents and quaint nostalgic touches, was custom-made for the modernist landscape from which it emerged: the giant red ramp that transports visitors upwards to the museum was reborn as a magnificent crimson catwalk.

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118 Meter Urbane Schönheit

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016
„Das neue Kornhaus präsentiert sich als formschöner Kubus. Es erinnert formal an ein Getreidebündel und stellt einen eleganten neuen Bezugspunkt in der Stadt dar.“ So beschreibt die Kornhaus Broschüre der Swissmill den 118 Meter hohen Bunker welcher inmitten des trendigen Zürich-West Quartier vermehrt negative Aufmerksamkeit generiert.
Der amerikanische Regisseur Stanley Kubrick hat es vorgemacht. Ein Monolith, anno 2001, erregt Gemüter und kann im Jahr 1968 recht zukunftsweisend wirken. Aber wie wirkt so ein Monolith aus Beton, welcher rektangulär und über hundert Meter hoch inmitten von Zürich platziert ist, und das im jungen 21. Jahrhundert? Wie Kubrick’s Affen starren wir, die von schöner Natur und Wellness gesegneten Zürcher, auf den Swissmill Betonbunker aka „118 Meter Hässlichkeit“. (NZZ am Sonntag vom 16.04.2016)
Industrie Romantik versus Stadtentwicklung
Zugegeben, das Kornhaus des Schweizer Volkes spart nicht mit sinnlichen, beinahe romantischen Assoziationen: Das Kornhaus ist eine Hommage an den geschätzten Baustoff Beton, dessen Materialbeschaffenheit am besten dient um unser wertvolles Getreide zu beschützen. Ein Symbol für die Industrie und eine Huldigung des Quartiers in seinem Ursprung. Daneben dient er auch als Schattenspender an der Badi Letten.
Aber hier zeigt sich wieder die Frage, welche Relevanz Industriebauten für die Stadtentwicklung haben. Wo bleibt die Revitalisierung von Industriebauten und dessen ästhetische Integration in den Städtebau?
Architektur – Eine Kulisse für Zeit und Kultur
Wir sind Architekten aus Leidenschaft. Wir geben zu, Architektur darf gerne groß sein und einfach auch nur funktionieren. Architektur muss aber nicht immer nur groß sein – Kreativität übersteigt manchmal Enormität. Architektur darf wie die Mode, Musik, die Literatur und Kunst, polarisieren. Architektur kann schön sein, Architektur kann auch hässlich sein. Architektur kann gerne virtuos und exzentrisch sein. Wir finden dennoch Architektur – in solch kolossalem Ausmaß – darf und sollte Rücksicht auf den Zeitgeist seiner Epoche nehmen.
Konzept für Fassadengestaltung: Planting Urbanism
Wir empfehlen ein Facelift für den Swissmill Turm. Eine Symbiose von Mailand’s hochgefeierten Bosco Verticale und Anish Kapoor’s ultra-coolem Cloud Gate im Millennium Park Chicago. Eine sinn-bildliche Verbindung von Himmel und Erde in Zürich. Eine Gleichsetzung von Natur und Hi-Tech.
Tagsüber ein Wolkenkratzer der nicht an den Wolken kratzt, sondern uns den Himmel und die Stadt widerspiegelt und dank der vertikalen Bepflanzung eine attraktive Stadt-Dschungel-Atmosphäre ausstrahlt.
Nachts gibt das Silo den Zürchern das was der Prime Tower nicht schafft – eine faszinierende Kulisse mit der Kompetenz zum Dialog und zur Unterhaltung der Bürger anhand Licht und Farbbespielung.
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World’s Best Restaurant Interior Designs

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016
We discovered some of the world’s most stylish restaurants with striking decor and impeccable interior architecture. Check our list with the current Top Ten restaurant designs – from cosmopolitan must-be places like Miami, NYC or Hong Kong to laid-back places like Antwerp and Mexico. We recommend you to visit at least one of the following eatery anytime soon.
1. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
When fine dining meets rock’n roll. Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman and chef Nick Brill realised their restaurant vision with renowned Amsterdam design studio Piet Boon. Together they transformed a former military hospital chapel into a spectacular contemporary restaurant – or better to say – a temple for fine dining lovers.
One of the many design highlights is the sculptural chandelier  “piece de resistance”- A 800 kilogram weighing gigantic chandelier with over 150 lights. The sculpture is made from steel and hand-blown crystal glass. Other main feature is the illuminated skull hanging from the church’s high ceiling. The original altar gave way to the kitchen that is embraced by glass like a modern shrine. It allows guests to witness everything the team creates for them. Studio Job designed the windows consisting of 500 unique panels. Ice cream cones, penguins, croissants, devils, skulls, babies and birthday cakes and many more symbols portray a contemporary translation of the old-stained-glass windows. Guide Michelin awarded The Jane with two Michelin stars this year.

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 2. Juvia, Miami Beach, United States
A penthouse dining experience at its finest. Ultra-modern space (10.000 square foot indoor/outdoor) located atop the famous Herzog & De Meuron building on 1111 Lincoln Road counts to Miami’s most breathtaking restaurants. Unparalleled settings with panoramic views of the city, a lush vertical garden resembling Amazon rain forest and stylish design with purple hues invites you to a sanctuary of senses.
Eclectic food and drinks created by famous Lauren Cantineaux‘s and his team. Visit Juvia in Miami and experience Japanese, French and Peruvian cuisine. And don’t forget to complete this already perfectly beautiful experience with Juvia drinks and desserts.
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3. Hueso, Guadalajara, Mexico
Hueso translated means Bone – and skeletal decor literally rules the restaurants interior. Mexican studio Cadena + Asociados, led by its founder Ignacio Cadena converted a 1940s building into a restaurant, owned by his brother Alfonso Cadena. Alfonso’s culinary concept and signature dish includes unusual meaty offcuts like bone marrow. A curiosity cabinet with over 10.000 collected bones cover every vertical square inch of the interior together with animal skulls, fragments of bones, anatomical drawings and white cooking utensils. This restaurant offers morbid sophistication, those who dare to visit this place will be rewarded with outstanding cuisine for fish and flesh lovers.


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4. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, Paris, France
Alain Ducasse tells a personal and radical story, continuing the work he began 25 years ago. With the help of his chef Romain Meder, he represents the naturalness cuisine, inspired by the fish-vegetable-cereals trilogy. Healthier and more respectful of the planet, delivering a free and instinctive interpretation of Haute Cuisine.
A team of 20 people, architects, interior designers and product designers all together push back the boundaries of interior design. Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, designer duo and founder of design studio Joiun Manku explain: “We created a space completely in tune with Alain Ducasse’s naturalness cuisine and his quest for the perfect welcome. Fist, by highlighting the truth of materials. Then by organising the space in a manner in which the guests will live simultaneously and extraordinary and very intimate experience.” The layout and interior of the dining room is all about softness of curves and materials. The experience begins at the entrance of the room. Three monumental polished stainless-steel domes instantly grab the visitors attention and reflect the thousands of floating crystals of the ceiling chandelier. The super-scaled and unusual dome shapes are putting a a witty and elegant twist on the traditional domed plate cover and are made by ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ – Matinox and Atelier Pierre-Yves Le Floc’h.

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5. sketch Gallery, London, UK
Michelin star-awarded sketch covers two expansive floors of a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street, just off Regent Street in the exclusive neighbourhood of Mayfair.
Celebrated British artist, David Shrigley, has transformed the Gallery at sketch as part of a long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants. 239 new works line the restaurant’s walls, forming the largest group of original drawings David Shrigley has ever exhibited.
Paris-based architect India Mahdavi, who has created a backdrop for David Shrigley’s artwork, conceived a soothing, monochromatic, strikingly comprehensive interior. The classic, almost bourgeois design invites a deliberately playful contrast with the witty, outré art works; all is most certainly not what it seems. While matching sketch’s delight in the avant-garde, this harmonious disorder breaks with the Gallery’s usual eclecticism. Mahdavi has created copper gilded banquettes and splashed the walls with pink. Chef Pierre Gagnaire has created a new menu to complement the new interior and there are also new uniforms for the staff designed by Richard Nicoll; T-shirt dresses for the girls and grey boiler-suits for the boys.
We love the sketch, it feels like a contemporary brasserie with a sweet playful feminine touch. We strongly recommend you to go there, have a drink or tea and don’t forget to go to the toilet!
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6. The Nice Guy – West Hollywood – Los Angeles
The Nice Guy is known for specialty pizzas and the famous Nice Guy burger—the menu, curated by H.wood Group‘s Food & Beverage Specialist Adam Koral, is a modern take on light Italian dishes.
The restaurants interior design pays homage to a decadent era of Mafia bars and restaurants, where the owners and their friends could enjoy an illegal evening together. Upon entry the vintage marble and brass bar greets you. he booths along the exterior wall command intimacy, while the larger booths flanking the room stimulate a party atmosphere throughout the night. A small, sultry performance area has been incorporated in the classic lounge setting. The space uses an abundance of organic materials and custom cedar wall with a ceiling design that emphasizes residential architecture.
The inspiration came from The H.wood Group owner, John Terzian: “I wanted The Nice Guy to feel like another home to my clients, where they feel welcome, warm and secure,” And it works for Terzian’s A-listed clients, which basically resembles the next generation rat-pack. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Drake, Asap Rocky, Tyga and Kendall Jenners young and beautiful millennial supermodel clique Hailey BaldwinGigi and Bella Hadid frequently drink and dine inside LA’s most cozy supper club.

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7. Nopa Restaurant and Grill, Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey’s famous The House Cafe Group successfully collaborated with Istanbul’s award-winning Autoban design team to call one of Istanbul’s most popular eatery “Nopa” into life.
A large part of the interior opens up to a spacious patio, framed by lush green vertical garden walls. A sophisticated composition of black, brown, beige and gray hues with brass details underline the elegant interior concept. The glass roof above is moved aside within seconds to turn the space into an open air dining area with cocktail bar.
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 8. Vandal, New York City, United States
When Street-Art meets Street-Food.Chris Santos,chef behind the communal-concept restaurants Beauty & Essex and The Stanton Social, both on the Lower East Side in New York City, partnered up with Rich Wolf, partner and owner of TAO Group, the hospitality conglomerate that operates many nightclubs internationally.
Chris Santos has been a longtime street food fanatic, Wolf is “obsessed” with street art, and they decided to marry the concepts. “I feel like street food and street art are two of the fibers that run through New York,” Santos says.
22,000 sqft, two-level space features a bar and lounge, two dining areas, a private dining room, a cellar bar and lounge, and a “secret garden”. The art that fills the place — and of that there is much — was curated by the artist Hush, and includes an 11-foot sculpture of a break-dancing bunny. Other rooms feature a graffiti wall by Tristan Eaton, propaganda-style murals by Shepard Fairey and pieces by Apexer, Eelus Vhils and Will Barras.
On the menu you’ll find shareable dishes like lobster and sweet potato soup dumplings, as well as other small plates inspired by European and Asian street food. For drinks, you’re looking at inventive cocktails like the Las Palmitas with Thai spiced Ilegal Mezcal, lemon nectar, Thai basil, and for those who dare: Schöfferhofer grapefruit beer.

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9. Ammo, Hong Kong
AMMO is a multi-award winning restaurant located in the stunning heritage site of a former 19th century explosives compound, specialized in traditional handmade pasta, some of the dishes are infused with distinctive Asian flavours.
The restaurant’s cinematic interiors were created by Joyce Wang of Wang Studios who took inspiration from the 1965 film noir masterpiece, Alphaville. The use of copper throughout the interior is at once luxurious and industrial while referencing the site’s military past. The result is a surreal yet modern space, nestled within the jungle that feels a world away from the bustle of the city.

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10.1. -10.3  We think these three following restaurants deserve to be top-ten listed.
10.1. Auriga in Mumbai, India
Often referred as Restobar, Auriga hosts two levels styled in complete contrast, with one dominated by steel and the other by wood to create different experiences within the same space.  The entire building exterior is created in a web of aluminum fins that are folded in angular planes. This geometry is carried through into the interior of the ground level where the web is more abstracted and sheaths the walls, ceiling, staircase, bar and columns. Built in 2013 by Mumbai-based Sanjay Puri Architects.

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10.2. Nobu Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
World-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa continues to redefine Japanese cuisine in a contemporary space that mixes traditional and modern Japanese elements. At Atlantis, Nobu infuses his cutting edge style with Arabian influences to create a distinctly urban experience. Nobu Dubai’s charm is thanks to the Rockwell Group, who devised the darkly elegant interior. The decor is denominated by red and black; fluid bamboo frames roll from ceiling to floor, mimicking ocean waves, and bamboo fishing baskets, twisted into cylindrical shapes, line the ceiling. The marine theme is almost inevitable given the Atlantis setting, but it also reflects the culinary traditions – of Japan and Peru – that influence Nobu’s menu.
Traditional Japanese materials are used to modern effect, as seen in the grand, 60ft-long wall of river stones that curves around the entrance to the bar, and the black bamboo-encased sushi counter. It brings a sense of nature inside the restaurant, continuing the serenity of the restaurant’s outdoor dining space, where they grow their own herbs and vegetables.

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10.3. Raw, Taipei, Taiwan
A reservation at the 56 seater restaurant RAW Taipei is a matter of planning and luck. Open since December 2014 it has become one of the most sought after places to eat. Award-winning Asian chef André Chiang turned to the Singapore-based architecture and design firm WEIJENBERG. With the notion of intimacy as a guiding design principle, wood was implemented “in its pure state,” as Weijenberg describes it, to create the organic form that draws guests into the tranquil lounge in front and further within to the dining area. Instead of dividing the interior with walls, Weijenberg signified zones through transitions in floor materials, such as the wood path that leads from the lounge to the restaurant area.
“I wanted the space to look packed and warm but still have a see-through effect: It doesn’t look crowded; it doesn’t look empty; there are no cold corners,” says Chiang. “The design follows the essence of RAW’s cuisine, which is organic and natural, but when you look closely, you see the fine, subtle details of meticulous craft.”

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