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Archive for September, 2011

PHILIPP PLEIN store – Forte dei Marmi / by AquiliAlberg

In occasion of the opening of the new flagship store in Italy, Philipp Plein chose to collaborate for the first time with AquiliAlberg, a Milan-based architectural and design studio. AquiliAlberg’s sculptural portal made with CORIAN material and LED lights, anticipate the fashion designer ultra-contemporary and luxurious world.

PHILIPP PLEIN store - Forte dei Marmi / by AquiliAlberg

PHILIPP PLEIN opens his first flagship store in Italy and chooses the exclusive location of Versilia. The store, that counts as the seventh mono-brand store in Europe, faces the central Via 4 Novembre in a well-known and worldwide appreciated location where mountains and seaside create one of the most suggestive and sunny Italian backdrops. To accompany the opening, an inauguration cocktail party guests with an international flair. La bella vita. Forte dei Marmi represents an exclusive way of approaching life, style, luxury, fashion and beauty. The 32 year old designer Philipp Plein has many reasons to open his new store in the Tuscany: “PHILIPP PLEIN represents elegance and luxury, along with a balanced mix of rebellion and Rock ’n’ Roll. Our fashion symbolizes a glamour lifestyle. Forte dei Marmi is the ideal place for the store opening: the appeal of the town is perfect for the brand. After the openings in Vienna, Kitzbühel, Saint-Tropez, Monte Carlo, Cannes and Moscow we are happy and excited to continue our retail concept in Forte dei Marmi” states Philipp Plein.

Banco Deuno, México D.F. / by usoarquitectura

Banco Deuno, México D.F. / by usoarquitectura

Banco Deuno (Your-own Bank) is a new concept of the Mexican IXE Grupo Financiero where the communication among the client and the bank is very open and always the same. Under the concept of renovating the bank institutions, Banco Deuno confided in usoarquitectura to transform all the institutional precepts and corporate image into an interior design where the main core is the client’s experience.

SHH Revamps Cafe Liberty, London

Here’s the latest project by architects and designers SHH, a fast-turnaround revamp of the second floor café at iconic London department store Liberty. It’s a small but cute story – not one of their largest projects, but a bit of a little gem!

Architects and designers SHH have revamped Café Liberty, the 60-cover, second floor restaurant at London’s iconic Liberty department store on Regent Street, which was originally constructed in 1924 using the timbers of two ships (HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan). The fast-turnaround, tight-budget project was commissioned by the leisure creative team at Compass Group UK & Ireland, the catering company now operating the restaurant, and has radically changed the look and feel of the space, re-integrating it into the style and spirit of the original Arts & Crafts building – one of London’s finest and most distinctive retail environments – thanks to a number of choice vintage and contemporary interventions.

La Purificadora Boutique Hotel, Mexico / by Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

Located in the city of Puebla and belonging to the Master Plan “Paseo San Francisco”, the Boutique Hotel has colonial heritage and is registered as historical patrimony, which must be respected and included as part of the new design project. The building used to be an ice factory where the water was bottled and purified.

JDS Architects’ Holmenkollen Ski Jump Won The 2011 ECCS Structural Steel Design Award

JDS Architects’ Holmenkollen Ski Jump has been announced as the winner of the 2011 ECCS Structural Steel Design Award today at the ECCS Congress in Postdam, Germany. The award recognizes outstanding design in steel construction emphasizing the many advantages of steel in construction, production, economy and architecture.

The European Steel Design Awards are given by the European Convention for Constructional Steelwork (ECCS) every two years to encourage the creative and outstanding use of steel in architecture and construction. Read more about ECCS here.


adidas WORKOUT – Furniture as a team / by KINZO

Outside all show, but inside no go? With the custom-made, sporty and functional space-furniture-system WORKOUT they developed specifically for adidas, KINZO has proven how individuality and corporate identity can be carried into the office:

Adidas WORKOUT – Furniture as a Team / by KINZO
© Werner Huthmacher, Berlin

Round about 1,700 adidas’ staff members have moved into a new working environment at the corporation’s headquarters in Herzogenaurach, a building distinguished by an exterior and an interior which strike new paths – literally: Glass walkways cross the inner courtyard, intertwining like the laces of a sport shoe. The Berlin-based design team KINZO translated kadawittfeldarchitektur’s communicative architectural concept into a custom-made furniture and interior design which is “pure adidas” both in form and function. WORKOUT opens up new realms of creativity and possibilities for team play – and displays folders, textiles, balls and shoes with the visual quality and continuity of a film set.

logon Wins MIPIM Asia Award for Second Consecutive Year

photos by:, Berlin/Germany

PRESS RELEASE September 21st 2011

Shanghai Museum of Glass set to shine in Hong Kong

Shanghai, China, September 21st 2011 – An international jury chaired by Dr. Ngee Huat SEEK, Board Director, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) Real Estate, Singapore gathered last week in the Hong Kong where the decision was made on the winners of the sixth MIPIM Asia Awards 2011 . Decided from 80 projects in 15 counties, the Shanghai Museum of Glass , design by logon architects was one of three projects to win an award within the Urban Regeneration category.

“Our project is visually attractive”, commented logon Creative Director, Mr. Frank Krueger. “However, we believe what separated our museum design from the others is our attention to the bigger picture; prior to design, we had researched museums extensively resulting in what we call a “Type Two” or a multifunctional museum. To balance people’s return-on-time investment we have encompassed enough functions to attract, educate and entertain for two hours or longer”. Located in Shanghai’s northern Baoshan District, the Shanghai Museum of Glass first opens its doors this May. As the first phase of the G+ Glass Themed Park, it is designed to benefit all parties including; the local community, district government and the developer; acting as a catalyst to kick-start the G+ Park and increase the following phase’s value.

With three winners in each award category, the final gold, silver and bronze winners will be decided by the event delegates via onsite vote over the three-day event to be held November 15th-17th in Hong Kong. In 2010, the logon designed 800SHOW Creative Park won the MIPIM Asia Special Jury Award. “We are excited to win an award for a second time at this prestigious event” commented Ms. Wang Fang, logon Managing Director. “…we are looking forward to the final result later this November”.


Shanghai’s new International Cruise Terminal Wins Best Mixed-Use Buildings / by SPARCH

Designed by Sparch, the new Shanghai International Cruise Terminal wins the Best Mixed-use Buildings in the prestigious MIPIM Asia Awards in Hong Kong.

new Shanghai International Cruise Terminal

PRESS RELEASE 20 September 2011


Even before its completion at the end of the year, the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal mixed-use development has already clinched its first architectural award. The development, designed by international award-winning architects Sparch, won in the Best Mixed-Use Buildings category in the prestigious industry 2011 MIPIM Asia Awards.

This year marks the sixth edition of the awards competition which honours outstanding real estate projects in Asia-Pacific. Winners in the best mixed-use buildings category are selected based on the project concept, originality of architectural design and environment friendliness, among other criteria. The award will be presented to Sparch at the MIPIM Asia’s Gala Dinner on November 16, 2011 at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Sparch was appointed the master planner of the Cruise Terminal mixed-use development in 2004. Totalling a floor area of more than 260,000 sqm, the development comprises 80 per cent commercial use and 20 per cent public facilities, and entertainment and retail outlets.

The Shanghai International Cruise Terminal offers an eclectic mix of business and entertainment to Shanghai residents and strengthened the city’s status as a key commerce and tourism hub. The highlight of the development is a structure called the ‘Shanghai Chandelier’ – a 40m-high glass-clad portal that overlooks the public park and waterfront where an open space is set aside for residents and tourists to gather for festivals and events. The structure houses several ‘floating’ cafés, restaurants and bars suspended on cables in an extraordinary three-dimensional composition, the first suspended cable construction of its kind in the world.

The project also bears the signature imprint of Sparch in marrying environmental sustainability to creative design. The development utilises the “River Water Cooling Technology”, a first in Shanghai – where water from the Huangpu River is used as a refrigerant to naturally cool the buildings during the hot summer months, and then recycled back to the river.

“The Shanghai International Cruise Terminal is the collaborative result of Sparch and our client’s desire to create a prestigious environment for cruise companies to place Shanghai on their Southeast Asian routes. In addition, the mixed-used development meets the Shanghai Authorities’ call for a new maritime gateway in the heart of the metropolis and establishes dynamic spaces attracting locals and tourists to the Cruise Terminal every day,” said John Curran, Director of Sparch Shanghai.

The maritime development is the largest profit contributor for the developer; its average selling price per sqm rose 73.7 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2011, with the developer booking revenues of HK$1.73 billion from selling 21,406 sqm at HK$85,000 per sqm.

“We are very honoured that respected industry professionals have chosen Shanghai International Cruise Terminal as a winner in the Best Mixed-Use Buildings category of the prestigious 2011 MIPIM Asia Awards. To stand out from such intense competition and win is a tremendous boost to each and every one of us at Sparch as we strive to create distinctive architecture which balances civic, commercial and environmental aspirations,” said Curran.

Sparch most recently completed the re-design of Starhill Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Paragon City, the largest shopping mall in Semarang, Indonesia. This comes on the heels of Sparch’s latest win in an international competition – to design a multi-function cultural facility on the banks of the Huangpu River as part of the Xuhui district regeneration of the Shanghai Corniche, China. Dubbed ‘Tool Box’, Sparch’s design incorporates artifacts of the district’s existing industrial heritage. The 8,000 sqm building will house exhibition, performance and convention facilities with construction scheduled to begin in Spring 2012.