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Studio Fuksas Selected to Design Canberra’s Australia Forum

Italian architects Studio Fuksas have been selected, along with Canberra-based Guida Moseley Brown Architects, to design the Australia Forum, a new national convention centre in Canberra, Australia. Located at one apex of Central Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle, Studio Fuksas describe their design… Sigue leyendo

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AD Round Up: Awesome Airports

If there is a universal truth, it is that nobody likes spending time in an airport. This article from the Financial Times… corroborates this fact, pointing out that, no matter how well-designed a terminal is, people make every effort to leave Sigue leyendo

Win A Trip To Discover Milan’s Modernist Legacy, Courtesy Of Miele!

Calling all Italian Modernism enthusiasts! Have a Miele Kitchen? Enter our competition to win an all-inclusive trip to Milan, a city packed with amazing modern architecture. From Terragni to Rossi, Morretti to Nervi, Milan has been a seed-bed for innovative architectural thought. Packed with groundbreaking projects that re-imagined the role of design in daily life, Milan remains …Continue Reading

Top 10: Flower-Shaped Buildings

Photo: HOK Architects Spring is in the air—from the magnolia trees bursting into bloom in Brooklyn to the daffodils carpeting the Upper West Side, the last traces of a protracted wet winter are quickly vanishing. The old proverb, April showers bring May flowers, is proving true once again! In the spirit of the times (and

Top 10: Flower-Shaped Buildings

Photo: HOK Architects Spring is in the air—from the magnolia trees bursting into bloom in Brooklyn to the daffodils carpeting the Upper West Side, the last traces of a protracted wet winter are quickly vanishing. The old proverb, April showers bring May flowers, is proving true once again! In the spirit of the times (and

Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013

This week at the 52nd edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, over 2,500 exhibitors showcased an endless collection of the latest international products and home-furnishing designs. Among them included a variety of elegant and intelligently designed items envisioned by some of our favorite architects. Continue after the break to scroll through a list of the best architect-designed products featured at the Milan Design Week 2013.

Jean Nouvel

Pure has commissioned Jean Nouvel to explore the world of fashion with the creation of the Ruco Line – a high quality sneaker that idolizes “purity of form”. The basic conception of the design is the monolith, whose complexity is perceived only when the sneaker is put on: the bottom, highlighted by a double band, is light and the purity of form gives the shoe a versatility that makes it right at any time during the day. This complexity, or as Nouvel defines it, this contradiction between opposites becomes a creative paradigm. It makes reference to many dichotomies: simple/complex, light/heavy, macro/micro, universal/special.

OMA

The new furniture range, Tools for Life, designed by OMA for Knoll, is based on the idea that furniture should be understood as a high-performance instrument rather than a design statement. OMA conceived the furniture to facilitate the contemporary flow between work and social life, while literally adjusting to the different needs of both.

Rem Koolhaas commented: “We wanted to create a range of furniture that performs in very precise but also in completely unpredictable ways, furniture that not only contributes to the interior but also to the animation of the interior.”

Tools for Life includes the 04 Counter, intended as a new typology of furniture: starting as a stack of three horizontal bars, the user can rotate the top two bars into any configuration, transform the wall-like unit into a series of shelves, desks, and cantilevered benches at different heights – a metamorphosis from a spatial partition to a communal gathering place.

The collection features tables that can be adjusted – also by electric motor – from coffee table to desk height, swivel chairs, a stool, an executive desk, and other items. Each piece is made from a simple material palette (transparent acrylic, leather, travertine, steel, wood, glass, concrete) making the furniture compatible with a range of residential and workplace interiors.

Ron Arad

Known for his constant experimentation with materials and his radical reconceptions of form and structure, Ron Arad’s 3 Nuns Stool for Moroso’s American Collection rethinks the structural logic of stool design, transforming its structure of tempered steel ribbons into an intricate spectacle that allows users to adjust the seat height to their preference. 

The 3D printed “Springs” eyewear collection by Ron Arad for Pq presents a playful series of monolithic masterpieces to the new spring collection. The lightweight and highly durable frames, cost-effectively made using SLS (selective laser sintering) technology, feature gill-like sides to allow fluid movement for the arms and “perfect pressure” for the head. 

Nendo

Chairs’ backrests divide to become armrests and legs, while the top of the coat stand peels away to provide coat hooks and the side table’s stand splinter to turn into three legs. Nendo works with the grain and delicately peels away at each piece to create the unique wooden furniture collection Splinter for Conde House.

Inspired by the silhouette of a stiletto, the thin profile of Nendo’s Heel Chair for Moroso is made from wood lacquered in black.

Zaha Hadid

Developed in resin quartz as an urban sculpture for seating and resting, the striated articulation of the Serac Bench for LAB 23 emerges seamlessly from the landscape, with each layer taking its own unique trajectory in reaction to latent forces that disperse – and ultimately coalesce – the many strata of the bench. 

Zaha Hadid’s monochrome Avia and Aria lamps for Slamp combines dramatic architectural features with the intrinsic weightlessness of the materials to create a sculpture of light and technology that fascinates and enchants observers. The 90 cm by 130 cm veil of Aria is comprised of 50 individual layers of Cristalflex (a techno-polymer patented by Slamp), while Avia used 52 different layers of Opalflex (also a techno-polymer patented by Slamp) to create an effect of fluidity, dynamism and harmony.

An Array is a matrix in the language of science and is perfectly apt to describe the new auditorium seating system designed by Zaha Hadid for Poltrona Frau Contract as it creates a network of visual and geometrical effects in each seating area. This system forms breaks the mold of traditional auditorium seating with a single, self-rotating “seat sculpture” built on the principles of Euclidean geometry.

Zaha Hadid’s Liquid Glacial Tables for David Gill Galleries embeds surface complexity and refraction within a powerful fluid dynamic. The table top appears transformed from static to fluid by the subtle waves and ripples evident below the surface, while the table’s legs seem to pour from the horizontal in an intense vortex.

Daniel Libeskind

The PARAGON lamp, designed by Daniel Libeskind for Artemide, is the latest in the company’s line of decorative table lamps. With its four hinged segments, the PARAGON can be playfully bent to create myriad interesting shapes such as a perched bird or a rocket poised for launch. The lamp head is fitted with the latest LED technology.

Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas

The Candy Collection lamps, designed by Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas for Zonca, starts by a geometric design, a jewel box consists of twelve pentagonal faces that make up the structure of each lamp. Following a game of full and empty, it passes from one body designed as a framework, where the structure is exposed, to a coating of micro-faces with a reason. The idea is to play with each lamp to create a unique setting. It can give rise to an installation, a sculpture, a light path through this series of colored lamps designed to be joined together to create a lamp always original. Completes the series a variant for directing the light, a pentagonal prism stylized that can be embedded on each lamp.

UNStudio

Inspired by the rhythmic smoothness of geological formations, the sculptural Seating Stones – designed by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio for Walter Knoll and presented at Tortona Design Week Milan 2013 – exhibit a playful take on spatial awareness and versatility, presenting myriad possibilities for placement, color, texture, arrangement and communication.

Originally designed with the Mercedes-Benz lobby in mind, the Sofa Circle for Walter Knoll, currently on view at Tortona Design Week Milan 2013, is the sum of four distinct seating sections sinuously morphed together. The four sections can be positioned in either a concave or convex arrangement. The circular arrangement generates a closed space for communication or concentration in contrast the sofa sections can also be positioned in an outward facing manner that encourages more anonymous or transient use.

“The architectural approach to furniture is different from that of the industrial designer as the architect begins with the space and the environment that the chair will become a part of. All the details of the chair are considered for their spatial effects. This architectural approach to furniture is connected with a very personal ideology of space,” stated UNStudio’s Ben van Berkel in reference MYchair for Walter Knoll at Tortona Design Week Milan 2013.

Studio gt2P

The story behind the Chilean Studio gt2P’s Vilu Light Collection for DHPH is from an old Chilean Myth about two gigantic snakes battling over a piece of land. After battle, when the smoke had cleared, islands were all that was left. Although not your typical bedtime story, gt2P found their inspiration for the Vilu Lights in the image of these islands and brought together old and new, digital techniques and craftsmanship, to form this new collection.  

More images of each project in the gallery below.

Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA  © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Circle Sofa / UNStudio © Iwan Baan
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Seating Stone / UNStudio © HG Esch
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 MYchair / UNStudio © Bryan Adams
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Tools for Life / OMA © Agostino Osio
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Serac Bench / ZHA © Jacopo Spilimbergo
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Array Seating for Poltrona Frau / ZHA
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Liquid Glacial Tables for David Gill Galleries / ZHA
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Avia & Aria Lamp for Slamp / ZHA
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Springs 3D Printed Glasses for pq: Angel / Ron Arad
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Springs 3D Printed Glasses for pq: Archway / Ron Arad
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Pure Sneaker for Ruco Line / Jean Nouvel
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Pure Sneaker for Ruco Line (Display) / Jean Nouvel
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Paragon Table Lamp for Artemide / Daniel Libeskind
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Paragon Table Lamp for Artemide / Daniel Libeskind
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013  3 Nuns Stool for Moroso / Ron Arad
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Paragon Table Lamp for Artemide / Daniel Libeskind © Gio Pini
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Paragon Table Lamp for Artemide / Daniel Libeskind (Display) © Gio Pini
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Splinter for Conde House / Nendo
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Splinter for Conde House / Nendo
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Splinter for Conde House / Nendo
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Splinter for Conde House / Nendo
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Splinter for Conde House / Nendo
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Splinter for Conde House / Nendo
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Splinter for Conde House / Nendo
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Heel Chair for Moroso / Nendo
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Splinter for Conde House / Nendo
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Vilu Light Collection for DHPH / gt2P Team © Aryeh Kornfeld
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Vilu Light Collection for DHPH / gt2P Team © Aryeh Kornfeld
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Vilu Light Collection for DHPH / gt2P Team © Aryeh Kornfeld
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Candy Collection lamps for ZONCA / Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas © Luca Casonato
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Candy Collection lamps for ZONCA / Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas © Luca Casonato
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Candy Collection lamps for ZONCA / Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas © Luca Casonato
Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 Candy Collection lamps for ZONCA / Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas © Luca Casonato

Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013 originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 12 Apr 2013.

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New National Archives of France / Studio Fuksas

Architects: Studio Fuksas
Location: 59 rue Guynemer, Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Saint-Denis
Architects In Charge: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Interiors: Fuksas Design
Area: 108136.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault, Camilla Pongiglione, Studio Fuksas

General Contractor: Bouygues Construction
Engineering: BETOM Ingégnierie
Acoustics: ALTIA
Landscape Design: Florence MERCIER
Control Department: SOCOTEC
Façades: Kyotec
Scenography Conference Room: Architecture and Technique
Artistic Interventions: Antony Gormley, Pascal Convert, Susanna Fritscher
Client: French Ministry of Culture and Communication

Monday, February 11, 2013 the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, inaugurated the New National Archives of France at Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Saint-Denis, Paris.

The new building of the Archives of France (108,136 sq.m.), à Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Paris, is signed by the Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas and after three years of construction works it opens to the public.

The National Archives, created during the French Revolution,  hold documents of political regimes from the seventh century until today. The National Archives preserves some milestones in the history of France: the papyri Merovingian, the processes of the Templars, the diary of Louis XVI, the Will of Napoleon, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, the oath of the Jeu de Paume , …

The project of the New National Archives of France draws its inspiration from the surrounding reality, from the city seen as coexistence of chaos and order. The concept is born and takes place from this duality which is reflected in the organization of the complex.

The initial choice was to investigate the site and its characteristics in both territorial and socio-cultural contexts to reveal an unique identity. The work has therefore been thought following a cardinal principle of architecture to create spaces according to the needs of the communities that populate them.

The design of the New National Archives of France has followed the intent of enhancing the geographical and architectural landscape of the area Pierrefitte sur-Seine Saint Denis, where the building inserts itself.  

The complex has not been designed as a self-referring architecture, but as a work that could hold the memory and the collective identity, at the same time open to contemporary artistic expressions. It has not been thought in a contemplative perspective, but in a perspective of discovery, research and participation for the audience.

The project is composed of two main “bodies”: one that extends horizontally, “suspended, lightweight, transparent”; the other with a tension in height, “anchored to the ground, imposing, reflective”.

The first, stretching out towards the city, consists of cantilevered volumes called “satellites” that accommodate the offices, the conference room and the exhibition room. The facades, mostly glazed, give lightness and transparency to the volumes of different proportions, that follow each other and overlap in “suspension” on the surfaces of the water.

The building that accommodates the Archives is an imposing monolith thought as a place dedicated to memory and research. It houses the archival documents and the reading room. The facades of the monolith are coated with aluminium “skin” that runs throughout the volume, except for some glazed insertions that allow the amount of natural light in the reading room and the entry route. The “noble” sculptural building, with a basin in part lapped against it, reminds the idea of a precious object, a treasure chest, that is reflected in the water veil.

The basins insert themselves between the building of the Archives, the “satellite” volumes and at the foot of the satellite volumes. Walkways above them create a connection both between the cantilevered volumes and the two “bodies”. The water veil becomes a vehicle of change for the architecture, designing voids and new spaces, thanks to the reflections and the play of natural light created by the cuts of the suspended volumes and the “skin” of the monolith.

The facades of both “bodies” follow a lozenge geometry that is repeated both in the aluminium cladding of the building of the Archives and in the glass facades of the “satellite” volumes.

Between the monolith and the “satellite” volumes stands the artwork by Antony Gormley. A precious sculptural object that rises from the veil of the water below, like to draw strength from it. This  redesigns the spaces in a contemporary way, winding along the facades of the architectural complex. The geometric faces articulate the artwork along its passage and give life to the structure of a chain of dodecahedra, which reflects and projects itself between the basin of water and the mirror surfaces of the volumes.

The link with the memory is symbolically traced in the work of Pascal Convert, a series of concrete “strongboxes” set in the area in front of the “satellite” volumes. These show in relief the faces of some personalities that left their mark on the collective memory. The art installation is tightly anchored to the ground, as well as the volume of the monolith, like roots sinking into the depths of memory.

A double-height hall welcomes the visitor. The “suspended” effect of the “satellite” volumes is highlighted by the art intervention by Susanna Fritscher which, through a minimalist touch that consists of the realization of false ceilings as stainless steel “sheets” shaded in red, emphasizes the interaction between the architecture of the complex and the lines of the “satellites” volumes. The red colour gives depth to the volumes that stand out horizontally at different heights, creating at the same time a play of solids and voids, between material and immaterial.

The entrance leads to areas dedicated to the public: the reading room, the exhibition room and the conference room.The seat for the conference room, “Carla” for Poltrona Frau, realized in red colour textile is by Fuksas architects. The chair is formed of two planes that intersect and rotate their way into the back, chair and armrests, just like a flower. A measured, minimalist shape.

The interiors are characterized by large spaces that give an overview that makes immediately perceive the importance and the uniqueness of the place.

The importance of context, and therefore the importance of the territory, assumes concrete form in the landscape intervention by Florence Mercier. His design of green spaces has created a real interaction between nature, architecture and the audience. The green walk that introduces and takes the visitor to the complex is like a stage that alternates geometries, shapes, colours and shades.

A project that aims to give emotions. Two “bodies”, two “worlds”, symbolically connected by walkways that, in a constant cross-reference, creates an identity that is rooted in the memory of the past with an eye to the contemporaneity and the future. The project reflects identity and memory that belong to France and to all humanity.

New National Archives of France / Studio Fuksas © Philippe Ruault
New National Archives of France / Studio Fuksas © Philippe Ruault
New National Archives of France / Studio Fuksas © Philippe Ruault
New National Archives of France / Studio Fuksas © Camilla Pongiglione
New National Archives of France / Studio Fuksas © Studio Fuksas
New National Archives of France / Studio Fuksas © Philippe Ruault
New National Archives of France / Studio Fuksas © Philippe Ruault
New National Archives of France / Studio Fuksas © Philippe Ruault
New National Archives of France / Studio Fuksas © Philippe Ruault

New National Archives of France / Studio Fuksas originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 18 Feb 2013.

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First Look: New French National Archives By Studio Fuksas

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Project: New French National Archives

Architect: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

Location: Saint Denis, France

Function: The design of the recently opened New French National Archives draws inspiration from the collective identity and memory of the Paris metropolitan area (Saint Denis is a northern suburb). The facility is composed of two main “bodies”—one extends horizontally and looks “suspended, lightweight, transparent”; the other is vertically oriented and appears “anchored to the ground, imposing, reflective.” The complex contains archival rooms, conference space, offices, an auditorium, and sculptures by Antony Gormley. Read more about this project in the Architizer database.

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First Look: New French National Archives By Studio Fuksas

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Project: New French National Archives

Architect: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

Location: Saint Denis, France

Function: The design of the recently opened New French National Archives draws inspiration from the collective identity and memory of the Paris metropolitan area (Saint Denis is a northern suburb). The facility is composed of two main “bodies”—one extends horizontally and looks “suspended, lightweight, transparent”; the other is vertically oriented and appears “anchored to the ground, imposing, reflective.” The complex contains archival rooms, conference space, offices, an auditorium, and sculptures by Antony Gormley. Read more about this project in the Architizer database.

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Photo © Yves Bellier and Poltrona Frau