If you ask me to pick only one favorite modern building from the beautiful London maybe I would say the Shard! The pyramidal glass tower is currently the tallest building in the European Union. The 87-storey mixed use skyscraper, complete with offices, apartments, a hotel and spa, retail areas, restaurants and a public viewing gallery was designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano and replaced Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built in 1975. Standing approximately 309 metres high, the Shard is currently the third most expensive skyscraper in the world.
In 2014 the Shard has been awarded Emporis Skyscraper Award. The jury praised the Shard’s “unique glass fragment-shaped form and its sophisticated architectural implementation”, resulting in “a skyscraper that is recognized immediately and which is already considered London’s new emblem.”
Read more about the building here: archdailyPhotographs are taken by me.
Niños Conarte by AnagramaThe space between the void cabinet by Sebastian ErrazurizBBVA Compass Stadium by Populous (Photo: Geoffrey Lyons)Firmship Headquaters by Moooi (Photo: Matthijs van Roon)Winery Longen Schlöder by Matteo Thun & Partners
(photo: Courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners)Quarry Garden in Shanghai Botanical Garden “No brand is your friend!” by Stuff No One Told MeCentral London Flat by VW+BS (photo: Michael Franke)And a nice quote for the end of the post 😉
“If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much stupidity costs.”
Paper Chandeliers Installation
by American studio Cristina Parreño Architecture and students from MIT
Photographs: Luis Asin
via DezeenStockholm Furniture Fair Installation
by Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh and Finnish artist Kustaa Saksi
Photographs: Tord-Rikard Söderström
via DezeenWald aus Wlad Installation by Takashi Kuribayashi
Photographs: Watanabe Osamu © Mori Art Museum
via Dezeen Daphne Installation by 24° Studio
MAXXI Museum in Rome, Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects
Photographs: Iwan Baan
God’s Loftstory in Veldhoven, The Netherlands by Leijh Kappelhoff Seckel van den Dobbelsteen architecten
Photographs: Vincent van den Hoven
via ArchDailyHill House in Kent, England by Hampson Williams Architects
Photographs: Hampson Williams Architects
Today I discovered an interesting online magazine brownbook.me. It is an urban guide, based in Dubai focusing on design and travel across the Middle East and North Africa. The articles are quite interesting and informative, but what grabbed my attention the most were these street food restaurants in Cairo. I love the way they managed to mix modern and traditional elements.
(Oh… and I forgot to mention that the food looks good too!) 😉
“This story begins with a broken heart. Rem’s attempt to get the girl back was made by downsizing architecture to its smallest and most vulnerable scale, that of a woman’s foot.
While most romantic notions are often foolish, what was hatched through the inspiration of romance was the ‘Möbius’ shoe. The girl was gone, but he knew the shoe had to become real.
Now add Galahad to our story. The seventh generation of the Clark’s shoe-making dynasty.When Rem and Galahad first met, Galahad saw the Möbius shoe design, and he was instantly convinced that a new brand had to be formed…
Today, the United Nude brand is sold in over 40 countries worldwide and United Nude has a booming retail business with flagship stores in Amsterdam, London, New York and Shanghai as well as proprietary stores in Cyprus, Croatia, Vienna, Tianjin, and two retail stores in Guangzhou.”
Spring / Summer 2012 Collection My favorite pairs: 1. A Japanese-inspired platform shoe!2. Web Hi Off White3. Haiki4. 90 degrees
And their stores are so cool!
CyprusShanghai Tianjin New YorkAmsterdamPhotographs: Facebook/UnitedN, unitednude.com
Let us see who else design shoes:
Zaha Hadid for Brazilian eco shoe design company Melissa.
I am sorry Zaha, but I won’t wear these pair of shoes!
Photographs: inhabitat, designboomZaha Hadid for Lacosta | Photograph: ifitshipitshere
“Award winning London based architect Julian Hakes first released early concept images of the design for a new ladies fashion footwear concept on design blog http://www.dezeen.com
Later that evening Julian received a message from the editor of Dezeen to say it had gone viral’ and he should put his name into Google. Julian did this and to his amazement got halfway through ‘Ha….’ before Google prompted him to ‘buy Julian Hakes designed footwear?’
On the Monday after the story broke Julian received a call from the office of a well known female ex-model in New York requesting 2 pairs in her size for her show. At this stage the Hakes ‘mojito’ shoe was in initial sketch model and prototype form and they realised that they needed to make this concept into a reality.” via hakes.co.uk
Photographs: Facebook/Julian Hakes