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The Berggruen Institute: Design in the Monastic Traditions

The Berggruen Institute: Design in the Monastic Traditions

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 56)

The Berggruen Institute unveiled plans for a new campus in Los Angeles designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Pritzker Prize-winning architecture firm internationally admired for the environmental sensitivity and intellectual integrity of its work; and supported by Gensler as executive architect. The campus master plan and its design respond to both the Berggruen Institute’s desire to respect and restore the landscape of its 447-acre site—over 90% of which will be preserved as open space—and the Institute’s intention to create a private educational forum where distinguished scholars can interact with thought leaders.

Gilder Center: Discovering the Secrets of Modern Science

Gilder Center: Discovering the Secrets of Modern Science

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 62)

The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. This year the Museum unveiled developing details of the scientific and educational spaces, programs and exhibits that will be housed in the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation (Gilder Center). Glass-walled Collections Core, Immersive Invisible Worlds Theater, next-generation learning labs, and an Insectarium will bring new depth to visitor experience.

City of Sun: Priority to Public Spaces

City of Sun: Priority to Public Spaces

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 78)

The new urban regeneration project by Labics places public space at the heart of the project. On a triangular lot of land, close to Tiburtina station, not far from the urban fabric of the established city and overlooking the Verano monumental cemetery, a building complex for a variety of uses has taken shape, arranged around public spaces that are augmented by a structure with several levels developed around a central square. City of Sun, the name of this project constructed following an invitation competition, highlights Labics’ ability to define innovative programs guided by profound knowledge of the historical city and the quality of its relationships.

Museum Stella Matutina, or Five-Year Adventure

Museum Stella Matutina, or Five-Year Adventure

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 86)

The Museum Stella Matutina (Musée de France) offers a course in the history between the sugar and the island of Bourbon, which highlights the cultural and economic highlights of this island in the Indian Ocean. Recently a large-scale reconstruction of the Museum was completed. The team of L’Atelier architectes was in charge of all operations on site, including the ones of environmental remediation, restoration of machines and transport of heavy collection items from their locations in-situ. For the team of L’Atelier architectes, responsible for coordination with some forty companies it was a five-year adventure.

Whitney Museum: Comprehension of America

Whitney Museum: Comprehension of America

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 36)

New building for the Whitney Museum of American Art, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano was opened in Downtown Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on May 1, 2015. The building showcases the Whitney’s unsurpassed collection as never before, providing unprecedented space for exhibitions and programs, and contributing to the energy of a vibrant neighborhood.

Fondaco dei Tedeschi: True Soul of the Place

Fondaco dei Tedeschi: True Soul of the Place

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 52)

Fondaco dei Tedeschi is located on the Grand Canal in Venice. For many years it served as a beautiful backdrop for the Rialto Bridge on most of touristic photos. This spectacular Renaissance palace was built in 1228 and served at that time simultaneously as a dwelling, a place for commerce and a warehouse for the rapidly growing community of German merchants in the city. In 1508 after the devastating Venetian fire of 1505 the building was rebuilt according to Girolamo Tedesco. Since then, the building changed its appointment several times, until it returned to its original commercial function. Actually, the word “fondaco” is Arabic and is translated as a store-house. In 2012, Benetton signed an agreement to restore the palace in order to open a shopping center with shops of world luxury brands, which happened on October 1, 2016.

507 & 616 FAB HOUSES: Two Places, One Spirit

507 & 616 FAB HOUSES: Two Places, One Spirit

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 58)

In 2016, the Group “Hutchinson” (Hutchinson Group) opened two innovation center: 507 Fab House in France and 616 Fab House in the USA. In both cases, these centers were located in former industrial buildings that were fully renovated to accommodate for modern use. Two places, one spirit which reflect the commitment to further strengthen the identity of single Hutchinson brand and unite International teams around innovative, welcoming, high-tech facilities with a friendly environment open to everyone. Its name can be interpreted as an abbreviation of “fabric” or “fabulous”. They both are true.

Deep into… the Surface

Deep into… the Surface

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 64)

The Italian firm Giovanni Vaccarini Architetti has designed the new Headquarters of the Swiss Société Privée de Gérance (SPG), built on Route de Chêne, at the gates of the historical center of Geneva. The building is highly energy-efficient and plays with light resulting in a shimmering main body which enhances the quality of the work spaces inside.

Amphitheater in Trois-Rivieres: Red and Black

Amphitheater in Trois-Rivieres: Red and Black

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 70)

Monumental in scale but light, open and hospitable at the same time, the new amphitheater in Trois-Rivières, named after the telecommunication company Cogeco, occupies a strategic location in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. With its impressive tapered red roof, it faces the St. Quentin Island, situated at the confluence between the St. Maurice and the St. Lawrence rivers. The new amphitheater designed by architect Paul Laurendeau in Trois-Rivières reflects itself in the water, creating drama, surprise and contrast, immediately becoming an urban landmark.

Kleiburg: Last Hero in the War for Modernism

Kleiburg: Last Hero in the War for Modernism

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 78)

DeFlat Kleiburg in Amsterdam by NL architects and XVW architectuur is winner of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2017. For the first time the main Award goes to a project of renovation of an existing building. DeFlat is an innovative renovation of one of the biggest apartment buildings in The Netherlands called Kleiburg, a bend slab with 500 apartments in Amsterdam’s Bijlmermeer neighborhood. Consortium DeFlat rescued the building from the wrecking ball by turning it into a “Klusflat”, meaning that the inhabitants renovate their apartments by themselves.