Monday, January 31, 2011
It feels a new energy, business and bohemia. Its Art Nouveau facades, bustling streets and pleasant, green space, keeping a romantic feel. Tina Modotti and Edward Weston, two mythical 20s, do not they are the emblem?
But the charm of Condesa df combines past and future. Recently, bars, artist studios, galleries, restaurants flourish in this exclusive perimeter.
The urban adventure Condesa df is still in its infancy.
Hence the quality of air exciting the attraction of this center conveniently located off the main arteries.
Named after the neighborhood and inspired by him, a hotel with forty rooms opens Condesa df. Located at the intersection of streets airy, facing the lush park Espana, the building is an elegant Parisian style building dated 1928.
Three years of work were needed to completely hollow and restructure the old apartment complex. It was worth the wait. For a drink or a few nights, the Hotel Condesa df is now the place to see and be seen in Mexico.
Innovative and fully integrated into local life, Condesa df would have been possible without the synergy of international talent that participated in its realization. Parisian India Mahdavi, "hot-name" interior architecture, designed the space planning and decorating.
The American Jonathan Morr, leader of the New York-taste "the imagined pleasures of the table. Helena Ishbiah, renowned graphic designer, has invented his visual identification.
The origin and the implementation of the project rests with Mexican Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha SMEK, young partners of Hotel Habita in Mexico City. Condesa df exudes modernity.
The hotel grows at its height the codes for a new chic, informal and relaxed, showing a "me" said. Punctuating the space, the classic-contemporary furnishings created by India Mahdavi sets the tone: at once simple and glamorous, neutral and pop.
The atmosphere is on the wire always unexpected. The bar in the boudoir, the restaurant at the nightclub, the patio at La Terrazza, Condesa df, offers its guests a concentrated experience.
Enjoy the succession of moments, quiet or fun, is it not the essence of modern life?.......more
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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Saturday, January 22, 2011
"For Germain, I'm proper codes Parisian bistro, before the hijack, the revisit. I wanted this place to be nourished by a history, a tradition but it can also break free ... deconstruct the space by playing with scale, proportions, and patterns. "From the superposition of these multiple frames (floor tile cement pixelated black and white, luminous ceiling graphic, marble bar faceted) punctuated with bright colors to furniture, lime green, orange, and orchestrated by Sophie, the yellow sculpture Veilhan springs the impression of a "never seen" a place without concession, but that each may appropriate. Germain was born......more
The formal choices translate into a reduction of elements and materials in order to appreciate the moments of enjoyment indoors: a black box as an input filter, a steel bench that is a memory and other tight spaces and long counter in corian white as the centerpiece of movement and stays. The toilets and stairs (for access to the mezzanine) in dark red are also of an abstract presence of ambiguity by its scale and function. Artificial light is the main element of manipulation of environments that allow the continuing transformation of the environment and the transition between day and night.....more
Friday, January 21, 2011
Object: Interior design and exhibition
Description: Together with the design collective Camp Site, we have created the Design Bar of 2009 at Stockholm Furniture Fair.
This is not just a temporary designed bar at Stockholm Furniture Fair. This is also an up-coming cafe and meeting point in one of Stockholm ’s suburbs, run by the Red Cross. When the fair is over, this room will revive as the brand new and much longed for interior in a meeting point for people of different ages and with different backgrounds
Chairs and tables, benches and carpets, lightening and textiles - they are all designed with a purpose more long lasting than being a decoration in a bar for a couple of days. And just by being here, taking a break with a cup of coffee and a sandwich, you as well contribute to the project.....more
Architecture for the exhibition "Dandy" at Nordiska Museet, Stockholm.
The architecture consists of dismembered mannequins, fused with MDF boxes which then has been laqcuered in a slate grey, giving the illusion that a stonecutter has started working on sculptures, but only finished the parts essential for the exhibition pieces.
The exhibition gives examples of how a contemporary Dandy could look. Tailor Frederik Andersen, fashion researcher Rickard Lindqvist, journalist Olaf Enckell, stylist Lalle Johnson, author Björn af Kleen, designer Göran Sundberg and shop owner Christian Quaglia have all given their suggestions on the modern style dandy.......more
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Client: NH Hotels
Facilities: 304 guest rooms, conference facilities, recording studio, restaurant, bar/lounge, wellness center
Area: 29,000 sqm
Place: Rogaška Slatina / Year: 2009 / Participants: Uroš Birsa, BArch, Anka Jurišević, BArch, Robert Robas, BArch, Milena Živanović, BArch, Jelena Trajković, Arch.student, Daniela Vidmar Podboj, MArch., Sabina Murtezič, Arch.student, Eva Furst, Arch.student, Katja Drač, Arch.student / Foto: Miran Kambič
dwp was selected to provide the design consultancy and come up with a concept that would inspire the venue for authentic Japanese cuisine and contemporary ambience. The designer achieved this by blending varieties of traditional Japanese elements and materials which results in the unique Japanese fine dining experience.
The whole design concept was based on a journey in Kyoto. The restaurant is divided into three dining areas set apart by different atmospheres, be it market zone for sushi and robata area, shogun palace for the main dining area, and Japanese home for private dining. A 3-dimensional wall treatment, reflecting the uniqueness of Japanese origami, adds a visual interest and contemporary feel to the restaurant.
The restaurant was recently shortlisted as one of the top-four for Best Restaurant/Lounge – Luxury, by Hotel and Motel Management in their recent Hotel World's Global Hospitality & Design Awards Competition 2008, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Competition entries were judged by the editorial staff of Hotel & Motel Management, Hotel Design and Luxury Hotelier magazines.........more
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The viaduct is more than just a bridge. Like a mountain chain erected by human hand it appears in the town with a scale derived from the landscape and topography. The infrastructure element, originally used as a railway line, is to form a linear park that will be part of a culture, work and leisure mile.
This reprogramming of the viaduct initiates two decisive urban impulses: a spatial barrier becomes a linking structure, and the outdoor spaces bordering it are upgraded. The viaduct becomes a large-scale connecting machine and a linear building. We view this ambivalence as a fundamental quality and use it as the architectural leitmotiv to symbiotically connect the new uses with the viaduct structure. The characteristic Cyclopean masonry here forms the central atmospheric element.
The new structures are deliberately restrained so as to emphasise the existing arches.In fitting-out the interiors the future users can choose from a kit of elements or design the spaces themselves.....more
Time: 04/2009 - 12/2009
Client: mz-immobilien ag
Award: best.architects 11
Project Dates: 2008
Task: To design a downtown night spot with a seductive street presence.
The challenge of this project was to create an elegant interior for a new wine bar within the very long and narrow ground-floor space of a turn-of-the-century building that had only two windows at one end; the building's exterior curb-side front was to be converted to an additional seating area to be used seasonally. These objectives were to be achieved with a miniscule budget.
The design solution aimed to make the space appear larger by dematerializing the perimeter walls of the interior. First, the walls were entirely clad with mirrors (a costly material that was salvaged from the space's previous occupant). Then, new obscured-glass panels patterned with silver leaf were installed several inches in front of the mirrors. Concealed uplights placed between the mirrored and glass layers reflect light between the backs of the silver-leafed areas and the mirrors, causing the already numerous silver-leafed "squares" to be further multiplied and appear to float throughout the interior. In this way, the otherwise solid wall is broken down and given depth thereby creating a luminous, dreamlike interior; despite the space's shortage of windows, there is no "bad seat in the house." Silver-toned, shear fabric screens whose softness complements the glass walls, were designed to allow the interior to have the capacity to accommodate periodic, more private seatings, but to remain as open as possible for general use. A similar strategy was used for the new exterior patio, which was wrapped in 10-foot tall silver-toned translucent fabric walls illuminated from within by many wine-goblet lights suspended at various heights. Seen from the sidewalk, the patio appears as a giant, billowing lantern drawing in night-time urbanites.
"After hearing rumours that b/Side was open, we decided to check it out... The decor is modern, dark with great glass panels along the walls and an illuminated bar showcasing the wine on offer."
"The place is gorgeous... The muslin screens for the patio is particularly notable, it's beautiful inside as well." ...more
ARB occupies the ground floor of a standard 60's block on the corner of Hallam and Weymouth Street. Externally a nondescript brick and sash windowed envelope over a 6m concrete frame. Internally what was a cellular collection of offices and file storage forming the labyrinthine legacy of the former ARCUK. The brief for ARB's offices was not just in recognition of the practical need for a modern workplace, updating an inadequately serviced poor spatial arrangement, but to recognise the importance of a new openess and accessibility in the organisation for the profession and public. The brief called for the opposite of what was existing, i.e. ARB's offices should be transparent, fresh, friendly, lean, modern and serious. The design response has been to make a new Weymouth Street entrance (and hence address), remove as many internal doors and walls as possible, and to provide a continuous flexible open plan working environment with an 'island' service core and boardroom. All services and data are re-routed into a prefabricated underfloor heating and cooling system. The ceiling is notable for carrying nothing but light reflection, a white mirror. When the Board are not sitting, the boardroom divides into meeting rooms for staff, architects, students, public and press alike.....more
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Re-conversion of Domènch i Montaner's modernist building into a luxury hotel. The hotel's function has been adapted to the building. Therefore, the basement, ground and first floor, with diaphanous spaces supoorted on columns, house the communal areas, while openings in the façade allow the repetition of rooms on the upper floors.....more
Monday, January 10, 2011
LTL Architects was selected to design the major in-house dining venue for Aria, the CityCenter's 61-story main casino and condo tower. The design negotiates between the desire for visual openness - views to serving areas and adjacent pool deck - and the need to produce a sense of intimacy within an expansive floor plate. The requirement for an efficient plan with minimal obstructions shifted the focus of the design to the ceiling, where a series of undulating cloud-like canopies migrate across the space, shifting in section to define the dining areas below. Incorporating lighting and acoustical dampening, the canopies allow for spatial articulation of the otherwise open plan, creating a series of semi-enclosed rooms without obstructing view and movement throughout. Banquette seating echoes the cadence of the ceiling to further define these zones while fields of glass cylinders extend cross grain to the canopies. In contrast to the institutional quality of the typical Vegas buffet, the design creates an interior landscape that offers contrasting areas of repose and movement......more