INDEPENDENCE LIBRARY AND APARTMENTS
DESIGNED BY JOHN RONAN ARCHITECTS,
A MIXED-USE BUILDING IN CHICAGO FEATURES COLOURFUL BALCONIES AND A LIBRARY
The six-storey Independence Library and Apartments in Chicago consists of a public library at ground level and low-cost senior housing up above. The latter is made up of 44 affordable apartments that are reserved for tenants aged 62 or older. According to John Ronan Architects, the library element is slid forward on the site, in order to “foreground its public nature, while the residential block, which hovers above, is set back from the street.”
Plan Magazine NOV/DEC 2019
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, MAD, in Paris presents an entirely revisited presentation of its contemporary collections : confronting design with contemporary fashion, graphic art, advertising campaigns, toys, wallpaper, glass…
A new room “Philippe Starck & design for everyone” is dedicated to Starck’s work.
“Philippe Starck and design for everyone”, will evoke the central place that the creator occupies on the international scene of creation. On display: key pieces that testify to his wide field of action, from the box of the wooden “Starck house” to the Kartell chairs and Flos lamps and the models of revolutionary megayachts Venus and Motor Yacht A.
“We are creators, builders, for better and for worse. Producers of subjects, dreams, theories, utopias, stories. For thousands of years, irresponsible and childish, we have created creation creating creation.
Everyone participates; no one needs to be a genius. This room is precisely the example of a human, no better than others, who dedicated his life to do everything and nothing, with the crazy hope that it could please or even improve lives.”
Plan Magazine January/February 2019
TASTY DESIGNS FROM WALLSAUCE
Here is an interesting take on wall paper from wallsauce. These particular wallpapers will not only give a home the appearance of a sophisticated wine cellar, they will also give you the illusion of an extra few square metres.
From cave-like wine cellars in Porto to grand vaults with stacked barrels, this vast collection has designs for all kitchens and dining rooms looking for that dramatic feature wall. Wallsauce offers designs for commercial environments as well as residential spaces.
Check out www.wallsauce.com
Plan Magazine March/April 2019
‘Lunch Break’ – an installation by creative architecture studio KHBT in collaboration with artist Ottmar Hörl – has been announced as the winner of a design competition to create a new work for the ‘St Paul’s Plinth’ outside St Paul’s tube station in London.
The competition, organised by the London Festival of Architecture and the Cheapside Business Alliance, makes use of the existing frame structure as a stage for a new intervention that will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people when it is installed as part of the London Festival of Architecture in June 2019.
‘Lunch Break’ sees 35 gilded angels sitting on randomly arranged bars, suspended from the existing wire grid of the ‘St Paul’s Plinth’, which was first created by ScottWhitbyStudio and Arup for the London Festival of Architecture in 2018. Like much of KHBT’s work, this collaboration with Ottmar Hörl crosses boundaries and builds a unique space that sits between art and architecture. As the London Festival of Architecture explores ‘boundaries’ as its theme for 2019, the project celebrates what can happen at that creative boundary, as well as providing a charming and eye-catching temporary landmark for the City of London.
Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture said:
“Just as angels traverse the boundary physical and the spiritual, this fabulous new artwork will help us explore other boundaries: between art and architecture, or between the everyday and the extraordinary. No-one expects to see seraphim relaxing in the middle of the City – that’s why the London Festival of Architecture thrives on the unexpected to help people enjoy the city around them and celebrate exceptional architectural and design talent in London.”
Ruth Duston OBE, OC Executive director, Cheapside Business Alliance said:
“We are delighted to be sponsoring the St Paul’s Plinth for a second year. This year’s activity builds on the success of the St Paul’s Gateway installation, which has already transformed the experience of people arriving to the area. The new ‘Lunch Break’ artwork with its stunning angels will once again be a talking point, a photo opportunity or simply something that makes our thousands of visitors smile. It reflects the changing nature of the City, with world class leisure, culture and art sitting comfortably alongside the financial heart of the capital.”
Plan Magazine May/June 2019