London Ace Hotel Opens

London Ace Hotel

The lobby at the Ace Hotel is designed for communal use for the creatives working in the area, not just for the guests

Ace Hotel Shoreditch is the first Ace Hotel in Europe, outside America. It has a very specific customer profile and philosophy for using local designers to create an authentic environment rooted into the area.  Continue reading

Dig – Archaeological Sculpture

Dig

In the basement of “Dig” there is a group of statues, who remind of Darwin, linking the work to his theory of evolution.

One of the most talked about site-specific art installations in London at the moment is called simply Dig by sculptor Daniel Silver. It is placed in abandoned, empty site between very busy streets of London. Visiting the site is an experience itself. It is a mystery, an adventure into an unknown.  Continue reading

New Kit Kemp Hotel

Dorset Sq HotelDorset Square Hotel is the latest edition of the Firmdale Hotels, all designed by Kit Kemp. What makes it different this time, is the smaller size. This intimate townhouse has 38 individually designed rooms. Her distinctive signature style suits extremely well to represent an updated look for the traditional British interior design style.
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New Nature Centre Finland

Haltia Finnish Nature Centre

Haltia is the new Nature Centre in Finland, close to Helsinki. It is the first public building in Finland built entirely of wood. It is a sustainable building that uses the latest ecological solutions. For example it is heated and cooled with energy derived from the sun and the earth.  Continue reading

Barcelona Pavilion with Junk

Andrés Jaque. Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society Intervention at Mies van der Rohe PavilionIt was initially a shock to find out the most beautiful and elegant Barcelona Pavilion filled with junk. However, it made sense after all as the installation called PHAMTOM by Spanish architect Andrés Jaque is extremely timely one. It follows the trend to re-discover the roots of the place and the building with an archeological approach.
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Identity and Living Tradition

Sustaining Identity Symposium V&A LondonSustaning Identity symposium brings together acclaimed international architects whose work resists homogenisation by prioritising place, the senses and memory. Speakers include 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Wang Shu; 2012 Global Holcim Award winner, Francis Kéré and renowned architectural theorist Juhani Pallasmaa, who has curated the event with Paul Brislin of Arup Associates. The event is supported by Architectural Review”.

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