An interview with Peter Tonkin and Tim Greer of Sydney-based architecture practice Tonkin Zulaikha Greer about culture, urbanity, tradition and the future.
TZG: Virgin Lounge Melbourne, Melbourne Airport, 2012
31. October 2014
An interview with Jeffrey Kovel of Skylab Architecture in Portland, Oregon, about changing lifestyles in the U.S. and the balance between mass production and individuality.
Skylab Architecture: Hoke Residence, Portland, Oregon, 2007 + 2012
Copyright: Courtesy of Boone Speed
24. October 2014
Tags: architecture, USA
An interview with H. Koon Wee, Eunice Seng and Darren Zhou of SKEW Collaborative, Shanghai and Hong Kong, on life and architecture in China.
SKEW Collaborative: Chinese Academy of Sciences IOT Center and Labs, Shanghai, 2013
Copyright: Alvaro Quintanilla
22. October 2014
Tags: architecture, China
Winy Maas is one of the directors of the globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV, which was founded in 1993 by Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries in Rotterdam. The products of MVRDV’s unique approach to design vary, ranging from buildings of all types and sizes, to urban plans and visions, numerous publications, installations and exhibitions. In the interview, Winy Maas speaks about the transformation of the former Serp & Molot factory area in Moscow and the importance of developing new typologies.
Winy Maas © Boudewijn Bollmann
Mr. Maas, MVRDV has won the competition for the transformation of the former Serp & Molot factory area in Moscow into a new neighbourhood. How would you describe the task and the concept?
It’s the monumental task to transform 58 hectare inner city brown lands into a lively neighbourhood for 19,000 inhabitants and 16,000 workers. Our concept respects the past, we decided against a ‘tabula rasa’. MVRDV’s winning scheme builds upon the current layout and identity of the site. By taking the characteristic factory streets, buildings and objects as starting points, a new layer is added to the neighbourhood. Historical structures such as large chimneys and pipes are preserved and other structures are integrated into new buildings. Large factory halls are replaced by urban blocks that follow the footprint of the old factory with additional green courtyards. By partitioning the blocks further into segments and applying different densities the plan diversifies the area. Ground floor spaces are reserved for public facilities and retail. This leads to a vivid, green, complex and highly dense urban plan which strongly respects the character of the site. An existing factory transport ring will be repaired and become part of a park that will form a threedimensional spine for the new neighbourhood. This public urban space will house playgrounds, sports facilities, open air markets and pavilions. Schools and day care centres are connected to
this ring park. On top of the transport ring a sky walk can be made in between the tops of the trees, overlooking the surrounding neighbourhood. read more…
15. August 2014
Categories: architecture, Designers in Dialogue, News, Rooms Moscow, Trends
Tags: architecture, design, innovations, Trends
Stylish, modern and inspiring: in January 2015, imm Cologne will once again be the trendsetter for the interior design industry and the place to be for visitors from around the world. As the year’s first trade show for interior design, imm cologne showcases contemporary and future trends for the next season and inspires with high-class exhibitors and events.
A highlight of the fair is the project “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. By means of a simulation of a house with a living space of 240 square meters (2,500 square feet) which is furnished and decorated by a renowned interior designer each year, imm cologne provides new stimuli for the world of lifestyle. For 2015, the influential designer duo Lyndon Neri und Rossana Hu, who have been sparking excitement all over the world with their mixture of western design and Chinese varieties of forms and shapes, could be won over to take on the project.
Renowned brands such as Vitra, Thonet, Walter Knoll, B&B Italia, Ligne Roset and De Sede as well as prominent new exhibitors Fendi/Trussardi, Hülsta and outdoor furniture manufacturer Dedon will provide for high-class design and abundant inspiration for the visitors. Already this year, imm cologne could look back on a gratifyingly high number of international exhibitors; for 2015, the trade show expects it to increase even more. “More than ever, this makes imm cologne the epitome of worldwide furniture trends, and it enables purchasers to select from a broad range of products from different countries and of different styles”, says Gerald Böse, chairman of management of Koelnmesse GmbH.
vitra at imm cologne 2014
For more information, see www.imm-cologne.de.
08. August 2014
Categories: architecture, Das Haus, Events, General, green design, News, top designers, Trends
Tags: architects, architecture, Cologne, Das Haus - Interiors on Stage, design, designers, furniture, Gerald Böse, green design, imm cologne, Koelnmesse
Michel Rojkind, photo: Juan Rodrigo Llaguno
Mexico City-based architect Michel Rojkind and his office Rojkind Arquitectos have become internationally known for unusual, iconic and sometimes playful designs in all fields from cultural and hospitality buildings to office, residential and city-planning projects. Their aim is to design compelling experiences that go beyond mere functionality and to connect the intricacies of each project at a deeper level. In the interview, Michel Rojkind speaks about design strategies, collaborations, Mexican informality and the advantages of an intercultural perspective.
06. March 2014
Tags: architect, architecture, Michel Rojkind
Having designed PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore, the architects of Singapore-based office WOHA created one of the most spectacular hotel projects that opened in 2013. In the interview, Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell, founding partners of WOHA, speak about their design concept with regard to the traveller’s experience, the connection of exterior and interior and the impact of vertical greenery on urban spaces.
Hotel and office PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore by WOHA, opened 2013
(Copyright: Patrick Bingham-Hall)
Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell, founder of the architecture office WOHA, Songapore
(Copyright: Mark Teo)
17. January 2014
Together with RPR1., a popular German radio station, and Europe’s biggest BBQ specialist shop Santos Grills, we invite you to the first BBQ of the season on January 18 at the RPR1. “Grill & Chill” tent. The grill chefs from Santos Grills will perform hourly event BBQs at three separate BBQ stations, presented in good spirits by RPR1. morning show host Giovanni Zarrella and presenter Laura Nowak.
Visitors will learn about the various types of grills, BBQ techniques and general BBQ know-how as well as ingredients and skillful preparation. In addition, they can benefit from useful advice by the Santos Grill chefs on how to stage a successful BBQ event and of course of delicious food for free. To round it off, RPR1. DJs will put on “Chill & Grill” music at the chill-out area of the Grill & Chill piazza. Another highlight: You will have the opportunity to win a brand-new Santos Eden 511 Grill.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
07. January 2014
Tags: Events, grill & chill, imm cologne 2014
Light and colors change the atmosphere in rooms. They can highlight and hide elements of a room and give orientation. They influence the mood and the physical well-being. No wonder, that light and colors always played a main role in architecture and interior design.
Architects, lighting and interior designers especially take advantage of the signal function and the emotional effects of colors and lights. The theory of colors by Johann Wolfgang Goethe and Johannes Itten, specifically his concept of color contrasts, but also the results of modern psycho-medical research are their basis.
Established theories on the psychological effect of colors attribute a concentration supporting and energizing effect to yellow, whereas green has a calming and stress reducing effect. Blue gives a feeling of clearance and calmness and orange is supposed to encourage communication. Red stimulates and increases the capability. At the same time this color spreads great warmth: Rooms lit up in red are experienced much warmer. But red can also trigger negative emotions since the bright color also stands for aggression, blood and hell. That’s why red is mainly used as an accent color.
The Mood Lounge: Inspiring lighting ambience
Whoever wants to see with their own eyes how colors change rooms and ones well-being will find inspiration in hall 10.2, which specializes in upholstered furniture, at imm cologne 2014. This is where “Cozy & Crazy – The Mood Lounge” not only offers the ideal opportunity for a restful, more casual stopover, but also lets the visitor experience how light and colors impact on design and furnishing.
The “Mood Lounge” is a hosted by Koelnmesse and the German trade magazine duo MÖBELMARKT/InteriorFashion (member of the International Alliance of Furniture Publications). It is equipped with furniture by exhibitors from the upholstery hall such as Dietsch, E. Schillig, fm Munzer, Frommholz, Koinor, Ponsel and W. Schillig as well as ADA from Austria and Rom from Belgium. Already the furniture is exciting, but immersed in changing color schemes, different – and at times contrary – mood images are created. The spectrum reaches from a homelike, light brown “Cozy” to a flashy, pink “Crazy”.
A total of 15 different color installations impact the character and atmosphere of the rooms:
For example “Country”, where the entire ambience appears in a fresh, lime green, “Chaotic” in vibrant red, “Charismatic” in a rich violet or “Communicative” in bright orange. The individual mood images are intensified by corresponding projections as well as additional information which visitors can download on their tablet or smartphone by means of the relevant app Augmented Reality. All in all visitors will find a lot of input and inspiration to put their own interior design in a new light or to develop comprehensive room-light-concepts.
18. December 2013
Categories: Design concepts, Exhibitors
Tags: Cozy & Crazy, imm cologne 2014, The Mood Lounge
New trends and innovative interior concepts: Every January, Cologne becomes the glamorous design metropolis and hotspot of the interior design scene. Kick-off is on January 12. The evening before the international furnishing show, imm cologne and the magazine “Architektur & Wohnen” announce the winners of the established Interior Innovation Award; followed by the great Opening Party. The exhibition of the works of the award winners is one of the highlights of the upcoming imm cologne. Another highlight: “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” – the inspiring living installation, which will stage the idea of a perfect home of the Dansk designer Louise Campbell.
Further highlights are going to be the new segment Pure Elegance – a glamorous stage for luxurious high-end design – as well as the LivingInteriors, the show for accessories, home textiles and everything that makes an apartment a home. With Pure One and the young talents competition [D³] Contest imm cologne also offers a great stage for young designers and future stars of the interior scene. Amongst the more than 1,100 exhibitors are many promising newcomers which deserve a closer look.
2000 years of architecture history
Visitors will not only find high-end design in the exhibition halls but also exciting architecture and top-notch events all over the city. Whoever leaves the imm cologne coming from the south entrance will pass by the great, transparent “gate to the world” of koelnmesse. Driving downtown on the Hohenzollern Bridge the Cologne Cathedral is not the only outstanding attraction.
To cut long story short: Cologne is not a pretty city in the traditional sense. Many dirty places, empty sites and ugly concrete buildings shape the townscape, but make it interesting at the same time. What makes this metropolis at the Rhine so exciting is its casual mixture of opposites. Trés chic meets trash chic, sacred meets profane, art meets kitsch. Even though one cannot see it at first sight, this city is home of a rich heritage of architecture from its more than 2000 years of history: from Roman relicts and Romanesque churches, the Cologne Cathedral with its abstract window by Gerhard Richter, representative Gruenderzeit buildings from the years of rapid industrial growth at the end of the 19th century in Germany to modern urban architecture – such as the Kolumba museum by Peter Zumthor, which integrates the remains of a Gothic church in a simple modern building, or the new accommodations in the Rheinauhafen that adds some modern shapes to the skyline.
Vivid art and design scene
The Cologne art and design scene is just as multifaceted. Not one but two outstanding attractions are right at the Cologne Cathedral: Next to it the Museum Ludwig presents the most important facets of modern art. And not much further away the museum of applied art (Museum fuer Angewandte Kunst, MAK) shows European arts and crafts from the Middle Ages to today and thereby combines art and design in a unique way. Right downtown the new Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum presents non-European art and cultural pieces.
Cologne is a city of over a million but its urban structure is still pretty rural. Each district, called “Veedel” by Cologne citizens, is a kind of a village in itself – with its own center that hosts the main social activities. So it is logic that art and design not only takes place on shows like the imm cologne or art cologne, in the museums and well-known showrooms like the Design Post, but also at a great scale in each part of the town. One example is the former working-class district Ehrenfeld with its continuously growing scene of creative people, especially attracting young designers. The Design Quartier Ehrenfeld, which has the development of creative spaces in the city on its agenda, resides in old factory buildings and warehouses. During the imm cologne small ateliers, galleries and boutiques become the venues for the Design Parcour Ehrenfeld and the Designers Fair, an exhibition of young creative minds. Both events take place as part of the Passagen, a design show with exhibitions, events and parties in over 200 locations all over the city.
Other design districts are the new area at the Rheinauhafen right at the Rhine with the Kunsthaus Rhenania, galleries and showrooms as well as the popular district Belgisches Viertel that mainly young fashion designers call home. Right around the corner is the historic Spichern Hoefe, an event location worth seeing and one of the most important design spots of Cologne at the same time.
Design in Cologne: inspiration and economic factor
The inspiring environments as well as renowned educational institutions such as the Koeln International School of Design (KISD), the Cologne Design Academy (Koelner Design Akademie) or the art college for media (Kunsthochschule für Medien) make Cologne the number one choice for young artists and designers. They add value to the Cologne scene with their unique profiles and thereby secure the future of the design metropolis. An example for those young talents is Jens Standke, award winner of the Cologne Design prize 2013. Already today the vivid design scene represents a relevant economic factor. Roundabout 2,700 companies and creative lone wolves cover all design facets: interior, industrial and product design, corporate, tradeshow and communications design, media and fashion design, movie and event design as well as architecture and photography. The industry has been constantly growing since the nineties and has generated a revenue of over 1.1 billion Euro in total – and counting.
11. December 2013
Categories: architecture, Das Haus, Events, Exhibitors, General, imm pure, Interior Innovation Award, LivingInteriors, top designers, young designers, [d3] design talents
Tags: Köln, Louise Campbell, Passagen