Also known as the café or Vienna coffee house chaire, Michael Thonet’s N°14 Design was one on the first pieces of furniture to be manufactured on an industrial scale.
The design expresses the concept of ‘Reaching out – letting in’, taken from the qualities of the Princess of Wales that were most loved; her inclusiveness and accessibility. The fountain’s sculptural form is integrated into the natural slope of land in London’s Hyde Park and is designed to radiate energy as well as draw people inwards. A popular place for visitors to engage with the water, the fountain has detailed grooves and channels which combine with air jets to animate the water and create different effects such as a ‘Chadar Cascade’, a ‘Swoosh’, ‘Stepped Cascade’, ‘Rock and Roll’ and a still basin at the bottom.
Francis Kéré’s 2017 serpentine pavilion opens in london’s hyde park. Conceived as a micro cosmos a community structure within Kensington Gardens the pavilion has been designed to consciously fuse cultural references from Kéré’s home town of Gando in Burkino Faso, with «experimental construction techniques.» The architect hopes that the pavilion, as a social condenser, will become a beacon of light, a symbol of storytelling and togetherness.
The «Città del Sole» (City of the Sun) project by LABICS – winner of a competition launched by the Municipality of Rome in 2007 – consist in the requalification of an urban area previously occupied by a warehouse and an ATAC (Roman public transport company) garae. From a structural standpoint, the architectural complex is organized based on the function of the commercial, managerial, and residential areas which revolve around a central square aligned with the entrance to Tiburtino II. This way, the building, which osmotically communicates with the city, becomes an integral part of the urban landscape so as to create new forms of interaction between architecture and public spaces.
In 1948 Ray and Charles Eames took part in the Low-Cost Furniture Competition held by New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The pair exhibited a range of chairs made from fibreglass-reinforced seats combined with different bases. This cheap and customisable approach proved hugely successful and variatons have since been manufactured in their millions.
Intended to challenge the conventional way in which we sit, the Bowl Chair encourages users to relax in unusual positions and explore more natural and comfortable ways of sitting.
The group led by Sergio Musmeci developed the project of a 3,000-metre signle-span suspension bridge with 600-metre high pillars and a very original suspension system to reinforce the structure both vertically, so as to enable road and rail traffic, and horizontally, so as to withstand wind and avoid excessive deformation. It is a tensile structure with two state of the art steel antenna towers located between the sea and the two shores.
The Musee du quai Branly in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly one of the premier cultural institutions of Paris. Instantly recognizable because of its lush plant wall designed by the botanist Patrick Blanc, it opened in 2006, and focuses on non-European cultures. Boasting a theatre, a reading room, a cinema, a restaurant and a bookshop, the building designed by the famed architect Jean Nouvel is situated in grounds resembling a cultivated wilderness, and its 2-hectare garden is a pleasant spot in which to relax after the visit.
International shoe designer, Stuart Weitzman’s Milan flagship store designed by Zaha Hadid Architects introduces a new commercial environment where geometric forms create an open discourse throughout the interior space in a rhythmic, sublime manner. The 3000 sqft boutique consists of elements that flow through the space in an fluid, ornamental nature. The Milan flagship is fluid and playful.
Even today, almost 2000 years after its construction, the breathtaking pantheon is a remarkable building to see. The spectacular design, proportions, elegance and harmony are a striking reminder of the architecture of the great Roman Empire.
The Roman Pantheon is the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. It is a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. As the brick stamps on the side of the building reveal it was built and dedicated between A.D 118 and 125.