The New House of Dior in Seoul


The new Christian Dior’s Flagship store in Seoul, South Korea, is the work of French architect Christian de Portzamprac and Peter Marino who designed the interior. The boutique is spread inside a six storey building whose shape was inspired by Dior’s haute couture.


Christian de Portzamprac explains his vision: “I thought about the movement of the fabrics, the weaving effects, and I created a facade that would explore these elements. This white softness is like the couturier’s toile when he’s at work. It has a sense of movement that plays with light. This sculptural suppleness was my starting point.”


The interior decor made of wood, leathers, lacquers, sensual weaves and innovative melanges distinguishes the feminime character and House’s signature style. The highlight of the interior is the curving staircase envisioned as an unfurling ribbon that guides shoppers to the upper level to reveal the newest women’s and men’s departments.


Besides the fashion house, the House of Dior includes an exhibition place and a Dior Café  situated on the top floor. The Café is run by a famous pastry Chef Pierre Hermé  who has developed an exclusive menu for the House.







Richard Meiers’s opens a Musem in New Jersey dedicated to his own work


A renowned American architect Richard Meier is celebrating 50 years of architectural practice and has opened a New Museum  in New Jersey to share his broad collection of project models with the public. Besides various building models from the 1960’s to the present,  Richard Meier Model Museum also permanently exhibits architect’s paintings, sculptures, and collages.


The museum space is spread over 15000 square feet and includes a distinguished area that stores 1000 exhibits of books and magazines from Meier’s personal library. One of the most engaging exhibits in the museum is the large scale model of Getty  Center in Los Angeles, which was Meier’s most ambitious project , whose construction lasted for fifteen years. Other displays include Ara Pacis Museum in Rome, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Perry Street Towers in New York, as well as unbuilt competition proposals for the World Trade Center Memorial, the New York Avery Fisher Fall, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.


When designing the Museum setting, Meier’s aim was to convey his obsession with natural light, which he always considered to be as equally important as any building material. Meier is famous for being the youngest architect to receive Pritzker Prize award in 1984 at the age of 49.








Barack Obama has chosen the University of Chicago for his Presidential library


The presidential library system in the United States is a nationwide network of libraries that preserve and make public president’s statements, papers, records, and other historic materials. President Obama’s presidential library is to be built in his hometown of Chicago, at the University of Chicago where he was a law professor before becoming a senator. The University of Chicago has been chosen over Columbia University in New York, the University of Hawaii and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The final site of the building has not yet been decided.


Two winners of Chicago Architectural Club 2014- Chicago Prize Competition for Barack Obama’s   Presidential Library are the Design team of Zhu Wei, Fu Junsheng and Liang Yinka and Aras Burak Sen.


The first project includes six divided sections each showcasing different aspects of President Obama’s   life; early life and career, legislative career, presidential campaigns, presidency, public image, family and personal life. The library is imagined to reflect President’s charisma but also the urban grid of the city. The building’s roof would also be fully utilized and visible from surrounding skyscrapers.


The second project’s primary function would be to serve as a public forum with a focus on President’s years in office.  The library would be divided into eight levels, where each one will archive a single year of Obama’s presidency. As levels would be of different heights, each of them would provide different views of Chicago. The ground floor is designed in a shape of a peace sign that represents the hope that Obama’s selection brought, and the peace sign would change on every level symbolizing the deviation of that hope over years. The peace sign construction would also serve as a bridge connecting three riverbanks.




Kengo Kuma replaces walls of beijing tea house with grids of translucent blocks



A leading Japanese architect Kengo Kuma renovated a typical tea house in Beijing  in a contemporary  fashion, but keeping its historical charateritics and a strong relation to Asian heritage.  Kengo Kuma and Asssociates have created a translucent plastic blocks in the form of bricks to make new walls for a Beijing Tea house overlooking the Forbidden City, the biggest tourist attraction in the city. Historic tea house got the modern twist with four different hollow polyethylene block types interlaced with blue translucent polycarbonate panels that allow light to enter softly into the space from all sides replacing traditional wood panelling and paper screens. “Bricks” were made trough the rotational molding and arranged to reflect city’s traditional brick architecture that dates back from  15th century. Beijing Tea house is a private member’s club situated pposite the eastern gate of beijing’s forbidden palace.


“The main structure for the city of Beijing is masonry bricks. Blocks made of polyethylene are in this sense a modern version of masonry. It proves high performance in insulation and passes through light to create a gentle space of Zen, just as the paper used for Siheyuan [courtyard residences] did in the past,” stated Kengo Kuma and Associates.




Annabel Karim Kassar’s Telescopic Pavilions


French architect Annabel Karim Kassar’s Camera Chiara installation recreates the atmosphere of a Lebanese house in a Milanese courtyard.


Kassar’s Camera Chiara consists of two telescopic pavilions made from steel and burnt wood situated within one of the University of Milan’s eighteenth-century courtyards.


One of the structures contains a cinema showing movies about Lebanon, while the second houses the recreation of a Liwan — the central room in a traditional Lebanese house.


The pavilion housing the Liwan features tiles and textiles by Lebanese artisans, as well as vintage furniture from Europe and a decorative toilet that Kassar designed for her own house.


An old TV plays classic movies, while a gramophone emitts street sounds, recorded by Kassar in Beirut.


The stepped floor of the cinema pavilion, which shows films produced by Kassar documenting a range of traditional Lebanese crafts, is lined with mattresses made in Tripoli, Lebanon.


Kassar says she is very pleased with how popular the cinema is proving to be with visitors.




LED Artist Bill FitzGibbons Illuminates Old Railroad


LED light sculpturist Bill FitzGibbons has turned Birmingham’s 18th Street railway underpass into LightRails, a dynamic interconnect between the revitalized south side, and city center to the north.


FitzGibbons programmed the light piece to play a 17-minute program that loops each night from dusk to dawn. The installation provides the requisite level of white light during the day, while by night the light becomes a colorful garden. Some of the effects used are colors with dazzling white sparkles, color as columns to explore the architectural space. In the smaller pedestrian tunnel, a single fixture can generate a reflection 360° around the tunnel using the beams and arches to provide additional opportunities to show the spectrum.


The installation also provides the opportunity for special shows. FitzGibbons already has the installation programmed to switch automatically to a holiday presentation in December with an emphasis on red and green colors. The controller can even store more programs that can be triggered by an astronomical clock. New programs can be downloaded via an SD card.


Charles Pétillon – White Balloon ‘INVASIONS’


White balloons spill out of the windows and doors of a house, invade a golf course and overflow from a burnt-out car in a series of installations by French artist Charles Pétillon.
In his INVASIONS series, the Paris-based photographer and installation artist aims to use balloons to alter the way people perceive familiar things and spaces.


“It is our way of looking at things that I am trying to transform and revive, and therefore make it possible to go beyond practical perception to esthetic experience: a visual emotion. The whiteness straightens the dualism, the contrast and absurdity versus the materials of the location,” the artist says. “The conjunction of the balloons’ abstracts shapes with the environments allows me to create improbable, poetical objects.”


Pétillon fills spaces from public play areas to buildings with bunches of different-sized white balloons hung on aluminum structures.
The installations have been photographed devoid of people, the balloons becoming the ghostly occupants of the spaces.



The Most Inspiring Wine Cellar Design Ever


Say you have a 7 bedroom, 6 and a half bathroom multi-million dollar estate – but you really want it to stand out. How about a LED-lit wine cellar with individual wine bottle holders and a transparent ceiling? That’s exactly what interior designer and homeowner Jamie Beckwith added to her 12,398 square foot, Gothic-style home in Franklin, Tennessee.

Within the confines of her Franklin manse, the combination of artistic freedom and passion is on full display. The home serves as a real-life portfolio for Beckwith, whose masterpiece is infused with a host of exotic materials, her characteristic custom woodworking and other posh appointments.

The fantastically original wine cellar is one of the more unique features found in Beckwith’s home. Set below a glass-bottom sitting room, the wine cellar, made from what appears to be Plexiglas, sports an arched designed that comes to life thanks to changing LED lighting that set the room aglow.

The wine cellar is located at the bottom level of the pool house, like the crypt of a Gothic estate. Classic Gothic arches split the wine cellar, but the material of the arches is what makes this addition so different. The acrylic walls contain hundreds of custom-made wine bottle sleeves. The sleeves are even organized on the back wall of the cellar to resemble the panes of a cathedral’s stained glass windows.

The kicker for this design is that the wine cellar is cleverly lit with LED lighting. These lights can change colors and add life to all of Beckwith’s parties. Because of wine’s sensitivity to lighting and heat, the lights are not on all the time, and a retractable blackout screen can be drawn over the transparent ceiling. The glass ceiling creates a transparent connection to the traditional interior of the pool house, drawing attention to the lights down below.

“My designs are not born from trying to be different, or to create something that is not in the marketplace, but my designs are based on artistic freedom, a passion if you will,” the couturier says of her signature style on her website. That style has earned Beckwith plenty of recognition and praise over the years, including Interior Design magazine’s Best of the Year award in 2011.







Mexico’s Giant Seashell House


Many have wondered what life would be like living in a sea shell, and that was the exact inspiration behind the beautifully crafted Nautilus.


This giant seashell house is located in Mexico City, and was built and designed by Arquitectura Organica’s own Javier Senosiain. The home was built back in 2006, and features a smooth front facade met with a giant wall of colored mosaics, lighting up the living space in a stunning rainbow effect.


Whether you think it looks like a giant snail or seashell, the home is definitely quite strange, but it was actually designed to blend in with the natural surroundings in what Senosiain likes to call “Bio-Architecture.”
Inspired by the work of Gaudí and Frank Lloyd Wright, the house is dominated by smooth surfaces, spiral stairs and natural plantings that makes it feel like you’re living inside a shell. it’s a real house built for a young family with two children who were tired living in a conventional home and wanted to change to one integrated to nature.









Nick Gelpi’s UNFLAT Pavilion


Architectural practices are continuously shifting to adapt new technologies and innovations. Nick Gelpi’s UNFLAT Pavilion situated on the MIT Campus in Cambridge Massachusetts however, demonstrates an architectural role reversal that is soft, cheap, and low tech in its structure.


Created by flexing two dimensions into three, the bent plywood composition utilizes the physical range of behaviors of natural materials in order to generate architecture forms. The pavillion deploys a fabrication system used to create a membrane, which is simultaneously structural, functional and representational in a single act. Entirely constructed of laminated plywood, an open pattern is cut into flat plywood stock which transforms into three-dimensional architectural features as flat sheets are bent and unfurl into skylights, columns, buttresses, windows and vents, in the act of becoming UNFLAT.


Nick Gelpi’s UNFLAT Pavillion isn’t hard, heavy, bulletproof, or monumental. It is modest, soft, cheap, low-tech, and full of holes, and aesthetically beautiful.