Thursday, 15 September 2011 11:04

Trojan Horse by Stephen Williams Associates

Trojan Horse by Stephen Williams Associates Every good design has a strong story behind it. Tapping into the area’s local history or referencing the company’s heritage are tried and tested ways of creating something meaningful. If there’s no story, it’s hard for architects to invent one. But when your client happens to be Jung von Matt, Germany’s best-known advertising agency, a shortage of creative raw material is never going to be a problem. Like all successful advertisers, JVM specialises in creating myths and narratives to hawk…
Thursday, 15 September 2011 10:58

Decos meteorite by Inbo

Decos meteorite by Inbo It is not every day a client shows their architect pictures from Star Wars and asks for something similar. Likely to excite sci-fi nerds to the point of spontaneous combustion, briefs like this are – to borrow from the George Lucas lexicon – as rare as a house-trained Wookie. The client in question was the suitably cosmic Decos Technology Group, a Dutch company that specialises in high-tech digital storage, tracking and IT. In 2007, Decos pitted MVRDV, Meyer & van…
Thursday, 15 September 2011 10:51

Rabobank by Sander Architecten

Rabobank by Sander Architecten You could say that using cardboard for the interior of a European financial services institution befits the times. It’s a bold move by Sander Architecten, the Amsterdam firm responsible for the interiors of the new headquarters of Rabobank in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Cylindrical meeting pavilions made of the material now sit in the company’s 6,000sq m communal “square”, which forms the hub of a new 25-storey building by Urbis Architects. But instead of sending a message of impermanence, the cardboard…
Thursday, 15 September 2011 10:38

New HQ for Zlto

New HQ for Zlto You’d expect to find one of the world’s largest and most successful Italian fashion houses ensconced securely at the epicentre of Italian fashion in Milan. But Diesel is one firm that likes to do things differently. It has found a new home some 200 miles away, in the countryside to the east of Lake Garda and just south of the Alps. This might be surprising, but then Diesel has never done things by the rulebook. The founder of the global…
Thursday, 15 September 2011 10:31

Diesel by Pierpaolo Ricatti

Diesel by Pierpaolo Ricatti You’d expect to find one of the world’s largest and most successful Italian fashion houses ensconced securely at the epicentre of Italian fashion in Milan. But Diesel is one firm that likes to do things differently. It has found a new home some 200 miles away, in the countryside to the east of Lake Garda and just south of the Alps. This might be surprising, but then Diesel has never done things by the rulebook. The founder of the global…
Thursday, 15 September 2011 10:12

Nika Zupanc

Nika Zupanc “I’m kind of a rebel,” announces Nika Zupanc, slowly stirring her coffee. “Even in school, I always tried to make a point or subvert things – to give new meaning to the ordinary parts of life.” It seems the Slovenian designer, 37, has used the same motto to carve out her niche in the contemporary design world. A world that, by her account, is still a boys’ club where rational utilitarianism reigns supreme. An object or piece of furniture has to…
Thursday, 01 September 2011 09:41

Corporate cylinder by Henning Larsen

Corporate cylinder by Henning Larsen Danish architects Henning Larsen has designed a corporate centre for medical company Novo Nordisk in Bagsværd, Demnmark. The project features two buildings: a six-storey cylindrical structure and a four-storey wedge-shaped office. The project will provide 50,200 sq m of office space. Work will begin in October this year and is expected to complete in 2013. Illustrations by Henning Larsen Architects
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