Friday, April 29, 2011

Exposition Amsterdam

Exposition from May 1st till June 30 th 2011 at the Public Library OBA Mercatorplein) in Amsterdam

Thursday, April 14, 2011

THE WATERHOUSE at South Bund - Shanghai by NHDRO

Boutique Hotel
Shanghai, China
Located by the new Cool Docks development on the South Bund District of Shanghai, the Waterhouse is a four-story, 19-room boutique hotel built into an existing three-story Japanese Army headquarters building from the 1930’s. The boutique hotel fronts the Huangpu River and looks across at the gleaming Pudong skyline. The architectural concept behind NHDRO’s renovation rests on a clear contrast of what is old and new. The original concrete building has been restored while new additions built over the existing structure were made using Cor-Ten steel, reflecting the industrial past of this working dock by the Huangpu River. NHDRO’s structural addition, on the fourth floor, resonates with the industrial nature of the ships which pass through the river, providing an analogous contextual link to both history and local culture.
NHDRO was also responsible for the design of the hotel’s interior, which is expressed through both a blurring and inversion of the interior and exterior, as well as between the public and private realms, creating a disorienting yet refreshing spatial experience for the hotel guest who longs for an unique five-star hospitality experience. The public spaces allow one to peek into private rooms while the private spaces invite one to look out at the public arenas, such as the large vertical room window above the reception desk and the corridor windows overlooking the dining room. These visual connections of unexpected spaces not only bring an element of surprise, but also force the hotel guests to confront the local Shanghai urban condition where visual corridors and adjacencies in tight nong-tang’s define the unique spatial flavor of the city.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Preview Milan: Successful Living from Diesel with Moroso

‘Chubby Chic’, the latest furniture line by Successful Living from Diesel puts comfort first! Chubina Mozarella, Poufy Scamorzo and Grana Cuscino all flaunt their curves and show off their assets, with leather details like belts and handles containing the soft and natural linens.