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As part of the ‘RIBA Shanghai Windows Project 2014’ UNStudio was invited by China Xintiandi to create a gateway installation for the Xintiandi Style Retail Mall in Shanghai.
Located along Madang Road and framing the entrance to the mall, the project conceptually explores the role of display in Shanghai: the symbiotic relationship of cultural reflections that occur between the city’s occupants and the urban landscape.
Ben van Berkel: “The installation is related to the culture of consuming, not with respect only to shopping, but to consuming images: images of our surroundings, of our city, of the buildings and the people around us and, of course, of ourselves.”
As an extended 30 meter long corridor archway that frames the entrance to Xintiandi Style Retail Mall, the project uses a single architectural gesture that transitions from wall to ceiling to wall.
Ben van Berkel: “We wanted to ‘dress up’ the public space as it were and to capture the public in this environment, almost in a kaleidoscopic catwalk – a place where you can see and be seen, but in surprising ways and within new perspectives of your surroundings.”
Caroline Bos recently took part in the 'International Congress on Architecture - New Buildings with Steel – Freedom of Design in Modern Architecture' in Essen, where she gave apresentation titled 'Dynamic Architecture with Steel – Symbiosis of Design and Technology'.
The Congress took place on Jan 15th in Essen, Germany.
A video overview of the event can be seen here.
Yesterday we received the great news that our 'Spread the Light' donation to Liter of Light has enabled them to complete the funding of their first project in Buenos Aires.
In our New Year's greeting we invited you to Place a light for which UNStudio would make a donation to Liter of Light on your behalf.
Have a delightful 2014
In 2014, we want to brighten up the lives of others. Place a light and UNStudio will make a donation to Liter of Light on your behalf.
My Shelter Foundation’s Liter of Light project is a global open source movement that provides an ecologically and economically sustainable source of light to households that do not have access to electricity.
On Friday 6th Dec the third edition of UNStudio’s Motion Matters exhibition opened at the MAXXI Museum in Rome. After successful installations at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2011 and at Aedes in Berlin this Summer, this site-specific exhibition concept has been tailor designed and realised for Gallery 2 of the MAXXI Museum. UNStudio’s installation brings to a close the ‘Nature’ cycle in which MAXXI has been experimenting with a different approach to monographic exhibitions.
UNStudio's site specific installation involves the public in a dynamic debate. The exhibition is a response to the traditional architectural exhibition in which rescaled representations of architectural designs are presented. In the Motion Matters installation the object exhibited is not in a display case, or merely an object to be looked at, but instead interacts with the visitor and requires their active participation.
Hanjie Wanda Square, a new luxury shopping plaza located in the Wuhan Central Culture Centre, has been completed.
In UNStudio’s design the concept of luxury is incorporated by means of focussing on the craftsmanship of noble, yet simple materials and combines both contemporary and traditional design elements in one concept.
The concept of ‘synergy of flows’ is key to all of the design components; the fluid articulation of the building envelope, the programming of the dynamic façade lighting and its content and the interior pattern language which guides customers from the central atria to the upper levels and throughout the building via linking corridors.
Ben van Berkel: “Reflection, light and pattern are used throughout the Hanjie Wanda Square to create an almost fantastical world. New microcosms and experiences are created for the shopper, similar perhaps to the world of theatre, whereby the retail complex becomes almost a stage or a place of performance and offers a variety of different impressions and experiences to the visitor.”
UNStudio's design for the Baumkirchen Mitte in Munich has been selected as the winning entry from a shortlist of six finalists . UNStudio worked in collaboration with OR else Landscapes on the design for the 18,500m2 residential and office complex located in the east of Munich. With its 60 metre high tower the project will become the focal point for the entrance to the new Baumkirchen Mitte development.
Ben van Berkel: “In the design for the facade of the building we chose for an articulated sobriety, incorporating contrasting scales of detail. The horizontal bands which wrap and organise the building present a sober articulation from a distance, however as you get closer to the building you discover a refined scale of intricate, complex detailing.”
UNStudio's Ardmore Residence in Singapore has been realised.
The primary concept for the design of the 36 storey, 17.178 m² residential tower is a multi-layered architectural response to the natural landscape inherent to the ‘Garden City’ of Singapore.
Ben van Berkel: “The highly textural façade of the Ardmore Residence works in unison with the organisation of the individual apartments, affording both extensive daylight to the unique residential spaces and panoramic views over the city of Singapore. The façade further generates a unique reading of the building in the neighborhood, with its layered contours extending the appearance beyond four façades and providing a variety of profiles and perspectives.”
UNStudio's Kutaisi 'King David the Builder' International Airport in Georgia has been completed.
UNStudio's design comprises the full airport development, including a revision of the runway, the master plan for the landscape and planned future development thereof, the terminal building, offices, a meteorological station and the air traffic control tower.
Ben van Berkel: "The design for the new airport embraces the traveller by embodying the circumstance of the site. Moments of both leaving and returning are celebrated by the large span, open spaces and high ceiling of the terminal structure - reflecting the ways in which such gestures were employed in the great railway stations of the past."
Caroline Bos recently gave a lecture and took part in a panel discussion at ARKIMEET 2013 in Turkey.
ARKIMEET is developed as the most significant meeting platform among the architects in Turkey. With the motto "ARCHITECTS MEET in ISTANBUL", the event comprises national and international conferences and panels and award ceremonies to honor individuals and institutions which contribute to the improvement of the urban quality.
The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) will today hold its 'topping out' celebration.
Located on a site of 76,846 m2 and close to both Changi airport - Singapore’s principal airport - and the Changi Business Park, the SUTD will be Singapore’s fourth and most prestigious university.
UNStudio’s design for the new campus directly reflects SUTD’s curriculum, using the creative enterprise of the school to facilitate a cross-disciplinary interface; interaction is established between the professional world, the campus, and the community at large. The design for the campus offers an opportunity to embrace innovation and creativity through a non-linear connective relationship between students, faculty, professionals and the spaces they interact with.
Ben van Berkel: “The main aim of the design for the Singapore University of Technology and Design was to create a campus that celebrates both teaching and learning in an open and transparent way. The network of horizontal, vertical and diagonal vistas within the double quadrant organisation of the campus enables professors, students and faculty members to see, meet and communicate with each other through a network of crossing points, presenting opportunities for continuous interaction and exchange.”
Project overview: http://www.unstudio.com/projects/singapore-university-of-technology-design
Concluding their successful trade mission to Germany, the Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima yesterday paid a visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. The royal couple were given a tour of the museum by Ben van Berkel and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, before attending a dinner held at the museum.
Photo courtesy of Daimler AG
In the exhibition ‘Motion Matters’ UNStudio presents ten of their milestone projects, as well as their perspective on 25 years of architectural production, the current architectural practice, and current topics that determine the design challenge today. In the exhibition UNStudio explores the theme Mobility in Matter. In various installations the effects of perspective, light, color, space, and material on viewer perception are tested. Within transitional spaces, optical illusions such as moiré and trompe l’oeil effects are brought to contemporary public places with the aim of engaging the visitor and generating perceptual experiences.
Exhibition dates: May 17 – July 4, 2013
Opening: Friday, May 17, 2013, 6:30 PM
Location: Aedes am Pfefferberg, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Further information: Aedes Gallery >>
Ben van Berkel / UNStudio’s Seating Stones for Walter Knoll have been awarded the “red dot award 2013” in the category product design.
With its origins dating back to 1955, the red dot design award ranks among the largest and most renowned competitions in the world today. The motto of the award in 2013 was “In search for excellence”.
The sculptural Seating Stones are inspired by the rhythmic smoothness of geological formations. They offer a diversity of options for placement, as individual objects or side by side as a family of forms in a variety of configurations.