“You remember when you stayed at home with your family and talked about food – normal life things?” ponders Seyhan Özdemir, who co-founded Turkish design practice Autoban with Sefer Çaglar in 2003. “Everything was so basic – the world is not like that here. In Istanbul everything is confused and complex.”
The co-founder of Office dA has been talking for ten minutes without pause. It’s early morning, Nader Tehrani and I are driving through south Boston in his jeep on our way to get some coffee, and my notepad is already full of questions.
This building is singing. A soft, rustling, jingling sound of metal on metal rises from it when the wind is up, which is often here in the eastern flatlands of the Netherlands. It’s metallic, but not harsh – the gentle sound of many chains growing successively taut and slack
Minimalism is now so well rooted in British architecture that it is like a quiet uncle sitting at the family table. Behind his chair, however, stands a figure who is almost out of view, but he needs a spotlight because he did it first and had a great influence on those who came after.
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are known for sketching out ideas that will never happen, most famously in their sprawling Palace of Projects. But now they’ve proposed a project that they wish could be more than an artwork.
A golden ceiling unites the restaurants, bars and concessions of La Rinascente, a department store in central Milan. The 1,900sq m food hall, designed by London practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, fills the top floor of the neo-classical building.
A living roof covers the headquarters of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, designed by the Genoa-based Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with local practice Stantec Architecture (formerly Chong Partners Architecture).
The last design by Ettore Sottsass will be put into production in July by Italian manufacturer Serralunga. Faituttotu, a collaboration with his partner, British designer Chris Redfern, is a collection of home accessories made of rotation-moulded plastic.
There is a new breed of client who collects architecture like stamps. In Mongolia, Taiwan, South Africa and Brazil, private developers are commissioning big names and hot young practices by the dozen to build huge, diverse developments.