Store: Barcelona, Spain
Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
These ceramic elements, creating the niches to display the items, are very elemental in shape. Is by repeating them throughout the space that they create complexity. They become the walls, shelves, the staff counter, the customers’ bench; there is no other presence in the space besides these very simple ceramic elements. It is exciting to us to use such an old traditional material and find new ways to craft it, to shape it, to combine its units creating different architectural elements that can solve the needs of the contemporary life.
Text description provided by the architects. We were interested in the idea of displaying each item separately, with their own space, bringing more attention to the products. For that we thought on a niche system composed by roof tile-like ceramic elements. Both Japan and Spain have a long tradition of the use of this architectural element but crafted in very different ways: roof tiles in Japan are glazed and shiny while those in the Mediterranean are left with the material naked, exposing its texture. This difference was of great interest to us and this project was a good chance to explore on this.
- Location: Shenzhen, China
- Interior Designers: Yebin Design
- Year: 2019
The Conemoting Market lies next to the old residential buildings of the 1990s in Shenzhen, China. A shop in this market is chosen by Cecily and J. Howell, which is on the ground floor with five meters of basement and probably able to satisfy their imagination of a select shop. Because the fashionable people in Shenzhen don't care where the physical space is in the virtual world as long as it has the potential of Internet celebrity.
In Conemoting Market, display and counter sales can already be handled as a supplementary function of the online stores. In the online shop, the creativity of designers is stimulated and the technique of expression began to exaggerate, so the wonderful ideas of specific materials, colors, objects, lights, and sounds are further developed.
In other words, Conemoting Market is a physical space created for the online space, where the self-expression desire from the young generation can be released, the passion and inclusiveness of the old city community is ignited, meanwhile, it reflects the progress of the diversification of commercial ecology in Chinese cities.
London firm Acme has completed a shopping centre in Leeds, England, featuring a white latticed concrete facade and an interior modelled on old-fashioned arcades.
Victoria Gate contains a mixture of arcade-like covered shopping streets, a car park and a flagship for the department store John Lewis.
The centrepiece of the Acme-designed complex is the diagrid facade of the flagship, which is made from diagonal struts of etched concrete.
Internally, the rest of the of the shopping centre is designed to reference Leeds' historic shopping arcades. It features wide walkways paved with zigzag-patterned stonework, curving glass shopfronts and a roof of latticed steel and glass that floods the space with natural light.
"We have worked hard to create buildings that are specific to their place and time, and unmistakably a part of Leeds," said Acme director Friedrich Ludewig, who worked on the £165 million project with the developer Hammerson.
"While malls can be indistinguishable indoor worlds, arcades are covered external streets with real facades and a great sense of order and rhythm."
The John Lewis building features five shopping floors and a rooftop restaurant – making it the tallest post-war department store in the UK outside of London.
Panes of glass set into the diagonal facade illuminate some area areas of the building, while bronze- and ivory-coloured terracotta infills block the light in others. The building is connected to the arcades by a glazed link
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Designer: Joao Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos
Number of Levels: Two-storey
You'd be surprised on how screens can actually look beautiful for the home.
Some homes make use of screens in order to add privacy to their dwellings and to control the amount of light that gets into the home.
This is usually used by those whose location catches direct sunlight or are near the streets. But for whatever reason they would do it, it wouldn’t look appealing if you just use the usual screens. Well, in classic times that would be accepted but for modern designs, it would totally not be accepted anymore because of the huge number of materials and choices that are available in the market. We have seen many homes that made use of screens for their exterior and I know that it totally changed your idea about using screens for the home because it also made me realize that even screens can look lovely.
Today, we are going to show you a home designed by Joao Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos. While renovating a house in Lisbon, Portugal, they decided to add a contemporary white artistic screen to the rear of the home. The main area of intervention was the rear part of the house, which was completely redrawn. Searching for a contrast with the main façade, the designers envisioned a fascia, opened by a series of windows and shutters resembling a pattern of traditional Portuguese tiles. This pattern works like a skin that filters the sun light and also protects the house from intruders. In order to give the top floor more habitable space, they created a mansard roof with three openings. At the ground level they transformed the ground floor in one unique living area, joining together the entrance, the living room and the kitchen. A white volume coated with grate lines, disguises an area of a closet, social toilet and storage. This central core also performs a separation within spaces. The first floor included a private area, where the rooms are located as well as a suite. For the attic they idealized the mansard roof to give us the possibility of more livable area. With great view to the garden, is a bed room, a toilet and an office. Take a look at the house below.
This is the facade of the house which showcase a lovely design for the screen. Aside from that, there are also windows seen at the topmost part of the house which I would guess is also a skylight as well.
The screen can also be opened to let the interior spaces have direct access to the landscaped backyard and this is how it looks like when the screen is open both on the lower and upper level of the home.
Behind the screen is the dining area. Yes, even with the screen, we can still take a look at the interior of the home which is really nice. But of course, it isn’t as clear as it is when the screens are open.
And when that screen is opened, you can clearly take a look at what is inside. You can notice that the home has a neat interior inside. Seen here is a glimpse of the kitchen, dining and living areas. Notice that there is a nice contrast of colors used in the interior of the house which looks good with the wooden flooring.
Also found at the rear part of the house is a small courtyard garden. You can see that under the wooden bench there is lighting and we would know how dramatic this one would look like during the night. This part of the house can be accessed through the sliding glass doors when the screens are open.
This time, the screens are closed and we can see the dramatic appeal of the interior when the lights are on. It looks like a giant lamp during the night! It is also a nice idea that the lighting is carried to the garden of the home. I also like it that the wooden flooring for the deck is seemingly extended to create a bench where one can relax while sitting under the skies.