Anyone feeling a bit short on their knowledge of great architecture need look no further than the new animated short “The ABC of Architects.” Created by animators Andrea Stinga and Federico Gonzalez, the piece traces 26 of the world’s most influential architects, from Alvar Aalto to Zaha Hadid and their most famous structures.
Seemingly the hub of all economic development these days, China is leading the way in architecture with some of the world’s most modern & beautiful structures popping up in the country at breakneck speed (unfortunately, there’s also a lot of really ugly, empty ones, unsafe ones, too). Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid’s newest and easily most beautiful structure to date, the 330,000-square-metre Galaxy Soho retail/office/entertainment complex in Beijing now tops that list. Read More
Singlehandedly responsible for some of “New China’s” most incredible architectural developments, the totally self-made Zhang Xin—who rose from toiling in a Chinese sweatshop to become a billionaire real estate developer with impeccable taste—is a powerhouse design connoisseur poised to remake the face of modern China with her firm, Soho China.
With a tolerance for cold exceeded only by his outright fetish for high heels, the London-based street art phantom known as INSA spent the past three weeks in -35 degree temperatures carving out his own visionary art suite at Sweden’s legendary ICE HOTEL in the Arctic Circle. A boarding phenomenon unto itself, the hotel is an annual construction that allows guests to eat, sleep, and whatever else might happen on a Reindeer skin in between eating and sleeping, in the cold comfort of a hotel and bed constructed entirely of native ice & snow. A sculptural palace akin to the fortress of solitude in its crystalline grandeur, the hotel is a marvel of chainsaw-carved architecture beneath the haunting lights of the aurora borealis. Insa’s room, is of course, dominated by a pair of 6-foot-tall legs in high heels straddling a bed whose headboard bears the artist’s trademark interlocking swirly heels graphic, transforming the space into a sacrilegious space of worship for the truly devoted. If your fat layers are properly developed and you fancy a stay, unleash your reservation by clicking HERE. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As part of their ongoing celebration of the upcoming 2008 Olympic games NIKE has pulled yet another trick out of the hat by projecting images of some of China’s greatest athletes onto the sparse sides of superstar Dutch architect REM KOOLHAAS‘ new governmental CCTV building in downtown Beijing. Transforming the city’s sleepless skyline into a nighttime multimedia event, the projections highlight one of the country’s most significant architectural endeavors and their greatest hope for Olympic greatness at a time when the eyes of the world are all focused on the rapidly developing Red giant…
On the eve of ESPO‘s (aka: Stephen Powers) closing party for his first European solo show, “Sleep and Repeat” at the very happening V1 GALLERY in Copenhagen, Denmark, we offer a quick flashback to the exhibit’s inagural nite in November when Philly’s native son first broke the ice. HAVE A LOOK: Read More