Architecture

RIBA International Prize 2018 - The world’s best new building Brazilian school

Children Village, a new school complex on the edge of the rainforest in northern Brazil designed by Brazilian architects, Aleph Zero and Rosenbaum, has won the RIBA International Prize 2018. 

The RIBA International Prize is awarded every two years to a building that exemplifies design excellence and architectural ambition, and delivers meaningful social impact. It is one of the world’s most rigorously judged architecture awards, with every longlisted building visited by a group of international experts.  Children Village was chosen from a shortlist of four exceptional new buildings by a grand jury chaired by renowned architect Elizabeth Diller (DS+R).

The architects, Gustavo Utrabo and Petro Duschenes from Aleph Zero, designed Children Village in collaboration with Marcelo Rosenbaum and Adriana Benguela from architecture and design studio, Rosenbaum. 

The tropical climate, with summertime temperature in the mid-40 degrees, was one of the major challenges cleverly addressed by the architects. The large canopy roof, the structure of which is made up of cross-laminated timber beams and columns, provides shading. The overhanging canopy design has created an intermediary space, between inside and out, giving the effect of a large veranda overlooking the surrounding landscape and creating a comfortable environment with no need for air conditioning. 

Combining a contemporary aesthetic with traditional techniques, Children Village has been described by the judges as ‘reinventing Brazilian vernacular’. The building is constructed with local resources and based on local techniques. Earth blocks handmade on site were used to construct the walls and latticework, chosen for their thermal, technical and aesthetic properties. As well as being cost effective and environmentally sustainable, this approach creates a building with strong connections to its surroundings and with the community that it serves.

Children Village

Children Village provides boarding accommodation for 540 children aged 13 to 18 attending the Canuanã School. Pupils come from remote areas of the country, some travelling many hours by boat. Funded by the Bradesco Foundation, Children Village is one of forty schools run by the foundation providing education for children in rural communities across Brazil.

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2018 Beirut Design Fair scenography will be designed by GM Architects

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An emergence of Beirut’s cultural and creative energy

Beirut Design Fair is being held for the second time in its history, as an important hub for multi-cultural design and innovation in the region. Bringing together emerging and established designers with industry leaders and the public, highlighting the creative power of the Lebanese capital.

In order to further shed light upon this emergence of a cultural and creative boom happening in Beirut, GM Architects has decided to pay tribute to the city, its past and its future. Recalling a pre-civil war, 1960 Golden Age, and declaring a new renaissance for the Lebanese capital as a global hotspot for rising talent and culture.

GM Architects is pleased to announce a collaboration with Beirut Design Fair, in the design of its interior exhibition space. An impressive 4,000m2 space, that will welcome thousands of visitors and where creatives and designers from the region and around the globe will exhibit their own creations and designs.

GM Architects is inspired by the “organized chaos” that so clearly defines the organic urban growth of Beirut, mixing its changing colors, proportions, and styles; the architects’ goals was to create the interiors of Beirut Design Fair such as they reflect this influx of creativity and fertile ground for innovation in design.

Galal Mahmoud explains his inspiration and main theme for the exhibition space as “the layered evolution of Beirut’s urban fabric as it continuously evolves from order to disorder and vice versa...Space will be organized like a city, where one tends to get lost in its play of narrow and wide streets all while having punctual high landmarks that gives a sense of direction.”

Such effect will be will be materialized, the architect explains, through the use of shifting walls, that serve to give a direction to the visitor and guide them through the exhibition- all while being used as partition walls for the various stands. The colors that were chosen are a direct reference to Beirut’s golden age, a reminder of past times marked by bright optimism for the future “as we try to get back on that right track that we were once on half a century ago” Galal Mahmoud explains.

Also based in Beirut, GM Architects, makes part of this very fabric of the city’s design and creative emergence and promising influential future in the region and internationally.

About Beirut, design hub of the Levant

BEIRUT DESIGN FAIR is principally dedicated to collectible and limited edition contemporary or vintage furniture and design objects. The fair presents pieces by leading international designers and galleries from across the world (Europe, USA, Middle East), with about 60 exhibitors from over 10 countries. The event includes a non-commercial program consisting of conferences and round-tables, workshops, installations and live performances.

BEIRUT DESIGN FAIR offers an exceptional, innovative program that confirms Beirut’s role as one of today’s most vibrant centers of contemporary creation while positioning Lebanon in its rightful place:  as the Design Platform of the Middle East!

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For more information, please visit: https://beirut-design-fair.com/

Global Millennials a World-Class Experiential Art, Culture and Retail Landmark - K11 MUSEA

K11 MUSEA a name inspired by A Muse by the Sea for its revolutionary retail concepts – is the latest and most prestigious addition to K11’s burgeoning museum-retail portfolio and is located at the heart of Victoria Dockside, a broader project by New World Development that includes cultural, commercial, residential, hotel and family spaces, as well as art and design programmes. Victoria Dockside is a rejuvenation by New World Development of a once-celebrated district of Hong Kong, previously popular with tourists and locals alike. The project has been described by US media outlets as “Hong Kong’s Hudson Yards,” about the Manhattan mega-project, and as “Hong Kong’s most anticipated opening.”

Celebrating K11’s 10th anniversary, the Group announced the naming of its anchor project at Victoria Dockside as K11 MUSEA (pronounced: meu-see-ah), K11 MUSEA is inspired by the name of A Muse by the Sea and K11 MUSEA to be open in Q3 2019. Situated along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, K11 MUSEA is the brand’s most ambitious museum retail landmark ever, as well as an aspirational global destination merging lifestyle, culture, and art. 

The 10-storey K11 MUSEA is K11’s latest flagship project, catering to the dynamic lifestyles of globetrotting millennials by bringing together world-class experiential retail, art, culture, entertainment, and dining under one magnificent roof.K11 MUSEA will house an extensive selection of international brands – many of which will be concept stores and flagships debuting in Hong Kong with a brand new image. K11 MUSEA takes inspiration from research that reveals Asian millennials as “Super Consumers,” prominent drivers of global consumption with spending power set to reach US$6 trillion by 2020 as they grow to account for 45% of Asia’s millennial population. K11 MUSEA will get together global millennials to discover their muse after its opening in Q3 2019 while positioning itself as an aspirational destination merging art, culture, and commerce in Hong Kong and Asia.

Hailed as the crown jewel of K11’s museum-retail concept, K11 MUSEA features many architectural highlights, including the 2,000-square-foot outdoor Sunken Plaza, modeled on amphitheaters and installed with programmed water patterns and a misting system for a cooling effect. Together with a large 25-foot-tall LED screen above, Sunken Plaza offers an intimate and immersive venue for cultural events ranging from outdoor movie screenings and live music to art and design related performances. As a new global destination to discover one’s muse and bask in the most exceptional art and cultural content, K11 MUSEA will display a world-class public art collection throughout its premises when it opens, highlighting the brand’s core values of Art, People, and Nature.

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