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Lighting a Landmark

Products16. January 2017
By: John Hill
Photo: Tom Gundelwein (All images courtesy of Lichtvision)
The last bit of coal rolled out of the Duhamel mineshaft in June 2012, ending the Saarland region's 250-year history of mining. A lookout designed by Pfeiffer Sachse Architekten that sits atop the mining heap and overlooks the town of Ensdorf honors this tradition. The lighting design, carried out by Lichtvision, is an integral part of the accessible landmark.

Protecting La Cité du Vin

Products12. December 2016
By: John Hill, Thomas Geuder
In Bordeaux, XTU Architects have created a new landmark whose amorphous shape and gold-colored facade are widely visible. (Photo: Anaka / XTU)
Think "Bordeaux" and most likely the French wine comes to mind. Yet Bordeaux is also a city that wants to modernize its image, and is doing it partly with contemporary architecture. Herzog & de Meuron's new stadium is one recent example, as is XTU Architects' La Cité du Vin.

An Old/New Glass Dome in London

Products28. November 2016
By: John Hill
Photo: Eugene Codjoe-Urban Serenity Photography/SCHOLLGLAS
The conversion of a Ford Motor Company garage from 1915 at 184 Shepherd’s Bush Road in London includes three new floors built under a glass dome. Transparent and opaque glass panels in diamond and triangular shapes cover the new roof.

A Hardwood 'Smile'

Products11. November 2016
By: John Hill, Thomas Geuder
The walk-in sculpture "The Smile" at the London Design Festival inspired visitors through its form and its spaciousness. (Photo: Dav Stewart)
This year's London Design Festival had a lot to offer for design enthusiasts. A standout project was "The Smile," a 34-meter-long sculpture by Alison Brooks Architects and Arup that was on display at the Chelsea College of Arts.
All photos courtesy of Speirs + Major, unless noted otherwise
Gasholder No. 8 is a historic cast iron structure that has been transformed into Gasholder Park as part of the huge King's Cross development in London. A subtle yet dramatic lighting design by Speirs + Major ensures the striking structure has a strong presence at night.

A Glass House Like a Grapevine

Products14. October 2016
By: John Hill, Thomas Geuder
In Dielsdorf near Zurich, L3P Architekten have built a residence with a transparent facade. (Picture: Vito Stallone / Glas Trösch)
An area of 45 square meters is not much for the planning of a house. Nevertheless L3P Architekten managed to make room for a family of four in Dielsdorf near Zurich – using the logic of the surrounding grapevines to articulate the structure.

Aluminum 'Blades of Grass'

Products30. September 2016
By: John Hill
The new building seen from the east (Photo: Filippo Romano – all photographs courtesy of Pedrali)
Italian architect Cino Zucchi has covered the new automated warehouse for furniture company Pedrali with aluminum fins in three shades of green in reference to the countryside that surrounds the building.

Shading the Strip

Products15. September 2016
By: John Hill
Photo: Hanns Joosten (All images courtesy of !melk)
"The Park," the first-ever park on the Las Vegas Strip, opened to the public in April. Designed by New York's !melk landscape architecture & urban design, the five-acre park is dotted with clumps of steel shade structures alongside some 250 trees.

Tin House in London

Products 2. September 2016
By: John Hill, Thomas Geuder
Photo: Timothy Soar
In London's Shepherd's Bush area, Henning Stummel Architects has built a house whose rooms are arranged like monks' cells around a courtyard. The roofs and walls are clad in standing seam metal panels covered with a unique bio-based coating.

An Icy Vista

Products18. July 2016
By: John Hill, Thomas Geuder
The Silesian Museum in Katowice connects the area's history of mining and heavy industry and mining with the beginning of a new era. (Photo: Wojciech Kryński)
Riegler Riewe Architekten designed the Silesian Museum in Katowice, Poland, with primarily underground galleries. The building reveals itself on the surface as glass cubes with an almost icy appearance.