Newsletter 11.2011

Dear readers,

As the days get shorter, temperatures drop and fairy lights flood the streets with soft flicker, the winter season is, irrefutably, upon us. But no matter whether you'd rather wrap yourself cosily in a fluffy blanket and stay at home with a good book and a cuppa, or, if ditching it all and jumping into a plane for sunnier regions is more your thing - we've got it covered.

So, here's what's in store for you this month:

- Architecture between heaven and earth: extraordinary Control Tower Design
- Knowledge Bases: Library architecture from antiquity to the digital age
- Best kept secret: Foscarini's Research & Development lab
- Designeast.eu 'Offline'
- The latest projects from Architonic's 'Architecture & Design' section


   
Edinburgh Airport Air traffic control tower, 3dReid, London; photographer: Hufton & Crow

For the travellers and globe-trotters out there, Architonic's editors take a careful look at the aspect of airport planning in the article 'Architecture between heaven and earth: extraordinary Control Tower Design' where we examine the striking constructions by Zechner & Zechner Architects, 3dReid, and HOK Architects. What is more, in Czech Republic, Prague International Airport became a rather unlikely venue for an exhibition of select design from central and eastern Europe called "Designeast.eu OFFLINE".

The second article in our magazine is also dedicated to travelling, albeit in more metaphorical sense. There's no denying books' profound and centuries-old ability to captivate, enthrall and transport with libraries being central to gathering, preserving and archiving the literary heritage. In recent years however, libraries have been undergoing a big technological change, the phenomenon which we survey in 'Knowledge Bases - Library architecture from antiquity to the digital age'.

Finally, Architonic's editors' latest travels take them to Italian comune of Marcon, Venice where behind the closed door we discover some of the best-kept secrets of the recognised Italian lighting manufacturer Foscarini.


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Architecture between heaven and earth: extraordinary Control Tower Design
 
Even if it has become an everyday experience to take a flight in an aeroplane people continue to be fascinated by the act of overcoming gravity. The attraction of aircraft, airports and their infrastructure is accordingly great. It is not just because of this fascination for aviation that designing an airport is one of the most challenging and prestigious tasks for the architect.

  Architecture between heaven and earth: extraordinary Control Tower Design  
Farnborough Airport Air traffic control tower, 3dReid, London; photographer: Hufton & Crow
   
Newcastle Airport Air Traffic Control Tower, 3dReid, London; photographer: Hufton & Crow
 
 
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Knowledge Bases - Library architecture from antiquity to the digital age
 

Since centuries, libraries have not just been a collection of cultural treasures but also a place where the entire knowledge of the state is concentrated, a central collection of important information.
Contemporary libraries use cutting-edge technology like network databases and complex archive systems, also the book is replenished by other modern media.

  Knowledge Bases - Library architecture from antiquity to the digital age  
Library of University of Zurich, Faculty of Law by Santiago Calatrava, 2005 © Ralph Richter/archenova
   
Rolex Learning Centers, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne by Sanaa
 
 
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Best kept secret - Foscarini's Research & Development lab
 
Join us on the photographic journey through Foscarini's normally closed-to-visitors Research and Development lab and find out how long does it take to determine the ‘aging process' of a lamp or what exactly does the draught-proof enclosure for endurance test look like.

  Best kept secret - Foscarini's Research & Development lab  
The Foscarini lamps are tested their 'aging' process; photo © Architonic
   
Design process according to Foscarini; photo © Architonic
 
 
Architonic Products & Materials: Inspiring search results N° 1
Interior fabrics / Upholstery materials | Decorative fabrics | Colour red
 
In this section, we spotlight a select search results from Architonic's vast 'Products & Materials' database which features more than 100 000 items. 'Inspiring search results' is meant to highlight the variety and depth of our unique, premium-segment design product library.

  Architonic Products & Materials: Inspiring search results N° 1
 
 
Designeast.eu 'Offline'
 

DESIGNEAST.EU OFFLINE is an ongoing exhibition project that expands on the online activities of the Designeast.eu, which is an acclaimed blog that aims to publish and promote select quality design from the former Eastern Bloc. On show is a curated selection of contemporary design works from central and eastern Europe by means of 24 large format prints installed in two special exhibition spaces in Prague and Budapest.

  Designeast.eu 'Offline'  
Designeast.eu's 'Offline' exhibition at Prague International Airport: photo by Jan Toušek
   
'Offline' exhibition by Designeast.eu at Prague International Airport: Fotograf: Jan Toušek
 
 
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Recent Projects from 'Architecture & Design'
 
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  Recent Projects from 'Architecture & Design'  
Music Hall and Auditorium in Algueña MUCA; photo David Frutos
Studio DRIFT
   
Flylight, an interactive light installation by Studio Drift
AWP
   
'Norwegian Wood' lantern installation by AWP
 
 
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