Optimism and modernity expressed through the polished, corrugated-metal facade of French practice ecdm's new hotel de ville in the town of Bezons; Photo: Benoît Fougeirol
THE PEOPLE'S PALACE
Civic pride is back in fashion, as town-hall architecture moves from the anonymous, unambitious projects of earlier decades to buildings that have all the spectacle and drama of those grand 19th-century palaces for the people. This time round, however, it's also about transparency and community. Architecture for all.
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YOU CAN'T FIGHT CITY HALL: NEW CIVIC ARCHITECTURE Text: Alyn Griffiths
When it comes to place-making and civic pride, town halls have a special status and a responsibility. Architects get busy with the new generation of people's palaces.
Perforated steel panels wrap the facades of the new town hall in Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, France, offering protection from direct sunlight, while communicating transparency. Photo Julien Lanoo
London’s City Hall has been compared variously to a car headlamp, a misshapen egg, a motorcycle helmet and, by former mayor Ken Livingstone, a “glass testicle”. Love it or hate it, the building designed by Foster + Partners demonstrates the challenges involved in developing iconic civic architecture.
Such buildings were traditionally created to instil a sense of pride and identity within the populace, often through the scale or grandiosity of their design. The move towards a more egalitarian society and increased attention on the appropriate allocation of public funds has prompted a more modest approach, but there remains some scope for architectural experimentation.
COLOR NOW BY FAP CERAMICHE: A NEW WAY TO BE INSPIRED
“Be inspired”: this is the suggestion offered by Fap ceramiche with the presentation of the new Color Now collection, a brand-new project that focuses closely on colour and its extraordinary expressive power and ability to awaken emotions, thanks to the technological know-how and trendsetting style that have marked the brand since its origins. The contemporary mood of this range of white-body wall coverings is expressed through 8 intense colours, which form a glamorous, trend-inspired colour range able to provide the perfect response to the most contemporary style demands.
N°38: ALFREDO HÄBERLI
Born in Buenos Aires, industrial designer Alfredo Häberli found his home in Zürich, where he has been running his own studio for over 25 years. Having shared his thoughts on the need for more sensitivity and tactility in this extremely fast, digital world of ours, Häberli’s response to our question about which single material he would elect to work with if he could choose only one was no less surprising.
Alfredo Häberli: Wood is one of the most fantastic materials ever. I like the natural patina that wood receives, being outdoors or indoors.
USM Haller has its roots in architecture and its modular furniture system is recognised today in every urban metropolis as a timeless classic. atelier oï’s concept for the stand at this year’s Salone del Mobile picks up on the connection with architecture, presenting the new USM Haller E in a striking city setting.
The beauty of the product combined with striking architecture, lively façades and fascinating perspectives, making a visit to the stand an unforgettable experience.
EVERYTHING PLUS THE KITCHEN SINK: BLANCO
Text: Sabina Strambu
German kitchen sink and mixer tap specialist BLANCO combines a ninety-year tradition of producing superbly designed products with a distinct flair for the Zeitgeist.
The concept Trends & Traditions Copenhagen will never be an ordinary exhibition. We call it “Furniture – Meet & Greet” to show the distance to the traditional furniture exhibitions. All the exhibitors are selected among Holmris.Designbrokers' own network of 450 furniture- and design distributors. You can meet both international design brands and discover trends from the upcoming designers.
At this year's EuroShop event, Zumtobel has demonstrated how the right light influences human emotions, enabling this key element to exert a significant influence on wellbeing and purchase behaviour in shops. Under the motto “Creating Light Creates Emotions”, the Austrian lighting provider has showcased pioneering lighting solutions for the international retail sector – solutions that have been carefully designed to reflect the results of the Limbic® Lighting study and the Zumtobel concept of Active Light. Both of these aspects illustrate the growing importance of light as an effective marketing and sales tool in shop and retail applications.
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