‘Umbrella Facade’ for the Madrid Pavilion by 3Gatti

3Gatti Architecture Studio will add a facade of opening and closing steel umbrellas to Foreign Office Architects’ Madrid Pavilion from the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

The new cladding will replace bamboo louvres that currently surround the glazed walls of the building, which was originally designed by the former London studio to accommodate an exhibition about low-cost housing for the six-month-long world fair.

The pavilion was converted into a retail and office complex once the Expo was over, but two years on the bamboo had started to rot and the steel frames were showing signs of rust, so the owners asked 3Gatti Architecture Studio of Rome and Shanghai to come up with a new design. Continue reading ‘Umbrella Facade’ for the Madrid Pavilion by 3Gatti

The ‘Elbphilharmonie’ – Roofing Ceremony for a Spectacular Concert Hall in Hamburg, Germany

This week saw the topping-out ceremony of Herzog & de Meuron’s Philharmonic Concert Hall on the river Elbe in Hamburg, Germany. Called ‘Elbphilharmonie’, the project is in the midst of construction and the architects just released some photos.

The project involves installing the Swiss architects’ new glass structure atop a red brick warehouse built in 1963 by the late Hamburg architect Werner Kallmorgen.

The building will comprise three concert halls, a hotel, apartments, and a public square elevated 37 metres above the river.

Construction is due for completion in 2012.

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‘Flora’ by Astrid Krogh

With her colorful ‘Neon wallpapers’ and her delicate luminous weavings the Danish textile designer Astrid Krogh has not only lighten up some rather dry environments such as the Danish Parliament or the headquarter of the Danish State Railway – many of her works are associated with the architecture of well-known international practices.

Artist Astrid Krogh uses neon lights instead of paint as her medium to create bright wall displays. Her latest neon light installation is ‘Flora’, a decoration for the Nikolai Quarter in Kolding, Denmark, which was commissioned by the Commune of Kolding.

In contrast to Astrids previous neon tapestries ‘Flora’ is less patterned but a very free composition of old floral ornaments.

For her 12 x 11 meters installation, the artist used 220 meters of neon tubes.