Art galleries, cinemas and workshops of all kinds: the future George Lucas Museum, scheduled for 2021 in California, immediately presents as an out-of-the-ordinary project, pushing the boundaries of the very concept of cultural centres.
In Thionville, the Dominique Coulon studio is revolutionising the concept of a public multimedia library
Can you create a space that is both a library and a visual and digital arts centre? This is the innovative project launched by the French architecture studio Dominique Coulon destined for the town of Thionville in Northern France, featuring a new kind of multimedia library with an unmistakably social dimension.
Architecture studio James Law Cybertecture has developed a new prototype of micro-housing made from stackable tubes that could well represent the future of urban housing. With cities in constant development, the lack of space and housing for all their inhabitants is often a major problem. With these ‘tubes’, James Law Cybertecture creates new and original ways of living in today’s city.
Kengo Kuma & Associates studio, directed by Yuki Ikeguchi, recently won the design competition for a new waterfront cultural centre in Copenhagen. Located on ‘Paper Island’, which is already home to the contemporary art museum, the Waterfront Cultural Center aims to highlight the importance of water in the city’s history, culture and urban dynamics.
Having already met with success in Sao Paulo, hotel brand Emiliano has finalised its new building in Rio de Janeiro, just off Copacabana beach.
In late June, KIA Motors celebrated the official opening of its new futuristic experience centre, BEAT 360, in downtown Seoul, Korea. Aiming to enrich its customers’ visits, inside the building it offers exclusive connected spaces, while on the outside it boasts a unique architectural façade.
American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry has corrected his initial 2013 plans to design a set of buildings in the heart of Santa Monica, California. Known for his original and often ‘twisted’ constructions, Gehry’s new architectural feat, The Ocean Avenue Project, features futuristic, clean forms and a privileged outlook onto both the street and the ocean.
Iranian architect Habibeh Madjdabadi has designed a spectacular complex, mixing traditional inspiration with futuristic forms.
The inspiration behind the United Arab Emirates’ pavilion at the next World Expo, which will take place in Dubai in 2020, is a falcon taking flight, the historic symbol of the group of seven countries. The United Arab Emirates had only just made their involvement official when the plans for their pavilion were unveiled to the public. The architect Santiago Calatrava has designed the 49,000-m2 building, which will be one of the highlights of the Dubai World Expo 2020.
Reputed for its sustainable architecture, architectural firm Kieran Timberlake has built the new US embassy in London. A glass fortress that is set to be inaugurated in January 2018.