Fondation Louis Vuitton - Paris, France - by Gehry Partners LLP Architects

The project was developed by American based studio Gehry Partners LLP Architects. The LVMH Group announces the opening to the public on Monday 27 October 2014, of the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

The Foundation will be located in a building commissioned by Bernard Arnault, and designed by the American architect Frank Gehry. Resembling a cloud of glass, the building is set in the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris, in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton’s mission is to encourage and promote contemporary artistic creation both in France and internationally. The collections and programmes will continue the tradition of artistic and creative movements of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The building for the Fondation Louis Vuitton includes exhibition galleries dedicated to the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and artists’ commissions.

It is completed by a flexible auditorium for the presentation of multi-disciplinary performances and events. Its terraces offer unique panoramic views of Paris and the lush greenery of the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the inspiration for Frank Gehry’s architecture of glass and transparency.

In the context of the opening programme, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will present an exhibition showcasing the architectural project created by Frank Gehry for the foundation.


Housing ZAC du Coteau - Paris, France - by ECDM Architecs

The project was developed by French based studio ECDM Architects. The project compromises a multi-surface balconies which increase a minimum 50% of the floor surface in a construction cost drastically.

The project implements objective values ​​where all constructive and architectural aspects are thought to their use value and their economic performance.

The façade is an expression of a living space with alternating sinusoidal movements are performed to allow natural sunlight despite door overhang of up to 3.20 m deep. So before each trip the balcony is a maximum amplitude to refine outside the rooms or secondary parts. 

Accommodations are alternate level by level to never overlay stays. So despite the very generous sized balconies, there is no masking effect between dwellings.

The unique architecture of the building provides the opportunity to rethink a formal relationship between a landscape and ways of living. The project envisages housing as stacked villas, wide open on their environment, extended by vast exterior surfaces. The exchange will between the frame and the landscape is a structural concern when choosing project development has led us to immerse built in a park, in a green setting.

Give 100% of housing a large outdoor area with a main room systematically positioned to get the best sunlight, better view and more privacy. 

Each unit is extended to the outside by balconies 30 m2 on average for a 3 rooms of 60 m2. These generous outdoor spaces, real living rooms allow to leverage private areas, in a search for harmony between the urban world and its environment.


Bombay Sapphire Distillery - Laverstoke Mill, UK - by Thomas Heatherwick

The project was completed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick studio for gin company Bombay Sapphire in Laverstoke Mill, Hampshire – England. Heatherwick has leaded the renovation of a cluster of existing red brick buildings and added two glasshouses where the 10 botanic ,the unique taste of Bombay Sapphire are grown on display.

The site in the village of Laverstoke straddles the River Test, one of England’s finest chalk streams. Originally operating as a corn mill, the land was acquired in 1718 by Henry Portal and developed for the manufacture of paper to produce the world’s bank notes. Over the following two centuries it grew into a sprawling industrial complex, including a series of Grade II listed buildings such as the mill owner’s house, the workers’ cottages and the main mill building.

To bring clarity to such a disparate site it became obvious to us that it would not be enough to simply restore the existing historic buildings, but that we needed to reveal the River Test once more and to use it as a device around which to organise everything.  We also felt that the site’s new master plan would only work with the creation of a central courtyard as a gathering area and a point of focus.

To turn these thoughts into reality we worked with government agencies English Heritage and English Nature to meticulously restore twenty-three of the existing historic buildings, to conserve the local wildlife and also to negotiate the removal of nine of the most recent industrial structures and a poor quality bridge. 

The initial master plan brief had also included the creation of a visitor centre. However on seeing the vapour distillation process and the sculptural forms of the large copper gin stills, one of which is more than two hundred years old, we became convinced that witnessing the authentic distillation process would be far more interesting and memorable for a visitor than any simulated visitor experience.

This production technique, that is different from those used by other gin distillers, is still carried out in accordance with a recipe devised in 1761 and involves infusing the gin with the vapours of ten tropical and mediterranean herbs and spices.

The studio developed the idea of building two intertwining botanical glasshouses as a highlight of the central courtyard, one tropical and the other mediterranean, to house and cultivate the ten plant species that give Bombay Sapphire gin its particularity. Excitingly, as the industrial vapour distillation process produces excess heat that otherwise has to be taken away, and as the creation of tropical and mediterranean climatic environments in the British context require additional heat, there was a potential virtuous circle if we could tie these two things together.

The resulting glasshouse structures spring from one of the historic mill buildings, now re-appropriated as a gin distillation hall, recycling the spare heat from the machinery to make the perfect growing conditions for tropical and mediterranean plants. The two glasshouses then embed themselves into the flowing waters of the newly-widened riverbed.  Working with a team from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew as horticultural collaborators, the ten exotic botanical plant types grow in the two structures alongside over a hundred additional plant and herb species that provide the accompanying ecosystem required to maintain them.

The resulting complex geometries of the new asymmetrical glasshouses took many months to calculate, engineer and refine. The finished built structures are made from eight hundred and ninety three individually-shaped two-dimensionally curved glass pieces held within more than one and a quarter kilometres of bronze-finished stainless steel frames. In their entirety the glasshouses are made from more than ten thousand bespoke components.

On arrival, visitors walk to the newly opened-up river, before crossing a bridge and making their way along the waterside to the main production facility located in the centre of the site facing into the courtyard and new glasshouses. Through careful restoration of the historical buildings, widening and revealing the River Test and the construction of a new gin factory system including new glasshouses, this project juxtaposes Laverstoke’s historical past with an interesting new future.

The distillery opened to the public in autumn 2014 and was awarded an ‘outstanding’ BREEAM rating for its design, making it both the first distillery and the first refurbishment project to have ever been awarded this rating.



High Line - The Rail Yards- New York, USA - by Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects

The project was completed by American based studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects. The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line.

Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition.

It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy.

In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support virtually all of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.

Friends of the High Line is the non-profit, private partner to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Friends of the High Line works with the City to make sure the High Line is maintained as a great public place for all New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing the maintenance, operations, and public programming for the High Line, Friends of the High Line is currently working to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line's construction and create an endowment for its future operations.

Friends of the High Line works to build and maintain an extraordinary public space on the High Line. We seek to protect the entire historic structure, transforming an essential piece of New York’s industrial past and inspiring new ways of thinking about the city, parks, public space, preservation, and community. We provide virtually all of the High Line’s annual operating budget and are responsible for the maintenance of the park, pursuant to a license agreement with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line.



Kolding Campus - University of Southern Denmark - by Henning Larsen Architects

The project was developed by Danish based studio Henning Larsen Architects. As the new learning centre of excellence, Kolding Campus will house the courses in communications, design, culture and languages of the University of Southern Denmark.

The building is located on the Grønborg grounds in the centre of Kolding close to the harbour, station and scenic attraction of the river. Kolding Campus will create a new central plaza by Kolding River and will thereby form a close interaction with the other educational institutions of the town, Kolding Design School and International Business College Kolding.

The shape and facades of the building create a powerful dialogue between the inner life of the building and the outside observer. The facade is an integrated part of the building and together, they create a unique and varying expression. Inside in the five floor high atrium, the displaced position of the staircases and access balconies creates a special dynamics where the triangular shape repeats its pattern in a continuous variety of positions up through the different floors.

The activities open up towards the town so that the campus plaza and the interior study universe become one interconnected urban space with a green park at the back and a common recreational town plaza at the front. The building features a number of sustainable initiatives, for instance cooling by means of water from Kolding River, mechanical low-energy ventilation and solar cells. The green areas are tied together in an ecological infrastructure, which will eventually become part of the research park.

The form and the facade of the building create a strong dialogue between the inner life of the building and the public outside. Both inside and out, large art installations working with the theme ‘TIME’ are integrated in the facades and the walls. What appears to be abstract art pieces are in actuality clocks, measuring time with colours, lines and circles of LED-lighting but also working in a balance between aesthetics and functionality.

The interplay between function and aesthetics is present throughout the building.

Throughout the design of Kolding Campus, there has been a continued focus on creating a stable framework for the learning environment while inviting students to think outside the traditional frame—to be creative and discover new ways to use the campus as a meeting place between the various disciplines. Furthermore, the play with angles in the central atrium creates new encounters between architecture, art and audience.

The dynamic building form opens to welcome students, staff and locals. The transparency of the perforated facades gives a glimpse of the campus’ inner activities and creates a dialogue between the interior and the exterior. Throughout the day thousands of small apertures in the facade filter sunshine for a naturally but indirectly-lit study environment. In the evening, the inner light pours out from the building, making it appear as an architectural light sculpture.