Among the best stories of April, Milan Design Week, two artistic installations, effective house renovations and the new General Local Plan for Tirana.
Two stars from the art world offer great immersive installations: one is Ai Weiwei, within a dreamy vineyard in Provence, followed by Damien Hirst, within the striking interiors of Palazzo Grassi in Venice. Like every year, the Fuorisalone attracts thousands of people with appointments and new ideas, while Carlo Ratti experiences the principle of the “implicit experimentation” with a kinetic wooden stool. This and more in the best stories of April.
– The house by Apollo architects in Matsuyama features a repetitive wooden structure, which rises up from the floor to continuously form a column-free, shell-like space.
– Barcelona-based studio Arquitectura-G renewed a house in Girona, whose main facade shows through a large vertical gap the vertical sequence of spaces that are stacked inside the building.
– Carlo Ratti Associati unveiled a special kinetic wooden stool designed for Cassina using the “implicit programming” design principle and CNC technologies. #MDW2017
– A selection of ten projects seen at SaloneSatellite looks at interiors in terms of light, material and sustainability. #MDW2017
– Located in a former industrial district of Vienna, this hotel by BWM Architekten features a rugged brick facade and refined interiors reminiscent of Viennese Modernism.
– Damien Hirst’s exhibition in Venice tells the story of the ancient wreck of the ship Unbelievable and presents what was discovered of its precious cargo.
– Within the evocative setting of the biodinamic vineyard of Château La Coste in Southern France, Ai Weiwei installed large-scale site specific pieces recalling Chinese mythology.
– The Albanian National Council approved the General Local Plan called Tirana 2030, designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti together with UNLAB and IND.
Top: Arquitectura-G, House in La Tallada, Girona, 2017. Photo José Hevia