This month Domus 1030

Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Robbrecht en Daem, David Chipperfield Architects, Philippe Rahm Architects, Jimmie Durham, JKMM

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Cover illustration: The Blue Chemist

Archeology Domus 1030


By way of conclusion
“Remember me, remember me, but ah! Forget my fate. Remember me, but ah! Forget my fate.” Dido’s Lament, or When I Am Laid in Earth. From Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, libretto by Nahum Tate, 1689. Presented by Adam Lowe & Charlotte Skene Catling

Portfolio Domus 1030. Photo © Ramak Fazel


Ramak Fazel, Adjuncture, San Francisco Art Institute
Created in 1968 by British architect Paffard Keatinge-Clay, the SFAI extension is a
modernist gem framing San Francisco Bay

Anthropology. Domus 1030. Photo © Leone Contini


The world’s oldest DOC wine and the Chinese market gardens
Between Florence, Pistoia and Prato, where the hills merge with the industrial districts, a small Chinese market garden transfigures the imagery of the Tuscan landscape. Text by Leone Contini

Studio Visit. Toyo Ito. Domus 1030. Foto © Andrea Caputo

Studio visit

Toyo Ito
We visited Toyo Ito & Associates in Tokyo where meetings, sketches and models are key to testing an initial idea before agreeing on the actual design. Presented by Andrea Caputo

Institution. Misk Art Institute. Domus 1030. Photo © Ahmed Mater


Misk Art Institute
Since 2017 the Saudi artist Ahmed Mater has been director of the Misk Art Institute, taking into an institution a decade’s work at the grassroots of his
country’s artistic community. What is an artist’s role in national cultural processes? Presented by Paola Nicolin

Visual essay. Alessandro Mendini. Domus 1030

Visual essay

Alessandro Mendini, Ricercare l’inesprimibile
For Alessandro Mendini, drawing is not a process of representation, but of exploration. The result has relative importance compared to what it communicates. The more contorted the line, the more evident the psychological sincerity that conceived it.

Cara Domus. Cleto Munari. Domus 1030

Dear Domus

Cleto Munari
Fast-forward to 2018; our great friendship and collaboration continues and I know that Alessandro Mendini is the only Italian presence on the global design and art scene. After him, there is nothing.

Identity. Diversity. Michele De Lucchi. Domus 1030. Photo © Matteo Piazza

Identity. Diversity

Without the courage to look ahead, we cannot expand the horizon of knowledge and the desire to explore

Architecture. Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Domus 1030. Photo © Michèle Clavel


Ateliers Jean Nouvel. La Marseillaise
An anthem to light, the new La Marseillaise office tower is the second act in the urban renovation project promoted by Constructa at Les Quais d’Arenc, as part of the French city’s Euroméditerranée redevelopment plan.Text Michele De Lucchi, photo Michèle Clavel

Architecture. David Chipperfield. Domus 1030. Foto © Noshe


David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, Amorepacific headquarters
The workspaces of a big cosmetics company are embodied in a building that is more about social space than geometry. Text by Deyan Sudjic, photos by Noshe

 Architecture. Gion A. Caminada. Domus 1030. Photo © Gaudenz Danuser


Gion A. Caminada, Casa Caminada
Diversity is also a way to interpret tradition, by turning it into an element of identity. Text by Robert Veneri, photo Gaudenz Danuser


Architecture. JKMM. Domus 1030. Photo © Hannu Rytky


JKMM, Amos Rex museum
After a six-year process that led, in 2016, to the rejection of a divisive
project for a new Guggenheim museum on a key harbour-front site, Helsinki continues to pursue its cultural plan with renewed awareness of its identity. Text by Rita Capezzuto. Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo, Mika Huisman

Architecture. Robbrecht and Daem. Domus 1030. Photo Architecture. LabF3. Domus 1030. Photo © Filip Dujardin


Robbrecht en Daem architecten, Zuidertuin
The Belgian office’s refined proposal for an apartment building explores the domestic environment in its complexity, from collective to individual aspects. Text by Véronique Patteeuw. Photo Filip Dujardin

Architecture. LabF3. Domus 1030. Photo © Roberto Macagnino


LabF3, Redeveloping Contrada Bricconi
In Val Seriana, a sensitive recovery project brings the past to life in an ancient stone-built village, designing a geography made up of new traces and original
ways of working. Text by Luciano Bolzoni. Photo by Roberto Macagnino


Landscape. Central Park Taichung. Domus 1030


Philippe Rahm architectes, Mosbach paysagistes, Ricky Liu & Associates, Central Park, Taichung, Taiwan
Taiwan’s second largest city, situated in the central western area of the island, is now endowed with a large urban park set out in 11 climatic zones, offering visitors a wide range of spatial experiences. Text by Philippe Rahm

For and against. Massimo Scolari. Domus 1030. Photo © Mario Ciampi

For and against

Massimo Scolari. A reply to Michele De Lucchi
Happiness means desiring very strongly what you already possess – above all, the objects that come into your life and will see you weep or rejoice

Visual report. Julia Binfield/Gio Ponti. Domus 1030. Illustrazione © Julia Binfield

Visual Report

Gio Ponti. Art is always the raw material
For Domus, Julia Binfield interprets the exhibition “Tutto Ponti. Gio Ponti Archi-Designer” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

Conversation. Gaetano Pesce. Domus 1030. Courtesy of Gaetano Pesce's office


Flaws are important
Is diversity a provocation? Or is it a fact of life to bear in mind and be proud of? The important thing is to recognise that we are all different, and so even imperfections create an idea of alternative beauty that adds human value. Gaetano Pesce in conversation with Michele De Lucchi. Photo by Matteo Piazza

Design. JINS Inc. Domus 1030


JINS Inc. Glasses create personality
In choosing a pair of glasses we become the designers of ourselves and project the way we are unique. Text by Elena Sommariva

Design. Homo Faber. Domus 1030. Anne Marie Laureys, Sunday Baske, photo ©Peter Claeys


Homo Faber. What is different and precious today?
“Homo Faber” was an event born out of a dialogue between Johann Rupert and Franco Cologni, two entrepreneurs who started working together over 30 years ago. Text by Alberto Cavalli

Art. Jimmie Durham. Domus 1030. Foto ©Lukas Wassman


Diverse objects. The humility of Jimmie Durham and his creatures
Like a new St. Francis, the artist, essayist and poet Jimmie Durham embraces poverty and celebrates all creatures. Text Andrea Viliani, photos by
Lukas Wassmann

Book. Bijoy Jain. Domus 1030. Foto ©Henrik Blomqvist


Studio Mumbai. Bijoy Jain’s atlas of emotions
Over time, Bijoy Jain has amassed pictures and ambiences that express his personal concept of design and explore architecture through its construction process. Photo Henrik Blomqvist

Cinema. Jean-Luc Godard. Domus 1030


Every place of dreams is steeped in stories and legends
Speaking of personalities, Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard constructs impossible narratives, somewhat like the impossible geometries of the Casa Malaparte, where it was filmed. Text by Piero Golia

Travel. Toronto. Domus 1030. Foto ©Franco Raggi


Toronto. Surveyed in snippets
A city is the totality of everything that – almost without design – lies in the middle, noise and silence included. Text and photos Franco Raggi

Rassegna. La fiducia nella tecnologia all'epoca dei robot


Faith in technology in the age of robots
The exhibition Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities, now part of the
permanent collection at the Vitra Campus, takes us back to an era of technological optimism. Now that we have arrived, are we sure that it is
the goal we needed? Edited by Giulia Guzzini

Sales. Ettore Sottsass, Casa Olabuenaga, 1997. Photo Trade Winds Photography


Commissioned by the founders of the jewellery and accessory brand ACME Studio, Casa Olabuenaga in Maui is one of three homes designed by Ettore Sottsass in the United States; he also created the furnishings and surrounding garden.