In a small town near Venice, skilled craftsmen are born, allowing the town to be referred to the “land of shoes.” Furthering the town of Fiesso d’Artico’s reputation of Italian artisans, architect Jean-Marc Sandrolini designed the Louis Vuitton Factory for the manufacturing of their luxury shoes.
Buenos Aires’ colonial past has characterized the architecture and atmosphere of the city right up to the present day. And now, with the opening of the Centro Cultural Kirchner in the heart of Buenos Aires, the metropolis boasts the largest cultural centre in Latin America, which few cultural buildings worldwide can measure up to. Although it is officially named after the former President Néstor Kirchner, the building is commonly known as Ballena Azul (Blue Whale).
Stainless steel metal fabrics have been successfully utilized in architecture for more than four decades, and while these materials have proven to be an attractive and sustainable go-to for architects and designers, there still remains some confusion regarding which type of fabric construction is best suited to the particular application. In this article I will attempt to simplify the “When, Where and Why” of choosing the correct metal fabric type based on a few simple foundations.
For over 50 years Luxembourg has also been the home of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In 1992, the Edinburgh EU summit decided that the common organ of jurisdiction of the member states of the EU, today numbering 27 countries, would remain permanently in Luxembourg. The expansion planned by the French architect Dominique Perrault was conducted in two stages: the refurbishment and extension of the main building and the construction of two new office towers. The new façade consists of vertical golden glass panels of varying widths, which create a visual connection between the two floors of the ring and the supporting ceiling on the stilt structure – as an unpretentious and at the same time contemporary response to the early 70's architecture in the middle.