Atelier du Pont recently completed the design and implementation of the original looking boutique Stella Cadente, located in Paris, France. Found on muuuz, the boutique showcases a cylindrical shape and a striking gold metal finish. Visitors are invited to step inside and observe the items carefully organized in curved shelving units. With an interior that abounds in harsh yellow, each product is cleverly emphasized on, by creating a strong color contrast with the walls and shelves. The lighting also helps in making the merchandise stand out. A central display unit divides the shop, while creating two small walkways for the visitors. While inside, guests can still be in contact with the outdoors, due to a transparent entrance facade, in the shape of an ellipse. Find the design of this boutique suited for boulevard Beaumarchais?
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light