Inspired by glowing lanterns, Shanghai-based Neri&Hu has transformed an existing five-story building by Seoul-based architecture and planning firm IROJE into the flagship store for Korean skincare brand Sulwhasoo.
“In search of organized complexity” is the motto of Beijing-based firm HHD_FUN, and that’s just what founders Zhenfei Wang, Luming Wang, and principal architect Hongyu Li created with this new park for the 2014 International Horticultural Exposition in Qingdao, on China’s eastern coast.
Doha, Qatar Richard Serra In the middle of the desert in Qatar, four enormous steel plates rise from the bleak landscape, oriented along an east-west axis over a half-mile stretch. The monolithic structures comprise Richard Serra’s sculpture East-West/West-East—the artist’s second public commission from the Qatar Museums Authority. Several years ago, while in Doha for the first commission (the 80-foot-high sculpture 7, which stands in the city’s harbor near the I.M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art), Serra visited the Brouq Nature Reserve. “I was drawn to that desert because of its topography,” he says. “The site is rugged and craggy, with
Eleven billowing white fiberglass panels, each stretching more than 65 feet high, fold around the front of Christian de Portzamparc’s flagship store for Christian Dior in Seoul." A narrow gap in the draped facade reveals the glazed entrance framed by a delicately perforated metal skin.