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.
Beijing Kengo Kuma Steeped in history, the Beijing Tea House is a tasteful blend of past and present. Located opposite the Forbidden City's East Gate, the invitation-only tea salon was designed by Tokyo-based architect Kengo Kuma. A connoisseur of construction materials, Kuma fashioned the 2,700-square-foot structure from four different types of polyethylene blocks'a contemporary take on traditional Beijing-style bricks'and assembled them in a classic Chinese lattice pattern. In addition to insulating against the city's bone-chilling winters, this translucent material admits soft daylight, recalling the papered windows of the old Siheyuan-style residences nearby while imparting a futuristic glow to the whole
New York Teresita Fern'ndez The 2015 installation Fata Morgana by Teresita Fern'ndez hangs above Madison Square Park. Named for the visual phenomenon of a mirage suspended just above the horizon, the installation Fata Morgana by Brooklyn-based artist Teresita Fern'ndez hovers above New York's Madison Square Park. Designed in collaboration with SITU Fabrication and commissioned by Mad. Sq. Art, the 500-foot-long canopy comprises a galvanized-steel frame supporting 250 separate panels, 8 to 12 feet in diameter, made from reflective sheets of aluminum-polyethylene composite. The panels' horizontal orientation and CNC-router-cut organic pattern 'really push the material,' says SITU partner Wes Rozen, noting
Essex, England Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture A House for Essex This whimsical vacation house is styled as a secular chapel. The strange brief was requested by Living Architecture, a nonprofit that commissions notable architects and rents the buildings to the public. The house, designed by artist Grayson Perry and now-disbanded architecture firm FAT, mixes formal and informal, sacred and nonreligious precedents, canonizing a fictional local woman by using architectural details. These include the eclectic symbols on the exterior's green and white tiles, each of which represents aspects of her identity, and tapestries inside that commemorate events in her life.