Grafton Architects has won the RIBA 2020 Royal Gold Medal
RIBA Royal Gold Medal for the year 2020, the UK’s highest honour for architecture has been awarded to the Dublin based firm Grafton Architects. The awardee every year is personally selelcted by Her Majesty the Queen and this year it celebrates the significant global contribution of the practise in architecture and their well-known work in educational buildings. The name of the practise is originally inspired by the location of their initial office which was situated on Grafton Street in central Dublin.
Beijing gets its tallest building designed by KPF Associates
Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF) has designed CITIC Tower which has now become Beijing’s tallest building. Standing tall above other high rise structures, the vase-like form for the tower is inspired from the “Zun”, a vessel which dates back to Bronze Age in China. With a 78-meter-wide base, the building is 54 –meter-wide at its center while it goes upto 69 meter-wide at its top due to its concave form. Majorly inhabiting office spaces, it also has multipurpose business centre.
Irthi Crafts Council strives to revive Emirati crafts
In a quest to empower the Bedouin craftswomen of the United Arab Emirates, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council has initiated a collaboration of international artists with them in order to globalize the craft items. Coordinating from its base, Sharjah Irthi oversaw the creation of the first collection comprising of 12 international designers resulting into 12 different product lines. The scheme has resulted into a variety of contemporary products who take birth from ancient Emirati techniques like Safeefah (weaving technique).
Studio Bressan and Botter’s Italian timber poetry amidst the Alpines
The new ‘Congress and Exhibition Centre’ designed by Studio Bressan and Studio Botter is a poetry in timber overlooking the Alpines on the outskirts of Italian city Agordo. The centre is majorly designed to host events such as exhibitions, art shows and conventions the project is conceived out of a combination of the existing site surroundings and the prevailing urban context. The centre boasts a dominant as well a dynamic structure all out of timber. The elaborated wooden cross bracing creates a dramatic effect as they recognise the beautiful mountains around.