Ski season in Switzerland is in full swing with fabulous weather conditions on our favorite mountain resorts. From glittery Gstaad to the sophisticated winter wonderlands of Graubünden, St. Moritz. We collected some of the finest Swiss ski hotels for you.
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1. InterContinental Davos – Oikos Architects Munich
2. Chedi Andermatt – Architect Jean-Michel Gathy
Owned by Virgin boss Richard Branson, The Lodge is equipped with an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, two bars, and even a mini ice-skating rink. All nine rooms are uniquely designed and decorated — a pleasing mix of traditional chalet-style and contemporary — and are luxurious to boot. Though individual rooms can be booked from $700 a night, the entire lodge can also be rented exclusively, currently starting at $100,000 a week (15-person staff included).
The Most Stylish Opera Houses in the World – From Sydney’s Iconic Opera House to the Futuristic Theater Domes in China
The opera house is one of the city’s most prized architectural and prestigious cultural gem. Opera houses are not only meant to stage leading tenors, baritones and sopranos, ballets and entertaining musical in this world, they also demonstrate a high level of sophistication and a monumental piece of architecture, devoted to the beauty of human arts and culture.
The inauguration of the world’s first opera, the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, completed in 1737, set the bar high in terms of the architectural and aesthetic aspects. Since then, some of the world’s most famous and talented architects honorably dedicate their skills to the architecture of an opera house.
Everyone must have heard and seen, once in his or her lifetime, the sacred Palais Garnier in Paris, the flawless design and acoustic of the Teatro al Scala in Milan, the beautiful Royal Opera House in London, the impressive Vienna Staatsoper or the majestic Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. And whether it is the sumptuous Magravial Opera House in Bayreuth, the luxurious Opera Royal de Versailles or New York’s famous Metropolitan Opera – they are all a fascinating and magnificent architectural attractions and home of the world’s most coveted art, opera and ballet performances.
Milan, Paris, Moscow and New York own legendary opera houses since hundreds of years, but other cities like Oslo, Copenhagen, Dubai or Florence, also new mega cities in China, initiated the design and construction of opera houses meeting the contemporary aesthetic of the 21st Century.
We gathered some of the latest and most stylish opera houses with a contemporary or even futuristic design.
1. Harbin Opera in China by MAD Architects
2. Elbphilarmonie Hamburg in Germany by Herzog & de Meuron
3. Guangzhou Opera House in China by Zaha Hadid Architects
4. National Centre of Performing Arts Beijing in China by Paul Andreu
5. Sydney Opera House in Australia by Jørn Utzon
6. Copenhagen Royal Opera House in Denmark by Henning Larsen
7. Harpa Reykjavik in Iceland by Olafur Eliasson
8. Oslo Opera House in Norway by Tarald Lundevall
9. Busan Opera House in South Korea by Snøhetta
10. Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles by Frank Gehry
11. Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain by Santiago Calatrava
12. Auditorio de Tenerife in Santa Cruz de la Tenerife, Spain by Santiago Calatrava
13. Dubai Opera by WS Atkins
Santa Fe New Mexico is located at the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains. It is consistently named in Top Ten lists for most desirable places to live. It is one of the most unique cities in America and treasures one of the world’s most impressive architectural properties.
Called the Cerro Pelon Ranch, the property includes a modernist masterpiece of a home, as well as an eight-stall horse barn, indoor and outdoor riding areas, a landing strip, and even an old time (fake) western town, which has been used in films like Thor, Cowboy and Aliens, Wild Wild West and Silverado.
The 20,000-acre ranch owned by designer and filmmaker Tom Ford was designed by Tadao Ando (the Japanese architect most famous for Church of Light in Osaka), and judging by the photos, it’s absolutely stunning.
Set above a reflecting pool, the concrete compound features bold, sharp lines and floor-to ceiling windows that take advantage of remarkable natural lighting. Adjoining the home is an eight-stall horse barn designed in an ultra-modern style that complements the property’s indoor/outdoor riding arenas. There are also four staff quarters and two private guest houses designed and built by internationally recognized architect Marmot Radziner.
Tadao Ando, a Japanese born architect, is the only architect to have won the discipline’s four most prestigious prizes. He is known for the creative use of natural light. His structures follow the natural forms of the land, gracefully flowing into the landscape. His architecture contrasts hard concrete lines with soft reflecting pools of water. Ando has developed a completely unique building aesthetic, in a way that has never existed elsewhere in architecture. With obvious pride for the Cerro Pelon Ranch, Tadao Ando choose the Cerro Pelon Ranch to use as the cover of his book, Ando, Completed Works 1975-2012.
The mind-blowing estate has been recently put on the market for a hefty 75 Million (USD). More photos and information on the listing can be found at KevinBobolskyGroup.com. Kevin Bobolsky, the broker for the property, would not confirm the seller or the price of Cerro Pelon Ranch.
Tadao Ando’s Church of Light in Osaka, Japan
Football is one of the most favourite sport around the world and their stadiums are the places of dreams, hope, fun and memories. We compiled some of the most beautiful stadium in the world in a top 20 ranking.
1. Stade Matmut-Atlantique or Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux in France
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Team: Girondins Bordeaux
2. FNB Stadium or Soccer City, Johannesburg in South Africa
Teams: Kaizer Chiefs and South Africa National Team
3. Allianz Arena Munich in Germany
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
4. Beijing National Stadium aka. Bird Nest, China
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron, Ai Wiewei, Li Xinggang
5. Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Architect: Daniel Fernandes Architectes
6. Wembley Stadium
Architect: reinvented by Foster and Partners Architects
7. Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre Brazil
Architect: reinvented by Hype Studio Arquitetura, Brasil
8. Juventus Stadium in Torino, Italy
Architect: Gino Zavanella, Giorgio Giugiaro, Hernando Suarez
9. Moses-Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa
10. Longang Stadium, Shenzhen in China
Architect: gmp Architekten
11. Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brasil
Architect: Werner Sobek, Aníbal Coutinho, Antônio Paulo Cordeiro
Team: Corinthians São Paulo
12. Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Danzig in Poland
Team: Lechia Gdańsk
13. Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre in Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil
Team: Grêmio Porto Alegre
Architects: António Monteiro, Pedro Santos
15. Arena Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil
Team: Nacional Futebol Clube
Architects: Ralf Amann
16. Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany
Architects: renovated by gmp Architekten
17. Estádio Municipal de Aveiro in Portugal
Architects: Tomás Taveira
19. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
20. Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, Spain
Architects: Estudio Lamela currently renovated by gmp architekten in collaboration with L35 & Ribas Ribas Architects
Visualization after renovation in 2018
We are celebrating a fantastic start into the week with some great news from Paris! STUDIOFORMA won the Popai award in the category Commercial Fixtures with the Canal Plus Pop-Up Booth against the other two final nominee projects Bioderma and Roger & Gallet.
Some little insights from our last workshop in our office. Studioforma Architects Boss Alex Leuzinger hosted a “How to build a chapel” workshop with a class of ten kids from Lycée Français de Zurich. The class is part of the French-Catholic Mission in Zurich. We thank all kids,teacher and parents for this fun event.
In the past years, a ritual has evolved in the fashion world. Instead of depending on the regular, bi-annual calendar of catwalk shows between the traditional fashion capitals of Paris, Milan, London and New York, designers have been octane staging shows in remote cities and architectural devoted locations.
After last year’s Cruise show in Palm Springs, California, at the modernist Bob and Dolores Hope estate, Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière realized the impulse of his Cruise shows could be powered by “traveling for architecture”. Ghesquière decided to stage Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2017 collection in Brazil at the futuristic, space-agey white Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum (Museu de Arte Contemporânea in Portuguese, abbreviated most often to MAC) – completed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1996. Hence, Louis Vuitton is the first European brand that brings its catwalk the country – a decision announced last October, before presidential impeachment, the Zika virus and a collapsing currency plunged Brazil into turmoil.
Nicolas Ghesquière said: “I so admire the power of Oscar Niemeyer’s conviction. His vision, his radicality, his utopia even. Being able to show a fashion collection in such an architecturally powerful space is a sensorial experience. In Rio de Janeiro, what I saw most of all was movement and an explosive energy that lives somewhere between modernism and tropicality. I was fascinated by the constant duality between nature and urbanism and the pictorial explosion it creates. For me, the main question was how to incorporate into my collection all these elements that are part of Brazilian culture, without forgetting that I am just a visitor who brings his own Parisian and French cultural references to the moment.”
The backdrop suited the clothes, swirled with pattern and colour in a style clearly influenced by Niemeyer’s quintessentially Brazilian Modernism. Some of the garments had strips of ruffles, like a valance, plastered across the chest, which to me mimicked the slaloming walkways and overhanging façades of Niemeyer. The forthcoming Olympics (set to begin on 5th August) undoubtedly underscored Ghesquière’s key themes. And Niemeyer’s architecture is right up his proverbial Rue– indeed, the Niterói building looks remarkably like the John Lautner-designed Bob and Dolores Hope Estate in Palm Springs, where Ghesquière showed his collection in May 2015. It has the same curvaceous yet modern lines, the same hilltop ambience, a pool of water reflecting many of the same members of the fashion press and celebrities.
Ghesquière’s sporty, fluid, modernist collection, with its bold accents and quaint nostalgic touches, was custom-made for the modernist landscape from which it emerged: the giant red ramp that transports visitors upwards to the museum was reborn as a magnificent crimson catwalk.
„Das neue Kornhaus präsentiert sich als formschöner Kubus. Es erinnert formal an ein Getreidebündel und stellt einen eleganten neuen Bezugspunkt in der Stadt dar.“ So beschreibt die Kornhaus Broschüre der Swissmill den 118 Meter hohen Bunker welcher inmitten des trendigen Zürich-West Quartier vermehrt negative Aufmerksamkeit generiert.
Der amerikanische Regisseur Stanley Kubrick hat es vorgemacht. Ein Monolith, anno 2001, erregt Gemüter und kann im Jahr 1968 recht zukunftsweisend wirken. Aber wie wirkt so ein Monolith aus Beton, welcher rektangulär und über hundert Meter hoch inmitten von Zürich platziert ist, und das im jungen 21. Jahrhundert? Wie Kubrick’s Affen starren wir, die von schöner Natur und Wellness gesegneten Zürcher, auf den Swissmill Betonbunker aka „118 Meter Hässlichkeit“. (NZZ am Sonntag vom 16.04.2016)
Industrie Romantik versus Stadtentwicklung
Zugegeben, das Kornhaus des Schweizer Volkes spart nicht mit sinnlichen, beinahe romantischen Assoziationen: Das Kornhaus ist eine Hommage an den geschätzten Baustoff Beton, dessen Materialbeschaffenheit am besten dient um unser wertvolles Getreide zu beschützen. Ein Symbol für die Industrie und eine Huldigung des Quartiers in seinem Ursprung. Daneben dient er auch als Schattenspender an der Badi Letten.
Aber hier zeigt sich wieder die Frage, welche Relevanz Industriebauten für die Stadtentwicklung haben. Wo bleibt die Revitalisierung von Industriebauten und dessen ästhetische Integration in den Städtebau?
Architektur – Eine Kulisse für Zeit und Kultur
Wir sind Architekten aus Leidenschaft. Wir geben zu, Architektur darf gerne groß sein und einfach auch nur funktionieren. Architektur muss aber nicht immer nur groß sein – Kreativität übersteigt manchmal Enormität. Architektur darf wie die Mode, Musik, die Literatur und Kunst, polarisieren. Architektur kann schön sein, Architektur kann auch hässlich sein. Architektur kann gerne virtuos und exzentrisch sein. Wir finden dennoch Architektur – in solch kolossalem Ausmaß – darf und sollte Rücksicht auf den Zeitgeist seiner Epoche nehmen.
Konzept für Fassadengestaltung: Planting Urbanism
Wir empfehlen ein Facelift für den Swissmill Turm. Eine Symbiose von Mailand’s hochgefeierten Bosco Verticale und Anish Kapoor’s ultra-coolem Cloud Gate im Millennium Park Chicago. Eine sinn-bildliche Verbindung von Himmel und Erde in Zürich. Eine Gleichsetzung von Natur und Hi-Tech.
Tagsüber ein Wolkenkratzer der nicht an den Wolken kratzt, sondern uns den Himmel und die Stadt widerspiegelt und dank der vertikalen Bepflanzung eine attraktive Stadt-Dschungel-Atmosphäre ausstrahlt.
Nachts gibt das Silo den Zürchern das was der Prime Tower nicht schafft – eine faszinierende Kulisse mit der Kompetenz zum Dialog und zur Unterhaltung der Bürger anhand Licht und Farbbespielung.