CHUANG X YI: THE MODULAR LILONG

CHUANG X YI: THE MODULAR LILONG

Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Chuang x Yi : The ‘Modular Lilong’ was designed for Value Retail China to showcase ‘Chuang x Yi’; a concept brand that provides a platform for Chinese fashion designers. The 150 sqm site is located in Yioulai Shanghai Village; a sister to Bicester Village in London – both global shopping developments. The intent of ‘Chuang x Yi’ is to create a retail experience specifically related to the context of Shanghai.
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
The term lilong refers to an urban typology, organized around meandering lanes, which often display creative solutions in response to issues of space shortage. The resulting blur between private and public, residential and commercial gives Shanghai its signature streetscape. Following the design brief to create a backdrop showcasing selective contemporary Chinese designers, Lukstudio re-interpreted the local, urban fabric with 3 ‘lanehouses’ arranged into different display areas; one waiting lounge, two dressing rooms, the main cashier counter and a service area.
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
The structure of these lanehouses is conceived as a modular kit of parts, so that it can easily be disassembled and re-installed in another shop location if needed. The pieces are based on architectural features and textures found in a lilong. For example, old stone gates known as, ‘shikumen’ are used as entrance ways, with their typical round corners seen in the smooth outline of the display cases. Furthermore, hanging washing lines are turned into copper-coated racks to display clothes, while bamboo rattan; a texture used in vernacular furniture, is applied to the divider screens. Display plinths and racks are positioned along the lane reminiscent of the common scene of scattering benches and stools.
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Despite the clear boundary between the stone pavement and the wooden flooring, the open display allows a fluid visual dialogue between the urban lane and the elegantly stacked houses. The retail experience consists of many architectural layers combined into a cohesive structure; offering a sense of pliancy and order that reflects the adaptive nature of lilong life. In this way Lukstudio has generated a  journey of discovery, connecting old Shanghai architecture with today’s design world
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Photo Courtesy : Dirk Weiblen

 

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TORTERIA SAN COSME, A MEXICAN SANDWICH SHOP IN TORONTO BY +TONGTONG

TORTERIA SAN COSME, A MEXICAN SANDWICH SHOP IN TORONTO BY +TONGTONG

Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
+tongtong : Multi-disciplinary studio +tongtong recently designed Torteria San Cosme, a Mexican sandwich shop in Toronto’s eclectic Kensington Market.
Principal designer John Tong worked closely with his client Arturo Anhalt to bring his childhood memories of Mexico into the 700-square-foot space. With this objective in mind, Torteria San Cosme evokes the vibrant colour, playfulness and authenticity of Mexican street food stands.
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
Walking into Torteria San Cosme, you’re immediately struck by a cacophony of colour. Patterned tiles and hand-painted signs perfectly clash with a vivid large mural covering an entire wall, while an awning of multi-hued webbing cantilevers over the take-out counter.
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
“We wanted to play with this idea of a stall within a space,” explains Tong. “In Mexico and Central America, a lot of street food stalls are in larger buildings. There will be 10 or so inside a market, all individually contained.”
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
Riffing on this idea of a space within a space, Tong designed the awning to mimic the structure of a traditional puesto (street food stand.) The awning is made industrial nylon strips weaved by hand through chainlink fencing. Underneath, the take-out counter, which doubles as spot for diners to eat their tortas (Mexican sandwiches), is peppered with hand-painted signage by Hamilton-based artists BrushBoys.
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
This hand-painted quality continues via the large-scale art mural. Designed and painted byStephanie Latulippe, the nearly billboard-sized mural reminds Tong of the murals he’d see while visiting Mexico and Central America. “When you drive around, you see these huge murals that seem to have a narrative,” says Tong. “This mural is very graphic, colourful and has its own hidden narrative.”
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
The fluorescent tubes, which dangle diagonally above counter-height tables, are also inspired by the food markets of Mexico. Rather than having dim, ambient lighting, Tong notes that these markets were brightly lit.  “The warmth of the space comes from the colour and texture,” explains Tong. Meanwhile the patterned blue and white floor tiles are a contemporary take on traditional Spanish tiles. These tiles contribute to the riot of colour throughout the space, from the mural and vintage-looking signage, to the weaved awning and the colourful ingredients on display in the open kitchen.
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
“The design of Torteria San Cosme has a kind of casual haphazardness to it,” says Tong. “But if you look for it, you can see it’s actually very controlled. It’s an urban twist on tradition.”
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
Photo Courtesy : Naomi Finlay

 

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BLACK EAGLE RESIDENTIAL HOUSE BY PERATHONER ARCHITECTS

BLACK EAGLE RESIDENTIAL HOUSE BY PERATHONER ARCHITECTS

Black Eagle Residential House
Perathoner Architects : The main goal of the project was to merge the building with the surrounding natural alpine landscape. The steepness of the terrain suggested extending the building over four floors with the first two levels partly below grade. The house presents a smaller front on the north side, while the main front faces the south side featuring large windows overlooking the beautiful mountains.
Black Eagle Residential House by Perathoner Architects
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
At the foot of the impressive natural landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites, the studio Perathoner Architects designed a house in a peculiar architectural style. The entire building has a modernist architecture with clean lines, but also carries echoes of architectural traditions like the use of local materials such as stone and wood. The house was constructed according to high energy efficiency standards respecting the rules of environmental sustainability of the materials.
Black Eagle Residential House by Perathoner Architects
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The harmonious integration of the architecture into the landscape and the conscientious implementation of energy efficient solutions were the main goals of this project.
Black Eagle Residential House by Perathoner Architects
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Planning began in 2014. The projecect was realized in 2015 in Selva of Val Gardena-Italy at the foot of the impressive natural landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The materials used are: insulating bricks, larch wood, reinforeced concrete and Dolomia stone. Large windows flank two sides of the building. The attic features floor-to-ceiling glass throughout.
Black Eagle Residential House by Perathoner Architects
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The residential area is about 2.000 m3. The building offers three separate living units and a large garage with a car lift that provides access to an underground parking space.
Black Eagle Residential House by Perathoner Architects was a Winner of A’ Design Award in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2016 – 2017.

 

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PURIFIED RESIDENCE CHINA BY WEI YI INTERNATIONAL DESIGN ASSOCIATES

PURIFIED RESIDENCE CHINA BY WEI YI INTERNATIONAL DESIGN ASSOCIATES

Purified Residence China by Wei Yi International Design Associates
Wei Yi International Design Associates : People may have a special bond with part of the memories about the past life. Focusing on people’s feelings, continuing the past life experience as well as creating a new life experience for the client is the most interesting and important core for this project.
In this project, white is the most important memory factor. This simple factor is placed into the space through using many different blocks and it shapes functional spaces of every floor, creating a clear, cozy and refined atmosphere appropriately. The flake-shaped stairs and star-like glittery vertical chandeliers penetrate and connect all floors, functional spaces are thus divided and connected. In this way, the space get rid of rigorous geometrical shapes and create a feeling of leisure.
Purified Residence China by Wei Yi International Design Associates
For the first floor, the design concept of BOX placed in the center divides the whole space into living room, dining area (including open kitchen), sub living room and reading room. The BOX placed in the center is the core of the space, just as what the words on the wall means – the core value of home. The floating-type stairs which is two steps raised sharpen the boundaries between areas within the space. The large scale window ensures good ventilation and plenty of light in the space, at the same time, it corresponds with the courtyard outside, so the residents can easily experience the flow of time and the change of season.
Purified Residence China by Wei Yi International Design Associates
Space required by children’s growing up is the main connecting link of the second floor. We add some bright colors and irregular shapes in this soft and warm space, creating a warm environment which also corresponds to the active nature of children.
Purified Residence China by Wei Yi International Design Associates
The third floor is the master bedroom. The main bathroom in the middle is like a hidden BOX that divides the master bedroom into sleeping area and changing area. While, the design of the island commode within the bathroom is an actual BOX that implements the virtual and actual BOX space concept to its actualization more precisely.
Purified Residence China by Wei Yi International Design Associates
The basement is the reception area of the host. Art works are used to makes division and transformation of tonality in the staircase. Grey and black are taken as main colors on this floor, making this space magnificent, stable and passes some sense of Zen.
Purified Residence China by Wei Yi International Design Associates
The whole design is restrained and keeps a low key. It fulfills the needs for every family member and create a tranquil space for the family.
Photo Courtesy : JMS

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STE. MARIE DESIGN’S BOTANIST RESTAURANT OPENED IN VANCOUVER CANADA

STE. MARIE DESIGN’S BOTANIST RESTAURANT OPENED IN VANCOUVER CANADA

Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design : Botanist, Vancouver’s highly anticipated new restaurant inside Fairmont Pacific Rim, officially opened yesterday on Monday, April 24, 2017, beginning with breakfastservice.
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Designed by award-winning Ste. Marie Design with brand and identity developed by Glasfurd & Walker, the collection of venues begins with the Champagne Lounge.  Overlooking The Lobby Lounge on the second floor, it’s surrounded by glass and planters filled with greenery indigenous to British Columbia.  The Champagne Lounge is open daily from 4:00pm and offers global sparkling wines and exclusive and rare offerings from both Champagne and internationally, complemented by a menu of small plates including oysters, caviar, seasonal crudités, and local artisanal cheese platters.
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
In contrast the Cocktail Bar, with a dark palette of Italian Terrazzo and dramatic curved glass, is dedicated to the creative science of cocktails. Led by Grant Sceney, the hotel’s creative beverage director, and David Wolowidnyk, Botanist head bartender, the international award-winning duo created a list of whimsical yet sophisticated cocktails. The elevated beverage experience is enhanced by the Cocktail Lab with commercial kitchen elements such as a centrifuge, band saw, and roto-vaporizer.  Select libations give a nod to its chemistry inspired roots and botanical background. The Deep Cove for example uses Island Gin, sea buckthorn, and blue algae and is served in a bespoke glass molded onto a log of driftwood.
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
The adjacent Garden invites guests to linger in a glass-walled space filled with greenery, a trellis and more than 50 different types of plant species that include rare fruit bushes, and edible species such as green tea camellia, cardamom and ginger.
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Botanist Restaurant
The sensory experience culminates in the Dining Room, a place intended to be active and engaging morning to night. A mixture of various limestone, whitewashed woods and ornate metalwork sets its foundation with pops of plant material found throughout. The layout invites guests to engage with one another, best illustrated by a series of tables that connect via a flowing ‘S’ curve banquette. The private dining room, with seating for 20 maintains interplay with the main room through its glass doors.
Botanist Restaurant
Photo Courtesy : Ian Lanterman

 

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PIERRE-PERRET SCHOOL’S EXTERIOR IN FRANCE IS DESIGNED LIKE AN UFO

PIERRE-PERRET SCHOOL’S EXTERIOR IN FRANCE IS DESIGNED LIKE AN UFO

Ameller, Dubois & Associés  : The early childhood school complex designed by Philippe Ameller and Jacques Dubois in the suburban town of Serris, east of Paris, does not seem to be particularly alien or extravagant. But the urban context makes the new building a real UFO, as the Pierre-Perret school is located near Disneyland Paris.
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Since its inauguration in 1992, the notorious amusement park has been a true engine of economic development. But it also provides its peculiar aesthetic direction, somewhere between The Truman Show and an impersonation of Parisian late XIXth century style. In this artificial area, the architects challenged the local mainstream tastes with their new school.
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
“We did think of this school project as an opportunity – and almost a duty – to place there a hint, a clue about what a pleasant life may be away from the Disneyland influences. A humble piece of genuine architecture of the early XXIst century seemed to be what the inhabitants of Serris needed most, for their youngest children to grow aware of their time.”
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Fortunately, a recent awards jury shared this point of view, and liked the wooden touch of the design (totally alien to Serris until then). “No one felt insulted”, says Jacques Dubois, “as we certainly did not make fun of the existing town. We just felt it deserved to switch to something a little more genuine, step by step. This is the first step, and the population seems to appreciate it.”
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO

 

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IS IT TIME TO CHANGE YOUR PILLOW ?

IS IT TIME TO CHANGE YOUR PILLOW ?

Is it time to change your Pillow ?
Home Decor : When it comes to mattresses and pillows, not many homeowners know when they should really be changing it. This is also partly because it’s not clear why they should be changed in the first place since these items seldom break apart literally. However, a good mattress and pillow is essential to ensuring that you get the proper space for a good night’s rest. For mattresses, they should be changed every 10 years (regardless of the type of filling – spring coil, latex foam, memory foam, etc).
If a pillow isn’t not broken, why change it?
You’ve probably heard this tons of times: older pillows are less supportive, and can lead to back and neck aches. But that’s not our central concern today.
According to the Sleep Council in the UK (how one gets on that council is another worthy topic altogether), up to a third of your pillow’s weight could be made up of bugs, dead skin cells, dust mites and their carcasses and faeces.
Is it time to change your Pillow ?
Your pillow is basically a sponge that absorbs your bodily fluids, and kept at an ideal temperature by your warm body lying on top to allow said pests to multiply – it’s as good a breeding ground as it gets!
A dirty pillow can cause acne, infections, or trigger allergic reactions or asthma. Even if you change your pillowcases regularly – as these nightmarish buggers are still living in your pillow.
Pillowcases should be washed every week – that’s pretty much common knowledge – but your pillow itself should be washed at least once every 3 months. And as much as we understand the emotional attachment we all grow to have towards our pillows, unfortunately, experts recommend that they should be replaced every 2-3 years. A good way to tell when your pillow needs changing would be to fold it in half, and if it doesn’t flatten out again, then it’s time to get a new one. However, this may be difficult to test with thick memory foam pillows. The best way to tell if your pillow needs to be changed, would be when your neck begins to experience aches when you wake up in the mornings. That means your pillow is no longer providing the same level of support as it used to.
Is it time to change your Pillow ?
Buying a new pillow
Get the right fit 
Your pillow should fill the gap between your head and shoulders when you lie down.
This also means your sleeping position matters. For instance, if you sleep on your back, get a pillow fluffy enough to lift your head and chin for easy breathing; if you sleep flat on your tummy, get a soft, flat pillow to keep your head level.
Choose a suitable stuffing 
Down pillows are the fluffiest and most plush to sleep on, but if you need firmer support, you might want to opt for foam pillows instead.
Different types of stuffing also have different lifespans, which is something you might want to factor in when considering cost.

 

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