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Installation Highlights from 3DaysofDesign 2019

A funny thing happened shortly after Signe Terenziani founded annual Danish design event 3DaysofDesign in 2014: Everyone wanted to join in, Danish or not. As seen at this year’s event, which ran May 23-25 in Copenhagen, there was a clever workaround: Coinciding exhibitions and installations—many of them held at embassies. From a house that fits together like a puzzle at the Swiss embassy to swamp foliage filling the prim and stately interior of the Institut Français to a concept store virtually overcome with grass, here are 12 of our favorite installations seen at this year’s event.

Photography courtesy of HHF Architects.

Interlocking plastic components ingeniously formed the Puzzle House by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group and Swiss architect Simon Frommenwiler of HHF Architects, presented at Copenhagen’s waterfront Embassy of Switzerland; they can be broken down into seating elements and partitions offering wind protection. 

Photography courtesy of Gubi.

In sharp contrast to the stately ambience of the Institut Français, swamp grass surrounded newly reissued pieces by iconic French designers from Gubi. A chandelier hung over the C-Chair dining chair, nestled in pampas grass dried to a honey hue. It was designed by Marcel Gascoin in 1947 and is now available in walnut or oak.

Photography courtesy of Gubi.

The legless Pacha lounge chair—introduced by Pierre Paulin in 1975 as a low but elegant way of seating—was also presented at the Institut Français. A pampas grass installation was dyed to match the blue upholstery from French fabric house Pierre Frey.

Photography courtesy of 3DaysofDesign.

At the residence of the Finnish Ambassador to Denmark, Petite 4630 lamps from Finnish brand Secto Design sprouted from a bed of moss, as part of an exhibition featuring Finnish design and lifestyle brands.

Photography courtesy of LesnaVesna.

At the Embassy of Slovenia, the exhibit “Narava” celebrated young design talents from the central European country. The Miss Petticoat lamp collection from design studio LesnaVesna has playful dual-structured shades in walnut, birch, or plywood designed to resemble the retro fashion item. 

Photography by Alastair Philip Wiper, courtesy of Nomad Workspace.

At Nomad Workspace, a co-working space in the former Nørrebro Courthouse, 30 designers took over the ground floor as part of “DAWN x Nomad Workspace,” an exhibit curated by Natalia Sanchez. The Cherry on Top is a collection of mouth-blown glass objects by Helle Mardahl.

Photography by Maja Karen Hansen, courtesy of Nomad Workspace.

Carpets by Layered and Poppykalas were also featured in “DAWN x Nomad Workspace.” 

Photography courtesy of Louise Roe Gallery.

Verdant green grass grew throughout concept store Louise Roe Gallery, as part of the installation “A Walk in the Park.” 

Photography courtesy of Louise Roe Gallery.

“A Walk in the Park” also marked the launch of new materials for the Balloon 04 vase by Louise Roe—among them sky-blue-glazed ceramic.

Photography courtesy of Dinesen.

What does a tree smell like? For the instillation “The Scent of Dinesen,” wood plank manufacturer Dinesen dove deep on this topic, collaborating with Norwegian artist and scent researcher Sissel Tolaas to create an archive of recorded smell molecules. Despite attracting those keen to purchase, the resulting collection of scents—surprisingly diverse and complex—are not for sale.

Photography courtesy of Karimoku Case Study.

The Kinfolk Gallery served as backdrop for the launch of new lifestyle brand Karimoku Case Study, with products presented as a well-appointed apartment. The brainchild of Japanese wood furniture manufacturer Karimoku in collaboration with architecture and design studios Norm Architects and Keiji Ashizawa Design, Karimoku Case Study features products inspired by the temples, shrines, and gardens of Japan. The Case Study Kinuta N-CT01 low table by Norm Architects draws its form from Japanese facades and doors. 

Photography courtesy of Mia Lagerman.

Mia Lagerman, a designer who has lived much of her life straddling the two countries of Sweden and Denmark, was the focus of an exhibit at the Embassy of Sweden. Lagerman’s Sky Wood is a lightweight, stackable chair in molded FSC-certified oak.

Photography courtesy of Hay.

Hay took over two stories of the historic Lindencrone Palais villa to examine the future of live and work spaces. This vignette features the Bernard chair by Shane Schneck—launched last month—paired with the Fifty-Fifty floor lamp by Sam Weller and the Slit table.

Photography courtesy of Hay.

A dining/communal work space area at the Hay installation was furnished with the Result chair by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld, a melamine Fleck bowl, and a Pyramid table and bench in matte-lacquered oak.

Photography courtesy of Odd Fellows Mansion.

A giant version of the iconic Ball Chair by Finnish designer Eero Aarnio was clearly winning the prize for most popular photo op at Odd Fellows Mansion, the location of “Framing,” an exhibit presented by PR firm Samira Kudsk in collaboration with industry brands and experts.

Photography styled by Pernille Vest, courtesy of Ole Palsby Design.

At the Hotel Charlottenborg in the historic Charlottenborg Festsal building, 16 brands were featured in an exhibit curated by Ark Journalfocusing on the hospitality market. The Frama|Ole Palsby collection by Ole Palsby Design in collaboration with Frama consists of cutlery produced in Japan with a matt surface achieved by high-pressure polishing.

Read more: 16 Danish Furniture Highlights from Copenhagen’s 3DaysofDesign

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Learn How These Design Experts Are Impacting Millions

Amale Andraos and Dan Wood
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WORKac—Kew Gardens Hills Library As part of New York’s Design and Construction Excellence program—an initiative to improve public architecture—Amale Andraos and Dan Wood (above) recently completed a sculptural update and extension to this Queens public library, attracting some 2,000 visitors to its opening this past September. Topped by a sloping green roof and clad with a rippling GRFC façade, a faceted envelope now frames the library’s original footprint, creating light-filled reading rooms for adults, children, and teens. “Libraries are places where everyone feels at home,” says Wood, noting that the building has become a beloved gathering spot for the neighborhood’s diverse population—including immigrants and youth who can now make use of the branch’s English-language courses, tax-preparation seminars, and after-school programming. “It’s not a given that a city would show this interest in design,” says Andraos. Adds Wood, “What they found is that it doesn’t cost much more to build something good.”

AD100 architect Ingels

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BIG–Bjarke Ingels Group—dryline Charged with protecting ten miles of Manhattan’s waterfront in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, AD100 architect Ingels (right) has envisioned a ribbon of community and cultural spaces that would both engage the public and withstand future floods. Nicknamed the Dryline, his forthcoming park—winner of the local Rebuild by Design competition—will combine a raised landscape of protective berms and resilient plants with re­creational features such as skate parks, undulating double benches, and winding bicycle paths. In the event of rising waters, art walls deploy as shutters, serving as an emergency barrier. Rain or shine, the Dryline promises to do the city proud.

Thomas Woltz

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Nelson Byrd Woltz—Naval Cemetery LandscapeThanks to Thomas Woltz (above), what was once a cemetery on the outskirts of the Brooklyn Navy Yard now serves as a verdant park along the Brooklyn waterfront’s network of bike paths. “Because this was sacred land, one of the stipulations was to not disturb the ground—no heroics of earthmoving,” says Woltz, who was enlisted by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and collaborated with Marvel Architects. “Restrictions lead to innovation.” Studying the ecological and cultural histories of the site, he tailored his scheme to achieve maximum fecundity. Added cherry trees nod to a long-gone orchard; an elevated timber walkway echoes the sinuous creek that once rippled through wetlands; and grasses and pollinator plants draw bees, birds, and bats from the neighborhood, this lush meadow changing season to season. “What we commemorate is the human condition, these cycles of life and death,” says Woltz. “People have really responded to this tiny, low-budget park. It slows down your heart rate. It calms you.”

 
Sir David Adjaye
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Adjaye Associates—Sugar Hill project As one of the most sought-after architects of his generation, AD100 honoree Sir David Adjaye (below) has designed homes for the likes of art stars and celebrities. But in the case of this 2015 complex, he created shelter for some of New York’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. Distinguished by sculptural setbacks, daring cantilevers, and concrete façade panels embossed with floral patterns, Sugar Hill comprises 124 subsidized apartments, with irregular windows that frame sweeping city views. “My primary consideration has been dignity,” Adjaye says of public housing. “Too often, generic design has created isolating and dehumanizing environments.” In a further departure, the project features a range of public programming, with a children’s museum and an early-childhood center. “The hope is that it can provide a model for a more integrated approach,” explains Adjaye.

Cornell Tech Campus
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Cornell Tech Campus Architecture by Handel Architects, Morphosis, and Weiss/Manfredi. Master Plan by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Landscape Design byJames Corner Field Operations. At the graduate school’s new eco-friendly campus on Roosevelt Island, unveiled this past September, buildings not only support one another, they bolster the city at large. More than 2,000 photovoltaic panels crown the Morphosis-designed academic center (above) and Weiss/Manfredi–designed innovation hub, with power generated from both channeled toward the center, helping the building reach its ambitious net-zero goal. A residential tower by Handel Architects, meanwhile, boasts ultralow energy consumption. The goal for the campus is to help reestablish New York as a center of the tech industry, melding entrepreneurship and academia on this green (in every sense) stretch of city.

New York City AIDS Memorial
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New York City AIDS Memorial Architecture byStudio Ai Architects Only a couple of years ago, there was no permanent tribute to AIDS victims, care­givers, and activists in New York, a city that has lost more than 100,000 people to the disease and which birthed the activist movement. This memorial filled that void. Completed in December 2016, the striking steel canopy welcomes visitors to St. Vincent’s Triangle, opposite what was the hospital with Manhattan’s first AIDS ward. An installation of pavers by artist Jenny Holzer, meanwhile, reveals the engraved words of Walt Whitman’s beloved poem “Song of Myself.” All offer a vivid reminder not just of the toll taken by the epidemic, but also the work still to be done.

 
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Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & LearningArchitecture by Gluck+ Tennis lovers of all backgrounds converge at this socially conscious Bronx complex, comprising 22 courts and a glass-and-steel clubhouse. Terraced into the earth, the center operates as the flagship for New York Junior Tennis & Learning—a nonprofit offering free lessons and tutoring to underserved youth. On any given day, these kids can be found practicing their backhand or perfecting their footwork alongside other members of the local com-munity. In the center’s first year alone, some 7,000 children and 1,000 adults used the facility, with 6,000 hours of court time provided to youth in need. Now that’s what we call a strong serve.

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The 12 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2018

At its core, architecture is an exceptionally slow art form. After a commission is earned, the planning, building, and completion of a structure can take, at times, upwards of a decade. Through the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this length of time for design and construction wasn’t an issue, as predicating the near-term needs of a city was a relatively achievable goal. Yet, as technology advanced and cities such as New York and London boomed into metropolises, planning to meet the exact needs for an urban space became exceedingly difficult.

Consider the task of an architect who, in 1998, won a commission for a building in Beijing that took ten years to complete. In that time period, China’s capital would undergo one of the biggest social and cultural shifts in the country’s long history. What’s more, the advancements in computer technology during that ten-year stretch were profound. How does an architect predict this type of transformation in an initial scheme? It’s almost impossible. As a result, the role of an architect has changed. No longer are they merely designing a building but are doing so in a manner that’s similar to a sociologist. By spotting (and at times predicting) the patterns of social interactions and cultural norms, today’s influential architects can create an identity for a city that’s become a cacophony of objects.

Looking to the year ahead of us, we wonder: Which buildings will capture the essence of their location, even as they were initially conceived at a time when the demands of the space were different? Below, AD PRO surveys 12 buildings around the world that will not just be completed in 2018 but done so with a design that we believe will produce an identity to match the needs of its environment. When this bold, and at times radical, type of design comes together, the result is stunningly beautiful. Indeed, as the great 19th-century critic Walter Pater once said (and the inimitable architecture critic Herbert Muschamp later echoed), architecture is fundamentally about “the power of being deeply moved by the presence of beautiful objects.” We believe these 12 buildings will possess that power.

Rendering: Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

ARC Power Plant, by Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, Denmark)

For the past few years, Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels has been redefining skylines across the globe. But for his latest project, the 43-year-old visionary stayed closer to home. Located in Copenhagen, the ARC Power Plant is the apogee of creative brilliance. Fundamentally, the state-of-the-art facility is proof that eco-friendly architecture can be done with high design. Clad in aluminum, the structure is expected to burn 400,000 tons of waste annually into enough clean energy to power 60,000 homes in the area—all of which is a major step in Copenhagen’s plan to become the world’s first zero-carbon city by 2025. But it’s not just about converting waste to energy—it’s about having fun too. Atop the structure’s roof is a nearly 1,500-foot-long ski slope (one of the world’s longest artificial ski slopes), a pipe dream of Ingels’s own that he worked into possibility. The slope, which is accessible through an elevator inside the building, has paths designated for beginners, intermediates, and experts. While Denmark receives a healthy amount of snow, the country is rather flat and not an ideal terrain for ski lovers. BIG’s ARC Power Plant is changing all of that in a very carbon-neutral way.

Rendering: Courtesy of Snøhetta & MIR

Calgary Library, by Snøhetta (Calgary, Canada)

Fundamentally, Calgary’s new library is about connecting residents to public spaces. Located at the intersection between Downtown Calgary and the East Village, the Snøhetta-designed structure lifts to become a gateway from one exciting neighborhood to the next. The building also hovers over the existing Light Rail Transit Line, which cuts through the heart of the city. The geometrically designed exterior will draw residents into the activities occurring inside the library, while those upper levels (which aren’t as open to the public to see from outside) allow for a more quiet, traditional library experience.

Photo: Iwan Baan

Institute for Contemporary Art, by Steven Holl (Richmond, Virginia)

Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) is much more than what its name suggests. The genius of Steven Holl’s design is that, while the architecture is masterfully uniform, the usage of its interior is anything but that. The ICA will be used as a cafe bar, a gallery space, a 240-seat auditorium for film screenings, performances, and lectures, as well as a fabrication workshop. Not only do Holl’s irregularly shaped blocks have a whimsical feel, but they are incredibly eco-friendly as well. Four green roofs are planted with native vegetation, which are intended to absorb stormwater and increase insulation. Window and skylights have been strategically placed to ensure the interior receive plenty of natural light, reducing the need for artificial illumination. The project will be opened to the public in April 2018, roughly six years after it was first unveiled.

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