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AZURE March - April 2015

Lively, fresh, forward-looking, but also socially relevant — this defines Azure, the leading design publication covering the expanding world of international contemporary architecture and design. Each issue delivers readers inspiring ideas and cutting-edge innovations, from state-of-the-art green building to the latest in furniture and home accessories from around the globe.

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the cobb report

ZITA COBB IS A FORCE. One of seven siblings who grew up on Fogo Island, off the coast of Newfoundland, she left in the ’70s to attend university and wound up making millions as an executive in the fibre optics industry. In 2003, she returned to her native island and, with brothers Alan and Anthony, established the Shorefast Foundation. Its objective is to revitalize the island’s culture and economy, which was devastated by the collapse of the northern cod fishery in the late ’60s.Cobb describes herself as a businessperson whose instincts go to business, but she is anything but risk averse. Her ideas for accomplishing the tough goal of diverting some of the world’s capital to a place that calls itself “one of the four corners of the earth” focus…

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fonte-vraud hotel

LOIRE VALLEYHERBS GROWN IN THE ABBEY’S CLOISTER FORTIFY A KITCHEN RUN BY AWARD-WINNING CHEF THIBAUT RUGGERICUSTOM BENCHES WITH INSET LIGHTING FURNISH INTIMATE TABLES FOR FOUR.THE CHAPEL IS A MAIN MEETING SPOT, WITH A ROW OF BANQUETTES RUNNING DOWN THE NAVE.A MODULAR ISLAND IN THE IBAR FEATURES VARIOUS SEATING CONFIGURATIONS AND TOUCH SCREEN TABLETOPS.ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH JOUIN MANKU, the highly experimental studio run by product designer Patrick Jouin and architect Sanjit Manku, might be tempted to box the Paris firm’s work in to the realm of luxury retail and hospitality: the restaurants of Chef Alain Ducasse, Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques – all boast sumptuous, sleek interiors. Then there is Fontevraud L’Hôtel in the Loire Valley, where a storied past has helped to shape a contemporary vision, one that balances an…

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OSLO “Snohetta’s Opera House is not to be missed. I also like the many post-industrial conversions along the river Akerselva, such as Mathallen, a food hall inside a covered market on the right bank.”Writer Léa-Catherine Szacka took in the sculptural white curves of a futuristic spa and swimming pool in southern Paris, by Dominique Coulon et Associés, for “Into the Blue.” → Page 50PARIS “Today it’s no contest: the Fondation Louis Vuitton – and not just because of the Gehry factor. However, the Panthéon, built by Jacques-Germain Soufflot in the 18th century, is an exceptional model of neoclassical beauty.”For “Divine Intervention,” writer Amy Verner visited Fontevraud Abbey, a medieval monastery in the Loire Valley, newly repurposed as a luxury hotel by Jouin Manku. → Page 56BERLIN “The duelling star-architect buildings…

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high line envy

THE UNDERLINE, MIAMIA 16-kilometre park and urban trail under the Metrorail elevated track Status: Fundraising; endorsed by Miami-Dade County Budget: $80MLOWLINE, NEW YORKA 6,000-square-metre park illuminated by solar technology, in an underground trolley terminal unused since 1948; plans by Raad Studio Status: Fundraising; many celebrity and civic supporters Budget: $75MTRANSBAY TRANSIT CENTRE CITY PARK SAN FRANCISCO Will feature a 2.2-hectare, 0.4-kilometre-long rooftop park with public spaces; international design competition won by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Status: Under construction; completion in late 2017 Budget: $4B11th STREET BRIDGE PARK WASHINGTON, D.C.Elevated park using pillars from a decommissioned freeway bridge; OMA + OLIN won the design competition in fall 2014 Status: To open in 2018 Budget: $45MTHE 606, CHICAGOConverts a 4.3-kilometre section of rail line into a multi-use trail and park; plans by…

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bagneux pool

OUTSIDE PARISTHE CURVES OF THE PADDLING POOL REDUCE NOISE AND SURROUND CHILDREN WITH THE FEELING OF BEING ENCLOSED IN A COCOONPARIS IS RENOWNED FOR ITS RICH, eclectic swimming amenities, although a lack of maintenance over the past decades has taken its toll, eroding their original splendour. Last May, however, the legendary Piscine Molitor (where engineer and clothing designer Louis Réard introduced the bikini to the world in 1946) reopened after many years. Similarly, the public pool in Bagneux, a southern suburb, had seen better days before city council members decided to bring the facility into the 21st century. To do so, they commissioned Dominique Coulon et Associés to revive the pool’s social and public relevance.The Strasbourg firm refurbished and expanded the original 1950s building, retaining the main structure’s 25-metre-long lap…

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salone del mobile milan

APRIL 14 TO 19See Simon Legald’s Form collection of tables and chairs, from Normann Copenhagen, in Milan this April.NO ONE CAN DENY the relevance of Salone del Mobile. Marcel Wanders, creative director of Moooi, once described the event as New Year’s for designers: “Everyone works to get everything done, then there are ‘fireworks,’ we drink a lot of champagne, and then we start new projects!” An estimated 1,300 furniture manufacturers – Moroso, Cappellini, Edra, Kartell, and Normann Copenhagen among them – roll out their latest, filling 21 pavilions, and attracting upwards of 300,000 attendees during the six-day run. This year, Euroluce will fill four of those halls, launching lighting innovations by the likes of Davide Groppi, Bocci and Artemide. Milan architect and designer Michele De Lucchi will also present the…


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