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AZURE October 2019

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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Canada
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English
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Azure Publishing Inc.
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2 min.
innovation now

Earlier this year I had occasion to swing through Kansas City, the Midwestern U.S. hub whose metro area straddles the border between Missouri and Kansas. Beyond its jazz history and top-notch barbecue, I didn’t have much of a picture of the place before alighting there. As it turns out, KC is a stealth architectural hotbed, serving as the main or regional base of a bevy of A-list firms (including HOK, BNIM, Helix and DRAW) and dominating the field of stadium design (category leader Populous is also headquartered there). In addition, the relatively small city of just under half a million people has become both a fabrication powerhouse (local institution Zahner, a metal company founded in 1897, today helps everyone from Frank Gehry to Bjarke Ingels realize their fantastic visions) and…

2 min.
we asked…

October The Innovators Issue What new building has most impressed you recently? STEFAN NOVAKOVIC Azure’s Web Editor England’s Nevill Holt Opera, designed by Witherford Watson Mann Architects, is a Leicestershire barn repurposed as a theatre (pictured). It’s an extraordinarily inventive example of adaptive reuse. The building has no foyer, so a simple lawn is now a sort of grand lobby for operagoers. What a transformation. Who do you consider the most innovative designers working today? NAARO Photographers, “Making Light Fall” (page 78) Zaha Hadid Architects. They’re still among the big leaders when it comes to architectural innovation, in large part because of their capacity to test and implement their design and technological research in actual buildings and objects. What recent technological innovation do you feel holds the most promise? BIANCA WYLIE Writer, “The Many Sides of Sidewalk Toronto” (page 60) The Internet.…

1 min.
first + foremost

Explorer Table While Jaime Hayon’s Explorer side tables for BD Barcelona Design are sure to add a playful touch of colour to any interior, be warned: The collection might also invoke a serious hankering for sweets. The Spanish designer picked up a little inspiration from the candy store for this series, balancing rounded tabletops on capsule-shaped legs that mimic jelly beans. He also suggests the idea of a space vessel about to launch as another influence, which explains the moniker. Exhibiting Hayon’s trademark blend of elegance and whimsy, Explorer – one of three new collaborations with the Barcelona furniture brand – combines matte and glossy finishes and a triptych of components: painted glass top, cylindrical lacquered-fibreglass base and four solid turned-wood legs. Various multicolour iterations are available, in warm neutrals or vibrant…

2 min.
5 things we learned from molo

When Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen established their Vancouver design and manufacturing studio in 2003, the open-concept office was still a novelty. But as start-ups arrived on the real estate scene, Molo’s Softwall room dividers emerged as a perfect solution for the continuously evolving 21stcentury workspace. Earlier this year, the duo introduced an aluminum version of Softwall (pictured top right), made from a textile with a micro-coating of the flexible metal. The dynamic sheen that it affords their classic product reinforced the strengths of an iterative process for MacAllen, who shared other time-tested takeaways with Azure. 1 The most effective design is often background design. Stephanie and I are interested in things that aren’t the front-and-centre stars of a space. Our walls tend to be more of a backdrop. Highlighting an environment,…

2 min.
battery fuelled

_Battery Park _Cape Town, South Africa _dhk Architects Hot on the heels of 2017’s Zeitz MOCAA/Silo Hotel complex – Heatherwick Studio’s globally lauded repurposing of decommissioned grain silos in Cape Town, South Africa – comes another ambitious waterfront project in the city: Battery Park, a 1.2-hectare canalside oasis by local firm dhk Architects, whose mandate could be regarded as even more daunting than that of Heatherwick. In addition to serving as a key entry point to the V&A Waterfront, one of Cape Town’s most visited tourist destinations, Battery Park also had to camouflage a 1,206-spot parking garage, reinvigorate its underused Canal District location with new attractions and amenities, serve as a link to surrounding neighbourhoods and do justice to its historic precursor: the Amsterdam Battery, a one-time fort and then prison erected…

2 min.
dutch treatment

_Bar Ramona _Amsterdam, Netherlands _Studio Modijefsky In Amsterdam, brown cafés are as iconic as tulips and canals. Named for their swaths of dark wood covering nearly every surface, these cozy, smoke-stained watering holes are also the inspiration for the warm, rust-hued interior of a new eating and drinking spot, Bar Ramona, in Amsterdam West. Studio Modijefsky, the interior architecture firm behind the establishment’s concept and design, envisioned the space as one run by a fictional woman – the daughter of a bar owner – who spent her childhood in a brown café. “We imagined Ramona as a girl with a style of her own, who has a taste for funky music and is a bit edgy,” says Esther Stam, Studio Modijefsky’s founder. “If she were to open her own bar, this would…