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In Guangzhou Swire Properties have recently completed a mixed used commercial development taking up a full city block on comprising hotels, offices and shopping including a cultural centre for the city. TaiKoo Hui is a large-scale multi-faceted complex in the thriving heart of the Tianhe Central Business District of Guangzhou, developed and managed by Swire Properties. Offering a gross floor area of approximately 358,000 sqm (exclusive of the cultural center), it incorporates a prime shopping mall, two Grade A office towers, a cultural center, the first Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Guangzhou, and serviced apartments. More info at taikoohui.com

Daylight is a key ingredient to the Taikoo Hui shopping centre, and notably with the intent to flood the mall with light deep into the lower and basement levels. The glass components designed by Hugh Dutton Associates celebrate daylight. They provide sculptural expression that responds to light through filtering it, diffusing it, playing with it’s shadows, reflecting it.

Hugh Dutton Associates were engaged by Swire as specialist design consultants to architects Arquitectonica for all the feature glazing components of the development; notably the main entrance atria boxes, and waving linear skylight down the central spine of the shopping mall.

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Many narrow streets and alleyways off Oxford Street, London are currently misused and underdeveloped. These under regarded areas are ideal not only for improvement, but also for relatively unconventional design opportunities. Our proposal acknowledges this by providing an architectural intervention that subtly draws attention to the building through the intrigue of a sculptural façade. Inspired by the art work of Lucio Fontana large glazed areas orientated towards the sky are slashed into the façade, maximising the natural light available in this narrow street.

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‘The Alphabet’ is the name of the first joint project between ewo, the manufacturer of superior-quality lighting systems, and the inter-disciplinary team at JDS ARCHITECTS. The project in the ewoLAB series will be revealed to the public for the first time at Frankfurt’s Light Building from 11.04.2010 to 16.04.2010.
The idea here was to develop a lighting system, which in terms of both form and technical specifications, online casino meets project requirements.

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Media designer Jiyeon Song created this “One Day Poem Pavilion”. There exists a complex array of perforations that allows light to pass through the pavilion”s surface that results in shifting patterns, and transforms into a legible text of a poem. During the day, the light passes through the perforations on the surface and projects a poem on to the ground. The poem consists of 5 lines with each line visible for about an hour that can be seen between 8 AM and 4 PM.

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Recently we have been looking at the combined effects of Light, Reality and Materials, specifically concerning the design of a boutique shop in Hong Kong in which we are working with deformed metal grids to create original lighting and texture effects (see the above image, and more at the end of this post).  Of particular importance to us is the research we undertook on the relationships between real and virtual, building and imagination,  and technique and creativity, both theoretical and in practise.

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Depuis septembre le blog est devenu un sujet à l”ordre du jour dans les réunions hebdomadaires à l”agence.
Une discussion en équipe est toujours très constructive parce que ça permet de se prendre de la distance et de se rendre compte de certains défaut assez évident et pourtant des fois difficile à voir.
Par exemple, on a remarqué que sur le blog  il manque encore un post qui met en valeur un des sujets des discussions quotidien à l”agence, c”est à dire la “matérialité” des choses, leur réalité et, par conséquence, le sujet de la lumière et sa façon de “rendre” les matériaux et le formes (L”architecture est le jeu, savant, correct et magnifique des volumes sous la lumière”).

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