A collection of well-designed event tickets

The popular saying is that “the devil is in the details”, but many designers would argue that “good design is in the details”. I think it’s particularly true when it comes to branding. For events, you could judge the quality of the designers who worked on it by the way they designed the tickets for […]
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PHOTO TOUR: Stanford Cancer Center South Bay

Take a visual walk through the Stanford Health Care Cancer Center South Bay in San Jose, Calif., opened in July 2015.

Stanford Health Care’s newest National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center South Bay, designed by Ratcliff (Emeryville, Calif.), opened July 2015 in San Jose, Calif. The four-story, 70,000-square-foot medical office building offers patients coordinated outpatient cancer services in one location, including diagnostic, treatment, and support services.read more

Snaking BMX race track installed in Toronto for Pan American Games

This undulating course was designed by Canadian firm Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects to host BMX races during the 2015 Pan American Games (+ slideshow).

The local architecture studio designed the BMX Supercross Legacy Project for the sporting event, which was held in Toronto during July.

Riders launched themselves onto the undulating dirt track via ramps enclosed in a board-marked concrete and steel-slatted structure.

The two starting hills measure 10 and five metres tall, and provided launchpads for both professional and amateur racers. The 517-metre-long course weaves towards a spectator stadium placed alongside the finish line.

Related story: Guy Hollaway plans to "put Folkestone on the map" with world's first multi-storey skatepark"It is an object in a landscape and a landscape in its own right," said the architects. "Board formed concrete, pre-finished concrete block and a smooth faced framing members all add to the distinct language of each element. At once separate and unified."

"The aesthetics of concrete allowed the practical considerations of storage, ramp heights and retaining wall sections to each be expressed as architectural elements within a single form."

The track was designed to the stipulations of regulatory board Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), making it the only UCI-certified track in Canada. BMX was first recognised as a medal sport during the 2008 Beijing Olympic games.

The track is set on a low-lying part of the site where water naturally collects. But race criteria meant the course needed to be dry just 30 minutes after rain, so the architects designed an underground drainage system.

The Pan American Games has taken place every four years since 1951, when the inaugural event was hosted in Buenos Aires. Toronto became the second Canadian city to host the games, which is beaten in scale only by the summer Olympic Games and the Asian Games.

A shooting range based on the jagged outline of a maple leaf was also designed by Berlin firm Magma Architecture for the 2015 games, where gymnastics, equestrian and ball sports tournaments were also held.
Photography is by Scott Norsworthy.
Project credits:
Design team: Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz ArchitectsTrack design consultant: Elite TraxStructural engineer: Halsall AssociatesCivil engineer: EMC GroupElectrical engineer: Smith and Andersen Consulting Engineering
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Caruso St John reveals designs for university laboratory in Basel

Caruso St John Architects has unveiled plans for a new £160 million biomedical laboratory at University of Basel, Switzerland, which features a gridded glass facade and a concrete base with arch-shaped notches.
The firm saw off competition from studios including David Chipperfield Architects with its proposal for the 35,000-square-metre building, which contains six floors of laboratories.

Related story: Caruso St John's Gagosian Grosvenor Hill art gallery opens in LondonHollows in the concrete base of the Department of Biomedicine will form entrances and make sure the building clears a footpath. The upper storeys will be covered in a panes of glass measuring 80 by 80 centimetres, providing views into the laboratories.
"The large volume of the new building for biomedicine is uniformly covered with a skin of cast glass," said a statement issued by the studio. "The glass is transparent and clear and it allows all workstations an unobstructed view. But the glass is also thick, which corresponds to the curved details and its rounded corners."

The building will be attached to the university's pharmaceutical centre in the St Johann district of the city.
It will replace the institution's existing laboratory and teaching building, and stand on a site near other medical science departments and university hospitals.

Related story: Rippling aluminium fronts Bristol university laboratories by Sheppard RobsonAside from testing laboratories, areas of the building will be dedicated as offices, conference rooms, and for keeping rats and mice.
It will host 70 research groups specialising in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, stem cells and regenerative medicine.

An inner layer of pigmented glass will sit behind the building's gridded facade, designed to cast subtly coloured reflections.
Curving glass walls will enclose stairwells, while corrugated glazing will surround offices and laboratories. The project is due to complete in 2022.
Caruso St John Architects recently converted a row of theatre warehouses into a gallery for British artist Damien Hirst, and completed the third and largest of the Gagosian's outposts in London. Previously, the firm undertook a £45 million renovation of the Tate Britain.
Renderings are by Caruso St John Architects.
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BIG’s mountain-shaped resort in Taiwan is aimed at retired holidaymakers from China

The first holiday home has been built at the BIG-designed Hualien Residences in Taiwan, a resort development for retirees that still want active vacations (+ slideshow).
Photograph by BIGThe 1,000-square-metre house is the first building on the site, which is five kilometres south of Hualien City, between the ocean and mountains.
According to BIG, Hualein is experiencing a population decline with many of its younger residents moving out of the city. But a change in travel permissions between China and Taiwan is expected to bring in a new wave of older holidaymakers to the region. The ageing population is also creating a demand for second homes.

"In recent years the city has seen a consistent decline in population and has begun combating this through various infrastructure projects," said the Danish firm founded by architect Bjarke Ingels.
"The lifted travel restriction between China and Taiwan predicts a raise in popularity in the foreseeable future," it added. "Hualien residential seeks to tap into this new potential and targets the older demographic who seeks a retired, yet still active, lifestyle."

The model home consists of layered volumes that create a zigzagging profile, with "green landscape stripes" and solar panels on the roof, and full-height glazing on the front and back.
The wide variety of buildings planned for the site all have similarly-jagged outlines. Once completed, their shapes will create a stylised version of the spine of mountains to the west.

BIG described the Hualien Residences as "a mountain landscape of commercial and residential program that reflect their natural counterparts in the background."

Related story: BIG wants to create new styles of vernacular architecture, says Bjarke IngelsThe strips of green roof meet the ground in on either side and run from east to west to block out the glaring morning and evening sun. When the development is complete, the roofs will create "canyons" between the buildings.

"The angled silhouettes add an almost traditional vernacular feeling of attics and porches in the middle of the dense modern development," said BIG.
This photograph shows seating and a coffee table inside the model holiday home at Hualien ResidencesOutdoor paths will snake around the site, while underground "jogging pathways" will be added to encourage residents to exercise. The complex will also house an on-site medical centre.
KiBiSi's collection of furniture on show in the Hualien Residences model home has been designed to compliment the architecture of the housesA path that wraps around the whole area will include an observation point, stage, shops, and restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating areas. Media rooms, lounges, libraries, pools and meditation areas will provide other communal spaces for the residents.

BIG was commissioned by Taiwan Land Development Corporation, the owner of the site in a former industrial and factory region of Taiwan, to create the scheme.

The show home was built to tempt potential buyers ahead of construction of the rest of the development, which is scheduled to complete in 2018.

KiBiSi – the Danish design supergroup co-founded by Ingels – has created furniture to compliment the architecture of the houses, which is on show in the model home.
This visualisation shows the offset outlines of the buildings at Hualien Residences, which will create a stylised version of the spine of mountains to the westThe collection includes lounge seating and sunbeds, a wooden dining table, a lamp, a chest of drawers, a coffee table and shelving.
This visualisation shows the site of Hualien Residences, which is five kilometres south of Hualien City, between the ocean and mountainsBIG has created a number of other housing projects with green roofs, including a foliage-covered terraced block of apartments in Stockholm and a residential building in Copenhagen with sloping planted roofs.
Photography is by Jinho Lee, unless otherwise stated.
Project credits:
Client: Taiwan Land Development CorporationCollaborators: RJW, ARUP, Treegarden, Ken SakamuraPartners-in-charge: Bjarke Ingels, Jakob Lange, Finn NørkjærProject manager: Andrew LoDesign architect: Cat HuangShowroom team: Eric Li, Anu Marjanna Leinonen, Jinho Lee, Kekoa Charlot, Alberto Herzog, Jaime Oliver Galienne, Horia Spirescu, Min Ter Lim, Junjie Yan, Dominic Black, Angelos Siampakoulis, Qianqian Ye, Emily King, Lucas Carriere, Miao Zhang, Ren Yang Tan, Andre Schmidt
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Shiro Kuramata’s Miss Blanche armchair breaks world record at auction

Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata's 1989 Miss Blanche chair has sold for its highest ever price during an auction at Sotheby's London.
The cast-resin Miss Blanche armchair fetched £269,000 as part of the 20th Century Design sale, which totalled over £2.5 million.
Many of the furniture and lighting items brought in well over their estimated value. American designer Harry Bertoia's 1966 Dandelion Sculpture and Austrian artist Franz West's 2006 Divan sofa both almost doubled predicted sale prices.
VorteXX hanging light by architects Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher was the auction's top lighting saleLondon is fast turning into the global centre for the collectible design market, with sales growing, new galleries opening and auction records tumbling. Yesterday's auction was Sotheby's first design sale in the city for five years.
"With London now one of the great design capitals of the world, it was the perfect moment for us to relaunch our sales," said Cecile Verdier, Sotheby's European head of design. "The interest in the sale was truly global, with buyers on the top ten lots from England, France and the US, a reflection of London's place as a hub for international design."

Related story: London is becoming "the most important place for collectable design" say galleristsAlso sold at yesterday's auction were pieces by Australian designer Marc Newson, whose Lockheed Lounge retained its title as the world's most expensive design object earlier this year.
Marc Newson's pair of Extruded Chairs raised £87,500Newson's 2006 Small Lathed Table fetched £50,000, while a pair of his Extruded Chairs from the same year raised £87,500.
The VorteXX hanging light by architects Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher sold for £106,250, the most for a lighting product.
"The overwhelming majority of the successful bidders were private collectors from Europe and the US, with many lots going to first time buyers," said a statement from Sotheby's.
Newson's Small Lathed Table was also auctioned off, selling for £50,000A design auction also took place the previous day at rival London house Christie's. Top lots included a rare 1919 sideboard by De Stijl designer Gerrit Rietveld, which raised £194,500 – more than double its highest estimate of £80,000.
Kuramata's Miss Blanche chair is named after the main protagonist in Tennessee William's 1949 play A Street Car Named Desire. It is formed from clear resin blocks with flowers cast inside, and sits on pink tubular legs.
In 1997, an edition of the design was auctioned at Christie's for £46,000.
Last month a dining table by Denmark's late Peder Moos broke the world auction record for a piece of Nordic design, selling for over £600,000 at London's Phillips.
In 2014, French house Artcurial dedicated an entire sale to work by London-based Ron Arad, which it said was the first auction of its kind dedicated to a single contemporary designer.
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Georgia’s Newest Resident: Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton

Answering the needs of an underserved community that’s grown exponentially in size in recent decades, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is also the first new hospital to turn its lights on in the state in 20 years.

Not only is the new 235,000-square-foot, 100-bed Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton notable for sustainability measures that have it tracking LEED Gold and a rigorous use of Lean design that’s streamlined clinical processes and operations. But what also makes the project a standout is the fact that it’s the first new hospital to be built in the Peach State in 20 years.read more

Faith Community Hospital Celebrates Completion Of Replacement Facility

The $28 million, 86,000-square-foot hospital triples the capacity of the existing hospital.

Faith Community Hospital in Jacksboro, Texas, has completed construction of its new replacement hospital. The expanded program in the new Faith Community Hospital includes a walk-in community clinic, a freestanding emergency facility, and larger physical and cardiovascular therapy departments.read more

Typotecture prototypes by Universal Everything

For the Offf Moscow design conference, Universal Everything designed an awesome and experimental typographic animation. With varying shapes and textures, but always with minimal use of color, the designers created beautiful moving type that appears and disappears almost organically. You can view more work by this talented studio on their website.
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