Monthly archives: November 2011

Latest designers and brands
at The Temporium


Our Christmas pop-up store The Temporium opens tomorrow and will host an eclectic array of designers and brands including Australian company Matilda, who will showcase a selection of products and furniture by designers from Down Under (Dove Stools by Brian Steendyk shown above).

Read on for details of other products that will be available at The Temporium including padded pockets for portable devices, indestructible maps and much more... More »

London landmarks' heritage status
threatened by rising skyline

Dezeen Wire:
 the ongoing construction of skyscrapers in central London has caused the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to reconsider the status of the Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster as recognised sites of historical significance – Evening Standard

UNESCO are concerned that The Shard by architect Renzo Piano near the Tower of London and the 43-storey Doon Street tower on the opposite side of the river Thames from Westminster are having a negative impact on the views and historical integrity of the landmarks. It could place them on its "at risk" register, which would damage their appeal to international tourists.

See our previous story in which Renzo Piano says The Shard "will be loved" by the public and UNESCO's announcement of 25 new additions to the World Heritage List from earlier this year.

Substandard materials blamed for wind
damage to Foster's Beijing airport

Dezeen Wire:
an architect from one of the firms that collaborated with Foster + Partners on the design of the Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal in China says that recent damage caused by wind had nothing to do with the quality of the design – The Washington Post

Shao Weiping of the Beijing Architectural Design and Research Institute said he was "very confident that the design was perfect and involved no mistakes or flaws.” China state media say passengers reported seeing roofing material from Terminal 3 blowing across the runway and through the three-year-old terminal building. It is the second time in a year that wind has reportedly affected the structure.

"Can we now say that OMA has grown up?"
– Hugh Pearman

Dezeen Wire:
architecture critic Hugh Pearman has expressed admiration for the mature and understated nature of Dutch practice OMA's design for a new headquarters for merchant bank Rothschild on a sensitive site near the Bank of England – Hugh Pearman

Pearman suggests that it is "a miracle that a ‘foreign’ firm of architects with a reputation for the outrageous won the 2005 competition to redevelop the site," but describes their approach to this project as "well-mannered, corporate, svelte, positively self-effacing."

The area's history demanded a low-key approach and Pearman adds that, although he wishes the building "wasn’t on quite such good behaviour," its response to the brief "makes the right urbanistic moves and is enlivened by some flashes of wit."

See interviews with OMA partners on Dezeen Screen and all of our stories about OMA here.