Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station
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Battersea Power Station Frank Gehry
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Battersea Power Station

March 24, 2020In Blog, Lifestyle

Battersea Power Station is another district in London that is a reference of the city’s modernity.

It is part of London’s history. At its peak, it was supplying a fifth of London’s electricity. After decades of sitting derelict, it is now being redeveloped into a new destination for London.

The new residential area has an architectural piece around every corner. From Foster + Partners‘ Battersea Roof Gardens to Gehry Partners’ masterful Battersea Prospect Place. At the heart of it all, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s Power Station stands proud, restored and re-energized by WilkinsonEyre Architects.

Phase 3, Inspired by London’s typical regency style, has a facade that has been designed to take full advantage of the the buildings’ brightness, thanks to the special undulating shape created by the protruding and receding volumes of winter gardens and terraces.

Gehry Partners has designed five buildings to the east of The Electric Boulevard, to be known as Prospect Place. These will house double-height retail units at street level, around half of the planned homes, a community park and multi-use community hub. Gehry’s designed element will be anchored by the distinctive Flower building.

It’s the first time acclaimed architects Gehry Partners have designed residential spaces in London, and they have surpassed themselves. All buildings have access to a private garden, much like a traditional London square. Each home has its own winter garden or terrace too. Gehry Partners has designed two palettes for the interiors of Prospect Place, playing to the diversity that makes London such a special place to live. There’s LA, for adventure and excitement; and London, for a focus on history and architecture.

“Our goal from the start has been to create a neighbourhood that connects into the historic fabric of the city of London, but one that has its own identity and integrity.”
Frank Gehry

Battersea Power Station is soon to be connected with a new Zone 1 Northern Line Underground Station which will be connected to all the major routes across London including Crossrail, offering easy access to major transport hubs and airports. We can’t forget the Thames Clippers River Bus, carrying passengers along the Thames to the west towards Putney and to the east towards the City.

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Embassy Gardens Estate

Embassy Gardens
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London US Embassy
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Embassy Gardens Estate

March 16, 2020In Blog, Lifestyle

Some London’s areas are a proof of the city‘s modernity and all the possibilities that it can offer you. One of these areas is Embassy Gardens.

Embassy Gardens is a residential and business development in the Nine Elms regeneration zone in London, surrounding the United States Embassy building designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm KieranTimberlake, opened in 2017. Nine Elms is an area coming to life with developments, independent cafes, pop-up restaurants, floating bars, new food and flower markets. With Embassy Gardens at its heart, this area is starting to define the future of London. With both the US Embassy and Apple moving to the area, Nine Elms is evolving into London’s newest city within a city.

EcoWorld Ballymore, one of the largest private property developers in Europe, is both, the final piece in the transformation story of London’s South Bank and another striking piece of architecture redefining the city’s evolving skyline.

Located in a walk distance from Battersea Power Station, Embassy Gardens is soon to be connected to London’s hotspots by two new tube stations. In addition, there’s a proposed Nine Elms footbridge and a new Thames Clipper station.

The development is planned by three phases, which two of them are already finished. The first one comprises 325 residential units, 3 retail units, residents’ facilities and parking for 249 cars and 496 cycles. The new buildings are the Ambassador, Capital and Legacy.

The external architecture has been inspired by Manhattans Meatpacking District. Think large warehouse spaces, warm masonry exuding a permanence and stability mixed with modern innovations to ensure environmental sustainability.

Embassy Gardens complex is an outstanding residential area that provides its residents a unique and cosmopolitan lifestyle in the heart of London.

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Ferran Adria

Ferran Adria

Ferran Adria
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El Bulli
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Ferran Adria

March 5, 2020In Blog, Lifestyle

The world is plenty of disciplines that inspire me. Photography, art, science, even food, why not? Ferran Adriá is one of those influences.

Gastronomy universe is full of geniuses and one of the kings is the Spanish chef, Ferran Adriá.

He is a Spanish chef who was the head chef of the elBulli restaurant in Roses on the Costa Brava and is considered one of the best chefs in the world.

He hworked along side with his brother, the creative mind and renowned pastry chef Albert Adrià.

He is much more than just a chef. He has been the master of so many chefs around the world that you can’t count the number of great chefs that have learnt with him.

His process and everything that he does is in service of creativity. Visualization, drawing, list making, diagrams; are very much at the basis of the way that he expresses himself.

Ferran Adrià created 1,846 dishes and then stopped. He felt he had created enough and that soon he would reach his peak. He had to go further, and therefore decided to close elBulli. This was back in 2011, the beginning of the second part of his life. From there he would dedicate himself to, as he says, sharing “everything we have learnt over these years regarding the creative process and its methods”. Both in the kitchen and out.

In the creative process, is the absence of method a method itself?

From the restaurant his inventions could be shared with 6,000 people a year. From his foundation he can reach millions. This new format allows him to spread the word concerning his research and share his knowledge in order to inspire “future generations to be more creative”.

5 things about Ferran Adria

Born: In 1962 at Barcelona.

Family: No kids.

Education: Autodidact

His debut: In 1980 during his stint as a dishwasher at the Hotel Playafels, in the town of Castelldefels.

He likes…: Share his knowledge. Maybe that is why he created his own foundation.


Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo
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Tokyo

Tokyo

February 27, 2020In Blog, Lifestyle

Tokyo

Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of it.

There are plenty of reasons to love Tokyo, from the amazing food and fashion to the capital’s nightlife and unique attractions, here are just a few reasons why you can’t get enough of this city.

The Skyline

For a long time, Tokyo’s skyline has remained relatively low-rise, compared to American cities, but since the 2000s, the city is undergoing major changes to its skyline with the construction of tallest skyscraper, an urban renewal project and preparations for the Olympics.

Some of its tallest buildings are the Skytree, the Tokyo Tower and Toranomon Hills.

Lifestyle

Tokyo is a sprawling, densely populated city packed full of nightlife spots, restaurants, museums, entertainment venues, shopping malls and everything besides. The city offers its expats a vibrant, unique and sociable lifestyle, with plenty of annual events, in addition to more permanent sightseeing and entertainment attractions.

Design Art Tokyo

During 10 days the entire city becomes a museum thanks to DESIGNART, who plan and operate a design and art festival “DESIGNART TOKYO” that held every fall as a place to announce its activities.

Set in the capital, one of the world’s leading mixed culture cities, art and architecture, interiors, products, fashion, food, sports, technology, and other things and things gather from around the world and use various places such as galleries and shops. Is an innovative initiative to provide a variety of presentations.

This is an event where the whole city becomes a design and art museum where you can enjoy walking around the city by visiting each exhibition.

Are you already fall in love with Tokyo?

 


One Thousand Museum building by Zaha Hadid Architects

One Thousand Museum

One Thousand Museum building by Zaha Hadid Architects
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One Thousand Museum

February 20, 2020In Lifestyle

Architecture has been always a source of inspiration for me, specially skyscrapers, that’s why One Thousand Museum couldn’t be an exception.

One Thousand Museum

At the beautiful Miami, One Thousand Museum creates a six-star lifestyle within an exceptionally elegant private residential tower designed by Zaha Hadid, actually her last final design.

No need to say that she’s among History’s most celebrated Architects. She has been awarded the Pritzker Prize in Architecture, The Stirling Prize and many other mentions.

Headquartered in London, Zaha Hadid Architects designs high-profile properties worldwide, including the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Summer Olympics; the Guangzhou Opera House; the Vitra Fire Station; the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art; the BMW Central Building; the MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts; the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum; and the Evelyn Grace Academy.

“I BELIEVE IN THE IDEA OF THE FUTURE”
ZAHA HADID

The residential tower appears as a continuous piece of contemporary sculpture from the podium to the crown. The contrast between the robust exoskeleton and the crystalline glazing of the glass façade beneath it is one defining characteristic.

Some numbers

Over 30,000 square feet.

Fewer than 100 residences.

Sunrise and sunset pools located on the 8th floor.

Indoor recreation deck & sun deck on the 60th floor.

Levels: 62

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Chen Man

Chen Man

Chen Man
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Chen Man
Photo by Chen Man www.chenmaner.com

Chen Man

February 13, 2020In Lifestyle

Chen Man is a visual artist, called the ‘Chinese Annie Leibovitz’. I don’t consider her as a reference for my work or my brand but as a great source of beauty inspiration.

Her work is an example of visual impact, based on creative compositions, elegance and strong use of contrast. Chen Man’s style is influence by her Chinese heritage and culture, showing in many cases the national pride.

“I am different from others because I look at things from a Chinese perspective.”

The photographer’s hyper-realized pop portraiture, shot for China’s Vision magazine, is often 3D-textured through Chen’s mastery with both a camera and computer.

She is credited helping to the evolution of the China’s beauty aesthetic. Although thoroughly modern in execution and appearance, Man’s imagery often references traditional Chinese culture, aiding China’s development of its own idiosyncratic aesthetic.

“The difference between fashion photography and my exhibition work goes back to the third stage of my career. It’s about using traditional Chinese philosophy and Taoist and Buddhist concepts to explore visual ideas in a modern way. I’m not Buddhist but some of the concepts appeal to me.”

5 things about Chen Man

Born: 1980 in Beijing

Family: 2 children

Education: Central Academy of Fine Arts, in China

Her debut: At the age of 23, she published her self-styled photography as covers for Chinese art magazine VISION.

She likes…: Being in contact with real people, not just be indoors and not go out.

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Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto

January 27, 2020In Lifestyle

I do have many references and I’d like to introduce them to you little by little in this section, starting with Yohji Yamamoto.

Yohji Yamamoto has always been the one to me. He’s a living icon, capable to create not only his unique brand but two. Y-3 was the first high fashion sport brand.

The concept he created along side with Adidas is today copied by many. Besides liking or not his designs (which I love), what I really admire is the way he created two brands with a unique language.

Although Yamamoto’s work changed and evolved over the next two decades, it retained several key elements- the ambiguities of gender, the importance of black, and the aesthetics of deconstruction.

“When I started making clothes for my line Y’s in 1977, all I wanted was for women to wear men’s clothes. I jumped on the idea of designing coats for women. It meant something to me- the idea of a coat guarding and hiding a woman’s body. I wanted to protect the woman’s body from something- maybe from men’s eyes or a cold wind.”

A brand help us to identify ourselves with an aesthetic which leads to a lifestyle, an identity. Creativity, functionality, simplicity, harmony defines what design and beauty is to me.

5 things about Yohji Yamamoto

Born: In 1943 at Tokyo.

Family: 2 children Limi Feu, Yuji Yamamoto

Education: Keio University, Bunka Fashion College

His debut: In 1977 launched his debut collection, Y’s, in Tokyo.

He likes…: to be called a “dressmaker” instead of a fashion designer.