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November 14, 2022

Transformation of the Neri&Hu warehouse for the new head office of Lao Ding Feng in Beijing. Photograph by Zhu Runzi

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Neri&Hu inserts a concrete volume in a warehouse in Beijing to create an office and a store.

“Chinese architecture studio Neri&Hu has inserted a concrete volume into a former brick warehouse to create a headquarters and retail store for the Lao Ding Feng pastry brand in Beijing, China. Located near the North 5th Ring Road East Beijing, Neri&Hu has converted the former textile production factory into Lao Ding Feng’s headquarters as well as a retail concept store.The factory’s original brick structure consists of a main warehouse and three annex buildings, as well as an interior garden.Neri&Hu has kept most of the old structure while inserting new concrete volumes to create a contrast between the past and the present. [H/T Dezeen]

Beirut Museum of Art’s new WORKac-designed building is set to open in 2026.

“Officials linked to the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) detailed their vision for the yet-to-be-built institution during a conference that took place this week at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as reported by Artnews. Attending the discussion were BeMA co-directors Taline Boladian and Juliana Khalaf, and architects Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, from WORKac, which was commissioned to design the museum. some 2,000 works created since the establishment of Lebanon as an independent nation in 1943, with particular attention to paintings, sculptures and works on paper made between 1950 and 1975.” [H/T Artforum]

Bill Stout Architectural Books in Jackson Square, San Francisco. Photograph by Leslie Williamson, courtesy of the Eames Institute

The Eames Institute acquires the beloved William Stout Architectural Books of San Francisco.

“A relatively new Bay Area nonprofit has acquired an enduring San Francisco institution that served as a mecca for architecture and design bibliophiles for just under 50 years: William Stout Architectural Books. The news comes after a year of talks between the Petaluma-based company Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity, which officially launched last April, and the sole owner of the beloved bookstore. Emerging from the turmoil of the COVID crisis in 2021, Stout, like many longtime small business owners battered by the pandemic, has begun to consider retirement. That’s when the fledgling Eames Institute, run by Charles and Ray’s granddaughter Lisa Demetrios in the role of chief curator with support from Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, stepped in to discuss how best to preserve the legacy of Stout Books. [H/T The Architect’s Newspaper]

RIOS will oversee a major $1 billion renovation of the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.

“When Apollo Funds acquired The Venetian Resort Las Vegas earlier this year, they promised to continue investing in the iconic all-suite property. The resort’s newly installed CEO, Patrick Nichols, said he would deliver on that commitment by “investing north of $1 billion in all areas of guest experience.” To achieve Nichols’ goals, the property hired RIOS, a Los Angeles-based design collective, to plan the redevelopment. And to answer your first question, no, the iconic Italian theme that The Venetian is synonymous with isn’t going away. [H/T Travel + Leisure]

Bulgari, Hermès and Van Cleef & Arpels win the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

“Bulgari, Hermès and Van Cleef & Arpels were among the winners of this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the annual awards ceremony for the watch industry. Among the models highlighted: the 10th Anniversary edition of the Bulgari Octo Finissimo, the Arceau Le Temps Voyageur with universal time from Hermès, and the Fontaine Aux Oiseaux Automaton from Van Cleef & Arpels, a unique mechanical clock in its kind that has triumphed in a competitive field. » [H/T Wallpaper]

Volvo EX90. Image courtesy of Volvo

Volvo’s plans to sell all-electric vehicles kick off with the reveal of the new EX90 SUV.

“Volvo’s plan to sell fully electric vehicles exclusively by 2030 kicked off on Wednesday with the unveiling of its EX90, the first in a new range of electric vehicles for the Swedish automaker. The automaker calls the seven-passenger SUV its new flagship vehicle, starting at just under $80,000. Production of the car is expected to begin in the United States next year in South Carolina. The EX90 resembles Volvo Cars’ current range of vehicles. On a full charge, the car should achieve up to 300 miles of range, according to the company. The interior is modern, minimalist – a trend made popular by Tesla – with a large central control screen and a small driver information cluster behind the wheel. [H/T CNBC]

Faena Art rewards Paula de Solminihac with this year’s Faena Prize for the Arts.

“At the annual Faena Art gala, the organization announced that Paula de Solminihac was the winner of the Faena Prize for the Arts 2022. De Solminihac will be rewarded with the presentation of her large-scale topographic installation adapted to the site morning glory at Faena Beach during Miami Art Week 2022. Using Miami Beach sand as its primary material, Solminihac’s site-sensitive work and largest work to date invites endless interactions with Faena Beach and its occupants, nurturing a deep connection between the human and natural worlds. morning glory will be unveiled on Tuesday, November 29 and will be visible until Sunday, December 4. Considered one of the most prestigious art prizes in the Americas, the Faena Prize for the Arts is offered to artists at all stages of their careers to engage in critical reflection on the present moment and its ever-changing nature. evolution, with Faena Art awarding the winner a total of $100,000. [Press Release]

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