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Translucent panels create glowing facade for São Paulo gallery by Metro

Polycarbonate panels run along the base of this gallery in São Paulo by local architects Metro, flooding the space with natural light during the day and transmitting light from within at night.

Casa Triangulo by Metro Architects

Casa Triângulo exists as a single, large volume: a big white box with the weight of the concrete visually relieved by the panelled window at the base.

Metro collaborated with the gallerists on the hunt for a suitable site to rehouse its contemporary collection, which had been located elsewhere in the city prior to the move.

Casa Triangulo by Metro Architects

With a design brief asking for “the prettiest gallery in town,” the team decided to convert an existing building with a simple structure to create the 500-square-metre space. This allowed for a speedy completion, with the architects taking just 11 months to create the gallery.

Casa Triangulo by Metro Architects

The gallery is set back from the street and a raised concrete platform – the same as the gallery’s interior – extends out towards the tree-lined Rua Cristóvão Diniz, forming a courtyard at the entrance of the building.

A second asphalt and gravel outdoor area doubles as a loading bay for artworks and an event space. A pre-cast concrete bench here provides a space for the public to sit and admire the facade.

Large pivoting openings within the polycarbonate panels offer a direct link between the gallery and these outdoor spaces.

Casa Triangulo by Metro Architects

“We wanted to extend the gallery towards the street and the street into the gallery with no walls or clear boundaries between the public space and the gallery’s space,” Metro partner Martin Corullon told Dezeen.

“Even with this connection, the external areas are mainly where the gatherings and events occur, preserving the interior of the gallery for a more calm atmosphere, that is better for viewing the exhibitions,” he added.

Casa Triangulo by Metro Architects

The building houses two exhibition spaces, and the gallery’s storage, administration and support areas over its three storeys. At almost five-metres high, the main exhibition space is one of the largest galleries in São Paulo.

The building’s facade is replicated inside the gallery with the grey cement floor balancing the otherwise all-white interior.

The minimalist interior provides a white cube environment for the gallery’s dynamic collection from its younger contemporary artists.

Photography is by Leonardo Finotti.


Project credits:

Architects: Metro
Project team: Martin Corullon, Gustavo Cedroni, Helena Cavalheiro, Marina Ioshii, Renata Mori, Luis Tavares, Isadora Marchi, Rafael de Sousa, Juliana Ziebell, Gabriela Santana, Marina Pereira
Prospecção estrutural: Marcondes Ferraz Engenharia
Structural design: INNER Engenharia e Gerenciamento
Service design: L2C Engenharia
Lighting: Design da Luz, Fernanda Carvalho
Landscaping: Bonsai Paisagismo
Contractor: Lock Engenharia

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Guess what these specs are made of!

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If Shwood eyewear has taught us designers anything, it’s that the entire world can be your source of inspiration. The company, known for pioneering luxury eyepieces made out of ridiculous materials like newspaper, stone, and recycled surfboards… has done it again! The choice of material this time? Cactus!

Yes, Shwood’s Canby Cactus collection features acetate frames that convert actual cactus stems into wearable art. Almost looking like reverse tiger stripes, the Canby Cactus frames suspend dried sections of a cactus stem in resin and machine out the frames from the solid resin block. What you’re left with is a pair of spectacles with a natural skeletal design that is unique to you. Not to mention the amount of people you’re going to amaze when you tell them you’re wearing sunglasses made from real cactii! The Shwood Canby Cactus frames come with a rather steep price-tag, but that’s what innovation is worth, isn’t it?

Designer: Shwood

BUY IT HERE: $325

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This Spring-Loaded Corner Chisel Makes Short Work of Hinge Mortises

If this innovative little tool didn’t already exist, I could see it doing gangbusters on Kickstarter.

When routing out the mortise for a hinge, you of course have the issue that the router bit is cylindrical and thus the corners of the mortise have radiuses. No problem if you’re using leaf hinges with rounded corners, but if you’re using sharp-cornered hinges, you’ve got to chisel out the corners of the mortise. Thus Rockler sells this Spring-Loaded Corner Chisel, which registers against the sidewalls and makes the 90-degree downward cut with one tap from the hammer:

Here’s how it looks in action (this isn’t the Rockler-branded one, but this Dutch version by 24-7 Wood Easy Solutions appears identical):

Sure you’ve still got to pare out the waste, and the purist craftsman would probably scoff; but for the tradesperson who needs to bang out a lot of hinge mortises in a hurry, the $27/€20 tool looks like it would pay for itself in no time.

Interview: Yuki Katsuta, Global Head of Research and Design at Uniqlo: Addressing LifeWear, Roombas and next steps for a brand that doesn't make "disposable clothes"

Interview: Yuki Katsuta, Global Head of Research and Design at Uniqlo


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Interactive sound art and an urban farm feature in highlights from Tuesday afternoon at IKEA Festival

Dezeen at IKEA Festival: in our second broadcast from the IKEA Festival at Milan design week, we explored an open-source urban farm design and watched an interactive music performance by Teenage Engineering.

As the first day at IKEA‘s Let’s Make Room for Life festival draws to a close, we’ve rounded up the afternoon’s highlights from the festival, which is taking place in Milan’s Ventura Lambrate district.

After a morning of yoga and smart lighting talks, creative tech team Teenage Engineering took to the stage with an interactive electronic sound performance.

We spoke to illustrator Kevin Lyons about customising IKEA Furniture as he began painting a huge mural, which he will be working on all week.

We also caught up with Simon Ca who are behind the GrowRoom installation exploring the future of sustainable food. See the full programme at IKEA.today/festival.

The festival takes place from 4 to 9 April in a 3,500-square-metre warehouse at Via Ventura 14 in Milan. Dezeen will be broadcasting live reports from the festival, so stay tuned for more video highlights across Dezeen, as well as our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels.

Keep up with all our Milan coverage here, and use our #milanogram hashtag competition on Instagram for the chance of winning £500 to spend at Dezeen Watch Store.

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Kengo Kuma's major expansion of Portland Japanese Garden opens

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has completed a new complex for an urban garden in Portland, Oregon, that features a central courtyard and buildings topped with pagoda-style, green roofs.

The project is the first public commission in America for Kuma, who founded in Tokyo-based practice in 1990. He won the commission through an international competition.

Portland Japanse Garden by Kuma

The Portland Japanese Garden, which opened in 1967, encompasses nine acres (3.6 hectares) on a hill near downtown Portland. It was originally designed by Takuma Tono, a professor at Tokyo Agricultural University.

The expansion opened to the public on 2 April 2017. It called for utilising existing space within the garden to create a new Cultural Village, which consists of a trio of buildings organised around a central courtyard. The scheme was influenced by Japanese gate-front towns that surround sacred shrines and temples.

Portland Japanse Garden by Kuma

“Kuma designed the new Cultural Village, his first public commission in the US, to honour the singular experience of each visitor and ensure the serenity is protected for future generations,” the team said.

The project also entailed moving the park’s main entrance to the base of the hill, where a new water garden with cascading ponds is meant to aid “in the transition from city to tranquillity”.

Portland Japanse Garden by Kuma

The new complex contains three pavilions – a Village House, Garden House and Tea House – made of steel and glass. The program includes galleries, a a multipurpose room, a library and a gift store.

The buildings are wrapped with wood battens and topped with overhanging roofs that recall pagodas.

Portland Japanse Garden by Kuma

The top level of the roofs are covered in greenery to help absorb rainwater and prevent run-off. “From a design perspective, the living roofs are likened to the thatched roofs of traditional gardens in Japan,” the team said.

The interiors are defined by ample use of wood, from furnishings to ceiling panels.

Portland Japanse Garden by Kuma

The west end of the village is lined by a medieval-style granite wall that stretches 185 feet (56 metres). The wall was constructed using traditional tools and techniques, with the process being led by a 15th-century master stonemason.

The project also entails the creation of three new gardens: a moss hillside garden, a bonsai terrace and a tea flower garden.

Portland Japanse Garden by Kuma

The verdant park is considered one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. It opened a half-century ago and now draws more than 350,000 annual visitors.

Expansion plans were first announced in 2015. Kuma worked with the park’s curator Sadafumi Uchiyama, a third-generation gardener, while designing the $33.5 million (£27 million) project.

Portland Japanse Garden by Kuma

“Given its proximity to nature, Portland is unlike any place in the world,” said Kuma in an earlier statement. “This new Cultural Village serves as a connector of the stunning Oregon landscape, Japanese arts and a subtle gradation to architecture.”

Kuma ranked at number five on the Dezeen Hot List of most-talked about architects and designers. The architect said he is drawing on his experience in Oregon for other projects, including the arena he has designed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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Dictionary + De-stressing

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There’s something simple and beautiful about the Random stress ball by Srishti Singh. Aside from the tactile experience, it also has an interesting visual experience attached to it. On its own, the ball looks like an ordinary white sphere with small markings on it. When squeezed, these markings enlarge to become words.

The joy in using the stress ball is discovering new words while engaging with the toy, while the potential of the toy could extend to using words as well as the stress ball itself to advise/guide the user to relax and de-stress. Much like a de-stressing magic 8-ball!

Designer: Srishti Singh

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