Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2010

 

W Hotels Goes Local

With 15 locations in the works, the boutique-hospitality brand is taking a site-sensitive approach to building its global empire.

Urban Canvas

A group of artists and designers paint an outsize industrial building in Quebec City with light.

Space Craft

In Re:Crafted (April; $50) Marc Kristal highlights 25 buildings in which site-specific designs produce exceptional architectural spaces. When it comes to defining craft, Kristal, a longtime contributor to Metropolis, invokes the former Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart on pornography: “I…

Honest Effort

In its unusual take on the desk lamp, the Swedish architectural studio TAF opted for a deliberately naïve form. The Wood Lamp, produced by the Scandinavian design group Muuto, is constructed almost entirely from pine and embellished only with butterfly…

The Shield

A noisy freeway inspires an ingenious sound wall for an affordable-housing complex in Silicon Valley.

Social Fabric

Teixidors is a textile company with a conscience. Since 1983, the nonprofit, which produces a variety of wool, linen, silk, and cashmere products, has employed men and women with mental disabilities in a cooperative workshop in Catalonia, Spain. It takes…

Brass Works

In choosing brass for the w102 desk light, David Chipperfield gave his slender new design for Wästberg a decided stateliness. But while the material may evoke cherry-paneled banks and library reading rooms, it’s hardly an exercise in nostalgia: LEDs and…

Mix It Up: The Deal

Todd DeGarmo, the CEO of Studios Architecture, is clued in to an elemental truth about architecture: “We have learned that there is no project without a deal.” And for 200 Fifth Avenue, which was at one point slated to become…