Between collection launches, architecture announcements, museum openings, and more, it’s hard to keep on top of all the news in the design world. Enter the Weekly Roundup, AD PRO’s regular callout of developing, overheard, and confirmed news that’s worth noting. Consider it our way of keeping you even more in the know.
Lindsey Adelman Opens Boston Showroom
The Boston Design Center has a hot new showroom. New York designer Lindsey Adelman has opened shop there, bringing her sculptural fixtures to the New England city. It’s a personal move for the designer, who spent summers on Cape Cod as a child. And she’s keeping things in the family – the BDC location will be managed by Adelman’s sister, Whitney.
In BIG’s Shenzhen Energy Company building, a “folded wall” diffuses sunlight.
Photo: 张超 (Chao Zhang)
BIG Completes “Pleated” Skyscraper
The Chinese city of Shenzen has a new addition to its skyline: a “pleated” skyscraper by Bjarke Ingels Group, completed this week. BIG won the bid for the Shenzhen Energy Company’s headquarters through an international competition in 2009 and began completion in 2012 on the two-tower structure, whose unique façades give the appearance of folds. In true Ingels fashion, the striking design is part of an energy-smart strategy. “Shenzhen Energy Mansion is our first realized example of ‘engineering without engines’ – the idea that we can engineer the dependence on machinery out of our buildings and let architecture fulfill the performance,” said the architect in an announcement. “Shenzhen Energy Mansion appears as a subtle mutation of the classic skyscraper and exploits the building’s interface with the external elements: sun, daylight, humidity, and wind to create maximum comfort and quality inside. A natural evolution that looks different because it performs differently.” The folded façades redirect harsh sunlight to maintain optimum temperature and conserve energy in the building.
This rainwater collection system won the World Architecture Festival’s inaugural Water Research Prize.