Snarkitecture Designs Billionaire Boys Club’s Wynwood Flagship, and Other News

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Billionaire Boys Club’s new Wynwood flagship designed by Snarkitecture. Image courtesy of Billionaire Boys Club

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Billionaire Boys Club unveils its new Wynwood space designed by Snarkitecture.

“It’s an exciting time for fans of the streetwear brand Billionaire Boys Club (BBC)/ICECREAM as it fills a 5,000-square-foot space by Snarkitecture in Miami’s arts and culture hub. Founded by Pharrell Williams and NIGO, the retail brand has been known for its cutting-edge collabs and statement graphics with a sporty flair, influencing cultural norms since 2003. Victor Lee and Clarisse Empaynado of Snarkitecture visualized an open-concept layout reminiscent of South Florida’s natural elements, using environmentally friendly materials inspired by the Everglades National Park. A soft blue and green color palette sets the tone for the space, which is grounded by a central sculpture by Snarkitecture co-founder Daniel Arsham, and the addition of two large windows welcomes abundant light.” [H/T Ocean Drive]

At $150 million, the priciest beach house in the Hamptons is struggling to find a buyer.

“An oceanfront estate in Southampton, listed at $150 million, stands as the priciest home for sale in the Hamptons—and is struggling to move off the market. The compound, called La Dune, is likely to be used as a summer home and draws from a tiny pool of buyers, probably billionaires, who could afford to foot the bill. Even in the Hamptons, $100-million-plus sales are few and far between. La Dune, named after the sandy dune it sits behind, spans about four acres across two adjacent lots with two homes, two swimming pools and a sunken tennis court. It hasn’t been easy to find a buyer for the sprawling compound, which includes a classic Hamptons-style shingled main residence, originally built more than 100 years ago, and a second home on the adjacent lot, built in the early 2000s.” [H/T CNBC]

“Untitled” (1996) by Dan Flavin at Hamburger Bahnhof. Photography by David von Becker, courtesy Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Hamburger Bahnhof shuts off a neon Dan Flavin artwork for the first time in 26 years. 

“A site-specific commission by Dan Flavin at the art museum Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin has been switched off for the first time after a 26-year run, as Germany tries to reduce electricity consumption in response to Europe’s energy crisis. On Oct. 18, the directors of Hamburger Bahnhof, curatorial duo Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, flipped the switch on U.S. light artist’s Untitled (1996). Since the museum opened in 1996, the work illuminated the building’s windows and stone façade in neon green and yellow lights: a bold proclamation of what to expect inside the 19th-century former railway station.” [H/T The Art Newspaper]

Rodney Graham, a globally renowned polymathic artist who charmed critics, dies at 73.

“The pathbreaking photoconceptualist Rodney Graham, who frequently made himself the subject of his own work, died of cancer Oct. 22 at age 73. The news was collectively announced by the many galleries who represented him, spearheaded by Hauser & Wirth. A true polymath, Graham worked across media including painting, sculpture, film, video, and photography, culling influences from music, literature, psychoanalysis, and popular culture to create a multivalent body of work that examines social and historical cultures through humor and manipulations of perception.” [H/T Artforum]

Former RIBA presidents criticize the Sainsbury Wing redesign by Selldorf Architects.

“Eight former presidents of the Royal Institute of British Architects have objected to Selldorf Architects’ revamp of the National Gallery’s Sainsbury Wing, calling it ‘insensitive.’ Paul Hyett, Sunand Prasad, Ruth Reed, Angela Brady, Stephen Hodder, Jane Duncan, Ben Derbyshire and Alan Jones filed their objections in the public comment section of the Westminster planning portal on Oct. 22. The comment by the past RIBA presidents states: ‘Selldorf Architects (NY) were, we believe, selected by competition to adapt the wing, but their proposed changes are to our minds insensitive and inappropriately changes a finely conceived space into an airport lounge.’” [H/T Dezeen]

Hangzhou International Sports Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by BrickVisual

Zaha Hadid Architects wins the competition to design a sports center in Hangzhou.

“Zaha Hadid Architects has been announced as the winner of the competition to design the new Hangzhou International Sports Centre. The project includes a 60,000-seat football stadium and practice pitches, a 19,000-seat indoor arena as well as an aquatics center with two 50-meter pools. The development is part of Hangzhou’s Future Science and Technology Cultural District and is well connected to the city’s expanding metro network. The project is a response to the growing population of Hangzhou, which accommodates many of China’s largest technology companies. Its compact design allows for the site to be transformed into open public spaces for the city, with parks and gathering, relaxation and recreation places organized along the riverbank.” [H/T ArchDaily]

Stanford engineers design a 3D printing method much faster than current techniques.

“Advancements in 3D printing have made it easier for designers and engineers to customize projects, create physical prototypes at different scales, and produce structures that can’t be made with more traditional manufacturing techniques. But the technology still faces limitations—the process is slow and requires specific materials which, for the most part, must be used one at a time. Researchers at Stanford have developed a method of 3D printing that promises to create prints faster, using multiple types of resin in a single object. Their design, published in Science Advances, is five to ten times faster than the quickest high-resolution printing method currently available and could potentially allow researchers to use thicker resins with better mechanical and electrical properties.” [H/T Stanford News]

Spencer Tunick’s 2010 photograph of the Sydney Opera House

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