Odile Decq Unveils Her First Skyscraper, and Other News

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Antares Barcelona by Studio Odile Decq. Photography by Fernando Guerra

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Odile Decq designed every last detail in Antares Barcelona, her first-ever skyscraper.

“World-renowned French architect Odile Decq has announced the completion of the much-anticipated Antares Barcelona. Marking her first residential development in the Spanish city, the unique structure stands out against the skyline thanks to its dramatic aesthetics. The bold tower contains 89 residences, each with sweeping terraces, sea views, and access to resort-style amenities.” [H/T Designboom]

The fashion industry’s embrace of new tech isn’t mitigating its environmental impact.

“The fashion industry is often accused of ignoring new technology, then embracing it when it goes mainstream (and sometimes claiming they were forward-thinking innovators all along). That’s certainly the case with web3, where many brands have dabbled with NFTs, metaverse activations and cryptocurrencies, but analysts now suspect that leading luxury labels are quietly building virtual worlds to launch in the metaverse when the timing feels right. When it comes to new tools to mitigate fashion’s impact on the environment, that tipping point always seems just over the horizon.” [H/T Business of Fashion]

Manama Post Office rehabilitation by Studio Anne Holtrop. Photography by Maxime Delvaux/Aga Khan Trust for Culture

This year’s Aga Khan Award for Architecture announces a shortlist of 20 projects.

“The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) has announced its 20 shortlisted projects for the 2022 award cycle. Competing for the US$ 1 million prize, one of the largest rewards in architecture, the 20 architectural developments located in 16 different countries, were selected by a Master Jury from a pool of 463 projects nominated for the 15th Award Cycle (2020-2022). The jury, among which are Anne Lacaton, Francis Kéré, Nader Tehrani, and Amale Andraos, will meet again this summer to examine the on-site reviews and determine the final recipients of the Award.” [H/T ArchDaily]

Sales for Johnny Depp’s Dior fragrance, Sauvage, soared during his defamation trial.

“The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial has had an unexpected side effect. Per data from Hey Discount, demand for Dior’s Sauvage fragrance, for which Depp is the face, has been booming in the weeks since the trial began. In just one month, Google searches for the cologne increased by 48 percent, going from 823,000 searches in March to 1.2 million in April, the month the trial began. With the public keeping up with the trial via social media, TikTok views for the fragrance also increased by 63 percent in the weeks after the trial started, reaching 209 million total views and thus becoming the most-viewed cologne on the app.”  [H/T WWD]

Hannah Greely’s “High and Dry” at the 2019 edition of Frieze Los Angeles

Frieze Los Angeles is moving from the Beverly Hilton to the Santa Monica Airport.

“Frieze Los Angeles has announced a new location for 2023. The event is heading yet farther west, past its most recent home in Beverly Hills to Santa Monica. The art fair announced that its next L.A. iteration, Feb. 16–19, 2023, will be held at the Santa Monica Airport. The build-out will include a central exhibition tent—again designed by Why Architecture’s Kulapat Yantrasast with landscape director Mark Thomann—and “additional activations” surrounding it, such as the Frieze Projects program of outdoor art installations and a section featuring local nonprofits. Frieze Los Angeles had relocated this last February from its former home at Paramount Pictures Studios to a tent next to the Beverly Hilton.” [H/T Los Angeles Times]

UOVO expands its offerings by acquiring wardrobe preservation service Garde Robe.

UOVO, a provider of fine art and collections storage and services, has acquired Garde Robe, a museum-quality couture wardrobe storage and preservation service, and its expansion to South Florida with a premium garment storage facility in West Palm Beach as part of UOVO’s recommitment to the South Florida region. Garde Robe is the consumer fashion division of UOVO, serving couture collectors, fashion enthusiasts, stylists, and designers through luxury wardrobe management. The new West Palm Beach facility provides peace of mind to the area’s many residents who own multiple homes and want reassurance that their garments remain safe throughout hurricane season and the rest of the year. [Press Release]

An artist’s rendition of OSAM-1 approaching Landsat 7. Image courtesy NASA

Today’s attractive distractions:

NASA is testing out a robotic spacecraft that can repair orbiting satellites.

Mapping technology helped detect sprawling Amazonian cities lost to time.

A Bay Area bakery is slammed with a cease and desist over mochi muffins.

New mothers are paying $1,400 a night for pampering at postnatal retreats.

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