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Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival 2015

91a4b62b0b528da42499fb8aff16da60This came in this morning, belatedly. Slight marketing glitch; NZIA Southern who normally helps market the festival doesn’t appear to have been notified by the festival organisers. Anyway, get along to what’s left of the viewing programme !!!

The fourth annual Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival will showcase acclaimed and current films in architecture and design, including furniture, industrial, graphic, urban and landscape.

The festival will play in four locations this year with Christchurch being welcomed as the fourth city in the festival.

Auckland, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 7-20 May
Wellington, Embassy Theatre, 28 May – 10 June
Dunedin, Rialto Cinemas, 11 – 21 June
Christchurch, Academy Gold, 25 June – 8 July

Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Rialto Cinemas has partnered with Clearly & Co, who curated the films for this year’s line-up. Curators Tracey Lee and Clare Buchanan say, “As New Zealand faces urban growth and renewal on an unprecedented scale, it is an important time to fuel the conversation. We hope this fusion of films stimulates a dialogue and opens minds to the possibilities for architecture and design in our lives, communities and cities.”

This year’s festival has been grouped into themes, so audiences can navigate towards stories they are most curious about. “We have brought together 22 films from all over the world, with everything from epic tales of architectural icons and visionaries; fascinating insight into experiments in urban and industrial design; intimate glimpses into spaces and communities; and celebrations of rooftop gardens and garden lovers. The festival is also hosting an In Memoriam event with Athfield Architects for Ian Athfield, who we lost earlier this year.”

Naming rights sponsor Resene Marketing Manager Karen Warman says Resene is once again delighted to be bringing the festival to New Zealand with Rialto Cinemas. “Before the last festival finished, we were already getting requests for it to come back again. The Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival is such a unique opportunity for everyone to indulge their interest in, and love of, great architecture and design. The films are thought provoking and celebratory. Resene has a long history of supporting New Zealand architecture and being a part of this festival helps to remind us all how important great design is.”

2015 RADFF Festival Programme (PDF, 2 MB)

█ More at http://www.rialto.co.nz/filmfestivals/resene

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Dezeen: 3 projects #materials

17 March 2014
Wooden strips coil around staircase at Strasbourg hotel by Jouin Manku
Les Haras de Strasbourg (France) is a hotel and restaurant project unlike any other. Composed of a four-star hotel and Michelin 3-starred chef Marc Haeberlin’s first brasserie, Les Haras presents an original solution to the question many provincial cities are facing: how to redevelop and harness the potential of their architectural heritage. Managed by the Institute for Research into Cancer of the Digestive System (IRCAD), presided over by Professor Jacques Marescaux, the project allies architectural creativity and technological innovation, two particular areas of French expertise, with philanthropy, an unprecedented mix for a historic redevelopment project in France.

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Parisian studio Jouin Manku created this 55-room hotel inside an 18th century building previously used as an equestrian academy, with a restaurant that features a staircase wrapped in a spiral of wooden strips. The pieces of oak around the stairs, which link two floors of the hotel’s brasserie, create handrails on one side and a balustrade around the top.

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“The interior design for the hotel and brasserie is characterised by its authenticity and modernity,” said the designers. “A particular idea of luxury and comfort inspired by the equestrian world, restrained and subtle.”

The staircase sits between a circular bar and open kitchen at the entrance level, where informal seating and a few dining table are located. Upstairs, guests dine beneath the original wooden roof supported by chunky beams and columns. Private booths are created within pods and large curved seats covered in saddle leather, while long tables extend down the length of the space to accommodate larger parties. Stonework around the windows has been left exposed and the walls are finished with rough plaster.

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The wood structure is also highlighted in the simple bedrooms, which are painted white and decorated with leather details on the headboards and furniture.

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Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku have expressed their vision of this former stud farm and historic site, in a design that is both elegant and simple. They have deliberately chosen to limit the range of materials used; solid wood, natural full hide leather and blackened or brushed metal to transpose the original life of this emblematic Strasbourg building into something resolutely contemporary and simple, whose architectural details attest to the studio’s creativity.
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14 May 2014
Hotel Hotel Canberra lobby, Australia, by March Studio
March Studio was commissioned to design the lobby for the Nishi building, a multi-storey apartment building located in Canberra’s arts and culture precinct New Acton. The building houses two floors of hotel rooms, wrapped around a central courtyard and light well. The ground floor contains Hotel Hotel’s lobby, reception, concierge and bar, as well as retail and hospitality tenancies. The grand staircase links the apartment block with the hotel, whose design was developed by 50 artists, designers and makers including Japanese studio Suppose Design Office.

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The space features thousands of pieces of recycled wood, which are fixed around the walls and ceiling to create irregular patterns around the building’s precast concrete pillars. “Freed to scatter up the walls and across the ceiling, the suspended timber filters exterior light and views into and from internal spaces,” said March Studio in a statement. “Spidery, pixelated shadows are cast on the floor and bare walls.” The lengths are supported by steel rods that run from the ceiling to the ground floor, while sparser clusters of timber-covered steel rods line the front of the entrance.

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Each tread of the staircase is made up of three different types of glue-laminated timber profiles. Longer lengths of timber profiles protrude from the middle of the staircase to create an illuminated central balustrade. The staircase leads up to the hotel lobby and bar, which occupies two floors of the building. Here, chunky lengths of concrete and timber create bulky pieces of furniture, while decorative lighting fixtures hang from the ceiling and circular skylights bring in daylight from overhead.
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29 December 2014
David Ben-Gurion’s former home renovated by Pitsou Kedem Architects
A Tel Aviv flat that was once the home of Israel’s first prime minster has been renovated and extended by local firm Pitsou Kedem Architects to create a new basement level with industrial-style fittings. A framework of chunky black I-beams supports the ceiling of a new basement floor, added to the flat formerly owned by the late David Ben-Gurion, who was instrumental in the founding of the Israeli state and was prime minister between 1955 and 1963. The project, called Past Turned Into Space, involved reorganising the interior of the ground floor apartment, which is located within a two-storey block designed by Ukrainian architect Yosef Berlin in 1925.

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“Since the construction elements we created were totally new, we took care not to hide them but left them exposed in order to tell the story of the renovation.”

The protected building features renaissance-style arches with segmental keystones, balconies and pale pink plasterwork, and is located within a UNESCO heritage site in Tel Aviv. This meant the architects had to contend with severe building restrictions to add the subterranean level that would enable them to expand the residence into a 220-square-metre duplex apartment. A palette of exposed concrete, glass and steel were continued throughout the interior, lending an industrial appearance to the interior spaces that contrasts with the building’s ornamental facade. “We chose to use concrete and steel because we treat them as timeless materials,” said the architects. “This combination with a preservation building felt right.”
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*Images:
Les Haras de Strasbourg – via Jouin Manku
Hotel Hotel, Canberra – Peter Bennetts unless otherwise stated by Dezeen
Tel Aviv apartment – Amit Goren, with styling by Eti Buskila

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Otago Polytechnic EXCITE 12 student showcase

Promising a compelling fortnight of emerging talent
from the diverse disciplines of art, carpentry, design, fashion, horticulture and information technology, excite 12 is the culmination of the time, effort and creativity Otago Polytechnic students have invested in their studies.This innovative and varied series of events offers the public a chance to see and even purchase a range of exceptional student work.

● School of Design – DEBRIEF design exhibitions
● School of Design – SURFACE creative studies exhibition
● School of Architecture, Building and Engineering – OPEN HOMES
● Dunedin School of Art – SITE 12 exhibitions
● School of Natural Resources – PLANT SALE
● School of Information Technology – exhibition ended

CHECK WEBSITE FOR DETAILS
Exhibitions open this weekend: DEBRIEF and SITE 12

http://www.otagopolytechnic.ac.nz/about/events/2012-excite.html

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NZIA Southern: Inaugural Ted McCoy Lecture – David Trubridge

All welcome
No admission charge

Friday 23 November 3.30-5pm
University College of Education Auditorium, 143 Union Street, Dunedin

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Skycouch and the space case . . .

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 09:42 23/12/2010
Air NZ takes possession of ‘cuddle class’ plane
By Rebecca Stevenson – BusinessDay.co.nz
Air New Zealand’s “game changing” new Boeing airliner was officially handed over to the Kiwi national carrier in Seattle yesterday – complete with the so-called “cuddle class” economy couches. The 777-300ER is the first plane equipped with the New Zealand-designed skycouch and spaceseat which the airline says will revolutionise economy travel. Air New Zealand has been working on this interior redesign since 2006.
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Air NZ unveils the ‘cuddle class’ Skycouch
“Economy passengers have not been treated well, and we’re trying to change that,” says Air NZ spokesman Andrew Sims. 3news Link + Video

Kiwis’ Cuddle Class concept catches on
Officials are still referring to the extra features as the Skycouch but the phrase Cuddle Class is catching on – making the New York Times “new words of year” list. TVNZ Link + Video

Dos and Donts for Cuddle Class | Kiwiblog

### nbr.co.nz Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Air NZ investors not buying cuddle class hype
By Chris Keall
“Honey, I told you, keep still, or I’m going to knee you in the thigh again…”
The glam pictures of Air New Zealand’s skycouch seats, populated by snuggling models, were on every news site you looked at yesterday. So were the airline’s predictions of a boom in premium economy revenue, and a “lucrative” sideline licensing its design to Boeing. But Air New Zealand didn’t attach any numbers to its rosy predictions, and investors seemed unconvinced.
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airnewzealand | 21 December 2010
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us here at Air New Zealand!

(this video Christmas card was created entirely by Air New Zealand staff)

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