Two-way door / pivoting with central axis / aluminum / glazed SKD47 black | 360° pivot hinge | BKO frame | DG.8 handles

Two-way door / pivoting with central axis / aluminum / glazed SKD47 black | 360° pivot hinge | BKO frame | DG.8 handles ANYWAY DOORS

Characteristics

  • Opening system:

    two-way, pivoting with central axis

  • Material:

    aluminum

  • Other characteristics:

    glazed

Description

Custom-made “Room Divider” with a 360° pivot hinge.

Are you looking for a true eye-catcher? Then we are glad to help you make a design statement in your interior.

These innovative pivoting hinges are equipped with a built-in, high-tech comfort closure, which actively works in both swing directions, up to 360°. The hinges make it possible to tailor make a glass door of maximum of 5.5m² (depending on type), that feels as light as a feather.

The Anyway philosophy allows the door to open in all possible directions. The hinge in this situation pivots centrally 360° like a revolving door and holds it’s position when fully opened.

The Room Divider concept received a “Red Dot: product design award 2015”

L.A. to heal planning scars with ambitious Civic Center Master Plan

L.A. to heal planning scars with new Civic Center Master Plan. Seen here: Rendering of proposed towers to be developed as part of the Civic Center master plan. (Courtesy IBI Group)

L.A. to heal planning scars with new Civic Center Master Plan. Seen here: Rendering of proposed towers to be developed as part of the Civic Center master plan. (Courtesy IBI Group)

The City of Los Angeles is moving quickly in its efforts to rework the historic Civic Center district as it aims to rectify nagging post-World War II era planning and building legacies amid a period of intense development within surrounding Downtown Los Angeles neighborhoods.

The areas around the district—roughly encompassed by the 101 Freeway, Judge John Aiso Street, 1st Street and Grand Avenue—are already undergoing broad change, including the recent completion of the SOM-designed Los Angeles U.S District Courthouse and the forthcoming First and Broadway park by Mia Lehrer+Associates and OMA. The area is also due to receive a series of high-rise residential towers from Canadian developers Onni Group, including a boxy scheme by Gensler and a collection of pointed condo towers by AC Martin.

View of pedestrian areas resulting from the implementation of phase one of the project. (Courtesy of City of Los Angeles)

View of pedestrian areas resulting from the implementation of phase one of the project.
(Courtesy of City of Los Angeles)

The draft plan aims to convert the purpose-built bureaucratic and administrative quarter into a “Civic Innovation District”—a mixed-use neighborhood containing street-fronting retail, startup office space, broad pedestrian paths, a bounty of public parks, and high-rise residential housing. In March, the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve the new Civic Center Master Plan—a document based on a study by multi-service firm IBI Group that would guide the redevelopment of the area. The plan envisions adding 1.2 million square feet of office space to the area, as well as roughly 1.1 million square feet of housing, and at least 217,500 square feet of retail space, all the while reworking surrounding streets and blocks into a network of interconnected, axially-driven, pedestrian-friendly promenades.

Most controversially, instituting the plan involves demolishing a variety of structures, including the historic but socially-problematic former Los Angeles Police Department headquarters from 1955—designed by architect Welton Becket and known as Parker Center. The modernist-style City Hall East building and the Metropolitan Detention Center, a 757-bed federal prison, would also be demolished via the plan, among other structures.

Another aim of the plan is to establish City Hall as the visual and conceptual locus for an area that would stitch together the Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo, Arts District, and El Pueblo neighborhoods.

View of the first phase of the project showing the replacement of Parker Center with tower containing office and retail uses. (Courtesy of City of Los Angeles)

View of the first phase of the project showing the replacement of Parker Center with tower containing office and retail uses. (Courtesy of City of Los Angeles)

The plan would be implemented over six phases beginning later this year with the demolition of Parker Center. That structure was recently denied historic status and is headed toward demolition, to be replaced with a high-rise tower containing 712,500 square feet of office space and 37,500 square feet of ground floor retail.

View of phase three of the master plan showing the City Hall East building surrounded by paseos and new construction. (Courtesy of City of Los Angeles)

View of phase three of the master plan showing the City Hall East building surrounded by paseos and new construction. (Courtesy of City of Los Angeles)

The existing City Hall South building will be replaced starting in 2019 with 569,000 square feet of housing and 90,000 square feet of retail uses in a podium-style tower that would also create a paseo between itself and the City Hall East building. The housing tower would face the Morphosis-designed CalTrans Building from 2004 and would sit diagonally from the new Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters building by AECOM from 2009 that made the Parker Center structure functionally redundant.

Starting in 2021, the scheme calls for converting the existing Los Angeles Mall into a 390-foot tall tower complex containing 675,000 square feet of government office, commercial, and flexible spaces. The podium-style building will leave generous, wedge-shaped areas along the ground as open space.

View of Phase 4 of the project showing the replace of structures at 1st and Temple Street with housing and retail uses. (Courtesy of City of Los Angeles)

View of Phase 4 of the project showing the replace of structures at 1st and Temple Street with housing and retail uses. (Courtesy of City of Los Angeles)

A fourth phase would bring another 520,000 square feet of housing and 90,000 square feet of retail to the southern portion of the block containing the Parker Center’s replacement between 2024 and 2027. Planning documents show those structures as a series of wedge-shaped housing towers and low commercial buildings organized around a continuation of the paseo started on the block just to the north. This paseo would connect to the booming Little Tokyo and Arts District neighborhoods, which are due to receive a slew of high-rise, mixed-use developments along the Alameda Corridor, as well.

Following that development—the document times phase five to start in 2027—the Metropolitan Detention Center at the eastern edge of the block will make way for a 360,000-square-foot government office and retail tower. It is unclear whether the prison will be replaced locally or elsewhere.

Rendering of proposed towers to be developed as part of the Civic Center master plan. (Courtesy IBI Group)

Rendering of proposed towers to be developed as part of the Civic Center master plan. (Courtesy IBI Group)

The final phase of the plan would demolish the modernist-style City Hall East building, replacing the striking 13-story tower with a small cultural building and a civic plaza. The plan, as specified, would be completed sometime between 2030 and 2032. A recently-released rendering by IBI Group describes the area as a more uniformly 12-20 story tall cluster of towers separated by broad swaths of open space.

The plan—more radically—also envisions placing a lid over a three-block section of the 101 Freeway currently dividing the Civic Center from the El Pueblo and Union Station areas. The connection would make the Civic Center area accessible to the currently-under-construction $410 million La Plaza de Cultura project by Johnson Fain, Benchmark Contractors, and the non-profit Cesar Chavez Foundation. That project aims to bring 355 housing units at 46,000-square feet of retail space to the area.

View of fully-built out Civic Center Master Plan. (Courtesy of City of Los Angeles)

View of fully-built out Civic Center Master Plan. (Courtesy of City of Los Angeles)

Once completed, the Civic Center Master Plan has the potential to convert the sleepy, bureaucratic district into the lynchpin of a continuous, mixed-use center spanning from Pershing Square at the heart of downtown to the western banks of the Los Angeles River on one end and Chinatown on the other. The areas between the Civic Center and the Arts District are expected to receive a series of stops along the new Regional Connector subway line, a condition that will surely drive further residential and commercial growth in the area.

The plan was recently approved by the Los Angeles City Council’s Entertainment and Facilities Committee. It now heads for consideration by the full city council, and eventually, the mayor’s office.

0Pivoting door with offset axis / laminate STILIA : TRUC

Pivoting door with offset axis / laminate STILIA : TRUC GIDEA

Characteristics

  • Opening system:

    pivoting with offset axis

  • Material:

    laminate

Description

A collection with a modern flavour, distinguished by its perpendicular lines craeted as the result of the wood grain on the uproghts, the trim and the panels themselves. The frame is square, and the smooth door features a new edging trim with rounded corners. Intriguing interplay for a stylish door.

International Architects Make Their Mark on Milan’s 2017 Furniture Fair

Milan Furniture Fair

Milan’s annual furniture fair is not just about furniture. Increasingly, exhibits outside the fairgrounds deal with design in a broader sense. And each year, architects play an important role.

New York-based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro put together a striking exhibit inside the courtyard of the Palazzo Litta in the city center. Called “Off the Cuff,” the installation is composed of 300 pairs of stuffed Trussardi jeans, linked waist-to-waist and cuff-to-cuff to create a tensile catenary diagrid that acts as a roof canopy over the courtyard.

Milan Furniture FairMilan Furniture Fair

Another New York firm, SO-IL, teamed up with MINI to create “Breathe.” The installation proposes a resource-conscious approach to shared city living within a compact footprint. A flexible metal frame spanning three levels supports a light-permeable outer skin that has a special coating that filters and neutralizes the air. A roof garden uses vigorous oxygen-producing plants to further improve air quality and the urban microclimate. “Breathe brings its residents into direct contact with their environment. By making living an active experience, the installation encourages visitors to confront our tendency to take resources for granted,” says Ilias Papageorgiou, principal at SO-IL.

RESET is a new stress reduction installation for the workplace. Conceived by Ben van Berkel, founder and principal of Amsterdam-based UNStudio, and Jeff Povlo, founder of social design company SCAPE, together with a multi-disciplinary team of experts that includes neuroscientists, the RESET pod is designed to empower people to deal with stress more effectively. It was exhibited as part of the ‘Joyful Sense at Work’ exhibition within the fairgrounds. UNStudio’s Knowledge Platforms and Product Department are actively engaged in investigations into new ways of working and the role that architecture and design can play in the creation of physically, socially, and psychologically healthy spaces.

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto created a very architectural piece of furniture for the Italian line Alias, drawing inspiration from the relationship between architectural space and the human body. Called Bookchair, the compact shelving unit incorporates a chair that can be extracted. An object within an object, Bookchair underscores the relationship between humans and books: after choosing a book, the reader can take the chair and sit down to read it.

Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron recently completed the Feltrinelli Foundation building in the Porta Volta neighborhood of Milan. It served as an exhibition space for Cassina. The iconic Italian brand celebrates its 90th anniversary with a comprehensive display on the second level of the long, narrow building, and its furnishings were spread out across the impressive triangular shaped reading room on the top floor.

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