In 1989, a small designer clothing company was founded in Amsterdam, which soon went on to become Europe's most iconic raw denim company. Originally named Gap Star, the firm is now known as G-Star Raw. Just like the denim that made the company famous, the notion of raw surfaces is also at the core of their new headquarters, designed by Rem Koolhaas and his Rotterdam-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture.
The architectural manifesto has become a somewhat unfashionable genre. Unfortunately so, as all architects should let themselves be reminded from time to time of just how much debate a few adequately polemical lines in a book can spark.
In Hong Kong, Chinese for 'fragrant harbor', visitors are immediately taken: The city’s location on the water, the high mountains and the narrow urban strip in between, causing its forced drive into the sky, have led to the development of the most breathtaking skyline in the world.
The library is fighting for its survival. The digital revolution has struck a hard blow to the library's historic status of being the only place of accumulated knowledge. Luckily, a number of contemporary projects seem determined in wanting to ensure the continued relevance of the library as an institution and societal focal point.
New York, city of soaring skyscrapers and posterchild of Western capitalism. The city sports some of modern civilization’s crowning structural achievements, such as the emblematic Art Deco-style Chrysler Building, Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building and possibly the world’s most famous skyscraper, the Empire State Building.