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EDITORIAL

Lessons from International Design

This is an example of design actually changing urban life within
In this issue, we are featuring outstanding architectural interiors from
an important part of an international city.
around the world that demonstrate breadth in the work of architects
Fine art selection for At Six, including a dramatic sculpture
and interior designers in hospitality, education, and even residential
by Jaume Plensa, was one key element contributing to the sublime
amenity design. We hope that the projects can offer lessons for
interiors that were designed with largely neutral palettes. Here,
designers, whether in the U.S. or abroad, for unique design solutions
the beauty is in the simplicity rather than an ornate or ostentatious
solving complex problems. Each of the three international projects
display of glamour and decoration.
are within very specific contexts-a high-rise rooftop in Hong Kong,
And we feature a completely unique project, with a whole
a Brutalist former bank on a busy square in Stockholm, and a 176-yeardifferent set of lessons, in Hong Kong. With little open green space
old building gutted and connected to a new building in Budapest
in the city, the developers of a new residential tower called upon
to create a state-of-the-art higher education facility.
the architecture firm Concrete from Amsterdam to design a rooftop
Central European University in Budapest (cover and page 42)-
clubhouse and open area with stepped seating and plenty of foliage.
founded and financially supported by George Soros-is focused
Residents can enjoy the sense of being in a park while on their high-rise
on studies related to an open democracy. Soros, a Budapest native
rooftop. Called Skypark (page 36), this project is an interplay of indoors
who is also the founder of the Open Society Foundations that support
and outdoors, interiors and landscape, and hospitality and residential
democracy, initiated this school after the collapse of Communism.
design. This highly choreographed space offers valuable insight
The Irish firm O'Donnell +Tuomey-the 2015 recipients of the RIBA
into design solutions for tall buildings, bringing a sense of humanity
Gold Medal-deftly reconceived an historic structure and connected
to life in Hong Kong.
it with courtyards to a new building. Here, for an urban, international
university focused on the social sciences, humanities, and public
Healthcare Design Expo
policy, the architects were able to portray-through design-an open,
In November, join my colleagues and me at the Healthcare Design
democratic institution. The building and its interiors visually connect
Expo + Conference in Orlando, Florida. The event (see preview, page
with the dense, urban Budapest context. Inside, a library wraps
26), to be held November 11-14, promises to be informative and inspiring
an open atrium, symbolic as the center for knowledge and learning.
for healthcare designers and related professionals. I look forward
Years in the making and yet only one phase of more to come,
to presenting the winners of both the Healthcare Environment Awards
this Central European University project also offers a lesson on how
and the Nightingale Awards at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 13, during
a significant, complex higher education program can be inserted in a
the Center for Health Design's awards program. I will see you there!
tight city context surrounded by much older buildings. And yet, it fits
in and even adds a layer of contemporary understanding for a postSincerely,
Communist Hungary. And that is accomplished through design.
Another example of the evolution of a city and its architecture,
John Czarnecki, Assoc. AIA, Hon. IIDA
through design, is in Stockholm, where the At Six hotel (page 50)
Editor in Chief
is a new, hot international destination within a Brutalist building in what
had been a district focused on finance. The London-based firm
Universal Design Studio designed the hotel interiors, finding inspiration Visit contractdesign.com/editorial to read all of Editor in Chief
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in the Swedish context and the history of the location. The building
itself was constructed decades ago as a hotel, but was converted
to a bank. Now a hotel again, At Six was designed to connect at street
level as well, drawing passersby inside to dine, drink, and enjoy music.
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Contract Magazine - October 2017
Contents
Editorial
Industry News
Designer You Should Know: Shanan Campanaro of Eskayel
Columnist: A Call to Service for Our Communities
HCD Expo Preview
Product Focus: French Connection
Product Briefs
Skypark
Central European University
At Six Hotel
IIDA Headquarters
Interview: Reflecting on a New Home for Design
Designers Select: Tables and Casegoods
Sources
Ad Index
Exhibition: Vertical Visions
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Contract Magazine - October 2017 - Editorial
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Contract Magazine - October 2017 - Industry News
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Contract Magazine - October 2017 - Designer You Should Know: Shanan Campanaro of Eskayel
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Contract Magazine - October 2017 - 23
Contract Magazine - October 2017 - Columnist: A Call to Service for Our Communities
Contract Magazine - October 2017 - 25
Contract Magazine - October 2017 - HCD Expo Preview
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Contract Magazine - October 2017 - Product Focus: French Connection
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Contract Magazine - October 2017 - Product Briefs
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