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Architecture/Design Briefing

— Global


Spanish architect Vicente Guallart’s playful new plaza in Taipei, a clever retail development by upcoming Brisbane-based firm Richards & Spence, wooden storage inspired by traditional drum-making techniques from Italian firm Villa, and Vitsoe’s new shop in New York. Plus we catch up with Japanese architect Noriaki Okabe to talk about his new Belgian embassy in Tokyo.

Craft, Furniture, Public space, Retail, Vitsoe

Shedding light

Brisbane [RETAIL]

Brisbane-based architecture start-up Richards & Spence transformed a collection of run-down sheds (scheduled for demolition) into sleek new retail space for Brickworks South, a ­shopping collective in Southport, Queensland.

To preserve the charm of the existing buildings, the architects undertook a subtle ­renovation – extending roofs to create a ­statement silhouette, cladding the structures with transparent fibreglass and knocking through walls to install large windows. ­Retailers can hire the sheds to create their…


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