Mark #58 jumps to Japan where we take a look at how Jun Igarashi makes the most of small spaces. He has recently completed three houses, which showcase a raw minimalistic design, on the island of Hokkaido. Although Igarashi himself states that he has 'no style', there seems to be a similar architectural approach in his houses.
We then venture into Paris to explore the longest building in the city. The former abandoned warehouse, Entrepôt Macdonald, has been renovated by fifteen architecture firms collaborating together. The project now houses a variety of spaces, bringing back life to a neglected area. Responsible for the master plan, architect Floris Alkemade talks to Mark and gives us the insight with an interview.
Back in the Netherlands, 'pimp my boat' looks at a unique hotel experience. Located on the roof of a floating hotel, five large sculpture letters, which can be seen as far away as Amsterdam central station, spell out Botel. Each bold and bright letter accommodates a hotel room, designed by five different architects, each space has its own unique style.
In an era where technology is taking a leading role, in Toronto, Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer are at the forefront. They are making 3D-printed sculptures with hyper-elaborate surfaces. They carefully assemble the pieces together and display them at exhibitions. The intricate detailing creates a spectacle filled with ornamention.