Herzog and de Meuron's National Stadium in Beijing.
I see architectural ornament in the 21st century as an integral part of the building fabric itself, where subjectivity is replaced by a necessity – the patterning on a bee’s wing is highly ornamental, but at the same time has evolved as a ruthlessly efficient and complex structure to enable flight.
Patrick Usborne in the current AArchitecture article "Everything you've ever wanted to know about ornament* *but were too afraid to ask!"
AArchitecture is ace. It also smells good. Made by Zak group the typography is swoonsome. And there are cute little satellite magazines in the centrefold:
(by the way, that image behind the satellite image there is an article called "Dr. Charles Jencks on sex")
And now I'll finish with a poster Zak made for a symposium on porn in culture.
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