Porsche Is Extending Its Cayenne Family With The New Cayenne Coupé

Porsche is extending its Cayenne family. An even sportier vehicle has been added to the third generation of this highly successful SUV range – the Cayenne Coupé. The highlights of the new Cayenne model include sharper lines with a totally unique rear section, an adaptive rear spoiler, a rear bench with the characteristics of two individual seats, and two different roof concepts – a panoramic fixed glass roof fitted as standard, and an optional carbon roof.

?2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupé

Proportions that are more dynamic combine with custom design elements to lend the new Cayenne Coupé an unrivalled elegance. That effect is supported by a roof spoiler, which accentuates the distinctive Coupé silhouette. The front windscreen and A-pillar are shallower than in the Cayenne, courtesy of a roof edge that has been lowered by around 20 millimetres. Redesigned rear doors and fenders broaden the shoulders of this vehicle by 18 millimetres, contributing to its overall muscular impression. The rear number plate is integrated into the bumper, making the vehicle seem closer to the ground.

With its adaptive roof spoiler, the current Cayenne Turbo was the first SUV to feature this type of active aerodynamics. The new Cayenne Coupé picks up that ball and runs with it. On each Cayenne Coupé model, a roof spoiler is combined with a new adaptive rear spoiler as part of Porsche Active Aerodynamics. The spoiler – harmonically integrated into this model’s silhouette – extends by 135 mm at speeds of 90 km/h (55 mph)and up, increasing the contact pressure on the rear axle, while Porsche Active Aerodynamics simultaneously enhances efficiency.

?2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupé

The new Cayenne Coupé comes with a 2.16 m2 panoramic fixed glass roof as standard. The 0.92 m2 glazed area gives all passengers an extraordinary sense of space, while the integrated roller blind protects against sun exposure and cold. A contoured carbon roof is optionally available for the Coupé on request. The centre seam gives the roof the characteristic look of a sports car, similar to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The carbon roof is available in one of the three lightweight sports packages. These packages also include the Sport Design features and new, weight-reduced 22-inch GT Design wheels, seat centres in classic checked fabric, and carbon and Alcantara accents in the interior. For the Cayenne Turbo Coupé, the package also includes a sports exhaust system.

?2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupé

The new Cayenne Coupé offers plenty of space for up to four people as standard. At the front, the new eight-way sports seats with integrated head rests offer exceptional comfort and optimum lateral support. In the rear, the Coupé comes fitted as standard with a rear bench that has the characteristics of two individual seats.

Alternatively, the comfort rear seats – a familiar feature of the Cayenne – can be ordered at no additional cost. Rear passengers sit 30 millimetres lower than in the Cayenne, meaning there is plenty of headroom despite the vehicle’s sporty lowered silhouette. The boot capacity is 625 litres – ideal for everyday use – and rises to 1,540 litres when the rear seats are folded down (Cayenne Turbo Coupé: 600 to 1,510 litres).

Two high-performance engines are available at market launch. The Cayenne Coupé with six-cylinder turbocharged engine and displacement of three litres delivers 250 kW (340 PS) and maximum torque of 450 Nm. The Sport Chrono Package fitted in series-production vehicles achieves the standard sprint from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.0 seconds, with this figure dropping to 5.9 seconds with the optional lightweight sports packages. The vehicle’s top speed is 243 km/h (150 mph).

?2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupé

The top-of-the-range Cayenne Turbo Coupé goes to the starting line with a four-litre V8 engine with twin-turbo charging, 404 kW (550 PS), and maximum torque of 770 Nm. The Cayenne Turbo Coupé accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 286 km/h (177 mph).

The new Porsche Cayenne Coupé is available to order now and will be in dealerships from the end of May. Prices start at?$75,300?for the Cayenne Coupé and?$130,100?for the Cayenne Turbo Coupé.

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Lines Of LED Light Highlight The “Catastrophic Impact” Of Rising Sea-Levels

Finnish artists Pekka Niittyvirta and Timo Aho?have installed three lines of light across a Scottish coastal town to show the impact of?climate change. By the use of sensors, the installation interacts with the rising tidal changes; activating three synchronized light lines by the high tide. The work helps us to imagine the future sea level rise in undefined period of time, depending on our actions towards the climate warming.

?Lines Light Installation / Pekka Niittyvirta + Timo Aho

Called Lines, the installation –?which cuts across the walls of a number of surrounding buildings – aims to serve as a visual warning of the long-term effects of climate change on the environment. The installation explores the catastrophic impact of our relationship with nature and its long term effects. The work provokes a dialogue on how the rising sea levels will affect coastal areas, its inhabitants and land usage in the future.

This is specifically relevant in the low lying island archipelagos like the of Uist in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, and in particular to Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre in Lochmaddy where the installation is situated. The centre cannot develop on its existing site due to predicted storm surge sea.

?Lines Light Installation / Pekka Niittyvirta + Timo Aho

“Humans have been influencing the climate since the beginning of the industrial revolution and the effects have only been accelerating. LED lights visually resonate with contemporary consumer society,” said the artists.?“We felt that this solution possibly illustrates dystopian projections of the sea-level rise in the most tangible way: a?threat that is encountered within coastal communities all over the world,” they explained.

In a similar attempt to highlight the effects of climate change on the environment, last year Danish-Icelandic artist?Olafur Eliasson?extracted 30 blocks of glacial ice from the waters surrounding Greenland and placed them in public spaces across?London, where they were left to melt.

?Lines Light Installation / Pekka Niittyvirta + Timo Aho Lines Light Installation / Pekka Niittyvirta + Timo Aho Lines Light Installation / Pekka Niittyvirta + Timo Aho

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Snark Park: Snarkitecture Unveils Permanent Exhibition Space At Hudson Yards

New York-based design studio Snarkitecture has unveiled its new permanent exhibition space, Snark Park, at the grand opening of Hudson Yards last week with its inaugural installation Lost and Found. The space is conceived of as contemporary enchanted forest — a labyrinth of ninety massive, occupiable columns, some of which are large enough to fully enter while many offer unique audible, visual, and tactile experiences.?

?Snark Park, New York, USA / Snarkitecture

Snarkitecture’s monochromatic landscape will challenge visitors to reconsider the everyday through changes in material and perspective. A series of totems will line the space, many of them inhabitable and built with custom materials that pull from Snarkitecture’s material archive – EPS foam, mirror tile, acoustic paneling, cork, latex, ping-pong balls, faux fur, among others – many of which reference the studio’s past projects.

As part of the exhibition experience, Snarkitecture has collaborated with Polish electroacoustic musician Jacaszek on exclusive sound for the installation. The design studio plans to incorporate new music with each exhibition going forward. The space will feature a rotating installation programme, set to change approximately every four months. “For us to be able to have this playground and laboratory to be able to test things, to incubate ideas from the studio in a real-life scenario is unique,” said Snarkitecture partner Alex Mustonen.

?Snark Park, New York, USA / Snarkitecture

Lost and Found will remain on view until August 2019. Timed and dated tickets are available to book online, while a few will be reserved for walk-ups. “This is the inaugural project, so we’re just getting into what the possibilities of the space are,” Mustonen said. “We’re excited to see how this version and this project is experienced and how people interact with it.”

Snark Park also includes a public-facing retail area that sells objects and merchandise designed by the studio. In partnership with Kith Treats, snacks including a new ice cream flavor are available.

?Snark Park, New York, USA / Snarkitecture

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APPAREIL Architecture Turns Bar St-Denis In Montréal Into A “Gentlemen Club”

APPAREIL Architecture rose to the challenge of redesigning the Bar St-Denis in the image of its new owners, the chefs David Guérin and Emily Homsy, previously of Montréal Plaza and the Pied de Cochon. Inspired by the aesthetics of “gentlemen clubs”, the Bar St-Denis proposes an inviting atmosphere where sharing plates and wine take center stage. In the image of its Petite-Patrie neighbourhood, the space offers an ambience that is both refined and welcoming.

?Bar St-Denis, Montréal, Canada / APPAREIL Architecture

The bet was an ambitious one, as the space had already acted as a bar for many years. Wishing to distinguish itself from the former institution, the APPAREIL Architecture team relied on the use of materials such as marble and wood, which lend the bar its character. Particular attention was given tothe space’s layout, to favour a closeness between staff and clients.

Visible through its large windows on St-Denis street, the focal point of this project is a huge, entirely bespoke, luminous ceiling inspired by art-deco. This distinctive element bathes the space in a sweeping light and creates a singular atmosphere. Beneath this textured lighting, long curves throughout the space form benches and large tables, conducive to sharing.

?Bar St-Denis, Montréal, Canada / APPAREIL Architecture

These are surrounded by the Floe stools which, through the delicacy of their white structure, allow the space to feel both inhabited and clean. The owners, two experienced chefs, understood the kitchen’s importance as a convening element with a choice place in the design. The removal of partitions from this work space lends it a welcoming touch, and allows clients to gaze upon the dishes being prepared.

?Bar St-Denis, Montréal, Canada / APPAREIL Architecture

To balance the bar’s narrow shape, it was separated into many sub-sections, allowing for 70 seated places to be offered. The space is inhabited by noble materials, infusing character and warmth into the project. Beneath a canvas of black bricks, textured terracotta slats contrast with the smooth brass elements dressing the bar.

Touches of ash wood and green marble create an atypical composition, wherein noble materials are skillfully balanced with wood’s relaxed nature. In contrast with this, the bathroom transports clients into a completely monochrome universe. Painted entirely in pink, the glossy ceramics harmonise with textured slats that harken back to the bar.

APPAREIL worked closely with local craftsmen to devise a bespoke environment in which all elements where designed to create a unique atmosphere. Through this process, the Bar St-Denis now offers theneighbourhood’s residents a new venue that is both timeless and informal.

?Bar St-Denis, Montréal, Canada / APPAREIL Architecture

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Teresa Sapey Designs Bold Interior For Room Mate Bruno In Rotterdam

Madrid-based architect Teresa Sapey is the mind behind the bold interior of Bruno, the biggest hotel to date, for Room Mate in Rotterdam. Occupying a former 19th-century spice warehouse, the Bruno hotel features 217 rooms and is directly connected to the Foodhallen, a food court that is one of the city’s gastronomic hotspots. The newly added top floor looks out on the river Maas and several architectural highlights, including OMA’s De Rotterdam.

?Room Mate Bruno, Rotterdam, The Netherlands / Teresa Sapey

Room Mate is known for designing hotels that are characters themselves, showing their visitors and customers part of the city through their own story. In this case, Bruno is a sailor from the Dutch West India Company, who wants to show you this building and introduce you to Rotterdam’s history and heritage.

The concept of the design has been influenced by three key elements: the spices, which embody the heritage of the building and site and tell the history of this amusing city; the warmth of Spain, its sun, people and culture; and the bright colors of the?De Stijl?movement. The yellow palette evokes saffron, sun and albero; the oranges represent cinnamon, nutmeg and Spanish citrus fruits; blues are used to recall the sea, the sky and the air.

?Room Mate Bruno, Rotterdam, The Netherlands / Teresa Sapey

The project narrates the story of the site itself, where the exchange of goods and cultures, proceeding from all over the world, took place. Consequently, the tonalities and shades that govern the building are inspired by the colors of spices and Flemish paintings that depict the past history of this particular area. The building in which the hotel is nestled is certainly one of the few historical remnants that still exist in this area.

?Room Mate Bruno, Rotterdam, The Netherlands / Teresa Sapey

This hotel, named Bruno, talks to its users about commercial routes, values exchanged, colorful spices, sailing, globes, nautical charts, and tools – among others. The user will experience a unique historical journey, which has been spatially reinterpreted with a modern key. The importance of space openings and closures, lighting and color use, enable for the users to become part of the narrative itself whilst breathing, touching, savoring and smelling the context they are residing in.

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MB&F Introduces Its First Ladies’ Timepiece

MB&F?has unveiled the?Legacy Machine FlyingT, the first of brand’s three-dimensional horological art pieces dedicated to women.?A round case in white gold, with a steeply cambered bezel and slender, elongated lugs, is fully set with diamonds. A high, extravagantly convex dome of sapphire crystal rises from the bezel. Beneath the dome, a subtly curved dial plate, liquidly black with layers of stretched lacquer or glittering with blazing white diamonds.

An asymmetric ventricular opening in the dial plate frames the heart of the LM FlyingTengine – a cinematic flying tourbillon that beats at a serene rate of 2.5Hz (18,000vph). The tourbillon projects high above the rest of the engine, a kinetic, dynamic column that stops just short of the apex of the sapphire crystal dome. Affixed to the top of the upper tourbillon cage is a single large diamond that rotates simultaneously with the flying tourbillon, emitting the fiery brilliance of the very best quality stones.

At the 7 o’clock position – another reference to the numeric theme that runs throughout LM FlyingT – is a dial of black or white lacquer that displays the hours and minutes with a pair of elegant serpentine hands in blued gold. The dial is inclined at a 50° tilt so that the time can be read only by the wearer, an intimate communication that highlights the personal nature of LM FlyingT.

?MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT

On the reverse, the automatic winding rotor takes the shape of a three-dimensional red-gold sun with sculpted rays, providing LM FlyingT with four days of power reserve.?The design of Legacy Machine FlyingT is replete with associations drawn from the feminine and maternal influences in Maximilian Büsser’s life.

?MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT

I wanted LM FlyingT to possess the epitome of femininity as reflected by the women in my life, particularly my mother,” says Büsser. “It had to combine supreme elegance with tremendous vitality. The column-like structure of the flying tourbillon was very important to me as I felt very strongly that women form the pillar of humanity. At the same time, there is another layer of meaning coming in from the sun-shaped rotor, which incorporates the element of life-giving, a source of sustenance which we gravitate towards and around.”?Legacy Machine FlyingT?is available in three editions, all in white gold and set with diamonds.?The timepiece starts at $115,000 USD for the black lacquer version, $145,000 USD for the pavé-diamond-set version, and $315,000 USD for the baguette-diamond-set version.

?MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT

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Arquitetura Nacional Adds Sculptural Staircase As Centerpiece Of Loft Diego

Brazilian architecture studio Arquitetura Nacional has recently transformed a duplex apartment in Porto Alegre, Brazil, into 635 square foot (59 square meters) light-filled loft. “When he arrived at the office, Diego was looking for a solution to the newly acquired 59m2 loft in Porto Alegre,” Arquitetura Nacional co-founder Paula Otto told us. “The space did not reflect his desire to live in an apartment with all the integrated spaces.”

?Loft Diego, Porto Alegre, Brazil / Arquitetura Nacional

To accomplish this, Arquitetura Nacional connected areas on the entrance floor and incorporated laundry appliances into the kitchen woodwork. A black helicoidal staircase is positioned at the center of the apartment to connect the lower level with the mezzanine above. Suspended from a steel structure that supports the upper story, the staircase does not touch the floor beneath it.

On the mezzanine, the bedroom was expanded to fit a walk-in closet and the bathroom was updated. The design team?gives a sense of cohesion throughout the apartment using pared-back materials and finishes. In addition, the glazing stretch the full height of the space is shaded with brise-soleil, which is operated by remote control so that the user can adjust the light and atmosphere inside the loft.

?Loft Diego, Porto Alegre, Brazil / Arquitetura Nacional

The lighting design takes advantage of the architectural solutions, highlighting the main elements, as well as allowing the creation of several scenarios. The selection of furniture mixes pieces of Brazilian architects and designers, having as a highlight the double-sided sofa that articulates the two living environments.

In addition to the precise detailing of the staircase, the project relies on other unusual solutions such as tiles that, in addition to the wall, cover the furniture under the TV. The charred navy plywood panel hides the electrical and automation infrastructure of the project.

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LAAB Architects Creates A Photography Gallery That Translates Camera Elements Into Spatial Experience

f22 foto space is an award-winning photography gallery in Hong Kong dedicated to photography and design. Designed by LAAB Architects in collaboration with Carlow Architecture & Design, f22 offers exhibitions, a photo book shop, a camera boutique, and a lovely café. To create a cinematic entrance, the design team studied camera development and used design elements from various generations of the camera lens to design the door.

?f22 Foto Space, Hong Kong, China / LAAB Architects

Paired with smart technology, the kinetic door rotates to create different pocket spaces that cater to different programs. For example, it can be rotated to create a pocket space for reception, or to transform the entrance into a waiting area for latecomers during a seminar. When the camera door rotates, the overhead aperture also controls the amount of light at the entrance space.

The circular stair is a hanging structure. Inspired by camera aperture, it plays with light, shadow, and speed. The design team worked closely with structural engineers to translate camera elements into structural elements. To create a precise twist, each step was constructed using 3-D printing and casting. Both the door and the stairs were fabricated using brass and painted in black. Just like a black-painted camera that documents its interaction with the photographer; f22 also documents its interaction with time and people. Over time, the black paint will wear off to reveal the brass underneath. The two galleries were designed in black and white to form a dialogue between the two floors.

?f22 Foto Space, Hong Kong, China / LAAB Architects

CAFé?22 offers a gathering place for cultural activities. It has an exhibition space for budding photographers to organize their first exhibition. A mirror is installed behind the counter, visitors can watch the baristas perform. There is a square table in the middle of CAFé?22 for visitors to gather and talk about photography and design.

f22 has won 8 international design awards, including German Red Dot Design Award, the American Institute of Architects International Region Awards, and the Design for Asia Award. The meticulous craftsmanship of f22 has also been recognized by the 2019 FRAME Award jury and won the Best Craftsmanship Award.

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Ronan And Erwan Bouroullec Unveil Swarovski Fountains On Paris’ Champs-Elysées

The Champs-Elysées Fountains form a contemporary six-piece installation created in collaboration with Swarovski and artists Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. The mesmerizing design shines bright with 3,060 faceted crystals and marks the first commissioned work by the Fonds Pour Paris (the Paris Foundation) as part of an effort to reinvigorate the Parisian landscape with public projects.

Monumental bronze masts stand 13 meters high above renovated 19th century basins on the Champs-Elysées roundabout between Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Each structure revolves gracefully as water flows up through the mast and streams out from glowing crystal limbs lit with sustainable LED technology. Each faceted crystal reflects the hues and movements of nature through infinite optical effects, creating a dreamy wonderland that mirrors the ebb and flow of this busy city intersection.

“We worked with Swarovski and their design office to combine crystal and light in a discreet and innovative luminous device,” explains Ronan. “In this instance, crystal is like a living substance; its perception shifts with the changing light of day and over the course of the seasons.”

?The Champs-Elysées Fountains, Paris, France / Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

As a permanent outdoor installation, the Champs-Elysées Fountains required crystal that was lightweight, resilient and easy to maintain – something Ronan noted would “withstand harsh weather conditions and environmental changes due to its composition and mode of assembly.” This inspired a new specially patented tailor-made formula that registers as 30% lighter than traditional crystal, as well as the development of a new support structure that allows for quick and convenient upkeep. A total of three years of development, 40 companies and 250 people went into the design and production of this initiative, rivaling the technologically complex creations of the aviation or watchmaking industries.

Swarovski’s partnership with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec was established in 2007 with Caillou, a lighting collaboration for the Swarovski Crystal Palace in Milan, followed by the Gabriel Chandelier for the Chateau de Versailles in 2013. The fountains will be officially unveiled on March 21.

?The Champs-Elysées Fountains, Paris, France / Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec The Champs-Elysées Fountains, Paris, France / Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec The Champs-Elysées Fountains, Paris, France / Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec The Champs-Elysées Fountains, Paris, France / Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

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Studio Drift Suspends Giant Monolith For Their Latest Exhibition ‘Elemental’ In Helsinki

For the first time in Northern Europe, Amsterdam-based art collective Studio Drift presents a solo exhibition of their work. Held at the?Amos Rex in Helsinki, the exhibition ‘Elemental,’?features the work of Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta in a bid to explore?the basic premise from which all living beings operate – as single entities attaching themselves to larger contexts.

Founded in 2007, Studio Drift works across a range of media, navigating the boundaries of art and technology with great ease. In recent years, their cross-disciplinary art practice has moved increasingly towards large-scale installations that translate complex natural processes into visual poetry.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is Drifter, a utopian vision of a concrete monolith floating silently towards an unknown destination. The literary classic “Utopia” (1516) by Thomas More is a key inspiration for this work.

?Studio Drift: Elemental at Amos Rex Helsinki

More envisioned a society with gender equality, no private ownership, and where anything that can be imagined can be built with the help of a malleable miracle material. Through the act of imagination More seemed to have anticipated concrete 200 years before it was invented. In questioning our present state and imagining the future we can prompt innovation and change the world.

?Studio Drift: Elemental at Amos Rex Helsinki

Materialism, their most recent work, has been extended especially for the exhibition to include new art pieces based on everyday objects of Finnish culture, such as a Nokia phone and a pair of Fiskars scissors. Materialism is an ongoing research project in which Studio Drift explores the everyday ‘made objects’ that surround us, by ‘de-constructing the constructed’.

“As humans, we create systems or technologies to gain mastery over our environment to evolve, realize dreams, create a brighter future and on a very elemental level: to connect,” said Studio Drift in a statement. The exhibition will run until 19 May 2019 alongside the first show in Finland dedicated to the Belgian painter René Magritte.

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