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A visit to Jørn Utzon’s most famous building, the Sydney Opera House, is obligatory. When you enjoy a cocktail afterwards in the long-stretched Opera Bar, sunk half into the forecourt, you have a premium view of the bay of Sydney and the presumably most famous steel arch bridge – Harbour Bridge. Lava – the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture – experiments! With new materials, parametric design, inspirations from nature, digital production technologies and their limits – from products to airports. One exemplary non-profit project is the Martian Embassy (7) in the Redfern district, opened in 2012. For the Sydney Story Factory, a school for creative writing, Lava created an inspiring environment of 1,068 CNC-manufactured plywood parts. The room is a mixture of a whale, a rocket and a time tunnel, it flows and transforms into ceiling, or wall and seating, writing and sales furniture. Angelo Ungarelli is one of the designers and he describes the effect as follows: when children come, they are at first silently amazed, and then it starts to pour out of them – onto paper. Grown-ups are no less fascinated; all the time passers-by peer big-eyed through the window into a different world. A specialty of Sydney is its vicinity to the sea. It’s only a short distance from the centre to the beaches where you can surf and recuperate. Even on worldrenowned Bondi Beach you can discover architectural highlights. The brand-new North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club by Durbach Block Jaggers architects, the tradition-rich Icebergs swimming club and the Bondi to Bronte Coast Walk with an extension by Aspect Studios. Following the Walk, you will experience the master builders who daily ply their trade – the forces of nature transform water, stone and clouds into amazing shapes (8). Returning to the city, you will keep the beach feeling in your heart. The whole of Sydney is imbued with this unique lightness. We, too, the Lava team and I, cannot resist this feeling, even though it’s almost exclusively migrated Europeans who work here. The city transmits this vibe, and it’s part of the Lava lifestyle – that’s how Chris Bosse likes to describe working with his office. A good

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combination: German industriousness and Australian freedom. Text und Fotos: Conny Kestel Next stop is Aukland Recently graduated and full of curiosity, our author Conny Kestel started her Round The World ArchitecTour in the autumn of 2013. Her studies of interior design at the Academy of Arts and after that of architecture at TU München are ideal prerequisites. Traineeships and internships with renowned architects like Baumschlager & Eberle Architects, Plasma Studio London, Yes Architecture or SAS Architekten help open doors. The young woman from Munich has a talent for languages and an appetite for crossing borders. With her architectural world tour, Conny Kestel maps the world from her very personal perspective.

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Good Design md correspondent Jamy Yang reports from Shanghai

Chinese product designer and md correspondent Jamy Yang is planning a book on the history and the basics of Chinese design. md exclusively publishes excerpts in advance. In this issue: What is a good product? Design criteria by Dieter Rams and Dieter Zimmer. A good product may be judged according to different criteria, which may change in

the course of time. The “Ten principles for good design“ by Dieter Rams are by now universally accepted. When I stayed in Germany, my tutor was Dieter Zimmer, emeritus professor at the Muthesius University Kiel, honorary professor at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and former co-editor of the md magazine. He bases his judgment on five aspects. To me, both approaches seem to be identical. They are my guideline. In my opinion, designing a product is influenced by the views of the observer, the user, the buyer, the manufacturer and society. Good design can build bridges between cultures, eras and continents, and it can stir emotions – a strong performance! Let’s take the 'T-Box‘ as an example. It’s a versatile home-furnishing system, which we have developed for a big Italian furniture group. In 2012 the system was presented in the entrance hall of Salone del Mobile, and in the following year it received the German Red Dot Award and the US IDEA Award. The system consists of individual injection-moulded plastics modules with an edge length of 40 x 40 cm. It fulfills all criteria mentioned above. Seen from the observer’s point of view, high-grade aesthetic qualities are convincing. 'T-Box' is pleasant to look at and it is fun to combine the modules. Its organic product idiom is innovative, differentiated and unmistakeable. From the user’s perspective: the cube is open at the front and the rear; inside there is a T-shaped bracket that enhances stability and serves as a comfortable carrying handle. As a single piece, the box can be used as a coffee table, a stool or a storage place. Using several modules, users can create book shelves of any size, a low board or a semitransparent room divider in the style of a Japanese byobu. Another criterion is safety. The holes in the corners of the T-Box are meant to accommodate X-members for assembly. They ensure stability even if dozens of modules are combined to make up shelves or a byobu. The T-Box also fulfils the design criteria from the perspectives of the buyer, the manufacturer and society. After assembly the flexible system can still be enlarged and expanded. Its standardised modules enable environment-friendly production

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