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ArchIdea by Forbo Flooring

The concept behind ArchIdea is to spread knowledge and views by offering recognized architects a platform through which they can express their opinions and visions on architecture.
The interiors of several projects involving the use of floors and

furniture surfacing from Forbo Flooring are included as a form of inspiration. The projects are located in various parts of the world and show the many possibilities provided by Forbo’s products.

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  • Archidea 52

    Archidea 52

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    Archidea 52

    Edition 52 offers an interview with architect Lukasz Zagala from the Polish Medusa Group. This studio is involved in architecture, urban planning and industrial design projects. Looking at their inventive, but low-key and rough-textured, output it is hard to imagine that the founding architects, Lukasz Zagala and Przemo Lukasik, previously worked for French star architects like Jean Nouvel. The ambition of Medusa Group is to make a good space out of nothing; their motto is primum non nocere, first of all do no harm.

    For the articles on the pages 12-15 we have focussed on office buildings. The former fixation on the office exterior has now shifted to the interior. General office concepts that were formerly regarded as efficient, such as open plan or corridors with cellular offices, no longer meet current needs. An increasingly important consideration is the part that the interior plays in cultivating employee loyalty. The office interior is evolving into a pleasant environment with a wide spatial differentiation for various functions. The interior is less and less like an office, and more and more like a city.

  • Archidea 51

    Archidea 51

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    Archidea 51

    As in other parts of the world, modernity has spread across Asia in an unstoppable flood. The
    pace of change, and the form in which it manifests itself, has differed from one region to
    another. But no country has escaped all the radical processes of modernization such as
    mushrooming cities, advances in technology and an increasingly globalized economy. It has
    been a challenge for architects to decide what stance to take towards the modern paradigm. A
    specific question has been whether architecture should aim to be international in style, should
    hark back to regional archetypes in reaction to the loss of identity, or should aspire to a blend of
    Occidental and Oriental traits.

  • Archidea 50

    ArchIdea 50

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    Interview with Bjarke Ingels: “Why should a building be judged purely on the grounds of utility? Shouldn’t it also behave like a good citizen? If every building were designed to cater only for a specific purpose, the result would be a terrible city. I think that when you design a building you have to ask yourself how many dreams you can fulfill.”

  • Archidea 49

    ArchIdea 49

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    INTERVIEW with MECANOO “Different people bring different kinds of expertise into the designing process. We, the architects, are the ones who know about space – or are supposed to – and about designing it. But we are not experts in how teachers want to teach, nor are we are experts in the kind of space in which the users feel at ease. So it can help a lot when you talk to teachers and students or children.”

  • Archidea 48

    ArchIdea 48

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    Interview Emre Arolat

    “In architecture we should learn from the land, from the place.” Unlike the hardcore modernists, architect Emre Arolat believes in context, in differentiation and in not having the same order everywhere. “I feel very uncomfortable when people say they recognize my designs. I force myself to make something different every time, something that depends on the context.”

  • ArchIdea 47

    ArchIdea 47

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    INTERVIEW - Marcio Kogan
    The architectural approach of one of the leading architects of Brazil, Marcio Kogan, shows some intriguing contradictions. He pushes the design of a house to the limit, but at the same time he advocates simple solutions that are sustainable.

  • ArchIdea 46

    ArchIdea 46

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    Interview with Julien De Smedt is not afraid to produce architecture that creates a visual spectacle. Extravagance and spectacle are not however the essence of his architecture. “The shape of some of our projects was motivated by a wish not to obstruct the view of the building behind it....

  • ArchIdea 45

    ArchIdea 45

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    Interview with Charles Renfro The architect Charles Renfro, of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, likes to turn everything on its head a bit. According to him, a trick, a pleasure of a discomfort wakes people up. "Those moments of discomfort are the ones that bring...
    Focus on interiors Urban nature as public space. The problem of eroding urban space has dominated the architectural discourse since the seventies. The projects CCTV and TTCV buildings, Madrid Rio and High Line all show an example of giving public space...

  • ArchIdea 44

    ArchIdea 44

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    Interview with Ofis Architects The young architectural office has been attracting attention from the international architectural press with some original, playful, beautiful and conceptually interesting designs…

    FOCUS ON ARCHITECTURE TOURISM No category of architecture is more playful or more exuberant than architecture dedicated to tourism. Anything is possible, it seems, as long as it attracts attention and provides a spectacle that yanks…

  • ArchIdea 43

    ArchIdea 43

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    Interview with Retail Edition Studio Concrete in Amsterdam spurns the conventional boundaries between architecture, interior design and graphic design and takes...
    FUKSAS There was a long period when architects took little interest in retail design. The Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas was one of the very...

  • ArchIdea 42

    ArchIdea 42

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    Interview with Steven Holl Ideas drive the designs of architect Steven Holl. In many cases his ideas spring from musical concepts. You move through a sequence of...
    FOCUS ON INTERIORS The experience of space goes further than the tactile sense and involves sound, smell and light. Light is most crucial medium because of...

  • ArchIdea 41

    ArchIdea 41

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    Interview with Holzer Kobler Architecture must communicate, and it is the community that is the recipient of this communication. That is how Barbara Holzer and Tristan...
    TEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE Temporary architecture is growing increasingly popular. Wherever people gather for relatively short periods, you often see temporary...

  • ArchIdea 40

    ArchIdea 40

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    Interviews with Jean Mah, Richard Ahle & Stefan Egelhof and David Page
    The interior of several health care projects involving the use of floors and furniture surfacing from Forbo Flooring as form of insiration. The projects are located in various parts of the world and show the many possibilities provided by Forbo’s products.

  • ArchIdea 39

    ArchIdea 39

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    Interview with SIR NICHOLAS GRIMSHAW Sir Nicholas Grimshaw believes strongly in the satisfaction of looking at joints and details. By doing different projects and becoming...
    INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS No other type of building receives such merciless treatment. Architect Liesbeth van der Pol, Ton Verhoeven and Patrick Berger & Jacques...

  • ArchIdea 38

    ArchIdea 38

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    Interviews with FXFowle Architects, Ken yeang and Mario cucinella
    “Creating better environments” begins with caring for the environment. In this section Forbo Flooring Systems presents unique projects and initiatives that help improve our day to day working and living environments.

  • ArchIdea 37

    ArchIdea 37

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    Interview with Fernando Romero One of Mexican architect Fernando Romero’s challenges is to connect what’s global with local circumstances. He wants to...
    Contemporary houses with regional identity The architecture of the Australian Vineyard Residence designed by John Wardle goes beyond the local architectural style and the house...

  • ArchIdea 36

    ArchIdea 36

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    Interview with Qingyun Ma According to the Chinese architect Qingyun Ma, his projects are public devices rather than architecture: they are not about architectural...
    Old and new The exterior of the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo (Norway) was left untouched, whereas the interior was changed drastically