Annual Port Review: Eleonora Usseglio Prinsi

  • Port writer Eleonora highlights key architecture and design features from 2012, including our Rothschild HQ shoot, interview with Sebastian Wrong and coverage of the Venice Takeaway and London Design FestivalsRothschild-HQ-feature-
    Number 1.The Rothchilds’ new look London HQ is a reminder of the pivotal role the banking family has played in European history – as well as a nod to its future. Shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize, the piece written by Rory Olcayato – deputy editor of the Architecture Journal – is illustrated by an exclusive shoots by Christian Kain. The design section of issue 7 was guest-edited by the director of the Design Museum Deyan Sudjic, and was our most ambitious design-section to date.
    Left: A facade of solar-controlled glazing helps ensure comfortable working conditions and is supported by structural steel columns and curtain wall columns enclosed within anodised aluminium profiles. Diagonal struts link them together, recalling the half-timbered houses that would have occupied St Swithin’s Lane in medieval times

    Rothschild-Bank-exterior,-glass-image-Christian-KainMeeting-room-interior,-Rothschild-building image Christian KainRothschild-forecourt image Christian Kane

    Photography Christian Kain

    Read the full feature in Port issue 7View-from-the-Rothschild-building, Christian Kain

  • Clerkenwell-design-week-2012
    We met Abberant Architects this summer to talk about
    their most recent projects and to talk about their
    participation in the 2012 Venice Biennale.2Port’s design editor Alyn Griffiths talks us through the 2012 Clerkenwell Design Week.

    Amongst others, Aberrant Architects presented their Tiny Travelling Theatre, which toured the neighbourhood, occupying multiple sites.Aberrant-Architects photograph Jasper Fry

    Photography Jasper Fry

  • Venice-Takeaway
    3.2012’s 13th Venice Architecture Biennale provided the backdrop to the British Pavilion’s Venice Takeaway exhibition.

    In collaboration with Crane TV, Port created this official video showcasing the work of the ten architectural groups selected to have their global research brought back to UK to create a new platform of discussion.Watch the short film, commissioned with the British Architectural Council here


  • Sebastian-WrongMilan-10-Sebastian-Wrong-banner4Just before the opening of Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April 2012, we talked with Sebastian Wrong, one of the men behind prolific British-based design and manufacturing company Established&Sons. In this feature, published in issue 5 of Port, Sebastian discusses the importance of good food, and ten years on the design circuit with our design editor Alyn Griffiths

    “For me, what compensates for a lot of the pain
    of going to Milan is the gastronomic pleasure;
    it’s such a great place to eat”

    Photography Michael Hemy

    Read the full Q&A in Port issue 5

  • LDF-Creating-Great-Design5“I generally think that British design is not afraid to be individual or free” Faye Toogood said to us during our series of interviews with some of the key designers from London Design Week. Michael Anastassiades and Benjamin Hubert also opened the doors of their studios as well as  up-and-coming designers JAILmake and Invisible city for this feature.Benjamin-Hubertportrait-faye-looking-off-to-the-right1
    Photography Jasper Fry

    Eleonora writes for Il Giornale dell’Architettura, Mark magazine, World Architecture News and Architectural Review
    Read the full series of interviews