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Issue 115's Editor's Note

Presenting a glimpse of what the April/May 2020 edition contains

You aren’t imagining it; d+a is a little different this issue. For starters, we have given the design some A&A, in renovation speak. The result is more breathing space in the layouts, a fresh set of fonts and overall, a chicer appearance. I hope you like it.

Another change this issue is the introduction of the new section, Life. As its name suggests, it offers snapshots of how design is applied in other disciplines outside of the built environment. We kick things off with a spread on interesting dial designs on timepieces, and a feature on fitting out a private jet. I hope this section will inspire ideas and concepts in your next project.

Elsewhere in the magazine, look out for two stories written after a trip to Germany in January. One is the coverage of Heimtextil, a fair that increased my appreciation of textiles and the important role they play in softening the edges of a space. The other is of a visit to the unconventional Hansgrohe Aquademie, the headquarters of the bathroom and kitchen fitting manufacturer, nestled deep in the Black Forest in the town of Schiltach.

Of the projects I have featured, Stellar, which appears on the cover, is a study in balancing form and function. Located in Gujarat, India and designed by Sanjay Puri Architects, the mixed-use building stands out for a rust-red, sculptural volume, inspired by origami, perched on the open, north-oriented terrace.

I also want to draw attention to Sun City Kobe Tower, a 35-storey building dedicated to luxury senior living, designed by Richard Beard Architects and BAMO. Together, they have successfully created a resort-like experience with a plethora of beautiful communal spaces. I hope it will spur someone to replicate the model in our neck of the woods to accommodate our ageing population.

I cannot end my note without touching on the scourge that is COVID-19. I am sure it has impacted you in one way or another – it has affected operations at d+a. Nonetheless, let us continue to be socially responsible, practise good personal hygiene and above all else, keep calm and vigilant.

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08 April 2020