Taking a look at a selection of the latest surfaces projects that are drawing everyone’s attention.

Words by Kay Hill


Wave 1 is the first of a series of healthcare buildings making up The European Center for Families in Sopot, Poland. Inspired by photography of waves at sea by Pierre Carreau, the building has a finely detailed façade of perforated aluminium panels on two sides and sintered ceramic on the other faces.

Architect: FAAB
Client: Invicta
Contractors: KAPPA Projekt, PF Projekt, Anko


Conarch Architects chose solid surface material HI-MACS to create a geometric façade on JK House, a six-storey office building in New Delhi, India. In daylight, the triangular shapes of the Alpine White HI-MACS look fascinating, but the translucent material is backlit at night to stunning effect.

Architect: Conarch Architects
Client: J C Chaudhry
Fabrication: AS Interiors
Material: HIMACS Alpine White S028

3. Mirrors

This infinitely mirrored 50 sq m corridor is an installation by Moscow-based interior design and architecture studio Maxim Kashin. Called New Suprematism, it is based on the philosophy that pure geometry and colour are the most important aspects of design, rather than established ideas about form and space.

Architect: Maxim Kashin
Client: UMA (Union of Moscow Architects)
3D Artist: Arina Krisanova

4. CORIAN Exteriors

Cap Fleuri care home, overlooking the Mediterranean in Monaco, was given a new look with Corian Exteriors mesh cladding to link the old and new parts of the building, playing with its unique shadows and lights. In daylight, it gleams in the sun but later fades to highlight the historical building.

Architect: Daniel & Patrick Raymond Architects
Client: Principality of Monaco
Material: Corian Exteriors Neutral Concrete
Façade: Crea Diffusion

5. Glass

Glass Mural is a one-of-a-kind, four-storey office and retail building located in Detroit’s Eastern Market neighbourhood. The building features vibrant, colourful printed glass façades that both celebrate existing murals and add playful new artistic works to the area.

Architect: MVRDV
Consultant architect: Integrated Design Solutions
Client: FIRM Real Estate
Contractor: L S Brinker
Artists: DENIAL, sheefy mcfly

6. Paint


Jimmie Karlsson at hand-painted furniture specialist Jimmie Martin created a colour-filled home for a client in South London, but when they looked out of the window they saw a dull, bare fence – so he went the extra mile and transformed that into a riot of colour too.

Designer: Jimmie Karlsson at Jimmie Martin
Client: Private residential


Mario Romano Walls takes Corian to a new level by carving it into three-dimensional patterns and textures, adding backlighting that makes the surface gleam with colour. Here it has been used in The Strand House bar in San Diego to transform a staircase into a multi-sensory experience.

Project designer: Robert Weimer Design
Wall design: Mario Romano Walls
Client: Rock and Brews

8. Stone

Stone expert SolidNature used colourful strips of natural onyx to create a unique bar and matching fixtures for the playful new office and coffee shop of Amsterdambased media brand &C. The stones were specially selected to reflect &C’s colours, creating an environment with a strong brand identity.

Interior design: Anne Claus Interiors
Client: &C
Onyx Bar: SolidNature

9. Brick

Brightly coloured glazed bricks help turn the Radio Hotel & Tower in Manhattan into a vertical village that doesn’t overwhelm its surroundings. The eight differently coloured blocks, including a hotel, office and event space, have outdoor terraces and reflect the area’s shopfront colours.

Architect: MVRDV
Client: YoungWoo & Associates
Executive architect: Stonehill Taylor Architects
Interior design: WORKSHOP APD

10. Wallpaper

An Indian design from Maison Pierre Frey was used to create this unique bedroom at new Mayfair hotel The Twenty Two in Grosvenor Square. The boutique hotel has 31 bedrooms, each different, plus a restaurant and private members’ club, created by designer Natalia Miyar in her debut hotel project.

Interior design: Natalia Miyar
Client: Navid Mirtorabi
Wallpaper & Fabrics: Maison Pierre Frey


11. Bamboo

The key material throughout MeeHotel, a new urban resort hotel in Shenzhen, China, is bamboo. As well as its structural use in walls and ceilings, a biophilic installation of naturally curving bamboo provides a feature in the double-height central courtyards between guest floors.

Interior Design: PANORAMA Design Group
Client: Shenzhen MeeHotel Management Co

13. Concrete & Mud

Junya Ishigami was challenged by his old friend and chef Motonori Hirata to create a ‘heavy’ building with ‘the roughness of nature’ for a new restaurant in Ube. Ishigami dug holes then poured in concrete, finally excavating to create a maze of cavernous spaces with a preserved muddy finish.

Architect: Junya Ishigami + Associates
Client: Motonori Hirata
Structural engineering: Jun Sato Structural Engineers
Translator: Fraze Craze

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