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Monday, August 6, 2012

Defining Haute Couture - Fashion in Architecture with emerging Starchitects Couture and Rashid.

Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture, founders of Asymptote Architecture, are leading architectural practitioners of their generation whose innovative work and academic contributions have received international acclaim. Since Asymptote’s founding in 1989, the practice has been at the forefront of technological innovation in the fields of architecture and design. Asymptote has earned recognition for important built projects in Europe the UAE and the US as well as praise and awards for  visionary building designs, master planning, art installations, exhibition and product design, and ground breaking digital spatial environments. Asymptote is currently working on a broad range of commissions in the United States, Europe and Asia including a 100,000-square-meter master plan in Bergamo, Italy; the World Business Center Solomon Tower in Busan, South Korea, a skyscraper that will be among the tallest buildings in Asia at 560m. Also in progress are the Penang Global City Center (PGCC), a one-million-square-meter cultural, hotel and performing arts complex in Penang, Malaysia; the Strata Tower, an innovative, forty-story, luxury residential tower in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and two contemporary art pavilions commissioned by The Guggenheim Foundation for the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island, also in Abu Dhabi. Other recent competition proposals from Asymptote include a large-scale master plan and landmark tower design for the Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, South Korea; the winning entry for an iconic, forty-story corporate headquarters in Tbilisi, Georgia; a design for the Dubai International Financial Center, a 146-story building that punctuates that city’s skyline; an exhibition and music hall in Vitoria, Spain; and a dramatic design for a new Guggenheim Museum in Guadalajara, Mexico.