Back issue for magazine - Blueprint 266

Blueprint 266 Massimiliano Fuksas takes centre stage this month with three new projects in Europe. Recently experiencing a somewhat ambiguous relationship with Italy, Fuksas has nevertheless been commissioned to design a church in San Giacomo, currently under construction, and De Cecco a project for the Italian pasta producer due for completion later this year. His most recent success, the Zénith Europe in Strasburg was opened in January; Gian Luca Amadei discovers the extensive scope of this architect’s work.

At a time of serious debate over the future of energy provision, Tim Abrahams visits the Ignalina Nuclear Power Station in Lithuania, soon to become little more than another relic of disharmonious Soviet rule. The power station was the largest in the world when it was completed, supplying electricity to eight million people. Designed by NIKIET (Scientific Research and Design Institute of Energy Technology) the power facility still meets safety standards, but with the Chernobyl disaster casting such a shadow of this type of energy source, the future alternatives for Lithuania look stark.

The face on Blueprint’s very first front cover in 1983, Eva Jiricna is back in the spotlight again with two new projects for the fore-runners of British design: the V&A and Somerset House. Designing Skin & Bones for Somerset House, Jiricna is juxtaposing the worlds of architecture and fashion into the room that previously housed the Gilbert Collection. For the V&A a remodelling of their jewellery gallery redefines the way exhibition space ought to be used.

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