Also in March, the first new and improved Dean DeLuca will open in the US. The German architect Ole Scheeren, who set up his own practice in 2010 (initially in Beijing, where he had overseen the CCTV Building for former employer OMA) is bringing a dose of theatricality to the famous delicatessen brand, with a central kitchen spotlighting the “stars” of the food preparation business (that’s a sandwich maker to you and me).
Innovation comes in the form of a landscaped food display system in white corian, where each “bowl” can be heated or cooled from beneath. Not that he’s given up architecture. His Guardian Art Center, an animated cluster of pixelated blocks which will incorporate everything from an auction house to a 120 room hotel and a 1,700-square-metre exhibition space, will open in Beijing later in the year.