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Issue 428
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Two arms of forestry research facility meet at foliage-rich indoor landscape
An indoor landscape. This is how French practice Tectoniques Architects describes its latest scheme; research laboratories for the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (National Agronomic Research Institute),
also known as INRA. Located within the folds of the forest of Amance, the high-tech research facility
now sports an extension of new laboratories and administration buildings which reflects its internal functions. In conversation with the existing buildings onsite, the north face of Tectoniques Architects' intervention is smooth in its façade, responding to the architectural style of the original buildings which date back to the 1960s. In complete contrast, the south face of the new laboratories and offices is a curved expanse which 'appears like a series of strips of timber on a landscape background'. INRA is a hive of activity for both French and international researchers examining the ecology and genomics of forests. With capacity for 500 specialists, INRA is a significant base in its field, focusing on the functioning of trees and ecosystems, the forestry economy and the production of biomass... Read more
Top stories this week
1 The Waratah Studio at Chelsea Flower Show, London, United Kingdom
Australian architecture will take centre stage at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show in London this May, with a unique form designed by Studio 505 set to be a key feature in the Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming's show garden entry. The structure is titled 'The Waratah Studio' and has been designed... Read more
2 Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge, Lima, Peru
Designed by Madrid-based practice OOIIO Architecture, the Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge is destined to draw strong ties between these two thriving districts in Lima, Peru. Conceptualised as a new landmark for the city, the bridge is currently in design development with an expected completion date of 2016. For OOIIO Architecture this is more... Read more
3 Joao Havelange Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One of the key venues for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games has been closed due to structural complications with its roof system. The Joao Havelange Stadium, locally referred to as Engehao due to its location in the neighbourhood of Engenho de Dentro, was designed by Carlos Porto and completed in 2007 for the Pan-American Games. Opening just... Read more
4 Island Retreat at Batu Batu Pulau Tengah, Malaysia, Pulau Tengah
The owner of the newly completed ecotourist resort of batu batu requested a villa from y architects to built above the rocks amongst the back drop of the existing vegetation. It overlooks the South China Sea. This island site was a Vietnamese refugee camp in the 1970's thus it has a lot of secondary forest growth from the clearing... Read more
5 Kangneung Speed Skating Arena & Sports Complex Masterplan, Kangneung, South Korea
Designed with the concept of 'Ice Scape', the speed skate arena is intended to project the natural beauty of Kangneung through the glass curtain wall of the building facades. It also represents the projection of enthusiasm during sport events which, architects SAMOO explain, would... Read more
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Tech Focus: RTKL
Over the past year we've spoken to an abundance of architecture and design practices about their use of Autodesk software to uncover how the latest in Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology can enhance communication and efficiency within a design team. This week we spoke to Andrew Victory, the Applications Administrator at RTKL's London office, to find out why they made the move to use Autodesk software 15 years ago and how it has helped
them cope with the rapid changes in the industry over the last few years.

RTKL's London office has been using the complete Autodesk package for the past 15 years on each project from inception through to construction. ECOTECT, VASARI, REVIT and 3D Studio Max are constant features in the London office and Victory explains that architects in London often call across to the American offices of RTKL for advice on Autodesk CFT Simulation.

When asked why building design has taken longer over the past few years and how BIM can meet this challenge, Victory countered: "In my 15 years in the industry there are two reasons that I've become aware of that buildings are taking longer to build. One is the complexity of the building which is definitely increasing compared to what it was 15 years ago unless you work on hospital projects which have always been complicated.

"The other reason is that there are more and more stakeholders involved in the designing and the building of a project so there are a lot more people to have input and to make sure that they're all getting the best benefit from the models and the designs that we produce."

We asked Victory to present a current project from RTKL's London office where Autodesk software had been used successfully and he responded with a complex mixed-use scheme in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This retail, residential and commercial scheme involves two parcels at approximately 66,000 sq m each, both of which had to be smoothly integrated into an active construction site. He explains RTKL's strategic approach to the project in the following short film.

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Shrivastava meets Kevin Low
Shigeru Ban completes paper
tube pavilion in Madrid
Kevin Mark Low, an architect based in Malaysia whose work has gained global recognition, left his corporate architecture job to reclaim and pursue old dreams and established his practice, smallprojects in 2002, which he runs singlehandedly. He has since lectured internationally and conducted workshops and design critiques at various universities. Recently, Kevin was
Esteemed Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has completed his latest temporary pavilion at the campus of the IE Business School in Madrid. A neutrally-hued events space formed of 173 paper tubes held together with timber joints resting on paper columns, the IE's Paper Pavilion will be used for meetings, presentations and events receptions over
in India as a speaker for 361 Degrees conference where WAN's Mumbai correspondent Pallavi Shrivastava had an opportuniy to speak to him. Edited excerpts from the interview: Q: What inspired you to be an architect? And growing up as a professional architect, whose work you looked up to?... Read more the coming months. Ban was selected by the IE Business School due to his commitment to the IE's core values of innovation and sustainability, as well as his humanitarian aid work. He also has an ongoing partnership with the university, having lectured at the IE Architecture School... Read more
OLIN - Winning with WAN
As part of an ongoing scheme to combat stormwater issues brought on by climate change, an increase in population density, and outdated infrastructure, the Philadelphia Water Department, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Community Design Collaborative hosted a design competition which challenged architects and creative thinkers to reimagine ways in which green stormwater infrastructure could be integrated into Philadelphia's city fabric. Posted by WAN's Business Information Service
in November 2012, it has now been announced that OLIN - a subscriber to the WAN Business Information Service - is one of three winners.

"This competition's goals align strongly with the philosophy OLIN has long held - that social, economic, and ecological goals can be woven together to form successful, vibrant, and performative public places," said OLIN Partner and Director of Green Infrastructure Steve Benz, PE., "and the fact that WAN Business Information makes opportunities like this accessible to a global network of design leaders is truly commendable."

The wider scheme which looks at making Philadelphia a more resilient city is Green City, Clean Waters, a 25-year, $2.4bn plan which will see 1/3 of impervious land transformed into stormwater-receiving landscapes. This amounts to approximately 9,500 acres. The Soak it Up! Competition challenged design teams to look at a series of three different sites, each of which represents a much wider area of the city: an industrial warehouse property; a retail centre; and a dense residential neighbourhood.

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