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Issue 430
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WAN AWARDS juror completes twisted China Wood Sculpture Museum
WAN has been a big supporter of Beijing-based MAD Architects for years, posting details of the young practice's completed projects and tracking their development as they gain momentum. We were
delighted in 2012 when the MAD Architects team entered our 21 for 21 Award for emerging architects
and were selected by an esteemed jury panel as one of the 21 shining stars of the next generation. Director in Charge at MAD Architects Ma Yansong will be passing over to the other side this year and acting as a juror for the 2013 intake of the WAN 21 for 21 Award. Last week, images emerged of MAD Architects' latest completed scheme: The China Wood Sculpture Museum. Located in Harbin, the 12,959 sq m museum takes the form of a twisted strip of steel, punctuated with curved windows. The highly-polished metal panels on the exterior are a far cry from the material forms displayed within and some critics have already questioned whether this particular choice of material was appropriate for a museum of this nature. The museum displays local wooden sculptures and paintings of the natural local... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Purley Way Residences, London, United Kingdom
Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects' proposal to transform an underused overspill car park located off Purley Way to provide 21 new high quality homes and commercial space has achieved detailed planning permission. The building, which has been commissioned by Workspace, London's leading provider of... Read more
2 UDK Office Building, Holstebro, Denmark
CEBRA has shared the first images of their vibrantly-hued new home for Udbetaling Danmark (UDK) in Holsetbro, Denmark with WAN. The organisation handles social services for Midwestern Denmark, including elements such as maternity pay and pensions, with employees previously split into a number of offices. This 4,600 sq m new facility... Read more
3 PHX Sky Train™, Phoenix, United States
On 8 April, 2013, HOK joined airport and community representatives in celebrating the opening of Stage 1 of the new PHX Sky Train™, one of the world's most advanced and energy-efficient automated people movers. The all-electric PHX Sky Train™ is the result of an eight-year collaboration between the Los Angeles office of... Read more
4 Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Whilst many museums are remaking themselves in the image of Bilbao, the Rijksmuseum, the national museum of The Netherlands, has taken a decidedly different route - investing in its past to cement its future by renovating its century-old museum building rather than building one anew. After a decade of renovation, the new Rijksmuseum... Read more
5 Penn Station, New York, United States
New York's original Penn Station was an elegant Beaux Arts train shed with 150ft high ceilings and a majestic waiting room based on the Roman Baths of Caracalla. Sadly this erstwhile monument to transportation and civic pride was destroyed in 1968 and replaced with a lackluster facility that is little more than a dark labyrinthine catacomb... Read more
Wolf Mangelsdorf on the transformation of Battersea Power Station
When selling high-end apartments off plan it is imperative that dimensions are reliable and that potential clients can accurately visualise the space. For this reason it was decided that Buro Happold would use Autodesk's Revit software in the engineering of Rafael Vinoly's transformation of the Grade II* listed Battersea Power Station on the banks of the River Thames in London.

The original Battersea Power Station complex was realised in the 1930s by a team of architects and engineers including Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Dr. Leonard Pearce, Henry Newmarch Allott, T. P. O'Sullivan and Theo J. Halliday. Since it ceased generating energy in 1983, the hefty bulk has been a constant source of conversation for commuters and native Londoners as the battle over the building's future raged onwards.

Over the past few years a plethora of design teams have presented their transformative plans for this former coal-fired power station. Sir Terry Farrell has an ongoing relationship with the site, having presented open-plan concepts in December 2011 and revealing the intention to submit a listed building application in February 2012.

Rafael Vinoly has also been intrinsically involved in the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station throughout the years however his concepts have varied wildly from the integration of a 300m-high chimney and eco-dome to the current, toned-down masterplan which gained planning approval from Wandsworth Council in December 2012.

The first phase of the £8bn scheme will see the derelict power station drastically renovated so that it can open to the public for the first time. Two new buildings will also be constructed on vacant land at the site to the west of the power station, creating 800 new homes, a hotel and café, restaurant, spa, theatre and office space. A 6-acre public park is also on the cards. The second phase of the build will include affordable homes, a new Tube station, a riverbus pier, pedestrian squares and a new town centre.

Wolf Mangelsdorf, Head of Structural Engineering at Buro Happold, revealed the engineering behind these ambitious plans in an exclusive interview with WAN.

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Is the UK destined to lose another
Brutalist masterpiece: Preston Bus Station?
The Face of the Future: Façade
Engineering & Enviromental Performance
Could it possibly be worth fighting to save a humble bus station? Can a late-1960s municipal building have real architectural merit? The answers to these questions (yes and yes, just to set the tone) should be self-evident. But the likely fate of Preston Bus Station suggests otherwise. It faces demolition because it typifies something that we seem to be incapable of valuing.
In an era defined by a need to do more with less, new approaches to facade design offer an optimistic counterpoint to tight construction budgets and climate change. As advances in computational design and analysis enable greater integration between building components, facade design has shifted focus from aesthetics and waterproofing to a pursuit
Brutalism remains so profoundly out of fashion that it faces being wiped out before we have a chance to look again. The Save Preston Bus Station Facebook page recently reported that Preston was to be stripped of its recently-acquired City status because the demolition amounted to an 'act of civic vandalism'. It was just a good April Fool's joke, but the gallows humour... Read more of optimal building performance that encompasses design intent, structural efficiency, interior comfort, and energy performance. Most critically, this systems approach allows for a win-win scenario-vastly improved performance while controlling costs. Lessons learned from recent projects suggest that taking these innovations to the next level will demand... Read more
How to win high profile public projects in NYC
It's the goal of many architects to land a high profile project in a world-class city. Whilst one may presume that opportunities like this exist only for large and established firms, think again. New York City's Department of Design and Construction (DDC), which builds many of the civic projects in the city and manages a portfolio valued at $6bn, has a world class procurement process that is fair, easy, and open to all architects, including international firms, emerging architects, and firms as large as 500 and as small as 1.

As public agencies go, the DDC's track record for bringing about high quality buildings in the public realm is perhaps second to none, which is why we were eager to sit down and chat with Commissioner David Burney, the architect who heads the DDC, about how his department procures design services, what opportunities there are for architects there, and how to one gets started. What follows is a transcript of that conversation.

Sharon: Hi David. Thanks for doing this. What advice do you have for architects looking to win commissions with your department?

David: First they have to be interested in our portfolio. We don't do schools or housing but we pretty much do everything else. Second is to understand how public agencies work. There's a big distinction between how public agencies and private clients procure design services. With private clients there are no rules.

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