NEWS REVIEW
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Issue 431
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Boutique hotel or high-end hospital?
Brian Eno brings Brighton's latest healthcare facility to life
"Variety of form and brilliancy of colour in the objects presented to patients have a powerful effect and are actual means of recovery." These are the words of Florence Nightingale in 1859; words that have shaped the
way we approach healthcare design to this day. The introduction of artwork into a healthcare environment
has been proven to have a significant positive effect on patients in hospital facilities across the globe, inspiring the WAN Effectiveness Awards back in 2010. If ever there was a UK city willing to embrace artwork into its institutional clutches it's Brighton, a coastal community on the southeast of England and one of the creative epicentres of the country. It is here that healthcare architecture specialists IBI Nightingale are based and it is on the Brighton and Hove border that they have completed their latest clinical project: Montefiore Hospital. IBI Nightingale was brought onto the scheme by Spire Healthcare after an engineer visited the chosen site - a former office building - and requested architectural backup. Mike Rawlinson, Estates & Building Projects Manager at Spire Healthcare, expands... Read more
Top stories this week
1 L'AND Vineyards, Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal
Located in the heart of Alentejo, set in a unique landscape defined by vineyards and a lake, L'AND Vineyards is an exclusive country club with only 22 suites integrating modern architecture with nature whilst providing an atmosphere of understated luxury, natural beauty, peace and tranquillity. The club has been designed by Brazilian architecture practice... Read more
2 EuropaCity, Île-de-France, France
A collaborative group comprising Tess, Transsolar, Base, Transitec, Michel Forgue and Bjarke Ingels Group has been awarded first place in a competition to design an exciting new city development between Paris and Roissy in Île-de-France. The 80 hectare development will be a cultural and commercial community based on the themes of the European... Read more
3 International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands
A historical milestone was reached on Tuesday 16th April when the groundbreaking ceremony for the International Criminal Court (ICC) took place in The Hague, The Netherlands. Designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects to convey hope, trust and faith in justice, the 54,500 sq m building complex will be the first permanent premises of the unique... Read more
4 Rick Mather: 1937-2013
The architect, Rick Mather has died aged 75. In a statement issued by Rick Mather Architects, '...Rick combined a sharp wit and charming manner, with a playful intelligence, which he brought to his work. He was a generous mentor who shared his enthusiasm with others. American born, he became a leading figure at the Architectural Association in the 1970s, setting up his own practice... Read more
5 BIQ, Hamburg, Germany
Façade design is one of the main features that define the aesthetic of a building. Encasing a shiny new form in panes of glass, metallic sheets or rustic wooden panels completely alters its look and feel but also provides functional extras such as shading or insulation. Splitterwerk, SSC Strategic Science Consult and Arup have taken façade design to the next level in their recently... Read more
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WAN Film: Six cutting-edge architects transform shopfronts on London's Regent Street
'In a week, a window installation on London's Regent Street will gain more exposure than in an issue of Vogue,' I'm told at an early morning film shoot at Topshop last Tuesday. A prime opportunity for any design studio.

Located in London's famed West End, Regent Street blends high street stores such as Mango and Zara with luxury brands like Burberry and Omega. Every year the Royal Institute of British Architects selects a handful of cutting edge design studios to partner with stores on Regent Street for a series of large-scale installations representing the brand's aesthetic.

This year the partnerships were: Topshop and NEON; Karen Millen and Mamou-Mani; Jack Spade and Carl Turner Architects; Ferrari and Gensler; Esprit and naganJohnson; and Moss Bros and AY Architects. For the first time in this expressive annual initiative, WAN joined the architects on their journey to uncover why partnerships like this are so important for London and the architecture industry.

NEON at Topshop
Young architecture studio NEON is the creative genius behind projects such as the Centipede Cinema in Guimaraes and the Bang & Olufsen PLAY House in London led bold design duo Mark Nixon and George King. The team's installation at Topshop is an appropriately vivid wheel of mannequins dressed in the store's S/S styles and has been stopping shoppers in their tracks since its installation last week.

Mamou-Mani at Karen Millen
'The Magic Garden' branches across all eight windows in Karen Millen's Regent Street store, twisting and swirling its way through perfectly choreographed mannequins. A light-diffusing polyamide mesh fabric was selected by Arthur Mamou-Mani and his team to create an illuminated scene which draws passers-by into the store like Alice down the rabbit hole. At the time of going to press, Mamou-Mani's installation was winning a 'Vote for your favourite' poll on the Regent Street Facebook page with an impressive 63% of the votes.

Carl Turner Architects at Jack Spade
With its American roots, the Jack Spade brand store on Brewer Street (just off Regent Street) is a hive of knick knacks and magazine cut outs interspersed with crisp shirts...

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Plans to transform Sydney's
car-choked city centre underway
Pallavi Shrivastava
meets Peter Rich
Sydneysiders have a chance to see how a car-choked George Street will be transformed into a vibrant pedestrian boulevard in an exhibition of designs for the city's major thoroughfare. The exhibition, Next stop: 21st century George Street, is arranged like a movie set to show Sydneysiders the detailed plans to remake Sydney's main street and to seek their feedback on key design issues before they are finalised. The City is contributing $220 million to the NSW
Peter Rich is one of the most significant architects based in South Africa. He has extensively documented the indigenous African settlements during the Apartheid in the 1970s and this is very much the influence on his work. His work came into international focus when his documentation and analytical sketches were made public, which he deeply feels
Government's light rail project to make George Street one of the world's great plazas, with 25,000 square metres of roadway turned into a huge, tree-lined pedestrian boulevard. "Light rail gives us a chance to revitalise the entire city centre, not just transforming George Street will be reserved for pedestrians only. The City and the State have approved... Read more is an integral part of architectural inquiry. He has been affiliated as the Professor of Architecture at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg for 30 years and he was recently a keynote speaker at 361 degrees conference in held in Mumbai. WAN's Mumbai correspondent Pallavi Shrivastava had an opportunity to speak to him. Excerpts... Read more
Let Thomas Heatherwick: Making blow you away
Several weeks ago a copy of Thomas Heatherwick: Making thudded onto the WAN Newsdesk. I say 'thudded' as it is a 608-page tome and weighs about the same as a small child. The flutter of excitement around the office is testament to the level of intrigue surrounding Heatherwick's work, especially given the number of review texts we receive.

This expanded version of Heatherwick's original text has already received rave reviews from top publications including The Guardian and The Sunday Times. An excerpt from the latter's critique reads: "From his high-tech lab the Olympic cauldron's creator unleashes his magical designs...his studio is a laboratory of creative excitement."

Exploding across the cover of this shiny new edition is perhaps Heatherwick's most well-known project: the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo. It's fair to say that this magnificent scheme deserved every last glowing review it received, and there were hundreds of them.

I will admit to having a certain soft spot for Thomas Heatherwick, given that a press preview of the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo at his studio near King's Cross Station was the first assignment I was given at WAN. In a brief meeting with the designer I was taken aback by his sincere and welcoming nature, his honesty and his uninhibited passion for experimentation.

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