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Issue 432
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Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed Mariinsky Theatre II opens Friday, 2 May
When it opens this week, the Mariinsky Theatre II, which joins two other arts buildings that make up the famed Russian arts complex in St. Petersburg, will be one the largest opera houses in the world.
It had a difficult start, as the powers that be at the Mariinsky went through two designers before settling
on Canadian architect Diamond Schmitt Architects whose design, while liked by some and criticised by others as being a bit tame, ended up being a palatable choice for the locals; a building that blends both traditional and contemporary architectural ideas with a traditional horseshoe shaped hall set within a modern limestone and glass structure. Jack Diamond became the go-to-guy after an earlier design by the Parisian architect Dominique Perrault was scrapped for being too progressive and he won the favour of the Mariinsky's Creative Director, Valery Gergiev, who, after seeing the architect's Four Season Center in Toronto, urged him to enter the international design competition for the building, which he later won. Located on the legendary Theatre Square, the Mariinsky II joins the historic... Read more
Top stories this week
1 PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore
Singapore-based WOHA Architects have long been advocates of the ultimate 'green city' - one that would be comprised of more vegetation than if it were left as wilderness - and the PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore was designed as a hotel-as-garden that would double the green-growing potential of its site. Adorned by frangipani and palm trees and draped... Read more
2 Post Shanghai Expo Pavilions, Shanghai, China
This project for two new pavilions was commissioned by the Shanghai government with the intention of transforming the old expo area into a lively commercial area with new offices, shops and cafes. These designs are by 3GATTI Architecture Studio in Rome. The specific site is the UBPA (Best Urban Practices) where in 2010 expo each city showed their best environmental... Read more
3 Changi Airport Terminal 4, Singapore
This morning it was announced that a consortium comprising SAA Architects Pte Ltd (lead agency), Benoy Ltd, AECOM Singapore Pte Ltd, and Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner Pte Ltd has won a competition for the design and engineering of Changi Airport's Terminal 4 (T4). Yam Kum Weng, Changi Airport Group's Executive Vice President announced: "Architecturally... Read more
4 GRID, International
An affordable, sustainable and easily transportable house designed specifically for use in the world's disaster areas is ready to be rolled out for humanitarian use around the world and a prototype will be showcased at Nowra in rural New South Wales this week. Designed by award winning Australian architecture practice CarterWilliamson, GRID house can be built if necessary... Read more
5 Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre, Montpellier, France
A+ Architecture is a medium-sized firm heralding from Montpellier, France and blends architecture with urban planning and graphic design. Their sensitive handling of a project site and bold aesthetic can be viewed across a plethora of schemes and most notably in their latest project: the Jean-Claude Carriere Theatre at the domaine d'O. Located in beautifully... Read more
MODULAR Architects and CVDB Arquitectos
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Big ideas in the Big Apple - World Architecture Day 2013: New York
Following the success of our inaugural event in London last year, we are delighted to announce the launch of World Architecture Day 2013: New York. Taking place over 3 days, the event offers an exciting opportunity for our highly acclaimed and award-winning speakers to pitch ideas, present work and debate issues surrounding this year's theme. According to United Nations, the world's population will have reached 8 billion by 2025 and we will be looking to
the AEC industry to provide effective housing solutions for this growing figure. New York is tackling this by allocating 8 billion dollars to residential projects across the city, hence our theme, Towards 8 Billion; Housing the Next Generation.

Working in partnership with the American Institute of Architects: New York Chapter, we've put together a fascinating agenda exploring some of the most innovative housing solutions from around the world - from rebuilding the slums in Mumbai, through building on water in The Netherlands, worker housing in China and community-driven developments in Berlin, to social housing in France.

Monday 07 October sees the official celebration of World Architecture Day - held at the Center for Architecture - and forms the centrepiece around a compelling programme of events. Our summit kicks off on Sunday, where attendees will be given the opportunity to tour some of Manhattan's most iconic architectural gems, followed by a VIP reception. Our last day, Tuesday will see ten workshops running in parallel. With a focus on the future of architecture and engineering, New York architects will be showcasing the latest developments and innovations in their studios, followed by a closing lunch in their locality.

World Architecture Day 2013: New York will feature familiar faces and rising stars from across the globe - including big-name architects, Richard Meier, Daniel Libeskind and Wolf de Prix, and such distinguished firms as Foster + Partners (invited), Snøhetta, Bjarke Ingels Group and Arup.

As with all WAN events, we aim to facilitate commercial opportunities, so throughout the summit we've built in a continuous series of pop-up networking events, themed to specific interests. We are already in discussion with a number of high-profile developers and building owners who will be participating in these breakout sessions.

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U.S. Presidents gather in Dallas to dedicate
George W. Bush Presidential Center
Peter Murray and friends ride from
Portland, USA to Portland Place, UK
As dedication ceremonies go, one held yesterday [Thursday, 25 April 2013] in Dallas, Texas to dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Library was attended by a roster of dignitaries from around the world including U. S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barak Obama and George W. Bush. Also in attendance were former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Located on the campus of the Southern
For most, a charity bike ride means riding the 54 miles from London to Brighton. For the more intrepid, there's the epic Land's End to John O'Groats route at 1,000 miles. A group of architects and planners are currently redefining 'epic' in a ride from Portland, Oregon to Portland Place, London that started on Saturday and takes in 4,347 miles of cycling over 76 days.
Methodist University(SMU) - First Lady Laura Bush's alma mater - The George W. Bush Presidential Center houses the Presidential Library and Museum and a policy institute in a single environmentally sustainable building designed to LEED Platinum standards. Designed by New York architect Robert A. M. Stern the 226,560 square foot complex is a low... Read more They shall be stopping at 15 cities on the way including Chicago, New York and Dublin to compare how their authorities design and cater for cycling through its facilities and infrastructure by meeting local cyclists, architects, politicians and planners collecting a mass of information. Portland, OR is an excellent starting point with a strong record on bicycle advocacy... Read more
Erik Andersson Architects completes
monochromatic retreat in Yxlan, Sweden
The architects behind the first air-heated bridge in Sweden have completed a residential project in the forested island of Yxlan in the northern Stockholm archipelago. Erik Andersson Architects has nestled this 6m x 6m x 18m home in a cluster of pines and spruces on the modest island, enabling the residents to become one with this scenic natural environment by wrapping the house in a generous terrace from which they can view the sea and forest.

Villa Wallin is designed using the proportional ration of 1:3 with all windows the same dimensions. These outsized glass panes are all square and welcome great shafts of sunlight to illuminate the interiors. The entire building is restricted to two colours: white and black. The exterior of the building is clad in horizontal pine panels which have been painted black with Falu Rodfarg (traditional Swedish paint dating back to the 16th century), with the grey tones of the terrace reflecting the bark of the surrounding trees.

In direct contrast to the dark tones of the exterior is the pure white interior. The walls and pinewood floors have been painted white which stands starkly against the black window frames. Only interspersed by the occasional black chair or wooden table, the white décor extends throughout the residence.

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