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Issue 479
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Mozarteum Brasileiro Theatre hosts first
performances during Música em Trancoso 2014 Festival
In March this year, the third Música em Trancoso 2014 Festival was held at a bold new development by Luxembourg-based design studio VALENTINY hvp architects. The Mozarteum Brasileiro Theatre
in Brazil is a rustic concrete and steel scheme with a dramatically-curving silhouette which contrasts with
the clean lines of artistic details set within its shotcrete walls. Designed by François Valentiny, the Mozarteum Brasileiro Theatre consists of three main elements: one indoor performance venue with 1,100 seats; one outdoor performance venue, also with 1,100 seats; and a Facilities Building with eight rehearsal rooms, a bar and meeting rooms. The swooping curves of the open-air performance space are set against subtle geometric detailing, such as triangular openings and generously-sized panels etched in bronze. The latter have been designed by Brazilian artist Maria Bonomi with engravings that refer to the lush natural setting of this magnificent theatre. During the Música em Trancoso 2014 Festival, young musicians and more established artists were brought together over a period of eight... Read more
Top stories this week
1 School of International and Public Affairs, Miami, Florida, United States
Florida International University’s new School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) is the proud owner of what is said to be the first green roof in the state, designed by Arquitectonica. Located at the institution’s Modesto Maidique Campus, the SIPA is a bold form that speaks to the body of work often referred... Read more
2 Stadio della Roma, Tor di Valle, Italy
AS Roma is to compete in a modern replacement stadium inspired by the Colosseum, it has been revealed. A design team based in Woods Bagot’s New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco studios has unveiled renderings and sketches of a grand 52,500-seat stadium in Tor di Valle. The $400m development is scheduled to complete in... Read more
3 The Old Mine, Walbrzych, Poland
In the former mining town of Walbrzych, Poland is the promise of a new modern science and art centre. A detailed adaptive reuse scheme will see the construction of a cultural complex at the site of The Old Mine, a 4-hectare site with 16 buildings that was once a functioning mine. The latest visuals for the transformation of The Old Mine... Read more
4 Amarin Apartment Village, Rovinj, Croatia
Amarin Apartment Village is located north of the city of Rovinj, surrounded by lush vegetation. Next to the existing 272 apartments, the old substandard ones were removed from the site and 190 new units were built in their place to a design by 3LHD. The location of the new buildings is partly determined by the existing pedestrian paths that... Read more
5 Axel Springer Media Campus, Berlin, Germany
Trends in effective office design are eternally changing, leaving commercial architects with a challenging brief when designing a modern office environment, especially when approached by a forward-thinking client. One of the more pressing concepts at the moment is for mobile workspaces, meaning employees are presented with a... Read more
City of Dreams Hotel Tower
unveiled by Zaha Hadid Architects
What is the future
for London's Infrastructure?
Renderings of the latest commercial development by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have been released. The 150,000 sq m structure is the fifth hotel tower in the City of Dreams development for Melco Crown Entertainment in Cotai, Macau. Arguably the most architecturally-daring of the five towers, ZHA’s scheme features an exposed exoskeleton which optimises the interior layout of the building. Spread over 40 floors, the development incorporates 780
On Thursday 27 March, the London Infrastructure Summit was at Kings Place. Attended by over 200 delegates from the AEC industries, the full-day conference was a platform for key figures in the infrastructure profession to discuss this year’s theme: Infrastructure fit for a world city. The first session opened with a brief history about London First. Set up to champion Crossrail
guestrooms, suites and spas, supported by a plethora of hotel amenities including meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, restaurants, a spa and a sky pool. Work has already commenced on the project with the first guests expected in early 2017. The design combines dramatic public spaces and generous guest rooms with innovative... Read more 20 years ago, the not-for-profit organisation has a strong grasp on what is happening within the capital’s built environment and its infrastructure in particular. John Dickie from London First summarised the introductory video interviews and opened the first session 'What does London need from a long-term infrastructure plan?' with the words... Read more
Acton Ostry Architects: Smashing down the boundaries of glass
Longlist: WAN 21 for 21 Award The Jane opens in Antwerp
Now in its third year, the WAN 21 for21 Award seeks to discover emerging talent whose work is reimagining and redefining the architectural landscape; bold, progressive trailblazers who are set to change the game and spearhead the profession in the 21st century. In short, we’re searching for the leading architects of the future. We’re delighted to be able to release the longlisted entries
Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman and chef Nick Bril created their ‘fine dining meets rock 'n roll' restaurant vision together with Piet Boon over three years ago in a mythical location in Antwerp; the chapel of a former military hospital. Piet Boon® Studio, responsible for the interior design and styling of The Jane, since then collaborated on the chapel's unique transformation into a
to this round of the programme, with submissions from Design Initiatives in Los Angeles to Studio Symbiosis in Delhi and liverani-molteni in Milan. This multi-cultural and highly impressive collection of emerging talent will be scrutinised by our 2014 jury panel on their mission to fill the final three spots in our 21 for 21 showcase. This year’s jury panel includes: Andrew Best (Buro Happold); Grant Brooker (Foster + Partners); Angela Dapper (Denton Corker Marshall architects); Peter Murray (NLA); and Patrik Schumacher (ZHA)... Read more high-end, contemporary restaurant. Based on their belief in authenticity, functionality and materials that age beautifully, the studio chose to restore only what was absolutely necessary in the chapel and preserve everything else. The original ceiling, amongst other features, conveys a pure and understated environment, with respect for the past, which serves as the authentic host for this ultimate fine dining experience. The original altar gives way to the kitchen that, like the atelier, is embraced by glass... Read more
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