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Coop Himmelb(l)au's €70m House of Music sets the tone in Aalborg
On 29 March, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark attended the official opening of the House of Music in Aalborg. Designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au, the 20,257 sq m cultural and educational facility has been under construction
for the past four years as part of a wider masterplan for the area, also drawn up by Coop Himmelb(l)au.
The unusual shape of the €70m complex has been devised to encourage openness and interaction between users of the building’s different functions. At the core of the House of Music is a 1,300-seat concert hall with curvilinear walls wrapped in concrete for enhanced thermal mass. The smooth, flowing lines of this interior space stand in direct contrast to the angular silhouette of the external form. “The idea behind the building can already be read from the outer shape. The school embraces the concert hall,” explains Wolf D. Prix, Design Principal and CEO of Coop Himmelb(l)au. As such, the rehearsal and training spaces are arranged in a U-shape that wraps around the core concert hall and is set above the backstage facilities. A vertical foyer provides access to both the concert hall and the... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Samsung Headquarters, Beijing, China
Construction of the new 56-storey SMDP, LLC-designed Samsung headquarters broke ground on 27 February in Beijing. The 2 million sq ft project will be one of 16 new global corporate headquarters located within the eastern central business district currently being developed. Samsung chose Chicago-based... Read more
2 Century City Mall, Makati City, Philippines
Broadway Malyan has celebrated the official opening of its 17,000 sq m retail centre in Makati City, The Philippines. The development forms part of the wider Century City complex which also incorporates the Broadway Malyan-designed Trump Tower Manila, set to be the tallest residential skyscraper in The Philippines at 250m in height.... Read more
3 JA Curve Church, Jeju Island, South Korea
JA Curve Church is located in Jeju Island, arguably one of the most beautiful islands in South Korea. The site is on the outskirts of Jeju Island and is surrounded by dense pine groves along with citrus groves. The scenic elements of the site and convenient transport connections provided a prime location for the church. The concept, devised by... Read more
4 The High Roller, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
On 31 March, throngs of people lined up on the Las Vegas Strip to be the first to experience the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel and the Strip’s newest attraction. At 550ft high, the High Roller is 100ft taller than the London Eye and features 28 spherical glass enclosed cabins of Italian design, each with the capacity to hold 40 passengers. ... Read more
5 RIBA Shanghai Xintiandi Windows Project 2014
Following on the success of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the British Council’s 2012 arts projects on Regent Street, which paired architects and retailers to create innovative shop windows, the RIBA Windows Project at Shanghai Xintiandi will take to the streets of Shanghai this year from 28 March to 4 May. This year’s... Read more
Interview: Ministry of Design What is The Farrell Review?
Eight years ago, Ministry of Design was launched as a one-man-band in Singapore by University of Arizona graduate Colin Seah. Seah had been teaching at the National University in Singapore when he was approached to work on the New Majestic Hotel and jumped at the opportunity to immerse himself back into the world of design. And thus, Ministry of Design was born. Fast forward
“A body doesn’t own architecture or the built environment,” Sir Terry Farrell declared last week at the official launch of The Farrell Review at the RIBA Headquarters. “It belongs to everyone.” Over the past year, Farrell (supported by a key panel and approximately 90 individuals) has been compiling The Farrell Review for Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications
and the practice has three studios in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing totalling 30 staff, and a wide portfolio of projects from a 10-storey commercial block on Singapore’s city fringe to a witty take on the standard eraser. The ethos of the firm is to ‘Question, Disturb & Redefine’, moulding projects that speak to their local context but are equally accessible to a global audience.... Read more and Creative Industries in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The resulting document is a comprehensive and independent report on the current state of architecture and the built environment in the UK, targeting areas that can be improved upon and how this may be achieved. The public sector is not the focus of The Review... Read more
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Foster and Gehry unite in London Kigali Genocide Memorial Phase I
Model images and renderings of Phase Three of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment project have been released, showing two markedly different proposals from Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners. Gehry Partners are responsible for devising five buildings to the east of a central high street (known as The Electric Boulevard) next to the Grade II* listed power station while Foster + Partners have released concept designs for an undulating mixed-use form
John McAslan + Partners have a considerable body of work in Africa. One of the studio's key projects in Africa is the masterplan for the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda, the first phase of which - a new amphitheatre - opens Tuesday 8 April 2014, marking the 20th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide. Established in 2004, The Kigali Genocide memorial
to the west. The scheme by Gehry Partners goes by the name of ‘Prospect Place’ and will comprise five buildings anchored by a ‘Flower’ building. Double-height retail units will run across the scheme at street level, spilling out onto a community park in the centre. There are also plans for a community hub and a plethora of residential units in a scheme that is quintessentially ‘Gehry’, with sculpted facades and unusual angles. Frank Gehry, Founder of Gehry Partners, said: “Our goal from the start has been... Read more aspires to set a new paradigm in Africa’s ability to respond constructively and sustainably to the catastrophic loss of life that occurs through violent genocidal repression and tragic ignorance. The masterplan includes a number of landscape and building interventions focused on creating a memorable and dignified environment that supports the importance of the Memorial as a national and international centre for peace and reconciliation. Key aspects of the plan include a new entrance... Read more
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