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Issue 481
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gmp raise their game with new stadium for Dongguan Leopards
German design practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have seen their design for a 14,730-seat basketball stadium in Dongguan, China come to life in recent months as the new home for the Dongguan
Leopards finally reached completion. The 60,600 sq m stadium is located in the new district of Liaobu
and is separated from the busy nearby thoroughfare by expansive landscaping. gmp worked with local practice CABR and structural engineers schlaich bergermann and partners to create a new home for the Dongguan Leopards that would also act as a recognisable structure for the city, providing an orientation point and attraction that local residents can be proud of. The inner workings of the stadium translate into the exterior form, with the circular ring that tops the structure reminiscent of a basketball hoop and the glass façade with its triangular panels resembling a net attached to this 'hoop'. Behind this insulated glazing is a solid wall sporting the same orange tone as the standard basketball, a hue which can also be found throughout the interior design. This undulating steel ring... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Hualien Wellness and Residential Development, Hualien, Taiwan
Situated on the eastern coast of Taiwan, the beach community of Hualien has seen an outflow of young people seeking better opportunities and an ageing population seeking second homes. This has led to a growing demand for more specialised housing in the region. Bjarke Ingels Group's (BIG) Hualien... Read more
2 LUMA Arles, Arles, France
A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for an Arts Resource Center designed by Frank Gehry at the LUMA Arles complex in southern France. The twisted metal form will be encased at ground level by a cylindrical glass structure, the result of a redesign process in which Gehry’s original aluminium towers were reduced in height and relocated to reclaim views towards the... Read more
3 Nobel Center, Stockholm, Sweden
David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger’s proposal for the new home of the Nobel Prize has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the project. David Chipperfield Architects Berlin will head the scheme with their design for a brass-clad building with a transparent ground floor following a revision during the competition... Read more
4 Statoil, Stavanger, Norway
An invited competition to redesign the Forus West campus of major energy company Statoil based in Stavanger, Norway to provide work places for 3,500 employees has been won by the Swedish firm Wingårdhs for its progressive design dubbed ‘E=mc2’. Wingårdhs bested shortlisted teams Snohetta (Norway) and Helen & Hard Norway) with SAHAA (Norway); ... Read more
5 Camden Town Pavilion, London, United Kingdom
Local design studio KSR Architects has been selected as the winner of a competition to conceptualise a temporary pavilion for the London Borough of Camden as part of the first ever Camden Create Festival. Due to be held on 13-15 May 2014, the festival will draw attention to the plethora of creative industries in the area to encourage additional... Read more
Interview: Tarek Shuaib, Managing Partner at Pace
Kuwait-based Pace is an architecture, engineering and planning firm of more than 300 experts whose knowledge ranges from interior design to landscape architecture and transport engineering. Initiated over 45 years ago, the practice’s portfolio currently boasts more than 1,300 commercial, residential, governmental, recreational and educational projects around the world, with schemes such as the Arraya Tower and Kuwait Business Town firmly leaving their mark on the Kuwait cityscape.

In this two-part interview, Tarek Shuaib, Managing Partner at Pace gives the inside track on working in Kuwait and explains how the firm has come to be the powerhouse it is today.

The evolution of Pace

Pace was founded in 1968 by my father Hamid Shuaib and his partners. In the late 1960’s, Kuwait was right in the midst of a major cultural, economic and architectural boom. The state’s newfound oil wealth, coupled with an interminable national desire for progress and development, meant that possibilities were endless. Within a few short years, Kuwait went through what can only be deemed a metamorphosis - from a small, rural Gulf state to a modern, urban metropolis with a thriving economy.

This is the time when the Kuwait that we know today was coming to be. As all this was going on around him, my father saw a golden opportunity for local architects and engineers; to be a part of this historical transformation and leave a permanent mark on the country’s history. And that is how Pace came into being. Now almost five decades later, I truly believe his vision has borne fruit. Pace has become a market leader in Kuwait and the MENA region.

Gaining the edge as a multi-disciplinary practice

Working with a diverse team of experts does give us an edge at Pace. Our team consists of a number of professional architects, engineers and consultants from very different backgrounds; all applying their expertise and knowledge to bring something new to the table. This sets us apart from our competitors and gives us an upper hand.

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Chris Cotton, Chief Executive of the Royal Albert Hall, answers some of our questions
Steven Holl Architects and JM
architects' Reid Building now open
Conservation of Modern Architecture
and Restoration of Concrete Structures
On Wednesday 9 April, the Steven Holl Architects and JM architects-designed Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art was officially declared open, having been occupied by students since January 2014. The celebratory event was attended by ex-student and respected actor Robbie Coltrane, and Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop. Hyslop said:
Concrete, Corbusier and Chandigarh share an inherent relationship. Concrete Action 2014, an international conference on Modern Architecture and Concrete Structures thus seemed to be befittingly organized in the living laboratory of Chandigarh - a city featuring in the tentative UNESCO world Heritage List and acclaimed for its sacrosanct use of concrete. The conference, held
“Steven Holl and JM architects have crafted a building that is a true work of art in its own right. Facing Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece The Glasgow School of Art, it is a bold response to one of Scotland’s most architecturally important buildings. “Through careful use of light, the building combines a striking sculptural from with the ideal lighting and working conditions required for first-class artist studios. I look forward to seeing the works students create in such an inspiring environment.”... Read more in early April 2014 and organized by the Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) and Chandigarh Administration jointly with significant organizations/institutes from in and around Chandigarh, showcased speakers from India, Turkey and Ireland and disseminated a huge wealth of knowledge on the subject through the various research papers (from a host of other countries) that were published as a part of the conference proceedings. The conference, among other aspects... Read more
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