NEWS REVIEW
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Issue 483
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A new 'Cultural Lantern' for Harvard's Art Museums in Boston
A museum is many things. A container for art, a place where the public convenes with culture and neighbors and, in the case of a university museum in a big city, it must also provide spaces for study and
teaching and make a considerable gesture to the street. That is precisely what Renzo Piano Building
Workshop (RPBW) had in mind when designing the new facility for the Harvard Art Museums in Boston which, for the first time, will unite Harvard’s three museums - the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger and the Arthur M. Sackler - under one roof. At a press briefing held in New York City in April, the museum and its architect shared their vision for the new $250m facility, set to open in November. Begun in 2006, the renovation and expansion project adds 240,000 sq ft of space to the existing two-building museum complex and provides new resources for study, teaching, exhibition and conservation with the goal of creating new ways for students, faculty and the public to engage with the collection. Piano’s work demolishes the older extensions to the museum added after 1927 and stitches... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Al Fayah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
At Cityscape Abu Dhabi this week, Thomas Heatherwick unveiled his 125,000 sq m park design for the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation. Heatherwick and his London team at Heatherwick Studio have been working on the project for the past two and a half years, with construction due to commence in Abu Dhabi in early 2015... Read more
2 Hanwha HQ, Seoul, South Korea
A competition to redesign an existing office block in the South Korean city of Seoul has been won by UNStudio. The current headquarters of environmental technology providers Hanwha is a looming 57,696 sq m block with horizontal bands of opaque panelling and single layers of glass. The redevelopment by UNStudio will see... Read more
3 Central Bank of Libya, Tripoli, Libya
The design of the Central Bank of Libya is inspired by Libyan vernacular architecture in terms of sustainable solutions and cultural relevance. Two existing excavations will be used in a similar way that the Berber troglodyte houses were once built. The 'pit houses' exploit the stable earth temperature (ca. 18 degrees) and provide shade and... Read more
4 30 St Mary Axe
30 St Mary Axe, also known as The Gherkin, entered receivership this week. Phil Bowers and Neville Kahn of Deloitte have been named as Joint Fixed Charge Receivers of the tower in an official statement from Deloitte. The 180m-high tower was recently named Londoner’s favourite tower in a poll commissioned by the NLA. ‘The asset’s complex, multicurrency capital... Read more
5 Liverpool Flyover
An ambitious proposal to transform a derelict flyover in the UK city of Liverpool is off the ground, so to speak. Following a crowdfunding initiative through website Spacehive, Friends of the Flyover have amassed more than £40,000 in donations meaning that a feasibility study can take place to establish the viability of the proposed urban park. Devised by... Read more
Short film shows 10 houses
3D printed in China in 24 hours
Fire, Water and Air meet
in Garden of the Elements
A short film released by China View has been making headlines in trade publications and blogs this week. The two and a half minute video claims to show ten properties which were all constructed using an innovative method of 3D printing within the space of 24 hours. The film includes an interview with President of Yingchuang New Materials, Ma Yihe, the inventor behind the
On 7 April we brought you details of the architectural design for Phase Three of London’s Battersea Power Station redevelopment. Today, the focus is on the landscape architecture from LDA Design and Andy Sturgeon Landscape and Garden Design. The team has released glossy images of its ‘Garden of the Elements’ scheme, drawing on the elements of Fire, Water and Air
cutting-edge 3D printing technology. The mammoth printing machines were used to 'construct' Yihe's 10,000 sq m office over a period of one month and were also used to print the 10 additional properties in 24 hours. Yihe explains that it takes four printers operating simultaneously to create one property and that the limitations of the technology mean that the roof cannot be printed. The printed material is a mixture of construction waste and cement, therefore offering a sustainable alternative to traditional construction methods.... Read more in a concept that encompasses two and half acres of the Battersea Power Station complex. Garden of the Elements is split into two developments: Switch House East and Switch House West. Switch House East will reference the element of Fire with large corten steel fins, wide lawns and moulded planting. Terraced belvederes have been incorporated at either end of the gardens to ensure far-reaching views. In contrast, Switch House West concentrates on the element of Water, with a narrow... Read more
sP+a and MARC FORNES & THEVERYMANY join 18
previous winners in our hunt for the next 21 top practices
Skybridge penthouses for sale May Design Series: 18-20 May 2014
21 skybridge penthouses are now on the market in Shams Abu Dhabi, following a launch at Cityscape Abu Dhabi. Located at the top of the 238m-high Gate Towers development by US firm Arquitectonica, the duplex penthouses offer residents unparalleled views over the Arabian Gulf and Al Reem Island. Gate Towers is a 66-storey development comprised of three towers connected by
The UK’s definitive furnishings fair, May Design Series, will be returning to London’s ExCeL between 18-20 May this year. With a line-up of close to 400 top brands, May Design Series is the ideal event for architects, interior designers and contractors to meet new suppliers and source products for the year ahead. Uniquely timed to form the finale of the European show circuit,
a 300m-long skybridge. The design team took inspiration from historical structural forms such as Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England and the Roman Pantheon to create a commanding series of towers with a skybridge punctured by elliptical voids. The complex is largely dedicated to residential use, with studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments split between the three towers. There are also a series of townhouses and penthouses which bring the total number of units to 3,533, with Tower 1 already fully occupied.... Read more May Design Series gives visitors the chance to be among the first to pick up the latest launches debuted in Milan, Paris and Frankfurt once the products have been through the prototyping stage and are ready to buy. With an edited selection of exhibitors from across the globe – Australia to China, Portugal to India – international design highlights will sit side by side with the best of British brands. Across 5 show sectors, Furniture, DX, Decor, Kitchen + Bathroom and Lighting [including Arc] the line up of ... Read more
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