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Issue 445
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FARM completes serene private residence in bustling hubbub of Singapore
Singapore is a pulsating hub of business and pleasure, punctuated with astonishing feats of architecture and engineering. In recent years the city has awoken to cutting edge architecture and has begun
to establish itself as one of the epicentres of the design world. From Moshe Safdie's Marina
Bay Sands to the Gardens by the Bay and associated Supertrees by Grant Associates and Wilkinson Eyre, the design community often turns to Singapore for breathtaking large-scale building projects. This week we're delighted to bring you these stunning images of Singapore-based studio FARM's latest project, The Wall House. Designed for two generations - retired parents and one of their children - the home had to accommodate a range of ages and needs in a single build, requiring the architects to separate the house into two blocks. FARM explains: "This is a tale of two houses - similar looking, yet independent and coming together to form a coherent whole. This separation of the house into two blocks, in part a response to the sheer scale of the land... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China
The second tallest building in the world has officially topped out with a celebratory ceremony planned for Saturday 3 August. Designed by Gensler, the Shanghai Tower in the city's Lujizui development zone now stands at its full 632m in height. It is joined by the SOM-designed Jim Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center by KPF... Read more
2 Castle Green Bridge, Taunton, United Kingdom
Moxon Architects have completed Castle Green Bridge, located in the grounds of a scheduled ancient monument, in the market town of Taunton, UK. The Bridge has been shortlisted for a BCIA [British Construction Industry Award] as well as being shortlisted for an RIBA award and was the winner of the ACE [Association... Read more
3 Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower, Shanghai, China
Aedas has won a competition to design a 155m-high office tower in Shanghai as part of a 9-block district. Three of the blocks in the district have already been scooped up by DreamWorks Animation and the occupants of the Aedas-designed block-wide tower will have view over the DreamWorks cluster. 80% of the Xuhui... Read more
4 Nanjing Fangshan Geopark, Nanjing, China
Fangshan Global Geopark is recognised as one of the most important sites in the world in terms of archaeological discoveries and impressive geological formations. In 1993 the Nanjing Man was discovered within its boundaries - human remains dating back approximately 600,000 years - and thousands of tourists flock to the park... Read more
5 707 Fifth Street, Calgary, Canada
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have designed an elliptical new office tower in the heart of downtown Calgary, it has emerged. The 27-storey tower was unveiled by Manulife Real Estate and will be managed by the Calgary office of Pivotal Projects. It is destined for completion in March 2017. With floor-to-ceiling glass to enhance natural daylighting and provide... Read more
Project of the Week
Texcoco Lake Park by Inaki Echeverria Urbanism Landscape Architecture
Peroni Nastro Azzurro showcases Italian visionaries across the creative arts
Last week, WAN visited The House of Peroni, an ambitious project that showcased the work and ideas of some of the biggest established names in design, as well as exciting new talent from across Italy’s creative arts. The House of Peroni occupied a Grade II Listed terrace at 41 Portland Place in central London (practically opposite the RIBA HQ) for the month of July. The building is the former home of Thomas Gage 1721-1787,
Commander of British Forces in North America.

The house was pleasantly quiet, allowing us to peruse the spaces at a relaxing pace. The first and most striking room was by Ludovice Giosca, whose installation resembles decades-worth of wallpaper peeling away, a metaphor for the need to strip away various societal layers to reveal something meaningful about culture. She says: "My work concentrates on decoding marketing strategies, and through parody I expose our compulsive and grotesque relationship with consumption."

This room hosted an interactive DJ booth created for resident DJ Alessio Natalizia called NEON House. It investigates the connection between music and architecture and explores the idea that a performance venue can be part of the performance itself. The design consists of a simple steel cube frame from which radiates 2km of glowing UV fluorescent nylon string.

The geometry of the string defines within the cube, a space from which Alessio can perform, whilst simultaneously transforming the installation into a giant inhabitable harp. Electronic sensors within the strings respond to human touch, allowing the audience to collaborate with the DJ, creating new sounds and influencing the musical output.

We navigated our way up the elegant staircase, adorned by Carlo Bernardini's light installation entitled Infinity Room which was made from optical fibres used as tools to 'draw' in the space. Within the next room we found host designs from Peroni Nastro Azzurro's The Creation Project, namely re-interpreting the brand's bottle. Designers include Carlo Brandelli, Piero Lissoni, Andrea Morgante, Martino Gamper, Ludovice Giosca and Formafantasma.

The house is transformed when the Peroni Nastro Azzurro team host events, many of which very quickly sold out, including the Christian and Manuel Costardi...

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Airport Terminals: Designing for Profit Addressing the lie of the land
Aurecon's Stephen Logan explores how innovative engineering can ensure greater returns on capital expenditure (CAPEX) and simultaneously save on operational expenditure (OPEX) in today's evolving airports environment. Why is designing for profit so crucial in today's operating environment? The aviation industry is highly competitive and rapidly changing, affected
In recent years Landscape Architecture has had a bit-part role in the WAN Awards featuring in other sectors such as Urban Design which, although conjuring up some incredible entries in the past, didn't open up the full potential of superb landscape projects around the world. This year we have decided to give Landscape Architects
by constantly evolving passenger behaviour, technological developments and of course fuel prices. Airports are not immune to this pressure as they have to compete for traffic by offering excellent facilities at reasonable landing charges, while achieving a good return on investment for stakeholders. This is true whether the airport is a privately owned or government owned facility. Great design has the potential to significantly alter the profit equation of an airport and should be a key consideration from the earliest... Read more their time to shine with their very own dedicated sector widening the scope far beyond the city boundaries. For there is much to celebrate - A well designed landscape scheme can have massive positive impacts from hospital patient recovery to breathing new life into a historic treasure or returning fauna and flora to an area where heavy industry once ruled. A common question that arises is that of scale; how can a garden design for a hospice compare with a park master plan to improve the health and wellbeing... Read more
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