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Sanjay Puri Architects-designed
Bombay Arts Society prepares to open in Bandra
Approaching the Lilavati Hospital in Bandra, Mumbai from the Bandra-Worli Sealink, one is soon met by a brown-hued, asymmetrical and softly curved new building. Ingeniously simple and persuasive in its
presence, this is Sanjay Puri Architects' Bombay Arts Society, housed right opposite Rang Sharda.
The building is surrounded by open areas and swaying trees in a quaint Bandra lane. There is something special about this project - it is one of the first buildings in Mumbai truly meant as a public facility. It is intended to serve the arts and the artist community in a completely public space and, hopefully, this will pave way for many more facilities such as public libraries for all Mumbai citizens. Bombay Arts Society stands on an extremely small plot of 1,300 sq m and is designed as a mixed-use building. It houses art galleries, a small auditorium, a cafeteria and artists' studios, all incorporated into a modest 1,000 sq m of space. As you enter the building, there is a swaying reception to your right with a curvilinear staircase as the backdrop. At the summit of the stairs you will find fluid... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Rebuild by Design, United States
A competition sponsored by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development seeking storm-resilient designs to protect the areas of the United States hit hard by Superstorm Sandy has shortlisted ten teams. Winnowed down from an initial field of 140 entrants from 15 countries, the finalists are: -Interboro Partners with the New Jersey... Read more
2 AIA selects winners of 2013 Educational Facility Design Award
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected five educational and cultural facilities for this year's CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The awards honour educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place... Read more
3 Shortlist for world's coolest car park of 2013 announced
Stress Free Airport Parking, a UK meet and greet airport parking service, has revealed the shortlist for this year's 'world's coolest car park', featuring a top ten of unusual car parks in locations ranging from Lyon to Vancouver and designed by prominent architects. The final list features Herzog & de Meuron's 1111 Lincoln Road in Chicago... Read more
4 CityVision Rio Competition
The winners of the latest CityVision competition - Rio de Janeiro: Two Presents, One Future - have been announced, with China's Donghua Chen scooping first place with his project 'Ceu de Janeiro'. The Italian-run competition, which attracted a total of 68 entries from five continents, was judged by an international jury chaired by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and including... Read more
5 Beach House, Mornington, Mornington, Australia
In response to a brief to provide additional accommodation to an existing 1970s Merchant Builder's home, Melbourne-based architecture practice Clare Cousins Architecture + Interior Design designed this self-contained timber pavilion as a retreat from the main house. The existing single-storey house in Mornington, Victoria, is sited well... Read more
WAN visits the future White Collar Factory and Old Street Yard, London
Derwent London acquires buildings that are accessible and flexible to upgrade. Properties with the potential to create well-designed office space and revitalise neighbourhoods. "We look at former industrial buildings with a view to utilising their mass and floor span," said Benjamin Lesser, Development Manager, Derwent London. Derwent and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) started looking at the office environment as a hypothetical research
project in the 2008 credit crunch.

They wanted to challenge the over-specified offices that they think are too many in London. They have, however, been working together since the 1980s, learning lessons from each project and pushing the boundaries in the next project. "We are constantly looking at challenging the norms: why can't we open a window in an office, take our jacket off to regulate the temperature?" said Ceri Davies, Project Architect, AHMM. Both Lesser and Davies agree that there is an evolution of thought as they encounter the future White Collar Factory and Old Street Yard project.

White Collar Factory and Old Street Yard is located in 'tech city', adjacent to Old Street tube. There is currently no central public space for local industries or the local residents, so AHMM carried out a comprehensive local business and public consultation programme to showcase their designs and get people involved and excited about the proposals.

"Old Street tube, at present, is not the greatest experience, so the new scheme aims to bring money in and improve the public realm. The tech city-infrastructure needs to be good, whilst the overall plans for this area must not make it too sanitised," said Davies.

With openable windows on such a busy vehicular interchange, and in order to counter the current noise/pollution argument, Benjamin suggests that in the future the streets will be populated/frequented by silent, non-pollutant electric vehicles.

They are aiming for a more relaxed office environment that will attract the best candidates for the clients purely via the calibre and excitement of their offices, offering an 'intelligent blank canvas' in order to show their prospective tenants how to fit out the space.

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'Hyperloop' high-speed transport system plans unveiled Jury "unanimous" on Swiss-Australian
team's Melbourne redevelopment plan
Inventor and founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors Elon Musk finally revealed the design plans for his "fifth mode of transport", the revolutionary Hyperloop high-speed transit system in a 57-page PDF document late Monday evening. Musk says that his "cross between a Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table" could carry passengers from central Los Angeles
Melbourne and Basel-based architectural team HASSELL, Herzog & de Meuron has won the $1m international design competition for the redevelopment of the historic Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Victoria state premier Denis Naphthine announced on Thursday. "The jury was unanimous in its decision to award first prize to HASSELL, Herzog & de Meuron, describing their design as 'a beautiful and compelling integration of
to downtown San Francisco (380 miles) faster than an airplane. The system could cover the distance in less than 30 minutes, travelling at speeds of up to 760mph and at a cost of around $20. The solar-powered elevated transit concept, which Musk says would be a "faster, safer and cheaper" way of travelling between the two cities than the under-development high-speed train service, essentially transports capsules through a long, low-pressure steel tube. The sealed capsules, which could each carry... Read more aspects of the original station design, strongly reinforcing its gateway status'," Napthine said. The project beat five other short-listed entries from a total of 117 entrants to the competition, which was judged by a jury chaired by the Victorian Government Architect, Professor Geoffrey London. "Over the years, Flinders Street Station has been compromised by successive changes. Today it is a place that people generally choose to hurry through. Our design makes it a destination, with new buildings and... Read more
'Culture Shed' design unveiled
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, who are collaborating with Rockwell Group on New York's 'Culture Shed', have unveiled the design for this new 170,000 sq ft non-profit cultural centre project in the Hudson Yards area of Manhattan.

The centre is designed to help anchor Manhattan's far West Side by providing large-scale, flexible space for a dynamic range of creative industry activities, including visual art, design, dance, theatre, music and media.

The facility will comprise a five-storey fixed building with large, column-free floors for exhibitions and performances and a shell that deploys to double the interior space.

As Culture Shed expands and contracts, it will work in many configurations, welcoming multiple events simultaneously, and serving diverse artists and audiences from across New York City and beyond.

The project is currently going through the public review process, which is due to be completed by the end of September, with city officials hoping the project will be open by the end of 2017.

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