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Issue 447
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Jensen Architects-designed farm-to-table project completes in 5 weeks
Overlooking Foss Creek in Healdsburg, California is a warm and welcoming scheme headed by San Francisco-based studio Jensen Architects. The 6,072 sq ft SHED project provides the oft-missing
link between local farmers and produce suppliers and an eager public with an open showcase
of regional foodstuffs and opportunities to engage with similarly-minded people. Construction of the SHED scheme took only 5 weeks as the design team utilised off-the-shelf components and a pre-engineered building system to manufacture parts off-site, leaving only a swift assembly to be completed at the chosen location. The process enabled Jensen Architects ultimate spatial possibilities with the benefits of material efficiency and cost effectiveness, drawing the construction project in line with SHED's ethos. In a case study released by Jensen Architects, the firm refers to the design of SHED thus: "Conceived as a barn that is contemporary rather than nostalgic, SHED's architecture is authentic and honest, resonating with Healdsburg's past while also engaging in its present-day... Read more
Top stories this week
1 One Blackfriars, London, United Kingdom
UK developer St George is set to launch a new landmark 52-storey tower designed by Ian Simpson architects on the banks of the River Thames, helping to redefine a new standard for luxury residential in London. Construction is currently underway at One Blackfriars, which, when complete, will provide 274 luxurious studio, one, two, three and... Read more
2 Gorky Park, Moscow, Russia
The now approved strategy and masterplan for the multi-million pound transformation of Moscow's Gorky Park has been prepared by independent UK design, environment and energy consultancy LDA Design. The firm won the international tender to redesign the 120 ha park, which was inaugurated in 1928 and is one of Moscow's... Read more
3 Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand
The opening of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban's transitional structure has been feted with a series of concerts and celebrations which culminated today in a grand dedication service. The eye-catching building, made up of 98 thick cardboard tubes weighing up to 120kg and measuring up to 20m long, was built as a temporary replacement... Read more
4 Domaine Chandon Ningxia Winery, Ningxia Hui, China
Hong Kong-based firm MAP Architecture & Planning delivered the master plan, architecture and intereriors for the Domaine Chandon Ningxia Winery, which took 12 months to build and was completed last June. This is China's first winery dedicated to the production of premium sparkling wine in the Ningxia Hui region. MAP's striking modern design... Read more
5 Viana do Castelo Cultural Centre, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
The €13.1m Cultural Centre in Viano do Castelo, Portugal, which opened on 14 July, was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. The three-storey 3,792 sq m machine-like structure, designed as a multi-purpose pavilion to house cultural and sporting events, joined an existing leisure... Read more
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Preparatory construction works underway on tallest building in Shenyang
Site excavation works are underway at the Baoneng Shenyang Global Financial Centre development in Shenyang, China, designed by global multidisciplinary firm Atkins. The development, with total investment estimated at over £1bn, consists of two towers of 565m and 328m in height, and will be the landmark of Shenyang, the largest city in north-east China. "The excavation work for the entire development site started last spring and is still ongoing," Atkins
Asia Pacific Communications Manager Christina Zhuang told WAN, adding that construction on the entire complex was due to be completed in 2018.

The 565m tower, dubbed the 'Pearl of the North', will become the tallest building in Shenyang, and signals the continuing growth of the city. As a symbol of wisdom, luxury and purity in Chinese culture, the pearl is instantly recognisable at the top of the landmark tower and acts as a beacon for the project and the city as a whole.

"Our client challenged us to design a supertall building that is iconic, yet simple in structure. In addition to meeting seismic codes and international standards, the project has to be efficient and satisfy a tight construction schedule. It showcases Atkins' expertise in designing supertall towers, but more importantly, it is a landmark project that achieves the client's and stakeholders' expectations," said KY Cheung, senior architectural design director at Atkins in Asia Pacific.

Atkins was commissioned by Baoneng Real Estate Development for architectural design, including concept design, scheme design, preliminary design and façade design development for the two towers.

The 565m tower will contain 111 floors, accommodating class A offices and other amenities such as a luxury executive club on the top. The 328m tower will host 34 floors of office with a 320-room five star luxury hotel on top. The hotel podium facilities include a 3,000 sq m banquet hall plus 6,000 sq m of associated facilities, which can accommodate luxury automobile showcases. Shenyang, traditionally a heavy industrial city, is now a key centre of the automobile industry in China.

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Hudson River Park
to sell air rights to developers?
Free access to all pre-published
tenders via new WAN Archive
As WAN gears up to celebrate World Architecture Day in New York in October with an all-star global cast that will share ideas about housing the next generation, New York's housing question got a bit more interesting this week, sparking a debate over whether saving the cash-strapped Hudson River Park, which stretches along the Hudson River on New York's West Side,
This week, WAN's Business Information Service has revealed a highly informative new tool which enables users to peruse an archive of over 37,500 pre-published tenders, competitions and pre-tenders free of charge. The new service allows users to view all items published by the WAN Business Information team since it launched in 2008, enabling existing users
will mean having tall residential towers there. Today, a little-known clause in the agreement between the City and the Hudson River Park that could allow the entity to sell air rights to developers across the street means that luxury high-rises could populate the Hudson River waterfront on New York's West Side, from Battery Park to 59th Street. As was reported earlier in WAN, the Park's maintenance expenses far exceed revenues and the air rights idea is a way to get the revenue needed to make repairs to the... Read more to look back over past projects and those considering subscribing to the daily service to gain full insight into the breadth of project leads sourced by the WAN team. WAN's Business Information Service has cemented its place as a leading supplier of project leads to the global architecture and design community, growing year on year in spite of the economic downturn. The team published 35% more project leads in the first two quarters of 2013 than in 2009 and continues to listen to continual feedback... Read more
Mapping the Magic: WAN releases
Google Map of World Architecture Day
From Uptown to Downtown, West Village to East Side and everywhere in-between, Manhattan will be our playground for three glorious days when WAD13 takes over the borough this October (6th-8th). Take a look at our map of what's happening where from exclusive building tours, innovative workshops and fantastic social venues to the main conference at the AIA's Center for Architecture via the WAD13 website. We invite you to join international firms as they host engaging workshops across New York City.

The host practices include a full range of architecture practices, engineering firms and multidisciplinary companies, such as Thornton Tomasetti, Snøhetta, SOM, HOK, Michael Graves and Associates, Studio Daniel Libeskind and KPF. The workshops and building tours have proven to be a huge success and attracted unprecedented interest from our readership with delegates returning after last year's event alongside many new faces.

In fact, our visit to the New York Times building is now fully booked, so please hurry if you want to secure your place at these events as spaces are filling up fast. If you missed the Early Bird discounts we still have some excellent savings for WAD13; delegates can benefit from 10% off all WAD bookings with the Pre-Registration discount (ends 03 September). This can be used on top of any additional savings.

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