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Grand opening for Woods Bagot and RFD-designed
medical research institute as part of $3bn+ development in Adelaide
Designed by Woods Bagot and Research Facilities Design (RFD) for the South Australian Government, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) was opened on Friday 29 November as
part of a wider $3bn+ development in Adelaide. This shimmering development creates 25,000 sq m of
prime institutional space to be occupied by top researchers from every university in South Australia. By bringing together representatives from a range of disciplines under a single roof, the chance for cross-discipline collaboration is heightened and the cost of expensive equipment can be dramatically lowered through a sharing scheme. SAHMRI has been positioned at the site of the future Royal Adelaide Hospital so that health and medical research can be smoothly integrated into practice. SAHMRI's world-leading research will be centred on seven research themes: Aboriginal Health; Cancer; Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children; Heart Health; Infection and Immunity; Mind and Brain; and Nutrition and Metabolism. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill noted: "With state-of-the-art... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Hanjie Wanda Square, Wuhan Central Culture Centre, Wuhan, China
An extravagant shopping mall in Wuhan designed by Ben van Berkel / UNStudio is now complete and ready to welcome shoppers to its generous number of branded stores, boutiques, restaurants and cinemas at the Wuhan Central Cultural Centre. Hanjie Wanda Square is concentrated at two atria situated to the... Read more
2 North American headquarters for Zurich won by Clayco, Goettsch Partners and CannonDesign
Zurich North America has entered into agreements with Clayco, Goettsch Partners and CannonDesign for the development and design of their North American headquarters in Schaumburg, situated on 40 acres at Meacham Road and I-90. The new Zurich North American Headquarters... Read more
3 Gulfstream Racecourse, Miami, United States
When the gates opened to the 2012 London Olympic Park 16 months ago, throngs of spectators filed past Zaha Hadid Architects' Aquatics Centre, gazing skywards at its swooping form and extravagant winged stands. The venue had been splashed across newspapers, blogs and social media sites in the months prior to... Read more
4 Parcel Q, Los Angeles, United States
Related Companies today submitted a new conceptual plan designed by Frank Gehry for Parcel Q of the Grand Avenue project to the Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority, a Joint Powers Authority of the County of Los Angeles (JPA) and CRA/LA Successor Agency. The plan addresses the three-acre block directly opposite Gehry's Walt... Read more
5 Raouche Skywalk, Beirut, Lebanon
Every day, architects and designers approach WAN with ambitious proposals and unusual projects. The latest of these comes from Ayoub Sarouphim, a Principal at RTKL in Washington DC, and concerns his concept design for a viewing platform in Lebanon: Raouche Skywalk. The following is a description of the design written by Sarouphim... Read more
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HOK / Populous-led team wins bid for Dubai World Expo 2020
Dubai is to host the 2020 Expo it was revealed last night, marking the first time that this international celebration of business and innovation will be held in the Middle East. The theme for the 2020 Expo will be 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' and an extravagant masterplan is currently under development for a site equidistant from the airports of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The designs have been created by a team led by HOK / Populous.

At the centre of the site will be a covered plaza called 'Al Wasl' (the old name for Dubai meaning 'The Connection) where a series of discussions and presentations will be supported by an evolving exhibition. Branching off from this core venue will be three dedicated zones representing the main topics of the Expo: Connectivity, Mobility and Sustainability.

Smooth pedestrian flow will be encouraged by placing the larger pavilions to the perimeter of the site and clustering the smaller volumes towards the centre. The layout of a traditional Arabic marketplace or 'souk' has provided the inspiration for this arrangement with the hope that the constant interaction between visitors will create new business connections across the nations.

A network of fully-automated underground tubes will provide connections between pavilions and support facilities, enabling services to be 'invisible' to the thousands of visitors attending the Expo. There are also plans to introduce a computer-controlled logistics system to aid the smooth running of the event.

Suspended above the pavilions will be a shading structure made of photovoltaic fabric as part of an initiative to generate 50% of the energy used during the Expo onsite. As the sun goes down, these swathes of fabric will be brought to life with an illuminating light show with digital projections for the enjoyment of all visitors.

Architect John Rhodes, Populous Principal said: "Dubai Expo 2020 has the potential to be one of the greatest Expo's of all time. The masterplan design uniquely underpins and celebrates the essence of Dubai and the Expo's core themes, Connecting People, Mobility, Opportunity and Sustainability. The place we have crafted will be an exceptional backdrop to the magic and wonder of the event.

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Samoo's waterside base for
Taekwondo to open in early 2014
Client of airport terminal in China
to copyright design by Studio Fuksas?
The Taekwondo-Won has been established as a global hub for the education, training, and promotion of Taekwondo, a Korean martial art that combines combat techniques with sports. With over 45 million practitioners all around the world, there was a marked need for a central hub at the originating country. The complex is scheduled for an official opening in April 2014. Led by the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation with government support, a design-build
28 November 2013 was the first operational day of Terminal 3 at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport in Guangdong. Designed by Studio Fuksas with BIAD and Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering, the 500,000 sq m volume increases the capacity of the airport by 58% and enables the facility to handle up to 45 million passengers each year. Based on the concept of a manta ray, the airport centres on a 1.5km-long volume with
competition was initiated which was won by Samoo Architects & Engineers. Inspired by the hierarchy of Taekwondo's training from white-belt to black-belt, the linear site was divided into three zones: Body, Mind and Spirit. The Body Zone would be home to the Taekwondo Arena which is the main facility of the Taekwondo-Won. The Arena was designed with the motif of Taeguk, a well-known geometry that symbolises Korea and forms the centre of the Korean flag. Three masses symbolising human, heaven, and earth intertwine at the arena forming the Taeguk geometry which is easily recognisable from above. The arena is designed to hold up to 5,000 people with a clear line of sight that guarantees maximum visibility of the Taekwondo matches... Read more numerous projections, all wrapped in a double skin with honeycomb motif. This design was such a success with the client (Shenzhen Airport Group Co.) that investigations are underway into copyrighting the concept to prevent any replica developments. The 1.5km-long roof spans 80m with metal and glass panels in a honeycomb shape. This arrangement allows vast quantities of light to filter through the roof system, illuminating the interior volume and glinting off the stainless steel finishes within. Knippers Helbig was responsible for the development of structural solutions for the reinforced concrete of the arrival and departure levels as well as for the static analysis of the steel structures of the roof and facade. Here, the diamond-shaped... Read more
Iridescent tiles and glass pavilion transform
1930s factory for telephone parts in Paris
A former factory for telephone parts dating back to the 1930s has undergone a drastic renewal project courtesy of Agence Jouin Manku. Situated on the banks of the River Seine in Paris, the industrial building is now a commercial office campus owned by Societe Fonciere Lyonnaise (SFL), a successful commercial property developer.

Having worked with Agence Jouin Manku on the realisation of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris, SFL approached the firm to help transform this 6-storey building as part of its 387,500 sq ft commercial campus. The IN/OUT scheme includes the transformation of the factory building and the creation of a contemporary amenities structure by Agence Jouin Manku and DTACC Architecture.

As visitors enter the former factory they are greeted with a crystalline glass pavilion. Encasing an area that once formed part of an open-air courtyard, the new architectural gesture softens the line between what remains of the courtyard and the 'industrial fortress' of the Bocage building.

Drenched in light which permeates through the glass walls and ceiling, the pavilion acts a welcoming lobby for the original building. The structure is supported by a series of intertwined wooden beams which create an intricate latticework, dipping down to brush the floor at one point only.

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