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Designs for Photography Museum in Middle East released by FR-EE
Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) have just released images of their latest building concept: PH Museum in the Middle East. This remote cultural building has been likened to a flying saucer by internet users while others
have commended its 'elegant design' (Babak Fassihi
via Design Boom). The definitive location of the building is yet to be confirmed by FR-EE who are currently only referring to the site as 'Middle East', however links on the firm's website include the location Doha. The main bulk of the 3,800 sq m museum takes the form of a large canopy, shading visitors from harsh sunlight beneath a circular overhang. Romero has taken his cue from 'the mechanics of a camera', falling in line with the functionality of the space as a museum of photography and photographic equipment. FR-EE explains: "Inspired by the mechanics of a camera, the organization of the museum reflects the complexity of a camera lens. The interior... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Kingdom City Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
A 5.3 million sq m area of land to the north of Jeddah is to be transformed into a buzzing new community. Kingdom City Jeddah in Saudi Arabia is being headed by Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) which is made up of Kingdom Holding Company, Abraar International Holding Company, Saudi Bin Laden Group and Jeddah businessman... Read more
2 New City of El-Menia, Constantine, Algeria
An international competition for a 1.2 million sq m development in Constantine, Algeria has been won by Canadian firms exp and lemay. Working as a joint venture, the partnership has designed a sustainable new community called El-Menia through a competition hosted by the Agence de gestion et de regulation fonciere urbaine de la Wilaya... Read more
3 Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Architects of last year's Serpentine Pavilion Herzog & de Meuron have completed a new hall at the Messe Basel exhibition centre in Switzerland. The local architects have created a glittering new gateway to the centre with an upwardly-curving façade which was inspired by the flow of visitors into the Messe Basel. This shimmering... Read more
4 Serpentine Pavilion 2013, London, United Kingdom
The images shown here are the first released of the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. Each year the Serpentine Gallery in London's Kensington Gardens invites an architect who has not completed a work in the UK before to design a temporary structure for public use in the park. For the first year... Read more
5 Navarra Parliament Headquarters, Navarra, Spain
Spanish architectural firm Otxotorena Arquitectos has completed an extensive refit scheme which has transformed a historic building into the headquarters of the Parliament of Navarra. The project aimed to restore the architecture of the nineteenth century Audencia Building of Pamplona while creating new areas for the regional... Read more
LMN Architects wins WAN Sustainable Building of the Year Award
WAN film explores Brighton's quirkiest adaptive reuse scheme
Brighton, a city on the UK's south coast, is well known for several things: creative media companies; a extensive beach; the annual Gay Pride parade; and eclectic entertainment venues. The millions of visitors that flock to this seaside city every year are greeted with a plethora of quirky entertainment options in intimate and charming venues, and one of the best known theatres in the area is the Duke of York's Picture House which first opened its doors in
1910. The oldest working cinema in the UK to operate under its original name, the Duke of York is capped with a pair of black and white striped can-can legs which act as a beacon for cinema-goers across the city.

Several generations have now enjoyed the new releases, old classics and independent films shown under its roof and its reputation and demand have reached such a level that an additional venue was sought by owners Picturehouse. Nestled in the network of boutique-lined streets and passageways that make up Brighton's North Laines is the Komedia comedy club. Over the years the venue has hosted all kinds of entertainment from stand-up comedy to live music and the famous Playgroup Parties. It was here that Picturehouse found their new venue.

A brief was drawn up to transform a cabaret venue on the first floor of Komedia into a 2-screen cinema with a café and modern bar on the ground floor, operating independently from the comedy club next door. Experts in cinema design Panter Hudspith Architects were brought in to see the adaptive reuse project through to completion and the finished result is outstanding.

Two cosy screening rooms are filled with seats which sink beneath you (144 and 98), some of which can fit two or even three people, a touch that you'd be hard-pushed to find in some more commercial cinemas and the light-filled bar and café serve locally-sourced food from establishments such as Boho Gelato, which creates exquisite ice cream flavours such as sea salt toffee popcorn or mulled cider sorbet.

Before the space was used as a cabaret venue it was a Tesco's supermarket and Panter Hudspith have actively welcomed elements of the building's journey into its most recent use as a characterful cinema.

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Highlights of London's Airport
Debate East or West? on film
How do you raze a building
sustainably in an high density city?
As regular readers of News Review will know, on Tuesday 5 February, WAN and World Cities Network joined forces to host a crucial debate at the Royal Geographical Society in London focusing on the future of the UK's transport network. At the centre of the panel discussion and following Q&A was a basic but loaded question: Should the UK expand
A new method of demolishing buildings by 'shrinking' them from the top down has been pioneered in Tokyo, Japan. Using technology developed by Tokyo-based contractor Taisei Corporation, the method is currently being used to demolish The Akasaka Grand Prince Hotel in Japan in a contract that will last until May 2013. The process involves
Heathrow Airport or create/expand an airport to the East? In an anonymous vote from the audience of over 100 architects, engineers, economists and key figures from within the industry, 64% of attendees were in favour of constructing or expanding an airport in the East, while 21% voted for additional runways at Heathrow (West). 15% were in favour of alternative developments. For those of you who couldn't make the event in London, we have captured the highlights of the debate in this short film. View film. a jack-down system, with the roof section of the building gradually lowered while being supported by jacks and an internal crane moving debris and other materials down to the ground floor. "It's kind of like having a disassembly factory on top of the building and putting a big hat there, and then the building shrinks," Hideki Ichihara, a construction technology developer for Taisei Corporation, told Japan Times. Demolishing the 139m-high hotel, which closed in March 2011, floor by floor, the change... Read more
The Problems with Procurement
In her opening speech at last October's RIBA Stirling prize, Angela Brady (RIBA President) said that "Procurement is the bane of our lives..." I connected with this as I recalled working for 10 years in practice and having to deal with various frustrating procurement methods. But the UK is not alone in causing architects frustration through procurement. As WAN's Business Information Manager, over the past 2 years I have been in a prime position to monitor the industry's global market trends and gain insight and intelligence about
winning work in different countries. Some of my findings from my ongoing research can be found below.


We spoke with Stanley Collyer PhD who as many of our readers will know has for years headed up the website. The focus for the site is to research and report on global design competitions. Collyer's work has gained him international recognition as an expert on design competitions. He and his writers delve deeply into the most important global competitions happening each year with an eye toward reporting on the competition process itself, thus revealing when things go well, when they don't and why... as well as offering 'should have could have' advice that architects who enter competitions desperately want to hear... we will hear directly from Stanley in a separate piece.

Competitions are a good way for younger architects/smaller practices to win work and or publicity for
their efforts.

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