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Issue 472
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New hope for the tallest building in the United States
In 2008 construction stalled on Santiago Calatrava's Chicago Spire - one of many victims of the financial crisis. What would have been the tallest building in the United States shuddered to a halt as the money
dried up and all that remains to this day is a 76ft by 110ft hole in the ground on a prime site in the
Windy City. Renewed hope may be on the horizon however as local reports state that Atlas Apartment Holdings LLC has pledged up to $135m to pay back the creditors of the Chicago Spire, bringing Shelbourne Development Group's scheme out of bankruptcy. Garrett Kelleher, the Chairman of Shelbourne Development Group who allegedly injected $188m of his own money into the project, seems buoyed by the recent development. "Given the ongoing recovery in the Chicago property market, the timing is better now than when this project commenced," he said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune. "I am delighted to have found a partner who believes in the project as passionately as I do." The CEO of Atlas, Steven Ivankovich, refers to himself as 'a Chicago guy' with a desire... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Residential Tower, Berlin, Germany
Gehry Partners has secured first place in a design competition for a high-rise residential tower in Berlin for real estate firm Hines. Once completed, the structure will be the first high-rise residential property in the city since the 1970s at 492ft and will blend modest apartment units with penthouse residences. There are also plans to... Read more
2 432 Park Avenue, London, United Kingdom
Last month WAN released an exclusive video interview with CEO of WSP Cantor Seinuk Silvian Marcus detailing the engineering behind New York's tallest residential skyscraper, 432 Park Avenue. This week, it's the turn of Deborah Berke of Deborah Berke Partners to take centre stage as she gives the lowdown on the interior design of this... Read more
3 The Curragh Racecourse, County Kildare, Ireland
Grimshaw, in association with Newenham Mulligan & Associates (NMA), has been chosen to produce a concept design for the redevelopment of The Curragh Racecourse, Ireland's spiritual home of horse racing. The practice's proposal for this prestigious Irish venue was selected following an international architectural design competition... Read more
4 Arena das Dunas, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Brazil's President Dilma Rouseff has officially inaugurated the Arena das Dunas in Natal. In his opening remarks, Rouseff congratulated the design team, lead by Populous, on 'completing the beautiful building ahead of schedule and 3% below the budget'. Inspired by the coastal city of Natal's sand dune landscape, the... Read more
5 Temporary Pavilion, London, United Kingdom
Marks Barfield Architects, the London-based practice behind the famed London Eye, has designed a temporary visitor pavilion for a newly landscaped section of the Hungerford Car Park in England's capital. The scheme - which has recently been submitted for planning - is part of a wider development by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar... Read more
First solo exhibition for Exploration
Architecture is well worth a visit
The Living's Hy-Fi scoops
courtyard commission at MoMA PS 1
In May 2013, WAN attended a symposium on Daylighting hosted by Velux at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. This was our first encounter with Exploration Architecture and the studio's Founder Michael Pawlyn gave a riveting speech about Exploration's complex techniques using biomimicry in architectural design. As is evident in WAN's report on the event, we were suitably impressed by the methodology of this modestly-sized
David Benjamin's The Living has been named the winner of MoMA PS 1's 2014 Young Architects Program. Now in its 15th year, the program gives emerging architects the opportunity to design innovative installations for the Museum's courtyard to accompany its popular summer music series, Warm Up. Benjamin's proposal uses a new method of bio-design
firm and therefore snapped up the chance to attend a press preview of Exploration's first solo exhibition last week. On show at the Architecture Foundation in London until 15 March 2014, Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature is a curious blend of architecture models and biological specimens which will leave you wondering if you stepped into the Natural History Museum by mistake. Of the exhibition, Pawlyn has said: "Rather than merely mitigating negatives, we need solutions that optimise positives and... Read more to create a structure that is 100% organic material. It achieves this by temporarily diverting the natural carbon cycle to produce a structure that grows out of nothing but earth and returns to nothing but earth - with no waste, no energy needs, and no carbon emissions. The proposal consists of a circular tower of organic and reflective bricks. The organic bricks are produced through a combination of corn stalks and specially developed living root structures. The reflective bricks are produced through... Read more
The early bird catches the exposure. View entries for 21 for 21 so far
Velux's Paul Hicks reviews the
impact of double and triple glazing
Farrells to masterplan two sites in the
Shenzhen Qianhai Special Economic Zone
There is evidence to show that triple glazed windows aren't always the most effective option due to the environmental impact of materials and production processes. Consequently, the resulting embodied carbon can make the choice of a triple glazed unit less favourable and this should be taken into account when calculating the performance and impact of a building.
A design competition to masterplan two prime sites in the Shenzhen Qianhai Special Economic Zone has been won by Farrells. Initiated to boost cross border trade between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, the mixed-use development is destined for an easily-accessible site adjacent to the Qianhaiwan Metro Station. Founder of Farrells Sir Terry Farrell stated: "This project represents a great opportunity to bring sustainable design principles to this dynamic
There is an understandable perception that low U-value is better, but if the embodied carbon in manufacturing triple glazing outweighs the savings from lower emissions when the window is in use, then it is not necessarily the right solution. Not since the energy crisis of the 1970's has the debate on the number of panes in a window been so relevant and so important. A window's energy balance is the difference between the amount of heat from sunlight the window transfers to your home (g-value) and the... Read more and rapidly expanding part of Shenzhen. The proximity of the area to Hong Kong is important and Qianhai will benefit from cross border trade to soon become a thriving district in its own right." More than 460,000 sq m of commercial space will be provided as part of the masterplan, comprised entirely of grade-A offices. Also onsite will be serviced apartments, high-end residential units and retail outlets. Visitors to the site will be met by a pair of 185m-high gateway towers and a soaring 320m-high structure.... Read more
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