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Issue 473
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A Brooklyn brownstone receives a successful Passive House makeover
Retrofitting older buildings for contemporary use is a vital part of architectural practice. In the book, Old Buildings New Forms by Monacelli Press (2013), author Francoise Astorg Bollack makes the case that
today's best innovations in architecture are not in new construction but in the reuse of older
buildings. By inserting, wrapping, and weaving new life into older structures one can get transformative results. The Tighthouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn is one such project that makes the case for the remarkable transformation that can occur by reusing older buildings. Designed by Julie Torres Moskovitz of the environmentally-focused practice Fabrica718, Tighthouse is one of the greenest homes in America and the first certified Passivhaus in New York. In 2012, Torres Moskovitz transformed a 1920s brownstone into an energy efficient and modern machine for living by encasing the exterior walls of a rundown traditional 3-storey brick row house with a new high performance wrapper that has 20inch-thick insulation and an outermost layer of grey stucco, making the formerly 'leaky' house... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Five Manhattan West (450 West 33rd), New York, United States
This week, Brookfield Office Properties and architecture firm REX have unveiled the latest component in the $200m Manhattan West development. The scheme involves the recladding and interior renovation of the 1.8million sq ft 450 West 33rd Street building in New York (to be rebranded Five Manhattan West) originally... Read more
2 Archivo, Mexico City, Mexico
Archivo is an exciting young initiative in Mexico City whose operations promote and exhibit top-level industrial design in the city to provide opportunities for learning and experiencing the arts. Currently based in an existing gallery space in Tacubaya, the organisation is keen to operate out of a stand-alone centre and is working with Zeller & Moye and FR-EE to design a... Read more
3 Maggie's Centre at The Christie, Manchester, United Kingdom
Maggie's, the charity which provides practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer, has applied for planning permission for a new Maggie's Centre in the grounds of The Christie in Manchester, England. The Centre is designed by world-renowned architects Foster + Partners. Working in partnership... Read more
4 The Surf Club, Miami, United States
A 1930s landmark in Miami once frequented by Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill is to be restored to its former splendor by Richard Meier & Partner with KKAID. The Surf Club sits on a 9-acre property on the Atlantic Ocean in Surfside, Florida and originally operated as a private members club run by Harvey... Read more
5 Goodwood Residence, Singapore
Set amidst an enclave of black and white houses just off the prime Orchard/Scotts Road area and against a verdant 20-hectare backdrop of greenery, the 210-unit Goodwood Residence is conceived on a macro scale as a breathing space - a rarity in high density urbanised Singapore - and an extension of the Goodwood Hill tree conservation... Read more
Atkins and CSWADI to partner on
35bn RMB Qingdao Airport scheme
In other news...
A 35bn RMB airport scheme has been secured by Atkins and China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute (CSWADI), marking the first project for this new partnership. The two companies will work together to provide masterplanning, airfield design, transport planning, landscaping and water engineering for the Qingdao Airport in Shandong Province.This project is one of five airport developments approved by the National Development
Every day we update WAN with the latest project news, competitions and award entries but we can't be everywhere at once. In order to make sure you, our international readership, don't miss out, we are launching a weekly round-up of headlines from other online publications called 'In other news...' Gizmodo calls Frank Gehry the world's worst living architect
and Reform Committee which will come at a combined cost of 150bn RMB. It is expected that the Qingdao Airport will handle 38 million passengers per annum by 2025 and 60 million by 2045, drastically enhancing the current capacity for the area. Yang Guo, deputy dean from CSWADI, said: "This contract win is the beginning of a productive partnership between CSWADI and Atkins. Both parties bring their own skills and strong design capabilities. It's the combination of local knowledge and international experience that creates the most powerful synergy." Chris Birdsong, Atkins' CEO for Asia Pacific... Read more Frank Gehry's most colourful building to date is due to open shortly in Panama, sparking a frank opinion piece by Gizmodo's Geoff Manaugh. Entitled Frank Gehry Is Still the World's Worst Living Architect, the article attacks Gehry's portfolio of high-profile projects and accuses him of designing 'the worst new residential building in New York City'. Manaugh's commentary is riddled with curses and critique, despite acknowledgements that Gehry 'used to be an interesting architect'. The piece is clearly divisive and has amassed comments from Gizmodo readers in both camps... Read more
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WAD14 welcomes BAU Congress
China as a sponsor and media partner
WORKac completes Edible
Schoolyard project in Brooklyn
BAU, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, is now positioning itself in China, the world's biggest construction market. On 8-9 July 2014, the first 'BAU Congress China' will be taking place in Beijing. The official organiser of BAU Congress China is MMI Shanghai, Messe München's subsidiary in China; in the planning and implementation of the congress, MMI Shanghai is working closely with the BAU2015 team. "BAU Congress China is a German-Chinese co-production supported by the know-how and network of BAU," explained Mirko Arend, Exhibition Director of BAU and Deputy Business
New York architect WORKac is building the City's first Edible Schoolyard in collaboration with Edible Schoolyard NYC, an affiliate of the Edible Schoolyard Project started by Alice Waters in Berkeley, California and P.S. 216, the Arturo Toscanini School in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Gravesend was a natural choice for the inaugural project. All of P.S. 216's 625 students work with Edible Schoolyard NYC's professional garden and kitchen teachers in separate experiential garden and kitchen classes that are aligned with the common core curriculum and integrated into the school day. The project
Unit Director at Messe München. Two of BAU's long-standing partners - the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) and the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance - are also backing this project in China. Other partners of BAU Congress China include the publisher Bauverlag and the Archi-Europe Group with whom BAU has also been working very closely for many years. The event takes place in the China National Convention Center and it is designed as a two-day congress with associated exhibition... Read more transforms a half acre parking lot into a thriving garden. To ensure a four season experience for the students, WORKac incorporated a greenhouse together with an indoor kitchen classroom to allow classes to continue throughout the year. The building is composed of three major components, each of which is articulated through the use of different materials: the greenhouse is a polycarbonate and aluminum structure; the steel framed kitchen classroom is clad in a pixilated pattern of colored shingles; and a 'Systems Wall' at the rear is articulated as a series... Read more
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