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Issue 470
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Tallest residential tower in London completes on the banks of the River Thames
Construction has completed on the tallest residential building in London, designed by Broadway Malyan and realised by contractor Brookfield Multiplex. The Tower, One St George Wharf rises more than 180m above
the nearby River Thames and is part of the wider Nine Elms development. The Tower was one of
the first major redevelopment schemes in the Nine Elms project, as Pete Vaughan, Director at Broadway Malyan explains. "The confidence generated by the success of The Tower has encouraged further investment into infrastructure and local transport, as well as the subsequent development of adjacent sites, which will collectively deliver benefits in wider social programmes - affordable housing, education and healthcare provision." The Tower is a residential development consisting of 213 apartments on a former brownfield site. Based on the concept of a Catherine wheel, each level is typically split into five flats with dividing walls branching off a central core. This elegant design is crowned by a 10m-high vertical axis wind turbine which generates enough energy to power the lighting in... Read more
Top stories this week
1 King Fahad National Library, Saudi Arabia
Peer through the taught forest of rhomboid textile awnings that grace the façade of the King Fahad National Library and you will glimpse a magnificent regeneration scheme that has brought a classic library building firmly into the 21st century. German firm Gerber Architekten has now completed the latest in a spate of schemes in Saudi Arabia with... Read more
2 The New School, New York, United States
The New School's University Center on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street in New York is being opened with a week of inclusive events including an official ceremony today (23 January) and an open house event (25 January). Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the 375,000 sq ft facility blends teaching space and... Read more
3 UK Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015
Expressions of interest are being sought for the design of the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 (visit microsite here). The international event will be hosted by the Italian city from 1 May 2015 until 31 October 2015 with more than 140 countries expected to participate in a global celebration of business and creativity. Deadline for expressions... Read more
4 Siemens Middle East Headquarters, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
This week Sheppard Robson has witnessed the opening of its LEED Platinum headquarters complex for technology giant Siemens in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. The 22,800 sq m facility has been recognised as one of the most sustainable schemes in the region with floorplates achieving 90% efficiency. The project was... Read more
5 Tencent Offices, Shenzhen, China
Having worked closely with major internet firms Google and Amazon in the creation of their high-tech campuses, NBBJ is well-versed in the design of offices for web-based companies. The international firm has now teamed up with the third-largest internet company in the world - Tencent - to design the e-commerce giant's new home... Read more
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Heavy rain wreaks havoc in the UK and
plans are floated for 'flood-proof'-homes
50 energy-efficient homes posed
for the world's second most polluted city
There are many countries that are well-versed in flood-resistant housing and incorporate design features into their coastal residences to enhance resiliency as a matter of course. The United Kingdom is not one of these countries and, as winter conditions worsen year on year and the UK faces increasingly wet and windy weather, the importance of flood-resistant housing has been brought to the fore. This spring a live demonstration will be undertaken at the
When asked to think of the most polluted cities in the world, one's mind often darts straight to first tier cities in China or the well documented issues of areas such as Mexico City but according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the cities suffering from the greatest pollution are Ahvaz in Iran and Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. Ulaanbaatar's problems stem from a clash between urban growth and the continual use of traditional practices as highlighted in a piece
Building Research Establishment (BRE) Innovation Park using a prototype house designed by Aquobex Resilient Property and Baca Architects. The demonstration home will incorporate elements designed to reduce the amount of floodwater entering the property as well as interior fit-out systems that minimise damage should water infiltrate the property. These materials include nanoShell, Dragonboard and Sealwise. John Alexander, Managing Director at Aquobex, hopes that by conducting... Read more published by The Observer this past October in which Tania Branigan noted: "60-7-% of winter pollution comes from the old-fashioned stoves heating the circular felt tents or gers that sprawl across the slopes around the city." As temperatures plummet to -30°C, the residents of these gers burn wood, coal or rubbish to stay warm. The adverse effect of this traditional heating method is a thick cloud of smog that collects over the city, reducing visibility and contributing to a high percentage of medical conditions... Read more
Silvian Marcus, CEO, WSP Cantor Seinuk
gives us an exclusive tour of 432 Park Avenue in New York
Super-crane on 6,000-mile voyage
to build colossal new bridge for New York
All Design Founder Will Alsop
considers this week's top news stories
One of the largest floating cranes in the world, the Left Coast Lifter, now dubbed the "I Lift NY", has been making an epic sea-passage from California to New York. Once there, it will be used to construct a super-size new bridge that will replace the deteriorating Tappan Zee Bridge that currently crosses the mighty Hudson River. Pulled by tugboats, the super-crane left the
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Port of Oakland on 22 December 2013, and has just passed through the Panama Canal to continue its sea voyage up the east coast of the USA to New York. It is expected to complete its 6,000-mile journey as early as the end of January 2014. Formerly used to build the San-Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, the "I Lift NY" has a boom length of 328 ft and a 1,900-ton lift capacity. This is said by New York State's Governor, Andrew Cuomo to be the equivalent of 12 Statues of Liberty in weight at once. He claims this Herculean... Read more interaction to allow you - the architect - to get more involved, engage with the news and become part of it." Shop Talk's inaugural guest needs no introduction. One of the Big Guns on the international stage, WAN AWARDS judge and long term supporter Will Alsop tells us why the BRE's new prototype flood resilient home won't fly, why he's surprised at Vinoly's New York Tower and what's impressed him about SOM's New School. Alsop also touches on his latest scheme for London: Heliport... Read more
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