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Issue 441
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$300m mixed-use KGH Tower by MGAEC unveiled for Bahrain Bay development
A $300m hotel, commercial and residential development has been unveiled by Nama International Real Estate (a subsidiary of Kooheji Global Holding) as part of the Bahrain Bay project in Manama.
Designed by MGAEC, the KGH Tower will be constructed in phases with the first phase consisting of a 4-star, 175-key hotel, 120 high-end apartments,
luxury commercial offices, a multi-storey car parking facility, and retail amenities. This will be followed by a second phase which will incorporate 240 5-star hotel rooms into the complex. Speaking at a signing ceremony between Nama International Real Estate and Bahrain Bay Development, Managing Director of Kooheji Global Holding Tariq Al-Kooheji explained: "We are glad to announce the launch of our latest development that would be considered as the pride and back bone of our company.
"We [have] started communicating with top international hotel brands and operators to be our partners. Overall we paid careful thought and consideration to make sure that the project will be developed based on the highest international design standards catering to the growing needs of the hospitality and commercial sectors in the kingdom of Bahrain."... Read more
Top stories this week
1 W Guangzhou Hotel & Residences, Guangzhou, China
A 106,500 sq m hotel and serviced residence block has been completed near to the new Central Business District of Guangzhou. Conceptualised by Rocco Design Architects, W Guangzhou Hotel & Residences is a glossy new addition to this ever-growing city which has secured itself as one... Read more
2 An experiment in modest living
An experimental cabin designed by Renzo Piano has been erected at the Vitra Campus opposite the VitraHaus (Herzog & de Meuron) in Weil am Rhein. The 'Diogene' project is an ongoing scheme initiated by Piano around ten years ago when he began brainstorming ideas for a very minimalist volume, modest in size and without... Read more
3 Power Plant, Wedel, Germany
On the outskirts of Hamburg, on the banks of the Elbe sits Wedel, where a new, energy-efficient gas and steam turbine power plant is planned for the former coal-fired power station site. The new power station is positioned to the north of the river bank to allow the uninterrupted riverside promenade passage open to the public... Read more
4 The Oval, Limassol, Cyprus
Atkins has released concept designs for a pebble-inspired office building in Limassol which has now achieved planning permission. Suitably termed 'The Oval', this new commercial tower will offer a series of generous office units looking out over the coastline with each floor incorporating a south-facing veranda. These verandas are part of an extended sustainability... Read more
5 Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A ground-breaking hospital scheme in Toronto is now open for business, combining a shimmering new healthcare building and the adaptive reuse of the neighbouring pre-Confederation Don Jail into administration facilities. Designed to a masterplan by Urban Strategies in 2006, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare... Read more
White Arkitekter AB and AHMM win
2013 WAN AWARDS Healthcare Sector
Chipperfield's 'first glass' act in St. Louis
How do you expand a stalwart and much-loved neoclassical museum building that is a seminal building of the American architect Cass Gilbert, designer of the famed Woolworth Building? One option is to hire an architect who can breathe new life into a worn-out cultural complex that has become jumbled over time and needs updating without spoiling the very characteristics that endear it to the community.

Whilst some cultural institutions have gone down the Bilbao path, expanding their facilities beyond their budgets and their needs in the hope of transforming their art houses into blockbuster cultural destinations, The Saint Louis Art Museum (Missouri, US) has taken a decidedly different path by electing to 'tweak' what it already has; a successful art museum with a deep collection in postwar American and 20th-century German art which, among its many virtues, is one of the few museums in the country that is free to the public.

It takes a certain temperament to recast a museum to address needs over and above its architect's own agenda and that is precisely what David Chipperfield has done here. He's read the situation, the architectural constraints and opportunities of the brief with great aplomb and left his ego but not his deft talent at the door, expanding the museum with a modest, elegant and restrained glass pavilion that whilst an architectural marvel in its own right is first and foremost a building in the service of art. "What we tried to do is make a good space for art," said Chipperfield. "Museums are moments of architectural privilege."

Chipperfield's East Building, which opened this past weekend, solves the many challenges the museum was facing: a lack of space for its large and ever growing collection now numbering 33,000 works of art, most of which sit sadly out of public view; a cramped main building that is stuffed to gills and needs proper 'breathing room' for visitors to comfortably convene with the art; and a confused visitor experience, no doubt the result of the original building being built for the 1904 World's Fair and not a purpose built art museum, making the 3-storey structure somewhat confusing to get around.

Chipperfield's new wing is deceptively simple, direct and honest. The building adds 82,452 sq ft of flexible gallery space on a single level with fixed and load-bearing walls running in one direction and flexible movable walls running in the other, making the space easily transformable...Read more
Architects reveal their solutions
to expanding population issues
Can architectural design help prevent human
trafficking in poverty-stricken Cambodia?
Experts have predicted that by 2025 the global population will have reached a shocking 8 billion. Our current population is bolstered by advances in medicine, increased access to immunisation, and disease eradication programs, gradually slowing the international death rate. Despite widespread family planning programs by government organisations and non-profits across the world, our global population continues to rise.
Cambodia has a considerable problem with human trafficking as a result of widespread poverty. Cross-border and internal trafficking have become shockingly commonplace and Cambodia is now recognised as a country of origin, transit and destination for this human rights violation. Poverty is prevalent in Cambodia and many parents find themselves in a position where well-versed traffickers will approach them with monetary offers and promises of
The design industry is now under pressure to find solutions to this expanding population and this will be the focus of an architecture summit held in New York this coming October. In preparation for this discussion WAN asked experts in diverse fields for their opinions as to how architecture can support the projected population of 8 billion by 2025. At the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat annual conference in London earlier this month, Christoph Ingenhoven declared that the high rise was... Read more better, more secure lives for their children. Once the children have been taken by traffickers, they are sold into prostitution or forced to beg or sell on the streets. Adults are also at risk as men and women are trafficked for labour and sexual exploitation. A new initiative between Cundall and Raw Impact looks to provide an escape for the thousands of children and adults that are coerced into forced labour and prostitution every year. Headed by Alistair Coulstock, a Principal at Cundall... Read more
Bright Japanese Clinic and Office
Complex completes on very narrow site in Tokyo
Hiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata of htmn have created a unique clinic and office complex in the heart of Tokyo. Nestled between two existing buildings, the site is narrow and confined by specific site boundaries which the design overcomes. The new building joins the rebuilding process currently occurring with the surrounding partitioned houses. With the site being defined by a railway line to the north and a municipal road to the south, the architects had to closely consider the boundaries with the addition of the narrowness
being defined and emphasised by the buildings both east and west.

The floorplate of the building is small, however the architects have created clever design strategies which create more space within the limited site. The line of sight has been drawn upwards by opening up the floors so attention is drawn up into the building, taking the attention away from its confined edges.

Visitors are encouraged to go up into the space where the light is drawn in from above and the spaces open out as a terrace on the third and fourth floors enabling an interaction with the southern side.

The terraces have been designed to be blocked from the line of sight of the adjacent platform where occupants are able to utilise the space whilst maintaining a level of privacy. Carefully considered spaces are connected by various atriums which create specific distance between each area, helping to define each office. The office proportion has been composed of two volumes which lead to the gradual multi-layered floor which are intertwined.

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