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Issue 444
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Ma Yansong-designed Sheraton Huzhou
Hot Spring Resort opens in the Yangtze River Delta
The long-awaited Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort in the Taihu Lake, China is now open for business following a soft launch. Designed by founder of MAD Architects and former WAN judge Ma Yansong, the hotel
is part of the Starwood chain which is currently undergoing a drastic international expansion
project. At over 100m in height, the 27-storey Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort rises proudly in the Yangtze River Delta, the water covering the lowest two storeys so that the form appears as a horseshoe shape rather than a complete ring as is really the case. As darkness falls, the form is illuminated with bands of LED lighting in different hues which reflect off the lake below in ripples of vivid colour. In total the 2,200 sq m hotel has 321 guest rooms with 44 suites and 39 villas, all of which benefit from private balconies. The marble bathrooms include sunken bathtubs which look out over the waterfront and walk-in rainforest showers for a touch of luxury. Residents are also welcome to use the opulent Shine Spa for Sheraton which offers a range of treatments sourced from across the globe... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Yongjia World Trade Centre, Wenzhou, China
A competition to design the Yongjia World Trade Centre in the new Chinese city of Wenzhou has been won by international practice UNStudio. The 500,000 sq m complex comprises 5 towers from 287m to 146m in height stitched together with a meandering network of open green spaces and waterways. Situated on the banks of the Oujiang River... Read more
Young Latvian practice NRJA - which stands for No Rules, Just Architecture - has designed the ultimate home for globetrotters. For those who travel the world, resting for several months in the forested mountains of Montana or lakeside in Scandinavia, this prefabricated eco-home could be a dream come true. Designed by the firm to be 'easily foldable... Read more
3 Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, United States
After a highly-fought contest between two teams - OMA with Tishman, UIA, MVVA, Raymond Jungles and TVS, and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) with West 8, Fentress, JPA and Portman CMC - for the redesign of the Miami Beach Convention Center, it has been announced that the OMA-led team has won. The victorious team goes by the name South... Read more
4 Koç Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey
A Grimshaw-led team including Thornton Thomasetti, Max Fordham, Neill Woodger Acoustics and Jason Bruges has won a competition to design a significant new museum in Istanbul. The Koç Contemporary, a contemporary art museum headed by the Vehbi Koç Foundation, is due to open in 2016 with a... Read more
5 Perth Arena, Perth, Australia
ARM Architecture and CCN have been awarded the George Temple Pool Award for their dramatic Perth Arena project. Completed in November 2012, the building has also been the recipient of the Jeffrey Howlett Award for Public Architecture, an Interior Architecture Award and the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture. With 28,300 sq m of useable space, the Perth Arena moves... Read more
Project of the Week
387 Tamaki Drive, St Heliers by Ian Moore Architects
Five new faces on RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist
The shortlist for the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize has been announced with 5 of the 6 projects designed by architects who have never been nominated for the prize before. The Stirling Prize is presented each year by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.

Alison Brooks is on the shortlist for the second time, having won the 2008 Stirling Prize in partnership with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Macreanor Lavington for the Accordia homes project in Cambridge. Odds released by William Hill show that Niall McLaughlin Architects' Bishop Edward King Chapel is currently the favourite to win with odds of 9/4.

This year's shortlist quells the ongoing argument of the appreciation of women in architecture, with half of the shortlisted firms headed by women. Alison Brooks Architects, Heneghan Peng Architects and Grafton Architects all have women at the helm.

For the first time in years, the Stirling Prize shortlist doesn't feature a London building; the closest is Newhall Be in Essex. The 2013 shortlist schemes are spread far and wide, with two projects in Ireland (University of Limerick Medical School and student housing and the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre) and four buildings on English soil from Astley Castle in Warwickshire to Bishop Edward King Chapel in Oxford.

Angela Brady, RIBA President, said: "The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the building that has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture, and nowhere is the need for fresh-thinking needed more than in housing. The UK is blighted with unimaginative, poor quality houses that people don't want to live in but have little other choice, so I am delighted to see two amazing and highly original housing projects on this year's shortlist.""

"All six shortlisted projects are ground-breaking in their own way - buildings that deliver more than could ever have been expected. Some of them, such as Park Hill and the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre, are genuinely courageous in laying out a new visionary approach. This RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is sending out the clear message that creative vision improves our lives."

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From Elephant & Castle to Preston:
The wars of taste rumble on in the UK
Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines
Architectes win Cite Musicale competition
This is a confusing time for those of us with the capacity to admire things made of concrete. Earlier this month came the pleasing news that Ernö Goldfinger's 1963 office block development in London's Elephant & Castle, now in residential use under the name Metro City Heights, has been Grade II listed. And last week, the recent renovation of Park Hill Estate in Sheffield was
For years an island on the River Seine was home to an industrious Renault factory, churning out cars to a thriving city. In 2005 the manufacturing plant closed for business and a question mark hung over the future of Ile Seguin. It was soon decided that the island was to become a destination for culture and the arts, and in 2001 Tadao Ando won a competition to design the Pinault Foundation Contemporary Art Museum. This was never seen through
shortlisted for the RIBA's Stirling Prize. This huge, bold housing project was completed in 1961, and has regularly been thought doomed ever since. These are two rare good news stories for fans of twentieth-century architecture to cherish - even if they were reported in tones of faint disbelief in the mainstream press. By contrast, much important post-1950 work remains in peril, if it remains at all. A painful case in point, as reported in World Architecture News in April, is BDP's Preston Bus Station... Read more to completion. In 2009, French architect Jean Nouvel was selected to draw up a masterplan for the redevelopment of Ile Seguin with cultural, retail and social elements. Nouvel's leafy, light-rich development was shelved and a new competition was launched years later for a centre for the production and performance of music. It has now been announced that this competition has been won by Shigeru Ban and local practice Jean de Gastines Architectes, whose 36,500 sq m concept is... Read more
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