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Issue 445
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Shades of gold, frankincense & myrrh
dress Christ Worship Centre in British Columbia
The doors are now open to the glorious 36,000 sq ft Christ Worship Centre in Surrey, British Columbia. Designed by Acton Ostry Architects, the Centre is the first in a two-phase project which will also see the
erection of a small chapel and large sanctuary on the plot, which borders a picturesque field, forest and creek. Defining the otherwise muted religious structure are sheets of coloured glass in the hues
of gold, frankincense and myrrh, casting magnificent tinted shadows across the interior spaces. These can be found in the double-height lobby and a large cross-shaped window, with coloured patterns cascading across the public spaces. Acton Ostry Architects says of the lobby: "This double-height space is both a threshold and a soaring circulation crossroad where one feels as if they are wading through ether. In classical antiquity, ether was thought to be the fifth element of nature; the quintessential 'Living Garment of God' weaved in light unchanging and eternal." To provide a blank canvas for these vivid hues to take centre stage, the remaining palette of materials has been kept as neutral as possible. Buff concrete block, concrete, clear glass and Jerusalem stone have been used throughout the 36,000 sq ft Christ Worship Centre with interiors sporting maple panelling and polished concrete flooring to reflect the coloured glow. Alongside the feature lobby this first phase of the project... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks, Tai Po District, Hong Kong
This 187.5m-high structure by Javier Ponce Architects (JAPA) has been awarded a Citation in the FuturArc Prize 2013. The concept addresses issues of land use in China and suggests a series of lightweight, flexible structures for vertical farming, keeping China at the forefront of the agricultural industry. JAPA explains... Read more
2 UChicago Residence Hall & Dining Commons, Chicago, United States
Designs have been released for a new Dining Commons and Student Residence for the University of Chicago by Studio Gang with Mortenson Construction. The pair of new facilities will replace the current Pierce Tower and Dining Commons and provide accommodation for approximately 800 undergraduates... Read more
3 Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, Australia
Originally completed in 1909, Flinders Street Station is a much-loved railway station in Melbourne. The first station that stood on the site was opened in 1854 with a single platform which welcomed the first steam train journey in Australia. As passenger demands increased, Melbourne Terminus underwent a series of redevelopments... Read more
4 The Temple House, Chengdu, China
China's Sichuan Province will witness a meeting of Chinese heritage and contemporary flair when The Temple House, designed by Make, opens in Chengdu in the fourth quarter of 2014. The third House from Swire Hotels, The Temple House, features a contemporary interpretation of traditional Chinese design by Make. The hotel is a part of the Chengdu... Read more
5 Faena House, Miami, United States
With the announcement of the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist last week, the architecture world reconsidered the concept of 'streets in the sky' through the Park Hill redevelopment in Sheffield. The original Park Hill scheme sported a system of wide communal channels which, despite attempts to foster community, succumbed to a wave of crime... Read more
Project of the week
Arverne East by McGregor Coxall
Sanjay Puri: Create meaningful, contextual,
responsive architecture - do not merely follows trends
Sanjay Puri Architects is one of the leading young architecture practices based in Mumbai whose work has gained international recognition. The practice is led by Sanjay Puri whose work across India has received several national and international awards. WAN's Mumbai Correspondent Pallavi Shrivasatava had a chance to speak to him about his practice, origins and his recently concluded project Bombay Arts Society in Bandra, Mumbai.

Growing up, which architects did you look up to both nationally and internationally and why? What kind of architectural philosophies have you tried to emulate and are there any specific bodies of work that have given you great inspiration?

The kinds of works that are inspiring are the ones that are exploratory creating a completely different architectural language in terms of the ways their spaces are perceived. The Jewish Museum in Berlin by Daniel Libeskind, The Cinema centre in Dresden by Coop Himmelblau, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and The Stata Centre in MIT, Boston both by Frank O. Gehry are some of the most inspiring works of architecture I have experienced.

In total contrast to these relatively new projects, the old towns of Budva & Kotor and the Sveti Stefan island in Montenegro, each of them built 600 years ago and still being used today were very inspiring to me because of their organic character and the delightfully surprising spaces they possess.

In India, Fatehpur Sikri and the older parts of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur in Rajasthan too are amazing to experience as a series of interesting spaces built many many years ago and yet with such a sense of contextual response.

Sanjay Puri Architects is one of the leading homegrown young architecture practices and your work has gained global recognition. Can you share a little bit about your journey as an architect; how it began, leading to its current form and where you see the studio moving in next 10 years with respect to projects, growth and firm's philosophy...

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Construction of 'world's tallest tower'
halted despite groundbreaking last week
Does effective architecture
boost office productivity?
Construction is not yet underway on one of the most highly-publicised building projects in recent years amid safety fears and a lack of necessary building permits it has emerged. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Sky City scheme in Changsha just days ago but reports have now surfaced that the necessary legal procedures have not been carried out and construction has therefore been stalled.
With the Buro Happold Effectiveness in Architecture Award currently open, we set out to discover which architectural trends affect the commercial sector at office level. The days of individual offices are over, with open plan 'non-territorial' workplaces the modern norm. Early birds claim the most coveted 'hot desks' in compressed, more economic workspaces. But is this conducive to productivity?
Chinese state publication Global Times reported that the developers behind the project - Broad Sustainable Building - are yet to obtain the correct permits and that construction has therefore been 'suspended' until these are achieved. Local news resource Xinhua reported that it had received a statement on Friday which confirmed that 'nine domestic construction experts have carried out a series of examinations on the project, including its structure and quake resistances'. The 838m tower has been designed by... Read more There is no shortage of reports on the negative impact of open-plan offices. Studies show that noise and lack of privacy increase stress and disruption. This is often severe, with some 54% of workers citing the acoustic environment of their offices as an obstacle to efficient work. Indeed, noisy colleagues are a main gripe in the office, with studies showing that the inclusion of background noises such as sneezing, eating or loud phone calls causes efficiency to diminish by 10-20%. Loudness is not... Read more
RTC Europe
Yet another BIM conference?
Over the last 18 months we have seen a major uptake and interest in BIM, or building information modelling. What is BIM? Well I would suggest that there is no clear definition of what BIM actually is, as it means different things to different people within the AEC space. However, I have always believed that 'BIM is a collaborative way of working underpinned by new technology and processes'. All those involved within the AEC industry will benefit from its implementation.

In the UK, the growth & development of BIM has much to do with the UK Government's requirement of the adoption of BIM on all publically procured projects by 2016. It has been recognised for a long time that inefficiencies in the design & construction process has been costing the UK tax payer millions of pounds each year. When you realise that construction makes up a major part of the UK economy, around 7% of GDP or £110 billion per annum of expenditure, these are big sums of money.

Then factor in that 40% of this construction work is public sector, with central government being the largest customer. In May 2011 the UK government published its construction strategy, with a goal to achieve 20% efficiencies using various methodologies & approaches. This report announced the government's intention to require collaborative BIM, referred to as level 2 BIM; with all project and asset information, documentation & data being electronic on all projects by 2016...

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