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World's largest solar powered hospital opens in Haiti
A life-altering new scheme 30 miles north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti has completed as a result of a charitable collaboration of over 150 organisations including the American Red Cross, Artists for Haiti and
the GE Foundation, overseen by Partners In Health. Hopital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM) is
a 205,000 sq ft, 300-bed facility that runs entirely on energy generated from 1,800 rooftop solar panels. These panels draw on the strong Haitian sunlight to create energy for the hospital and any excess generated is passed on to the local community, strengthening its existing infrastructure. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010 in which over 220,000 people lost their lives, the Haitian Ministry of Health requested that Partners In Health and its sister organisation Zanmi Lasante expand on existing plans for a minor community hospital. The project quickly gained momentum and over 150 organisations joined the cause. Architects working on the project include Ann Clark Architects, Copley Wolff Design Group and Nicholas Clark Architects Ltd. Co-founder of Partners In Health Paul Farmer... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Green Valley, Shanghai, China
Three years ago Shanghai hosted one of the most extravagant expos in history. The 2010 Shanghai Expo at the former industrial dockyards secured the city's position as one of the leaders in the architecture and design world as countries from all over the world went above and beyond to rise to the challenge of creating magnificent... Read more
2 Seoul Recycle Plaza, Seoul, South Korea
Samoo Architects & Engineers has won the design competition for Seoul Recycle Plaza with the design concept of 'Story Box', which aims to promote recycling of goods and the creation of a hub for gathering, processing, and re-marketing of recycled goods. Located in the heart of Seoul, the Seoul Recycle Plaza is designed as a 5-storey... Read more
3 The Green School, Kfar Saba, Israel
Designed by Knafo Klimor Architects, The Green School in Kfar Saba, Israel is a shining example of sustainable school design. The recently completed building not only educates first-sixth grade students on the basic curriculum but teaches them about the importance of green energy and a sustainable lifestyle. Throughout... Read more
4 Kubic Extension, Palma, Majorca, Spain
GRAS Arquitectos has completed a major home extension to a private residence in Palma, Majorca. It was decided at an early stage that the new volumes were to contrast drastically with the existing building which is a classic white form with balconies and arching porches. A series of Corten steel boxes have been slotted onto this... Read more
5 Handal House, Halle an der Saale, Germany
Designed by Gerhards & Gluecker, the permanent exhibition space at Handel House for Georg Friedrich Handel is located in the talented composer's hometown of Halle an der Saale. This gleaming space has been created using the acrylic stone HI-MACS in the tone Arctic White, with a range of artistic attributes inspired by the life... Read more
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Exclusive Review: CetraRuddy's Walker Tower
As downtown buildings go, the former New York Telephone building on West 18th Street in the Chelsea neigbourhood of New York doesn't have immediate street appeal unless you're a person with an eye for detail and you can appreciate the imposing block long building's muscular design and art deco styling. But many have seen its virtues, especially those looking to live in a prewar building with tonnes of character and Empire State
Building views which is why the luxury residences at the newly refashioned Walker Tower are selling like hotcakes to a tony crowd of tastemakers and A-listers who are paying record prices to live there. On Monday the press got a first peek at the legendary Walker Tower, including the model unit (pictured here) and the duplex penthouse unit featuring 360 degree city and river views that the Wall Street Journal reported could fetch a cool $98 million.

Designed by Ralph Thomas Walker, The Walker Tower is a 24 storey building in the heart of Chelsea that is being transformed to luxury condominiums by JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group with CetraRuddy Architects. When completed, the building will house 47 luxury condominium residences that incorporate the building's original design details and include all the conveniences of modern upscale residential living.

But the priceless amenity here are the protected 360 degree views of Manhattan that are unique to the building since it was built before height limits were enacted and is one of the few buildings in the area that rises high above its surroundings.

The residences, which range from one to five bedroom units and are priced between $4.5 and 50 million, have a loft like feel with 18' ceilings, large rooms and floor to ceiling windows. More than half of the residences have private terraces and 11 units have wood-burning fireplaces. All of the units have an abundance of luxury appointments such as radiant floor heating, French herringbone oak flooring, Smallbone kitchens, marble bathrooms with Waterworks fixtures and steam showers. The building amenities too are numerous and include a 24-hour doorman, concierge, library lounge with pantry and bar, children's playroom, fitness center with yoga room, sauna, and a landscaped common roof deck with a dining area, sun lawn, observation deck and covered cabana room.

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Interview: Chris Wilkinson,
Chris Brandon and Tim Lloyd
DS+R, SOM, SHoP & H3 Hardy
Collaboration Architecture at Penn Station
In 1545, Henry VIII's glorious warship the Mary Rose sank in the Solent (the strait between the English mainland coast and the Isle of Wight) while leading an attack on the French fleet. To this day it is still not understood exactly what caused her to sink. The Mary Rose lay on the sea bed for centuries until, in 1836, she was discovered by a group of fishermen and in the 1980s brought back to the surface by the Mary Rose Trust. On 31 May 2013, a £27m museum designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will and Ramboll opened to hordes of visitors eager to learn more about this historic ship and its
This week at TimesCenter in midtown Manhattan, four of the city's top design firms presented visions of what New York's Penn Station could become. The four firms were invited by the Municipal Arts Society to participate in an exercise that would give the public a taste of what a world class transit hub in New York might look like. Participating were Diller Scofidio + Renfro, SOM, SHoP, and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, the latter of which stepped in at the last minute after Santiago Calatrava withdrew. As part of the exercise participants had to find a new home for Madison Square Garden,
many tales of battle and victory. This Tudor-era time capsule houses several thousand artefacts recovered from the depths of the Solent which give an incredible level of insight into the daily workings of a carrack-style ship from the 16th century, however the age of these delicate objects presented a number of challenges to the design team in terms of preservation and presentation. World Architecture News spoke to three key designers... Read more New York's famed arena, which sits atop the current Penn Station. All four teams chose to relocate the arena elsewhere. Two placed it nearby whilst the other two teams placed it farther west and closer to the water. But it was the transit hub that drew the 'oohs' and 'ahhs' from the crowd. New York is the largest city in the world but sadly it has been without a proper transit hub since 1963 when the storied train shed designed by... Read more
Inspired by Nature: Goethean Science Building at the Life Science Trust
In the introduction to his seminal book Consensus Design (Architectural Press 2003) architect Christopher Day describes his working relationship with Dr. Margaret Colquhoun: "Her process was one of science: getting to understand a place - effectively to understand the past that has formed it. Through this we could learn what the place is - its 'character' (genus loci). My half was concerned with what will be there in the future; the creative realm of art. How the new - usually a building - can best fit into a place. Working with her, I learnt how science and art, understanding and creation, past and future, place and project need each other."

The result of this collaboration has over the past 15 years resulted in a series of remarkable buildings at the Life Science Trust, Pishwanton, in East Lothian, UK. Not all the proposals in the master plan have been constructed but the latest, the Goethean Science Building, is an exemplar for the philosophy described above and provides a methodology for designing on any site regardless of its location and characteristics. This building, and its predecessors, stand in stark contrast to the results of most contemporary architectural practice: it was built almost entirely without the use of power tools, it contains virtually no cement or plastic, it has no power or mains water, and it took nearly 5 years to construct using a high percentage of volunteer labour with no main contractor involved.

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