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Concrete water pipes create dynamic facades and cosy booths at Melbourne pub
If you're a Melbourne resident you'll almost certainly have heard of the new addition to the Prahran Hotel. A two-storey extension to this boutique hotel with a central leafy courtyard, the defining aspect to this
recently-opened pub is a series of concrete water pipes which arc across the façade, echoing the Art
Deco motifs found in the original hotel building. Designed by local studio Techne Architects, the form incorporates 17.5 water pipes ranging in weight from 2.5 to 7.4 tonnes each. Working with Parkhill Freeman, NSP Geotechnics Pty Ltd and BRT Consulting Engineers, the architects designed a dynamic and characterful façade for this new watering hole that feeds into the interior space, forming a series of cosy seating booths and entertainment spaces. It took 9 riggers 11 days to install the 17.5 custom-made pipes as you can see from this short video. The result is a collection of beautiful circular window seats with views across the streetscape and wider Melbourne skyline. Each upholstered leather booth seats 2, 6 or 12 people, cradled in a cosy concrete pipe lined... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Cayan Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai has welcomed another record-breaking tower this week as the Cayan Tower (formerly Infinity Tower) was inaugurated by its developer, Saudi Arabia-based Cayan Investment & Development. Cayan Tower is a 75-storey, 307m-high residential structure which is set apart by a 90 degree shift of its floorplates between the base and top... Read more
2 Garden Bridge, London United Kingdom
With the wobbles of the Foster inspired Millennium bridge firmly behind them, Arup have carried out the engineering on another Thames crossing, this time a Thomas Heatherwick, post-Olympic creation. The Highline-esque pedestrian garden bridge which spans the River Thames from Temple to the Southbank has been has been... Read more
3 Swallow's Nest, Taichung, Taiwan
Vincent Callebaut Architectures has shared their competition entry for the Taichung City Cultural Center/Public Library and Fine Arts Museum. The twisting, sculptural form encompasses 62,720 sq m and is a bold submission for a competition run by the Taichung City Government. Entitled 'Swallow's Nest', the concept design... Read more
4 KONE UltraRope(TM)
At the beginning of this week, KONE announced the newest technology for high-rise elevator technology which is predicted to break current limitations within the industry. The new KONE UltraRope (TM) will enable elevators to travel to heights of 1 kilometer in the future - twice the distance currently possible. KONE UltraRope (TM) is an entirely new take on hoisting technology... Read more
5 Hotel by the Pier, Santa Monica, United States
Beautifully drawn, colourful images have been recently unveiled by The Jerde Partnership which illustrate preliminary designs for a new hotel development in the heart of Santa Monica, California. The current site is home to the Wyndham Hotel and the architects have aimed to create a design which will enhance the local community through... Read more
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International experts meet in London to discuss the future of building tall
Last week the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) hosted its annual conference under the shadow of The Shard with the theme Height and Heritage. Drawing on London's offbeat blend of historical spires and glittering glass towers, the CTUBH invited a host of exceptional speakers to give presentations of their work and join panel debates to discuss the merits and pitfalls of building tall in London.

The three-day event was held in The Brewery, a former Whitbread Brewery turned entertainment venue in East London, and offered networking events at the Royal Courts of Justice, The Gherkin and Renzo Piano's The Shard, alongside tours of some of London's tallest towers including the 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), 20 Fenchurch (The Walkie Talkie) and the Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater) which tops out today.

One of the main talking points of the conference came from a landmark announcement on Monday morning from elevator and escalator manufacturer KONE who revealed UltraRope™, a carbon fibre rope system which will enable elevators to travel to heights of 1km. The ramifications of this groundbreaking technology for the tall building industry were reinforced by KONE's Head of Technology Johannes de Jong in the Emergent Tall Technologies session the following day.

Bold statements flew from room to room with the specialists opening frank debates about the future of the skyscraper. In the Tall Buildings as Heritage session, Structural Engineering Partner at SOM William Baker confessed that 'there are a tremendous number of bad tall buildings', while CEO and Managing Director of Kingdom Real Estate Talal Al Maiman revealed his 'sympathy' for architects, explaining: "They believe they are the owners of what they create but really the developers are the ones that own it. They pay for it."

Al Maiman's frank account of a developer's hand in tall building made a lasting impression on the delegates, many discussing his definition of an 'iconic' building during the following networking and breakout sessions. When queried on the difference between 'iconic' and 'heritage', Al Maiman determined: "Once you build heritage you can never replace it. The Eiffel Tower is Paris. You could build the tallest building in the world in the city but it would always be in Paris."

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New look for World
Architecture Day 2013
Improving building performance
and occupant health & well being
World Architecture Day is back and this year has a bold new look. Following last year's success in London, World Architecture Day 2013: New York will be packed full of exciting tours of architectural gems, inspirational workshops and the centrepiece to the summit: a fascinating day of speeches, forums and discussions. This year's theme: Towards eight billion; Housing the next generation will explore a selection of the most innovative
There is no doubt that sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable technology will be major drivers in the future direction of the UK construction industry, which is partly about reducing carbon emissions and our impact on the environment, partly about reducing dependency on fossil fuels and partly about developing a workable infrastructure for future low energy building solutions. However, one area still appears to be
housing solutions from around the world. In partnership with the AIANY, the day will be a fusion of familiar names from Richard Meier, Daniel Libeskind and Craig Dykers, to firms such as FXFOWLE, NBBJ, Arup and Grimshaw. The re-launch of the WAD website comes alongside the announcement of a 25% Super Early Bird discount (valid until July 03). Register now to book your place alongside global design leaders and discuss crucial boundary-pushing initiatives from around the world... Read more overlooked in the desire to achieve low/zero carbon building solutions, and that is the quality of the indoor environment which has a direct effect on our health and well being. In the EU today, we spend 90% of our time indoors, in buildings where we consume over 40% of the total energy use. In addition, up to 30% of the current building stock does not contribute to nor provide a healthy indoor climate. Therefore, looking into a future perspective of how we construct and renovate buildings, it is necessary to consider... Read more
Portland 2 Portland charity
riders breeze in to the Windy City
On 27 April, a group of riders, led by Peter Murray, Chairman of NLA: London's Centre for the Built Environment, set off on the Portland 2 Portland ride. They are to cover 4,500 miles from Portland, Oregon to Portland Place, London. They have been working their way across the American northwest through sunshine, rain and in the case of South Dakota, strong persistent headwinds sweeping the entire state. And now they have finally reached Chicago for a couple of rest days via Minneapolis.

By the time they had reached Minneapolis, the intrepid riders had cycled 2,227 miles, spent 229 hours in the saddle and burnt 80,390 calories each. In the larger conurbations, local campaign groups have been keen to show the British riders around and demonstrate how the transportation authorities in various cities deal with the bicycle on their streets.

One of the main reasons for the ride is carry out a research project where the team shall be comparing infrastructure and facilities across the cities they encounter, firstly as a desktop study based on completed policies, plans and strategies. However, it is one thing to read documents and try and guess what a city is like on a bicycle based on Google Streetview. It's quite something else to actually
experience it.

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