NEWS REVIEW
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Issue 425
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OMA to masterplan 10 sq km live/work Airport City in Doha
Run by Rem Koolhaas, OMA is a highly respected practice which has made a name for itself with quirky designs such as the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing and Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taiwan.
The firm currently has studios in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing and Hong Kong, with plans to form
a new office in Doha where they have just been announced as winners of an international competition for a 10 sq km live/work development for 200,000 people. The project will support HOK's Hamad International Airport (HIA) which is nearing completion and is destined to welcome 28 million passengers into Doha each year. This 6.46 million sq ft airport incorporates a public mosque, two 100-room luxurious hotels, a health spa, 3,450-car garage and 3 central utility plants. It will comprise 41 contact gates and 20 remote-stand gates when opened for business in the next few months. To ensure the smooth operation of this impressive new infrastructure, OMA and engineers WSP have been brought onboard to masterplan Airport City, a series of four districts which will... Read more
Top stories this week
1 JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Archgroup Consultants-designed JW Marriott Marquis Dubai hotel has now opened for business in the United Arab Emirates. At 355m in height, the opulent business hotel holds the title of the tallest hotel in the world although international provider of building data Emporis has released a report which highlights the Ritz-Carlton... Read more
2 The Changsha Meixi Lake International Culture & Arts Centre, Changsha, China
A new 115,000 sq m Zaha Hadid Architects project is currently under construction in the Chinese city of Changsa. The Changsha Meixi Lake International Culture & Arts Centre project was selected as the winning proposal with four other architectural firms submitting proposals for the scheme. Containing a 'unique variety of civic... Read more
3 DAMAC Towers by Paramount, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Paramount Pictures, a name synonymous with glossy Hollywood movies and action-packed thrillers, has announced its first foray into the world of architecture. Partnering with luxury real-estate developers DAMAC Properties and Paramount Hotel & Resorts (the official licensee of Paramount)... Read more
4 Agora Garden, Taipei, Taiwan
Agora Garden, an inhabited and cultivated vertical garden in the Xinyin District of Taipei, is currently under construction. A competition for the project was won by Vincent Callebaut Architectures in 2010 with a design inspired by two encircling hands clasped together and the helical structure of DNA. Once completed... Read more
5 Maggie's Hong Kong, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
A cancer support centre designed by the architect Frank Gehry will be officially opened this Thursday (7 March) in Hong Kong. The project, called Maggie's Hong Kong, is one of 14 such centres built on the grounds of specialist cancer hospitals and the opening will mark the first completed Maggie's Centre outside of the United Kingdom... Read more
Project of the Week: Universidade Agostinho Neto, Luanda
Video interview: How do Jason Bruges Studio design their interactive installations?
Over the past months, WAN has undertaken a series of interviews with architects, designers, engineers and manufacturers around the world to discover how different industry professionals are utilising Autodesk software in the design of their building projects. This week, Sian Disson met Sam Hoey at Jason Bruges Studio to find out how this quirky design practice uses software such as AutoCAD to create their interactive public art installations.

Jason Bruges Studio is an eclectic design studio based in Old Street, London. Formed in 2002, this funky young practice now boasts a plethora of engaging installations and artworks across the world for high profile clients such as Channel 4, Guinness and O2. The firm is sought out for its inventive ways of connecting people with their environment and their growing team of creative architects, lighting designers, electrical engineers and industrial designers continue to conjure up ingenious ways of capturing the attention of the public and transforming their perception of everyday scenarios.

In our interview last week, Jason Bruges Studio's Sam Hoey took us on a tour of the firm's in-house workshop and presented a number of models which represent past projects such as Mimosa for Phillips Lumiblade at the Milan Furniture Fair 2010, a series of OLEDs which, inspired by the Mimosa family of plants, fold into delicate petals as visitors move closer to the installation. Hoey uses three specific case studies to explain the practice's project-specific approach to design: Platform 5 at Sunderland Station; Digital Fountain; and the Tridel-commissioned public artwork in Toronto.

Sunderland Station in the North East of England is the location for the first of these case studies. The underground railway station has a disused platform without tracks - a prime opportunity for a public installation. Transport operators for the North East, Nexus, invited Jason Bruges Studio to create an artwork at the underground station and the team responded with a 144m-long virtual platform which brings this abandoned space to life. A 3m-tall glass block wall has been transformed into a low-resolution video matrix which shows shadows of passengers where they used to stand, waiting for trains that will never come.

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WAN Film Review:
Designing for Champions
World Cities Network film:
Redevelopment at Kings Cross
The architects behind some of the London 2012 Olympics' most high-profile buildings and structures have spoken out for the first time in a video about the inspiration behind and public reaction to the projects. The video 'Designing for Champions' focuses on the London 2012 Velodrome, Beatbox, the Basketball Arena, Acoustic Stage and the Cauldron and was
After a decade of careful planning Argent, the property development company, have now completed the first phase of Kings Cross which is now open to the public. The area which was once a void area in the heart of London is now in the process of becoming home to 50 new buildings, 2,000 new homes, 20 new streets and 10 new
sponsored by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and New London Architecture (NLA). The release of the film marks the lifting of a banning order by the UK government which prevented many architects and engineers from promoting and marketing their Olympic designs and extensive campaigning... Read more public squares. 67 acres of land is being redeveloped for the 45,000 people who live, work and study in the area. David Partridge, Managing Partner at Argent, met with CEO of World Cities Network, Brian Kilkelly, to explain what has inspired Argent in the redevelopment of Kings Cross and the challenges they have faced.... Read more
Aecom: Friend or Foe?
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Henning Larsen Architects
It's a well-known phrase from wartime movies, a challenge sent out into the darkness to an unknown visitor. On the day of my interview with David Glover, Global Chief Executive, Building Engineering, it wasn't dark and the identity of the US behemoth Aecom is well known to us all in the industry, but the grey London skies were suitably ominous and the
It's always great when the dots start to join up, seeing a picture build before your eyes. Henning Larsen Architects first hit the WAN radar in 2010 when their dramatic Der Spiegel HQ in Hamburg was shortlisted for the WAN AWARDS Commercial Buildings Future Projects category. So when the headline Henning Larsen Architects, COBE
intentions of the giant corporation are perceived as threatening to many architecture firms. Ironically set in the same week that the British architectural press were celebrating the collapse of talks between Aecom and NBS, Aecom themselves were celebrating a Coup d'état, having just won the prestigious Serpentine pavilion contract from under the noses of Arup who had been engineers behind all the previous 12 pavilions. It also seemed fitting that the Aecom building in which the interview was... Read more and SLA have won the international design competition for the European Spallation Source (ESS), in Lund, Sweden popped up on WAN, a cheer went up from our WAN Business Information team as they had supplied the Danish firm with the tender opportunity. Publishing some 50 global tenders every day, our service is often referred to as architecture's best kept secret. Like a fantastic undiscovered sandy bay, our winners naturally want to keep the location secret but every now and then we're delighted... Read more
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