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01 December 2015
Issue 565
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SANAA wins in Budapest
Another world class public building will be constructed in the Hungarian capital Budapest within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project. Based on the submitted competitive projects and the negotiations held in the
past few months with architecture studios, the New National Gallery will be built in the Vársoliget
City Park according to the design by SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) architects studio. The new, state-of-the-art museum will satisfy 21st-century requirements and it is planned that its doors will open in summer 2019. Last October Városliget Zrt. announced a restricted international design competition for the building of the New National Gallery – Ludwig Museum. This April the jury of Hungarian and international experts ranked two of the nine submitted projects that fulfilled the competition requirements in first place. According to the jury’s decision the competitive projects of SANAA and Snøhetta both represent architecturally outstanding value and are of a world class standard both in their approach to the museum collection and to visitor needs. In the months that... read more
Top stories this week
1 Sydney Tower
gets the go ahead
The City of Sydney in Australia, has granted final development approval for the new Quay Quarter Tower, designed by 3XN Architects. The project is the most ambitious building designed by a Danish architect in the city since Utzon’s famed Opera House. In April 2014, the firm won an international competition, conducted by the client AMP Capital in cooperation with the City of Sydney Design Excellence competition... read more
2 Bystrup wins
Thames Bridge competition
Danish firm Bystrup has been selected to design a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Thames in London UK. The Bystrup-led team, which also includes London architecture studio Robin Snell & Partners, has been recommended as the winner of the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge competition, ahead of architects including Amanda Levete and Hopkins. The full team includes Bystrup, Robin Snell & Partners, Sven... read more
3 A Montreal school
in a class of its own
Montreal grew rapidly during the first half of the 20th century and keeping pace was the construction of neighbourhood schools, often designed by well-known architects of the time. A decade ago, a major revamping program was launched by the Montreal School Board (CSDM) to deal with the serious need of upgrading their building stock. One of the first schools targeted for upgrade and expansion... read more
4 Conran and Partners rise to the challenge in Japan
Won in limited competition against a list of international architects Conran and Partners has led this significant project, Tokyo's single largest development in the last 10 years, since 2004. The scheme, located on the south-west edge of the city alongside the Tama River, comprises a total of 400,000 sq m of retail, office, leisure and residential building, as well as a new city park. The first phase of the project, launched in... read more
5 Atkins cuts the
ribbon in China
The Seaton Plaza, Atkins’ first mixed-use development in Chengdu, China, has opened for business alongside the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Hilton Chengdu hotel on 20 November 2015. Ms Wang Jie, president of LH Group, said at the ceremony for the five-star luxury hotel, “Atkins is well known for its portfolio of high profile buildings worldwide, including the Burj Al Arab which has become a landmark for Dubai. With... read more
Will Alsop to create a beacon for Vauxhall The smell of concrete in the morning
Will Alsop’s practice aLL Design have submitted planning permission for a 1,735 sq m residential building with a highly unusual silhouette in Vauxhall, London. Branded ‘The Beacon’, its eye-catching appearance will announce Newport Street on south London’s skyline, and the building will contribute significantly to the on-going regeneration of this fast changing area. Newport Street is home to the celebrated Newport Street Gallery, recently opened by Damien Hirst. The Beaconsfield gallery is also a locally established gallery and both are bringing life to a previously neglected part of south London. The area is fast becoming a creative hub with the redevelopment of railway arches into shops and a contemporary music school. Consequently, a key element of... read more
The new Arnhem Station in the Netherlands officially opened on 19 November and as a result after 19 years the transformation of this area is now complete. Since 1996 UNStudio has collaborated with Arup to achieve an integrated design with distinctive architectural and technical concepts for the masterplan, public transport terminal and underground parking. Our recent guest on Shop Talk was co-founder of UNStudio who designed the station. It has built a sound reputation for original design, encompassing everything from furniture, through schools, offices, concert halls to infrastructure projects. We are delighted to welcome Ben van Berkel who takes us back to the very beginning… and the smell of concrete... read more
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Tech Spot #31: Beginning to see the light WAN reports from CTBUH conference
A new method of delivering data that uses the visible spectrum rather than radio waves is set to revolutionise the way we use the internet. Li-fi uses ordinary LED lights to transmit data wirelessly around the home. A microchip is fixed to a LED lightbulb, causing it to flicker millions of times a second. This in turn creates a rapid stream of binary code that is invisible to the human eye. Li-fi can deliver internet access 100 times faster than traditional wi-fi, offering speeds of up to 1Gbps (gigabit per second). It requires a light source, such as a standard LED bulb, an internet connection and a photo detector. It was recently tested by Estonian firm Velmenni, in Tallinn who used a li-fi-enabled light bulb to transmit data at speeds of 1Gbps. Laboratory tests have shown... read more
Recently the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) held its annual conference in the heart of New York’s Midtown Manhattan district. The event took place at the Grand Hyatt New York, just a stone's throw away from famous Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center and Empire State Building. At a busy event 1,200 delegates gathered with many of the world’s leading architects, engineers, developers, academics and other leading professionals from the tall building industry in attendance. The theme of this year’s two day conference was “Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City”. CTBUH chose New York for its evident involvement in the resurgence of skyscraper construction. Indeed, several new typologies... read more
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