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22 December 2015
Issue 568
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Thinking outside the box
Architect Mark Foster Gage was commissioned to design a 21st century, supertall, luxury building, which, he said, would aesthetically add to New York City, USA rather than merely occupy a place in it.
The 102-storey tower, proposed in the heart of Manhattan will feature a carved stone façade
and eye-catching glimmers of bronze. Residents will also be treated to sweeping views of Central Park and the city skyline. Each unit has its own unique figurally carved façade and balconies that frame particular features of the surrounding urban and natural landscapes. The building is draped in a façade of limestone-tinted concrete panels with hydroformed sheet-bronze details and brass-tinted alloy structural extrusion enclosures. The 64th floor features a sky-lobby with exclusive retail stores, a two-storey high ballroom for events, and a 4-star restaurant all of which have access to four massive cantilevered balconies that offer an awe-inspiring event and dining experience unique to the city of New York. The mammoth residential tower has been described as what might happen if ... read more
Top stories this week
1 Vattanac Capital moves on up in Phnom Penh
Vattanac Capital is Phnom Penh in Cambodia’s most prestigious commercial address. Located near the railway station as part of a planned urban spine with a row of new towers, this mixed-use development comprises a 38-storey, 187.3-metre tower housing Grade A office space and a world-class 5 star hotel sitting atop a shopping centre podium. Tower 2 is a life style cube which has cinema, fitness, forecourt floor and medical... read more
2 MAD Architects complete Harbin Opera House
MAD Architects have unveiled the completed Harbin Opera House, located in the Northern Chinese city of Harbin. In 2010, MAD won the international open competition for Harbin Cultural Island, a master plan for an opera house, a cultural centre, and the surrounding wetland landscape along Harbin’s Songhua River. The sinuous opera house is the focal point of the Cultural Island, occupying a building area of approximately... read more
3 Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow opens
The Museum of Tomorrow, an innovative cultural space addressing the future of the planet designed by architect, engineer and artist Santiago Calatrava, will open this week in the Puerto Maravilha neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "The city of Rio de Janeiro is setting an example to the world of how to recover quality urban spaces through drastic intervention and the creation of cultural facilities such as the Museum of Tomorrow... read more
4 Heatherwick wins planning for King's Cross project
Thomas Heatherwick has won planning for his £100m retail complex and piazza at King’s Cross in London, UK, which will transform three derelict coal drops into 10,000 sq m of shops, restaurants, galleries and bars. The green light has been given by Camden Council for the brand-new development. Coal Drops Yard, next to the Regent’s Canal, the Gasholders apartments and Granary Square, will offer an exciting array... read more
5 Stockholm’s new school of architecture
This site on the Royal Institute of Technology campus in Stockholm, Sweden, with its physical limitations, could be described as the opposite of a blank slate. The new school designed by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter is inserted into a courtyard space with existing pathways. It is located adjacent to Erik Lallerstedt’s original and quite monumental brick buildings from the early twentieth century. Based on the logic of a free... read more
Bill Gates makes his mark on Microsoft HQ Paddington set to be transformed
Microsoft employees have a new metal-clad headquarters in Denmark, designed by Henning Larsen Architects which has been based on a paper written by the company's founder Bill Gates. The 18,000 sq m facility called ‘Microsoft Domicile’ is located in the city of Lyngby and was designed by the Copenhagen firm to bring together two previously separate units of the organisation under the same roof. The building comprises two conjoined blocks intended as a reference to this unity and clad in angular metal profiles. The two blocks, six and seven storeys respectively, are united by a large atrium that hosts meeting spaces and a lobby – part of Microsoft's vision of an 'open and inviting environment' for its employees. "The planning of the building stems from... read more
Great Western Developments Ltd and its development partner Sellar Property Group has submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the former Royal Mail sorting office at 31 London Street, adjacent to Paddington Station in London, UK. The proposed development has been designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and will dramatically transform this part of London. It is proposed that the development will be known as Paddington Place. The multi-use scheme will deliver over an acre of new public realm. It will include a well-designed elegant piazza, transforming the area and creating a true sense of ‘place’. The centrepiece will be a new landmark for London, a crystal light-reflecting tower set to become a major marker... read more
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A new frontier for architecture
Mark Burry:
A man on a mission
40 years on from the first moon landing, architecture in Space is entering a new era. Over the last decade, there has been a fundamental shift in the Space industry from short-term pioneering expeditions to long-term planning for colonisation, and new ventures such as Space tourism. Architects are now involved in designing the interiors of long-term habitable structures in Space, such as the International Space Station. They are also researching advanced robotic fabrication technologies for building structures on the Moon and Mars, envisioning new 'space yachts' for the super-rich, and building new facilities, such as the Virgin Galactic 'Spaceport America' in New Mexico. The mystique of Space remains as alluring as ever, as high-profile designers... read more
In an exclusive ShopTalk interview to be broadcast on Sunday 27 December, Prof Mark Burry, the architect responsible for the completion of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, reveals the very latest developments in this epic architectural saga… The story of the world’s most controversial basilica started 133 years ago when Antoni Gaudí took on the mantle of architect. Its history is mired with tragedy and setbacks, firstly the death of the destitute Gaudí under a tram 44 years into the build, and then the violent destruction of his models and drawings in the first year of the Spanish Civil War. But, in the meantime, here is a small taster in which Prof Burry explains how ‘extraordinary things happen’… Click Here to Subscribe to Shoptalk Podcasts.
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