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26 May 2015
Issue 538
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Eric Owen Moss lands latest creation on top of a parking garage
The Pterodactyl, designed by Eric Owen Moss Architects is an office building with a difference. Built for an advertising agency on the top level of a parking garage, it is one of many new and remodelled buildings in the
creative, regeneration area of Culver City, Los Angeles. Most of the office space is open plan, but
there are also more private spaces for meetings and discussions. One of the unique features is a walkway bridge that allows workers to walk the length of the building. The architect says: “I think the configuration of the building facilitates the energy and enthusiasm of the people who inhabit it.” The parking garage provides the perch for the office, which resembling a prehistoric bird spreading its wings, nestles on the top level, affording sweeping views of the entire city from the downtown area to the mountains, to the Pacific Ocean. The parking structure can hold a capacity of 800 cars on four levels. It is a simple and inexpensive construction: steel frame, metal decks, regular bays, and exit and entry ramps. The 16,663 sq. ft. Pterodactyl building is part of a larger conglomeration of office buildings, the Wedgewood Holly ... read more
Top stories this week
1 Sustainable homes that reflect their surroundings
The DHA complex is exemplary of how to build functional, energy efficient, beautiful and marketable homes. The architects have taken a new approach to designing multi-residential buildings which reflects its landscape and has sustainability at its heart. Designed in a ‘treehouse’ style, the dual-aspect, single-level apartments are suspended over sandstone cuttings and appear to float amongst the... read more
2 A house like no other
The British Turner prize-winning, cross-dressing artist, Grayson Perry, in partnership with FAT Architecture, has undertaken his most ambitious project to date. As part of the writer and philosopher Alain de Botton’s not-for-profit organisation, Living Architecture, Perry has designed a fairy-tale chapel, dedicated to the ordinary Essex woman. The house is located in Wrabness, a non-descript town in the county of Essex on the east coast of England. It is... read more
3 Gottlieb Paludan designs concrete hub of transport
The site of the new Carlsberg train station was once the home of the first Carlsberg Brewery. Now that the Carlsberg production facilities have been moved out of the city, the area is undergoing a transformation into a residential neighbourhood, which will feature private homes, businesses, shops and educational and sporting venues. The new S-train station will be at the heart connecting the district with the rest of... read more
4 A school open to light and the community
Faced with a crumbling school building that was falling apart, The Field School, a highly regarded intermediate school in Weston, Massachusetts known for its progressive curriculum tapped Boston-based Jonathan Levi Architect to design a replacement facility and a new arboretum park. The project presented the opportunity to go beyond designing the single structure and to re-conceive the school’s campus including its interconnections... read more
5 An eco-principled space for working
STGM stuck to their eco-principles and used their creative skills and knowledge to implement strategies necessary to reach LEED-NC Platinum level. Along with sustainability, the comfort and well-being of employees was also of utmost importance. The new minimalist offices comprise two vast open-area workshops, closed offices, conference rooms, and indoor and outdoor meeting and rest areas. The sustainable features include... read more
A new space for an urban community Go with The Flow
The architects’ vision was to create an inspirational and lively place which facilitates the relationship between work and living as well as between public and private life. The Eckwerk complex reflects the nature of its urban surroundings, in particular, the Stadtbahnviadukt, which runs through the centre of Berlin. The base of the Eckwerk aligns with the streets around it, and follows the viaduct upwards in topographic steps. The architects say that they were, “inspired by the materiality and the form language of the viaduct, a place of interaction which goes beyond the building itself is created between the latter and the pedestal in the form of an alley from which the main entrances can be reached and from which public functions can be accessed.” The pedestal elevates... read more
Back in 2004 Lille was named the European capital of culture, but more than 10 years later its cultural venue the Maison Folie was in dire need of an update. Over the years several events and performances had to be cancelled due to lack of space and the changing nature of music and performance. The architects were tasked with turning the building into a place which reflected the young urban culture of the city, and which would be more suited to today’s performances and art. Hip-hop plays a big part with the city’s youth and dedicated recording studios and performing spaces were needed. It also aims to promote and provide a framework for street art and performance. The brick façade of the Maison Folie was conserved, behind which... read more
WAN Asia Awards - View all entries: Residential
London office
construction hits new heights
New up-cycled community
campus pops up in south London
A report that measures the volume of office development taking place across central London has concluded that office construction is up 24% during the past six months to 9.5 million sq ft, fuelled by the greatest volume of new space to start since 2011 The Deloitte London Office Crane Survey was carried out between October 2014 and April 2015. A team of researchers walked every street in central London, including the City, the West End, Docklands and the Southbank, recording all office construction or refurbishment of 10,000 sq ft plus. The survey found that: office construction in central London has risen for the first time in 18 months, 31 new starts have been recorded adding 4.4 million sq ft to the pipeline, growth occurred across all but two central London submarkets... read more
Pop Brixton, a new community campus for startups, small businesses, local entrepreneurs and community organisations is soon to open in south London. This innovative incubator project is designed by Carl Turner Architects, and is being delivered in partnership with Lambeth Council and developer, The Collective. Created from low-cost, low-energy, shipping containers, the design has a focus on sustainability and efficiency. The converted units will create a mini-city, providing much needed flexible studio, retail, office and workshop space in one of London’s most vibrant communities. There will be 65 units – some 20ft long, others 40ft long – which will rent out for between £400 and £2,500 a month. Some organisations will be offered... read more
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