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10 November 2015
Issue 562
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At one with the surroundings
This restaurant extension in Madalena is situated far out in the Atlantic Ocean on the island of Pico in the Azores, Portugal. The architects, FCC Arquitectura, have made use of local materials including cryptomeria
for the wooden exterior and basalt which is the dark volcanic rock of the region. The building is the
result of a regenerative transformation and expansion of a small pre-existing structure that had been abandoned for many years. The walls, roof and door frames have been restored, preserving the essential features of the original construction. The interiors were redesigned, shaped to their new roles, and made compatible with current legal requirements. The new volume is a contemporary creation, exposed to a completely different language. It is an organic, dynamic construction that contrasts with the classical language of the building where it is embedded. The design is defined by great plasticity, both in terms of forms and materials, and is markedly inspired by the natural environment around the site. Several features of that environment are present in the architecture of the building, including... read more
Top stories this week
1 The economics of
supertall buildings
Cutting edge built environment technologies, rapid urbanisation and visionary developers have led to buildings becoming taller and taller. The 828m supertall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was the defining tall building project for many years. However, this title will soon be eclipsed by many other planned tall buildings, such as the 850m Sky City in China and the 1001m Kingdom Tower in Jeddah... read more
2 UK Pavilion creates a buzz at the 2015 Milan Expo
The UK Pavilion has been awarded the BIE Gold Award for Architecture and Landscape at the 2015 Milan Expo. The announcement was made during a packed ceremony on 30th October - the eve of the concluding day of the six month international exhibition. During this period the Pavilion has welcomed 3.3m visitors positioning it as the top paid British attraction worldwide in 2015, and within the top ten UK attractions in 2015... read more
3 A new wave of Paris
Metro stations
The Grand Paris Express is part of the Grand Paris project announced in 2007 to develop Greater Paris into a sustainable metropolitan area. The 205km rapid transit network is located in the Ile-de-France region in France. The project involves construction of four new automatic metro lines around Paris and expansion of two existing lines of Paris Metro, with the aim of providing direct connectivity between suburban... read more
4 Lighting up the
Sanctuary in Singapore
The Sanctuary at Geylang is the latest development to join ONG&ONG’s line-up of 360° Solution projects. This freehold, 21-unit residential building in Geylang, Singapore is a boutique condominium that provides convenient access to nearby amenities, such as food centres and transportation lines. Despite the relatively narrow plot on which the development sits, the eight-storey structure makes efficient use... read more
5 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners wins in Taiwan
British architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) have won a competition to design the new Terminal 3 building at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The scheme will deliver a new terminal building, boarding gates, concourses and a multi-function building, along with transport infrastructure. The practice, working alongside Taiwan engineering firm CECI, saw off competition from Foster + Partners and... read more
Top names to attend
WAN Business Briefing
Centre court
This Thursday leading architects will be gathering in London for an exclusive market briefing; Is the Bubble About to Burst? Three concise presentations on the health of the construction markets in Asia, Middle East and the UK will be followed by Q and A. The Session will be hosted by Malcolm Reading. This World Architecture News Business Briefing examines the current volatile market conditions in China, their future trajectory and their likely repercussions from an architect’s perspective: current construction market conditions and the implications for the architecture industry within various global markets. Representatives from the following firms are already attending; AECOM, Aedas/RHWL, Alinea, AHMM, ARUP, Aukett Swanke... read more
IJburg is a new district to the east of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. On its six artificial islands, 18,000 homes will eventually be built for 45,000 residents. There are many initiatives to attract people to the area, such as the newly formed IJburg Tennis Club which currently has 1100 members, 10 clay courts and a tennis school. The new club house will be the centre of the club’s activities. The zoning for the area allowed space for a tennis club, but a building could not be built quickly enough, and so the courts were made and a temporary facility installed. MVRDV’s design will now fill this gap with an iconically functional building which provides both a viewing platform and a club overlooking the water. The aim of the club is to be as... read more
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Following the completion of the landmark terminal at Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Azerbaijan, a new hard-wearing surface was selected for the outdoor flooring at the main entrance. Overseeing the flooring and the interior design throughout the terminal was Instanbul-based design firm, Autoban. The concept was inspired by traditional Azerbaijan hospitality, and the desire to make travelling through the airport as enjoyable as possible for passengers. The new terminal building is characterised by its unusual triangular shape with rounded edges, designed to reflect the Azerbaijan Airlines’ logo; a reference which is repeated throughout the premises and influenced the design of the outdoor flooring. Autoban envisioned an eye-catching pattern created with... read more
The WAN AWARDS are a truly unique international architectural awards programme. A total of 22 categories are represented throughout the year and every two months areas as diverse as Adaptive Reuse, Transport, Performing Spaces and Waterfront Architecture are judged by our extensive panel of top international experts. The judging panels themselves create a passionate and thought-provoking debate and for a project to make it through this rigorous process and come out on top is a true test of its creative quality and credibility. You only have to look at some of the thoughts of previous winners and shortlisted entrants to see how much it means to them and practices: Alex Korter, Senior Associate at CO Architects after winning the... read more
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