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27 October 2015
Issue 560
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MVRDV’s flower building blooms in Shanghai
The first building in MVRDV’s masterplan for Shanghai Hongqiao Airport in China, a flower shaped landmark offering 15,000 sq m of Grade A offices, combines a strong identity with rental flexibility. The
45,000 sq m plot on the edge of Shanghai’s Honqiao airport will include a total of nine further
MVRDV-designed office buildings atop an Aedas-designed underground shopping centre, and will be completed in early 2016. The Flower Building will receive a three star Green Building Label, the best energy performance rating available in China, and was designed by MVRDV for Sincere Property Group. MVRDV won a competition for the area’s architectural design and masterplanning in 2013 against two other teams. The site of the urban masterplan sits adjacent to the hi-speed train station and fourth busiest airport in mainland China, Shanghai Honqiao. It will create a more intimate form of urban life with pedestrian streets and plazas in an area dominated by large boulevards and high-speed expressways. The first energy-efficient office building in the masterplan is now complete, with a further nine... read more
Top stories this week
1 WilkinsonEyre to design Melbourne Tower
Crown Resorts Limited and Schiavello Group, announced on 22 October that British architects, WilkinsonEyre had won the contest to design the Queensbridge Hotel Tower and precinct in Melbourne, Australia. Crown and Schiavello conducted a global design competition which resulted in five architecture firms being shortlisted – WilkinsonEyre, Bates Smart, Hassell, Foster+Partners and Jean Nouvel. The competition... read more
2 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expanded
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced on 22 October that a thoroughly transformed SFMOMA will open to the public on 14 May, 2016. Designed by the internationally acclaimed architecture firm Snøhetta, it will offer nearly three times the previous exhibition space, featuring 260 works from the Fisher Collection. There will also be a first showing of more than 600 artworks promised to the museum... read more
3 Zaha Hadid Architects’ Azerbaijani cultural centre
As part of the former Soviet Union, the urbanism and architecture of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan on the Western coast of the Caspian Sea, was heavily influenced by the planning of that era. Since its independence in 1991, Azerbaijan has invested heavily in modernising and developing Baku’s infrastructure and architecture, departing from its legacy of normative Soviet Modernism. Zaha Hadid Architects was appointed... read more
4 An exercise in simplicity
Xixi, a national wetland park located on the outskirts of Hangzhou, in China, is a built landscape and natural environment, which has been shaped by man for over a thousand years. The omnipresent relationship between landscape, architecture, and water is key to the atmosphere in Xixi. This atmosphere has been integrated into a new development of apartments. The buildings, designed by David Chipperfield Architects... read more
5 London’s Battersea location powers ahead
Plans have been unveiled for a new luxury hotel scheme next to the remodelled Battersea Power Station in London, UK. Lifestyle hotel operator art’otel is to become part of the £8bn project which will boast a stunning skyline swimming pool and bar overlooking the iconic chimneys. The 160-room property will be developed by Battersea Power Station and managed by Park Plaza parent PPHE Hotel Group. art’otel London... read more
Paris gets a metallic edge CTBUH tracks New York’s tall buildings
On 117 rue de Ménilmontant in one of Paris’s busy northern neighbourhoods, VIB Architecture took possession of a long and narrow plot to construct and rehabilitate several buildings for a mixed-use program: a residence with 89 student housing units and a nursery for 66 children. Belleville, located on one of the two main hills of Paris, is characterised by its heterogeneous architecture, with buildings from various periods, with different heights and various programs. The apartments are located on the street and rise to the 7th floor, while the childcare centre is located around a quiet and sunny courtyard at the back of the development. The existing building links the two programs together. The front building is itself fragmented and split in two. The first... read more
New research from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has employed data to develop graphic features showing the progression of tall building development in New York City, USA. The study highlights shifting trends in the neighbourhoods where tall buildings are sited and analyses the purposes that these buildings serve. It also draws connections to the historical contexts that have impacted these projects and, in doing so, shows how they have significantly shaped the modern metropolis. This new 'Tall Buildings in Numbers' study offers insights on tall building construction in New York City over more than a century through several interactive features. The color-coded Map of Skyscrapers in New York City Region 1906-2018... read more
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Tech Spot #26: A masterclass in timber A theatre with many functions
The Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) is an international membership organisation dedicated to inspiring and informing best practice design, specification and use of wood in the built environment and related fields. It provides independent, authoritative design and technical guidance through its website, on-line software, printed publications, e-books, and a telephone helpline. This year TRADA ran its second National Student Design Competition called ‘Airspeed’. Students from schools of architecture & engineering have been working to design a timber aircraft hangar for the Yorkshire Air Museum in the UK. The building had to be sympathetic to its surroundings and link to an existing hangar. Commenting on the entries for the competition... read more
Located in the Laurentian Mountains, 250 kms northwest of Montreal, in Canada, Mont-Laurier is a small town where the forest industry still plays a central role despite a declining demand for timber. The site of the theatre, designed by Les architectes FABG, is on the southern embankment of the Lievre River between the cathedral and the public school. The guidelines of the architectural competition initiated by a local non-profit society stressed the need for a multipurpose hall able to accommodate traditional performing arts events and offering a series of other configurations for cabarets, banquets, corporate events, and trade shows. The capacity of the hall is variable from 700 to 270 seats in order to accommodate comedy shows... read more
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