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22 September 2015
Issue 555
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LA’s latest addition
Five years in the making, The Broad is designed by world-renowned architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. The new contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles, USA,
was officially opened on 21.9.15. Eighty-two-year-old housing tycoon turned serial philanthropist Eli
Broad has spent the last three decades breathing life into the long neglected core of LA, USA. His latest gift to the city is this 120,000 sq ft, building that features two floors of gallery space to showcase the Broad’s comprehensive collection and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library. The museum is home to the nearly 2,000 works of art, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. Broad sees the new museum as, “the cultural crown of the downtown area of LA. With the opening of the Broad, LA has become without question the contemporary art capital of the world.” Situated just over the road from Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall this area of Grand Avenue has been redeveloped with great style. A striking concrete box perforated with... read more
Top stories this week
1 Hawkins\Brown's timber masterclass
Hawkins\Brown has completed 49 new homes on Wenlock Road in Hackney, London, UK, for Regal Homes. The £10m Cube building, located at 17 – 21 Wenlock Road, has a unique timber/steel hybrid structure and is the tallest building to use structural cross-laminated timber in Europe, with its ten stories reaching a total height of 33ms. The 6,750 sq m scheme, for which Regal Homes won the London Evening... read more
2 Full steam ahead at Birmingham New Street
The redeveloped Birmingham New Street station, in the UK, opened its doors to passengers on 20 September after a five-year, £750m transformation. Boasting an iconic new atrium over a huge passenger concourse - five times the size of London Euston’s - the station has been rebuilt while trains continued to run as normal for the 170,000 passengers a day who use it. With brighter, de-cluttered platforms, improved entrances, a... read more
3 A Canadian oasis
Located in the heart of Old Montreal, Canada, at the Port of the Saint-Lawrence River, Bota Bota spa, is a major tourist attraction. The port context is rich in history and has a unique character in Montreal. The site is surrounded by water, vegetation and massive grain silos. MU Architecture was commissioned to design an oasis of relaxation in this exceptional place, a little heaven in the heart of the city. It is between the boat-spa, the river and the... read more
4 Foster + Partners to bring Droneports to Africa
Lord Foster has launched proposals for the Droneport project in Africa to support cargo drone routes capable of delivering urgent and precious supplies to remote areas on a massive scale. The project is a collaboration between Redline partners led by Afrotech, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL); the Norman Foster Foundation; and Foster + Partners. Cargo drone routes have utility wherever there... read more
5 Construction starts in Singapore on Early Years International School
This milestone scheme in the field of pre-school education will deliver a multicultural educational facility for over 2,000 pupils and 400 support staff in Singapore. Bogle Architects have developed an architectural and educational vision that will provide a rich learning environment for pupils, parents, and staff. The design responds to the challenge of making a very large building, of over 50,000 sq m, feel... read more
A house with clear influences A splash of Russian colour
Opened in 2014, the Iguatemi Glass House in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a Mies van der Rohe-inspired structure featuring a combination of Brazilian modernist furniture and international design pieces. Carlos Jereissati, CEO of Iguatemi, one of the largest, full service companies in Brazil’s shopping centre sector, will use the home to entertain Iguatemi’s VIP clients and international guests. It will also play host to fashion shows, talks and workshops, establishing a synergy between the brands Iguatemi carries and their clients. The design of the house was conceived by the architectural firm Morettin Andrade Architects, comprised by Principal Architects Vinicius Andrade and Marcelo Morettin. The architects have received awards in various competitions in Brazil and abroad.... read more
This 15 storey Class A office design project is located off of Leningradsky Prospect in the North West of Moscow, Russia. It was designed by Aukett Swanke for a leading Russian developer client specifically seeking international architectural and interior design expertise. The site is one of the best new opportunities in the city for business park type developments due to its prominent location and relatively good access to the city centre. The building has a staggered main facade providing more dramatic proportions for the principal access frontage and creating priority views over central Moscow. There are two executive floors at the top, with a state of the art reception lobby, retail and dining facilities at ground level. The main façade... read more
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Housing decision-makers across the UK can explore the affordable, energy-efficient, quick to build volumetric housing solutions brought to market by Üserhuus AG and Tigh Grian Ltd at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford. The world renowned BRE Innovation Park, created in 2005 to trial, test and demonstrate low and zero carbon homes and buildings of the future is now host to two new housing units. These demonstrate the ultimate in super-efficient, factory-finished, configurable dwellings built to the Scottish Building Regulation Gold Standard, with one unit having a completely building-integrated photovoltaic roof. At the heart of the project is the volumetric unit, comprising a single-bed apartment or a combination of units forming houses... read more
Alphabeta by Studio RHE offers a dynamic and adaptable workplace on the intersection between Shoreditch and the City of London, in the UK. It has successfully attracted media and technology companies alongside financial sector tenants. The £48m retrofit of three separate buildings, originally built between 1910-30 and consolidated into Triton Court in the 1980s, involved a complete refurbishment and rooftop extension of the premises. The project increased the net internal area by 17% to create 22,300sq m (240,000sq ft) of accommodation that rethinks the typical City of London office format. Studio RHE’s design redefines the concept of the workplace through its offering of extensive shared work and social space. Key to this is the... read more
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