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29 September 2015
Issue 556
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A question of space and time
The Beijing Air and Space museum is located at the heart of the Beijing Futura City scheme in China. This vast mixed-used development on the outskirts of the city features high-density residential schemes,
cultural attractions and retail outlets. The architects, Hetzel Design, wanted to break away from the
standard city grid formation and introduce meandering boulevards leading to a large central park. This park provides an urban living room for the residents and even indoor gardens during the cold winter months. The Air and Space Museum, which is nearing completion, is a 43,000 sq m facility within the development housing 18 interactive exhibits, three theatres and a children’s astronaut training centre. The museum itself is centrally located but a road separates it from the central park and its many amenities. The obvious solution was to create a footbridge to link the two; but Hetzel Design took a different view – what if the building itself could become a bridge? The project started with some rough sketches to establish the footprint in the available space and this rapidly evolved... read more
Top stories this week
1 Taipei’s 'Timeless' tower
Richard Meier & Partners have released images of the new CDC 55 Timeless Xin-Yi Residential Tower in Taipei, Taiwan. Commissioned as an urban landmark by Continental Development Corporation, the tower rises 127 m and will set a precedent in Taiwan as a private building that dedicates its entire landscape to the public realm. The building is currently under construction and on target to complete the superstructure by the end of... read more
2 Tate Modern opening date set as costs soar
Tate, a family of four art galleries in the UK, announced on 22 September that the new Tate Modern gallery in London will open to the public on 17 June 2016. Created by architects Herzog & de Meuron, it will be one of the most important new cultural buildings to open in the UK for almost 20 years. School children from around the UK will be invited to a special preview on 16 June 2016, a day before the new galleries open... read more
3 Zaha Hadid announced as 2016 Royal Gold Medal winner by RIBA
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced on 24 September that the globally-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid will receive the 2016 Royal Gold Medal. Hadid is the first woman to be awarded the prestigious honour in her own right. Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people... read more
4 Hitting the right note in Illinois
Goettsch Partners (GP), along with Northwestern University in the USA, celebrated the formal dedication of the new Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts on 24 September. The event took place at the university’s Evanston, Illinois campus. Sitting on a prime site fronting Lake Michigan and a new arts green, the building serves as a signature facility. Designed to wrap and connect with Regenstein Hall, the building... read more
5 Chinese curves
The Fairyland Guorui Villa complex of residential units is located in the Miyun Economic & Technical Development Zone One in Beijing, China. The site is situated on a plot where two rivers converge, surrounded by natural scenery and mountain views. In order to take full advantage of the location, the layout of the villas follows an open plan organisation. The public spaces within and adjacent to the complex follow the design philosophy... read more
Foster + Partners
shortlisted in Mars competition
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The dream of colonising a distant planet could be a step closer to reality as a competition organised by America Makes and NASA progresses. Foster + Partners New York’s design for a modular habitat on Mars has been shortlisted amongst 30 finalists for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. The design outlines plans for a settlement on Mars constructed by an array of pre-programmed, semi-autonomous robots prior to the eventual arrival of the astronauts. The design of the habitat – carried out in collaboration with industrial and academic partners – envisions a robust 3D-printed dwelling for up to four astronauts constructed using regolith – the loose soil and rocks found on the surface of Mars. The proposal considers multiple aspects of the project from delivery and... read more
UK Construction Week opens in Birmingham on the 6th October – billed as the biggest ever event in UK Construction – with only a week to go, we talk to Nathan Garnett the Event Director about why it’s important for architects to go. Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make, opens the Birmingham Development Forum at 1230 on Wednesday 7th October on the Main Stage. Ken will be joined on the panel by Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, Liz Peace from the Curzon Regeneration Company and Dan Smythe from BDP architects. Join the WAN AWARDS team on Thursday 8th October for the following UK Construction Week Timber Expo events: 1300 Vandusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre (‘Sustainable Building of... read more
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Waterfront Landscape
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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam has a flat landscape dominated by vertical straight buildings. To engage the city in a different way, FPT University, designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, appears as an undulating forested mountain growing out of the city of concrete and brick. This form creates more greenery than it has destroyed and provides the city with a new icon for sustainability. Currently in progress, the project covers 22,500 sq m with ample green space being dedicated to circulation and gathering. A large courtyard provides space for lectures, events or exchange. From here, a semi-outdoor garden carves through the building and continues onto the roof, covering it with vegetation and creating more opportunity to gather and observe the lush scenery... read more
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