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16 February 2016
Issue 575
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Historic Westmoreland steps into the future
The new expansion and major renovation of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in the USA designed by Susan T. Rodriguez/Ennead Architects has launched a new era for the Museum.
Established in 1959, the museum is located in the town of Greensburg, Pennsylvania,
approximately 30 miles from Pittsburgh. The museum is dedicated to American art, with a concentration on art from southwestern Pennsylvania. The expansion is a striking counterpoint to the original neo-Georgian structure, marrying old and new. This architecturally dynamic building underscores the importance of the arts and the Museum’s vital role in the Greensburg community and the region. “We were inspired by the Museum’s conviction that design had the power to fulfill their aspirations for the future — both for the institution and the building,” states Ennead design partner Ms. Rodriguez. “We found their vision, collections and the site to be a compelling context for creating architecture that could strengthen and renew the identity and experience of The Westmoreland.” Ms. Rodriguez led Ennead design... read more
Top stories this week
1 Santiago Calatrava to light up Dubai
Engineer and architect Santiago Calatrava has won an international design competition for a landmark observation tower in Dubai Creek Harbour. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai announced the news earlier this month. Mr. Calatrava’s soaring tower design, one of six proposals submitted by competing firms, is inspired by... read more
2 A clearly developed concept takes shape in Romania
This house, by Razvan Barsan + Partners from Romania has been designed around the concept of transparency as a means of interaction. The envelope of the building consists of wide glass surfaces screened by strong metal elements, hence the name of the building. The robust structural elements define the volumes that form the ensemble. The structure visible from the interior and the exterior becomes a strong feature of the... read more
3 Ehrlich Architects create a theatre for all seasons
The University of California, Irvine, Contemporary Arts Center, designed by Ehrlich Architects is inherently energy efficient and the project has received LEED Platinum certification. The bold strategy places the air conditioned gallery and theatre at the building’s core, wrapped by smaller non-air conditioned spaces. Naturally ventilated spaces make up most of the buildings exterior. These rooms and corridors are wrapped... read more
4 Buchan Group design a new icon for Adelaide
Planning Approval for the $300m expansion of SKYCITY Adelaide was recently granted, paving the way for an enduring and sophisticated development for Adelaide in South Australia. The Buchan Group is working in partnership with SKYCITY to create a truly integrated entertainment complex that will feature a luxury hotel, premium gaming spaces and additional signature restaurant options. The form takes the... read more
5 San Francisco’s affordable housing solution
1180 Fourth Street in San Francisco, by Mithun|Solomon and Kennerly Architecture, is a recently completed mixed-use housing development for low-income and formerly homeless families. It had to hold down a prominent corner at the gateway to Mission Bay South, a full city block located at the acute angle formed by two streets, fronting a park along Mission Creek. To break up the six-storey building’s bulk, the design team of... read more
Skyscrapers could
dwarf London’s historic buildings
Populous touches
down in Jacksonville
The iconic buildings of central London in the UK could soon be dominated by skyscrapers after Westminster city council recently made public its plans to review a cap on tall buildings. So far most of London's skyscrapers have been concentrated in the capital’s financial districts and zones earmarked for development. But now the local authority for the city of Westminster — an area that includes the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park — plans to review its opposition to tall buildings. A Westminster city council spokesman has been quoted as saying: “We will be consulting later this year on our approach to taller buildings in Westminster.” Duncan Wilson is the chief executive of Historic England, the public body... read more
The design for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ amphitheatre, designed by Populous, and the new covered flex field will extend the vitality of EverBank Field, USA, beyond the stadium’s walls. Informed by Jacksonville’s vast network of estuaries and delicate steel bridges which span the St. John’s River, this new River District delivers an icon to the City of Jacksonville. A dynamic roofscape canvases each program, providing the new state-of-the-art facility with a unique architectural expression and form. Long-span steel trusses and an elegant array of cables suspend the structure’s articulated fabric roof providing opportunities for natural ventilation, daylighting and dramatic LED lighting which brings each event space to life. The existing... read more
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Tech Spot #41:
Going underground in Barcelona
Jestico + Whiles
gets the go-ahead in Leeds
On the eve of the Mobile World Congress (12 February), Barcelona Metro inaugurated 15 stations with the commissioning of Barcelona Metro Line 9 linking Zona Universitaria Station with Terminal 1 at El Prat Airport. thyssenkrupp was selected by Infraestructures de la Generalitat de Catalunya to provide and install intelligent vertical and horizontal transportation equipment for the new metro stations. The new line is now one of the most efficient in the world, addressing the mobility of passengers inside the stations with the same care as in-between stations. The Barcelona metro line will be one of the longest underground lines in Europe. With a length of 47.8 kms with 52 stations, Line 9 lines up with Moscow Metro’s Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line 3 (44.3 km), Madrid... read more
Jestico + Whiles, as part of a team led by Carillion, has received unanimous planning consent from Leeds City Council for the Tower Works re-development in Leeds in the UK. The practice won the developer-led Tower Works competition with Carillion in March last year. The former industrial site is located in the Holbeck Urban Village, a Conservation Area featuring several listed buildings, and bordering the Leeds-Liverpool canal. Jestico + Whiles’ design complements the existing buildings from the industrial revolution, especially the three Italianate towers from which the site takes its name. Working closely with Leeds City Council, great care has been taken to develop a masterplan which ensures that the new buildings... read more
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