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15 August 2017
Issue 652
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Bamboo raises the roof
Chiangmai Life Architect’s Bamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School combines modern organic design, 21st century engineering and a natural material – bamboo. The design was based on the lotus flower as
Panyaden International School is in Thailand and uses Buddhist teachings to infuse values into its
academic curriculum and teach the underlying mechanisms of the human mind. The brief was to build a hall that should be big enough to hold the projected capacity of 300 students, but still smoothly integrates with the previous earthen and bamboo buildings of the school as well as the natural hilly landscape of the area. It should provide modern sports facilities and use only bamboo to maintain the low carbon footprint. and the “Green School” mission of Panyaden. The hall covers an area of 782 sq m, and hosts futsal, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, as well as a stage that can be lifted automatically. The backdrop of the stage is the front wall of a storage room for sports and drama equipment. On both long sides balconies provide space for parents and other visitors to observe sporting events or shows... read more
Top stories this week
1 TV tower planned
for Istanbul
Construction of Istanbul’s 356m high Küçük Çamlica TV Tower (KCTV), with facades devised by UK building engineering designers Newtecnic, has commenced. When the futuristic building is completed the £36m structure will be the city’s tallest replacing several unsightly existing broadcast towers. As part of its work, Newtecnic developed an innovative facade concept that allows inhabitable spaces to be attached... read more
2 Keeping an eye on
the ocean
One of the projects longlisted for the WAN House of the Year 2017, the Holdener family bought this beautiful property in Costa Rica with two breath-taking views down to the ocean and back into the jungle. Studio Saxe decided to rest the house against the back of the steep hill of the site in order to stabilize the soil and protect the house from falling debris. The house then transitions from a more solid and intimate construction at the back... read more
3 A fruitful enterprise amidst a sea of concrete
Designed by Graham Baba Architects and surrounded by the world’s most high-tech fruit packing warehouses, the 16,500 sq ft Washington Fruit & Produce Co. headquarters is conceived as an oasis amidst a sea of concrete and low-lying brush landscape. Tucked behind landforms and site walls, this courtyard-focused office complex provides a refuge from the noise and activity of the industrial processing yards nearby. Taking... read more
4 A positive addition to
the Green Belt
Designed by HTA, Cane Hill Phase 1 in Coulsdon, south London, celebrates the natural and historic character of a Green Belt site and improves access to surrounding countryside for the existing community to create an exemplar sustainable development for the 21st century. The project has been delivered by a volume housebuilder in close collaboration with the GLA, Croydon council and the local community... read more
5 London's ‘Garden Bridge’ officially scrapped
The Garden Bridge Trust has announced that it is winding up the controversial project due to a lack of support from the mayor of London. In April, Sadiq Khan said he would not provide the financial guarantee needed for planning permission. First proposed in 2013 after a suggestion from actor Joanna Lumley to then mayor Boris Johnson, the free bridge would have enabled millions of Londoners and tourists to enjoy stunning views... read more
Liverpool Waters towers
raise eyebrows at UNESCO
LMN Architects
creates a gateway to education
Liverpool Waters is set to welcome two new towers as planning permission has been granted for Peel Land and Property’s Plaza 1821, being built for the Regenda Group, and Your Housing Group’s Hive City Docks. The new developments will be located at Princes Dock, one of the five neighbourhoods at Liverpool Waters. The announcement confirms 2017 as the most prolific year to date for the £5.5bn Liverpool Waters project with another building, The Lexington, also scheduled for development in the near future. However, Liverpool's docks may have their UNESCO World Heritage status removed following the approval of the high-rise residential blocks. The towers height exceeds that of neighbouring buildings, breaching one of the conditions... read more
The $50 million Jon M. Huntsman Hall at Utah State University’s Huntsman School of Business embodies the next evolution in business school design. The design, a collaboration between lead designers LMN Architects and architects of record GSBS Architects, celebrates the School of Business’ team-based pedagogy which supports a wide range of interactions—student/student, student/instructor, and student/professional—and fosters community with connections to the surrounding campus and landscape beyond. “The Jon M. Huntsman Hall is emblematic of our vision and values and promotes interaction just through its very design,” says Associate Dean Dave Patel. “It is a place for people to be involved with others, for... read more
Most read story of the month
Gaining harmony in the heat
This Residential project is situated in Jaipur city, Rajasthan, India where temperatures exceed 40c for most of the time around the year. This small plot has few residential developments around it. The planning for the habitable units in this small residential building had to be strictly, as per vaastu, which was the basic requirement and necessity from the clients’ sales team, which leaves very little scope for changing the planning inside the layout. This is a single tower building with two flats per floor and being 18 floors high, with each flat having balconies of approx. 200 Sq. Ft. area with flower beds. Owing to the small size of the plot, there was only 600mm available for elevation projections after setback deductions. So considering all the parameters, the architects tried to play with the balcony profiles which are on the northern side of the building. The balconies are twisted and connected with each other at various levels and in different directions. These projected balconies help in reducing the heat gain inside the living and bedrooms. Also, side walls of the twisted balconies help to control the temperature within the balconies as well. The central area of the building which incorporates fins is utilized for services and outdoor units for the building’s AC system. Each apartment is cross ventilated and naturally lit with a corresponding reduction in heat which is the requirement of the location. The project has now been approved by the client and is currently being signed off by the local authority with work commencing in couple... read more
Stanton Williams gets
the go ahead in Milton Keynes
downtown San Diego
Stanton Williams have been awarded planning permission for a new multi-purpose pavilion in Milton Keynes’ Campbell Park in the UK. The new 900 sq m development, for the CMK Town Council and The Parks Trust, will be located between the Events Plateau and Amphitheatre within the park, and will provide a new community space for Milton Keynes, with a community hall and a café. The hall will provide a space for theatre, music and dance. The design will also include accommodation for CMK Town Council, creating a focus to visitor education and tours, and supporting regular community events within the park. Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park is a 100 acre landscape with formal gardens, water features, woodland and open... read more
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s design for the Park & Market development in San Diego, USA, integrates a vibrant mix of public and private uses, including a 34-story residential tower, destination retail venues at street-level, restaurant space, 66,000 sq ft designated for use by UC-San Diego, and below-grade parking for 560 cars. The project also includes work to preserve the historic Remmen Building located on the site, as well as a themed public plaza celebrating the neighbourhood and its history. Particularly noteworthy is the inclusion of the Innovative Cultural and Education Hub, the satellite campus of UC-San Diego, which partnered with Holland Partners in developing the project. Adding to the value of the development... read more
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