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03 April 2018
Issue 684
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Twelve get set for take off in Russia
London-based Twelve Architects has secured Novy Urengoy Airport in Russia following the announcement that Airports of the Regions, part of the Renova Group one of Russia’s leading private business conglomerates, has
agreed with Yamelo Nenets Regional Government a concession to redevelop and operate the Airport.
The new airport is an integral part of the ongoing regeneration of Russia’s airport infrastructure. Novy Urengoy is situated next to one of the world’s largest gas fields and the airport will serve the city and the regional oil and gas industry. The external form and interiors take inspiration from a ‘chum’, a temporary tent structure used by the Uralic reindeer herders of north-western Siberia where the airport is situated. The baggage handling facility occupies a building separate from the main terminal but linked by a conveyor system. This enhances future flexibility and allows views from the arrivals area and check in through to the departures. Matt Cartwright, CoFounder at Twelve Architects said: “We are delighted that the investment agreement has been signed and we can move forward into... read more
Top stories this week
1 Foster + Partners create a sanctuary for the Biennale
For the first time in its history, the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 will feature Pavilions of the Holy See representing the Vatican City. Curated by Francesco Dal Co, the concept takes the form of 10 temporary chapels, each designed by a different architect. Foster + Partners, in partnership with Tecno, will build one of the chapels located in a wooded area at one end of the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The starting... read more
2 'A Tasteful Place’ opens
up in Dallas
The Charlotte and Donald Test Pavilion is a 3,700 sq ft multi-function space located at “A Tasteful Place” in the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society. The facility overlooks a 3.5 acre garden filled with fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. A demonstration kitchen in the pavilion serves as a site for cooking classes, demonstrations, educational programs and special events for adults and children. The Test Pavilion is situated at the southern... read more
3 Steven Holl’s ‘pavilion on the park’ begins to take shape
On 27 March, in Lancaster USA, Franklin & Marshall College and Steven Holl Architects celebrated the groundbreaking for the new Susan & Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center, which will dramatically enhance F&M’s academic program and contribute to Lancaster’s vibrant arts culture. The new Winter Visual Arts Center will facilitate the creation of art and the study of visual culture in spaces designed to foster creativity... read more
4 Collaboration is the key in Sydney
CHROFI is collaborating with Architectus and JMD Design on the design of the new Harbord Diggers Precinct Redevelopment on the Freshwater headland, Sydney, Australia. Selected through a design competition, the winning concept responds to the local character of the area and takes advantage of the site’s panoramic views. The design opens the site to the public providing a network of through site links. The diverse range... read more
5 OMA’s LA pavilion
plans unveiled
The Wilshire Boulevard Temple has released OMA’s design for the Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Designed by Shohei Shigematsu, the new addition to the Erika J. Glazer Family Campus will serve as a multi-purpose gathering place, forging new connections within the existing campus and creating a new urban presence to engage Los Angeles. Shohei Shigematsu commented, “We wanted to focus on communicating the energy... read more
A polycentric
future for our cities?
WAN Urban Challenge Competition:
Deadline Extended
In a fascinating live link-up between Australia and the UK at the NLA in London on 22.3.18 two panels of experts examined how London and Sydney are aiming to become polycentric cities. Audiences of professionals from engineering, transport, architecture and construction gathered to listen... read more
Due to such a fantastic level of interest in this competition, WAN's Urban Challenge, Reclaiming the Streets will be open for one more week, until Monday 09 April. So there is still time left to enter either concepts or case studies for your vision of the streets of the future... read more
Most read story of the month
Zaha Hadid Architects add to the neighbourhood
Photographers Hufton+Crow have documented 520 West 28th, Zaha Hadid Architects’ first project in New York City. There is a powerful urban dynamic between the streets of New York and the High Line, a layered civic realm that has developed over generations and in many iterations. 520 West 28th conveys this contextual relationship, applying new ideas and concepts to create the latest evolution of the site’s rich history. The split levels of the design define varied living spaces and echoes the multiple layers of civic space on 28th Street and the High Line. These split levels are expressed within the interlocking chevrons of 520 West 28th’s hand-crafted steel façade which carries the spirit of Chelsea’s industrial past; its detailed workmanship continues the venerable tradition within New York’s historic architecture of enhancing the public realm. Designed and constructed with a practiced understanding of material qualities and manufacturing techniques, the façade conveys the attention to detail evident throughout 520 West 28th—brushed and tinted by hand to resonate with the adjacent structures of the High Line and its neighbourhood. The 11-storey 520 West 28th houses 39 residences with 11-foot coffered ceilings, tailored interiors that incorporate Boffi kitchens by Zaha Hadid Design, and integrated technologies including automated valet... read more
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