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10 April 2018
Issue 685
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A tower with a twist
According to Eric Owen Moss Architects, the designers of this unique project in California, “A preliminary study model made from a square pile of note paper, described the concept for a tower which was not
quite a regular box, nor a clear, spatial departure from the regular box. Rather the model suggests a
conceptually soft geometry, or better, a twisted tower.” Located in Culver City, the tower twists along its height – rotates slightly, both clockwise at the top and counterclockwise toward the bottom. The plan shape and size is maintained as the tower volume pivots. The curvature of the form is conveyed by the horizontal and vertical steel plate grid that frames the glass enclosure. As the curvature increases, the spacing between plates is decreased to maintain the planar glass panel subdivision. The proposed glazing system is composed of horizontal and vertical ‘fins.’ Glazing components were never curved, so the outer curving surfaces are conveyed as the aggregate of the plate steel fins. This new structure will serve as the home of an exclusive restaurant. The internal structural frame closely follows the exterior... read more
Top stories this week
1 Zeel Architects
let the light in
Situated on a small plot of 16. x 30.2m and having an even smaller usable floor plate of about 13.2 x 21.6m, this small building stands out from the neighbourhood, due to the geometric envelope containing it. Located in the city of Nagpur in India, which has a tropical and dry climate with average temperatures ranging from 40c to 48c, the heat needs to be reduced or restricted from entering into the habitable spaces. The building... read more
2 A new dawn
for Zhujiajiao
The site of Dawn Bridge, designed by MVRDV, lies between the old town of Zhujiajiao in China and new residential developments, between the existing crossings of the Fangsheng Bridge (a landmark since 1571) and the Qingpu Bridge (a low-key modern road bridge). Given that the bridge should establish a relation with the historical and calm surrounding, the height of construction is kept intentionally... read more
3 Studio RHE to transform The Gramophone Works
The redevelopment of The Gramophone Works by Studio RHE will see the currently dilapidated two storeys Art Deco structure restored and transformed into five storeys of offices, studios, a public café and roof garden made from an exposed timber CLT structure and large glazed elevations. The public café enjoys a timber-decked terrace looking onto the waterway, creating a lively meeting point for both the creative industry and the local... read more
4 Atelier Urban Face creates a theatre of light and shadow
Built on one of Montreal’s most beloved landmarks and urban family escapes, Mount Royal Park, the kiosks are both a poetic and practical response the surroundings. And through their specific uses and architecture, the kiosks appear to tell us a story – one that has been told for countless generations. Following the spirit of F.L. Olsmtead creation, the uniqueness of each individual kiosk is the result of their integration into the park... read more
5 When a house becomes a village
Commenting on their residential project in Austria, ‘bungalow k’, PASCHINGER ARCHITEKTEN said: “With an atrium and a swimming pool as a focal point, the individual houses on this project are situated in such a way that makes generous room-high glazing as well as privacy simultaneously possible. Each home defines its own outdoor area through orientation and covered terraces, each with its own character arising from the open... read more
Saying goodbye to bins... A lakeside retreat...
London is set to become home to one of the largest automated waste collection systems (AWCS) in Europe after Barking Riverside Limited, a joint venture between London & Quadrant (L&Q) and the Mayor of London, selected Envac to handle the waste of almost 10,000 homes at Barking Riverside London. The move will see up to 460 Envac waste inlets installed instead of the 19,000 traditional bins that would have been required had AWCS not been selected – a reduction of almost 98% in containers. Two waste fractions, residual and mixed recycling, will be collected via the waste inlets, which will be conveniently situated near people’s homes. Once the inlets are full, or at pre-programmed emptying times, fans located at the collection station create... read more
Designed by Bourgeois/Lechasseur architects, L’Accostée House is located in the Adstock area, on the shores of Lac St-François in Canada. The clients have lived on this beautiful site for a few years and enjoy aquatic activities on the lake. Since their original house was in poor condition and becoming too small for their growing family, they decided to rebuild while preserving the natural surroundings and keeping the open space on the edge of the lake. They wanted a warm, friendly house that would respect the environment and open onto the lake. The original foundations were kept to provide a large storage area. A terrace with spa was built on top of the old house footprint, with wide stairs leading to the lake. This architectural... read more
Most read story of the month
‘Agritecture’ points the way forward
The developer Bouygues Immobilier group, always looking to reinvent itself, has teamed up with the Vincent Callebaut Architectures agency to develop a biophilic project focused smart building that combines plants and advanced renewable energies. This “Arboricole” developed by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Bouygues Immobilier and the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) was among the five finalists for the Gambetta site during the international competition “Imagine Angers” organized by Christophe Béchu, mayor of Angers. The favorite of the local press and acclaimed in the first place by the public vote, it was unfortunately not retained. Angers has distinguished itself through its specialization in the field of plants: Végépolys is the leading European horticultural competitiveness cluster, while the city is also home to the headquarters of the Community Plant Variety Office. The design aims to integrate biodiversity into the process of creating this ecosystem-like project. This process improves the well-being of city dwellers and the energy-conserving, increasingly urbanized city. Living in an apartment at the heart of a vertical nourishing forest reminds us of our childhood dream. The dream of building tree huts to live better in symbiosis with ecosystems. The word "Agritecture" is a neologism, defining a new urban discipline mixing AGRIculture and archiTECTURE at the heart of our cities. Arboricole is not an inert building, but a living architecture, whose sinuous balconies... read more
Reinventing our Cities Updating Mexico City
With the deadline for the Reinventing Cities submissions extended to 31st May, we catch up with Kirsten Dunlop, CEO of Climate KIC in Holland and Stefano Boeri the Milan architect successfully pioneering vertical city forests in Italy... read more
As architects, ARCHETONIC are inspired to make the most of the pre-existing infrastructure of Mexico city. This led them to design U125, which recycles a house located in Lomas de Chapultepec and was originally built... read more
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