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17 April 2018
Issue 686
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Pure and simple
Skorba is a small village in the vicinity of Ptuj, Slovenia's oldest town. Once a typical village with a clustered settlement pattern, the passage of years and the proximity of the city caused it to grow out
of turn, transforming it into a commuter suburb without a clear structure. The organic growth resulted
in a markedly heterogeneous development organised along the access roads, with no public surface layout and without a clearly legible village centre. Consequently, the first consideration following the decision to erect a village chapel was how to use this opportunity to also lay out a central event and socialising space for the villagers. The site for the new village centre was carefully chosen: the plot once contained the village stream source, and this is also the point where the one river terrace bank rises upwards to the other one. The village centre is sited close to the community centre building, at the crossroads of the main paths through the village. In discussing the new village centre Skorba, it is remarkable that the entire project, from the initial idea to completion, was driven... read more
Top stories this week
1 AS+GG head for the heights in Miami
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) have unveiled their design for the Una Residences, a new 47-story condominium tower, designed for OKO Group, in Miami’s South Brickell neighbourhood. Once completed, Una will have spectacular views of Florida’s coastline including Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island, and the Biscayne Islands. The tower will be an iconic new vision that will help reinvent South Brickell... read more
2 Between the earth
and the air...
As part of the Inhabits program at Milan Design Week 2018, the agrAir project by Piuarch outlines the elements which will hopefully be valued for living in the future - lightness, luminosity, careful use of resources, dissolution of contrasts between interiors and outdoors, between natural and artificial spaces – in a balanced relationship between earth and air. These ideas will also be repeated on the rooftop garden of Piuarch’s office... read more
3 Conserving the past, updating the future
This house extension and refurbishment by Architecture for London transforms a Victorian terraced property in a conservation area. The brief was to create open plan spaces with an improved relationship to the garden, and a kitchen that could be enjoyed as a social space. The original kitchen was dark, and had a very low ceiling height of just over two metres. Works included the demolition of the poor quality conservatory and... read more
4 MVRDV connect the sea and the land in Holland
Den Helder is located on the northernmost point of Holland and is home to the country’s main naval base. The city’s unique location and heritage have made it a viewing point for the Marsdiep, North and Wadden Sea. MVRDV were selected as winners by Zeestad, an independent organisation in partnership with the municipality of Den Helder in the international competition to create a new symbol for the city to help it develop... read more
5 Architecture with a cutting edge
The Parisian practice Barrault Pressacco recently completed a social housing project in massive stone. The operation articulates an environmental approach to design whilst echoing the Hausmannian building tradition that characterises the French capital. The use of this natural material equally contributes to the sense of wellbeing and comfort that permeate the project. The site is located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris... read more
Science and technology
leads the way in Melbourne
“Time is out of joint”
an interview with Daniel Libeskind
The new Geoff Handbury Science and Technology Hub at Melbourne Grammar School, is a simple, singular sculptural structure. It produces compelling imagery that alludes to the scientific and technological investigations taking place within. The School’s brief was to create a unique kind of science and technology centre; a facility that will support staff and students today and into the future. The building is sympathetic to the campus heritage and identity, contributing to the ‘Bluestone Campus’ character in both form and colour. It also maintains definition of the existing neighbourhood streetscape, in a calm and quite way with a gently curving corner and ends. Separated from the central campus built form, the building, located on the south east corner... read more
ime, Space and Existence. No architect embodies these ideas with greater aplomb than Daniel Libeskind. Working in the spaces of memory, his buildings sketch out disjunctures in the timeline. A new Daniel Libeskind project has been announced in preparation for the ECC’s ‘Time - Space - Existence’ exhibition at Palazzo Mora, Palazzo Bembo, and Giardini Marinaressa during the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennial. In anticipation of this new work, the latest Time - Space - Existence video has been launched featuring the seminal architect. A new architectural sculpture, Facing Gaia, will be located in the 1,600 sq m Giardini Marinaressa, adjacent to the Giardini. Reminiscent of ancient forms, the project explores the connections... read more
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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 delivering this project. Like our other airport projects in Russia, the design of the building is heavily influenced by local conditions and culture, drawing inspiration from the huge variety found within the country.” Twelve Architects recently completed Platov Airport in Rostov on Don, one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Platov Airport. The practice is currently working on two further airport projects... read more
get the go-ahead in Wakefield
Goettsch Partners
reach the summit in Suzhou
An Arts-led regeneration of Grade II Listed textile mills in Wakefield, UK will deliver a 130,000 sq ft development that will include studio space for artists, designers and musicians; digital and tech industries; artisan craft and makers; studios and commercial space; retail; restaurants; event and gallery space, education and a hotel. HawkinsBrown has won detailed planning and listed building consent for the 130,000 sq ft masterplan to regenerate a complex of grade II listed Victorian Mill Buildings on the River Calder in Wakefield on behalf of City & Provincial Properties Investments Ltd. Sited next to the world-renowned Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, Rutland Mills will form a critical new phase in the Wakefield Waterfront masterplan, bringing new coherence to the area... read more
The opening of The Summit development in Suzhou, China, late last year marked the completion of the two-building mixed-use complex, designed by architecture firm Goettsch Partners (GP) and developed by Tishman Speyer. The 150,060 sq m complex is the first major collaboration between GP and the leading international real estate company. The project encompasses a two-parcel development connected by a free-span conditioned bridge over Suhua Road, Suzhou’s ceremonial boulevard and main axis for commercial development. The 16-storey building on the north parcel consists of a four-story, 21,000 sq m retail podium with 12 floors of office space totaling 19,560 sq m above. On the south parcel, a 39-story... read more
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