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01 May 2018
Issue 688
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The future of hotels?
WSP’s newly created Design Studio has unveiled a plan for what might just be the world's most futuristic-looking hotel. Brainchild of award-winning architecture practice Innovation Imperative, the eye-catching
modular and sustainable hotel will feature around 42 suites in modular pods, as well as space for art
and design exhibitions and fairs for global nomads and design-lovers alike. An extension of Innovation Imperative’s previous project the Tetra Shed modular office pod, the hotel will be located in a geographically stunning location, aiming to provide a carbon neutral autonomous structure with sustainable agriculture and forest management at its core. Current locations under consideration include Cape Verde, Norway Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Hungary and the UK. The first hotel location is to be revealed this summer with others to come. A team of engineers at WSP is providing multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy services on the Tetra Hotel providing a proof of concept study. Each 19 metre-high pod will feature multiple floors with the top storing a large bed set under a skylight... read more
Top stories this week
1 Zaha Hadid Architects redefine Milan
Generali Tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects is within the CityLife masterplan that has redeveloped Milan’s abandoned trade fair grounds following the fair’s relocation to Rho Pero in 2005. Located above the new Tre Torri station on Line 5 of the city’s metro system, CityLife opens the 90-acre site to year-round public use for the first time; providing new civic spaces, public parks and residential areas, in addition to shopping districts and... read more
2 Two becomes one in Norway...
The Two-in-One House is a calm piece of architecture resting on the steep and dynamic landscape of Ekeberglia. Its slender and rectangular form is manifested at the top of the sloping landscape. From a concrete base, the building grows with a wooden clad body forming relation with the omnipresence of broadleaf trees surrounding the building topped with a light glass structure. In the hills of Høvik municipality, the site features... read more
3 The old and the new combine in Toledo
When the architects started to build this project, they had no idea how it was going to end up looking. This has been a project designed day after day onsite, solving problems, creating an intense teamwork together with the client and the builders. The initial goal was to avoid the collapse of a group of former modest agricultural constructions which were once used as a hayloft, tool rooms, barn for mules, dog pounds, water well, kitchen for the workers... read more
4 Hamonic+Masson create a new view of Angers
The international architecture competition, ‘Imagine Angers’, asked design teams to propose innovative architecture on one of six different sites in Angers, France. Participants included Manuelle Gautrand, Steven Holl, Duncan Lewis, XTU, Sou FUJIMOTO and OXO architects. The Mayor of Angers announced the winners at MIPIM in Cannes. Hamonic+Masson & Associés have revealed their winning project... read more
5 Retail with a cutting
edge in Indonesia
Astra Biz Centre has taken a challenge to propose a showroom complex on the unconventional typology of the site and become the part of the mixed use development in Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD). By taking the concept of an urban gallery, it offers a distinct experience on the junction with innovative operational solutions that integrate with sustainable design principles. Hosting brands such as Toyota, Daihatsu, Isuzu, BMW, Peugeot... read more
WAN Urban Challenge: Shortlist Announced
Make no small plans… WAN focuses on immersive technology
In our latest Shop Talk podcast WAN’s Editor in Chief Michael Hammond talks to New York based architect Andre Kikowski… “We’re doing a new project in China. To get on a plane and emerge in China is so powerful. You realise that the world is as big or as small as we make it and that design has the power to cross borders and transcend time and space.” Commenting on the Hudson Yards development in New York Andre said: “It’s the single largest private development in US history, a staggering amount of square footage. Our client at Hudson Yards said ‘we challenge you to show us something... read more
At World Architecture News we are delighted to announce our first Immersive Technology forum for businesses using immersive technologies specifically within the Built Environment sector. Called the IMBE (Immersive Technology in the Built Environment) the first event is on the 29th of June at Sadler's Wells London. With a leaning towards actual case studies within the industry, speakers are focused on how immersive technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and artificial intelligence have been deployed and used within real businesses... read more
Most read story of the month
Letting 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 houses small office spaces in the four levels, which comprises of a Jewellery showroom on the ground and first floor, also, second floor comprises of Kids Play Area and the third floor is a party hall with an electronic gaming zone. There was Maximum light falling on the facade from the west side where the sunlight starts moving inside the spaces towards the latter half of the day, hence it was necessary to have internal spaces naturally cooler, for the children to play in the evening time. To deal with the high temperatures of the Nagpur city, jalis were considered for the façade treatment of the building. These jalis have been an integral part of the Indian rich cultural heritage, which can be still seen in the ancient wadas and palaces in the city. The blend of these traditional screens (jalis) and geometric shapes, give the whole building a look of modernism with the traditional elements imbibed in it. The concrete screens around the building are supported by a steel framework with projections that vary from 0.3 to 0.9m. This creates an external periphery space for plants at each level that will act... read more
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