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07 August 2018
Issue 701
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MAD mirrors the mountains in China
Yabuli, in Northeastern China, is known for its rugged terrain and frigid temperatures, particularly its snow-capped mountains and innocent snowfields. It is also home to annual summits hosted by the China
Entrepreneur Forum (CEF) – an internationally known economic platform considered to be the ‘Davos
of Asia’. Celebrating and fostering the innovation and forward thinking of China’s entrepreneurial community and premier business leaders, the CEF is currently comprised of 74 members, including: Ding Liguo (Delong), Chen Dongsheng (Taikang), Tian Yuan, Jack Ma (Alibaba), Robin Li (Baidu), and Lei Jun (Xiaomi). In 2017, the CEF decided to construct a permanent venue for itself, and commissioned MAD Architects led by Ma Yansong, to design a building that embodies and showcases the ambitions, ideologies and forward critical thinking of CEF members, and the greater entrepreneurial industry in China. Cited along the axis of a mountain, MAD’s design of the “Yabuli Conference Centre” is a tent-like structure that is defined by soft, sloping lines. Casually mirroring its mountainous backdrop, it reaches a... read more
Top stories this week
1 Stacking everything up
in Melbourne
MVRDV and Woods Bagot have proposed a “new kind of skyscraper” for a landmark mixed-use site in Melbourne’s Southbank in Australia. The Stack is one of six invited entries in an architectural competition organised by the site’s owners Beulah International, a Melbourne-based developer known for its commitment to excellence in local design. Eschewing Southbank’s typical model of podium and tower – a typology that... read more
2 A moving piece of infrastructure
The City of Inglewood in Southern California, USA has announced a plan to construct a 1.8-mile automated people mover (APM). The proposed Inglewood Transit Connector will provide residents and visitors with a world-class transit connection to-and-from the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line directly to the LA’s major activity centres including Downtown Inglewood, The Forum, the Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District... read more
3 Microsoft’s HQ shines in Dublin
Aliva UK has put the finishing touch to Microsoft Corporation’s new Irish headquarters with a shimmering aluminium façade in four natural silver hues in a contract worth £1.4m. The UK leader in façades and interior finishes designed and supplied the façade for Microsoft’s new Dublin office using 9,300 sqm of anodised aluminium cladding from its Alucovering range. The ‘random’ pattern used four different shades of silver... read more
4 Polish Vodka Museum opens in Warsaw
As Gin fever runs through the UK with distilleries popping up on every street corner, so Poland with an established heritage in the spirit world, celebrates its long relationship with Vodka by opening what is claimed to be the world’s first Polish Vodka museum. The museum has been crafted out of the revitalized 19th century vodka factory complex. Warsaw based Nizio Design International studio is responsible for the design, interior... read more
5 Costa Rican Surf Hotel combines past and present
Playa Guiones, in the town of Nosara, Costa Rica has long been known by the wider international community of surfers as a hidden gem and off-grid paradise of white sand beaches and constant waves. Decades ago the first wooden house in town was built close to the beach-break and in time this simple structure became the perfect resting place for transient surfers as well as a gathering venue for music, food, and interaction. The Gilded... read more
WAN Urban Challenge 2018
Reclaiming the Streets Symposium
A Solid Green
success story
With the advent of autonomous vehicles, and a growing concern for air quality World Architecture News’ Reclaiming the Streets Symposium will take place at The Building Centre on the 20th of September. WAN’s Urban Task Force will present a Manifesto for Change to a live audience of over 200 city representatives and key stakeholders from the built environment providing a 'blueprint' for the streets of the future. Participants will discuss the issues at hand with a panel-lead debate and Q & A sessions... read more
This year, Solid Green Consulting celebrates the achievement of more than 50 certifications, demonstrating the company’s ongoing leadership in African Green Building. To date, the company has consulted on 57 successful green building certifications, covering 750,000 sq m of built area. Over the last eight years, Solid Green has committed to creating a better living environment for all, not only through its extensive consultancy and certification services, but also through the research and development... read more
Most read story of the month
An American classic
prepares for lift off once more
A classic airport building from the golden age of air travel, the long-vacant TWA Flight Center at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is being meticulously restored and expanded to become a new TWA Hotel. Designed to capture the romance and glamour of the Jet Age, the hotel will open again in 2019. Also known as the Trans World Flight Center, the original building opened in 1962 as the original terminal for Trans World Airlines at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Following TWA's continued financial deterioration during the 1990s and the eventual sale of its assets to American Airlines, the terminal ended operations in October 2001. The building was originally designed by world-famous Finnish modernist architect Eero Saarinen and the flight centre is now being restored by Beyer Blinder Belle. Commenting on the project Richard Southwick, FAIA, director of historic preservation at Beyer Blinder Belle said: “Two new six-story hotel buildings will flank and provide a backdrop to the historic Flight Center, adding 505 rooms as well as an observation deck and rooftop infinity pool, conference center, and other gathering places. The hotel curtainwall is triple-glazed and consists of seven layers of glass for high energy efficiency and insulation against jet noise. An off-grid cogeneration plant that will produce... read more
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