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14 August 2018
Issue 702
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Seeing the bigger picture
Leading film producers Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures have opened a new independent cinema, designed by Tom dePaor, in Galway, Ireland. The structure incorporates a Georgian merchant house
and creates a contemporary concrete “castle” in the city centre. Fourteen years after the project was
first proposed, Pálás (or Palace) has finally opened its doors. It is a unique and intriguing architectural space, right in the heart of the Latin Quarter in Galway. This striking and world-class specialist cinema is committed to programming the best of new and classic films, along with the best of Irish and international independent films within a moulded-concrete tower awash in natural light. The playful space, setting intimate nooks against soaring voids, delivers a cinema experience “with the same level of care,” says Lowe, “as with the films we produce.” Inspired by cinemas of the early 20th century, Pálás features elaborate red-velvet curtains, theatrical lighting and plush seating from 70-year-old French manufacturer Quinette Gallay. Angular poured-concrete staircases criss-cross through the seven-storey building, leaving... read more
Top stories this week
1 MAD’s ‘cloud’ appears over Melbourne
MAD has revealed its proposal for the “Southbank by Beulah” tower competition. Defying the typical glass, box-like buildings of Melbourne that appear detached from the city’s historic parks and natural local terrain, MAD’s organic design introduces a silhouette of natural forms – mountain, tree, cloud – into the dense city center, offering a distinct and iconic scheme for the skyline, that reconnects citizens with nature. Selected as the only firm... read more
2 Zaha Hadid Architects pick up the pace in Malta
Malta’s location at the midpoint of the Mediterranean has made the island a centre of trade and tourism. Welcoming almost 2.5 million international tourists last year with the number of visitors growing by almost 10% annually, Malta’s hospitality industry employs 30% of the country’s workforce and is anticipated to grow to 40% of the island’s employment over the coming decade. Located on Malta's East coast, Paceville has developed... read more
3 Italian bridge collapse leads to multiple fatalities
A motorway bridge has collapsed near the northwest Italian city of Genoa, sending vehicles plummeting up to 90m (295ft) to the ground and killing at least 35 people, officials say. Video footage appears to show one of the towers holding up the suspension bridge collapsing in stormy weather. According to the BBC, vehicles fell along with bridge debris on to rail tracks below. Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli spoke... read more
4 Hundreds injured at Spanish festival collapse
More than 300 people have been injured, five seriously, after a section of wooden platform collapsed at an urban sports and music festival in Spain. According to the BBC the event had been packed with people watching a rap artist at the two-day O Marisquiño event in the north-west city of Vigo, in Galicia. Police have confirmed that there were no known fatalities. Witnesses reported scenes of panic as people - many of them... read more
5 Steven Holl Architects win in Ireland
University College Dublin (UCD) and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) have announced that the team led by Steven Holl Architects (SHA) has won the Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition. The international jury—which included Sir David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates; Ann Beha, Principal, Ann Beha Architects and Member, Harvard University Design Advisory Panel... read more
Architects take to the streets in London Diamond Schmitt join Guelph project team
Don’t miss this autumn’s the most compelling debate: City leaders face visionary architects to debate the crucial issue of how our city streets will be transformed and shaped by impending technology. Reclaiming the streets, 20th September NLA.... read more
Windmill Development Group has been selected by the City of Guelph to partner on developing a One Planet Living community in the city about an hour west of Toronto in Canada. The new mixed-use, highly sustainable development will include two distinct residential... read more
Most read story of the month
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 maximum height of 24 meters, allowing it to settle quietly into the landscape. While humble in its presence, it does not lose the dynamic atmosphere of northern China – integrated with the sky, the ground, the snow, the forest, and the mountains. 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... read more
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