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21 August 2018
Issue 703
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UNStudio to create a green spine for Melbourne
Beulah International has announced that 'Green Spine', the design proposal submitted by UNStudio with Cox Architecture has been selected as the winning design for their latest project, Southbank by Beulah, a more
than $2 billion mixed-use tower which will be the tallest tower in Australia, located in the heart
of Melbourne. The winning proposal was selected by a seven-member jury. Other shortlisted teams included BIG, Coop Himmelb(l)au, MAD, MVRDV and OMA. Commenting on the win for UNStudio Ben van Berkel said: "We are truly delighted that our design has been selected as the winning proposal for this very exciting project! For our proposal to be selected by Beulah - such a forward-focussed developer - and from entries by such an exceptional group of our peers is a true honour. From the outset we worked with a fantastic team of cultural placemakers, sustainability consultants, landscape designers, artists and engineers to achieve a fully integrated design. This truly is a great result for everybody involved!" Beulah International Executive Director Adelene Teh went on to say: “The Green Spine showed work... read more
Top stories this week
1 Making waves in Shenzhen
Designed by BIG, the 96,000m2 office development for the state-owned Shenzhen Energy Company is designed to look and feel at home in the cultural, political and business centre of Shenzhen, while standing out as a new social and sustainable landmark at the main axis of the Chinese city. The volume and height of the new headquarters for Shenzhen Energy Company was predetermined by the urban masterplan for the central... read more
2 Genoa: What we know so far
At least 43 people were killed when dozens of vehicles fell 45m (148ft) from the Morandi bridge in Genoa, Italy, during a storm on Tuesday 14.8.18 with cars and trucks buried under the rubble. The authorities immediately dispatched emergency service personnel in order to rescue people from under the wreckage as a major rescue operation, which is still continuing, got underway. Officials have warned that the scale of the disaster was such that... read more
3 An incubator of knowledge
Designed by Aedas Global Design Principal Dr Andy Wen, Lè Architecture in the Nangang district of Taipei, Taiwan, is already redefining Taipei’s rapidly developing skyline. This recently released set of photos show off the completed building with it's elegant curves and striking profile. Its design drew inspiration from the shape of the river pebbles along the Keelung River, developing a unique aesthetic concept that conveys... read more
4 Walking in the air in China
Creating a loop in the sky which symbolises integration, connection and communication, Hengqin CRCC Plaza, designed by Aedas, features a signature sky bridge that links all four towers within the development and offers office, retail and leisure facilities as well as outdoor terraces. The four towers include a headquarters office tower and three leasable office buildings. Orientation of the buildings take full advantage... read more
5 Setting the benchmark
The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning will be a global centre of excellence for conservation science and learning at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo in Australia. With strong connections to the wider Zoo, the Institute will transform Taronga’s capability to undertake leading research that informs policy development around wildlife management and conservation... read more
Deputy Mayor of Vienna to address
WAN Reclaiming the Streets Symposium
Going for
gold in Oman
Named the most liveable city in the world for the ninth year running, Vienna has been described as a city which wears its culture lightly, with a transport system that keeps to a human scale. We are delighted to announce a keynote address from Maria Vassilakou, Deputy Mayor of Vienna who will be sharing an insight into... read more
The development of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) is charging ahead, as Omran commissions SSH to win Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold accreditation for Package Three of the project. Since completing construction of Package Two in 2016 – the 45,000 sqm Exhibition Centre, 4,200-space car park... read more
PRP updates Lewisham’s Almshouses
One Housing Group Limited (City Style) has completed a £26 million scheme in Lewisham, South London. Designed by PRP, the development provides 92 new homes, including 64 for older people, 26 homes for sale, and an additional two family houses for social rent on a separate site at Blessington Road. Built in 1963, the site was originally home to the Christopher Boone’s Almshouses and has been developed by housing association One Housing in partnership with the Merchant Taylor’s Boone’s Charity. PRP’s design approach revolved around the need to care and protect older people living in Lewisham. It consolidates the existing almshouse accommodation previously situated on two sites and is well located in terms of access to the high street and public transport routes, but also in relation to a residential care/nursing home operated nearby. The building typology is closely aligned with the aspirations... read more
Most read story of the month
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 from Asia by Beulah International, MAD is competing alongside BIG, Coop Himmelb(l)au, MVRDV, OMA, and UNStudio to conceive a mixed-use program of more than 220,000sqm for the heart of Melbourne – a piece of urban infrastructure that re-thinks the commercial, residential, retail, and public spaces of the city – along the city’s prestigious waterfront precinct. Located at the corner of City Road and Southbank Boulevard, the site is positioned in a dense part of Melbourne’s downtown core, surrounded by a number of other existing towers facing one another. Carefully studying the tower’s site and composition, we propose a one-tower strategy to avoid over-crowding, provide the surrounding high-rises with open sightlines, and maximize views from the residential and hotel programs on the upper floors. At podium level, we break down the typical massing of a retail/mall space, and introduce a human-scale, ‘mountain village’ that invites passersby to explore. Urban spaces are stacked vertically, and landscaped with lush green walls and trees to give visitors... read more
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