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28 August 2018
Issue 704
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Stepping things up in the Netherlands
Designed by the architects Bronsvoort Blaak and spanning three floors, this 4800 sq m building in Barneveld, the Netherlands has an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM rating, making it one of the most sustainable production
sites in the country. The task set by international staircase manufacturer EeStairs for the
architects was to create a new headquarters that combined a production site with work spaces, which was ‘contemporary, challenging and cool’. A secondary aim was to create a building that expressed to visitors what the company is able to achieve in terms of design and production. “For us, the building’s character is elegance meets functionalism, and from day one we wanted to change how people felt about visiting production sites. EeStairs is a hugely creative company that excels in its field - and the new headquarters had to reflect that,” explains Anton Bronsvoort of Bronsvoort Blaak. “The building’s giant roof is one of its most impressive features, acting like an umbrella, as we have a lot of rain in the Netherlands! There is an element of storytelling to the roof, too. EeStairs is under one roof – and it’s here... read more
Top stories this week
1 Cooking up a storm in New York State
Designed by Jorge Fontan AIA, this unique concrete house is located in Far Rockaway, New York State, USA. The area that was heavily affected by the Super Storm Sandy, which was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season . The original house was badly damaged and subsequently torn down. The new property was then developed as part of the ‘Built It Back Program’ in New York. The house... read more
2 Steinhardt Museum unveiled in Tel Aviv
Kimmel Eshkolot Architects has completed The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History at Tel Aviv University in Israel, the first museum of it's kind in the city. The Museum houses the spectacular and vast natural history collections of the University and will now serve as a centre for academic research for its natural sciences staff. The 10,000 sq m building is environmentally-friendly and housed within a striking architectural structure composed... read more
3 Foster + Partners’ DUO completes in Sydney
Four Points by Sheraton, a 4-star hotel strategically located as part of DUO Central Park, has just opened in Sydney. DUO, which comprises a hotel, apartments, offices and a creche is part of a major masterplan for the city that has injected new life with an unprecedented mixture of uses. Located on Broadway, the masterplan developed for Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House, extends the historic area of Chippendale by... read more
4 FORMstudio doubles up
FORMstudio’s latest completed project is a response to the Mayor of London’s Policy to optimise the re-use of small sites across London. Malcolm Crayton, Director at FORMstudio comments: “The GLA’s draft New London Plan calls for an increased focus on small sites, which need to play a much greater role in housing delivery. Boroughs are encouraged to pro-actively support well-designed new homes on small sites through both... read more
5 Sky high ambitions
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., has unveiled a completely reimagined Observatory entrance and grand lobby, now open to the public at the Empire State Building (ESB) on 34th Street. A team of architects, artists, designers, and engineers—led in part by design consultants Beneville Studios, based in New York City—was also on hand for the opening. The project is a part of decade long Empire State ReBuilding project. It features a new, larger entrance with seamless... read more
Bringing Brighton’s
Madeira Terrace back to life
Practice Profile:
Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
Boxpark has revealed plans to revive Brighton’s iconic Madeira Terrace into an internationally renowned retail-and-leisure-as-entertainment destination. Plans have been submitted to Brighton & Hove City Council and demonstrate Boxpark’s desire to secure a 12 month exclusivity period to explore design, funding and management opportunities for the regeneration project which will see the area become an international class beachfront development. The project aims to revive the crumbling Victorian arches, and create a world class retail and leisure development, incorporating a new premium hotel operator. The development would see the arches augmented with a new building and urban green spaces that would aim to substantially increase commercial... read more
The winners of WAN’s 2017 ‘Practice of the Year Award’, Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt are a UK-based architecture practice with a reputation for design excellence and innovation. Founded in 2005 by directors David Ayre, Matthew Chamberlain and Dominic Gaunt, the practice has developed a portfolio of award-winning residential, commercial, education, cultural and community projects, predominantly in London and the South of England. Last year, they experienced significant growth, increasing in numbers from under 25 to over 40 and opening a new London studio in Oxford Street, which they see as an extension of their Hampshire studio. Reflecting on the practice’s success, David Ayre, Director of Ayre Chamberlain... read more
Adding some shine to Taipei’s skyline A tropical retreat
The Xinyi district of Taipei in Taiwan is a cosmopolitan area that symbolizes the city as a whole. Following a new urban plan drawn up by the government that encourages cityscape-conscious development, the area has grown into a business centre with a range of amenities including shopping, arts facilities, and international exhibition spaces. This building stands on the former grounds of a trade centre adjacent to Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan, on the southern edge of Xinyi. The architect Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei won a government-led development competition to partner on the project with Nanshan Life Insurance, which has a fifty-year lease from the government. The plan involved constructing an office and high-end shopping complex... read more
The first Harding Boutique Hotel is breaking ground in Ahangama, Sri Lanka on the 15th of September. The six-suite luxury boutique hotel, a new venture from a Sri Lankan-Australian entrepreneur Paul Harding, is set to welcome its first guests in autumn 2019. The property’s architecture and interiors are inspired by Sri Lanka’s vernacular modernist movement and are designed by British architect Jonathan Ashmore, founder of the award-winning design and architecture practice; ANARCHITECT, based in Dubai and London. Harding and Ashmore connected through a shared admiration for Sri Lanka - its rich landscape, cultural diversity and natural hospitality. Harding’s entrepreneurial vision and ANARCHITECT’s international... read more
Most read story of the month
Genoa bridge collapse:
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 the toll was likely to rise. The Morandi bridge carries a major road, the A10 toll motorway, which serves the Italian Riviera and links northern Italy to France. It was designed by Riccardo Morandi who also designed the much larger Lake Maracaibo bridge in Venezuela. The 1.2km (0.8 mile) long bridge spans the Polcevera waterway, railway lines and various industrial buildings. The bridge was completed in 1967 with restructuring work being undertaken in 2016. Major repairs were also carried out in the 1990s. Work to shore up the bridge's foundation was being carried out at the time of the collapse, during which time it was being constantly monitored. A section of the bridge measuring about 200m fell at approximately 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT) during a violent cloudburst. The bridge collapse is the second major accident in Italy this month, following a fuel truck explosion near the Bologna airport last week... read more
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