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06 February 2018
Issue 676
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Aedas takes inspiration from the Yellow River
Zhenghong Property Air Harbour Office Project, designed by Aedas, comprises three interconnecting office buildings in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan Province and a major transportation hub in central
China. The design scheme deliverss a straightforward solution by laying three office blocks along a
narrow site, catering to government, corporate tenants and the client. The blocks are connected by shared facilities and rooftop terraces to deliver three-dimensional vertical urban spaces. The building form is inspired by the famed Yellow River which winds like a dragon. The 45-degree-angled layout provides an outlook that resembles the winding course of the river, and at the same time maximising both views towards Zhenghong Central Park in the north and distance away from the residential blocks in the south. Such orientation also creates more open spaces on ground level and facilitates ventilation. Strategically located near Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport with multiple public transport options, the project enjoys excellent connections with a design that enhances accessibility... read more
Top stories this week
1 A circular solution
emerges in Lódz
MVRDV’s plans for a 31,000m2, 13-floor high building in Lódz, Poland, integrate into the recently developed surroundings with a distinct glazed brick and glass façade, surrounding a new plaza. The project was commissioned by Invest Company and it will break ground this summer with completion slated for 2020. Located in the centre of Lódz across the street from the newly developed railway station... read more
2 Old and new combine in the Swiss mountains
A 200-year-old Chestnut tree and a very tall Sycamore in the vineyards of Chigny, Switzerland hide a cluster of carefully proportioned houses dating from the 19th century, which are perfectly integrated into the landscape. The view opens towards Lake of Geneva and the French Alps, with Mont Blanc blurring against the sky: a perfect setting for a very unique project. The client requested, “a design which fostered the coexistence... read more
3 A sharp design is unveiled for Kärcher Museum
Designed by J.Mayer.H this striking, monolithic museum took 3rd prize in a recent closed competition. The plans were created for the family-owned Kärcher company in Winnenden. Kärcher Museum is planned as a flexible hall that takes its orientation from the large size and saw-tooth roofs of the surrounding commercial structures. On the entrance side, the main body of the museum is cut open parallel to the access road, resulting... read more
4 Newark’s very own
timber tower
Designed by visionary architecture firm Michael Green Architecture, the first commercial building in this redevelopment project in Newark, USA, will encompass up to 500,000 square feet of Class A office space designed to enhance tenant wellness and environmental sustainability. Riverfront Square will transform one of the downtown area’s most important sites into a thriving 24/7 community. The 11.8-acre site sits... read more
5 A new angle on
the pitched roof
Being satisfied tenants in The Iceberg, an award-winning housing project in Aarhus, Denmark, the owners of the summer house addressed CEBRA. They wanted to know if CEBRA designed small-scale houses with the same high level of architectural ambition. This kicked off Treldehuset – an architectural interpretation of the Russian babushka doll. The summer house is located right next to Vejle Fjord on a scenic site with... read more
Casting new light
on a lecture hall
Berkeley gets the go-ahead
for modular homes factory
This excerpt from Planting Bamboos, by Bai Juyi reinforces the great respect the Chinese have for bamboo, a material which is increasingly being used on larger scale construction projects across the Asia region. “Indeed, bamboo is like a man of virtue. From deep and resolute roots, straight and honorable stems extend toward the sky. When a gentleman contemplates the nature of bamboo, only a feeling of integrity can come to mind.” Since ancient times, Chinese writers and poets have shown a deep appreciation for bamboo. New Pastoralism’s Lecture Hall sits at Yangshan –a town close to the city of Wuxi– and uses bamboo as the main building element in its design. New Pastoralism’s Complex at Yangshan, Wuxi, is the first pastoral complex... read more
Berkeley Homes has won planning permission to build a huge modular homes factory at Ebbsfleet in North Kent. The 150,000 sq ft site will be capable of producing 1,000 modules for homes a year including plumbing, electrics, internal finishing, flooring and fittings. The decision by Berkeley to build its own modular facility comes amid an increasing shift towards offsite construction. Commenting on housing supply Berkeley Chairman Tony Pidgley said: “We should remember, above all, that housing is not a numbers game. Fundamentally, it is about people and community. I believe it is perfectly possible to deliver for our shareholders and for society.” “The real driver for Berkeley is the quality we can achieve... read more
‘Crystal rock’ design for The Milestone revealed
The Milestone is a new 6,500 sq m mixed-use office building by MVRDV with a distinct part-reflective façade and open geometric core has been selected by a jury for the city of Esslingen. The building will literally be a milestone, its façade designed like a crystal rock is interactive and carries the topography of the town and messages about the history and people of Esslingen. In this sense, it will become a new landmark for Esslingen that celebrates its past whilst looking forward towards the future. RVI developers have commissioned the project and construction start is envisioned for 2020. Located in Esslingen am Necker in the region of Stuttgart in the south of Germany, Esslingen, a city with a fine historical town centre, has for the last decade progressed with ambitious regeneration projects in the areas around its main railway station. The Milestone, a 6,500 sq m 12-storey mixed-use building with public viewing platform located in Neue Weststadt on its square is one of such projects signalling the city’s future ambition. MVRDV ambitious design responds to the client’s brief for a mixed-use building that brings together the tension between tradition and modernity of the city. “This building... read more
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2018 WAN AWARDS Launched
“The WAN AWARDS are 10! 2018 marks our first decade running the world’s largest architecture awards programme. We will be celebrating our first decade with a smorgasbord of new initiatives including; new categories, an even bigger event in London this autumn, regional awards more reflecting our global audience and gearing up for the next decade, two new categories, Best Use Of Immersive Technology with supporting seminars and forums and a Rising Star Award. Fittingly WAN’s social media following has just topped the one million mark (F 774k, T208k and Inst 16.2k) , so all our winners will certainly get the exposure they deserve. I would like to personally thank our amazing judges for their untiring commitment working with us and getting the WAN AWARDS to this point. We couldn’t have got here without you!” said Michael Hammond, Co- Founder and Editor in Chief of World Architecture News. The WAN AWARDS are judged by our extensive panel of top international experts. The judging panels themselves create a passionate and thought-provoking debate and for a project to make it through this rigorous process and come out on top is a true test of its creative quality and credibility. We also have an announcement to make for the 2018 programme. Marking the WAN AWARDS 10 Year anniversary, we are delighted to introduce Best in Region Awards for three world regions: EMEA, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Our regional judges will assess entries against others in the same region in a parallel... read more
Painting a new look Portrait Gallery Design is key to business success
The National Portrait Gallery has appointed Jamie Fobert Architects to lead its £35.5m transformation following an international selection process, it was announced on Thursday 1 February 2018. The London-based practice will deliver the Gallery’s biggest ever development since the building opened in 1896. This includes creating around twenty per cent more public and gallery spaces, all of which will be refurbished and rehung for the first time, enhancing its entrance and creating a state-of-the-art Learning Centre. Jamie Fobert Architects’ recent and forthcoming projects include the critically acclaimed extension to Tate St Ives in Cornwall, a new gallery building for Charleston in East Sussex and an extension and reconfiguration of Kettle’s... read more
Research has found that 91% of businesses supported by Design Council between 2002 and 2014 were still trading after five years, compared to 49% who had no design support. The research, which was carried out in the UK, could easily be applied to firms operating in any world region who would benefit from design support. The research independently conducted by the Enterprise Research Centre for Design Council found that over the long term, small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) supported by Design Council grew by around 40% over a ten-year period, more than double that of those who had no design support. Businesses that received support from Design Council were enrolled onto its ‘Designing Demand’ programme... read more
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