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13 February 2018
Issue 677
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Kengo Kuma visits V&A Dundee
Kengo Kuma, the internationally renowned architect who is also designing the National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, recently met with construction staff from BAM Construct UK who have built the
new V&A Dundee and thanked them for their hard work bringing his design to life. The focus now
moves to the interior of V&A Dundee, fitting out the gallery spaces, installing objects and completing other areas including the café and restaurant ahead of the opening. V&A Dundee will feature an ambitious international programme of changing exhibitions, permanent galleries of Scottish design, new design commissions, as well as community, family and learning activities. Kengo Kuma said: “I am delighted to return to Dundee and see the completed construction of V&A Dundee. Today I am pleased to meet with some of the people who have brought our design to life, and to give my thanks for their hard work in creating this complex structure. “I love the Scottish landscape and this very beautiful country, and I am proud to be working on this project which will attract people to Dundee from all over... read more
Top stories this week
1 BIG and CRA combine in Singapore
The 280m tall high-rise taking shape on 88 Market Street, jointly designed by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group will become an oasis in the bustling Central Business District of Singapore. The tower, one of the tallest in Singapore, blends urban life with tropical nature, redefining and elevating workplace and living standards for its users while adding an elegant new landmark to the Singapore skyline. Located in the heart of Singapore’s... read more
2 Snøhetta designs "Svart" - the first energy positive hotel
Not only does this new hotel reduce its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85% compared to a modern hotel, but it also produces its own energy - an absolute “must” in this precious arctic environment. In collaboration with Arctic Adventure of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, Snøhetta has designed the world’s first Powerhouse* hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meløy municipality... read more
3 At one with
‘The Elements’
Located in Hampshire in the UK and within close proximity to the River Hamble, this remarkable new-build family home provides substantial entertainment space and was designed by local architects AR Design Studio. Kebony, a beautiful wood recommended by leading architects was carefully selected for the exterior cladding of this property, which comprises three interlocking blocks organised around a central courtyard... read more
4 The world’s first super-black building steps into the light
London-based architecture practice Asif Khan have unveiled their latest project, a super-black pavilion entirely coated in Vantablack VBx2 at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 in South Korea. The building’s exterior is illuminated by a field of stars that appear to float in mid-air. Hyundai Motor has commissioned the pavilion as part of a global mobility initiative. The structure’s 10-metre-high parabolic facades are... read more
5 UNStudio and HPP Architects combine
Following the announcement by Groß & Partner of UNStudio as the unanimous winner of the architectural design competition for the FOUR Frankfurt project, UNStudio has now joined forces with HPP Architects to create a consortium (UNS + HPP) to carry out the next phases of the project. Both companies bring many years of experience with large-scale projects, complex planning and design processes. In order to further... read more
Tech Spot #100: VR is no longer
a virtual world away
Mexican Architect Frida Escobedo to
design Serpentine Pavilion 2018
The term Virtual Reality (VR) was first used around the middle of the twentieth century, and despite lots of excited development and talk over the last few decades, it has failed in becoming commonly accepted by the general public. However, with game technology and graphics processing advances, along with the release of a number of commercially available systems this year, it might finally become an accepted form of reality. This year has seen the launch of various VR headsets, the current main contenders are Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, which allow fully immersive movement around a virtual environment running from a PC. Currently navigation within the Oculus is by using a standard game controller such as the ones you have on an Xbox... read more
The Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2018, which will run from 15 June – 7 October 2018. Harnessing a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry, her atmospheric courtyard-based design draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history, specifically the Prime Meridian line at London’s Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Escobedo (b. 1979, Mexico City) is the 18th and youngest architect yet to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery lawn in Kensington Gardens. This pioneering commission, which began in 2000 with Zaha Hadid... read more
Chapman Taylor gets the
greenlight in Vietnam
YH2 create a sharp
design in Quebec
Chapman Taylor's masterplan design for the Mui Dinh Eco-Resort in Vietnam has received approval from the Vietnamese government. Set on a remarkable site on the east coast of Vietnam this beautiful site blends the local Cham cultural heritage with the rich natural ecosystem to become one of the largest and most prominent hospitality & leisure developments in Asia, with the aim to be a landmark sustainable destination that encapsulates the rich and vibrant local history of Mui Dinh. The site is home to some of the most unique landmarks in central Vietnam. Rolling sand dunes, rocky hills, natural coves, desert oasis and white sand beaches. Six resort hotels and a boutique hotel provide a total of 7,000 rooms. 500 ocean-facing villas are also available... read more
The Wooden Wing is a large cottage on the shores of Lac Supérieur, in Quebec’s Laurentians in Canada. The building has been designed by YH2, an architectural firm founded in 1994 by architects Marie-Claude Hamelin and Loukas Yiacouvakis. The house is perched on a sizeable outcrop of granite bedrock, giving it a commanding yet intimate view of the lake and Mont Tremblant, on the other side. The living spaces sit on a large, semi-polished concrete slab raised slightly above the natural outcrop, putting the house in close contact with its natural surroundings, from which it is separated by distinctive clear glass walls. A white cedar roof – the wooden wing – boast ample eaves overhanging the glassed-in... read more
Most read story of the month
“It wasn’t my choice to do a black building”
Richard Meier’s oeuvre is known for bold, geometric buildings cast in luminous white, a colour he believes enhances nature and refracts the world. One of the most recognized architects alive today, Meier has dedicated five decades to his field and worked on projects around the globe. In this new short video from the Time-Space-Existence series, Meier discusses his first ever black building, 685 First Avenue in New York, as well as his love of designing buildings for public gathering, for enjoyment and for learning. Produced by PLANE—SITE, the video has been commissioned by the GAA Foundation and funded by the ECC in the run-up to the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia Architettura (opening May 2018). Part of the renowned New York Five group of Modernist architects, Richard Meier (b. 1934) has led his own practice since 1963. Over the course of his fifty-year career, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect has consistently placed formal clarity, light, and abstraction at the centre of his work. Equally committed to pedagogy, Meier also advocates for the role of architecture in government, education, and community. He is best-known for the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia and the Jubilee Church in Rome. The Time-Space-Existence video series has already featured both prominent and emerging architects including Denise Scott-Brown, Peter Eisenman, Meinhard von Gerkan, WOHA Architects... read more
The Times they are a-changin'… Lighting up the rainbow
Coming soon, Shoptalk interviews Gordon Wright, Senior Vice President, Director of Workplace Global, HOK about their recently published report, The New Financial Workplace. Gordon’s team have researched and amassed a huge of amount data to try and navigate a way forward in the design of workplaces in this volatile sector. Encompassing diverse topics such as talent wars, VR, changing metrics, neighbourhood-base Choice environments, Block Chain, human habits and beach towel syndrome! HOK’s clients have included Nasdaq, Harris Bank, Sun Life Financial, Union Bank and Scotiabank... read more
SPF:architects (SPF:a), an award-winning design studio based in Culver City, has announced that the Long Beach Seaside Way Convention and Performing Arts Center Pedestrian Bridge, or “Rainbow Bridge”, is now open to the public. SPF:a was chosen in 2014 for their proposal to create a direct, public connection between two major Long Beach venues: the Long Beach Convention Center and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Before the construction of the bridge, moving between the two destinations demanded climbing numerous flights of stairs and crossing a stretch... read more
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