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27 February 2018
Issue 679
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Piuarch fashions a new HQ for Gucci
The redevelopment of the old Caproni factory in Milan, Italy, by Piuarch, focuses on enhancing the stylistic features of the 1920s’ architecture and aims to transform this old plant into a large complex for Gucci, holding
offices, showrooms and spaces for fashion shows and operations connected with graphics, as well
as a canteen and restaurant. Recovery and enhancement of the characteristic shed buildings was the first element of the redevelopment project: set out in a regular pattern across the site and featuring modular structural bays, the abandoned industrial warehouses with exposed-brick facades generate, thanks to their spatial layout, a seamless interaction between the inside and outside. Particular attention was paid to the Hangar recovery, a volume of “exceptional” size, once intended for the final assembly of Caproni aircraft, that is now used to house the fashion shows from 2017. Moreover, the Hangar is enhanced by a large open and covered square connected with the main pedestrian axis facing to via Mecenate. This covered square acts as the core of the pedestrian system... read more
Top stories this week
1 Hamonic+Masson reinvents central Le Harve
Overlooking the Bassin du Roy, the Bassin du Commerce and the heart of Perret's reconstructed city centre, whilst also being located next to Niemeyer’s Volcan and the city’s historic monuments such as the Town Hall and the Saint-Joseph church, the Videcoq project is a building that sits within the unique city of Le Havre, whose history is formed by architecture. By taking into account the specifics of this context, the project... read more
2 UNStudio designs for EuropaCity
Following the announcement in 2017 of BIG’s masterplan for EuropaCity - a unique new tourism and leisure district in Greater Paris – a large scale competition was launched inviting proposals for eight key buildings within the development. These include a concert hall, hotels, a contemporary circus and an exhibition hall. UNStudio’s proposal was selected for the ‘Centre Culturel Dédié Au 7è Art’, a cinema complex and cultural... read more
3 ‘Parachute Hybrids’ take shape in Moscow
Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with art-group “Kamen”, has won the international design competition for the residential quarters of the Tushino district in Moscow, beating Fuksas Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, Mad Global, and Tsimalo, Lyashenko & Partners. The development will provide a new mixed-use center filled with housing, social spaces, a kindergarten and an elementary school on a former... read more
4 Finding Nirvana
at home
There are no words to define the concept of Nirvana, a mental state with effects in the physical and spiritual planes. This makes it difficult to explain and only those who practice meditation can understand how far they are from reaching it. These thoughts led AGi architects to name this project Nirvana. Words like “house”, “villa”, or “palace” fail to represent the scale of the building, its materialisation, or its spatial order... read more
5 London Crossrail train makes maiden voyage...
Crossrail Limited and Transport for London (TfL) have hailed a major milestone for Europe’s largest infrastructure project as the first new Elizabeth line train was tested in the brand new tunnels through London last night. The new train – built by Bombardier engineers in Derby – was the first to be driven from Abbey Wood. It entered the new tunnels at Plumstead Portal and travelled under the Thames heading for... read more
Aston Martin motors into real estate Less is more...
Aston Martin and global property developer G&G Business Developments have broken ground on Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way in Miami, confirming that construction of the 66-story luxury condominium tower is set for completion in 2021. The milestone marks the development of Aston Martin’s first real estate project, and the iconic brand’s expansion into luxury residential design. The construction launch makes Aston Martin Residences the first condominium tower to break ground in Downtown Miami this year, underscoring the development team’s strength and market confidence. The striking building of curvilinear glass and steel is set to rise on one of the last parcels of developable land on the Downtown Miami waterfront... read more
Union Wharf is a mid terrace canal side property built within the footprint of a converted factory building located along the Regents Canal in Islington, London. The aspiration of the project was to transform a dated, under-performing and compromised couple’s dwelling into a contemporary, energy efficient and spatially generous family home. Works consisted of a full refurbishment and remodel of the three-storey property including the replacement and extension of an existing roof top conservatory to transform it from an unusable store room into a contemporary habitable space that can be used all year round with an external terrace. The approach throughout the project was to use moderately priced materials, adding value through... read more
Most read story of the month
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 the world.” V&A Dundee is Kengo Kuma’s first building in the UK, which he designed to become a new ‘living room for the city’, an open, welcoming space for everyone. Inspired by the cliffs along the east coast of Scotland, the museum is at the centre of the £1 billion transformation of Dundee’s waterfront. Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee, said: “V&A Dundee has always been an ambitious project... read more
An urban oasis is set to bloom in LA Sitting on the dock of a bay...
Southeast Los Angeles County communities have long suffered from disinvestment, pollution, and a lack of public open space. The Lower Los Angeles River Revitalization aims to connect residents to the river that flows through their communities. The Plan ensures that the Los Angeles River continues to provide flood risk management while restoring natural features, increases access to the river, creates opportunities for recreation, and promotes equity. The County of Los Angeles, the river-adjacent cities of the southeastern county, and community organizations collaborated as part of a “Working Group” created by Assembly Bill 530 to create the Lower Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan (the Plan), which explores ways for improving... read more
Dotted with limestone pinnacles, the World Heritage seascape of Halong Bay is Vietnam’s biggest attraction. The Aedas-designed Alacarte Halong Bay Condotel Development occupies a prime seafront plot with large sweeps of unobstructed views towards the heritage site. The building design is a perfect composition of modern and traditional, presenting the unique elements of Vietnamese culture in a contemporary context. With a façade design inspired by the undulating flow of seawaves, the 35-storey tower sits on top of a four-storey podium, offering hotel rooms, serviced apartments, restaurants, ballrooms, meeting rooms, gyms and four-season pools, spa facilities and retail outlets. While most rooms enjoy breathtaking... read more
Tony Owen builds
cotemporary Hill Town
The ‘Big Debate’
focuses on the London Plan
Sovereign consists of 23 town houses in Sylvania. The site has direct water frontage and panoramic views on the Georges River, Sothern Sydney. Half off the site has not been developed and remains bushland. This area contains dramatic native sandstone escarpments. A feature of the design is the ‘L-shaped’ town houses which capture sun-light and provide internal private space on the limited site. These town houses are arranged in three rows stepping down the site. Each is accessed from a pedestrian access laneway. The upper portion of the site contains a row of town houses which conform to the levels of the topography. These town houses are arranged around the main street or town square. In its use of topography and the interaction... read more
The draft London plan will have far reaching implications for architects, engineers and the property industry. Politicians and property professionals must work harder to effectively work together with communities if demanding housing targets are to be met and London is to thrive. This was the key response from over 1,000 professionals, politicians and community groups at the Big Debate, organised by New London Architecture, to discuss the key policies guiding the draft London Plan. However, this new draft of the plan to guide London’s spatial development for the next 20 years was given a broadly warm welcome on 5 February as London deputy mayors Jules Pipe and James Murray took part in the debate on how the document... read more
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