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23 January 2018
Issue 674
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Vauxhall Cross continues to rise
VCI Property Holding Limited is bringing forward a new proposal for the Vauxhall Cross Island site in London adjacent to Vauxhall Station. The project which includes landmark buildings designed by
Zaha Hadid Architects, provides a hotel and office-led scheme, alongside new residential and retail
uses and improvements to the public realm. The proposals respond to Lambeth Council’s aspirations for a district centre at Vauxhall by providing a mix of employment-generating and active uses on Bondway, as well as a new public square accommodating Transport for London’s (TfL) emerging gyratory and bus station plans. The site is located adjacent to Vauxhall Underground station and is bounded by Parry Street (to the south), Bondway (to the east) and Wandsworth Road / Albert Embankment (to the west and north). The Island lies in a central and important location, adjacent to existing transport links at the gateway to Vauxhall from the north. The site is within the Vauxhall/Nine Elms/Battersea Opportunity Area, identified in the London Plan as having the potential to accommodate high-density... read more
Top stories this week
1 WOHA hits the heights in Taipei
Designed by WOHA Architects, Huaku Sky Garden is located at the base of the foothills of the Yang Ming mountain range, in the Tianmu district of northern Taipei. Taiwan’s apartment architecture has been heavily influenced by Japanese colonial and 1980s post-modernism, resulting in heavy, solid blocks. This project breaks away from that influence and is the only high-rise residential tower in its neighbourhood... read more
2 Starting from the
ground up
Designed by José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira, this project involved demolishing a single-family dwelling and building another one in its place in the centre of V. N. de Famalicão in Portugal. The house is situated on a triangular urban plot of land covering an area of 940.80 m2. The topography includes a 7.60 m slope from west to east, so the elevations in the corner converge with those on the surrounding roads.The building on the site was... read more
3 Moxon Architects bridge the gap in Barnes
Moxon Architects and CampbellReith consulting engineers have submitted a planning application to the London Borough of Hounslow for a new footbridge beneath the existing Grade II listed Barnes Bridge, in Dukes Meadows, Chiswick. The proposal responds to a call from the council to build a new public pedestrian bridge linking two sections of the Thames Path, incorporating landscaped landings at either end... read more
4 “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... read more
5 UK foreign secretary wants a ‘Boris Bridge’ to France
The UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has proposed a 22 mile bridge to connect the UK to France and mainland Europe. The idea was first raised at a Anglo-French summit that was called to discuss the UK’s exit from the European Union and immigration. Johnson subsequently tweeted "Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?"... read more
C40 breathes new
life into our cities
Foster + Partners designs
the new Global Home for the PGA TOUR
Nineteen of the world’s great cities have launched an unprecedented global competition to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. C40’s Reinventing Cities initiative has already identified 49 underutilised spaces to redevelop, including several empty plots and abandoned buildings, a former airport, historical mansions, underused car parks, and an abandoned incinerator and landfill. World Architecture News has recently announced a partnership deal with the C40 initative. Commenting on the announcement WAN’s founder and Editor in Chief Michael Hammond said, “The C40 Reinventing Cities project is an amazing initiative. I am very proud that we are tasked to get the message out to our audience of architects around the... read more
Designs for the new PGA TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida have been revealed to the public. The new building, designed by Foster + Partners, exemplifies the values of the PGA TOUR by engaging with the surrounding green landscape and creating an uplifting and inspiring environment for its staff, players and visitors alike. Located to the south of the Clubhouse at TPC at Sawgrass, the new 187,000 sq ft headquarters will be nestled within the verdant landscape and surrounded by a large freshwater lake, echoing the iconic ‘Island Green’ 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. Envisaged as the new Global Home of the PGA TOUR, the innovative building embraces new ways of working and collaboration in response to... read more
Most read story of the month
A mountain refuge unfolds...
Situated in the Chilean Andes the ‘mountaineer’s refuge’ by Gonzalo Iturriaga Arquitectos is a small wooden cabin with a folded roof aimed at making the beginning and end of a mountaineer’s day trekking in the mountains as comfortable as possible. The design brief was for a small cabin with a roof, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom – the necessities for resuming the mountain trek begun the day before. The proposal involved building, through planes and angles, a structure that provides an entrance through its folds and exterior views through its cuts. Built around a central core of services, the exterior shape and interior volume are defined by the folds. At one end of the cabin is the bedroom, along with a storage room for mountaineering equipment. The other end features a sitting area where the nearby mountain draws the eye toward the panoramic view. The exterior is finished in pine, metal elements and picture windows that perform both structural and volumetric functions. The cabin rests on piles, making it a self-contained object suspended above the ground. The building is ventilated on all sides; the updraft from the mountain provides airflow through a series of dedicated openings. This is the point of arrival and departure for the mountaineer’s treks. It is not just a lookout and a shelter, but a special place for contemplation and relaxation. It is a true refuge... read more
completes Herbal House refurb
White Oak strikes
a chord in Houston
The adaptive reuse of former industrial buildings continues to create unique working spaces in London and further afield. Another example of this trend can be seen with BuckleyGrayYeoman’s extensive refurbishment of Herbal House, a former print works in Clerkenwell, owned by Ærium and managed by Allied London. Arranged over ten floors, Herbal House provides 115,000sq ft of flexible office space and high-quality apartments in the heart of Clerkenwell, close to Farringdon station in London. Commenting on the project Matt Yeoman, Director of BuckleyGrayYeoman said: “Herbal House is an exciting development for the heart of London’s creative district. Clerkenwell is one of Central London’s most exciting districts, a mature creative district ideally... read more
Houston and New York-based architects SCHAUM/SHIEH, have designed a dynamic cluster of music venues in Houston consisting of The White Oak Music Hall, The Lawn, and Raven Tower Pavilion. The project is a seven-acre assemblage of new and adapted buildings, open-air structures, landscaped areas, and paved and decked surfaces along the Little White Oak Bayou. Pieced together from one large main site and a collection of smaller lots, the project is a unique example of urban infill, feathered into the fabric of the neighbourhood on both sides of the bayou floodway and offering views of the Houston skyline. Owned and operated by a diverse and local group of live music fans and professionals, the venues offer... read more
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