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30 January 2018
Issue 675
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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... read more
Top stories this week
1 RRA wins the Fjordporten Oslo S competition
A unanimous jury has voted for the RRA project Nordic Light as winner of the invited planning and architecture competition for the design proposal of Fjordporten Oslo S. The winning team behind the project consists of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS in collaboration with C.F Møller Arkitekter, Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure, Baugrundinstitut Franke-Meißner und Partner, GMBH and Transsolar Climate Engineering... read more
2 An expansive take on exhibition space
At the centre of the ‘Guardian Art Center’ in Beijing designed by Büro Ole Scheeren, a 1,700 sq m column-free exhibition space allows for maximum flexibility, while expansive exhibition areas on the second floor further extend the museum. Two large auction/exhibition halls in the basement provide a more specific and formal setting. The surrounding matrix of smaller, interconnected rooms accommodates support functions... read more
3 A house with
curve appeal
In 2016, the WATG Urban design team were awarded first prize in The Freeform Home Design Challenge; a competition commissioned by Branch Technology to design the world’s first freeform 3D printed house, which explores how 3D printing technology can improve our built environment and lives today. Over the last year, WATG’s Chicago office has been developing their design - Curve Appeal - with Branch Technology... read more
4 Cape Town heads towards ‘Day Zero’ as drought worsens
Cape Town, in the Western Cape of South Africa, has issued new water restrictions as the city comes close to completely running out of water. Cape Town officials anticipate the city’s water supply will possibly cut off due to drought on April 12 — otherwise known as “Day Zero.” Residents of the South African city have been partaking in massive water saving measures but the Mayor of the city Patricia de Lille... read more
5 Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Perkins Will join forces
One of Scandinavia’s most recognized design firms,Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, has joined global architecture firm Perkins+Will in a strategic partnership that extends Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s international reach and reinforces Perkins+Will’s commitment to sustainability and design excellence. Founded in 1986, Schmidt Hammer Lassen is known around the world for its iconic, highly sustainable cultural and civic... read more
Reclaiming our streets A façade that shines
Within the next decade or so, city streets will be redefined by two powerful events, the advent of autonomous vehicles and an increasing awareness of the health risks from vehicle pollution. Self-driving technology enables cities to fundamentally reimagine their streets, by reducing the amount of road and parking space devoted to privately owned cars, shared self-driving fleets promise to return city streets to a time when they were an asset to communities. Following the success of last year’s campaign, and in partnership with the NLA, the WAN Urban Challenge sets out to tackle the issues at hand, ensuring that good design is at the heart of the solution that cities will need. Commenting on the second WAN Urban Challenge Peter Murray, Chairman, NLA said... read more
A design that is as respectful as it is exciting are the hallmarks of the £57m new Emily Wilding Davison Building at Royal Holloway, University of London’s Egham campus, clad using Proteus HR TECU Bronze materials. The east side of the striking 10,000 sq m building, which expands the university’s library provision, now features the brown-red to brown-grey and ochre tones of Proteus HR’s TECU Bronze cladding panels. The scheme, designed by Associated Architects, features Proteus HR panels which consist of an aluminium honeycomb core for strength and rigidity, structurally bonded between two thin gauges of TECU Bronze material, to create an optically flat face with tight radii. The Proteus HR cladding is fixed to... 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, Curt Fentress... read more
Cooper Robertson and OMA
expand New Museum
MVRDV’s silhouette to take
shape in Moscow
Cooper Robertson has announced its selection as executive architect for the expansion of the New Museum in New York City, in collaboration with design architects OMA New York. The New Museum expansion will take place on an adjacent property at 231 Bowery on Manhattan's Lower East Side, which the institution purchased in 2008. The expansion will double the museum’s footprint while complementing and respecting the integrity of the flagship building designed by Japanese firm SANAA in 2007. The project is scheduled to break ground in 2019. This commission, spearheaded by Cooper Robertson partner Scott Newman, FAIA, and senior associate Andrew Barwick, RA, is the latest in a long line of notable museum projects by the firm... read more
GK Osnova has announced MVRDV winner of the international design competition for the mixed-use complex in the city centre of Moscow. Silhouette takes inspiration from neighbouring constructivist’s buildings and is a new 52,000sq m contemporary mixed-use complex exploring geometry and materiality in its design. The new residences in Moscow with commercial facilities, luxurious living and contemporary architecture will be located right in the city centre. Silhouette is a new addition to the centre of the city that will contribute to the grand character of Moscow’s central ring. Located at the intersection of Academician Sakharov avenue and Sadovaya-Spasskaya street, also home to the Le Corbusier... read more
Buchan Group heads for the horizon A creative force
Auckland’s Mission Bay will be home to a one-of-a-kind luxury residential building designed by acclaimed global architectural firm, The Buchan Group. “Horizon Mission Bay” is Location Group’s newest venture featuring a 41-strong apartment building which is nestled into a hilltop, overlooking the city skyline and Hauraki Gulf. Architecturally and interiorly designed by The Buchan Group, the complex will feature one, two and three bedroom apartments, as well as three penthouse options. The Buchan Group Auckland Principal Rob Guild said apartments feature open-plan living areas and large courtyard balconies to take advantage of natural light, ventilation and views. “The design approach of Horizon Mission Bay is to offer the best of both worlds, connecting... read more
Art Jameel, an organisation that supports heritage, education and the arts, today announced fully its new 17,000 sq m development in Saudi Arabia. Hayy: Creative Hub, designed by ibda design, is located in north Jeddah; construction started last year and the complex is due to open next year. This major new cultural development is named Hayy: Creative Hub – derived from the Arabic word for neighbourhood – referring to the community-oriented nature of the complex, and the ways in which the partner organisations, which include art galleries, digital entrepreneurs, comedy clubs, cafes and more, are working together to present the full diversity of the arts. Art Jameel commissioned ibda design to draft Hayy: Creative Hub... read more
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