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03 July 2018
Issue 696
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Classic simplicity
The church of S. Tiago de Antas is situated in an ideal location with views over the surrounding landscape and the centre of Vila Nova de Famalicão, in Portugal. The building is integrated side by side and harmoniously
with an existing church, which gives it a distinct character and reference with the community
especially for all those who cultivate the faith. The elaboration of the proposal was preceded by a study of the location of surrounding spaces and the integration of the building into the site location. It was not simply limited to the study of an organized implantation in the site but also an intense study of the history and religious activities associated with the locality. Its intergration works as a unifying element with the existing spaces and surroundings, such as the Romanesque church, the mortuary chapel and the cemetery. The church itself is a simple building, with no notable monumentality, and the volumetry was studied with the aim of not having a visual impact on the landscape. The volume develops on two floors, clearly separating the sacred space from the other spaces with cultural and educational... read more
Top stories this week
1 Getting away from it all...
Designed by New Wave Architecture, Meygoon is well-situated in a delightful area on the northern side of Tehran in Iran. Tehran is one of most polluted metropolitan areas in Asia which contributes to high levels of stress for many of its inhabitants. As a result many people in Tehran seek temporary refuge from the busy bustling city centre in the calmer suburbs. For the designer the challenge was how to create a space which will... read more
2 Sight lines
SPF:architects (SPF:a) have released initial renderings for Harper17, a four-story condominium planned a block south of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, USA. Developed by Malibu-based Christina Corporation, the new 17-unit complex will replace an existing two-story apartment building on the corner of Fountain and North Harper Avenue. The new renderings detail the project’s most distinctive feature: an exterior dominated... read more
3 M Pavilion plans unveiled
The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has released the design for MPavilion 2018, the fifth MPavilion in an ongoing series, by Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós. The sharp design reveals an open civic space that invites interaction as well as a discourse between people, design, nature and the city. Celebrating Carme’s design philosophy, which advocates building communities, inclusivity... read more
4 Lone Tree Bridge opens
Construction of the new pedestrian bridge in Lone Tree, Colorado, broke ground on September 29, 2016. Just over 20 months later, the 78-foot-tall, leaf-shaped mast structure and 170-foot-long pedestrian bridge has welcomed the public, establishing an essential connection between the north and south sides of the expanding city. The $7 million project spans over a major thoroughfare that sees 89,000 cars... read more
5 Getting back on schedule
Quite unbelievably to many, the concrete masterpiece that is Preston Bus Station in the UK was heading for the wrecker’s ball. However, the UK government, in the face of prolonged arguments for its listing, finally gave in and in 2013 the building was protected and refurbishment scheduled. Now, that its renovation has been completed, it stands proud alongside other postwar classics like the Southbank Centre... read more
Designs for Axis Madrid revealed A new chapter in Chinese art history...
Foster + Partners are to carry out the comprehensive refurbishment of the Plaza Colón building at the heart of Madrid. Located at one of the most major intersections in Madrid, the project seeks to completely transform and revitalise the existing structure to create a new iconic landmark that reflects the prestige and importance of the site. The site has great historical significance and is a key part of the long-term vision for the development of Madrid. Located on the junction of Madrid´s main north-south artery, Paseo de la Castellana, with Génova Street, the primary east-west axis of the city, the building faces the bustling Plaza de Colón, one of the largest public spaces in the city that is flanked by Spain’s National Library. Axis also marks the confluence... read more
This project is located in the hometown of traditional Chinese calligraphy, Shuyang, Jiangsu province, in China and is positioned as the country’s main calligraphy art gallery to display and inherit Shuyang calligraphic style. The concept of architecture abstracts the most fundamental three colours, black, white and red of Chinese calligraphy from rice-paper, brush-pen, seal and creates a pure space experience with pure colours. The aesthetical interest of the calligraphy in the architectural layout referring to Zheng Banqiao’s calligraphic style is to respond to the ideological and practical work, the light and heavy, and the opening and closing of the calligraphy through controlling the size of the building, the space, the contrast... read more
Most read story of the month
Unveiling the ‘micro vertical city’
Against the backdrop of China’s homogenous urban development and the ubiquitous rise of post-modernist skyscrapers, Vanke Yun City boldly presents an alternative office tower typology. It responds to the sub-tropical climate in Shenzhen, promotes urban integration, facilitates social interaction, and proposes an exciting programmatic mix that radically transforms the soulless skyscraper into a highly livable, humane and sustainable micro vertical city. The building is shaped as a laid down Chinese character “?” with three tower blocks attached to a central T-shape core. On the ground, the entire building foot-print and the reception lobby are lifted, returning the previous land to the public as a sheltered and porous activity space. Green and water features are integrated with open or shaded plazas to create a series of accessible and functional urban space. In the air, twelve 7-storey high “knolls” with their silhouette outlined by greenery extrude out and float on the three sides of the building. Drawing inspiration from the natural landscape and mountain parks in Shenzhen, these “knolls” will introduce rich amenities and landscape into the skyscraper, celebrating human scale and nature in the high-rise. The top level of each knoll is where the refuge floor and public lift lobby are situated. It serves as an open community space where rich program and lush landscapes are integrated. Cascading down the sides of the knoll are pockets of semi-public sky gardens that further ameliorate the working... read more
Gdansk takes its glorious past into the future Zoe Architecture completes in Beijing
Since its origin in 1844, The Imperial Shipyard has played a major role in Gdansk’s as well as in Poland’s larger history. First as a key player in Gdansk’s economic rise as a power center for shipbuilding by the Baltic Coast, and later as a place playing an active role in the historic collapse of Communism and the rise of the Solidarity movement. Now experienced urban planners and architects Henning Larsen is transforming the Imperial Shipyard to form a close part of the inner city. The Imperial Shipyard in Gdansk is located at the banks of the Martwa Wisla and Motlawa rivers close to the city’s historic center. The goal of the 400.000 m2 development is to reclaim the shipyard as a powerful financial and social engine building a thriving, mixed-use, inner city... read more
The Hongkun Financial Valley Project is located in Xihongmen, Daxing District, Beijing, China. The overall plan is designed around “the office oxygen bar “ which is a concept that creates a pleasant garden-style office environment with an area of 80,592 square metres and a construction area of 145,158 square metres. Designed by Zoe Architecture, the Beijing Hongkun financial valley project has made different attempts and innovations in functional, spatial and five-sensory experience design, taking the construction itself as the most economical space energy saving device. To create a comfortable office environment through the rational use of energy saving technologies such as respiratory curtain walls, midcourt air flow... read more
Rethinking Dublin University
University College Dublin (UCD) and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) have revealed a digital gallery of the six shortlisted teams’ design proposals in theFuture Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition. The teams’ urban design visions for an Entrance Precinct Masterplan and concept designs for a new circa €48m Centre for Creative Design are now available to view on the competition website. The brief to competitors was to draw up an urban design vision that foregrounds a highly-visible and welcoming entrance precinct, and create a concept design for a charismatic yet integrated new 8,000 sq m building – the Centre for Creative Design ­– that expresses the University’s creativity. The Future Campus project is intended to create a stronger physical presence and identity for the University within Dublin, and raise the profile of UCD nationally and internationally. Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of University College Dublin and competition jury chair, said: “This is an exciting, energising moment for University College Dublin. We now have six possible futures for our campus centre-stage, and all from acclaimed international teams, who are creating the most interesting and... read more
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