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10 July 2018
Issue 697
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Doubling up in Sydney
Designed by SAOTA and set in a north-facing cove in Sydney’s vast natural harbour, the site borders a park and a public pier which juts out into the bay. This element forms one axis for the site whilst a pristine beach, directly
in front of the site, forms another. From the principle park elevation that the new building appears
as a collection of planes; a play on space, privacy and threshold. Graphite grey sail screens (made from “Kaynemaile,” a polycarbonate chainmail developed in New Zealand for the Lord of the Rings movies) are rigged just off the house providing privacy from the road. Timber cladding, plastered mass walls, a wood-clad soffit and the exaggerated cill of a bay window punched through the sail screens, are layered into further planes. This game creates depth in an otherwise linear façade and provides privacy whilst maximising light and views to the park. Set into this façade the stairwell is fully glazed; but wrapped protectively in a cloak of timber louvres. This gently curved outline contrasts with the surrounding crystalline box and mediates between the formal entrance and bedrooms above... read more
Top stories this week
1 ARO Tower heads for the sky in Manhattan
A new 62-story tower is set to debut this year in Midtown Manhattan, New York. Its substantially completed exterior is already creating a buzz within the city’s luxury rental scene and among global leaders in high-rise building design. The building, called ARO, will be discussed at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2018 National Conference on Architecture in a session led by ARO's architect, John Cetra, FAIA, of CetraRuddy... read more
2 A play between light and shadow
Designed by UNStudio, the new Marina at Keppel Cove is located in Zhongshan, in the Guandong Province of China and is situated on the banks of the River Xi. The 50,000 sq m masterplan for the project comprises a marina with direct access to the Xi River, a service building, high-end residential villas and the supporting infrastructure, such as the CIQP building, a bridge, roads and surrounding external dykes. Keppel Cove Marina... read more
3 At one with Hilversum’s industrial past
With its characteristic industrial buildings, the former site of the Regional Energy Supply Company in Hilversum in the Netherlands has always had its own identity. The gasworks site was originally situated outside the city perimeter, but gradually became enclosed by residential developments. With the relocation of the gasworks, the opportunity arose to redevelop the site and give it a new name: Villa Industria. Mecanoo created a masterplan... read more
4 The view
from the top
Designed by Morphogenesis, this unique residential development is located in close proximity to the town of Kasauli, that is well-connected by road to the cities of Chandigarh and New Delhi in northern India. The site is in the Himachal Pradesh region in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas and is situated on highly contoured land with level differences of about a 100 m within the site. The neighbourhood is predominantly... read more
5 Design Engine goes green in Winchester
Design Engine’s new landmark West Downs Building at the University of Winchester has secured a £30 million loan from Triodos Bank, Europe’s leading sustainable bank. This is the first UK higher education project to secure green finance and the support from Triodos will ensure that the development, which includes a 250-seat auditorium and will increase teaching and support floor space by 20 per cent, will be completed for the 2019-2020... read more
Studio Gang unveils Canadian plans Raffles City heads for completion in China
Slate Asset Management has introduced Studio Gang’s design for a new block plan and mixed-used tower at the southwest corner of Yonge and Delisle in Toronto during a community consultation session at 55 St. Clair Avenue West. Jeanne Gang, Founding Principal of Studio Gang, presented the vision to local stakeholders, including members of the Deer Park Residents Group, Yonge & St. Clair BIA and the broader community. Conceived as a new model for sustainable urban growth, One Delisle will bring broad-based urban improvements to the Yonge and St. Clair community through the infusion of new residential and retail uses. Located at an important transit node in midtown Toronto, the project aligns with Slate’s long-term vision to re-establish... read more
CapitaLand has welcomed the visit by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean to the development site of Raffles City Chongqing The development has been designed by Safdie architects and it is located on the historic Chaotianmen, known as the crown jewel of Chongqing in southwest China. In a progress report to Mr Teo, CapitaLand updated that construction on Raffles City Chongqing is about 80% completed and the 1.12-million-square-metre (sq m) megastructure is on track to open in phases from 2Q next year. Recognised as a symbol of strong ties between China and Singapore, Raffles City Chongqing will be home to the Sino-Singapore Collaboration Centre, an initiative by CapitaLand and Chongqing’s Yuzhong District... read more
Most read story of the month
Walking on air...
When it comes to architectural challenges, they don’t come much tougher than building a glass walkway on top of The Rock of Gibraltar. Limited access, plunging cliffs, changing weather systems and tailless Barbary Macaques were just some of the difficulties encountered when designing and constructing Skywalk. Skywalk is a state-of-the-art glass platform and walkway built above an historic military platform once serving as a base for anti-aircraft Bofors guns. It offers breath-taking, 360-degree panoramic views across Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, as well as the plunging cliffs below. The design brief was simple; afford the visitor with new and unrivalled views in all directions including the rocky cliff face. At the same time, we had to ensure a subtle intervention that did not detract from the natural and historic nature of what is a very unique setting. To deliver on this brief, the architects teamed up with architectural studios Mayice, who helped come up with the original concept designs. Together, they designed a cantilevered walkway with glazed flooring and balustrade that wrapped around the historic stone platform. Steel stairs gave access to the military platform below where the old octagonal concrete gun base would serve as a seat for visitors to rest and gaze out towards the distant horizon. The construction challenges faced with Skywalk were many. Access was limited to the very narrow roads that zig-zag their way up the Rock. This meant the structure of the walkway... read more
A double take in London C.F. Moller wins in Hamburg
The latest projects as part of C’s Transforming UCL programme are now complete: Bentham House (UCL Faculty of Laws) and the Kathleen Lonsdale Building (Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences). Delivered by UCL Estates and designed by Levitt Bernstein, the two projects deliver world class teaching, research and pastoral facilities in complex heritage contexts.The new home for UCL Faculty of Laws integrates Bentham House (a Grade II listed former Union Headquarters) and the adjacent mid-20th century Gideon Schreier Wing (by Richard Seifert), on Endsleigh Gardens and Endsleigh Street respectively. The design unifies these two previously disparate buildings, creating a state of the art environment for learning and teaching... read more
The proposal from C.F. Møller Architects for a new station in Hamburg looks to act as a visionary landmark and an urban catalyst, both for the northern district of Altona’s development and the wider city. By interlinking nature and city life, the new station plays a role in contributing to the city’s vision of consolidating and giving significance to its green spaces Conceptually, the project is a compilation of three primary elements: a base, a roofscape and two towers. The base gathers the project's public and urban attributes, while the two towers accommodate a hotel and office spaces with views of Hamburg. An undulating roof landscape binds these two elements together and looks to offer a softer and inviting quality to the proposal... read more
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