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17 July 2018
Issue 698
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Standing Tall(er) in the Eastern Cluster
The Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed 100 Leadenhall Street was awarded planning consent on 10th July. This leads on from the planning submission in January 2018, following Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s
appointment in 2016 after a design competition between five renowned architectural teams.
At 263.4m the building will be the third tallest in the City of London and falls within the City’s eastern cluster. Providing over 1.3M sf of office-led development, the project is thought to be the last significant development opportunity in the cluster. The tower adopts a tapered form to ensure that the impact on significant views of St Paul’s Cathedral from Fleet Street and other key London views are respected and incorporates a richly articulated façade incorporating a diamond glazing pattern. The building places sustainability to the fore and targets BREEAM Excellent alongside other carbon and energy saving strategies. Leadenhall Street’s buildings are predominantly stone and the building embraces this with limestone elevations at its base. At ground floor, a number of new retail spaces are provided and new... read more
Top stories this week
1 Atkins supertall
tower tops out
The Atkins designed Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has topped out at the height of 461.2 metres, marking a significant milestone for the tallest building in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. It is also one of the tallest buildings in the world. Bertil de Kleynen, Sector Director for Asia Pacific said: “It’s extremely exciting to see another award-winning design from Atkins become reality and define the emerging skyline of Ho Chi Minh... read more
2 A transparent and open city hall for Albrandswaard
Together with construction team Laanbroek Schoeman adviseurs, SWINN and Galjema, Gortemaker Algra Feenstra is designing Albrandswaard’s new city hall in the Netherlands. For the most part, the programme takes place in a single transparent space. It’s an innovative concept that shows the process of democracy as soon as you enter. The concept of the House of Albrandswaard resulted from an... read more
3 A new chapel for New Mexico
A Chapel For New Mexico was designed by Michael Jantzen as a nondenominational place where people of any faith or spiritual philosophy could gather together in small numbers in New Mexico, for special ceremonies. The structure would be located near Santa Fe in New Mexico, USA where a large number of people are immersed in a wide variety of spiritual endeavors. The aesthetic and functional design of the structure was inspired... read more
4 Countdown to lift off
for UK spaceports
The A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland in northern Scotland has been chosen as the most suitable place to locate the UK’s first spaceport. The UK Space Agency is giving Highlands and Islands Enterprise over two-million GBP towards the development of the facility from which rockets will be launched vertically to put satellites in orbit. According to the BBC, HIE will work closely with a consortium that includes the American... read more
5 Aiming for zero carbon in Calgary
Universities across Canada are eagerly anticipating the summer break. For the University of Calgary, this means work on the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties Building Project designed by DIALOG can officially reach new heights. Designed to be a high-performance net-zero carbon building, the new complex comprises a fully renovated tower and block and a brand-new link that connects the two... read more
A new dawn for
Spitalfields House
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
launch Pittsburgh plans
ODOS Architects and Groupwork + Amin Taha are set to transform Spitalfields House in London. Seaforth Land, the London-focused commercial real estate investor and asset manager, has been granted planning permission by the City of London for the renovation of the building located at 110-114 Middlesex Street and 1-11 Widegate Street in London, E1. Working with ODOS Architects and Groupwork + Amin Taha, Seaforth Land will renovate and reposition the 47,555 sq ft building by improving the common areas, building services and the overall tenant experience in the property. Visitors and employees working in the building will benefit from new retail, receptions and café spaces at ground level. The office spaces and roof terraces will be renovated... read more
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) has unveiled designs for two new buildings at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Both projects, ANSYS Hall and TCS Hall, are designed for collaborative research and maker-based learning. The buildings will be utilized by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students across multiple disciplines, and underscore university-corporate partnerships. ANSYS Hall is designed to be a 36,000-square-foot, four-story facility for CMU’s College of Engineering. Funded by a gift from engineering simulation software company ANSYS, the project creates a hub for student making and features an indoor-outdoor maker-court for conceptualization and manufacturing of large-scale... read more
Most read story of the month
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. Entry is at 90 degrees to the Bay, off the park. A ramp, edged by water, slopes gently up to the front door; the little rise adding to the sense of arrival. Here the “U” shaped plan of the house becomes clear; the entrance is a link between two wings, separated by an internal garden which, like an internal harbour, allows views through the spaces to the bay beyond. Seen from the courtyard a massive blank wall... read more
Making a new connection in Amsterdam Bupa Place shines at MediaCityUK
UNStudio has completed the designs for the IJbaan: Amsterdam’s future cable car, commissioned by the IJbaan Foundation (Stichting IJbaan). The IJbaan is a grassroots “Amsterdammer” citizens' initiative, snowballing from a crowdfunding campaign led by Bas Dekker and Willem Wessels started in 2015 and now supported by the Municipality of Amsterdam. Its goal is to create a new connection across the IJ by the 750th anniversary of Amsterdam in 2025. The one and a half km cable car line is a clean and quick public transport connection between two growing residential areas: Amsterdam-West and Amsterdam-Noord / NDSM. The design consists of three slender pylons and two stations: NDSM Marina on the North Bank and Minervahaven to the South... read more
Construction work on Bupa Place in Manchester in the UK has completed. The new BREEAM Excellent Regional Operations Building for Bupa has been handed over to Bupa, with colleagues starting to move into the new space. The Chapman Taylor-designed building houses CAT B interior fit-out by ID:SR Sheppard Robson, delivered by a team which also included Morgan Sindall, Turner & Townsend and Colliers. Occupying a prominent waterside location adjacent to the award-winning MediaCityUK, the building is the largest single-occupancy building in Manchester, providing over 13,700m2 NIA of BCO Grade A office space over six floors. The new development brings together over 2,000 employees from three buildings in their first... read more
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