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24 July 2018
Issue 699
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A sustainable sanctuary
Conceived by Miró Rivera Architects as a prototype for a sustainable rural community, the Hill Country House serves as a beacon to show what could be: a self-sustaining home in a rural setting, virtually independent of
municipal water and energy. Situated on a sweeping Texas Hill Country meadow in the USA, this
private residence is defined by a series of jagged roof peaks inspired by the rise and fall of the surrounding hills. Lovingly referred to as “The Sanctuary” by its owners, a retired but active couple, and executed on a modest budget, this modern take on the farmhouse vernacular is a place to bring people together and find spiritual renewal in a responsible, sustainable setting. The exterior of the home is defined by clean lines, a sculptural gable roof, and a contrasting material palette of corrugated aluminum and warm, locally-sourced cypress. While indicative of the clients’ modest budget, the materials also evoke the residence’s rural setting. A tapering limestone chimney was inspired by an existing shed on the 47-acre property made of dry-stacked local stone. Throughout the interior, white walls and ceilings are offset by... read more
Top stories this week
1 Woods Bagot toasts Queensland success
Woods Bagot's compelling new workplace for the Australian Queensland Government co-locating nearly 5,000 people from 16 sites and 20 government agencies into a single, ‘connected’ location, has celebrated its first year of occupancy, with the building's property manager affirming "happy occupants" a measure of its design success. It was also commended by the Australian Institute of Architects at the Queensland Architecture... read more
2 Six of the best: RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced
This year’s RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist of six includes a highly-innovative new workplace in the City of London which pushes architecture’s boundaries and seeks to enhance the neighbouring public realm (Bloomberg) by Foster + Partners; a poetic Jewish cemetery constructed using rammed earth walls (Bushey Cemetery) by Waugh Thistleton Architects; a high-quality exemplar of student housing... read more
3 BuckleyGrayYeoman gets the greenlight in Brighton
Brighton and Hove City Council in the UK, has approved plans to create mixed-use project on the site of the former Amex House on the eastern side of the city. BuckleyGrayYeoman has secured planning consent on behalf of First Base and Patron Capital for a £100m mixed-use project which will revitalise the site. The 300,000 sq ft project, known as ‘Edward Street Quarter’, will create a bustling new hub for Brighton... read more
4 HS4Air from Gatwick to Heathrow awaits take-off
As high speed rail projects continue to be developed in the UK a new image has been revealed for HS4Air, the proposal for a new high-speed railway around London that passes via both Gatwick and Heathrow Airports. The proposal will be submitted to the Department for Transport in response to a call for ideas within the rail sector. The proposal will also have an important role for stimulating much-needed new housing developments... read more
5 Innovation thrives in Winnipeg
Construction has commenced on a $95-million Innovation Centre at the Red River College Exchange District campus in Winnipeg, Canada. This transformative project positions architectural innovation to inspire and support a culture of advanced learning and knowledge transfer. The 100,000-square-foot development designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture with Number TEN Architectural Group incorporates... read more
Helsinki’s new cultural powerhouse The latest link from the US to Canada
The Finnish capital Helsinki will gain a new cultural landmark on 30 August 2018 when the doors of Amos Rex open to the public. The new art museum will complete after a five-year, €50 million project designed by architecture firm JKMM, which has seen the refurbishment of the landmark 1930’s Lasipalatsi building in Central Helsinki. At the heart of the museum, a new 2,200 sq m world-class flexible gallery space has been created beneath a remodelled public square. Amos Rex will open with Massless, an installation by the Tokyo-based digital art collective teamLab. Massless will feature five digital artworks: four fully immersive spaces created using digital projection, including a new work making its debut at Amos Rex, and an LCD screen-based display... read more
Canada and the USA are the world’s largest trading partners with $841 Billion worth of trade flowing between the two countries annually, and of this 25% crosses the river between Detroit and Windsor in Canada. It’s against this background that plans for a new Detroit River crossing have been unveiled. The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has announced that a significant milestone has been met in the public-private partnership (P3) procurement process with the selection of Bridging North America as the Preferred Proponent to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Bridging North America’s design will see it delivered as a cable-stayed bridge. Commenting on this huge... read more
Most read story of the month
100 Leadenhall heads for the heights
The SOM designed 100 Leadenhall Street was awarded planning consent on 10th July. This leads on from the planning submission in January 2018, following SOM’s appointment in 2016 after a design competition between five renowned architectural teams. At 263.4m AOD 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 GEA 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 pedestrian routes linking Leadenhall Street to St Mary Axe and Bury Street. The proposals incorporate three new distinct public spaces, an open courtyard at the south entrance, new open space at the north entrance linking to the wider public realm network and reinstates the churchyard to the east of the adjoining Grade I listed St Andrew Undershaft, providing an additional 10,000 sf of public open space. In addition to the new public routes through the site, a double-height through-lobby is provided, allowing access from both north and south approaches. A separate entry provides direct access to a freely accessible viewing gallery that offers 360° views at Level 55 and a dramatic three storey view to the south, east and west at Level 56. The building will... read more
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