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31 July 2018
Issue 700
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An American classic prepares for lift-off once more
A classic airport building from the golden age of air travel, the long-vacant TWA Flight Center at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is being meticulously restored and expanded to become a new TWA
Hotel. Designed to capture the romance and glamour of the Jet Age, the hotel will open again in 2019.
Also known as the Trans World Flight Center, the original building opened in 1962 as the original terminal for Trans World Airlines at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Following TWA's continued financial deterioration during the 1990s and the eventual sale of its assets to American Airlines, the terminal ended operations in October 2001. The building was originally designed by world-famous Finnish modernist architect Eero Saarinen and the flight centre is now being restored by Beyer Blinder Belle. Commenting on the project Richard Southwick, FAIA, director of historic preservation at Beyer Blinder Belle said: “Two new six-story hotel buildings will flank and provide a backdrop to the historic Flight Center, adding 505 rooms as well as an observation deck and rooftop infinity pool, conference... read more
Top stories this week
1 A modular solution to homelessness
Kokoon is a modular living unit built to address the acute shortage of temporary accommodation for asylum-seekers, students and residents displaced by building renovations. The prefabricated modules were designed as a living solution that can be easily transported and stacked in various configurations in order to fit numerous sites in urban and suburban contexts. Kokoon is one of the winners of Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood award. .. read more
2 Triple success in the
United States
The Union Trust Building has been honored with a 2018 American Architecture Award for building restoration from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, the nation’s highest public award given by a non-commercial, non-trade affiliated, public arts, culture and educational institution. Of the 100 shortlisted buildings, only 3 of the Awards were given for the preservation of historically significant American... read more
3 Energy efficiency for
the future
Tucked away behind 21 Gloucester Place in London sits 2 Gloucester Place Mews, a modest listed building constructed in the early nineteenth century as a rear mews to the esteemed Gloucester Place. The Portman Estate has displayed its innovative approach to refurbishment and sustainability by sensitively retrofitting the building, which is Grade II listed, to Passivhaus standard. The Passivhaus... read more
4 Raising a hat to Canada’s reborn hospital
The expansion and renewal of the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital in Canada has been celebrated. A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the new Ambulatory Care Building designed by Gibbs Gage Architects and Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture. The 245,000-square-foot (22,793 sm) addition significantly transforms this important community hospital: ambulatory care clinics, labour and delivery suites, NICU and major... read more
5 Reimaging a brutalist
classic in Sheffiled
For many years the Park Hill high-rise council estate in Sheffield, UK, divided opinion. Many saw it as an ugly rundown eyesore while others thought it as a brutalist gem. It was typical of several brutalist concrete structures that were threatened with the ‘wrecking ball’, with some calling for preservation and others calling for demolition. It was built between 1957 and 1961, and thankfully in 1998 was given Grade II listed building status. Now... read more
FBM Architects get the greenlight in Barking Solent University’s sporting chance
FBM Architects have secured outline planning consent from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for our designs for the regeneration of the Gascoigne West Estate, an exciting 850 home development. The project will have a significant transformational impact on Barking Town Centre and the architects have worked closely with Be First, the council’s regeneration company, to ensure that the designs complement the neighbouring areas of Abbey Road and Gascoigne East; providing the optimum mix of housing and community services. Simon Fraser, Director at Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects, said: “We have taken a very sensitive approach to the site’s historical context connecting and improving the existing townscape to create an attractive... read more
This new specialist sports building will support the University of Solent’s ambition to increase its profile and standing in the British Universities and Colleges Sport league and enable excellence for the teaching of sport, health and fitness related degree programmes. ArchitecturePLB was instrumental in facilitating a stakeholder engagement process to help refine the brief and steer the project – located in a sensitive heritage setting opposite a listed park – successfully through the planning process. Facilities include sports halls, fitness studios, a health and wellbeing gym, strength and conditioning gym and high quality teaching facilities. Part of an ongoing £100 million estates development plan transforming Solent’s East Park Terrace... read more
Most read story of the month
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 carefully-considered embellishments such as a limestone hearth in the living room and soapstone counters in the kitchen. Pecan floors, chosen for their distinctive grain, are a nod to the home’s rustic surroundings. In plan, a collection of volumes is arranged along a central spine reminiscent of vernacular “shotgun” cabins, with the public and private... read more
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