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19 June 2018
Issue 694
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Creating a spin at The Old Vinyl Factory
Designed by Studio Egret West and built by Henry Construction, The Boiler House provides 54 stylish studio, one- and two-bed for-sale homes, with floor-to-ceiling windows, sleek kitchens and spacious balconies. The
building’s distinctive stainless-steel shingle façade and bright orange staircase cover a cross-laminated
timber structure – this provides a range of environmental and thermal benefits, as well as enabling an ultra-efficient construction process. The Boiler House, which is part of the Old Vinyl Factory masterplan, also offers roof top allotments for residents to grow their own vegetables and plants. Two ground floor retail units are placed on either side of the bright and colorful entrance lobbies. With prices starting from £270,000, many of the units at The Boiler House have been available through London Help to Buy. Located a short walk from the new Hayes & Harlington Elizabeth Line station, which will provide 20 minute journeys into central London, the homes have proven very popular with buyers, with over 80% sold prior to completion and only a handful now remaining. HUB and Bridges are jointly... read more
Top stories this week
1 Morpheus opens its doors
Asia’s most popular entertainment destination, Macau welcomed more than 32 million tourists in 2017, with visitor numbers increasing every year. Located in Cotai, Macau, City of Dreams is a leading integrated resort including casino, two theatres, shopping district, 20 restaurants and four hotels. Informed by the fluid forms within China’s rich traditions of jade carving, the Morpheus’ design combines dramatic public... read more
2 A façade for all seasons
Bulgari’s flagship store in Kuala Lumpur has opened with a new façade that imagines the luxury brand’s heritage, and experiments with traditional materials. The storefront is the first in a series of MVRDV façade designs for the luxury brand. This concrete and resin facade is permeated by gold light to create a marble-veined façade. For over a century, Bulgari has set the pace for Italian style with a forward-looking, creative spirit that... read more
3 Let the games commence!
The 2018 World Cup is upon us, with the opening ceremony, several key matches and the final taking place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The magnificent building has been refurbished by SPEECH architectural office and Mosinzhproekt. Luzhniki Stadium was designed and built in 1955-1956 under the supervision of architect Alexander Vlasov. In 1980 Luzhniki was the main arena for the Olympics. It has been... read more
4 GS of A devastated by fire
A massive fire has devastated Glasgow's famous art school building for the second time in four years. According to the BBC, firefighters were called to the celebrated Mackintosh building at about 23:20 on Friday 15th June. When they arrived the fire was already "well-developed". At one point 120 firefighters and 20 fire engines were at the scene. The firefighters used water from the nearby River Clyde to tackle the blaze with fire crews from... read more
5 Unveiling the ‘vertical city’
Against the backdrop of China’s homogenous urban development and the ubiquitous rise of post-modernist skyscrapers, Vanke Yun City, designed by WOHA Architects, 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... read more
Woods Bagot
takes to the skies
Diller Scofido + Renfro and
Woods Bagot win Adelaide competition
New images revealing the scale and quality of the redevelopment of Terminal 1, Boarding Area B at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) have been unveiled. The release of the designs by international architecture practice Woods Bagot, in joint venture with HKS Architects, comes as construction starts on the 4750m project, which is expected to complete in 4 phases between 2019 and 2022. Working closely with shell and core architects HKS, the interior designs by Woods Bagot highlight SFO’s commitment to customer hospitability, including a spacious concourse that integrates art, restaurants, and retail showcasing the best in Bay Area fare and integrated technology to facilitate the passenger journey. Carsten Voecker, Woods Bagot Director in San Francisco... read more
Arts South Australia and competition organisers Malcolm Reading Consultants has announced that the team led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (US) with Woods Bagot (Australia) has won the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition. The winning team’s concept design reconciled the brief for a dynamic people-friendly new place with a skilfully-organised gallery, while also incorporating a performance lab, a dramatic ‘Super Lobby’, floating top-floor sky galleries and a suspended rooftop garden. The garden, inspired by ‘Minkunthi’, the Kaurna word ‘to relax’, would display the planting of a pre-colonised South Australian landscape, linking the idea of the contemporary to Kaurna ecological and cultural history. The building was described... read more
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Zaha Hadid Architects
head for the Black Sea
Located on the Black Sea coast, connecting Russia with the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean and Suez Canal, the city of Novorossiysk is the nation’s largest shipping port and the third busiest in Europe by turnover. With direct links to Russia’s rail and highway networks, Novorossiysk has also developed into an important centre of industry. Documented in antiquity as a port specializing in grain, Novorossiysk rich history and traditions as a centre of trade are continued in this masterplan by Zaha Hadid Architects that integrates new public spaces and amenities for the city’s residents and visitors to enjoy the seashore with facilities to host international conferences, trade fairs and business congresses, as well as professional and academic seminars. With its buildings orientated perpendicular to the sea front to maintain existing sea views from the city, the masterplan is interwoven with Novorossiysk’s urban fabric in a porous configuration that reconnects the city with its coast, inviting residents and visitors to traverse the site via public plazas, gardens and parks. By restricting vehicular access, the design creates opportunities for outdoor leisure, sports and recreation in the city’s coastal subtropical climate throughout much of the yearr. The masterplan unites its recreational, cultural, corporate and ecological functions within a coherent composition... read more
Clifton Cathedral renovation completes SHL win in Belgium
Purcell, the architects, master planners and heritage consultants, has completed repairs to the Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of SS. Peter and Paul in Clifton, Bristol, in the UK, making Britain’s last major church building watertight for the first time. Purcell worked closely with the client, Clifton Diocese, to improve the internal environment while respecting the architecture of the brutalist structure, with detailed design proposals that harmonise with the richness of the iconic building. Purcell has completed £3.1m of repairs since May 2015, part-funded by £1.4m of grants from the World War 1 Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund; the biggest beneficiary being the pitched roof which required 86 tons of replacement lead – the largest lead roofing project in Britain... read more
Solvay, an advanced materials and chemical company, has selected Danish architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to design its new headquarters in Brussels. The winning team, also comprised of local firm Modulo Architects and VK Engineers, was chosen after an international competition that included European firms OMA, Valode & Pistre, Wilmotte & Associés, and Henning Larsen. The new campus signals a shift for Solvay towards a more open, sustainable culture amidst a recent radical transformation of its business portfolio. The new building, located on the 22-hectare site that has housed many of Solvay's activities since 1953, will not be a typical corporate office, but rather a fluid... read more
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