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26 June 2018
Issue 695
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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 ... read more
Top stories this week
1 C.F. Møller moves on up to the waterfront
Across the world, former industrial port areas are becoming transformed into new city neighbourhoods, often with striking buildings and new recreational spaces for city residents. Aarhus is no exception, considering the rapid development of its port area. The property developer Olav de Linde and C.F. Møller Architects have published plans for a new business tower at the address Mindet 6 in the Aarhus harbour district. Currently... read more
2 Adding a spark of creativity to Kensington
SPPARC has completed 145 Kensington Church Street, a 17,000 sq. ft mixed use development in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Featuring three floors of office space occupied by Savills, and four luxury residential apartments, this building draws its design inspiration from the unique candle-making heritage of the area. With this new signature building for joint developer Savills Investment Management... read more
3 Zaha Hadid Architects get the greenlight in Russia
Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Moscow has been awarded planning permission, receiving the ‘State Expertise’ certification from the city’s planning authority for its innovative design that includes large communal spaces, atria and cantilevered facades. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, enabling works have now begun on the Sberbank Technopark site, with shortlisted contractors soon... read more
4 A Fruitful Endeavor
in Canada
Tucked into a hillside in Kelowna, British Columbia, Olson Kundig’s design of the newest von Mandl Family Estates winery draws a close parallel between the topography of the land and the gravity-flow winemaking process taking place inside. Conceived of as a simple rectangular form with a central split or “fracture” down the middle, the production side of the building follows the direction of the site, utilizing the... read more
5 UK architecture firms concerned over BREXIT
As the European Union (Withdrawal Bill) was voted through the UK House of Commons on 20 June, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said; "Today has been an important step in delivering the Brexit people voted for, a Brexit that gives Britain a brighter future, a Britain in control of its money, laws and borders." However, the UK’s approaching exit from the EU has created uncertainty amongst many architecture firms... read more
The jigsaw falls into place
Following over two years of planning and construction, the Miami Design District has welcomed the Museum Garage to its city fabric. Terence Riley, of K/R Architect, led the concept of the ambitious project, which drew from Exquisite Corpse, a surrealist parlor game that entails the collaging of images by different authors independent of each other’s designs. In the spirit of the game, five architecture and design firms designed an individual and radically different facade as disparate and unconnected pieces, creating a multifaceted tapestry for the utilitarian structure. The garage’s animated, wildly varied facades are designed by WORKac, Nicolas Buffe, Clavel Arquitectos, K/R and J. MAYER. H. The facade appears as gigantic interlocking puzzle pieces that nestle at the corner with the forms of WORKac’s design. XOX’s enigmatic forms, emblazoned with stripes and bright colours... read more
Architects combine on Wickside Benoy wins in China
BUJ Architects & Ash Sakula Architects have announced that their Wickside project in London has received planning permission from the LLDC last night. Wickside, one of the largest development sites in Hackney Wick, will provide 475 homes and 300 jobs on a former waste transfer site, creating a permeable, mixed use neighbourhood comprising differently sized urban blocks set around ordinary London streets. Each block is made up of a variety of individually scaled buildings creating a complex and diverse townscape. Rooftops are extensively greened, and provide opportunities to grow and play for residents. Wickside is an ‘‘outstanding’’ mixed use development, that aims to enhance and support an existing creative community through the retention and... read more
Following Benoy’s earlier appointment to complete the masterplan for eight land plots along the Central Green Axis of Wenzhou for China Vanke, this latest competition will see the firm deliver the architecture for two key waterfront plots within the central masterplan for Wenzhou, China. The 250,000m2 Wenzhou INCITY MEGA will be the first commercial complex in SCPG’s new ‘MEGA’ product line. The announcement along with Benoy’s winning design was unveiled to the public by SCPG’s Hangzhou City Commercial Company at a press conference in June. Both plots for Wenzhou INCITY MEGA are both located on the eastern side of the Central Green Axis. Plot D29 will be the site of the INCITY MEGA Mall while Plot D31... read more
Most read story of the month
ODA turns architecture on its head
ODA New York’s brand DNA is earmarked by a special dexterity with the city’s byzantine zoning code; a kind of sixth sense for navigating the various restrictions and regulations in a way that enables ODA to consistently challenge architectural convention. That zoning facility is on full display in the brand’s latest New York project. Located on NYC’s lower east side, 100 Norfolk quite literally turns convention on its head. Situated on a narrow lot between Delancey and Rivington Streets, Norfolk’s site would ordinarily dictate a fairly standard form: a planar rectangle which, per setback rules, would be constrained beyond a certain height, offering the best light and views to a limited few, likely at a premium. It’s a tired and inherently exclusive format, and one which ODA effectively eschews with one brazen question. Instead of locating the bulk of the building’s mass at its base—where fresh air and sunlight are diminished, and street noise abounds—ODA wondered whether the massing could essentially be reversed, with a narrow base rising to a more expansive top. Basically, could 100 Norfolk be oriented upside down? Leveraging its masterful command of zoning laws—including those pertaining to the transfer of available air rights—ODA looked to a neighboring property for the answer. Or, more accurately, ODA looked above it, where the firm identified 11,000 square feet of unused air space ripe for construction. In order to harness that space within height limitations, they opted to invoke a dramatic... read more
Sea Lanes plans for Brighton unveiled Managing major projects...
A set of proposed plans will transform the former Peter Pan Playground site on Madeira Drive, Brighton, in the UK, by delving deep into the area’s history and culture and reviving competitive and recreational sea-swimming on Brighton Seafront. The vision for the national open water swimming centre starts with a 25m swimming pool and supporting commercial use. The pool, which will be accessible to all, will provide much needed swimming facilities in Brighton, and will act as a gateway for those looking to gain confidence to swim in the sea as well as a training hub for open water swimming events, triathlon, sea safety and lifeguard courses. The swimming pool will be supported by 39 small business units suitable for retail, health and fitness, office space... read more
Major projects present a special challenge. What decisions need to be made in the beginning so that they are still relevant in 25 years? How can projects be managed to ensure that they are ultimately a temporal and financial success? Burkhard Fröhlich, Editor in Chief, at DBZ and Jürgen Engel from KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten GmbH provide some answers at BAU 2017 in Munich, Germany. Burkhard Frodlich said: “All over the world major projects are being realised but not always without significant problems. Many are public projects and there are always problems with public sector projects. The key is how they are controlled. How to organise processes and most importantly how to deal with the investor and the client. Where does... read more
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