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06 March 2018
Issue 680
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70F create a visitor centre that ‘lives’...
Hof van Duivenvoorde (Duivenvoordes Courtyard) has nine movable facade parts that open up the building in the morning and close it at night. When the façade is open the building is a light restaurant, when it’s closed
it becomes a modest barn that disappears in its surroundings. Hof van Duivenvoorde
is the visitor’s center that belongs to Duivenvoorde Castle and Estate, a national monument in the city of Voorschoten. The Duivenvoorde foundation commissioned 70F architecture to create a building that would look like a barn but at the same time be transparent and have a welcoming atmosphere. The solution, with its movable facade parts was a direct hit with the commissioner, but turned out to be difficult to execute. No hatch producer or hinge supplier was up for the challenge. Bas ten Brinke, owner of 70F architecture, therefore decided to do the engineering himself. Hof van Duivenvoorde includes a restaurant, a museum shop and space for the volunteers who give guided tours in the castle and around the estate. The building is relatively small – 6 x 30 m – but feels spacious because of... read more
Top stories this week
1 Manhattan Skyline’s latest addition
Fifteen Hudson Yards in New York, the site’s first tower with for-sale residences, has topped out and now stands more than 900 ft tall, forever taking its place in the new Manhattan Skyline. The construction progress on the building, that was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, also coincides with another building milestone as sales for the 285 condominiums have now surpassed... read more
2 WAN AWARDS 2017 ceremony shines in London
The inaugural WAN AWARDS 2017 ceremony took place on 28 February at the London Marriott Hotel just off Grosvenor Square in the heart of the city’s fashionable Mayfair district. Architects from as far afield as Australia and Ecuador gathered in magnificent surroundings to be the first to hear who had won in each of the categories covered by the WAN AWARDS. Over 200 architects, designers and clients... read more
3 EuroCity set to rise in Gibraltar
Bentley Investments, one of Gibraltar’s major real estate players, has revealed the first new CGI of EuroCity, an innovative 366 home mixed-used project that is set to raise the bar and change the face of the British Overseas Territory. Designed by the award-winning British Manser Practice of Architects, led by Jonathan Manser, EuroCity is situated in the central business district, punctuated by three sustainable towers including Gibraltar’s... read more
4 Garden towns set to grow in ‘Arc of opportunity’
Up to five new garden towns could be approved under UK Government's plans as it grapples with the country’s housing crisis. The planned settlements are set to be built in the ‘Oxbridge corridor’ between Oxford and Cambridge and would create thousands of homes. Sajid Javid, the UK housing secretary, has announced he will give the greenlight to two new towns in the next few weeks and may push for up to three... read more
5 GroupGSA link up the chain in China
Chinese digital health start-up iCarbonX wanted the design of its new headquarters complex to reflect the organisation’s pursuit of cutting-edge medical science platforms that connect intelligence. The organisation is taking steps into the unchartered territory of mapping and digitising human health, with an ambitious research team focussed on future possibilities. Situated in the contemporary metropolis of Shenzhen in southeast China... read more
Cavendish III gets the
go ahead in Cambridge
This week we explore the ambitious initiative now being rolled out by climate group C40 involving an incredible 49 sites in 19 cities. The far-reaching project includes a series of opportunities for architects to engage with city leaders and really make a difference. Mark Watts from C40 in London outlines the challenge and architect David Chipperfield in Berlin explains his views on why the balance sheets of Public Finance Initiatives need to be rewritten, both adding the environment into the equation and giving more teeth to the city leadership... read more
Jestico + Whiles has been given the go ahead for the proposed new Cavendish Laboratory building called Cavendish III at the University of Cambridge, a major new project to replace existing facilities for the Department of Physics. The 35,000 sq m new building has been designed with CH2M, who were recently acquired by Jacobs in December 2017, acting as technical architects on the laboratories and specialist cleanroom areas, and will support the world-leading research carried out at Cambridge... read more
WAN AWARDS: 2017 Winners Announced
Most read story of the month
Snøhetta designs "Svart" - the world’s first energy positive hotel
Not only does this new hotel reduce its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85% compared to a modern hotel, but it also produces its own energy - an absolute “must” in this precious arctic environment. In collaboration with Arctic Adventure of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, Snøhetta has designed the world’s first Powerhouse* hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meløy municipality in northern Norway. The name “Svart”, meaning "black" in Norwegian, is a direct tribute to the deep blue ice of Svartisen and the Svartisen name. As the word for "black" and "blue" are the same in old Norse, the name is a reference to the natural heritage of Svartisen, its precious glacier and its natural surroundings. Compared to an equivalent hotel built in accordance with modern building standards in Norway, the new hotel reduces yearly energy consumption by approximately 85%. The hotel is thus the first of its kind to be built in compliance with the Powerhouse standard and will also become the world’s northernmost Powerhouse building. Building in such a precious environment comes with some clear obligations in terms of preserving the natural beauty and the fauna and flora of the site. It was important for us to design a sustainable building that will leave a minimal environmental footprint on this beautiful Northern nature. Building an... read more
Building a bridge
across continents
Entries are open for
The Sunday Times British Homes Awards
Designed by German architecture practice J.Mayer.H, this international railway station in Akhalkalaki in Georgia forms part of the construction of the new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. It provides a pivotal connection between Azerbaijan and Turkey through to Georgia. Improving the economic relations between Europe and Asia this connection is of strategic importance for all three countries. A different gauge of the rail lines requires a break-of-gauge in Akhalkalaki, the first stop on Georgian side near the Turkish border. With its undulating cantilevers the station’s roof and meshed metal façade will give shelter to up to three... read more
This year we’re celebrating exceptional design in all things home and we’re pleased to announce it’s the only Awards within the industry that honours and recognises every aspect of housebuilding – from one-off houses to major developments, interiors to landscaping, individual extensions to placemaking on a grand scale. It’s time to showcase your greatest achievements and get the recognition you deserve both within your company and the industry. The entry deadline for all submissions is midnight Thursday 10 May. For more information on categories deadlines and general entry information visit... Click Here
All under one roof Technology vs. Technophobia
Designed by Assembly Architecture and S2 Architecture, the new 2,425 sq m Cambie Fire Hall No. 3 and Richmond North Ambulance Station provides the City of Richmond with a state-of-the-art facility for some of Canada’s bravest first responders. This health + public safety building sets a new precedent in the province by integrating fire-rescue and ambulance services into one facility in a major urban centre. “This $20.7m investment supports the City’s commitment to public safety and to providing quality first response services for Richmond’s growing community needs. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified facility demonstrates our leadership and commitment to environmental design and sustainability”... read more
Speaking at BAU 2017 in Munich, Germany, Elisabeth Endres from Ingenieurbüro Hausladen considered how architects and engineers can balance the effective use of technology while seeking to overcome our own technophobia. How much technology do we need? How do we maintain the right amount of diversity? Is high tech taking us back to low tech? Speaking in a forum at the event Elisabeth Endres said: “I think we can build anything today and we have come along way in the field of active systems for buildings, but sometimes we lack the right attitude to handling all this abundance of information which can lead to technophobia emerging on some projects. “Let me start with a house that has... read more
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