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13 March 2018
Issue 681
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Adjaye Associates follow the curve in Ghana
In a ceremony marking Ghana’s 61st year as an independent nation, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has unveiled plans for a new National Cathedral of Ghana designed by Adjaye Associates, the
architecture firm led by British- Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye, OBE. Conceived as a physical
embodiment of unity, harmony and spirituality, the National Cathedral of Ghana will be the nation’s ceremonial landmark where all faiths will be welcomed to gather, worship, and celebrate in spiritual accord. The Cathedral will be situated within 14 acres of newly landscaped gardens adjacent to Osu Cemetary and will house a series of impressive chapels, a baptistery, a 5000-seat two-level auditorium, a grand central hall, music school, choir rehearsal, art gallery, shop and multi-use spaces. It will also be home to Africa’s first Bible Museum and Documentation Centre, dedicated to Christianity and nation-building in Ghana. For the interiors Adjaye Associates will commission some of the most celebrated and progressive Ghanaian and African artists that will collaborate with the practice to create... read more
Top stories this week
1 A first for Bjarke Ingels in New York
For the first time an initial look at the The Eleventh in New York has been unveiled. The building which features architecture designed by world-renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is developed by HFZ Capital Group and it is Bjarke Ingel's very first condominium and hotel project in New York. The full block-long site is located along the High Line at 76 11th Avenue in West Chelsea. Bjarke Ingel’s design for The Eleventh... read more
2 Zaha Hadid Architects win in Sharjah
Following an international competition, ARADA has appointed Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to design the Central Hub, the centrepiece of Aljada, the developer’s renowned masterplan in Sharjah, UAE. Developed with environmental considerations integrated throughout the masterplan to minimise the consumption of resources, the proposal conceptualises the moment a water droplet strikes the earth’s surface, captured in an array... read more
3 Highlights from the WAN AWARDS Ceremony
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. As this short video shows, the evening was a huge success and as this short film shows winners from across the architectural spectrum were delighted with their awards success at the event. Architects from as far afield as Australia and Ecuador... read more
4 WW+P gets the greenlight in South Kensington
Listed building consent and prior approval has been granted for a larger, more spacious ticket hall and new eastbound platform at Grade II listed South Kensington station, one of London’s landmark Underground stations. The scheme by Weston Williamson + Partners was unanimously approved by committee and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea council after more than a decade of rejected designs... read more
5 Cape Town's overarching tribute
The Arch for Arch stands as a tribute to the human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, affectionally known as “Arch” by fellow South Africans, as well as a monument to peace and democracy. Designed by Snøhetta and Johannesburg-based Local Studio, in collaboration with Design Indaba, the engineers at Hatch, and generously supported by Liberty, the Arch marks... read more
Creating homes
‘Out of Thin Air’
AL_A commissioned for
Oxford undergraduate centre
World Architecture News and WSP held a Round Table event at the Design Council in London on Friday March 9. The issue being debated was the prospects for building above London’s rail lines. London’s on going housing crisis is forcing developers to come up with innovative solutions when it comes to finding suitable land to build on with the city requiring 50,000 new homes every year until 2025 just to keep up with demand. The WSP report ‘Out of Thin Air’ focuses on the potential of rail overbuild to increase housing supply in densely inhabited cities and Bill Price, Strategic Growth Director at WSP gave the attendees an overview of the report’s findings which included the figure of 1,142 km of uncovered rail track in London which could be considered... read more
Proposals to develop a new undergraduate centre and Oxford’s first dedicated access facility on the Wadham College site in Parks Road have been granted planning consent by Oxford City Council. The two buildings, located in the Back Quad, will replace the existing Goddard Building, built in 1951. Improving access to Wadham and its buildings are key to this development. The two new buildings will enable the College to expand and develop its work with students from disadvantaged ‘widening participation’ backgrounds. Celebrating inclusivity, they provide level access to every part of the two buildings and accessible student accommodation. The College commissioned the architects AL_A, the studio of RIBA Stirling Prize winner Amanda Levete... read more
Most read story of the month
King of the castle
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 the high transparency. You can look from one side of the building to the other. The space above the kitchen (in the far end of the building) and the sanitary unit (in the middle) are left open, thus showing the roof and it’s construction in it entirety. Some of the fixed windows continue up and over the roof-ridge into the back roof plane... read more
nHouse launches at MIPIM 2018 Architects combine on Sydney upgrade
Following a concept launch last year, new modular housing brand nHouse is launching its first prototype show house at MIPIM 2018. In a construction industry first, more than £1 million was raised via the crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, to help the concept become a reality. The nHouse, the ‘n’ standing for new, is an innovative offsite constructed home that has been created by award-winning architect Richard Hywel Evans, working with industry leaders AtelierOne, AtelierTen and Gardiner & Theobald. The house is built from cross-laminated timber, using modular techniques, with modern finishes. It is spacious, design-led, sustainable and high tech but below the price of an average new build, starting from below £200,000 for a fully assembled... read more
John McAslan + Partners and Woods Bagot are the architectural partners delivering the Sydney Metro upgrade to Central Station, a key component of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project. The renewal of Australia's biggest railway station is underway, with today's announcement that Laing O'Rourke has won the $955m contract for the Sydney Metro City & Southwest upgrade of Central Station, including Central Walk. The station is a key one within the $20bn Sydney Metro project, Australia's biggest public transport infrastructure project. Jointly leading the multi-disciplinary, international design team are architects John McAslan + Partners and Woods Bagot, whose bold, can-do architecture will give the station an entirely... read more
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