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20 March 2018
Issue 682
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Zaha Hadid Architects add to the neighbourhood
Photographers Hufton+Crow have documented 520 West 28th, Zaha Hadid Architects’ first project in New York City. There is a powerful urban dynamic between the streets of New York and the High Line, a
layered civic realm that has developed over generations and in many iterations. 520 West
28th conveys this contextual relationship, applying new ideas and concepts to create the latest evolution of the site’s rich history. The split levels of the design define varied living spaces and echoes the multiple layers of civic space on 28th Street and the High Line. These split levels are expressed within the interlocking chevrons of 520 West 28th’s hand-crafted steel façade which carries the spirit of Chelsea’s industrial past; its detailed workmanship continues the venerable tradition within New York’s historic architecture of enhancing the public realm. Designed and constructed with a practiced understanding of material qualities and manufacturing techniques, the façade conveys the attention to detail evident throughout 520 West 28th—brushed and tinted by hand to resonate with the adjacent... read more
Top stories this week
1 The ‘Key’ to redeveloping Brussels
Danish architectural practice Henning Larsen has won the Key West urban development project in the Brussels Canal Zone bringing Scandinavian socio-economic cohesion to a challenged area. As many other European cities Brussels has shifted away from heavy industry to a postindustrial economy and is now redeveloping old industrial areas and moving the city center towards the Canal Zone. The Canal Plan initiated by the... read more
2 A new cultural gateway
for Angers
Steven Holl Architects, together with Compagine de Phalsbourg, has won the international design competition for the new Angers Collectors Museum / Le Musée des Collectionneurs and an adjacent hotel in the centre of Angers, France. The new museum is inspired by the historic Chateau d’Angers and forms a new cultural gateway for the city. The site for the new Angers Collectors Museum is in the centre of the city... read more
3 Where the river meets
the sea
The “Slippen” housing complex, designed by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS, is located in the district of Lower Malmø, at the exit of Mandalselva in the Mannefjord. The town of Mandal has some very special qualities with its location where the river meets the sea, and a stunningly beautiful timber architecture. Lower Malmø on the eastern side of the river has historically been an industrial area, but this is currently... read more
4 AAP breathes new life
into the desert
This project, designed by AAP - Associated Architects Partnership is located in Sabah Alahmed Alsabah Maritime City in the southern part of Kuwait. Developed to expand the length of available shoreline, the development brings the sea into the desert to create a series of canals that are anchored by several docks and marinas and activated by many other recreational activities. The five plots of the five residences sit on... read more
5 At least six dead after Miami bridge collapse
At least six people have been killed and nine others injured after a footbridge collapsed near Florida International University in Miami, USA. Police announced the deaths after rescuers spent the night searching for victims trapped beneath the structure. According to the BBC, the 862-tonne, 174ft (53m) bridge fell over an eight-lane motorway on Thursday 15.3.18, crushing at least eight vehicles. The vehicles were stopped... read more
BIG takes centre
stage in Albania
Reclaiming the Streets
The Task Force so far...
The National Theatre of Albania is a 9,300 sq m contemporary venue designed to host local and touring theatre companies in the nation’s capital. Located in the cultural and administrative heart of downtown Tirana, adjacent to the iconic Skanderbeg Square, the National Opera and the National Art Gallery, the cultural space will replace the existing theatre and add three new indoor performance spaces, a rooftop amphitheater as well as a covered public space underneath the building. Commenting on the project Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana said: “Tirana is going through an era of unprecedented transformation and innovation. The city is becoming greener with a major tree plantation drive of 2 million trees! It is a leading child-friendly and pedestrian city with countless playgrounds and large car-free areas as the Scanderbeg... read more
During the next ten to twenty years, city streets will be redefined by two powerful events, the advent of autonomous vehicles and an increasing awareness of the health risks from vehicle pollution. These two forces combined will change the fabric of our cities forever. WAN is appealing to the global design community to submit their vision for the streets of the future. Reclaiming the Streets is a competition for ideas to help tackle a range of current urban challenges, ensuring good design is at the heart of the solution. Further, that city leaders fueled by inspirational concepts from architects and engineers can grasp the biggest opportunity in half a century to transform our streets from congested, polluting canyons into healthy, efficient arteries, the very building blocks of a truly livable city. See the Task Force so far... read more
Quantum change for architecture… Trap Street
You may think the computer humming away on your desk is state of art, as good as it gets, it may well be, but not for much longer. At this moment, around the world elite groups of scientists are competing to develop the first generation of quantum computers. This new technology is not a progression, not even a game changer, more a whole new game with rules so complex that most of us will struggle to comprehend… and it’s about to break out of the cage and change everything… Shoptalk’s Michael Hammond talks to Dr Sebastian Weidt about the world of Quantum physics and the future!... read more
A new play by Award Winning Kandinsky -6 -31st March, New Diorama Theatre, London, NW1 3BF. In today’s episode we talk to James Yeatman, director of a new play, Trap Street, just opened in London. Using original research carried out in collaboration with housing associations and tenants, the story follows inhabitants of a London high rise and uses unique design, movement and sound to capture the atmosphere of living in one of these gigantic, futuristic, aspirational buildings. Trap Street is set in a building stuck between existence and non-existence: a high-rise tower... read more
Most read story of the month
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 tallest at 22 storeys, with views towards Spain, Africa and the Rock. Entered via stunning and distinctive entrance lobbies, the generously proportioned, high specification apartments will sit amongst landscaped raised piazzas designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show winner Andy Sturgeon along with a range of amenities including 24 hour concierge, car parking, a gym and three swimming pools including a 25m lap pool. There will also be an on-site property management company. At ground level, swathes of high quality retail and commercial space will help to deliver a pioneering destination for families, businesses and professionals alike. The rest of Gibraltar is mostly reachable on foot, with good schools, restaurants and a Morrisons supermarket nearby, while the recently upgraded international airport is just a five minute drive away. Evgeny Cherepakhov, Chairman of Bentley Investments, whose previous West One project sold out in just four days, comments: “Our vision is to bring international standards of design to Gibraltar, combining luxury resort living with an... read more
The WAN AWARDS: Why you should enter... Oman’s landscape inspires LOM
The WAN AWARDS 2018 categories ranging from materials, wood and concrete through sector categories including healthcare and education to the rising star practice award are now open for entry. With the early bird deadline fast approaching now is the time to take advantage of our special rates, you will need to submit your entry before midnight GMT 29th March. WAN AWARDS welcome entries from practices of all sizes and offer your firm an unparalleled opportunity to gain recognition and global exposure for your work. Award success will give your firm increased media exposure, creating greater online visibility and new opportunities with new clients. Entering the awards will not only boost global awareness and business potential... read more
LOM Architecture and Design has completed the flagship headquarters building for the National Bank of Oman (NBO) in Muscat. The dramatic structure – with a total area of approximately 50,000 sq m (540,000 sq ft) across nine floors (seven above ground level) – stands on a prominent site on Al Sultan Qaboos Street, near the Grand Mosque and the city centre. Its scale and location make this one of the most important new buildings in Oman in recent years. The design takes its inspiration from the history and topography of Oman, reinterpreted in a radical, contemporary idiom. The atrium – inspired by the form of Oman’s wadi gorges – delivers a series of dramatic internal spaces. These balance public access... read more
Tumbling down to the ocean Getting set for take off in Mumbai
Greenacres is Austin Maynard Architects first completed project in New South Wales, Australia. Unable to save the original dilapidated house, a new home was constructed on the steep block, a topography that set new and exciting challenges. The varying heights created the opportunity for multiple platforms to view the expansive outlook over the ocean, the Merewether Ocean Baths, and the city of Newcastle. In their brief the owners, Basil and Jo, asked for a family home that they could grow old in, with a lift, lots of light, sleek, clean lines and, they tentatively requested: “a window with a view if possible.” Austin Maynard Architects designed them a home which captures the views from almost every space within and around the house... read more
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) appointment to design Navi Mumbai International Airport has been awarded by GVK, operators of Mumbai’s existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International (CSI) Airport that is fast approaching capacity. In 2017 GVK formed a joint venture with the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the development arm of the State of Maharashtra, India to build the new airport. Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) is a long-awaited addition to Mumbai and Maharashtra’s transport infrastructure and integral to sustaining the region’s continued growth. The foundation stone for the new airport was laid by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 18 February 2018, with the project placed on a fast-track programme... read more
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