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27 March 2018
Issue 683
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Diamond Schmitt shines in Toronto
Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, The Globe and Mail Centre is a 500,000-sq ft office tower in Toronto, Canada. It is the largest office development east of the downtown core and anchors the emerging
St. Lawrence neighbourhood hub of urban activity and corporate offices. The building design features
dramatically shifting floor plates that create a rhythmic sequence of cantilevered viewing terraces on all sides. This innovative design feature for an office building provides the structure with a distinctive and contemporary profile. Ten-foot-high windows maximize views and are calibrated to provide crisp expression to the building’s innovative form. A high-performance building envelope and advanced glazing system supplies the energy-efficient LEED Gold candidate tower with daylighting deep into the core. The building has also won the Office Development of the Year Award for the Greater Toronto Area. The Commercial Real Estate Development Association Greater Toronto Chapter (NAIOP) presented The Globe and Mail Centre, its architects and developers First Gulf Corporation and OPTrust... read more
Top stories this week
1 An urban oasis springs up on Hainan Island
Sunshine Insurance Finance Plaza, designed by Woods Bagot, provides a soaring new addition to Sanya Bay’s rising skyline. Located at the southern tip of China’s Hainan Island, the mixed-use development features a 37-storey tower rising above a tiered retail podium and lush gardens. The tower comprises A-grade offices, a 4-star Park Hyatt Hotel, a private clubhouse and a rooftop pool. Inspired by a strand of pearls, the... read more
2 A crystal clear view of the ocean
British designer David Price, who works out of offices in Provence and on the Côte d’Azur, together with his Anglo-French-American team, has completed the ‘Glass House’ for a British client on the Cap d’Antibes in France. The plot is a rarity in the area; not only facing the sea-front, but also east-facing and on an almost-flat piece of land, covering 2,000 sq m. The views from the new property extend from the snow-capped southern... read more
3 Schmidt Hammer Lassen win in Riga
Riga, the Baltic states' largest city, will see the mostly abandoned buildings of its historic Kimmel Quarter transformed into a thriving commercial development, and Danish architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is behind the winning design to revitalize the neighbourhood. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won a competition to design Kimmel Quarter, an 11,500-square-metre area that assumes... read more
4 Perkins+Will wins
in Toronto
Perkins+Will has announced a new collaboration with York University in Toronto Canada to design the School of Continuing Studies building at the Keele campus. Perkins+Will was selected as the winner by the University through a rigorous competition process which took a roster of international design firms down to a shortlist of seven, followed by a competition stage for three finalistss. The design offers advanced sustainable... read more
5 ‘Agritecture’ points the way forward
The developer Bouygues Immobilier group, always looking to reinvent itself, has teamed up with the Vincent Callebaut Architectures agency to develop a biophilic project focused smart building that combines plants and advanced renewable energies. This “Arboricole” developed by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Bouygues Immobilier and the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) was... read more
The WAN AWARDS: Why you should enter... A Canadian classic
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
In the heart of Canada’s capital the iconic Bank of Canada stands bold in Ottawa’s Parliamentary District. Perkins+Will revitalized a proud piece of Arthur Erickson’s architectural heritage by creating a reenergised workplace and world-class headquarters for the Bank. Modernising Erickson’s legacy, the revitalization thoughtfully injected a new era of sustainability, energy efficiency, data and seismic technology inside the workplace, bank building and mirrored twin towers. Juxtaposing architecture and skyline, dramatic crystalline triangles rise from below, proudly animating the parliamentary district. Perkins+Will transformed the public realm framing the site into a vibrant new landmark and gathering space. As a gift to Ottawa... read more
Letting the
city breathe again...
completes Fitzrovia new build
Launching on Glasshouse Street, just off Piccadilly Circus, CityTree is a breakthrough technology designed to specifically combat air pollution and heat in cities. It has been brought to London by The Crown Estate, with the support of Westminster City Council, and cleantech company Evergen Systems, the exclusive UK supplier of CityTree. Delivering 275 times the air cleaning capability of a single tree, CityTree is a pioneering technology which takes just 1% of the space that would be needed to achieve the same results using real trees. What makes CityTree unique is its combination of mosses, which are naturally powerful in absorbing pollution and particulates, and plants, which provide the shade that mosses need to thrive in an urban... read more
BuckleyGrayYeoman has completed the redevelopment of 55 Wells Street in Fitzrovia on behalf of Great Portland Estates plc. The project has increased the total space available on the site from 36,000 sq ft (GIA) to 50,000 sq ft (GIA) and delivers modern office space built to the highest standard of design and materials. 55 Wells Street is a key project in the revival of Fitzrovia as a high quality West End office location, in-line with the aspirations of Westminster City Council. The development replaces a dilapidated 1960s office building with a new six-storey building providing Grade A office accommodation above the ground floor retail and restaurant space. Andrew Henriques, Associate Director at BuckleyGrayYeoman, said: “Fitzrovia... read more
Most read story of the month
Piuarch creates new Gucci HQ
The redevelopment project of the old Caproni factory in Milan, Italy, by Piuarch, focuses on enhancing the stylistic features of the 1920s’ architecture and aims to transform this old plant into a large complex for Gucci, holding offices, showrooms and spaces for fashion shows and operations connected with graphics, as well as a canteen and restaurant. Recovery and enhancement of the characteristic shed buildings was the first element of the redevelopment project: set out in a regular pattern across the site and featuring modular structural bays, the abandoned industrial warehouses with exposed-brick facades generate, thanks to their spatial layout, a seamless interaction between the inside and outside. Particular attention was paid to the Hangar recovery, a volume of “exceptional” size, once intended for the final assembly of Caproni aircraft, that is now used to house the fashion shows from 2017. Moreover, the Hangar is enhanced by a large open and covered square connected with the main pedestrian axis facing to via Mecenate. This covered square acts as the core of the pedestrian system that includes a tree-lined square, common gardens, patios and green walls. Inside the regular layout of solid structures and empty spaces, a new six-storey tower closely interacts with the old construction: characterized by a glass façade covered with a regular pattern of sunscreens, the new building breaks down the site’s... read more
One for the road A polycentric future for our cities?
It was never planned as a business case when Tiny Office owner and former creative head of Danish music festival Smukfest, Jonas Hallberg, built his first office trailer a few years back. “I’m not wired that way” Jonas says. “I just wanted to invite customers to my office on random locations of my choice, and suddenly I had companies wanting me to build them one too.” Based in Aarhus, Denmark, he is now specialising in customising office trailers that bring companies’ brand DNA to the road. Instead of just modifying an anonymous caravan, Jonas wanted a mobile office that resembled the uniqueness of the cave-like office he had built for running operations at the world-renowned festival. So, he built his own trailer from the ground up and practically became... read more
In a fascinating live link-up between Australia and the UK at the NLA in London on 22.3.18 two panels of experts examined how London and Sydney are aiming to become polycentric cities. Audiences of professionals from engineering, transport, architecture and construction gathered to listen to the debate and question the panels on the future development of the two cities. Cities are the defining characteristic of the 21st century, said Bates Smart director Philip Vivian, eclipsing the 19th century’s theme of ‘empires’ or the 20th’s of ‘nation states’, with 75% of the world’s population predicted to live in urban areas by 2050. But while Sydney’s density is less than half of London’s, at 29 people per hectare, the Australian... read more
City of Dreams… Reclaiming the Streets competition
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In this unusual programme we explore Dubai through the eyes of Sanjay Manchanda CEO of Nakheel. This burgeoning city has enabled many architects to realise some of the world’s most incredible projects that otherwise would have gathered dust in the filing cabinet. Listen to Sanjay talking about Zaha’s Opus project and his open invitation to architects “bring us your dreams”… read more
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