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08 May 2018
Issue 689
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London’s latest creative quarter emerges at Sugar House Island
The new workspace quarter, called Dane’s Yard, forms the first phase of the wider Sugar House Island mixed-use development, which will ultimately deliver 624,000 sq ft of office space and 1,200 homes, as well
as gardens, courtyards, a riverside park, restaurants, cafes, retail and a hotel, across as 26-acre
site bounded by water, masterplanned by ARC-ML and delivered by Vastint UK. Dane’s Yard comprises 88,000 sq ft of workspace across eight buildings tailored to the creative industries, along with retail units. Award-winning practice Waugh Thistleton Architects has been based in Shoreditch since the late 1990s, playing a pivotal role in the transformation of the area into a creative neighbourhood, and has applied its insight and understanding of the mechanisms of that transformation to the design of Dane’s Yard. Vastint UK said: “We are incredibly excited to launch our plans for Dane’s Yard, the first phase of the Sugar House Island development. Standing at the confluence of the rivers that powered east London and served the city for many years, Sugar House Island has nearly a thousand years’ heritage as a place... read more
Top stories this week
1 Mecanoo gets social in Taiwan
Mecanoo’s Social Housing philosophy focuses on the development of affordable living spaces defined by flexibility, the right balance of private and communal spaces, mixed housing types, connection with the environment and identity. The housing complex in Kaohsiung will host 234 units between 25 and 75m², designed for a large variety of users, from students, young couples to families with children... read more
2 Award-winning Scandinavian architecture practice focuses on excellence
With a history that spans almost 100 years C.F. Møller Architects are one of Scandinavia’s leading architectural firms, with a diverse portfolio of award-winning work in the Nordic region and worldwide. In recent years C.F. Møller has won several WAN AWARDS including METAL IN ARCHITECTURE in 2017, COMMERCIAL in 2015 and RESIDENTIAL... read more
3 São Paulo tower collapses
A 26-storey building has collapsed 90 minutes after catching fire in Brazil's largest city, São Paulo, killing at least one person. More than 150 firefighters battled the blaze which is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion. According to the BBC web site, the high-rise, which was engulfed in flames, had been occupied by squatters. Fire authorities said they feared more people were trapped inside. This incident comes after... read more
4 Reimagining Perth
The $3.8bn Belmont Park redevelopment in Perth, Western Australia, is a 73ha site located on the northern end of the Burswood Peninsula on the fringe of the city’s CBD. Immediately adjacent to the new HASSELL COK HKS designed Optus Stadium and Sports Precinct, and the HASSELL designed Chevron Parklands, the new Stadium Train Station, and the recently launched Crown Towers, the development boasts... read more
5 Adapting to a new role
Benoy has unveiled ‘The Hangzhou Canal Art Center’ – a unique future development occupying the site of a former thermal power plant in Hangzhou, China. Set within the Gongshu district which is currently undergoing a wider regeneration, the building sits adjacent to the Joy City Hangzhou mixed-use scheme which Benoy is also designing, and forms the cultural beacon for the area’s future development. The brief called for Benoy... read more
Design Council to partner
with WAN on IMBE 2018
Building up a
head of steam
“Design Council is delighted to be partnering with World Architecture News on the upcoming IMBE (Immersive Technology in the Built Environment) event. Virtual reality, and augmented reality are no longer ideas of the future, they are a real part of the here and now. The way we utilise these new and advancing technologies, creating opportunities for designers, architects and built environment experts across the world to collaborate on projects to shape our surroundings is crucial. These are exciting times, where being able to design, create, manipulate and change structures not only externally, but also at the most minute levels internally becomes a reality. We look forward to being a part of the discussions and finding more ways to make life better by design, to deliver enhanced public benefit”Design Council CEO, Sarah Weir OBE... read more
This former boiler house was established in 1872 by the Prague Association of Ironworks near the Prague – Dresden railway line by the Vltava River in the Czech Republic. It has recently been the subject of an extensive renovation by Atelier Hoffman. It significantly influenced the development of the nearby municipalities and has left a considerable mark on this locality, giving it a unique character and ambience. In the past, more than 1600 people lived and worked here; nowadays it is less than a hundred, even though there is almost everything here: housing, railway, technical infrastructure, a river and mature trees. The boiler house stands next to the already renovated Coal-Grinding Mill to which it was connected for operational reasons. It represents another important project of the gradual... read more
WAN Urban Challange: Winners Announced
DK add to Nine Elms transformation A note from WAN's Editor in Chief
DK, the world leading illustrated reference publisher, has announced its relocation to One Embassy Gardens designed by PLP Architects. The firm has signed a lease agreement with Ballymore to occupy three floors of prime office space with a combined size of 44,000 sq. ft. Publishing content in over 100 countries worldwide, DK will move to One Embassy Gardens from their 80 Strand office by 2020. Developed by Ballymore, One Embassy Gardens places tenants at the heart of the landmark Embassy Gardens development in Nine Elms. With views over the River Thames, Linear Park and new US Embassy building, One Embassy Gardens is uniquely positioned within a new neighbourhood, combining business and creativity with a commitment to modern... read more
How will VR, AR, MR and AI technology impact the AEC community?
Immersive Technology is already encroaching into the world of architecture and design with many forecasting that it will herald a radical new era for the design industry… but will it?

What’s for sure is that it’s nothing less than the collision of two major industries. Immersive technology might be new for architecture but it’s fully established in its own right, borne out of the lucrative gaming industry and having evolved over decades has a very bright future. The core technology is now actively being adapted for many new markets which it is well positioned to exploit. Even without an infusion of Ai and Big data... read more
Most read story of the month
The future of hotels?
WSP’s newly created Design Studio has unveiled a plan for what might just be the world's most futuristic-looking hotel. Brainchild of award-winning architecture practice Innovation Imperative, the eye-catching modular and sustainable hotel will feature around 42 suites in modular pods, as well as space for art and design exhibitions and fairs for global nomads and design-lovers alike. An extension of Innovation Imperative’s previous project the Tetra Shed modular office pod, the hotel will be located in a geographically stunning location, aiming to provide a carbon neutral autonomous structure with sustainable agriculture and forest management at its core. Current locations under consideration include Cape Verde, Norway, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Hungary and the UK. The first hotel location is to be revealed this summer with others to come. A team of engineers at WSP is providing multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy services on the Tetra Hotel providing a proof of concept study. Each 19 metre-high pod will feature multiple floors with the top storing a large bed set under a skylight while a shower will be located just below it. A third platform will feature a couch for entertaining, and just beneath it at the bottom of the pod there will be a secluded working area with a full desk. The hotel will also include bars, restaurants, spaces for markets, exhibitions and fairs that have been designed to attract and promote talented designers and creatives from around the world. But the hotel is not just... read more
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