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22 May 2018
Issue 691
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Tracing tradition in Oxford
Multi award-winning architects Design Engine have completed the Hubert Perrodo Building at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford, in the UK, thus marking the completion of Phase 2 of the Perrodo Project. The building
was officially opened by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford Lord Patten of Barnes
along with St Peter’s Master, Mark Damazer CBE, and members of the Perrodo family, whose generous donation to the college, one of the largest in its history, has made the work possible. Beginning in August 2014, the Perrodo Project has resulted in a transformation of the College’s public and teaching spaces. As part of the wider project, this brand-new building – now officially known as the Hubert Perrodo Building has a quiet study space on the ground floor, six en-suite bedrooms and a meeting room on the top floor with a roof terrace that offers superb views over the College and beyond. It is the first multi-level building to be built on the College’s main campus in twenty years. The new building is a three-storey pavilion with a set-back fourth storey. The height reflects the surrounding buildings: both the New Building... read more
Top stories this week
1 Letting the light
shine through...
In the new construction of the Capital Bank in Amman, Jordan, LUCEM Lichtbeton has been used for the first time worldwide as the cantilevered walls of the façade. The most common application of translucent concrete is in the form of a curtain wall, where LUCEM concrete panels are mounted in front of LED light sources that illuminate the concrete. However, the material has even more potential, as the current object shows... read more
2 Squire and Partners remodel and reimagine
Squire and Partners has extensively re-modelled an existing 1980’s building to create a vibrant development that maintains its previous office and retail uses, but makes a more meaningful connection with the surrounding Soho Conservation Area by creating a contemporary crafted design. High quality office and retail spaces are provided within the existing building structure behind a new facade, while... read more
3 Herzog & de Meuron reveal Stockholm images
Herzog & de Meuron is for the first time creating a landmark in Sweden. With its sparkling, glass-inspired villa architecture 90m above ground, in a landscape created by Piet Oudolf, this building will provide a wonderful experience, not only for its residents, but for the whole city. The new building combines public areas with customised residential services in a manner never before seen in Stockholm. Construction... read more
4 A Californian classic
by AUX Architecture
This 4,500 square-foot single-family home, designed by AUX Architecture, is situated in the Melrose neighbourhood of LA. It was designed to meet the economic demands of maximizing square footage while preserving indoor-outdoor living. A roof garden provides additional outdoor space that was otherwise displaced by the building footprint. The material shift of white stucco against gray Equitone fibre cement board panels... read more
5 The Pyramid of Tirana
rises again...
MVRDV has revealed an initial design for Tirana Pyramid in the presence of Prime Minister Edi Rama, Mayor Erion Veliaj, The Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), members of the Municipality of Tirana and public. The 11,800m2 former communist monument will become a large multifunctional technology education centre for young people. Mayor Veliaj declared that this project ‘will completely change the current building... read more
AL_A to transform Paisley Museum Tech Spot #106: The only way is up...
AL_A’s founder Amanda Levete – a former winner of UK architecture’s top honour, the RIBA Stirling Prize – says the project to transform Paisley Museum in the UK is ‘one of the most radical briefs she has read’. It will be the first Scottish commission for the London-based practice, who have designed landmark projects including the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter – for which they this week won the prestigious RIBA London Building of the Year 2018. They were also this month shortlisted for the competition to redesign the visitor experience at Paris’s iconic Eiffel Tower. The Paisley Museum transformation is the flagship project in Renfrewshire Council’s planned £100m investment in cultural venues and infrastructure – key to Paisley’s UK... read more
Chicago’s Willis Tower, designed by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is one of the tallest and most famous buildings in the world. The building’s owners have turned to Otis to modernise its 83 elevators and 97 passenger cabs, including their respective machine rooms, motors, cables and controls as part of a larger renovation project. Otis, a leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Otis and Equity Office have finalised a contract to fully upgrade the building’s elevator cabs to Otis SkyRise® units using the CompassPlus™ destination management system. Otis SkyRise elevators... read more
Most read story of the month
WAN Urban Challenge 2018: The Winners
Last week we announced the 12 shortlisted submissions to WAN’s Urban Challenge 2018. This week, we are excited to reveal the five deserving winners eventually selected by our esteemed judges from the 76 entries we received. For those as yet unfamiliar with the WAN Urban Challenge, it is an initiative that seeks to address the reclamation of our city streets due to the predicted demise of the combustion engine and the rise of the autonomous vehicle (AV). This will represent one of the largest transformations of the urban environment since the motor car first arrived. We therefore asked architects to submit their vision of cities where the streets are newly liberated, demonstrating the profession’s ability to lead the debate. The highly-respected panel of judges comprised Peter Bishop, Urban Planner and Urban Designer at Allies and Morrison; Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport & Parks; John Goldwyn, Vice President and Director of Planning & Landscape London of WATG; Alice Lester, Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing at Brent Council, and Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture and member of the Mayor of London’s Design Advisory Group. Judges were looking for originality, innovation, quality, sustainability, transferability, context and evidence, plus the ability to tell the ‘story’ of the project through excellent presentation. After considerable discussion, these were the six winners they chose... read more
Diamond Schmitt shines in Toronto
The Metropolitan Toronto Central YMCA, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, is this year’s recipient of the Prix du XXe siècle, an award that recognizes outstanding contribution to Canadian architecture of 20th century design. The prize, presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and Heritage Canada The National Trust, celebrates design quality and enduring excellence. The award can recognize a building in Canada designed by an architect from any country, or a building anywhere in the world designed by a Canadian architect. Completed in 1984, the Central Y is the flagship of the YMCA in Toronto. The 14,400-square-metre (155,000 sf) facility allowed the organization to continue its tradition of leadership and service to inner-city residents while responding to the lifestyle and cultural needs of a growing downtown population. The Central Y is considered one of the most successful in the world, with the highest membership utilization, according to metrics of YMCA International. The distinct program, articulated in five building types – each with its own functional and architectural form – is unified by spacious, logical and exciting circulation routes that reveal all major program... read more
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