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29 May 2018
Issue 692
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ODA turns architecture on its head
ODA New York’s brand DNA is earmarked by a special dexterity with the city’s byzantine zoning code; a kind of sixth sense for navigating the various restrictions and regulations that enables ODA to in a way consistently
in a way consistently challenge architectural convention. That zoning facility is on full display in
the brand’s latest New York project. Located on NYC’s lower east side, 100 Norfolk quite literally turns convention on its head. Situated on a narrow lot between Delancey and Rivington Streets, Norfolk’s site would ordinarily dictate a fairly standard form: a planar rectangle which, per setback rules, would be constrained beyond a certain height, offering the best light and views to a limited few, likely at a premium. It’s a tired and inherently exclusive format, and one which ODA effectively eschews with one brazen question. Instead of locating the bulk of the building’s mass at its base—where fresh air and sunlight are diminished, and street noise abounds—ODA wondered whether the massing could essentially be reversed, with a narrow base rising to a more expansive top. Basically... read more
Top stories this week
1 Belatchew Arkitekter designs the Discus
Discus is a new landmark building in Nacka City, Stockholm in Sweden. With its characteristic irregular silhouette it is sure to become a symbol of this growing metropolitan area. The tower will be placed in the heart of a new public transport node, right above the metro station in Nacka City's new city centre. The building will consist of about 30 floors and will accommodate 450 to 500 apartments of different sizes, together... read more
2 Venice opens up
to new ideas...
The “TIME SPACE EXISTENCE” exhibition will run from May 26th to November 25th, 2018 to coincide with the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Over 300,000 visitors are expected to attend the free event. Openstudio Architects has collaborated with cinematographer Tatjana Meirelles to create a ten-minute long multi-screen film installation which will be shown at the exhibition. The film... read more
3 New images of V&A Dundee revealed
A photographic exhibition of V&A Dundee will be presented by Kengo Kuma and Associates, in collaboration with Architects, during the 2018 Venice Biennale. This will be held from May 26 to November 25 in Palazzo Bembo, Riva del Carbon, beside the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice. The exhibition is part of Time Space Existence, organised by the European Cultural Centre with the support... read more
4 Heidelberg joins C40’s ‘Reinventing Cities’
Heidelberg, a mid-size medieval city in Germany’s southwest, has signed up to the C40 Green and Healthy Streets declaration for fossil-fuel-free streets. Heidelberg’s pledge is the most aggressive in Germany so far as cities rather than national or international bodies take the lead in cleaning up their air. According to, the university and industrial town of some 150,000 inhabitants will buy only exhaust-free... read more
5 pH+ get the go ahead on Fish Island
Architects pH+ and Developer City & Suburban have received planning permission for a new mixed-use scheme on Fish Island in Hackney Wick, London, as part of the Wickside Masterplan. Drawing on the concept of shared space where residential, working and public uses meet; Trego Road, is designed around a series of communal tiered yards, parks, and gardens. Providing 52 new homes, maker spaces and tiered... read more
Foster + Partners joins
WAN's Immersive Technology line-up
inside the box
On 29 June at Sadler’s Wells in London, IMBE 18 will bring together an awesome line-up of technology experts to present, debate and demonstrate the latest advances in this field enabling you to become better informed and become a thought-leader for your firm. To find out more and book tickets... read more
An exclusive report from behind the closed doors of the Reclaiming the Streets Task Force Session . The World Architecture News, Urban Challenge 18: Reclaiming the Streets is focusing on a new vision of the streets of the future. The advent of autonomous vehicles and an increasing... read more
WAN AWARDS: A Selection of our 2018 Entries
At one with the woodland A place of rest, retreat and mindfulness
Penoyre & Prasad’s new building for the University of Kent is set within woodland on the northern edge of the campus. It brings together the Kent Business School and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science into a single 8,000 sq m building comprising interactive social learning areas, a café, innovative teaching environments, academic workspace and open plan research space. The largest academic building since the 1960s when the university was founded, the Sibson building does not dominate the woodland. The building is carefully sited amongst the mature trees and coppiced woods so its overall size is never fully visible, and its coloured aluminium fins reflect the changing light and movement of the trees. Students and staff have extensive views... read more
Inside-outside, light and shade, open and closed, the Ellipsicoon offers a tranquil space for either solitary moments of rest, reading or contemplation, or a cocoon-like theatre for conversation and communication. Designed by Ben van Berkel / UNStudio, the Ellipsicoon pavilion is a space for the mind, for moments of ephemeral escape, for rumination or for simply being. Designed and developed digitally, then handwoven by highly skilled craftsmen, the continuous sculptural surface of the pavilion is constructed from strands of 100% recyclable high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The curved sides of the structure taper inwards as they rise, enabling the rounded openings to facilitate moments of being simultaneously both inside... read more
Most read story of the month
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 and the Chavasse Building that define the Chavasse Quad. The arrangement of functions is intended to replicate those of Chavasse with communal spaces on the ground floor opening onto the re-landscaped quad with private study rooms above. This division in the use of spaces on different floors could present an incoherent façade but the applied ‘veil‘ or screen... read more
Glenn Howells Architects forge ahead with i9 South Asian cities tackle climate change
Progress on delivering a new eye-catching modern office development at the heart of the City of Wolverhampton Interchange has reached a major milestone as planning was approved for the proposed i9 building on Railway Drive, Wolverhampton. I9 emerged as a scheme following the success of the award-winning i10 complex on the opposite side of the road and will provide 50,000 sq ft of stunning Grade A office space when completed in 2020. i9 is the next step in building a thriving commercial quarter at the heart of Wolverhampton Interchange - bringing further investment and jobs to the city. Glenn Howells Architects’ design for i9 was the winner from a strong field of ten UK leading architects and urban design practices in a national design competition... read more
As organisations like C40 focus on making our cities resilient towards the effects of climate change the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), an international coalition of city leaders, has committed to raising the global ambition for climate action. This May it has launched a regional chapter for South Asia in New Delhi, India. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy - South Asia (GCoM-SA) aims to support the efforts of cities in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and make their communities more resilient toward the effects of climate change. GCoM-SA was launched within the context of the South Asian Cities Summit and through support... read more
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