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06 November 2018
Issue 714
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East and West meet in Shanghai
Hunan Lu Villa is an exclusive residence located in Shanghai, which Vudafieri-Saverino Partners- architectural Studio based both in Milan and also in Shanghai - has reinterpreted. The project
represents a perfect combination between two distinctive traditions, Chinese and western:
inside antique artefacts, artworks and ritual spaces coexist in perfect harmony with western “objects of desire”, neither doming the other. The residence is located in the heart of the French Concession, an area still characterized by the atmosphere of old Shanghai: the most beautiful colonial residences are located here, among elegant tree-lined avenues, hidden behind high walls. The Villa represents a typical example of these homes, with their mix of elegance, modernity and tradition. The building, dating back to 1920, has been the object of a significant restoration project,which has involved all the external areas, from the garden to the facade, passing through the interior architecture and the furniture. The heart of the residence is the enchanting traditional Chinese garden: completely closed off and protected... read more
Top stories this week
1 One Vanderbilt heads for the sky in New York
One Vanderbilt, the skyline defining skyscraper rising next to Grand Central in Manhattan's East Midtown New York and slated to open in 2020, has made tremendous progress in 2018, with construction well ahead of schedule: steel erection of the 77 storey KPF-designed tower has reached the 54th floor, so far utilizing 8,755 pieces of steel and 46,933 cubic yards of concrete. The striking terracotta façade, which pays homage ... read more
2 Sybarite celebrates the silver screen
Sybarite wanted to develop something unexpected and futuristic with the SKP Cinema brand using bold and distinctive branding as well as luxurious materials. The first SKP Cinema opened this summer 2018 at SKP Xi'an, providing the retail store with a refined, seductive and immersive cultural space. Spanning two floors, which are linked with an iconic, brutalist, poured-concrete staircase, the space illustrates how Sybarite has... read more
3 Wellbeing by Design
The link between our physical environments and our emotional wellbeing has been substantiated by a number of studies. Australian designers seem to have a unique affinity with the natural environment and an innate understanding of how best to bring nature closer to life and leisure. The latest example of this skill is a café which recently opened its doors in Melbourne. The Hungry Fox (by LaManna) at Autocentro at Essendon Fields has been designed using natural... read more
4 Event: Tall Mass Timber Development in Seattle
Timber, as a building material for skyscrapers, is about to change the skylines of cities. In 2018, the City of Seattle started accepting permit application for developments that use mass timber in building types of up to 18-stories tall. Mass timber manufacturing and construction methods for taller buildings in North America are now enabling price competitiveness to conventional construction using... read more
5 Moving up to the waterfront
Tribune Real Estate Holdings has received final approval from the Chicago City Council for a transformational riverfront development at 777 W. Chicago Avenue. The approval is the culmination of a multi-year process that included meetings with and input from city planning officials, local Alderman Walter Burnett, neighborhood businesses, and area community groups. Together with Tribune Media’s neighboring property at 700 W. Chicago Avenue, the combined... read more
Most read story of the month
Houses with room to breathe
Taiwan is a densely populated island with a population of 23 million squeezed into an area about one-sixth the size of Great Britain. As most of the island is covered by mountains and rainforest buildable area is at a premium and extremely tightly packed dense development is not only allowed, but is actively enforced -both by regulation and market conditions. These houses are located in one of a series of new districts being developed along the route of a new high speed rail link from the airport to Taipei city centre. The site for this project by ROEWUarchitecture is located on a bluff at the edge of the urban area with spectacular views across a thickly forested valley below. With an area of just 0.6 HA, the site was zoned to have seven large houses in close proximity to each other. This creates issues not just of privacy and overlooking but also environmental issues to do with natural light and ventilation. To alleviate this, the flow of air around the external form and internal spaces of the houses was digitally simulated. The external form and internal layouts were then adjusted to maximize natural ventilation. Roofs that tilt up to induce low pressure, internal voids and staircase stacks that allow warm air to rise along with openings at low level all ensure a constant flow of cool forest air through all levels of the houses. These strategies also generate the unique forms and spacious interiors of the houses. Despite the close proximity of the houses to each other it was important to bring natural light into all spaces. Courtyards and double height voids, with skylights above, bring light into the hearts... read more
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