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02 October 2018
Issue 709
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In the footsteps of the Pharaohs
In 2003, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture launched an international competition to create a world leading, iconic museum on a prestigious site overlooking the Pyramids of Giza. The winning design needed to
be monumental in scale and ambitious in scope, setting the highest standard for the
development of a future oriented heritage complex on this historic site while harmonizing well with the ancient splendour of the Pyramids. Heneghan Peng Architects responded to the brief with an intellectual concept that replicates the scale of vision and mathematical precision that define The Pyramids, within a modern building. BuroHappold Engineering worked in joint venture with Heneghan Peng from the competition stages of this project, delivering integrated building services, building environmental design, IT, fire, security and acoustic strategies to support the successful delivery of one of the world’s most magnificent contemporary museums. Cairo based Shaker Group were also involved with the project sharing their knowledge of local working practices, and assisting with the production... read more
Top stories this week
1 The airport at the top of the world
India's 100th airport, has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the northern-eastern state of Sikkim. It could well be in the running for the award of the ‘world's most beautiful airport’. The Indian state of Sikkim is a tiny former kingdom in the Himalayas and is home to Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain. The isolated state is connected to the neighbouring countries of Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal through eight mountain passes... read more
2 Zaha Hadid Architects hit the right note
Considered the capital of the Urals, the city of Yekaterinburg commands Russia’s third largest economy. Its population has increased by over 10% in the past decade to 1.5 million and continues to grow as the primary hub and meeting point connecting east and west, Europe and Asia; attracting the many cultures, talents and industries from across Eurasia. Yekaterinburg has built a rich musical tradition and established its reputation... read more
3 London’s Skyline as you have never seen it...
24 Hour London is the world's first Gigapixel time-lapse panorama, capturing the biggest ever time-lapse of London's skyline, taken from the roof of Canary Wharf's One Canada Square. In total over 6,240 photos were taken across a 155 degree view over 24 hours, and subsequently stitched together to provide the seamless view of London. Crucially there has never been a panorama taken with such incredible detail, as the project used... read more
4 Rooms with a view
Designed by award-winning Miami-based architects, Choeff Levy Fischman, Casa Ischia is a two-story residence inspired by sweeping waterfront vistas and mid-century modern design. The rear of the home provides a resort-style living environment with expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that pocket and disappear allowing for uninterrupted views of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami. An open floor plan allows for indoor-outdoor living from... read more
5 MAD scales new peaks in Quzhou
The “Quzhou Sports Campus” designed by MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has just broken ground in the historic city of Quzhou, in China’s eastern coastal province of Zhejiang. Spanning almost 700,000 sq m, the first and second phase have a total construction area of approximately 340,000 sq m, and include a stadium (30,000 seats), gymnasium (10,000 seats), natatorium (2,000 seats), national sports complex... read more
3XN tells a
story about climate
Adding some sparkle
to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter
3XN has won the competition to build Denmark’s new international climate center, the Climatorium, in the Danish city of Lemvig. As a forum for knowledge, education, innovation and development projects, the building will support Denmark’s role as an exporter of climate solutions and help establish Lemvig and the Central Denmark Region as a center of climate change adaptation. The project, developed for Lemvig City Council and Lemvig Utility, answers to local and regional challenges related to urbanization and climate change. The establishment of a strong information center will attract specialists and companies to the area, in order to promote economic growth and job creation. The project is a collaboration with urban development consultancy SLA... read more
Plans to transform a four-acre Jewellery Quarter site that has been home to engineering firm AE Harris for more than 50 years have been submitted to Birmingham City Council. Joint venture partners Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital are aiming to transform the site into a residential-led mixed-use scheme - master-planned and designed by Glenn Howells Architects - that will become a new hub for the quarter. Bordered by Newhall Street, Graham Street, Brook Street, James Street and Northwood Street, the site has been used by the 138-year old engineering firm since 1964. Modernised manufacturing methods mean the firm no longer required the same levels of floor space and as such are moving to a new smaller site in... read more
Soft sustainability - China’s new architecture Archifest opens its doors in Singapore
During recent decades China has undergone a huge wave of urbanisation, however at the same time rural areas have often suffered from under investment and neglect. Speaking at BAU 2017, Sophia Xue Bai of Tsinghua University, Beijing explained why it is critical to breathe life back into China’s rural areas. “When you are working on a construction project in Europe you work incrementally. You start with a small element which over time evolves into a larger element and gradually the urban environment is formed.” However, in China a different process applies. Most urban projects are huge in comparison to European projects with very tight deadlines meaning architects and engineers have to work extremely fast. The scale of Chinese projects is vast... read more
Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Marina Bay skyline, the annual Archifest organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) kicked off its 2018 edition with a bustling opening party at its Festival Pavilion. Situated at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, festival partners and industry professionals turned up to pledge their support to this year’s theme, “Design for Life”. From today till 10 October, the annual festival which celebrates architecture and the built environment will be offering over 50 events that range from architectural tours and workshops, to symposiums and exhibitions. As part of the Pavilion, members of the public will be able to contribute to the Walls of Connection – a public initiative that invites visitors to... read more
Most read story of the month
At one with the elements
Set amongst idyllic white sand beaches and coconut groves, this low-key beach home was conceived to give its inhabitants not only a visual but also a literal connection to the sand and water where it belongs. Horizontal roof planes create large indoor-outdoor spaces that integrate seamlessly and diffuse the perception of the home with its surrounding natural environment. Lightness and materiality are used to create a feeling of openness and airiness that permeates through the inhabitants. The house was raised off from the ground by three steps allowing the inhabitants to have a more direct view of the waves and the beach break. This subtle move also helped to create a feeling of levitation above the landscape and protection. The house was then split up in four horizontal roof planes which, three for each bedroom and one for the main living area. This architectural strategy allows for every space to feel as the roof belongs to that specific location whilst dematerializing the edges of the home and creating the opportunity of cross ventilation between spaces. Controlled natural light then is allowed to permeate from three sides of every space making them feel more integrated to the surrounding landscape. Traditional cinder block construction was used for the main structural walls of the house for its easy maintenance and durability. Lightweight wooden roofs float above these walls and create large overhang extensions that protect the building from the elements whilst creating outdoor decks. Studio Saxe believe... read more
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