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16 October 2018
Issue 711
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The Bloomberg Building scoops the RIBA Stirling Prize
The prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded annually to the UK’s best new building and this year’s prize has gone to the Bloomberg building designed by Foster + Partners. Bloomberg’s pioneering new European
HQ has been credited as the world’s most sustainable office and is thought to be the largest stone
building in the City of London since St Paul’s Cathedral. With a restrained exterior and dynamic interior to encourage collaboration, Bloomberg is comprised of two buildings connected by a bridge. Each sit either side of a new public arcade, which re-establishes an ancient Roman road. This complex scheme also incorporates new access to Bank Underground station, cafes and restaurants, and a museum displaying the Roman Temple of Mithras, which was discovered on the site sixty years ago. Given its vast footprint (a whole city block), the client, Michael Bloomberg wanted to ensure the building would be a ‘good neighbour’. Three new public spaces open-up this area of the city and the sensitive, handcrafted sandstone exterior and bronze window ‘fin’ details ensure the building sits comfortably within its surroundings... read more
Top stories this week
1 OMA / Shohei Shigematsu push ahead with Park Grove
Two of three towers of Park Grove, designed by Shohei Shigematsu, in Biscayne Bay, USA, have officially opened, as OMA New York’s three residential projects across North America near completion. 121 E 22nd Street in New York City and Transbay Block 8 in San Francisco to follow in the next year. The Related Group and Terra Group have unveiled the first phase of Park Grove, the multi... read more
2 A play of shadow and light
A recently released set of images from Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography highlight the constantly changing aspects of the new Arada Office in Portugal as the natural light changes throughout the day. Commenting on the project Nelson Resende said: "The building is the result of the juxtaposition of a series of pure, little-tamed volumes, linked by necessity, but assuming its own identity. The result... read more
3 Cracks in steel beams at Salesforce Transit Center
The discovery of cracks in steel beams has prompted the shutdown of the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The building is an intermodal transit station in downtown San Francisco which serves as the primary bus terminal - and future rail terminal - for the San Francisco Bay Area. The transport hub opened its doors to the public last month. Transbay... read more
4 A rock solid residence
This single family house is located on a corner plot of the residential district of Abdulla Al Salem, Kuwait. The concept and design by AGi architects stems from a controversial duality imposed by the clients need for complete privacy as well as the desire for distinguishing the house into an iconic building from within the neighbourhood. The buildings’ structure is composed of reinforced concrete formed in a similar fashion... read more
5 Zaha Hadid Architects create a splash in Sharjah
Arada has announced Phase One of the Central Hub in Sharjah will complete in the first quarter of next year. The focal point of the US$6.5 billion Aljada development in Sharjah, the Central Hub by Zaha Hadid Architects is a new leisure and entertainment destination for the UAE that defines Aljada’s role as a transformational project for Sharjah. The Central Hub’s design conceptualises the first moment... read more
Down by the river Woods Bagot debuts in New York
MSMR first achieved planning consent to redevelop Ransomes Wharf in Battersea in 2015. Now under development by Trentworth Properties Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore-listed City Developments Limited (CDL), the 1.6 acre site will include six buildings of up to 10 storeys, accommodating 118 high quality private and affordable apartments with approx. 2,200 sq m of flexible commercial space and substantial new public realm works. Central to MSMR’s residential-led scheme for the Wharf is a new public square, designed as a flexible amenity space for residents and the wider community. A key objective of the development has been to maximise the permeability of the site and MSMR’s design introduces a number of new pedestrian routes to Ransomes Wharf... read more
The Amberly, a new Brooklyn luxury rental development situated at the nexus of Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown Brooklyn is Woods Bagot’s first North American tower. Rising 33 stories and located at 120 Nassau Street, The Amberly will offer residents an unmatched combination of comfortable high-design homes, convenient services and amenities that encourage a strong sense of community, and stunning panoramic views of the New York City skyline, Statue of Liberty and seven iconic bridges from the residences as well as the building’s top-floor sky lounge, dubbed The Overlook. "The Amberly represents a new category of urban luxury living, where as much thought and attention has been poured into the spaces for working... read more
Most read story of the month
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 as a cultural and artistic centre. The city’s acclaimed Ural Philharmonic Orchestra has performed in more than 20 countries and collaborates with renowned artists worldwide. The orchestra cultivates aspiring young talent and has as its foundation a dedicated, passionate and growing society of music lovers in Yekaterinburg and around the world. Performing to full houses all year round in the existing Sverdlovsk Philharmonic building that dates from 1936, the orchestra’s new home will provide an inspirational venue to meet the increasing popularity of the orchestra’s programme of concerts - and also create a new public plaza for the people of the city. Echoing the physical aspects of sound waves, the design of the new Philharmonic Concert Hall is based on the properties of musical sound resonance creating wave vibrations in a continuous smooth surface. The design re-interprets these physical acoustic properties to define spaces for the auditoria that are suspended within the canopy, appearing to float above the new civic plaza that is both the lobby of the Philharmonic... read more
NASA set for lift off in Ohio
Six decades after Congress enshrined its mission in law, NASA marks its diamond anniversary with the groundbreaking of a brand-new centerpiece for its Cleveland-based Glenn Research Center. The birthplace of a wealth of now commonplace innovations, the facility consists of a constellation of primarily World War II-era brick buildings, which, despite their semi-circular distribution, lacked a central focus. Thus, tasked with creating much-needed office and collaborative space, TEN Arquitectos recognised a further opportunity. As a firm for whom form does not just follow function — but is, rather, the most perfect and precise expression of it, they opted to create a nexus: a building with amenities and opportunities to engage the entire campus population, serving as both anchor and core. “If we create architecture that neglects its context and does nothing to activate its surroundings, then we haven’t actually created architecture at all. We’ve merely created a building.” says Enrique Norten, Founder of TEN Arquitectos. Set to rise on the main artery of Lewis Field—the center’s primary campus, and a recently minted historic district—the two storey, 60,000 sq ft Research ... read more
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