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30 October 2018
Issue 713
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Breathing new life into housing
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... read more
Top stories this week
1 Heading for the ‘Stratosphere’ in Stratford
Stratosphere, designed by Stockwool for Telford Homes, has transformed a brownfield site adjacent to Stratford station in north-east London into two buildings boasting striking views. With 342 new homes, the buildings comprise of an 11 storey brick-clad building, with retail and office accommodation at ground to second floor levels and 62 apartments above, and a 36 storey glazed building, with retail... read more
2 Leading architects head for London
The 10th WAN Awards will showcase the very best in international architecture with categories ranging from Residential and Landscape to Adaptive Reuse and House of the Year. This year’s Awards ceremony at the London Hilton Bankside, SE1 0UG on Tuesday 20 November will take the form of a black tie sit down dinner. The event will bring together leading architectural professionals to celebrate... read more
3 Walking in the sky
The development of various public transport modes in Delhi, India, like railway lines, the Delhi metro, bus stops and auto-rickshaw stands has increased the number of pedestrians on the city’s roads. Due to a lack of proper walking space for the pedestrians on most of the major road junctions in the city, the intersection of the vehicular traffic with the pedestrians causes a call for alarm when it comes to the safety... read more
4 HENN wins in Germany
After 30 years of intensive use, the Gasteig cultural centre in Munich in southern Germany is to undergo extensive renovation and remodelling. Following the international competition and tender process, HENN‘s proposal has been selected for the renovation project. With around two million visitors annually, the Gasteig is the largest cultural centre in Europe. It was originally designed by the architecture partnership... read more
5 A house for all seasons
The Fraião house , located in Braga, is a project set up on two floors in a "V" shape, that was conceived to take advantage of the fantastic views over the city. The house lies on a densely populated hillside with unique houses and an excellent sun exposure, providing an extraordinary glimpse into the landscape, composing a mesmerizing image. One of the key concerns was to create a fluid and permeable housing... read more
An electrifying glimpse of the future PES-Architects win in Finland
The Electrified Automotive Future and its Relationship to Architecture’ was the subject of an evening hosted by Jaguar design and a group of London’s leading RIBA architects, planners, property developers and infrastructure experts last week. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), of which Ian Callum is an Honorary Fellow, is the professional body for architects in the UK with more than 40,000 members around the world. Speaking from Jaguar’s Mayfair showroom, Director of Design, Ian Callum spoke of the international success of the all-electric I-PACE and the opportunities presented by automotive electrification becoming more mainstream. He said: “I am incredibly proud of what we have created in the Jaguar I-PACE and the reception... read more
Helsinki-based PES-Architects' proposal Luoto (islet, skerry) has won the invited competition for a comprehensive plan to develop the railyard area in the city of Turku, Finland. The jury decision was unanimous. The railyard area is set to be an urban cluster of tourism, concerts, culture, music, experiences and sports, as well as everyday services, work, and housing. A total of 170,000 m2 of floor space will be constructed in the area between Turku Railway Station and the Logomo cultural centre. The area covers 13.2 hectares and is planned to house around 1,500 new residents. PES-Architect’s plan will introduce a dynamic expansion to the lively centre of Turku and offer residents an environment for good everyday life as well as enriching experiences... read more
Most read story of the month
MPavilion 2018 is unveiled
Exclusive drone footage shows off the MPavilion 2018, designed by Barcelona-based architect and educator Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós, which has opened in the Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne, Australia. Internationally influential for her community-focused philosophy of design, Carme Pinós’s MPavilion marks the first public work in Australia by a female Spanish architect. Initiated and commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from the City of Melbourne, Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and ANZ, MPavilion 2018 is the fifth in an ongoing series of annual architect-designed summer pavilions for Melbourne. The pavilion this year celebrates building communities and women in leadership, and heralds a free four-month program of events from 9 October 2018 to 3 February 2019, featuring over 500 Australian and international guests and collaborators. MPavilion 2018 was officially opened by MPavilion founder Naomi Milgrom AO, architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós and the City of Melbourne’s Councillor Rohan Leppert. The opening event was commemorated with a live performance from Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham AO and Dhungala Children’s Choir. Naomi Milgrom AO, chair of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, who commissioned Carme Pinós to design MPavilion 2018, said: “Working with Carme to bring her inspiring MPavilion design to life has been an absolute pleasure. Carme’s vision opens Australia to conversations about how to make our cities more inclusive through design. It’s a privilege to commission a work with such international and future-thinking insight.” ... read more
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