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11 September 2018
Issue 706
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V&A Dundee launches
New drone footage gives a fresh perspective of the V&A Dundee
V&A Dundee opens its doors for the first time to the public on Saturday 15 September 2018. Today its beautiful, light-filled interiors designed by
acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma have been revealed for the first time. As Scotland’s
first design museum, V&A Dundee tells a global story, investigating the international importance of design alongside presenting Scotland’s outstanding design achievements. V&A Dundee’s construction and fit-out took three and a half years to complete and it stands at the centre of the £1 billion transformation of the Dundee waterfront, once part of the city’s docklands. With its complex geometry, inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the north-east coast of Scotland, it stretches out into the River Tay a new landmark connecting the city with its historic waterfront, and a new major cultural development for Scotland and the UK. At the heart of the museum the Scottish Design Galleries feature 300 exhibits drawn from the V&A’s rich collections of Scottish design, as well as from museums and private collections across Scotland... read more
Top stories this week
1 A double take in Tampa
Strategic Property Partners, LLC (“SPP”) has unveiled plans for a pair of new trophy office towers within Water Street, Tampa, USA, introducing an array of work spaces, totalling approximately one million sq ft, for companies looking to expand in and move to downtown Tampa, one of the country’s fastest-growing cities. The buildings are part of the first in a series of phases of construction at Water Street Tampa... read more
2 Inspired by the Ocean
The Atlantic Pavilion was designed by Valdemar Coutinho and is located in the north of Portugal in Viana do Castelo... From the architect: “Due to the constraints of strong financial control and the need for easy access to the building infrastructures for future maintenance, the overall cost of this project was restricted to a pre-established value by the City Council of Viana do Castelo. These demands became a true challenge... read more
3 Everything stacks up in California
Stack House is a newly built 2,207 sq ft residence designed and developed by award-winning LA and NY-based architecture office FreelandBuck. Comprised of four stories notched into a sloping hillside, this vertical house uses the subtle rotation of each room to create seamless indoor-outdoor spaces at every floor, each with unique and unobstructed views to the San Gabriel mountains... read more
4 Tirana’s glittering new landmark
Located in the heart of Tirana, in the same urban district as the historical residence of Albanian Communist Party leader Enver Hoxha, the Blloku Cube is the new multifunctional center signed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, now under construction. The building stands right on the junction between the streets of Pjeter Bogdani and Vaso Pasha, in the heart of the Blloku, one of the most prestigious... read more
5 The rise of the ‘Green Building’
As urban areas become more crowded and populations increase, so too do greenhouse gas emissions. These directly impact on public health and contribute to negative phenomena including global warming and acid rain. According to recent findings from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, ‘Since 1990, gross U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have increased by about... read more
Finding common ground
between Verticals and Horizontals…
Announcing The WAN AWARDS 2018 Shortlisted Entries
Two must-go-to events are approaching; the Council for Tall Buildings conference in Dubai on PolyCentric cities and WAN’s Reclaiming the Streets Symposium in London. Both events seek to exploit the opportunities being created by new technology and to share knowledge and visions for safer, cleaner, more efficient cities. But are these visions compatible? We ask Antony Wood, CEO of the Council for Tall Buildings whether the future is in the sky or in the street..? read more
We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the 2018 WAN AWARDS. Our esteemed judges came from the four corners of the globe to help us whittle down the many hundreds of entries we received for the WAN AWARDS 2018. During a day of intense – and often spirited – discussion at central London hotel in early September, we’ve now identified the shortlisted submissions in each of our 30 categories. Michael Hammond, WAN’s co-founder and Chairman of the WAN AWARDS ... read more
Onwards and upwards for Benoy in Asia London’s Crossrail project delayed
Following a busy 70th year in 2017, Benoy celebrated its 10 year anniversary in Shanghai on 30 August. Alongside a newly unveiled design studio and a collection of openings and completions, Benoy Shanghai has also shown it is looking to the future with a portfolio of significant projects which aim to shape the next decade for the design studio in China. Benoy established its first studio outside of the UK in Hong Kong in 2002, opening the gateway to the Asia Pacific region. Building upon a suite of successful collaborations and projects being delivered in China from Hong Kong, Benoy founded its studio in Shanghai in 2008. Established by a small team, Benoy set down roots on Nanjing Road with support from colleagues from the Hong Kong and London studios... read more
London’s £15bn Crossrail project is a 118-kilometre (73-mile) railway line that will link London and the home counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex. This week Transport for London (TfL) have announced that it is to open nine months after its scheduled launch to allow more time for testing. Europe's biggest infrastructure project will help ease London's chronic congestion by connecting major landmarks such as Heathrow Airport and the Canary Wharf business district. According to the BBC the route, to be known as the Elizabeth line, had been due to open in December, but will now be launched in autumn 2019 "to ensure a safe and reliable railway", transport officials said. It is running almost £600m over budget... read more
Most read story of the month
Zaha Hadid Architects speed ahead
Listed as one of the world’s best buildings to open in 2017, the BBC said of Napoli Afragola’s design: “This striking new station for Italy’s expanding high-speed rail network writhes up and over eight railway tracks... It is both a spectacular, snake-like bridge expressing the dynamism of Italy’s 300kph railways and their equally serpentine trains and a main-line station with haunting views of Mount Vesuvius.” Designed by Zaha Hadid Architect’s, Napoli Afragola also received the 2018 Surface Travel Award for Transportation. The Surface Travel Awards recognize the most thoughtfully conceived new projects at the intersection of travel and design, raising awareness of the crucial benefit of design as a means to improve our lives as we explore the world around us. Designed to meet the region’s future demand for rail travel which has increased by more than 50% in the past decade, once all phases of the station complete in 2022 Napoli Afragola will become a gateway to southern Italy and key interchange station serving four inter-city lines, three regional lines and a local commuter line. In addition to the high-speed services connecting Bari and Reggio Calabria with the north of Italy and beyond to cities throughout Europe, new rail infrastructure currently in development will create an important hub at Napoli Afragola serving the entire Campania region by integrating the southern expansion of Italy’s high-speed network with the Napoli Cancello line and the extension of the Circumvesuviana... read more
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