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18 September 2018
Issue 707
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David Chipperfield Architects complete in Duke Street
A new entrance building and a 5,000 sq m accessories hall, which together comprise the Selfridges Duke Street, project in central London is now complete. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects Ltd the
project covers the entire east wing of the ground floor in the Oxford Street flagship store and seeks to
establish a singular identity for the department store through a cohesive architectural framework. The new entrance unites Selfridges’ two historic buildings and creates a new continuous floor plane for the new accessories hall. Commenting on the completed project David Chipperfield says: “Selfridges has a deep understanding of the architectural heritage and urban presence of the department store, as well as a clear vision for the future of luxury retail. Our task was to unite these elements while stitching together various buildings along Duke Street. “Externally, we have sought to reinforce the civic function of the store with a grand new entrance. Internally, we have established a sense of coherence between the brand concessions, and reasserted a hierarchy under the strong neo-classical architectural... read more
Top stories this week
1 A new opportunity opens up on our high streets
The ongoing failure of our high streets is creating a huge opportunity for forward thinking businesses. As our town and city centres are reconfigured following the closure of numerous retail outlets a fresh range of businesses have a chance to be involved in new look high streets. Increasingly shoppers are looking for an experience instead of an exhausting trawl around the shops. A more creative range of retail... read more
2 Flying high in San Jose
Hensel Phelps Construction Company and Fentress Architects have combined in a design-build collaboration to deliver a much-needed interim gates facility at Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in the USA in response to current and predicted record passenger growth. Based on an announcement issued by SJC earlier this year, more nonstop flights and destinations are attributing to the projected more than 14 million... read more
3 A neat answer to access issues
The eye-catching Amager Bakke waste to energy plant in Copenhagen has been causing quite a stir in the architecture industry ever since the initial plans were covered on World Architecture News in early 2011. So it's no wonder that Netherlands-based Rolflex BV are delighted that their Compact folding doors have been chosen as the main access doors to the main process hall at the plant. Designed... read more
4 To the centre of the circle
The Oak Tree Ring House by Santa Fe-based Michael Jantzen is a new kind of interactive place in which to live. It was designed specifically for a temperate climate. The structure consists of a large circular steel support frame in the form of four concentric rings that radiate out around a large oak tree planter in a central open courtyard. There is an array of solar cells mounted around the perimeter of the courtyard that are... read more
5 Creating an urban oasis
Henning Larsen’s project The Springs evokes the dramatic mountain landscapes found throughout rural China, mirroring the mountain landscape with tall, terraced towers sheltering a green public square. The massing of the buildings creates a sheltered microclimate within this plaza, with building positioning and vegetation working to improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and bring natural light into the space... read more
Getting straight to
the Point in New York
Hyperloop’s next step:
Amsterdam to Frankfurt in 53 minutes?
Last June marked a major milestone in the delivery of Hunter’s Point South Phase II in New York: the completion of the infrastructure, roadways and waterfront park. The park is a design collaboration between SWA/BALSLEY and WEISS/MANFREDI, with ARUP as the prime consultant and infrastructure designer, as well as lead designer for the broader development project. The opening of Phase II marks the realization of the larger park master plan, which first welcomed the public in 2013 with the completion of Phase I. Spearheaded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, on behalf of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the project presents a new model of urban ecology and a prototype for innovative... read more
The UNStudio Futures Team (UNSFutures) has presented its vision for the ‘Station of the Future’ at the first edition of HyperSummit, which took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands and was organised by Hardt Hyperloop. The first edition of the HyperSummit was focused on urgency, research and collaboration, with numerous partners speaking about their contribution to the possibilities for realising the European hyperloop. Special attention was also devoted to the kick-off study of the Hyperloop Implementation Programme (HIP), a study which looks at implementation questions relating to the Amsterdam-Frankfurt project. Global urbanisation, population growth and urgent environmental concerns create... read more
Spinning a new future for the ‘Silk Factory’ Sydney’s latest stadium gets on track...
Mei architects and planners have developed an innovative plan to transform the site of the former Silk Factory in Naro-Fominsk, a city two hours driving from Moscow, into a lively district. The program of 50.000 sq m is mixed-use, a novelty in Russia, and will turn the abandoned industrial site into a vibrant small city full of energy. Loft-style apartments in the characteristic old factory buildings will be combined with a mixture of shopping, culinary, cultural and sport facilities for the families of Naro-Fominsk and visitors from the Moscow region. With this unique and promising plan, commissioned by the Ostov Group who already developed many successful projects in Naro-Fominsk, the Silk Factory complex will become the new historical city center of this... read more
The New South Wales State Government in Australia is proposing to demolish the main Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney’s south-eastern suburbs and replace it with a new stadium on the same site at a cost of $705 million.There has been broad public opposition to the proposal based on the wasteful use of government funds to demolish and rebuild. Philip Vivian, director, Bates Smart today reveals his alternative proposal to Sydney Football Stadium which involves constructing a 45,000-seat stadium over the rail yards of Sydney’s Central Station. Philip Vivian, director, Bates Smart comments: “The Coliseum in Rome established the concept of the stadium as a public space embedded in the fabric of the city; a monumental... read more
Most read story of the month
V&A Dundee launches
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 and the world. At the centre of these galleries stands the magnificent Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room meticulously restored, conserved and reconstructed through a partnership between V&A Dundee, Glasgow Museums and Dundee City Council. Visitors to the museum will be able to experience once again Mackintosh’s extraordinary talent in designing this room, lost to view for nearly 50 years. The ambitious international exhibition programme opens... read more
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