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Issue 461
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World's top architecture photographers capture Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center
Zaha Hadid Architects' latest artistic scheme, the mammoth Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, may have completed months ago, but images of the snaking cultural complex taken by three of the top architectural
photographers in the world have only just been released. These awe-inspiring photographs by Iwan
Baan, Helene Binet and Hufton + Crow demonstrate the raw beauty and power in Hadid's scheme in Azerbaijan, a characteristically white development built for the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The cultural centre bears the name of the former President of Azerbaijan (1993-2003) and is run by a foundation established in his memory, 'actively participating in building a new society and contributing to the social and economic development of the country' through fields such as education, culture, sports and science. Located in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, the Heydar Aliyev Center sits on a challenging site involving a topographical sheer drop which formerly split the site into two distinct portions. Zaha Hadid Architects responded to this challenge by embracing the topography and stitching it into the landscape... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Suzhou Planning and Exhibition Hall / Suzhou Tourist Centre, Jiangsu, China
In 2011, international multidisciplinary practice BDP opened its first office in Shanghai, and is now enjoying the completion of its first Chinese building projects. Two of the firm's most expressive projects can be found in the burgeoning city of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province which... Read more
2 Zaryadye Park, Moscow, Russia
A consortium led by New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been announced as the winning team in a competition to design a major new park in Moscow. The competition brief - published by WAN's Business Information Service - requested architecture and landscaping design concepts for a contemporary park and high quality... Read more
3 Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
On Sunday 17 November David Chipperfield's first Mexican project Museo Jumex will open its doors to the public in Mexico City with a plethora of contemporary artworks. Chipperfield worked in collaboration with local architects TAAU/Oscar Rodriguez on the commission which began construction in 2010. Now complete, the building... Read more
4 4 World Trade Center, New York, United States
Today (13 November 2013) an official opening ceremony will be held for the first completed tower in the World Trade Center development in New York: 4 World Trade Center. Designed by Japanese firm Maki & Associates, the reflective tower is a commercial development with 56 office floors set on a podium at street level... Read more
5 RebildPorten, Rebild, Denmark
RebildPorten is a new visitor's centre and exhibition space for one of the most beautiful and popular tourist destinations in northern Denmark: Rebild Hills and Rold Forest. This area in northern Jutland forms a unique nature reserve, and thus the area holds an extraordinary potential for offering spectacular experiences... Read more
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Corten steel mask encases modest
office in Emmen by möhn + bouman
BREEAM awards highest ever rating
of 95.16% to new Co-op Headquarters
Dutch practice möhn + bouman architects were approached by a property developer from Emmen to help transform a modest residential building into a contemporary office unit. The original property had retained the former character of Emmen, once a rural town, now a busy regional city with a keen eye for design. The client, Orangerock Projectontwikkeling, requested an edgy, modern office facility fitting of a city on the rise and möhn + bouman architects
Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday took a tour of the world's highest BREEAM rated building: the new headquarters of the Co-operative Group in Manchester, UK. Designed by 3D Reid, the 500,000 sq ft facility brings together the company's 3,000+ staff, previously dispersed across 8 different buildings, under a single roof. Heralded as 'the most environmentally-friendly building in the world', One Angel Square
responded with an ingenious plan. As the building stood on a plot destined for further redevelopment within the next decade, the design needed to retain a transient element. möhn + bouman architects explain: "The temporary character of the design allowed us to refrain from renovation and adapting. Instead we designed a Corten steel screen that masks the old building. Corten steel rapidly develops an equal layer of rust which protects it from further decay." By stripping back recent extensions to the quaint property... Read more incorporates a plethora of sustainable features, earning it the highest ever BREEAM rating of 95.16%. These elements include: power generated from crops grown on farms owned by the Co-operative Group; heating and cooling the premises by drawing air below the basement and redistributing it at the earth's core temperature; and a double skin façade that acts as a duvet to insulate the offices in the winter and ventilate them in the summer. Gavin Dunn, Director of BREEAM, BRE Global, said... Read more
Possible changes afoot for New York's skyline
Two decisions came down last week that may affect New York City's skyline. One was the defeat of Mayor Bloomberg's plan to densify development in east mid-town Manhattan. The other was Governor Mario Cuomo's signing of legislation that will permit the cash-starved Hudson River Park Trust to sell air rights to developers within a block of the five mile long park, which borders the Hudson River. The midtown east plan called for a 72-block rezoning of the area near Grand Central Station that would have brought signature
Class A office buildings to the business heart of Manhattan, where most of the buildings in the area date to World War II. The sale of air rights there also would have generated an estimated $500m for transit upgrades in the area.

Building owners in the neighborhood were generally in favor of the rezoning plan as they have been clamoring to make upgrades to their buildings or replace them altogether with gleaming new towers (which they are prohibited from doing under the current zoning) rather than run the risk of losing tenants to newer office buildings in other parts of town, like Hudson Yards on the Far West Side and the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.

The plan, while dead for now, may be revived when Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio takes office in 2014. But don't expect it to be the sweeping, visionary, state-of-the-art plan put forth by the Bloomberg Administration.

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