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Issue 457
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First images of Perkins+Will and Dar-designed women-only university in Saudi Arabia
The very first public photographs of the world's largest women-only university have just been released. Taken by professional Dubai-based photographer Bill Lyons, the images capture the sheer elegance
and scale of the Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The $5.3bn
campus was inaugurated in May 2011 but this is the first time images of the project have been released. Designed by Perkins+Will with Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners) (Dar), the 3 million sq m campus has the capacity for 60,000 female undergraduate students. Encompassing a range of high-end facilities, the campus is targeted at women however it does possess a small number of co-ed areas, namely the Medical Center and certain areas of the Research Center. Approximately 150 design professionals from 5 offices of Perkins+Will worked directly with 150 members of the Dar team to complete the complex design. Perkins+Will were responsible for the Health Sciences and Research Campus, Academic Medical Campus, Academic Campus, K-12 schools and... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Incheon International Airport, Terminal 2, Incheon, South Korea
Construction work has commenced on the first phase of an immense $2.5bn two-phase project at Incheon International Airport. The second terminal at this forward-thinking global hub airport has been designed by the HMGY (Heerim-Mooyoung-Gensler-Yungdo) Consortium with the wider scheme also... Read more
2 PLAYscapes Winner, South Africa
The winner of the latest design competition by non-profit Building Trust International (BTI) has been revealed as a multi-disciplinary team hailing from Cape Town. Gerrit Strydom, Lwandile Gcume and Aline Cremon from the City of Cape Town worked with Errol van Amsterdam and Marvin Fester of C2C Consulting Engineers and skatepark... Read more
3 JewelBOX, Kifisia, Athens, Greece
A partnership between Panos Nikolaidis and Errica Protestou has seen a monolithic new form erupt in Athens, Greece. The neutrally-toned office building sports a warm exterior with perforated screens at the base and a puncture in the centre through which light can penetrate. A retractable iron gate enables access and a black rectangular... Read more
4 Energy Bunker, Hamburg, Germany
The IBA Energy Bunker was officially launched on 14 October with the unveiling of the European Regional Development Fund's plaque. The former air raid bunker is located in Hamburg's district of Wilhelmsburg and has been transformed into an Energy Bunker as part of the 2013 International Building Exhibition Hamburg (IBA). This massive... Read more
5 Earl Shapiro Hall, Chicago, United States
Earl Shapiro Hall in Chicago is a soaring, light-filled structure at 5800 S. Stony Island Ave., designed by Valerio Dewalt Train and FGM Architects as the architect-of-record. The complex will provide education services for young children and has already attracted notice for its graceful architecture. The new building plays a key role in the Lab expansion... Read more
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Landscape Sector Buro Happold Effectiveness Award
BIG-led consortium completes Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingør
Known to literary buffs as Elsinore in William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Kronborg Castle in the Danish city of Helsingør is a UNESCO World Heritage site which is currently undergoing a 3-pronged renovation and redevelopment scheme involving the creation of two new buildings.

One of these new additions is the Danish National Maritime Museum by Bjarke Ingels Group with Kossmann.dejong, Rambøll, Freddy Madsen and KiBiSi. Opened by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II earlier this month, the 6,000 sq m development explores Denmark's rich maritime history in a variety of ways to engage with a large cross section of visitors.

Set in an disused dry dock, the cultural hub is placed below ground within 60-year-old-walls which remain untouched. Partner in Charge David Zahle explains: "For 5 years we have been working on transforming the old concrete dock into a modern museum, which required an archaeologist and spacecraft designer's technical skills.

"The old lady is both fragile and tough; the new bridges are light and elegant. Building a museum below sea level has taken construction techniques never used in Denmark before."

The bridges Zahle refers to are a series of three transparent double-level structures which span the dry dock and provide connections between different areas of the museum while animating the otherwise unused space. These sloped spaces also connect the old and new elements of the site.

One bridge hosts the museum's auditorium, uniting the Culture Yard with Kronborg Castle, while another closes off the dock and acts as a promenade. These pedestrian channels snake in an angular 'Z' shape down the length of the former dry dock, breathing life into the site.

The main attractions of the Danish National Maritime Museum can be found above and below ground level, some 8m below sea level. These include: exhibition spaces conceptualised by Kossmann.dejong; a classroom; café; dock floor; and private offices.

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Alex Ely: "Architects have
a duty as the authors of place"
Kenya and Hong Kong are
home to Greenest Schools on Earth
As regular readers of WAN will know, we have been focusing our attention on one sector in particular over the past few months: Residential. In the lead up to and wind down from WAN's World Architecture Day celebrations in New York earlier in October, we have been consulting a series of experts from around the world to get their take on the residential market and find out how architects can guide this area of design to the betterment of the end user.
The Waterbank School at Uaso Nyiro Primary in Laikipia, Kenya and the Sing Yin Secondary School for boys in Hong Kong have been revealed as the Greenest Schools on Earth in an announcement by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) at the World Green Building Council Annual Congress. The projects were both handpicked by an experienced jury panel for their sustainable credentials and presented with $5,000 each to help fund
Alex Ely is the head of mae, a modest London-based practice which specialises in residential architecture and has a plethora of affordable schemes under its belt. The firm's website states that mae 'was established to solve today's urban, social and environmental challenges; finding new possibilities for how our built environment can contribute to life and society', and after speaking with Ely for this interview, it certainly seems they have the... Read more a new or ongoing 'green' scheme. Designed by ATOPIA Research/PITCHAfrica, the Waterbank School Building in Kenya is a low cost scheme conceptualised specifically for regions with little available water. Using local materials and labour, the building takes a linear classroom form encircled by a garden wall which provides protection while moderating the microclimate. There are facilities to grow fresh vegetables plus... Read more
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