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Issue 453
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Weston Williamson gives a bird's eye view of
Brasilia Athletics Stadium ahead of Olympic Games
UK-based design studio Weston Williamson has been revealed as the winner of an international competition to design the Brasilia Athletics Stadium in connection with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The victorious concept was released on Friday 20 September by the practice and has been inspired
by a bird in flight. The exterior of the stadium is constantly aflutter as its façade is made up of a series of feather-like structures which move with the breeze and appear to shift in different angles of sunlight. The result is a façade that is constantly in motion with no fixed identity, reaching upwards to the sky in a single gesture that ripples with the changing weather conditions. This animated stadium will be rest on a wooden plinth situated in a cluster of water pools, the edges of which are dotted with luscious green trees. Underneath this plinth will be shaded areas bathed in light which penetrates through perforations in the plinth itself. Renderings also show a waterside pavilion in the shape of a crescent moon. Weston Williamson's design statement details: "The stadium references the icono-graphic... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Praemium Imperiale: David Chipperfield
UK architect David Chipperfield has been selected as the 2013 Praemium Imperiale Award laureate for architecture in the prize's 25th anniversary year. The Praemium Imperiale was created in 1988 by the Japan Art Association in celebration and recognition of the international impact artists make in their field, with those selected... Read more
2 Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, United States
A graceful 'mantaray' is destined to swoop into Brooklyn Bridge Park in the near future following the recent release of plans by Bjarke Ingels Group and MVVA. The team was selected for the design of Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park in early 2013 and has just released these renderings of their concept for the site, showing a single... Read more
3 The SPA, Poiano Resort, Lake Garda, Italy
The SPA designed by Alberto Apostoli for the Poiano Resort (Garda Lake - Italy) combines two needs: the development of a particularly attractive location and the request of a contemporary design. The lake is the natural background of this centre located in the hills of the town of Garda, among olive trees and lush vegetation leading upstream of a valley... Read more
4 Future Reception
The possibilities for commercial architecture are infinite and over the past few years London has seen ever-more ambitious forms pitched in the commercial sector (see The Shard, The Walkie Talkie and The Cheesegrater). Where there is little variation however is in the design of the reception spaces in these ever-more cavernous lobbies. All too often employees and visitors... Read more
5 University Campus Denis Sassou Nguesso, Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo
On the River Congo along the northern edge of Brazzaville is the town of Kintele, the chosen location for a new university campus designed by IAD. The 176,000 sq m campus will encompass 25 buildings with capacity for 30,000 students when it completes in 2016. This specific... Read more
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Make Architects to make 'Gotham City' a reality?
It is often said that London is one of the hardest cities to build in in the world, with planning permission rarely granted and restrictions rife in the core of the capital. The latest project to be unveiled in the heart of London's financial district will be followed with added interest as the latest of a series of 'landmark' designs to be pitched for the City of London.

Dubbed 'Gotham City' by the eager press, the Leadenhall Street development by Make Architects for Henderson Global Investors was launched on 17 September in an area already tightly packed with recognisable buildings. If approved, the 13-40 Leadenhall Street will be a new neighbour to Foster + Partners' 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), Rafael Vinoly's 20 Fenchurch Street (The Walkie Talkie) and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater).

The building varies in height between 7 and 34 storeys with its highest point reaching 170m AOD. The towers in this area of London are not only architecturally varied but are some of the tallest in London (aside from the Shard) and while Make's Leadenhall Street development may not reach the dizzying heights of the nearby Cheesegrater (224m) it's design certainly promises a similar impact.

Director of Property Development at Henderson Global Investors Geoff Harris explains: "Make has designed a great building in a location which can accommodate a tall building but which varies in height from 7 to 34 storeys to respect local and strategic views. It is also highly sustainable given the environmental measures that have been adopted and great local transport links. The building is also a vote of confidence in the City of London and a major boost to investment, growth and employment in the economy."

The project is an entirely commercial venture with 890,000 sq ft of office space and 20,000 sq ft of retail. This includes flexible retail and café units on the ground floor which will draw pedestrian traffic in from the busy thoroughfare. Designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent certification, the scheme will enable the Building Emissions Rate to be reduced by a minimum of 40% below Part L2A of the 2010 Building Regulations and also incorporates 1,067 bicycle spaces to encourage 'greener' transportation.

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Why Architects should make
sure BAU 2015 is in the diary
Fancy staying here during WAD?
Try the free Architects House Exchange
As most of you will doubtless know, the BAU trade fair in Munich is the world's biggest forum for architecture, materials and systems for industrial, commercial and residential construction and interiors. The show has kept on growing in size and status over the past 20 years and BAU 2013, held last January, welcomed some 62,883 visitors from architectural and
If you're planning to join us in New York in two weeks time for the World Architecture Day celebrations and associated conference but are yet to book a hotel room, cast an eye over the exquisite offerings from the Architects House Exchange. The initiative is a members-only home exchange programme for architects around the world and is currently offering a free year's membership worth €75 for architects who sign up before 28 October.
planning offices through its doors. Overall, the number of visitors in 2013 totalled over 235,000, with 2,060 companies from 41 countries exhibiting. We're understandably delighted that BAU will be our main sponsor at WAD13 this October, and spoke to exhibition director, Mirko Arend to ask him how BAU 2013 went, and what's in store for architects and planners at the next show, BAU 2015 in Munich... Read more For those who travel worldwide but miss the cosy comforts of home the Architects Home Exchange offers a welcome opportunity. The website showcases almost 100 homes from Turin to Copenhagen and Istria to Seville can be browsed free of charge. The organisation enables you to connect with other homeowners and switch houses for whatever period of time suits both parties, with the option of... Read more
Gordon Beckman, AIA for John Portman & Associates:
Experiential Design - Designing to make a hotel memorable
Hotel design is evolutionary - it transforms based on the place, the time, the people, the culture and the guest. It is generational in that differing generations have unique expectations of experiences. It can be urban, suburban, resort, seaside, mountainside, boutique, convention or airport; each of these types carries its own expectations of experience. Experience first derives from the type of place. Urban or suburban hotels build from a base of the local place and culture. Whether in Shanghai or San Diego,
Switzerland or Chicago, the city, the seaside or the mountains, brands can reflect the location by connecting the local culture and history through image, space, materials, music and food. These are powerful influences on our senses - senses that when fulfilled, retain the experience.

Urban hotels, by their nature, are embedded in the public realm. The experience of these hotel types relates directly to the method of transportation, approach and arrival to the place. The street, the intersection, the public square - whatever the arrivals place might be, this sequence of entry is where the experience and, thus, the memory begins.

A great example of this was several years ago when I arrived at a small scale hotel in Switzerland where, when getting out of the car, I was welcomed by the concierge with a "Hello, Mr. Beckman." Mind you, I had never been at the hotel in my life. To this day, I have no idea how he knew my name.

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