What you have been reading on WAN during the last week

Haikou Tower, Haikou, China
HENN has taken first prize in the international competition to design the Haikou Tower in China. Among the participants were Wilkinson Eyre, Broadway Malyan, Zaha Hadid Architects and RMJM/Alsop. The masterplan for the central business district of Haikou thus marks a major milestone in a series of recent designs by HENN.

Bishan Central Condominium, Bishan, Singapore
CapitaLand Residential Singapore and Mitsubishi Estate Asia Pte. Ltd. (MEA) today jointly unveiled their upcoming condominium at Bishan Central, which will be designed by renowned international architect Moshe Safdie as a distinctive example of new urban living. Located on an 11,997 sq m site in the heart of Bishan Central, one of Singapore’s choice residential areas, the condominium will comprise approximately 500 apartments across two 38-storey towers.

BP Rotterdam Refinery, Netherlands
End of May, the BP Rotterdam Refinery [BP RR] organisation moved into its unique new home designed by architecture studio GROUP A. As youngest and largest oil refinery in The Netherlands, BP RR exposes a powerful dynamism which is reflected in the new offices, situated safely in close proximity to the oil refinery. It was the aim of GROUP A to design a building that expresses and accommodates the objectives of the company, including providing a sustainable, safe and healthy working environment for the dedicated staff.

OpArt, Toronto, Canada
Offering a provocative first impression, OpArt’s two ten-storey towers atop a podium playfully appear as random bubbles of Swiss cheese. With a closer look, designer Stephen Teeple’s bold architectural move replaces the traditional curtain wall with a pre-cast envelope featuring perforations of various sizes in a seemingly random pattern.

International Conventions Center of Bogota, Colombia
The Government of Colombia, the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota and Corferias have publicly announced the consortium formed by renowned architects Daniel Bermudez (Colombia) and Juan Herreros (Spain) as the winner of the international architectural design competition for a $138m International Conventions Center of Bogota.