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schmidt hammer lassen architects wins library competition in China
picture © schmidt hammer lassen architects
Ningbo Library Building – 9 Dec 2013
schmidt hammer lassen architects has been announced 1st place winner in the competition to design a 30,000 square metres central library in Ningbo, China. Located in the heart of Ningbo New East Town the new library sits on the edge of a new ecological wetland area which will form a new cultural hub of the city. With its open and accessible design the winning proposal makes it possible to display the library’s collection of more than 2 million books and double the number of daily visitors.
Estadio Pasaron, Pontevedra, Spain
Design: ACXT / Idom
photograph : Héctor Santos-Díez
Pasaron stadium - 9 Dec 2013
Facing Pontevedra, on the other side of the river Lerez, an untidy urban setting has developed with a mixture of houses and amenities. It is an environment that demands clear actions that will regenerate the urban surroundings. The renovation of the old Pasaron stadium tried to liberate space on its perimeter in order to create new urban squares and green areas for the enjoyment of neighbours and to allow for an easier access to the stadium.
Heated conservatory at the Botanical Gardens, Aarhus
photograph : Quintin Lake
Transparent roofing made of ETFE foil cushions with an interior pneumatic shading system planned by formTL and C. F. Møller Architekten. The new tropical conservatory at the Botanical Gardens in Aarhus is like a drop of dew in its green surroundings. Its transparent dome set on an oval base extends the existing greenhouse built in 1969. A special feature of this structure is that is allows for the greatest interior volume with the lowest possible surface area, leading to high energy efficiency.
Ma Yansong Featuring ‘Nanjing Zendai Thumb Plaza’ in BI-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2013 in Shenzhen
image from architects
9 Dec 2013 – Ma Yansong presents its work, ‘ Shanshui Experiment Complex’ in the Border Warehouse of BI-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2013 in Shenzhen. This is an artwork in-between architecture model and landscape installation, created based on MAD’s latest project, ‘Nanjing Zendai Thumb Plaza’. The total area of this urban design project is about 600,000 sqm and it is expected to be completed in 2017.
OMA completes De Rotterdam
image courtesy of OMA; photography by Michel van de Kar
De Rotterdam, a mixed-use, 160,000m2 slab-tower conceived as a ‘vertical city’ on the River Maas, has been completed.
Air Traffic Control Center (ATCC) Slovenia
Design: SADAR + VUGA
photograph : Miran Kambic
New Air Traffic Control Center at the Ljubljana airport, comprising air control center with 24/7 amenities and office premises, is a highly demanding and complex object due to the nature of the institution it hosts. It is designed to enable safety and high operational activity as well as consistent comfort for visitors and staff 24 hours a day all year around.
Largo da Devesa City Square and Cultural Center in Castelo Branco, Portugal
Design: Josep Lluís Mateo
photo © Adrià Goula
Cultural Center in Castelo Branco – 5 Dec 2013
The plaza is a surface, a topography drawn out in relation to the movement of the water and built by pedreiros, following patterns that are abstract but not random. The Cultural Center, built in phase two, though part of the original project, floats on two piles over the plaza, like a bridge, freeing up at its base a covered ice-skating rink, and giving continuity to this large public space, to the plaza and to the adjacent park.
Green light for Broadway Malyan’s landmark Chinese scheme for CITIC
Design: Broadway Malyan
image from architects
Hefei ID Mall
Planning approval has been secured for the Hefei ID Mall, a 170,000 sq m retail and office development featuring a 150 m tower, in Hefei, eastern China, designed by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan.
St Peter’s College, Cardross, Helensburgh, Scotland – news
Heritage Lottery Fund award to resuscitate one of Europe’s greatest modernist buildings
photograph © James Johnson, March 2008
Major St Peter’s College Cardross – 5 Dec 2013
Leading public arts organisation NVA’s ambitious campaign to raise £7.5 million to resuscitate one of Europe’s greatest modernist buildings, St Peters Seminary, has been given a substantial boost, with a first-round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The award will release £565k development funding leading to a second stage submission for £3 million in 2015.
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Avanti Architects’ Beatrice Tate Special Needs School now open
Design: Avanti Architects
photo from architects
Beatrice Tate Special Needs School, London – 3 Dec 2013
Avanti Architects’ £8m Beatrice Tate School for pupils with severe/profound and multiple learning difficulties has now officially opened near Mile End. The building provides and inclusive and stimulating new learning environment for students and staff alike, replacing facilities in an outdated and cramped site near Bethnal Green.
Kimbell Art Museum Pavilion, TX, USA
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) and Kendall/Heaton Associates
photograph : Robert Polidori
Renzo Piano Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum
Surrounded by elms and red oaks, Renzo Piano’s 101,130-sqft colonnaded pavilion stands as an expression of simplicity and lightness – glass, concrete and wood – some 65 yards to the west of Louis I. Kahn’s signature cycloid-vaulted museum of 1972.
Piedmont Residence, Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA
Design: Carlton Architecture + DesignBuild
photograph : David Dietrich Photography
Blue Ridge Mountains House
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the residence lies along the southern edge of a hillside overlooking a mountain lake and expansive views beyond. The design of the home sought to sensitively root and connect it to its place, enhancing the owners’ ability to experience all aspects of the land and the home together.
Delfina Foundation Expansion, Victoria, London, UK
Design: studio octopi and Shahira Fahmy
image from architect
Delfina Foundation is currently located in a period townhouse near
Buckingham Palace at 29 Catherine Place and will expand into the
adjacent building at 31 Catherine Place, doubling its residency and
exhibition space, totalling 4564 square feet.
Grant Associates appointed to new creative sector taskforce
photo © Tan Yew Siong
Grant Associates joins UK Trade and Industry creative taskforce set to boost trade by £500 million. Grant Associates, the UK landscape architecture firm based in Bath, has joined a drive to help the UK’s creative companies win high value contracts overseas to be launched by the government.
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Boston, MA, USA
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
photograph Courtesy of the Harvard Art Museum ; photographer : Harvard Art Museum
Harvard Art Museums Renovation
Photographs showing progress on this building by RPBW.
Roominaroom, Limehouse, east London, UK
photo from architects
Roominaroom – a highly sculptural refurbishment of a Limehouse (London) flat – all done with a CNC-carved kit of timber parts. It has recently won a UK Wood Award in the Small Project category.
Part III: Implementing Renzo Piano’s Creative Plan
Morgan Library and Museum Disability Architecture
25 Nov 2013 by Joel Solkoff
How do you excavate into New York City’s famously hard Manhattan schist to construct a 299-seat auditorium underground? The answer is here in the next episode of the exclusive www.e-architect.co.uk series.
The series details how Pritzker-prize winning architect Renzo Piano’s work goes from Creative Vision to Completion. This process Piano himself describes as “a miracle.” The series focuses on New York City’s Morgan Library and Expansion, Piano’s first New York City project—a series evolving into a discussion of other Piano projects and lessons architects can learn from the work of individuals widely-regarded as among the most excellent in their profession.
F.3 Fellbach aquatic centre, near Stuttgart, Germany
Design: 4a Architekten
photograph © David Matthiessen
Aquatic Centre Fellbach
A place for the whole family to come and bathe – the new F.3 family and recreational aquatic centre in Fellbach has something to offer everyone. The combined baths were opened on 15th September 2013. 4a Architekten have transferred the three separate areas – the sports area with indoor pool and open-air pool, the adventure pool and the sauna world – into a flowing form that gently blends into the landscape and picks up on regional aspects in both shape and design.
VUC Syd Education Centre, Denmark
Design: AART architects + ZENI architects
photo : Adam Mørk
VUC Syd Education Centre
The new education centre for VUC Syd in Haderslev, Denmark, has no traditional classrooms. Instead, it appears as a vibrant and visually engaging educational environment, in which group areas, presentation spaces, dialogue cubicles and quiet zones allow for a more diverse approach to education.
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Low-cost Housing for the Elderly
image © Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, 2008
13 Oct 2013 by Joel Solkoff
Joel Solkoff looks at housing access issues, from the low proportion of housing that is wheel chair accessible to the requirement of elderly individuals to spiritually uplifting laces such as museums.
Morgan Library and Museum Disability Architecture
re Disability Access in Renzo Piano’s J.P. Morgan Library and Museum Building, New York City, USA
photo © Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
24 Aug 2013 by Joel Solkoff
When I began this column I wrote: “The future of architecture is rapidly requiring you to redesign the world to meet the requirements of the largest generation in world history. Ours is an aging population in the process of developing disabilities–but a generation with the determination, education, political clout, and for many the wealth to live independently none-the-less.”
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