Architecture News November 2013

World Architecture News – November 2013 : Buildings across the Globe, Images

Global Architecture News – November 2013

World Building Developments – Complete list for the month

Architecture News November 2013

We list all architectural news items added on e-architect in any month on a monthly news page, it forms a useful record in case you missed some item or some days within the month.

Global Building News for November 2013

Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France
Musée des Confluences, Lyon

Musée des Confluences
The future society will be a society of knowledge. However this knowledge can hardly be split into clearly defined fields. Innovations develop within interspaces, within indistinctness, within the overlapping and hybridising. Questions regarding the future will be decided within transitional fields situated between technology, biology and ethics that are the central themes of the Musée des Confluences.

Ben van Berkel / UNStudio’s design selected as winning entry for the Baumkirchen Mitte in Munich, Germany
Design: Ben van Berkel / UNStudio
Baumkirchen Mitte Munich
image : UNStudio

Baumkirchen Mitte
This design has been selected as the winning entry from a shortlist of 6 finalists which included, among others, BIG Architects, Juergen Mayer H Architects and Schneider + Schumacher Architects. UNStudio worked in collaboration with OR else Landscapes on the design for the 18,500 sqm residential and office building which incloudes a 60m high tower.

Book Mountain: Biography of a Building
Book Mountain Spijkenisse – Biography of a Building
Book Mountain Spijkenisse – 27 Nov 2013
On November 27th, the publication Book Mountain Spijkenisse – Biography of a Building will be presented. It is the second part in a new experimental series of books by MVRDV describing in a sizeable text the complex process of realising a building. Written in an accessible style by independent author Nicoline Baartman, the story follows the building, its context and the various protagonists: from the nimbi’s to the new-town whisperer, the good moments and the many difficulties. The book is available in Dutch and English in selected (online) book stores.

YAC – young architects competitions
10 Mar 2014 : deadline for submission of proposals
YAC - young architects competitions
image from competition organiser
YAC in partnership with OMA, Dogma, Bologna University, UNL University, ThePlan magazine and Public Institutions, has just opened an interesting call for ideas for designers: “Space To Culture”.
prize money: 15.000€

Architect TateHindle helps Grosvenor gain planning approval for new Gagosian Gallery in Mayfair,London, UK
Architects: TateHindle
Gagosian Gallery in Mayfair
image from architects
Gagosian Gallery Mayfair
Westminster City Council has granted planning consent for the recladding and remodelling of 20 Grosvenor Hill. The building is owned by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (Grosvenor), which was assisted with its planning application by architects TateHindle. The ground and first floor will become a new Gagosian Gallery.

Two Los Angeles Projects Designed for Communities are Nominated for a National Best of Year Award
Spring Street Park
photo @ Lehrer Architects
Los Angeles Park Designs
Lehrer Architects is honored to announce that Spring Street Park and Potrero Heights Community & Senior Center are both nominated for a Best of Year Award. Both architecture projects are national finalists in the “Outdoor” category.

Natural History Museum Grounds Competition Shortlist, London, UK
Natural History Museum London
photo from MRC
Natural History Museum Grounds Competition
The Natural History Museum announced the shortlist for the competition to find an inspired team to redesign and re-imagine its grounds.
The five teams are:
BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) with Martha Schwartz Partners
Grant Associates with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Niall McLaughlin Architects with Kim Wilkie
Land Use Consultants (LUC) with Design Engine
Stanton Williams Architects with Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape Architects

Tollgate Gardens, Maida Vale, London, UK
Design: BDP, Architects
Tollgate Gardens in Maida Vale
image from architects

Tollgate Gardens
BDP has secured detail planning consent for its competition winning housing and regeneration project at Tollgate Gardens in Maida Vale, London. The redevelopment of the 1960s estate forms the first step in Westminster City Council’s ambitious Housing Renewal Strategy.

Design ideas for housing in the private rental market – Winners
Private Rental Housing Competition Design Private Rental Housing Competition Design
images from winning architects
The joint winners are:
– Metropolitan Workshop with Sir Richard MacCormac, WT Partnership, XC02 and Lee Mallet, London
– Carl Turner Architects, London
Private Rental Housing Design Contest Winners

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition winner, Queensland, Australia
Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition
render from competition organisers
Gold Coast Design Competition
ARM Architecture has been chosen to deliver the City’s architectural vision for the 16.9 hectare site following a two stage competition that attracted entries from across the globe. During 2013 some of the world’s leading design minds have been focused on the Gold Coast through an international design competition for a landmark cultural precinct for the city. ARM Architecture beat CRAB_VOGT_DBI and NIKKEN SEKKEI.

House Ber, Midrand, South Africa
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House Ber Midrand Property
photo from architect

Between the use of transparent glass, a koi pond and pool surrounding the living room area, and the porch forming part of the interior-this masterpiece invites the serenity of the outdoor environment. Not only does the open plan of the entire house make it a practical and comfortable space to live in, but it also creates unity between all its different spaces, as each room subtly transforms into another as occupants move through it.

Columbia University Campus Expansion, New York City, USA
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Columbia University Campus Plan
picture published by permission of Columbia University

Master plan for the extension of Columbia University in the Harlem district, New York. A project where architecture meets city-planning and sociology, reinventing the role of campus and opening its doors to the city.

Grano Restaurant Tehran, Iran
Design: Hooba design Group, Architects
Grano Restaurant
photograph : Parham Taghi-oft

This project is located in a one way street with a main urban access in Tehran. Which is in fact, an interior design reconstruction of a store in a way to make a new definition of a brand new restaurant.

Height Confirmation for One World Trade Center, NYC, USA
One World Trade Center
image from CTBUH
One World Trade Center’s Height Ratified at 1,776 Feet.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat convened its Height Committee on November 8th in Chicago to evaluate its criteria for determining the official height of buildings, and to rule on the official height of One World Trade Center in New York. The Height Committee has reached a consensus that One World Trade Center’s height to its architectural top is 1,776 ft (541.3 m).

Ilot K Block Lyon Confluence, southern France
Design: Atelier Vera & Barrand Architectes with Yves Moutton and Benoit Crépet
Ilot K block Lyon Confluence
picture © Asylum pour NACARAT

The design of the “Ilot K” block is according to its architects the forerunner of a new, more collaborative and interactive way of conceiving the city. It incorporates a different distribution of the players’ roles in the development which requires revisiting all aspects of the design process. The approach is in contrast to the architect’s usual design mechanisms. All planning assumptions are continually re-questioned, and the design scheme progresses by trial and error.

European Copper Architecture Awards 2013, Paris – winners news
International Center for the Arts Jose de Guimarães
photograph : Joao Morgado
7 Nov 2013 by Adrian Welch
Four Awards were made from ten Shortlisted projects. The outright Winner was Platform of Arts and Creativity, Guimarães, Portugal – designed by Pitágoras Aquitectos. This regeneration of the ancient centre of one of Portugal’s most historically important cities is defined by unifying abstract cubic forms, veiled by a grid of brass profiles that dematerialises the building’s mass, adding an extra, translucent dimension. This international architectural prize celebrates the very best in contemporary architecture.

The Structural Awards 2013 – winners news
World engineering celebrated at The Structural Awards 2013
Halley VI Polar Research Station Antarctica
photo : James Morris
The winners of The Structural Awards 2013 are organised each year by The Institution of Structural Engineers, celebrate the world’s most talented structural designers and their indispensable contribution to the built environment.
Taizhou Bridge over the Yangtse River in Jiangsu Province, China, has been presented with The Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence.

LSE Global Centre for the Social Sciences Competition, London, UK – winner news
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners selected
London School of Economics Global Centre for the Social Sciences
image by architects
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has chosen Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) to design its new £90m Global Centre for Social Sciences (GCSS). They were selected as the winner from five architect teams shortlisted via an architectural competition organised by LSE with the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). The teams were:

Florey Design Competition Oxford, England – news
Shortlisted Architects for Renewal of Oxford Modernist Landmark
The Florey building Oxford
photograph © James Brittain
The Florey, now forty years old, is regarded as one of the great post-war modernist buildings in Britain. It is among the few surviving works of the architect James Stirling, acclaimed as the most brilliant designer of his generation.
Competition organiser, Malcolm Reading said: ‘We are delighted by the quality of response to our call for expressions of interest. These teams are highly seasoned, astute practices who are in their prime.

The Old Vic Building, London, UK
Architect: Bennetts Associates
The Old Vic Theatre
image © Miller Hare

The Old Vic, one of the oldest working theatres in London, has submitted its planning application to Lambeth Council for its long-planned restoration and redevelopment project.

Zaryadye Park Competition, Moscow, Russia – news update
Winner announced for International Architecture Competition
Zaryadye Park Moscow Competition Design
image by architects
The consortium led by American architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been chosen the winner of the two-stage international architecture competition for Zaryadye park held in Moscow. Russian-led TPO “Reserve” came second and the Dutch architects MVRDV came third.

The cultural heritage of Læsø: A resource in sustainable building
Design: Vandkunsten ; Realdania Byg
Modern Seaweed House on Læsø
photo : Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, Realdania Byg

Modern Seaweed House, Denmark
On the small island of Læsø in Denmark, a several hundred-year-old building style has formed the basis on which a new holiday house has been built – the Modern Seaweed House. The house is designed by Vandkunsten firm of architects and developed by Realdania Byg as a holiday house built in wood, covered and insulated with seaweed. The Modern Seaweed House is carefully adapted into the landscape and has a wonderful interaction with nature, the historic buildings and Læsø’s unique cultural history. The Modern Seaweed House is now to be sold – but the ideas live on.

41 Cooper Square, New York, USA – new photos
Design: Morphosis
41 Cooper Square New York
photograph by Ryan Witte courtesy of Sciame Construction

Re-use of a former factory in Delfshaven, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Design: Mei architecten en stedenbouwers
De Fabriek Delfshaven Rotterdam
photograph © Jeroen Musch

De Fabriek Delfshaven – Shortlisted for the Rotterdam Architectuurprijs
This industrial building on the banks of the river Schie had suffered from years of neglect. The former steam laundry has been totally revitalised and is now shortlisted for the city’s architecture prize.

New Sustainability Standard : Natural Resources Defense Council Office in Chicago, USA
Design: Studio Gang Architects
Natural Resources Defence Council Office
photograph : Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Natural Resources Defence Council Office
Studio Gang Architects announces the completion of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s new Midwest Office, a project that raises the bar for sustainable spaces in Chicago and across the nation. In addition to its LEED Platinum rating, the new NRDC office is the first project of its kind to meet the Living Building Challenge, a rigorous certification program that exceeds the environmental standards of the LEED system.

“POCZEKALNIA – the most recent work by Karina Wiciak and the 11th part in the collection “XII”, Poland
Design: Karina Wiciak
Poczekalnia Poland
photo from architect
Poczekalnia Club Restaurant
“Poczekalnia”, which in Polish means “Waiting Room”, is a restaurant inspired by the prison (well why not?). Not only the interior but also the name of the restaurant itself is a kind of metaphor, because the prison itself can be euphemistically described as a kind of waiting room. The entire interior was done in white and black pop-art colours, with the addition of orange fabric – as a characteristic element of clothing of convicts in prison. Not the cheeriest of interiors we’ve shown on this site!

SCI-Arc Announces New Lab for Design Prototyping and Fabrication
SCI-Arc Lab
image : SCI-Arc
SCI Arc Architecture Events
The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) today announced that it will break ground on a technologically transformative new digital fabrication space that will ignite the kinds of innovation, entrepreneurship and out-of-the-box thinking that are the hallmark of a SCI-Arc education. Dubbed the Magic Box, the 4,000-square-feet, 2-story digital fabrication lab will be built at the south end of the SCI-Arc building and will connect to the school’s existing Robotics Lab and Analog Fabrication Shop.

i29 interior architects winner of The Great Indoors Awards 2013
i29 interior architects
photo © i29 Interior Architects
i29 Interior Architects
The Great Indoors Award is an international, biennial, interior design award. On Friday, november 15th the winners of the 2013 edition were announced in four categories, with a total prize money of 20.000 EUR. The jury selected 20 nominees, four in each category: Show & Sell, Relax & Consume, Concentrate & Collaborate, and Serve & Facilitate.

Business of Design Week (BoDW), Hong Kong, China
photo : Iwan Baan
Business of Design Week Hong Kong
From the 2nd to the 7th of December 2013, some of the world’s most influential architects will share their knowledge and conception of architecture. With over 100,000 visitors, 500 medias and more than 30 countries present last year, this forum has undoubtedly become a flagship event for professionals in the international architecture community.

Brunner Showroom, Clerkenwell, London, England
Design: McDowell+Benedetti
Brunner Showroom Clerkenwell
photograph © Paul Riddle

International high-end furniture company Brunner has opened its new London headquarters to the public. The showroom and offices occupy a large 3-storey Victorian warehouse space. The new home enables the company to expand from its former cramped premises into a light and spacious gallery showroom in the heart of London’s design quarter. It is set in an unusually long and narrow industrial warehouse building on Rosebery Avenue.

BarentsKrans, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Design: Hofman Dujardin Architects
BarentsKrans Building
photo : Matthijs van Roon

A successful collaboration between the renowned law and notary firm BarentsKrants and the Amsterdam firm Hofman Dujardin Architects has resulted in a remarkable building renovation in The Hague. The building was constructed in 1950 and was originally divided into a front building, with a majestic marble façade facing the main street, and building at the rear of the site, with two spacious atriums separating them.

US Embassy Building, London, UK
Ground breaks on the new US Embassy in Nine Elms, design by KieranTimberlake
American Embassy Building
image © KieranTimberlake/studio amd
Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia and U.S. Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun officially broke ground on the new American Embassy in London today (Wednesday).
The new Embassy, designed by KieranTimberlake, is now being built close to the Thames riverside in Nine Elms on the South Bank.
The complex is expected to open for business in 2017 when the ambassador and his staff will move to Battersea from Belgravia.

New Offices at Headquarters of RIBA London – news
RIBA Building
photo © The RIBA
The shortlist is announced today for the selection of an architect-led team to design RIBA’s new administrative centre at 76 Portland Place, London.
The six teams invited to proceed to the second stage of the selection process:
• Ben Adams Architects
• Moxon Architects
• Piercy & Company London
• shedkm Architects
• Spacelab
• Theis and Khan Architects

Fisht Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Stadium, Russia
Building design featured on commemorative Russian banknote
Architects: Populous
Fisht : Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Stadium
picture from architect

Fisht, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Stadium designed by Populous, has been featured on a commemorative 100 rouble banknote commissioned by the Central Bank of Russia to celebrate the forthcoming Winter Olympics. The bank started issuing the notes at the end of October, a hundred days before the start of the Games and 20 million notes have gone into production. The design of the banknote depicts the Sochi Stadium on one side and a flying snowboarder on the other; it is the first Russian banknote ever to feature a vertically orientated image.

FC Sevastopol Football Stadium, Ukraine
Design: Arthur Kupreychuk
Sevastopol Football Stadium
image from architect

The project of football stadium “Chaika” for FC Sevastopol by Artur Kupriichuk. Due to the rise of the Sevastopol’s football on a more qualitative level, the city was in need of a new stadium, which will also become a new landmark place.

Broadway Malyan Architects news
Broadway Malyan appoints new Director
Ed Baker
photo from architects
Singapore-based Director of Masterplanning Ed Baker has been promoted to main board Director by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan as part of its regional growth strategy. Ed joined the practice in 2002, originally being based in London, UK, and worked on large-scale projects in Europe, the Middle East, North America, Africa and China. He joined the practice’s Singapore team in 2010 to develop its masterplanning and urbanism offering.

Tallinn Light Biennale opens
Estonian Architectural Event
TAB 2013 curators
picture from TAB
Dozens of light installations will shine in the heart of Tallinn from 24th November to 1st together with exhibitions and lighting workshops by international light artists at the first ever Tallinn Light Biennale.
The previous light festivals focused on light installations in the public space while the first biennale will add an international reach to the event by creating a meeting place for international lighting professionals who will lead workshops and present their artwork.

Burmington Mill Christian Centre, Warwickshire, UK
Burmington Mill Christian Centre
photo courtesy of CD (UK) Ltd, all rights reserved
Burmington Mill Christian Centre
Old mill buildings can offer fascinating potential for restoration and repurposing, but as by nature they are located near water sources, they can be at risk from flooding. Such was the dilemma faced by the Green Hill Outreach Trust, a Christian charity that runs a community and conference programme from the Burmington Mill, an 18th century former flour mill. In July 2007 the worst floods in the Shipston on Stour area of Warwickshire in over one hundred years washed seven feet of muddy water into the ground floor, destroying the fixtures and fittings and resulting in a major insurance claim.

UK architects shortlisted for the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture Old Doha Prize
Old Doha Prize
image from organisers
Five teams of UK architects have been shortlisted to take part in a competition to redesign part of the old city of Doha in Qatar. The competition, known as the Old Doha Prize, is part of the Qatar UK Year of Culture 2013. The Prize provides a unique opportunity for both UK and Qatari architects to develop creative ideas together, and contribute to the future shape of this dynamic Middle Eastern capital city.

Integer House BRE Watford, England – news
The Smart Home at the Building Research Establishment Innovation Park
Integer House at BRE Watford
photo from Polysolar
The building and construction industry is at last beginning to wake up to the value of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) products. Increasingly, architects, designers and property owners are specifying it as an effective way of including energy micro-generation into the fabric of a building. Integer House has been refurbished: now renamed The Smart Home it is located at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Innovation Park in Watford, a demonstration home that first opened in 1998.

Signaux-Captés, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Design: Ludovic Lefévère
Signaux-Captés, Montreal
photo © 2013 Vincent Bautes /

Lighting architect, Ludovic Lefévère reinvents the art of arranging light and space. For Montreal’s Cabaret Underworld, he was commissioned to create a new visual identity with a dual leitmotiv: Build a special link between the building’s inside and outside by designing signage leading to the entrance, and fulfill the visual requirements of Quartier des spectacles, the organization that oversees projects at venues in the main cultural district of the metropolis.

Nobel Center Stockholm, Sweden – Stage 2 Architects news
Nobel Center in Stockholm
photo : Jeppe Wikström
The competition jury has now decided which of the entries will be further developed during a second stage of the two-stage architectural competition to design the building that will become the Nobel Center – the new home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm.
The architects behind the following three proposals are being invited to participate in stage two of the competition:
– David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, Germany
– Gert Wingårdh, Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden
– Johan Celsing, Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden

A House by a Marsh, Baddagana, Sri Lanka
Architects: Chinthaka Wickramage Associates
House in Baddagana
photograph : Eresh Weerasuriya

This house, which is situated in the leafy suburb of Baddagana Pita-Kotte, is arrived at after traveling through a network of narrow winding roads, at the end of a gently sloping road. At arrival one is absorbed by the natural beauty of the terrain, with breathtaking views of the adjoining marshes and the lush green vegetation of Diyawanna Bird Sanctuary.

Deliqatê Restaurant, São Paulo, Brazil
Architect: FGMF Arquitetos
Deliqatê São Paulo
photo : Rafaela Netto

Occupying a lot at Alameda Jaú in the Jardins district, in São Paulo, Brazil, Deliqatê is a restaurant specialized in gourmet sandwiches and is the first enterprise from this group of investors whose intention is to take it to other capital cities in the country. The project is designed by the Brazilian architecture office, FGMF Arquitetos.

East Park, Glasgow, Scotland
New building by Alan Dunlop Architects – first major project since break up of gm+ad
East Park School Building
drawing © Alan Dunlop
“It’s a challenging and ambitious project. By focussing on international standards of best practice, my clients intend to create a centre of excellence for the teaching and residential care of children and young people with acute needs and encourage free movement and sense of independence while ensuring a safe and secure learning and living space. The placing of class rooms to the north of the existing garden has opened up the possibility of a south facing, secure and pleasurable environment for pupils and teachers with easy access to green space.”

US Embassy Building, London, UK
Ground breaks on the new US Embassy in Nine Elms, design by KieranTimberlake
American Embassy Building
image © KieranTimberlake/studio amd
Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia and U.S. Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun officially broke ground on the new American Embassy in London today (Wednesday).
The new Embassy, designed by KieranTimberlake, is now being built close to the Thames riverside in Nine Elms on the South Bank.
The complex is expected to open for business in 2017 when the ambassador and his staff will move to Battersea from Belgravia.

A Dolls’ House Auction, London
Design: various architects
Zaha Hadid Doll's House design
source : Thomas Butler

An auction of dolls houses designed by some of the world’s greatest architects, designers and artists raised close to £90,000 for the charity KIDS on Monday night at Bonhams in Central London. The highest bid of the evening was for Zaha Hadid’s dolls’ house, ‘This must be the place’ (pictured above) reaching an impressive £14,000.

Green Burial Site reception building, Alne Wood Park, Warwickshire, England – winner news
Green Burial Site reception building
image : be paris | baumschlager eberle
be paris | baumschlager eberle are announced today as the winners of the competition to design a non-denominational reception building that will provide commemorative services for a green burial site to be created at Alne Wood Park, near Alcester. RIBA Competitions managed the selection process on behalf of Warwickshire landowner Felix Dennis – who is working in partnership with registered charity The Heart of England Forest Ltd. – to plant and preserve a large native broadleaf forest in the heart of England.

David Chipperfield Architects news – Museo Jumex, Mexico City
Museo Jumex
photograph : Pedro Hiriart
Museo Jumex, a new contemporary art space in Mexico City, will be opening to the public on 17 November.
Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, this building has been created to showcase part of ‘Colección Jumex’ – the largest private art collection in Latin America founded by Mexico City-born Eugenio López in 2001, containing over 2000 pieces by notable international, Mexican and Latin American artists. The museum will also provide a public platform for discourse and educational activities, and a lively programme of world-class temporary exhibitions; including the first ever show of Cy Twombly’s work in Latin America.

Fisher Street Development, London – building news
Design: HOK, architects
Fisher Street Building
picture from architect

Plans by Crossrail to develop 30,000 sqft of residential space in Holborn have been approved by Camden Council. The HOK-designed, eight-storey development comprises 22 one, two and three bedroom apartments. It will sit above the Fisher Street shaft – a single storey structure that provides access and ventilation to the below ground Crossrail tunnels.

King Street Regeneration Hammersmith, London
Design: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Architects
King Street Regeneration Hammersmith
image from architects

Hammersmith & Fulham Council approved this £150m regeneration scheme, from King Street Developments Hammersmith – a joint venture between Helical Bar and Grainger, at a meeting on 12 Nov. The development includes 196 new homes; a three-screen community cinema; new retail, restaurant and cafe space; replacement offices for the council and a new town square.

E’ Tower Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Design: WAA – Wiel Arets Architects
E Tower Eindhoven
photo : Jan Bitter

WAA complete the E’ Tower. The building consists of 110 apartments spread across 22 floors and forms the pinnacle of a new residential area built on a former industrial site adjacent to the city’s stadium. This housing project is composed of two building blocks and located within a former industrial area in the city of Eindhoven that was redeveloped into a residential neighborhood named Stripe S.

Benoy Architects news
MIPIM Award Four Benoy Projects
iAPM Mall
image from architect
Benoy, a world leader in Architecture, Masterplanning, Interior Architecture and Graphic Design, was last week honoured at the MIPIM Asia Awards with four major awards for its projects across Asia. This year the firm celebrated five consecutive years of success at the awards which recognise outstanding real estate projects in the Asia Pacific region.

Aurifícia Block in Porto Competition, Portugal
Young architects win International Competition for the Aurifícia Block in Porto
Aurifícia Block in Porto
picture from organiser
Humberto Silva, a young architect from Lisbon, wins this international architecture competition – Call for Ideas Norte 41° – Porto – Urban Regeneration of the Aurifícia Block, run by the Portuguese Council of Architects – Northern Chapter (OASRN). According to the Competition Jury, his proposal “regards the block as a stable entity, respecting its identity and potential. It comprises a restrained and appropriate approach, keeping architectural interventions to a minimum and emphasizing the relationship between the inside of the block and the surrounding areas.”

Aarhus Harbour Landmark, Denmark
Design: Dorte Mandrup Aarkitekter
Aarhus Harbour Landmark Building
picture from architect

This is the winning entry for an architecture competition to design a new tower in Aarhus Harbour, beating some of the best architects in Denmark: Bjarke Ingels – BIG ; Kim Holst & Mette Wienberg – schmidt hammer lassen architects ; Mikkel Frost – Cebra Architects. The tower will be a landmark for the new city district being developed in the city of Aarhus. The tower design is shaped like a sharp origami cut, urban sculpture with a significant architectural expression. The white steel tower will stand out as a glowing landmark.

Whitney Museum of American Art Building, Meatpacking District, Downtown Manhattan, NYC, USA
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Whitney Downtown Museum
photograph : Timothy Schenck

New photos + films of this new building is located at an impressive site between the High Line and the Hudson River in New York City’s Meatpacking District. Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with New York City architecture office Cooper, Robertson & Partners, has developed the design over the last several years.

Shenzhen Architecture Biennale news
Shekou Terminal warehouse to host UrbanismArchitectural Biennale
Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale Belgium Pavilion
picture courtesy Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture
To host a significant portion of the exhibitions of the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale, UABB(SZ) [Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture(Shenzhen)] has reclaimed an abandoned old warehouse at the Shekou Ferry Terminal. Built in 1981, the Shekou Ferry Terminal is the gateway of ferry service in Shenzhen. The warehouse facility, however, has been vacant since more convenient rail lines finished construction and other functions like customs declaration transferred to other regions.

Graftio Street Building, St Petersburg, Russia
Design: Architectural bureau A.Len
Graftio Street Building St Petersburg
image by architects

The two-section building of U-shaped form is located on the platform of the semi-buried closed parking. The main accents of facades are the glazed surfaces of overhanging parts of the building and the cascade of terraces. On the ground floor there are blocks of office rooms, the residential accommodation is from the second floor, there are technical rooms and a parking on the basement floor.

Hadyn Ellis Building Cardiff University, Wales
Design: IBI Nightingale
Hadyn Ellis Building Cardiff
photo from architect

The 9,000 sqm building is the home to the institution’s world leading University Research Institutes: the European Cancer Stem Cell and Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institutes as well as the established Medical Research Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics.

Russia Theme Park Contest news
Participants for the II stage of the international architecture contest of “Russia” park selected
Russia Theme Park Design Competition
image from organisers
• Citymakers (Russia)
• Cushman & Wakefield (Russia)
• HOSPER (Netherlands)
• Mosproject-5 (Russia)

International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture – jury news
Róisín Heneghan
photo of Róisín Heneghan
The jury comprises Craig Dykers from the US, Róisín Heneghan from Ireland, Magda Mostafa from Egypt and Catherine Slessor from the UK. Per Arnold Andersen from Denmark represents the VELUX Group on the jury.

XJTLU’s Department of Architecture news, China
XJTLU University Building
image from architects
Xi’an Jiao tong-Liverpool University Department of Architecture hosts design charette with Scottish Masters students. Seven postgraduate students from Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen, at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) taking part in an ideas-sharing event between Chinese and Scottish architecture students.

South West Acute Hospital, Northern Ireland – Best Inpatient Facility: Building Better Healthcare Awards
Design: Stantec
Enniskillen Hospital
photograph : Timothy Soar

The Building Better Healthcare Awards is an annual event to recognise innovation and improvement in the built environment and people working in the healthcare industry. The building was designed by international design firm, Stantec, for the Northern Ireland Health Group (NIHG).

Chotto Matte Restaurant, Soho, London, England
Design: Andy Martin Architects – ama
Chotto Matte London Soho Restaurant London
image from designer

Chotte Matte is located in an imposing 60ʼs building at the north end of Frith St. The internal dining space is 450sqm, including in this is approximately 100sqm bar area with some external dining along the Frith St frontage. Access to the restaurant is via a formal entrance off Frith St, entering a Reception Lobby where one can either enter the Bar and Sushi Bar or reach the first floor restaurant via aspiral stair.

DuPont Corian Solid Surface news – new images online
DuPont™ Corian® becomes the solid surface with the broadest range of certifications for exterior facade applications
Seeko’o Hotel in Bordeaux
photo © Arthur Péquin pour DuPont™ Corian® – all right reserved
DuPont™ Corian®, the high-tech surface material, has revolutionised interior design and is bringing a new wave of innovation to architecture. Now, it has become the solid surface with the broadest range of certification for applications for facades and the exterior cladding of buildings.

Aeroville Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle, Paris, France
Design: PCA Philippe Chiambaretta Architecte
Aeroville Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Paris Airport
photograph © Jean-Phileppe Mesguen

This captivating new building is a mixed-use retail and entertainment hub at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France. This area has suffered from a lack of identity of space and centrality which could offer its users the facilities of a city center: services, shopping, entertainment, and culture. To overcome this absence, Aéroports de Paris, in partnership with the Unibail-Rodamco group have for a decade envisioned a long awaited mixed-use and entertainment complex at the fringes of the airport zone, less than 10 minutes by car or bus for employees of the area, and for travelers and residents of Roissy and Tremblay. There is a population of 1.8 million people within 30 minutes by car from the building.

Living Planet Centre and Headquarters, Woking, Surrey, England
Design: Hopkins Architects
Living Planet Centre and Headquarters in Woking Surrey
photograph : Richard Stonehouse

WWF-UK wants this new building to demonstrate organisations can operate in a sustainable way. The two-storey building aspires to reach BREEAM ‘Outstanding’, the highest classification of sustainable design achievable in the UK.Designed by Hopkins Architects, the building has a curved, diagrid roof just visible at the level of the surrounding tree canopy. Inside it is full of energy-efficient environmental features, such as ground-source heating and a system to recycle fresh water.

Best Building in Scotland winner
WASPS South Block, Glasgow Scoops UK’s Richest Architecture Prize
Maggies Gartnavel
photograph : Dapple Photography
8 Nov 2013 by Isabelle Lomholt
At a ceremony in the Scottish Parliament, WASPS South Block in Glasgow by NORD Architecture has been awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2013. From a shortlist of twelve projects, all winners of RIAS Awards for 2013 (presented in June 2013), the judges selected WASPS South Block as a clear winner. The award was presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Ms Fiona Hyslop MSP with Mrs Margaret Doolan Hon FRIAS (the late Andrew Doolan’s mother).

Denton Corker Marshall Architects Exhibition news
The Oct Design Museum
photo : Studio Pei-Zhu
OCT Art & Design Gallery presents Denton Corker Marshall Exhibition in China Denton Corker Marshall together with OCT Art & Design Gallery and Exhibition Curator Professor Zhi Wenjun, have collaborated to produce an architectural exhibition as part of the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture in Shenzhen, China.

The Black & White Building, Rivington Street, London, UK
Design: BuckleyGrayYeoman, Architects
Black & White Building
photo © Matt Clayton

8 Nov 2013 by Adrian Welch
Shoreditch-based practice takes converted factory back to basics, exposing original features to provide stylish, flexible drop-in and shared workspaces for creative SMEs. BuckleyGrayYeoman has completed The Black & White Building for The Office Group, an innovative provider of flexible, design-led office spaces. The project delivers the comprehensive refurbishment of a historic but dilapidated former furniture factory at 74 Rivington Street, creating 11,000 sqft of stylish, flexible workspace over three storeys in the heart of Shoreditch.

International Financial Center Russia, Moscow, Russia
Russia Masterplan Competition Shortlist
International Financial Center in Russia Competition
Rublyovo Arkhangelskoye CJSC
7 Nov 2013 by Adrian Welch
Rublyovo Arkhangelskoye CJSC, part of Sberbank Russia group of companies, have announced the results of the first stage of the masterplanning competition for the International Financial Centre in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. At the Jury meeting on 6 Nov 2013, eight design teams have been selected to participate in the second stage of the competition. An international jury have reviewed 83 applications which were received during the preliminary qualification stage from 22 countries. There was heightened interest in the competition among international companies who submitted 85% of all applications.

David Chipperfield Architects news
Canada Water Project, London, UK
David Chipperfield Canada Water Project
photograph : Richard Davies
Southwark Council has granted planning permission for a landmark tower and two additional buildings designed by David Chipperfield Architects as part of the redevelopment of sites C & E at Canada Water. Sellar Developments, a leading property company currently working extensively in Southwark, acquired the Decathlon site in 2011 and has been working with David Chipperfield Architects, Maccreanor Lavington Architects, landscape architects VOGT, and local community groups to develop proposals which make the most of existing waterside features and bring significant benefits to the local community.

Dwell Vision Award Winners – Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi, SLO Architecture
Dwell Vision Award Winners
photo of the winners
Dwell Media is proud to announce the winners of this year’s inaugural Dwell Vision Award, Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture. The award celebrates design innovation that is technically and artistically groundbreaking, and that shows a new method, material, or concept that is advancing modern design. The jury comprised the Dwell editorial staff headed by Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron; Pedro Gadanho, the Curator for Contemporary Architecture at the MoMA; and Carey Smith, CEO of the Big Ass Fans company, this year’s corporate sponsor.

Rainham Hall Havering, Essex, southeast England
Design: Julian Harrap Architects
Rainham Hall Havering, Essex Mansion, English Queen Anne Property
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Julian Harrap Architects LLP has been granted planning and listed building consent (by the London Borough of Havering) for the restoration of Rainham Hall in Havering, Essex. Owned by the National Trust, Rainham Hall is a fine example of a Queen Anne house built in the Dutch Domestic Style and was constructed by a local shipping merchant, Captain John Harle in 1729.

Via Chiesa 5, Puglia, southern Italy
Design: Studio Ricciardi Architetti
Via Chiesa 5 Montesardo Puglia House
photo : Mario Ricciardi

Restoration of a house in the historical centre of Montesardo, close to Alessano, province of Lecce. The original structure of the building, dated around the first half of sixteenth century, has been completely respected. The meaning of the project was to valorize the existing spaces, making them more functional to the modern living use.

Royal Docks London open ideas design competition news
Transforming London’s Royal Docks with water sensitive urban design
Royal Docks London
image from London Development Agency
Registration opens today to find new design ideas for London’s Royal Docks. The Landscape Institute and Ecobuild, with support from the Mayor of London and London Borough of Newham, have launched ‘The Royal Docks Ideas Competition’ to find innovative design proposals that would transform the Royal Docks into a multi-functional, ‘liveable’ space. Comprised of three docks in East London – Royal Albert Dock, Royal Victoria Dock and King George V Dock – the Royal Docks is the largest enclosed docks in the world with a water area of nearly 90 hectares.

Sydney Convention Centre Design Competition, New South Wales, Australia
Design: BIM Academy – Ryder Architecture; Colour UDL Landscape; Northumbria University; AECOM Australia
Sydney Convention Centre Design Competition
image from Ryder Architecture

An international team led by BIM Academy, has won a virtual design competition for a new convention centre in Sydney, Australia, ‘Build Sydney Live’. BIM Academy is a collaboration between Northumbria University and Ryder Architecture established in 2011 as an international centre of excellence for Building Information Modelling (BIM).

de Architekten Cie., The Netherlands – architects news
Zwolle Courthouse Building
image from architect
Rob Hootsmans has become partner at Architekten Cie. in Amsterdam. The architect will be the fourth partner within the Cie. alongside Pi de Bruijn, Pero Puljiz and Branimir Medic. One of his projects, Zwolle courthouse, is pictured.

Borneo-Sporenburg House, Amsterdam – FUZZ.BOX harnessing the power of the in-between
Design: Bradley Edwards Architect
Fuzz.Box Borneo-Sporenburg
picture : Bradley Edwards

Fuzz.Box utilizes a revolutionary system of energy collection that can power the entire Borneo-Sporenburg neighborhood.
The site is located at the end of the Borneo-Sporenberg peninsula in Amsterdam. The West 8 development established a series of row-houses with ample sidewalks and space for trees. Respecting the existing urban condition, Fuzz.Box is a single-family house with spaces for bedrooms, living, bike storage, garage, and roof terrace. Fuzz.Box acts as a beacon for the peninsula to energize the surrounding neighborhood and public space. Moreover, Fuzz.Box’s eccentric appearance compliments the built fabric’s existing diversity.

Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition, England – winner
Team led by Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects
Canterbury Cathedral Building
picture by Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects
The design competition, which was launched in the early summer, sought an exceptional team to rethink how visitors approach and encounter England’s first Cathedral. The Jury was unanimous in choosing the HED team (who collaborated with Andrew Moor Associates, Thorn Lighting Limited and KLH Sustainability) from the five practices shortlisted to develop concept designs at the design competition’s second stage.

School of Economics & Management, University of Lund, Sweden
Architect: Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter
School of Economics & Management University of Lund
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Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter wins the Swedish architecture competition. The distinguishing feature of the new building is a four-storey cubic volume elevated above a one-storey base. The base of the new building forms a close-knit structure with the groundfloor of the existing buildings and contains a variety of lecture halls, open study areas, courtyards and green roofs.

House in Islington, Newcastle, near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Design: Bourne Blue Architecture
House in Islington
photo : Bourne Blue

Islington is a gritty inner-city suburb of Newcastle, traditionally working class, which is experiencing demographic change as young families move into the area. The site is located 30m from a fortified motorcycle gang clubhouse, and has a site area of only 283m².

Living Staircase Ampersand Building, Soho, London
Design: Designer Paul Cocksedge / Architects Darling Associates
Living Staircase Ampersand Building London
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British designer Paul Cocksedge has unveiled one of his most innovative architectural installations to date, a ‘living’ spiral staircase with integral social spaces and a working garden. The staircase acts as the central feature in a contemporary office and residential development by Resolution Property, known as Ampersand, which is located in the heart of London’s Soho.

Sadlers Wells Theatre New Space, London, UK – building expansion news
Sadler's Wells building
photograph : Belinda Lawley
Almost ten years after he was appointed Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Alistair Spalding today announced his vision for the theatre’s next decade. Together with David Bell, Chair of Sadler’s Wells, Alistair Spalding outlined plans to establish an additional, fourth performance space for one of the world’s leading dance organisations.

Future Energy
Architecture Article by Nigel Henbury for e-architect
EXPO-2017 Buildings Astana
image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG)
The recent announcement of the winning masterplan for Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan merits consideration as a significant event.
Expos are organised to showcase new moves in our existence on this planet. A fusion of past mistakes, successes and future aspirations as beacons of conscience are made manifest under a ‘mother theme’.

MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards – call for entries
Autopia Istanbul
image from architects
The organisers of the annual MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards have called for entries into their 2014 competition, with the deadline for submissions confirmed as 13 Dec. Last year’s winners included Doha City Tennis Stadium by Arup Associates; Estádio do Maracanã by Daniel H. Fernandes; Autopia by Gokhan Avcioglu & Dara Kirmizitoprak; D Hotel by Sanjay Puri; and the Breathing Tower by Skidmore Owings and Merrill’s, which was the overall 2013 winner.

Villa B, Lyon, France – new photos online
Design: Tectoniques
Villa B House Lyon
photograph © Studio Erick Saillet

For architects, designing a house is an adventure, but reality is often not as easy as foreseen. The site is complicated, the neighbours are unhappy, the unforeseen factors are really not foreseen, construction work is not as fast as planned, the ecological goals are difficult to reach, and the contractors are not as qualified as specified, and so on – the list is long.

Apartment Interior in Higienópolis, SP – Brasil
Architect: Flavio Castro
Apartment Interior in Higienópolis São Paulo
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The biggest challenge was the conversion of a family apartment compartmented into an apartment for a young single advertiser, and retrofitting existing securities repaginating brought from other apartment.

Changi Airport Terminal 4, Singapore
Design: SAA Architects, Benoy, AECOM, Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner
New Changi Airport Terminal 4 Singapore
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The new concept for the highly anticipated Terminal 4 at Singapore Changi Airport has been unveiled at the T4 groundbreaking ceremony. Appointed by Changi Airport Group, Singapore’s SAA Architects, the lead consultant and executive architect of the Architect & Design Consortium, collaborated with UK-founded design firm Benoy on the concept and interior design of the new terminal.

dRMM Architects & SEAM Design, London, England, UK
Testbed1 – A Dark Moment
Endless Stair London
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dRMM have been invited to exhibit at the 3rd annual exhibition of Testbed1, curated by Will Aslop and All Design. The exhibition will include a diverse collection of works from painters, lighting designers, furniture designers, video and graphic artists, landscape designers, musicians and architects. dRMM will be collaborating with SEAM lighting designers to recreate Endless Stair in miniature.

Elizabeth Beach House, north of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Design: Bourne Blue Architecture
Elizabeth Beach House
photo : Bourne Blue

Contemporary property in Elizabeth Beach, on the mid North coast of NSW, Australia, a small village with a mix of holiday houses and permanent residences. The climate is temperate and the surroundings largely unspoiled. The site is located opposite some remnant littoral rainforest, midway between the estuary of Wallis Lake and the Pacific Ocean.

Al Bahar Towers, Abu Dhabi, UAE – award news
Design: Aedas
Al Bahar Towers
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Al Bahr Towers designed by Aedas was crowned as the ‘Best Overall Project in the Middle East’ as well as the ‘Commercial Project of the Year’ at the sixth annual Middle East Architect Awards 2013, held on 05 November at The Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai. The twin towers were commissioned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC), one of which serves as its new headquarters.

New National Center for Contemporary Arts in Moscow, Russia – Architectural Competition
Design: Kubota & Bachmann Architects
New National Center for Contemporary Arts of Russia Architectural Competition
image : Jigen

This proposal for the NCCA aims to provide a distinguished/attractive landmark to the Khodynskoe Pole district. It is located in a symmetrical axis to the park and serves as a solution ensuring the environmental balance of the Khodynskoe Pole district. The façade is composed out of a multitude of reflective metallic pixels that are attached on light structures. According to the wind direction the pixels change their orientation wherefore the building appears somehow in constant motion.

Calgary New Central Library
Design: DIALOG + Snøhetta
New Central Library Calgary
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The search for an architectural team is over, and the design of Calgary’s much-anticipated New Central Library is set to begin. Following an exhaustive search that explored expressions of interest from as far away as Copenhagen and Tokyo, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), together with a Selection Committee consisting of members of the Calgary Public Library, City of Calgary and independent architectural consultants, Ian Chodikoff (former editor of Canadian Architect Magazine) and Jim Barnes (Foster + Partners) have selected an architectural team to design Calgary’s New Central Library in East Village.

Longin Business Center, Prague, Czech Republic
Design: 4a architekti
Longin Business Centre
picture by architects

The reception area and atrium are “enveloped” in a cloaking perforated wall of seamless Corian, uniting the areas and clearly defining the principle of complete transformation. Perforations are based on a Voronoi diagram of cell structures evolving from regular to organic shapes as their proximity to the garden atria changes. Here, the technical environment becomes natural.

551 West 21st Street, Chelsea, New York City, USA
Design: Foster + Partners, Architects
551 West 21st Street
image by Hayes Davidson, Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Scott Resnick has announced Foster + Partners as design architect of 551 West 21st Street – a modern, 19-story luxury condominium overlooking the Hudson River in West Chelsea. 551 West 21st Street features 44 large-scaled residences, including three penthouses. Beyer Blinder Belle is the executive architect, and construction of the fully-financed building is under way with anticipated occupancy in the fall of 2015.

Kisimul Castle, Isle of Barra, Western Isles, north west Scotland
Kisimul Castle Building
photo © Donald MacLeod
One of Scotland’s most iconic castles is to undergo major conservation, archaeological and interpretation work as part of a plan agreed between Historic Scotland and Macneil of Barra. Kisimul Castle of the Isle of Barra is regarded as the most significant medieval castle in the Western Isles. It sits spectacularly on a rock in the bay and is the seat of the Chief of the Clan Macneil and the symbolic home of the Clan around the world. It is of local, national and international significance and one of the most recognised sites in Scotland.

20 of the world’s best architects and designers build a Doll’s House for KIDS
Design: various architects
Doll's House design
source : Thomas Butler

Twenty unique dolls’ houses, designed and built by some of the world’s best architects and designers, such as Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye, and including artworks by world famous artists including Grayson Perry and Chris Ofili, will be auctioned at Bonhams’ new showroom in London next week in aid of KIDS.

University Square Stratford, London
Design: make architects
University Square Stratford
photograph © Simon Kennedy

This building situated at the heart of Stratford’s cultural quarter, is a collaboration between the University of East London and Birkbeck, University of London; two distinct universities whose partnership aims are to encourage access and progression into higher education. The campus offers an alternative model of higher education, with flexible part- and full-time, day and evening study opportunities to meet the growing aspirations of the people of east London.

The New York Times Headquarters Building, NYC, USA – new photo added
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop with FXFOWLE
New York Times Company Headquarters
photograph by David Sundberg/Esto
This headquarters for the New York Times newspaper was commissioned via an invited competition. RPBW’s winning design opens up a neglected corner of Manhattan with a 52-storey building whose themes of permeability and transparency express the intrinsic link between the newspaper and the city.

Lisbon Architecture Triennale Event – Jury news
Fernanda Fragateiro Design
photograph © Fernanda Fragateiro
Now in its third edition the Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Lifetime Achievement Award recognises a person or practice whose work and ideas have been influential and continue to have a profound effect on architectural thinking and practice today. An international jury of distinguished architects who will be selecting the recipient of this award has now been announced.

Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum, Krakow, Poland
Design: Broadway Malyan
Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum in Krakow Building
image from architects

The Warsaw-based team at global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan has won a competition to design a major residential refurbishment scheme for students at the prestigious Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum, in Krakow, Poland. The 17,500 sqm scheme, located at one of Europe’s leading universities, will be delivered for client Bouygues which is managing the project – and it is set to be one of the first such projects in Poland to be delivered wholly via a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

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