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Architectural News in August 2017

10 Nov 2017
Bora Residential Tower, Santa Fe, Mexico City
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Bora Residential Tower
image : LabTop, courtesy of ZHA

Bora Tower Building
Construction works start on this building in Santa Fe, an important business district in the west of Mexico City. With more than 50 floors, Bora will be the highest residential tower in Mexico City and incorporates over 220 apartments of one, two and three bedrooms. Each floor houses a variety of unit sizes to create an integrated and diverse community of families, first-time homeowners, professionals and retirees.

15 Sep
Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Design: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Tom Patterson Theatre
image Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Tom Patterson Theatre Building
The Stratford Festival invited 50 international architects firms to submit their credentials. The committee then selected 8 architects to be interveiwed. Four architectural teams were then shortlisted and invited to take part in this architecture competition.

14 Sep 2017
Snowdon Aviary Renewal, London Zoo, England
Design: Foster + Partners
Snowdon Aviary
photo © Tom Miller
Snowdon Aviary Building Redevelopment
Renewal proposal for this Grade II* listed structure, originally designed by Cedric Price with Frank Newby and Lord Snowdon in 1962. It was the first aviary in Britain that gave visitors a ‘walk-through’ experience, and is located on the north side of a canal in the north west of the British capital city.

Up-Cycled Warehouse in Melbourne design by Zen Architects article posted on 4 Aug 2017 by Editor Isabelle Lomholt

11 Aug 2017
De Verkenner Tower, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Design: Mei architects and planners
De Verkenner Utrecht Residential Tower
photo : Jeroen Musch

New Residential Building in Utrecht
Raising the game in mass housing with ‘Roses and concrete’ artwork and poem and an elegant, colourful façade of balconies. The ‘gatekeeper’ project is located in the post-war district of Kanaleneiland.

Aug 3, 2017
Graham Foundation Grants 2017 Announced
Graham Foundation Announces 2017 Grants to Organizations Over $400,000 awarded to organizations supporting innovative and challenging ideas in architecture.

Among the funded projects are exhibitions, publications, events, research projects, and site-specific installations and performances. These diverse projects and programs advance new scholarship, fuel creative experimentation and critical dialogue, and expand opportunities for public engagement with architecture and its role in contemporary society.

From Above Looking Down
photo – Gwyneth Shanks, From Above Looking Down, 2017, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist. From the 2017 organizational grant to Materials & Applications for “Privacies Infrastructure”
Graham Foundation Grants 2017 News article posted by Editor Adrian Welch

Reale Group office building, Turin, Italy
Design: Iotti + Pavarani Architetti Artecna
Reale Group Office Building
photograph : Fernando Guerra | FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura

Reale Group Office Building in Turin designed by Iotti + Pavarani Architetti Artecna article posted on 3 Aug 2017 by Editorial Assistant Cole Dean
The project, developed in synergy by the engineer Roberto Tosetti from Artecna (head of the general project) and Iotti + Pavarani Architetti (winner of this architectural competition by invitation to design the architectural envelope announced by Reale Immobili in 2013), gives form to a building that redefines and modernizes the entire block.

Architecture News from July 2017

30 Jul 2017
Salmiya Wind Tower, Kuwait City
Design: AGi architects
Wind Tower Salmiya Kuwait
photo courtesy of this architects studio

Salmiya Wind Tower Building
Wafra Vertical Housing introduces a new concept to urban living, transforming the single family dwelling typology to adapt to 21st century living in this small Gulf country.

29 Jul 2017
The Boilerhouse, Royal Holloway, University of London, Surrey, England
Design: Cartwright Pickard Architects
The Boilerhouse for Royal Holloway, University of London | www.e-architect.co.uk
photo © Hundven-Clements

New Building at Royal Holloway, University of London
A new café pavilion and event space inserted into the original Boilerhouse complex courtyard serving the Grade I Listed Founders Building as well as the refurbishment of the original stable block into a seating and servery area.

22 Jul 2017
Contracts awarded for Palace of Westminster Building Renewal
Palace of Westminster London Building | www.e-architect.co.uk
picture © Nick Weall
Palace of Westminster Building Renewal
In Lot 1 BDP Architects beat HOK, Foster + Partners and Allies and Morrison.
CH2M Hill win for Lot 2, beating Aecom & Mace (Joint Venture), Capita Property Infrastructure & Gleeds Cost Management (Joint Venture), EC Harris (ARCADIS) and Turner & Townsend

Namdaemun Office Tower, Seoul, South Korea
Design: Mecanoo
Namdaemun Office Building
photo courtesy of architects firm

Namdaemun Office Building
25 Jul 2017 – With its stark linear facade patterns, the Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul stands out from the vibrant market district that surround it. The office tower is Mecanoo’s first completed project in South Korea’s capital.

Robarts Library Building, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Robarts Library Building
image courtesy of architects office

Robarts Library Expansion at the University of Toronto
24 Jul 2017 – Canada’s largest academic library is growing. A major expansion of Robarts Library at the University of Toronto will add 1,200 work and study spaces to the iconic facility, which is known as an exemplar of the concrete Brutalist style of architecture from the 1960s.

Building News from June 2017

1 Jul + 30 + 29 Jun 2017
Tower Cladding Samples Fail Fire Safety Tests

137 cladding samples from high rise buildings have now failed fire safety tests carried out for the UK government by the The Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE).

EVERY panel tested has failed the government’s combustibility tests.

UK Tower Cladding Samples Fire Safety Tests News

Scotland is not included in the current testing regime but the Scottish Government is carrying out a similar review.

The British Government looks to be facing a cladding safety bill of around £600m after the Grenfell Tower fire.

Clearly those involved in the prcourement of UK buildings have focused too much on cost savings and not enough on building safety.

1 Jul + 30 Jun 2017
National Arts Centre Building, Confederation Square, Ottawa, Canada
Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects
National Arts Centre in Ottawa: NAC | www.e-architect.co.uk
photo : Lisa Logan Photography
National Arts Centre Building News

Architectural News from March 2017

26 Mar 2017
St Michael’s Manchester Development On Hold
St Michael's Manchester Project by Gary Neville
image courtesy of architectural office
St Michael’s Manchester Development News
Manchester City Council has confirmed that Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have asked for this major city centre scheme to be put on hold.
Speaking at the MIPIM property fair, footballer-turned-developer Neville announced that he had asked the council not to consider the proposal designed by Make Architects so that it could be further refined.

Building News from February 2017

Feb 16, 2017
Workforce Housing Buildings, Newark, NJ, USA
Design: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Workforce Housing Buildings
photo : Scott Frances

Teachers Village in Newark, New Jersey
Completion of three new Workforce Housing Buildings in Newark. These new buildings provide 123 residential units and a variety of retail spaces. Within the Teachers Village project, all buildings by this celebrated architecture office have been designed with open interior spaces full of natural light.

16 Feb 2017
Leeza SOHO, Beijing, China
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Leeza SOHO Leeza SOHO
image courtesy of architects

Leeza SOHO
Within the Lize Financial Business District – a new business, residential and transport hub adjacent to Financial Road in southwest Beijing. The new building will be located at the intersection of Lines 14 and 16 currently under-construction for the Beijing Subway rail network.

16 Feb 2017
Eclipse, Amor de Perdição Square, Porto, Portugal
Architect: FAHR 021.3
Eclipse in Porto
image courtesy of architects

Eclipse in Porto
The celebratory piece Eclipse marks the 20th anniversary of the classification of Porto’s historic centre as Unesco World Heritage site. A temporary installation, Eclipse is a project by architecture studio FAHR 021.3 who created a sphere that temporarily shifts the centre of this city square towards its gravitational pull.

Architectural News from 2016

One Central Boulevard at Blythe Valley Park, West Midlands, UK
Design: Webb Gray Ltd, Architects

Leading tile supplier Solus Ceramics has added a touch of sophistication to a brand new £5 million refurbishment project with the use of its stylish Hardline collection.

One Central Boulevard Blythe Valley Park

Previously known as The Phoenix Building on IM Properties’ Blythe Valley Park, One Central Boulevard offers the largest available floorplates on the M42 corridor. Located in the heart of the UK, this new modern business campus boasts over 113,500sqft of space, which is surrounded by a stunning 122 acre country park.

One Central Boulevard at Blythe Valley Park – 11 Nov 2016

M Victoria Street, London, UK
Design: René Dekker Design Ltd

Leading tile supplier, Solus Ceramics has added a touch of flavour to the new M Victoria Street restaurant in London with the installation of its innovative Concreta, Porcelain Solid Basics, Porcelain Flare and Metaltone floor tile ranges.

M Victoria Street Restaurant in London

M Victoria Street is the second London restaurant venture from Martin Williams, following the success and wide acclaim of M Threadneedle Street in 2014. M Victoria Street is a 9,000 square foot part leisure, part retail venue that has several distinct offerings set over three floors. These include the Grill Dining Room, Raw Bar, both public and private members bars, private dining, event spaces and a wine tasting room, all under one roof.

M Victoria Street Restaurant in London – 10 Nov 2016

Trumpf Poland Technology Center, Warsaw, Poland
Design: Barkow Leibinger, architects
Trumpf Poland Technology Center
photo : David Franck

Trumpf Poland Technology Center Warsaw Building – 22 Sep 2016
High-grade stainless steel fins cover the façades: they are laser-cut and folded to widen and narrow over their 10-m length. This approach reflects the machine tool and laser technology typical of the client’s business.

New School Building in Aabybro, Jutland, north western Denmark
Design: CEBRA architecture / KPF
Aabybro School Building
image from architects

New Building in Aabybro – 20 Sep 2016
The pitched roof is the focus of the architectural expression: its distinctive shape and slanted eaves give a unique appearance without being intrusive. It ensures attractive outdoor spaces for education and play.

Border City Mexico / USA: London Design Biennale
Design: FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise
Mexico USA Border City Design
image from architect

Border City Mexico / USA Vision – 11 Sep 2016
This vision is for a binational city on one the border between the United States and Mexico.
The proposal is topical, given current debate following Donald Trump’s Mexican wall announcement(!). The concept is rooted in the history of frontiers cities, where cultures both clash, for example Baarle Hertog / Baarle Nassau.

Tree Top Residence, Los Angeles, California, USA
Design: Belzberg Architects
Tree Top Residence in LA
photo : Bruce Damonte

Tree Top Residence – 7 Sep 2016
This three-story contempoorary home emerges above the canopy of trees that surround it. The focus is an eccentrically-helical stair, a highly sculptural gesture visible on entry into the house.

Cal Tech Keck Institute for Space Studies, Pasadena, California, USA
Design: Lehrer Architects
Cal Tech Keck Institute
photo : Benny Chan Fotoworks

Cal Tech Keck Institute for Space Studies Building – 7 Sep 2016
This building’s design aims to facilitate a culture of creativity where scientists and academics of disparate disciplines from around the world meet periodically, with “orchestrated collisions” generating conversation and creative thinking. The architectural design mitigates scale and style differences between Mission-style bungalow and Modernist, multi-story academic buildings on either side of the road.

AccorHotels Arena Building
Design: DVVD Architecture, Design and Engineering Agency
The AccorHotels Arena
images : Sergio Grazia

The AccorHotels Arena in Paris – 14 Jun 2016
An emblematic structure in this city, the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy has been revitalised. It will assist the capital in its attempt to host the Olympics in 2024.

Elytra Filament Pavilion by Achim Menges at the V&A, London, England
Design: Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, Jan Knippers and Thomas Auer
Elytra Filament Pavilion by Achim Menges at the V&A
image from architect

Elytra Filament Pavilion in London – 14 Jun + 7 May 2016
V&A to present a site-specific installation inspired by nature and fabricated by robot, part of the museum’s first ever Engineering Season.

Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award in 2016
Venice Biennale Golden Lion Architecture Newsn
photo © Fernando Maquieira
Venice Biennale Golden Lion Architecture News – 31 + 28 May 2016
Spain has been awarded the Golden Lion for best pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, for the exhibition ‘Unfinished’ ; Gabinete de Arquitectura has been awarded the prize for best exhibition.
This is the second Golden Lion of Spain at La Biennale di Venezia. The first one was obtained in 2000, in an exhibition curated by architect Alberto Campo Baeza.

The Winery at VIK, Vitacura, Santiago, Chile
Design: Smiljan Radic, architect
The Winery at VIK
photo courtesy of Vik Retreats

The Winery at VIK Building – 19 Jan 2016
As all Vik Retreat destinations have come to be known, the VIK winery features a unique and unprecedented design, which is at once state-of-the-art, highly sustainable, technologically creative and a stunning visual display which redefines the wine experience. The winery has been designed by the talented Chilean architect Smiljan Radic.




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Low-cost Housing for the Elderly
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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
Morgan Library and Museum
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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photo by Michel Denancé, provided by permission of the Morgan Library and Museum

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