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Sou Fujimoto built a tree-like residential tower with protruding balconies that branch off the trunk

WA Contents • Jun 26, 2019 • 299

Sou Fujimoto built a tree-like residential tower with protruding balconies that branch off the trunk

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has completed a mixed-use tower im Montpellier, resembling a tree with protruding balconies that branch off the trunk.

Designed with Nicolas Laisné, Dimitri Roussel and OXO Architectes, the tower, named L’Arbre Blanc (White Tree), includes housing, a restaurant, an art gallery, offices, a panoramic bar and communal areas in which its overall design pays tribute to the tradition of "outside living" in Montpellier, France.

Situated in a strategic position for the regional metropolitan area - halfway between the “old” and “new” sections of the city, this seventeen-storey tower affords sweeping views of the sea, the Pic Saint-Loup, the city, and the River Lez b (...)

World Architecture Festival call for entries to The 2019 Architecture Drawing Prize

WA Contents • Jun 26, 2019 • 315

World Architecture Festival call for entries to The 2019 Architecture Drawing Prize

In partnership with Make Architects, Sir John Soane’s Museum and sponsor William Hare Group, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the call for entries for the third edition of The Architecture Drawing Prize. Launched in 2017, the prize is conceived to celebrate and showcase the art and skill of architectural drawing.

Entries should be sent until September 27, 2019. To see full details on how to enter, visit the Architecture Drawing Prize website. In the spirit of many great architects of the past, from Palladio and John Soane to Le Corbusier and Cedric Price, The Architecture Drawing Prize is an ideal platform for reflecting on and exploring how drawing continues to advance the art of architecture today.

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Bordas+Peiro designs dynamic stations in two nodes of Paris

WA Contents • Jun 26, 2019 • 431

Bordas+Peiro designs dynamic stations in two nodes of Paris

Paris-based agency Bordas+Peiro has won a competition to design Two Grand Paris Express Stations in Paris, France. One is called "Stade de France Saint-Denis Station" - which will be located along the South wall of the RER B infrastructure, on the intermodal hub La Plaine – Stade de France, and the other, called "Clichy-Montfermeil Station", will belocated on the Main Square of the Urban Renewal Plan being carried out in the urban community since 2004.

Detailed plans have been revealed by the agency, showing that the plans move forward for construction. Since 2011, Anna Maria Bordas and Miquel Peiro have been developing a sensitive and flexible architecture based on functionality and use. The firm's approach shows their fl (...)

Foster + Partners unveils design for boathouse for "under-resourced communities" in New York

WA Contents • Jun 26, 2019 • 487

Foster + Partners unveils design for boathouse for

Foster + Partners has unveiled design for a new boathouse for Row New York, a non-profit organization based in New York City focused on empowering youth through the sport of rowing.

The new boathouse, located in Sherman Creek Park on the Harlem River in New York City, will expand Row New York’s free and low-cost programs that teach young people in under-resourced communities the sport of competitive rowing, while also assisting them with their education to prepare them for higher education and a path to college. Foster + Partners' project seeks to transform the lives of people in the local community, giving young people a sense of self-confidence and purpose, inspiring them to achieve their full potential.

The expan (...)

FGP Atelier completes Mexico's baseball stadium with a roof resembling Diablos' trident

WA Contents • Jun 26, 2019 • 401

FGP Atelier completes Mexico's baseball stadium with a roof resembling Diablos' trident

Chicago-based architecture firm FGP Atelier has completed a new baseball stadium in Mexico City, Mexico, the monumental stadium draws attention with its iconic roof resembling Diablos' trident.

Designed by Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, Chief Designer of FGP Atelier, the stadium, named Diablos Rojos Baseball Stadium, the giant structure was designed as the premier baseball stadium. It will provide a new home for Los Diablos Rojos del Mexico, the leading baseball team of Mexico which won 16 championships and have more than 70 years of history.

Francisco Gonzalez Pulido closely worked with with team owner Alfredo Harp Helú on the project and it takes cues the form of Diablos’ trident, which dramatically creates a c (...)

Studio Precht designs modular tree house inspired by cartoon characters

WA Contents • Jun 26, 2019 • 421

Studio Precht designs modular tree house inspired by cartoon characters

Studio Precht has designed a a playful tree house for Baumbau, a startup company producing tiny homes in different places of the world.

Precht’s tubular-formed tree house, called Bert, is inspired by cartoon characters of Sesame Street or Minions. A drawing of a child in his first imagination gives references to Precht to start his design by emphasizing playfulness, art, and joy.

"We are fully aware that architecture is this serious and profound craft with a long culture and tradition. You see that when we architects find reference for our projects in art, philosophy, literature or nature," said Precht co-founder Chris Precht.

"For this project, we also looked at art to find reference. But not at Michelangelo or (...)

Smooth curves of a golf clubhouse by Oppenheim Architecture are derived from the natural desertscape

WA Contents • Jun 25, 2019 • 628

Smooth curves of a golf clubhouse by Oppenheim Architecture are derived from the natural desertscape

These smooth curves of a golf clubhouse mimic the natural desertscape of Aqaba, Jordan to become part of the existing landscape. Designed by Oppenheim Architecture, the new resort has been opened in Aqaba and photographed by architectural photographer Rory Gardiner.

Named Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse, the 5,800-square-metre resort is inspired by the natural dunescapes and magnificent mountains of the Jordanian desert as well as the architectural heritage of the ancient Bedouin.

Perfectly blended in nature, each shell of the building was built by using "shotcrete pouring techniques" that give the pure surface and smooth transitions for each curved shell.

In the construction process, Oppenheim Architecture closely (...)

MVRDV's reflective bowl-shaped art depot tops out in Museumpark Rotterdam

WA Contents • Jun 25, 2019 • 478

MVRDV's reflective bowl-shaped art depot tops out in Museumpark Rotterdam

MVRDV's reflective bowl-shaped public art depot has topped out in Museumpark Rotterdam, as the full form of the building is nearing completion. Started construction in 2017, the building will reach 40-meter-high when built.

First construction images have been revealed by Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, official website of the project, and it documents the construction process in its website.

The Public Art Depot is a new building typology located on the northern edge of Rotterdam's Museumpark, the heart of the city’s cultural campus. MVRDV's new Public Art Depot, covering a 15,000 square-metre area, will store the esteemed collection of 70,000 art and design objects amassed from 1849 till the present combined (...)

2019's Most Innovative Hotel Concepts Revealed by Radical Innovation

WA Contents • Jun 25, 2019 • 589

2019's Most Innovative Hotel Concepts Revealed by Radical Innovation

Radical Innovation, a competition and year-round community that challenges designers, hoteliers, and students to pioneer compelling ideas in travel and hospitality, has announced the finalists for its 13th annual edition. Cooper Carry, Danny Forster & Architecture, and SB Architects are among the finalists competing for the Grand Prize in New York City in October.

These three firms will compete in a live pitch presentation at the New Museum in New York City this fall. After presentations, a live audience vote will be held to determine the grand- prize winner of $10,000 and the runner-up prize of $5,000. All of the finalists will have an opportunity to meet industry experts who can help further their concept.

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I.M. Pei-designed IBM campus in Somers will be converted into a private school in Somers

WA Contents • Jun 25, 2019 • 683

I.M. Pei-designed IBM campus in Somers will be converted into a private school in Somers

Evergreen Ridge LLC will covert the former Somers IBM Campus designed by I.M. Pei and Partners into a private, for profit high school focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) curriculums.

Pei Partnership Architects, founded by I.M. Pei’s sons Li Chung and Chien Chung Pei has been selected to oversee the design of the renovation and to construct a new 30,000sf Athletic Center facility on site.

KG+D architects of Mount Kisco, New York will be the executive architect and school planner. The project will be a private boarding and day high school with a capacity to enroll 1,800 students on the 150 acre campus.

IBM Office building complex, Somers, NY by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects. Image (...)