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London’s Brutalist Welbeck Street Car Park set to be demolished to design a new hotel

WA Contents • August 19, 2017 • 45

London’s Brutalist Welbeck Street Car Park set to be demolished to design a new hotel

Critical decision has been made by the Westminister Council for the demolition of London’s brutalist Welbeck Street car park to design a new hotel by Eric Parry Architects. The Westminister Council has approved that Welbeck Street Car Park located on London’s Oxford Street will be torn down to make way for a 10-storey hotel with a spa, restaurant and roof terrace designed by Eric Parry Architects.

The iconic brutalist car park features a diamond-patterned facade made up from prefabricated concrete, and the building is the latest in a spate of mid-century buildings facing demolition in the UK.

UK-based architecture photographer Artur Salisz captured the detailed images of this iconic building - Salisz's impress (...)

Studio Gang’s American Museum of Natural History Expansion is set to begin construction

WA Contents • August 18, 2017 • 44

Studio Gang’s American Museum of Natural History Expansion is set to begin construction

Construction work starts on Studio Gang's curled-form American Museum of Natural History expansion - also named as the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, according to New York YIMBY.

The Richard Gilder Center received the planning approval from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) last fall and necessary permits have been filed with the Department of Buildings (DOB) to start construction on site.

The $340-million expansion will be built on the western side of the museum and it will occupy six floors covering approx. 23,000-square-metre space and approximately 80 percent of the building will be located within the current museum footprint.

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CLA used organic flowing curves with newly invented bamboo trusses for Bamboo Sports Hall in Thailand

WA Contents • August 18, 2017 • 46

CLA used organic flowing curves with newly invented bamboo trusses for Bamboo Sports Hall in Thailand

Thailand-based architecture practice Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction, specializing in modern bamboo & earth architecture and quality construction, has completed a new sports hall for Panyaden International School in the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.

Utilizing prefabricated bamboo trusses to span more than 17 meters without steel reinforcements or connections, the project was developed to meet the growing capacity of the school. Particularly, as the climate is mainly hot or wet in this region, more sheltered sports arenas needed for the school, adapting to its natural climate.

Image © Markus Roselieb

Commissioned by the Panyaden International School, the brief was to build a hall that sho (...)

GRAFT announced as Curators of the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2018

WA Contents • August 18, 2017 • 24

GRAFT announced as Curators of the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2018

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) have announced that GRAFT together with Marianne Birthler will curate the German Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Bienale in 2018. The architects working together with the former Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic were selected by the ministry on the recommendation of the selection committee for their submission to the open competition entitled "Unbuilding Walls".The exhibition "Unbuilding Walls" will give responds to current debates on nations, protectionism and division. "As the world grows together, walls are increasingly being discussed and built that divide (...)

Fernando Abellanas installs his own studio under a traffic bridge in Spain

WA Contents • August 18, 2017 • 146

Fernando Abellanas installs his own studio under a traffic bridge in Spain

A self-taught designer Fernando Abellanas from Valencia has designed a pop-studio beneath a busy traffic bridge in Spain. This tiny moveable micro-unit gives an alternative response to the urban space shortage of Valencia in Spain.

The secret cabin, made up of a collection of spaces Abellanas created, is closed by moveable thin wood walls and sits on a metal base, which can be moved from one side of the bridge to the other by a hand crank along rails. The designer also mounts book shelves on the bridge's concrete wall to collect his books and other stuff. The space allows only two chairs and desks to inhabit within it.

Video by Jose Manuel Pedrajas

Abellanas' micro-living unit is conceived like "a secret urba (...)

Trump signs new executive order for climate change reversing Obama-era order

WA Contents • August 17, 2017 • 67

Trump signs new executive order for climate change reversing Obama-era order

US President Donald Trump's new executive orders on major decisions about architecture and planning conditions are not surprise for many. The White House has confirmed that Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday eliminating "a planning step" for building infrastructure such as roads, bridges and offices as related to climate change and flood dangers.

Donald Trump's this decision reverses former President Barack Obama's Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, established in 2015. Obama's previous order was aiming to mitigate "the risk of flood damage charged to taxpayers when property owners file costly claims." But, Trump's new order is considered to weaken environmental standards against flood risk. Apar (...)

Hawkins\Brown’s Leeds Beckett University receives green light for New Creative Arts Building

WA Contents • August 17, 2017 • 23

Hawkins\Brown’s Leeds Beckett University receives green light for New Creative Arts Building

Hawkins\Brown has announced that the new Creative Arts Building of Leeds Beckett University has been granted approval for a new £75 million development, designed in conduction with Leeds Beckett University and their development Partner Downing Developments. The 14,500sqm scheme will provide an iconic home for academic, creative and cultural activities in the civic heart of Leeds, becoming a stand-out landmark site for the Northern Film School, Music, Performing Arts and Fashion students.

The project aims to attract new audiences and facilitate dialogue between the University, its partners and the wider city. The new building forms a major part of the University’s £200m campus development plan, which will be deliver (...)

Pokémon Go, Kanye West clothing, the Olympic Refugee Flag among Beazley Designs of the Year nominees

WA Contents • August 17, 2017 • 46

Pokémon Go, Kanye West clothing, the Olympic Refugee Flag among Beazley Designs of the Year nominees

London's Design Museum has announced the shortlist for the 10th anniversary of its annual exhibition and awards celebrating the world’s best design. Nominees include a hijab designed by Nike and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C designed by the recently knighted Sir David Adjaye, the Warka Water by Arturo Vittori, the Port House by Zaha Hadid Architects and the Il Fondaco Tedeschi in Venice by OMA.

A year of political unrest is represented through Wolfgang Tillmans’ Remain Campaign, support posters for Jeremy Corbyn and the Pussyhat worn by protesters in the USA following President Trump’s sexist comments. Other nominations include IKEA furniture that does not requir (...)

PUP Architects’ interwoven Antepavilion suggests alternative dwelling for housing crisis of London

WA Contents • August 17, 2017 • 47

PUP Architects’ interwoven Antepavilion suggests alternative dwelling for housing crisis of London

This interwoven micro dwelling has been installed on the rooftop the Hoxton Docks, a complex of artists’ studios on the Regent’s canal in East London. This micro-living unit is not considered as one of classical installation series built in many parts of the cities - this micro house is aimed to propose an alternative dwelling against housing crisis of London - "by disguising as ventilation equipment".The installation - called H-VAC - has been built by London-based design studio PUP Architects with the assistance of carpenters and a team of volunteers, and technical support from structural engineers, AKTii. This year's Antepavilion was selected from 128 proposals in a competition organised by the Architecture Foundation.The (...)

Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas built this private residence by integrating existing trees in Spain

WA Contents • August 17, 2017 • 46

Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas built this private residence by integrating existing trees in Spain

Spanish architecture firm Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas transformed an old house into a new private residence with all-white playful volumes by balancing openness and privacy in a dense neighborhood of Rota, Spain.

Called From Open Garden To Jardin Clos, the new house is located within a complex of historic houses built in the 1950s by the Americans on part of the pine forest that covers Rota’s beach and their housing development approach is based on "very Anglo-Saxon premises in terms of the understanding about how to inhabit a place," emphasizes the architect.

"A close development with just one loop street giving access to a cluster of detached houses, which modest fences allow the view to their generous exterior (...)

Jony Ive on Apple’s new headquarters: "It’s nice, though, isn’t it?"

WA Contents • August 17, 2017 • 551

Jony Ive on Apple’s new headquarters:

Jonathan Ive, the Apple's chief designer, has shared his thoughts about Apple's hotly-anticipated new headquarters in detail. The world's tech giant Apple's new ring-shaped campus designed by Foster+Partners is finally nearing completion in Cupertino, California. The company relocated one of the groups of Apple in April this year, and it is expected to be completed later this year. Jony Ive has toured the interior of the new Apple campus with the Wall Street Journal and explained in detail how beautifully and elegantly it was designed, focusing on details and its distinctive materiality. Besides that, the first interior images of the campus have been photographed by Mikael Jansson and they show how the building's in (...)

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals in progress photographs for "world’s highest atrium" rising in Beijing

WA Contents • August 16, 2017 • 109

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals in progress photographs for

These newly-released "movie-like" construction photographs by Zaha Hadid Architects showcase the rising of the "world's highest skyscraper" in Beijing's Lize Financial Business District. These mesmerizing images, appearing to have been taken from a sci-fi movie scene, show the naked-twisted skeleton of a new mixed-use tower and witness how its massive load-bearing system is taking shape to form the "world's tallest tower" - called Leeza Soho.The new images were captured by Satoshi Ohashi, Project Director of the Leeza Soho, Di Ding, architect of the project and Yicheng Yang, Director of Soho China. The 47-storey skyscraper will reach its full 207m height in September this year, and will be completed in late 2018.

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reSITE releases first lectures for its "In/visible City" theme, closer look at Paris and Lisbon

WA Contents • August 16, 2017 • 28

reSITE releases first lectures for its

reSITE, the world's most interactive and dynamic conference focusing on cities and urbanism, has released its first lectures from its annual conference held on June 22-23 in Prague. Bringing together architects, city leaders, mayors, city planners, developers, investors and many cross-disciplinary experts from all over the world, the conference discusses many unexplored issues of cities and urbanism with radical solutions for the 21st Century. reSITE's this year theme was "In/visible City", which basically tackled with all city problems 'for a usable infrastructure' for healthy and sustainable urbanism. The first two lectures are focusing on the cities of Paris and Lisbon with Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris an (...)

Studio Saxe’s new boutique hotel and yoga studio get lost in tropical landscape of Costa Rica

WA Contents • August 15, 2017 • 112

Studio Saxe’s new boutique hotel and yoga studio get lost in tropical landscape of Costa Rica

This new boutique hotel and yoga studio get lost in tropical landscape of Nosara, Costa Rica with fragmented volumes and flat timber roofs. The eco-firendly complex has been completed by Costa Rica-based architecture studio Studio Saxe.

Named as Nalu, the complex is comprised of four accommodation modules and one yoga studio scattered in green area irregularly, with a car parking area for guests. Covering a total of 656-square-metre area at plot, the project blends contemporary design with local craftsmanship, embracing the natural environment that surrounds and frames the architecture.

"Nosara has become a destination for visitors from around the world for health, wellness and surfing and so the owners of Hotel Nalu-Nosara, (...)

Yayoi Kusama opens her own museum in Tokyo

WA Contents • August 15, 2017 • 86

Yayoi Kusama opens her own museum in Tokyo

Yayoi Kusama, one of the most prolific avant-garde Japanese artists, is set to open her own museum in Bentencho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo and the museum will open to the public on October 1, 2017, according to a Japanese press release.

Called Yayoi Kusama Museum, the five-story building was designed by Japanese architecture firm Kume Sekkei and completed in 2014. The museum building features curved lines and large glass windows with an intermittent form. Since its opening, no one could understand the exact function of the building and the artist has kept the building's secrecy until now.

The Yayoi Kusama Museum will now serve as Kusama's personal venue dedicated to her works and installations. The museum is aimed to prom (...)

Lessons From Kagal: The Hut-To-Hut prototype by Rintala Eggertson Architects

Varun Kumar • August 15, 2017 • 38

Lessons From Kagal: The Hut-To-Hut prototype by Rintala Eggertson Architects

The ‘Hut to Hut’ is a cottage prototyped to serve as a model for sustainable development in pristine and fragile ecosystems. Currently, architecture serves the city life that is disregardful of awareness about nature and rural living systems.

Built at Kagal, this prototype was designed for the Panchabhuta Conservation Foundation which performs research on sustainable development in an estuary of the South West Coast of India. The project served as a wood workshop for students of University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Designed by Oslo-based architecture practice Rintala Eggertson Architects, the small cottage is aimed to promote and serve as a home for eco-tourism.The town of Kumta is located in the We (...)

Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, Jalandhar reconstructed after five decades

SARBJIT BAHGA • August 15, 2017 • 38

Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, Jalandhar reconstructed after five decades

Named after the tenth Guru of the Sikhs - Guru Gobind Singh – this is one of the oldest multipurpose stadiums in the state of Punjab. It was established in 1971 and till date remains the hub of important sports and cultural activities. With the passage of time, its infrastructure outlived its original function and became obsolete to cope with the modern requirements.

The government thus decided to reconstruct it so as to make it compatible for the national and international events especially for the World Kabaddi Cup. After its redesigning and reconstruction, this stadium has now become one of the best and largest in the state.

Designed by Indian architect Sarbjit Singh Bahga, the stadium has been developed on a site of (...)

BMDesign Studios proposes concave roofs for a school to collect rainwater in arid areas

WA Contents • August 15, 2017 • 80

BMDesign Studios proposes concave roofs for a school to collect rainwater in arid areas

Several bowl-shaped concave roofs are specially proposed for an Iranian school to collect rainwater in arid and hot areas in a proposal designed by BMDesign Studios. Iran-based architecture office developed a double-roof system with steep slopes made of local materials.

The studio also believes that this technique can be applied in any arid areas where where a lack of water could lead to mass displacement in the future.

The one-story cubic complex was designed as a Primary School with 6 classrooms located in the city Jiroft, the capital city of Kerman Province in Iran. The cubic volumes, covering a 720-square-metre area at site, are built from local materials such as Iran's typical material - brick.

The complex c (...)

ADEPT completes Cubic Houses comprised of several shifted individual ‘brick volumes’ in Copenhagen

WA Contents • August 14, 2017 • 59

ADEPT completes Cubic Houses comprised of several shifted individual ‘brick volumes’ in Copenhagen

Eight brick cubes are overlapped on top of each other and shifted in relation to each other to break the impression of monotonous in the newly-completed housing project designed by ADEPT.

Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, the playful housing breaks down the scale of a large building volume while offering a generous variation to the in-progress development of a new neighbourhood.

Occupying a total of 8,000-square-metre area, the new housing complex - called Cubic Houses - is derived from a regular building slap with spacious and simple apartment layouts.

But, the studio maintains fixed the vertical stairways both at the ground floor and higher up. The shifting of volumes breaks eventual turbulence and adapts the building (...)

London’s Garden Bridge officially closed!

WA Contents • August 14, 2017 • 71

London’s Garden Bridge officially closed!

The Garden Bridge Trust has just announced that London’s most controversial project Garden Bridge is officially closed. British architect Thomas Heatherwick-designed public walkway Garden Bridge, featuring massive plantation, is officially dead after four years of consensus problems on fundraising procedures to start construction.The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity established to build and run the proposed Garden Bridge in central London, has informed the Mayor of London, as well as Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport, who have both allocated public funds to the project, of its decision.

"The Trust has had no choice but to take this decision because of lack of support for the project going forward from (...)

Steven Holl Architects’ Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University nears completion

WA Contents • August 14, 2017 • 49

Steven Holl Architects’ Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University nears completion

Steven Holl Architects' Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University in New York is nearing completion. Steven Holl Architects has officially announced that the building is set to open for students to move in classes on September 11, 2017.

The program for The Lewis Center for the Arts includes a theatre and dance building, an arts building, and a music building with instrumental rehearsal and practice rooms. All three buildings are integrated in a forum below ground.

View of the interior of the Music building

The 12,077-square-metre project aims to create a new campus gateway; shaping campus space while maximizing porosity and movement from all sides. Overlook views into the dance and theatre practice spaces (...)

24H Competition "Matrix" winners explore programmatic perceptions of reality in New York

WA Contents • August 12, 2017 • 40

24H Competition

24H competition, a competition branch of ideas forward, has announced the winners of the "Matrix" competition, testing different variations of perceptions of reality in New York's Times Square. The competition's 18th edition selected 3 winners from Germany, India, USA and 7 Honorable Mentions from Italy, UK, Chile, Portugal, Brazil and India.

Participants designed and sent their submissions in only 24 hours and no any location and area(s) were defined for the competition. All competitors were asked to design a space based on their instinct and to draw their perception of reality by defining their own program and justify their choice.

"Everyone we perceive is an event generated within us. Physical reality (Height, wi (...)

Gregory Ain’s exhibition house designed for MoMA’s garden still keeps its mystery

WA Contents • August 12, 2017 • 30

Gregory Ain’s exhibition house designed for MoMA’s garden still keeps its mystery

Gregory Ain’s exhibition house designed for MoMA's garden in the 1950s still keeps its mystery with a lack of documentation. The house is now the subject of a new exhibition called "This Future Has a Past" at the Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village.

The exhibition opened to the public on July 25 and will be on view until September 25, 2017 - which presents a multimedia installation dedicated to the life of Gregory Ain, FAIA (1908–1988), and his 1950 Exhibition House for the MoMA garden, the progressive architect’s last significant building. This Future Has a Past retraces the mysterious fate of the house and unearths an extraordinary moment in Ain’s personal history. This exhibition was original (...)

WA Awards 25th Cycle Winner Posters And Certificates Are Ready To Download

WA Contents • August 12, 2017 • 56

WA Awards 25th Cycle Winner Posters And Certificates Are Ready To Download

World Architecture Community announced WA Awards 25th Cycle Winner Posters and Certificates!

You are invited to Download! We present 34 winner posters and certificates for the 25th Cycle. Please visit your project page to download or preview your high-resolution poster and visit your winner page from your WA settings to download your winner Certificate. Please see WA Awards 25th Cycle WinnersWe are receiving new submissions for WA Awards 26th Cycle!WA Awards 26th Cycle, Deadline: October 15, 2017

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