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WA Museum Boola Bardip by Hassell + OMA opens to the public in Perth, Australia

WA Contents • Nov 23, 2020 • 361

WA Museum Boola Bardip by Hassell + OMA opens to the public in Perth, Australia

Hassell and OMA-designed WA Museum Boola Bardip museum has been opened to the public at Perth’s Cultural Centre in Perth, Australia.

The team combined renovated heritage-listed buildings with new volumes, a pair of protruding volumes create an outdoor "City Room" for public cultural programs and daily activities, including a nine-day cultural festival celebrating the opening.

Aiming to offer a variety of curatorial possibilities and to create a sheltered public space, the new museum has been conceived as a "collection of stories" about Western Australia’s diversity, rich history, and contemporary culture.

As OMA and Hassell highlight, the renewed museum will be a place where the local community and global v (...)

Onexn Architects completes The Mountain View in Shenzhen, China

WA Contents • Nov 23, 2020 • 577

Onexn Architects completes The Mountain View in Shenzhen, China

Onexn Architects has renovated a dilapidated building into a mixed-use building in Shenzhen, China. Called The Mountain View, the 6,000-square-metre building contains exhibition spaces, restaurant, art gallery, theater and a bookstore.

Natural and serene surroundings

Situated beside Yanhan Mountain, the building is very close to nature and not far away from the city as well. It boasts tranquil natural surroundings, and faces multiple building clusters and public spaces of OCT LOFT, Shenzhen.

The client's design brief didn't specify a clear direction for the renovation of the dilapidated building, so the architects had to identify a most appropriate solution among various possibilities.

Nature-facing buil (...)

Call for registrations to Al Nouri Mosque International Architecture Competition

WA Contents • Nov 23, 2020 • 419

Call for registrations to Al Nouri Mosque International Architecture Competition

UNESCO with the support of the Government of United Arab Emirates, the Prime Minister of Iraq and the UN Secretary-General, has announced the launch of an international, single stage, open and anonymous architecture competition for the Reconstruction & Rehabilitation of the Al Nouri Complex in Mosul, Iraq.

The International Union of Architects (UIA) has endorsed the competition, which is part of UNESCO’s initiative called "Revive the Spirit of Mosul", a call for the restoration of one of Iraq’s iconic cities.

The Rehabilitation of Al Nouri Mosque Complex calls for a conceptual design for the construction of new buildings with diverse functions; the rehabilitation of all three of its historical buildings and th (...)

David Adjaye reveals cylindirical Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library in Johannesburg, South Africa

WA Contents • Nov 23, 2020 • 503

David Adjaye reveals cylindirical Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library in Johannesburg, South Africa

David Adjaye's firm Adjaye Associates has revealed cylindirical Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new project, named Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library, will comprise eight cylindirical volumes referencing to the structures of granaries in Africa's vernacular architecture.

Adjaye will use locally sourced compressed mud to form a rammed earth facade for these cylindirical volumes.

The building, covering a total of 5,400-square-metre area, will include museum, temporary exhibition space, research center and special collections, auditorium, women’s empowerment center, reading room, shop, cafeteria, digital experience, seminar rooms, office space, archive center, and service spaces.< (...)

There Are Only 7 Days Left To Enter WA Awards 10+5+X 36th Cycle

WA Contents • Nov 23, 2020 • 557

There Are Only 7 Days Left To Enter WA Awards 10+5+X 36th Cycle

There are only 7 days left to submit your entries to WA Awards 10+5+X 36th Cycle! This can be your last chance to be crowned with the WA Award with your innovative projects, hurry up and don't miss the deadline!

WA Awards 10+5+X 36th Cycle deadline is Monday, November 30, 2020.

Registrations are already free for the WA Awards 10+5+X. Start your entry from here to submit your works. Architects, architecture offices, interior designers, interior design offices, architecture and interior design students from all over the world can submit their projects to the prestigious and acclaimed WA Awards 36th Cycle.

Here're 7 important targets of WA Awards 10+5+X for the architecture community:

1. With its multiple (...)

Architectural Writing And Journalism Webinar Series Published by Academy of Architecture, Mumbai

Varun Kumar • Nov 23, 2020 • 610

Architectural Writing And Journalism Webinar Series Published by Academy of Architecture, Mumbai

In September and October 2020, the Literary Club (LC) of the Academy of Architecture (AOA), Mumbai, organized a webinar series on “Architectural Journalism and Writing”, with four sessions including presentations by Students and Architects. The sessions were initiated as a discourse to inspire the niche of writing and journalism within architecture.

Devika Biyani, co-ordinator of the LC and final year student at AOA, who has initiated this discourse alongside her LC fellow Chaitanyaa Agrawal of the third year, have now published the entire series online, with four episodes of lectures and discussions. Devika and Chaitanyaa, as a part of the current LC team, are carrying forward the club’s vision of promoting the ski (...)

OMA designs 7-mile underwater public sculpture park The ReefLine to protect Miami’s marine life

WA Contents • Nov 20, 2020 • 1885

OMA designs 7-mile underwater public sculpture park The ReefLine to protect Miami’s marine life

OMA has revealed design for a 7-mile underwater public sculpture park which will be Miami's first underwater sculpture park and artificial reef, aiming to protect and preserve Miami’s marine life and costal resilience.

Taking into consideration climate change, the new park, called The ReefLine, will function as "a large-scale environmental public art project" that raises awareness, and even, respond to the climate change which causes the rise of sea levels and damage of coral reefs in Miami's coast.

The project, led by OMA Partner Shohei Shigematsu, is developed in collaboration with Coral Morphologic and University of Miami Researchers, the project is also supported by the City of Miami Beach.

On the Ree (...)

AD9 Architects built residence on a narrow plot with half-circled balconies in Vietnam

WA Contents • Nov 20, 2020 • 2064

AD9 Architects built residence on a narrow plot with half-circled balconies in Vietnam

Vietnamese architecture practice AD9 Architects has built a residence on a narrow plot in Vietnam.

Named LVS.House, the 345-square-metre residence is situated on a narrow project site within the existing city fabric but uses the advantages of the site by designing half-circled balconies to mark the building.

The architects used perforated panels to wrap the balconies to create a light-shadow effect.

According to the architects, "LVS.house has a key difference from the other tube houses when it comes to the ground area."

The four-storey house has a narrow width that opens up in the back, which resembles the letter L. This offers a very interesting direction to develop the special design for the construction. < (...)

Winning team announced to design new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax

WA Contents • Nov 20, 2020 • 2210

Winning team announced to design new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax

KPMB Architects with Omar Gandhi Architect, Jordan Bennett Studio, Elder Lorraine Whitman (NWAC), Public Work and Transsolar have won an international design competition to design the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as part of a Waterfront Arts District in Halifax, Canada.

The team saw off the top international offices in the shortlist of the competition, including Architecture49 with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hargreaves Jones, DIALOG, Acre Architects, Brackish Design Studio and Shannon Webb-Campbell.

"Congratulations to the winning design team on their outstanding proposal for a new iconic Art Gallery of Nova Scotia," said Premier Stephen McNeil.

"As a province, we recognize the importance of inclusive public space (...)

UAD completes International Campus of Zhejiang University in Zhejiang, China

WA Contents • Nov 20, 2020 • 1861

UAD completes International Campus of Zhejiang University in Zhejiang, China

The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University (UAD) has completed the International Campus of Zhejiang University in Ninghai, Zhejiang, China.

In the era of globalization where cross-border flow of educational resources has become the norm, Zhejiang University has proposed a strategic concept for the construction of an international campus. The project is located at the Juanhu Lake International Science Park, east of Haining City, Zhejiang Province. To its south is the Juanhu Lake which covers an area of 1,300 mu, and to its north is the Wetland Park. River channels run along the east and west side, forming a natural shield around the site. The campus planning breaks away from the conventional planning mode (...)