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Hitzig Militello Arquitectos completes Nim Bar in Buenos Aires with wooden meshes and oak tones

WA Contents • Aug 14, 2018 • 87

Hitzig Militello Arquitectos completes Nim Bar in Buenos Aires with wooden meshes and oak tones

Argentinian firm Hitzig Militello Arquitectos has completed a new beer bar within the historic fabric of Buenos Aires in Argentina, the new bar creates a dramatic effect and depth with its oak-toned material palette and wooden façade.

Called Him Bar, the project was developed in response to the traditional beer bars, which are suffered from the same aesthetic and architectural language.

"The challenge was to create a new aesthetic universe associated to the cocktail bars but without forgetting the impressive brand of 30 taps, emphasizing the idea of the largest beer bar in Buenos Aires," said Hitzig Militello Arquitectos describing the project.

"The conceptual idea incorporates elements distant to the reminiscen (...)

Urko Sanchez Architects wraps Tudor Apartments with white patterned shell in Kenya

WA Contents • Aug 14, 2018 • 118

Urko Sanchez Architects wraps Tudor Apartments with white patterned shell in Kenya

Nairobi-based Urko Sanchez Architects wrapped the exterior of an apartment building with white patterned shell in the city of Mombasa, Kenya, resembling a lacework within the historic city fabric.

The new apartment building, named Tudor Apartments, is situated in Tudor Creek of Mombasa, where their patterned envelope makes the building more distinctive and exquisite.

The building, covering a total of 4,000-square-metre area, includes 14 apartments overlooking an amazing view in Tudor Creek. Thanks to its outer shell, taking cues from Mashrabiyas' traditional latticed wood screens, the apartments provide privacy and optimize natural ventilation and lighting.

"We took the challenge of translating our contemporary Sw (...)

Airbnb cancelled its offer for "A Special Night On The Great Wall Of China"

WA Contents • Aug 14, 2018 • 175

Airbnb cancelled its offer for

Airbnb, a global home-sharing company, cancelled its offer to spend a special night on the Great Wall Of China just before its submission deadline August 11, as the company received a mixed feedback on its concept.

In a new statement by Airbnb, the company stated that "We were excited to promote the Great Wall and Chinese cultural heritage with our Night At The Great Wall and while there was an agreement in place that was the basis for the announcement of this event, we deeply respect the feedback we have received."

"We have made the decision to not move forward with this event and instead we are working on a range of other experiences and initiatives that showcase China as a destination and highlight how people-to-people tra (...)

Manuel Herz Architects Releases Proposal For Curvilinear Hospital in Senegal

WA Contents • Aug 14, 2018 • 121

Manuel Herz Architects Releases Proposal For Curvilinear Hospital in Senegal

Basel-based Manuel Herz Architects has released its proposal to a curvilinear hospital in a large region of eastern Senegal, as the construction work will begin on this autumn.

Named Tambacounda Hospital, the new complex will serve as the first hospital to the 100,000 inhabitants of the city of Tambacounda, known as the hottest metropolis on the planet - and more than a million people from the surrounding region and Mali, whose border is about an hour and a half away.

Adapted to its own context with curvaceous forms and material approach, the building is designed as a two-storey complex. Its program combines the two clinics: pediatrics and maternity - in the same building.

The 3,000-square-metre hospital is located to (...)

Veteran Indian Architect C P Kukreja Passed Away at 79

Pappal Suneja • Aug 14, 2018 • 553

Veteran Indian Architect C P Kukreja Passed Away at 79

C P Kukreja, a pioneer of contemporary Indian architecture passed away on August 11, 2018, at the age of 79. He was perhaps one of the most successful architects and academician that India has ever produced in the contemporary era. He was founder chairman of New Delhi based architectural firm C P Kukreja Architects which is now being run by his son and eminent architect Dikshu C. Kukreja.

Some of the notable projects undertaken by his firm include American High Commission; New Delhi, Apollo Hospital; New Delhi, Canadian High Commission; New Delhi, Bharat Seats Ltd. Maruti Complex; Gurgaon, Comptroller Auditor General of India, Finnish Embassy, Gyan Bharti School; Saket, Monarch Hotel; Ooty, Havells Office Solan, Hospital and Medical (...)

Robin Falck built this zero-emissions cabin that can be installed anywhere

WA Contents • Aug 13, 2018 • 861

Robin Falck built this zero-emissions cabin that can be installed anywhere

Finnish designer Robin Falck has built a triangular wooden cabin that has zero-emissions and minimum footprint on Vallisaari, one of the most diverse islands in the Helsinki archipelago.

Dubbed Nolla, the 10-square-metre tiny cabin was developed for Neste's Journey to Zero campaign, which has been launched this summer, a Finnish renewable energy company.

"Neste was looking for ways to build a world with minimal emissions. The first lap of this journey, the Nolla cabin, was a challenge for me to design and demonstrate a way of living that has a minimal carbon footprint in every aspect," said Robin Falck describing his project.

The cabin, covered by mirrored panels and placed on wooden stilts on a rocky hillside, fun (...)

Coop Himmelb(l)au creates "free form" for Customer Information Centre and Event Forum in Austria

WA Contents • Aug 13, 2018 • 503

Coop Himmelb(l)au creates

Wolf D. Prix's firm Coop Himmelb(l)au Wolf D. Prix & Partner has completed a new Customer Information Centre and Event Forum in Austria, which presents itself as a metallic sculptural element combined with two different forms.

Named Paneum - Wunderkammer des Brotes, the building was designed for the company Backaldrin in Asten, an international leading manufacturer of baking products and the market leader in Austriaand other countries.

The four-story building consists of two different volumes: a box shaped plinth building with foyer and event rooms plus the "Wunderkammer des Brotes", a two storey freeform exhibition area floating on top.

Covering a total of 1,850-square-metre area, its exterior envelope doesn (...)

"Most people don’t think of architecture as an art, and it gets blurred" according to Frank Gehry

WA Contents • Aug 13, 2018 • 616

Nowness, a global video channel, has released a new video of Frank Gehry, presenting a "moving architectural journey" through Paris's Fondation Louis Vuitton.

A 4,5-min video reveals deep sense and in-depth spatial discovery on Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton building with "Creating Feeling" title. The film, co-produced by the Fondation Louis Vuitton and director Emile Rafael, focuses on one of his most unique structures speaking for themselves.

Video courtesy of Emile Rafael

"The great architecture expresses feeling, when you visit and see, there is a transfer of a feeling for only the artist and the architect over time through the ages to now," says Frank Gehry in a video interview.

"Most peo (...)

DPS R.K. Puram facelift by AND Studio

Medha Sobti • Aug 13, 2018 • 1754

DPS R.K. Puram facelift by AND Studio

School time plays an indispensable role in the lives of children. Therefore, designing an institution efficiently is necessary to produce "ideal learning environments" for its students, especially when the institution is a brand like "DPS". AND Studio has been assigned this challenging task of designing the facelift of DPS, R.K. Puram, while maintaining its identity as a known institution intact. The firm strives to achieve a sustainable campus design with distinctive architecture, and efficient learning spaces which create a smooth transition from indoors to outdoors.

The existing campus is spread over 6.1 acres and is approached by Kaifi Azimi Marg from the south west side. The campus presently adorns buildings in front with a pla (...)

José Luis Muñoz's new holiday house shaped by the climatic conditions of the site in Spain

WA Contents • Aug 13, 2018 • 379

José Luis Muñoz's new holiday house shaped by the climatic conditions of the site in Spain

Spanish architecture firm José Luis Muñoz built this irregular two-colored holiday house by taking into consideration of the climatic conditions of the site in Cadiz, Spain.

Called La Casa de los Vientos, the house was designed for four-member family to meed their demands for the next generations of the family. The architects was commissioned to cut off the building cost up to 600€/m2 as well as to reduce the floor area while keeping the basic need program.

"As an architect, the challenge was exciting: creating a new project to build a home as decent as the prior proposal for the same family, in the very same place and starting with three times less the budget planned for the initial project," said the stud (...)