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HA’s Less House is comprised of moveable partition systems to adapt tropical climate of Vietnam

WA Contents • May 25, 2017 • 104

HA’s Less House is comprised of moveable partition systems to adapt tropical climate of Vietnam

This tiny and illuminated small townhouse by HA (Human Architecture) is composed of moveable partition systems to customize different layouts according to the user's preferences.

A two-storey house was set within the tropical environment of Saigon in Vietnam and it stands alone with its illuminating form at night - the house shines out with its lightness and woven garden inside, only appears at night.

Named Less House, this private residence was built for seven members of the house and it occupies only 72 square-metre space in Ho Chi Minh City. The house itself presents a mesmerising outer skin, made of perforated white metal walls. These metal walls allow the building to explode itself at night and you can only see the (...)

Narrating architecture in the comic way with Anuj Kale

Varun Kumar • May 25, 2017 • 101

Narrating architecture in the comic way with Anuj Kale

There are always good times behind all the hustle and bustle in an architect’s life. But how often are they brought to light beyond the bubble of this profession?

Getting published on portals subscribed widely by the general public like The Logical Indian, MensXP, and ScoopWhoop, comics by Anuj Kale’s ‘The Leewardists’ are perhaps a reminder of the stories architects would experience.

"The Leewardists is a platform to know about the importance of Design, Architecture, Sustainability and Urban Design through the medium of Comics. It is easiest way to convey complex issues from ages to my viewers", says Anuj, who finished under-grad and post-grad in Architecture and Urban Design at the Centre for Environ (...)

Apple’s Jony Ive named as new Chancellor for the Royal College of Art

WA Contents • May 25, 2017 • 281

Apple’s Jony Ive named as new Chancellor for the Royal College of Art

Apple's Chief Designer Jonathan Ive has been named as the new Chancellor for the Royal College of Art, replacing his role with Sir James Dyson as of July 2017. Announced today in a press release sent by the RCA, his honorary role is defined as the head of the College, presiding over meetings of the Court, a member of its governing body, Council, and conferring degrees at Convocation.

"Baroness Gail Rebuck remains Chair of Council and becomes Pro-Chancellor of the university. The posts of Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor are non-salaried," stated the RCA.

In this role, Ive's position takes a radical stance for the RCA's evolution, considering its dynamic efforts on education and research as a STEAM-focused postgrad (...)

OMA/AMO’s new exhibition indexes the history of a department store in a multi-layered context

WA Contents • May 25, 2017 • 109

OMA/AMO’s new exhibition indexes the history of a department store in a multi-layered context

OMA/AMO's new exhibition "lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation" at la Rinascente, Italy delves into the department store’s century long creative history, presented in a multi-layered context through a series of different visual and physical experiences.

Led by OMA Partner Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, the exhibition of the lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation was developed to mark the la Rinascente's 100th anniversary and developed with the Milan City Council and Palazzo Reale - OMA/AMO's new exhibition will be on view at Palazzo Reale from 24 May to 24 September 2017.

Image © Agostino Osio

"Since its early years, la Rinascente has stood out as a laboratory for experimentation. The depa (...)

NitaProw designed an elegant transparent beauty shop within coconut trees of Thonglor in Bangkok

WA Contents • May 25, 2017 • 140

NitaProw designed an elegant transparent beauty shop within coconut trees of  Thonglor in Bangkok

This naive, pure but striking transparent box creates a distinctive space and unique appearance within this natural environment of Thonglor, surrounded by coconut and palm trees in this liveable nature of Thonglor in Bagkok. Designed by Bangkok-based architecture firm NitaProw Architects, a wooden-frame simple box functions as a shop or showroom for Patom body care products with a small 25-seat café.The purpose of this pure form is to create a particular place raising ecological awareness and sustainable living through a series of workshops and farmers market held in the garden, selling fresh produce from the local network of organic farmers.The Patom Organic Living features very proportional wooden divisions on the façade wit (...)

The Linear Arrangement of Spaces: Tehran International Airport T - 2

WA Contents • May 25, 2017 • 683

The Linear Arrangement of Spaces: Tehran International Airport T - 2

Istanbul based architectural practice GMW MIMARLIK has unveiled images for the new Tehran International Airport T - 2 - the studio aims to provide the high level passenger comfort with its simple, lineer and dynamic form.

Designed under the leadership of Ali Evrenay Ozveren, Dicle Demircioglu and Pinar Ilki Emekci from GMW MIMARLIK, the T-shaped airport occupying a 175,000 square-metre area in total, is designed to serve a total of 26,5 million international and domestic passengers, and the existing terminal will be given over exclusively to pilgrim traffic.

"Operational flexibility and efficiency, high level of passenger comfort, and adaptability to future needs are at the heart of GMW MIMARLIK concept design," said the studi (...)

Aaki Consultants designs Kenya’s National Library, inspired by the Iconic African Drum

Momoh Kakulatombo • May 25, 2017 • 95

Aaki Consultants designs Kenya’s National Library, inspired by the Iconic African Drum

Standing on Ngong road in Nairobi’s Upper Hill area, right ahead of you is the African-inspired Library. It is easy to work your eyes up the widening profile of the dramatic cone. The triangular-inclined tinted windows, shape a pattern that prompts you to suspect its cultural symbolism. No, this is not a take away coffee cup, but you might soon find a place where you can get one inside this imposing, majestic African symbol. This appearance characterizes the majestic new building designed by Aaki Consultants, a well-established local architecture firm in Kenya.

The Kenya National Library building is under construction and is less than 10Kms west of downtown Nairobi. The locale has a number of tall government offices nearby with (...)

UMA proposes a kilometre-long infinity pool to create unique public space in Stockholm’s waterfront

WA Contents • May 24, 2017 • 558

UMA proposes a kilometre-long infinity pool to create unique public space in Stockholm’s waterfront

Swedish architecture firm Ulf Mejergren Architects (UMA) has proposed a kilometre-long infinity pool to create a unique public space for Stockholm’s waterfront, which is aimed to present unobstructed vistas over the magnificent inlet where the archipelago slowly transforms into becoming the Swedish capital.

An infinity pool stretches from the central northern part of Södermalm - called Slussen - all the way to eastern point of the island, a span of more than one kilometer, that will be built just outside of the existing railing and that will also block out the mundane view of the motorway below that occupies most of the waterfront today along with infrastructure for large cruise ships.

Aerial of the proposed pool
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David Adjaye proposes his first golden-arched skyscraper for New York

WA Contents • May 24, 2017 • 551

David Adjaye proposes his first golden-arched skyscraper for New York

First images have been unveiled for David Adjaye-designed skyscraper located in Downtown Manhattan, New York. This golden-arched building - also called the Wall Street Tower - will be the first skyscraper project of Ghanaian British architect David Adjaye after completed his first New York City building in Harlem called the Sugar Hill Development.

The first images of the 61-storey skyscraper have been published by the developer Lightstone Group's dedicated website and The Real Deal published the project in detail. The rising-starchitect proposed a 750-foot-tall (229 metre) condominium, which will be erected at the site 130 William Street in the Financial District.

The new condominium tower features numerous golden-arched (...)

THEVERYMANY reinvents theatre typology with new Chrysalis Amphitheater set within Merriweather Park

WA Contents • May 23, 2017 • 274

THEVERYMANY reinvents theatre typology with new Chrysalis Amphitheater set within Merriweather Park

Marc Fornes' studio THEVERYMANY has installed "a living, frog-looking shell" within the Merriweather Park of Columbia, Maryland to reconceptualize the life of an Amphitheater as a new art form and self-supporting structure.

Called Chrysalis Amphitheater, this new type of stage is composed of 7,700 green-coloured shingles fabricated from a series of rolls of aluminium. Conceived in between aluminum shingles and steel exoskeleton, the installation utilised ZEPPS, a patented interface developed by Zahner.

Image © THEVERYMANY / Zahner

Image © THEVERYMANY

Each shingle is painted one of four shades of green that is taken from nature and pushed to the point of artificiality. Together they amount to a sub (...)

Construction work started on ZHA’s Sky Park in Bratislava

WA Contents • May 23, 2017 • 488

Construction work started on ZHA’s Sky Park in Bratislava

Construction work has started at Zaha Hadid Architects' Sky Park in Bratislava, Slovakia - a new 20,000 square-metre public park, more than 700 apartments and 55,000 square-metre office and retail space will be integrated to the redevelopment of this derelict industrial area of the city.

Located southeast of Bratislava’s city centre, Sky Park scheme converts an abandoned site into a diverse living space, which is connected to the city’s tram and bus networks.

Sport facilities

At the centre of this new park is the decommissioned heating plant designed by architect Dušan Jurkovič. The Jurkovičova Teplárne heating plant dates from 1941 and is definitive of the Slovak architect’s later (...)

Deadline extended for WA Awards 25th Cycle!

WA Contents • May 23, 2017 • 10427

Deadline extended for WA Awards 25th Cycle!

Since 2006 and for over 20 Cycles, World Architecture Community organises the prestigious and acclaimed WA Awards 10+5+X. The aim of the WA Community Awards is to highlight and recognise remarkable projects that might otherwise remain unnoticed by the international public, yet have the potential to inspire exciting questions about contemporary architectural discourse.

WA Awards 25th Cycle, Deadline: June 16, 2017. WA Awards accepts submissions in 3 distinct categories:

WA Designed Award: Projects that were not built,

WA Realised Award: Projects that are actually built,

WA Student Award: Projects designed by Students,

Evaluation CriteriaNovelty, Originality and Creativity in design that reflect and inspire (...)

LA’s Container Yard will host the Free School of Architecture in 2017

WA Contents • May 23, 2017 • 534

LA’s Container Yard will host the Free School of Architecture in 2017

Peter Zellner's Free School of Architecture (FSA) has found its new home to start architectural education in June 2017. The Container Yard (TCY) in the Los Angeles Arts District between MOCA’s Temporary Contemporary and SCI-Arc will host the Free School of Architecture for its architectural education starting from June 1 to July 15, 2017.

The Container Yard will act as the inaugural home to the school’s 36 students, 16 teachers, 16 person Board of Advisors and 5 person group of volunteer staff. With a campus of over 60,000 square feet (5,570 square meters) and a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces TCY will extend FSA’s ambitions to promote diversity and free access to architectural knowledge while experimentin (...)

Nuebau transforms London’s disused petrol station into a pixelated mixed-use complex

WA Contents • May 23, 2017 • 623

Nuebau transforms London’s disused petrol station into a pixelated mixed-use complex

An emerging London and Cambridge-based studio Neubau transforms London's former disused petrol station into a new mixed-use complex located in north London. From the 1930’s to 2014, the project site has operated as a petrol station but prior to this time, it was occupied by residential housing. The project has recently been planning permission to begin construction on the project site.

Located at the southwestern corner of the junction of Finchley Road and Hendon Way, the pixelated complex will feature a total of 28 units- each of them will be six-meter-wide apartments, covering 150 square-metre of flexible space for a community or commercial use at ground floor level.

Neubau conceives the building as a collection o (...)

Aleph-Bau breaks Toronto’s row houses monotony with an unseen rooftop

WA Contents • May 23, 2017 • 555

Aleph-Bau breaks Toronto’s row houses monotony with an unseen rooftop

Toronto-based Aleph-Bau breaks Toronto’s row houses monotony by setting a new paradigm for urban density in a historic fabric. A serious of monotonous façades is embracing a new type of renovation for the Twelve Tacoma, standing out in a steady line-up of typical 19th century workers’ rowhouses in Toronto’s central Summerhill neighbourhood.

The coloured brick facades and quintessential front porches of the neighbouring houses couch Twelve Tacoma in a local vernacular that both subdues and accentuates its modern qualities. This paradoxical sensation is born from the choice of materials: Twelve Tacoma’s white paint and corrugated aluminum cladding are distinctly elegant, crisp additions to an otherwise fa (...)

2017 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship goes to Chloe Loader

WA Contents • May 23, 2017 • 488

2017 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship goes to Chloe Loader

The 2017 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship went to Chloe Loader from the University of Lincoln with her proposal "Emerging Cities: Sustainable Master-Planning in the Global South".

Organized in collaboration with The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the annual scholarship awards one student to fund his/her international research on a topic and in any location that they chose - to delve into the future survival of our cities and communities.This year, the RIBA and Foster + Partners increased the amount of reward from £6,000 to £7,000 and within this framework, Chloe’s travels will start in Curitiba, Brazil, where she will study how the city has developed as a successful urban model, despite large (...)

In-depth analysis about Apple’s new mothership by Steven Levy

WA Contents • May 22, 2017 • 687

In-depth analysis about Apple’s new mothership by Steven Levy

Steven Levy from Wired reveals in-depth analysis about Apple's new "spaceship" in Cubertino, California. Steven Levy will reveal detailed videos and interior photographs of the new Apple campus in June, captured by Dan Winters. Designed by Foster+Partners, Apple started to accommodate its employees as of April 2017 and and the company will be receiving its first employees over six months.

Before the start of the meeting, Kris Wang, a Cupertino council­member, looked out the window at the back of the room and saw him walking toward the building. He moved with obvious difficulty, wearing the same outfit he had been seen in the day before when he’d introduced new products to the world—which is to say, the same outfi (...)

HMAA expands Minami-Azabu apartment with cantilevered volumes in a narrow site

WA Contents • May 22, 2017 • 554

HMAA expands Minami-Azabu apartment with cantilevered volumes in a narrow site

HMAA's Minami-Azabu apartment building is expanded with multiple all-white cantilevered volumes in the densely populated areas of Tokyo. The form of the building is derived from the constraints of the project site and the studio uses different porous volumetric additions to provide enough housing for the client's demand.

"The site, an elongated square to the east and west , the frontage 7m, depth 20m, is located in the middle of a gentle plateau. Though the site frontage is narrow and locate the slope areas ,and also permitted only 4 floor by the legal constraints,we are asked to plan the 5 houses from client," said HMAA.

"While cramming the volume as much as possible in a narrow site of the dense residential areas, (...)

MVRDV’s giant botanical garden featuring 24,000 plants opens today in Seoul

WA Contents • May 22, 2017 • 2232

MVRDV’s giant botanical garden featuring 24,000 plants opens today in Seoul

MVRDV's new Seoul Skygarden - also called Seoullo 7017 - will catalyse the centre of Seoul with its 24,000 plants placed over this floating walkway, has been officially opened to the public today. Following a winning competition proposal in 2015, MVRDV has transformed Seoul's 1970's disused overpass into a giant public garden, featuring a matrix of Korean flora on the 16m elevated steel and concrete structure. MVRDV's fundamental design approach for the Seoul Skygarden was "to change the daily life of thousands of people who cross Seoul’s city centre every day." The world-renowned Dutch studio aimed to revive the forgotten and existing infrastructure into a green symbol that will become a catalyst for a greener qua (...)

London Design Festival announced 2017 installations

WA Contents • May 22, 2017 • 898

London Design Festival announced 2017 installations

The London Design Festival has announced its two installations that will be presented for this year's event. This year's festival is preparing to kick o400 events with striking installations which will be introduced in different districts of the city.

Camille Walala's Villa Walala will be exhibited as the chief landmark project of the festival and Ross Lovegrove’s particular folded-fabric installation - called Transmission - will be most attractive piece of this year's festival.

Celebrating its 15th edition this year, the London Design Festival is promoted as both cultural and commercial event, proposing a series of events programme - ranges from major international exhibitions to trade events, instal (...)