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New images unveiled from Silver Opening of MVRDV's Art Depot in Rotterdam

Lola Kleindouwel • Sep 24, 2020 • 406

New images unveiled from Silver Opening of MVRDV's Art Depot in Rotterdam

The idea The Boijmans van Beuningen museum currently displays only about 6 - 10% of their collection. Where is the other 90%?

Director of the museum Sjarel Ex presents the idea and vision of the depot building in a presentation during the press preview of the Silver Opening.

He believes that a museum has a public duty and responsibility and initiated the idea of making the depot the first publicly accessible depot that features a new type of experience for museum visitors.

Councilor Said Kasmi, director Ina Klaassen, director Sjarel Ex, architect Winy Maas and councilor Bas Kurvers. Image © Lola KleindouwelThe museum is showing the collection, and combines certain pieces in order to experience them as a whole. The (...)

Crit Room Sessions By Ar-Critique Connects Students’ Works With Architects Across India

Varun Kumar • Sep 24, 2020 • 355

Crit Room Sessions By Ar-Critique Connects Students’ Works With Architects Across India

Recently, Mumbai based Ar-Critique has started conducting online crit-room sessions for architecture students from different colleges in India. Students can have their internship portfolios and undergrad theses reviewed by esteemed architects. The online sessions were initiated by Mumbai based Mobile Offices, as a reflection on the challenges posed due to lockdown measures in the country.

Ar-Critique is a community of design jurists, having participation from architects and academicians across India, for reviewing student projects and portfolios. “It builds on the idea of guiding and ushering aspiring architects into finding the appropriate professional and academic direction”, says the Ar-Critique team.

“We (...)

RAD+ar redesigns old vernacular building with tropical architecture as its main office in Jakarta

WA Contents • Sep 24, 2020 • 382

RAD+ar redesigns old vernacular building with tropical architecture as its main office in Jakarta

Indonesian architecture firm RAD+ar (Research Artistic Design + architecture) has redesigned old vernacular building with tropical architecture to configure its main office in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Named Micro Tropicality, RAD+ar HQ, the 450-square-metre office includes plenty of plants and trees and sets its own micro climate throughout the building to bring the nature in.

The design is conceived as an exploration canvas of how the architects can adapt the spirit of vernacular spaces of tropical architecture while experimenting with its own Micro climate / Micro Tropicality.

"For Generation, living in the tropics is never simply about avoiding the rain and the sun," said RAD+ar.

"The history of “tropical ar (...)

Bangkok Project Studio used over 480,0000 fired clay bricks to form elephant museum with curved walls

WA Contents • Sep 24, 2020 • 516

Bangkok Project Studio used over 480,0000 fired clay bricks to form elephant museum with curved walls

Bangkok Project Studio has used over 480,0000 fired clay bricks to form an elephant museum with curved walls that are walkable and accessible from every direction.

The project, Elephant Museum - Elephant World, addresses to a relationship between Thai people and elephants which have a special status in Thailand.

This projects was designed to strength this relationship in a more tangible way, that can both people and elephants can live and walk together in the museum.

The Elephant Museum was developed as part of Elephant World, which is a project initiated by the local government to bring the two back to their homeland and to ensure the suitable living conditions for the elephants.

The museum would not only show (...)

Ulf Mejergren Architects designs The Shell with configurable roof structure San José, California

WA Contents • Sep 24, 2020 • 755

Ulf Mejergren Architects designs The Shell with configurable roof structure San José, California

Stockholm-based architecture practice Ulf Mejergren Architects (UMA) has designed The Shell, a unique public space that has all the ingredients to become an iconic destination for any city that wants to build civic pride in San José, California.

Conceived as a flexible design, the architects designed a configurable roof that can house various activities with a diversity of moods and context, from casual to grandiose.

Called The Shell, the structure is intended to be an urban complement to a park setting, the space consists of two components: a convertible roof structure that sits on top of a slope where the surrounding park smoothly drops down, creating a cultural gravity field and a place of expectations.

The (...)

Finalists announced for Asian Edition of Young Talent Architecture Award 2020

WA Contents • Sep 24, 2020 • 448

Finalists announced for Asian Edition of Young Talent Architecture Award 2020

The Mies van der Rohe Foundation and Creative Europe have announced the 12 finalist projects competing to win the Young Talent Architecture Award 2020 and the 9 finalist projects competing to win the Asian Edition of Young Talent Architecture Award 2020. The members of both juries highlighted the outstanding quality of all the nominees and met several times online before taking a decision regarding the finalists.The Asia Edition of YTAA 2020 was the first independent experience of YTAA with architecture education in China, India, Japan and South Korea, the four strategic partners of the European Union in Asia.

155 schools of architecture, landscape and urban design from 124 cities participated in YTAA 2020 with 382 projects submitted (...)

How will conscious design change the way we transform our cities?

WA Contents • Sep 24, 2020 • 264

How will conscious design change the way we transform our cities?

Conscious Cities Festival 2020 invites leading practitioners, activists, scientists and the general public from around the globe to explore the dialogue between people and place.

Between October 18-24, 2020, the Centre for Conscious Design (CCD) presents Conscious Cities Festival 2020: To Shape and be Shaped. Hosted at venues and online platforms around the world, this year's festival will feature 15+ event series to discuss how Conscious Design can empower and meet the needs of local communities and individuals. Conscious Design is a continually evolving process that incorporates systems and structures, science, storytelling, and participatory-design.

Building on previous Conscious Cities Festivals hosted by the Centre (...)

Vanke Nantou Gallery incorporates the collision of contemporary and historical spaces in Shenzhen

WA Contents • Sep 24, 2020 • 333

Vanke Nantou Gallery incorporates the collision of contemporary and historical spaces in Shenzhen

Various Associates has completed the Vanke Nantou Gallery in the heart of Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Nantou Ancient Town has witnessed the rise of Shenzhen (China's first special economic zone) from a small fishing village into an international metropolis in just four decades. However, its vicissitudes are rarely known.

Nantou Ancient Town— witness of the city's history for millennia

Nantou Ancient Town Renovation and Upgrade is a project launched to inherit the historical context for more than a thousand years and recapture the memory of Shenzhen city. As a local emerging design studio, Various Associates was entrusted to participate in the cluster renovation of the Project led by Vanke. The studio has complete (...)

Double(o) Studio built Trefoil House with circular and hexagonal layout merged in one massing

WA Contents • Sep 23, 2020 • 877

Double(o) Studio built Trefoil House with circular and hexagonal layout merged in one massing

Double(o) Studio has built a private house that comprises circular and hexagonal units merged in one massing as a whole located south of Lisbon, Portugal.

The house, named Casa Trevo or Trefoil House, the building is a two-storey residence in Aroeira, Portugal - which has an indented appearance in a a forest of pine trees, rising tall above a sandy terrain. The site’s close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean provides pleasant breezes and plenty of sunshine, across all seasons.

The architects drew a special approach on the project and tried to create, internally and externally, a range of dynamic and varied experiences of space with dynamic form.

In the interior, the rooms are organized around three outdoor patios, (...)

Zaha Hadid Architects designs new high-rise with curved glass façade in Hong Kong’s business district

WA Contents • Sep 23, 2020 • 2286

Zaha Hadid Architects designs new high-rise with curved glass façade in Hong Kong’s business district

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled design for a new 36-storey high-rise to be built in the heart of Hong Kong’s central business district.

Called 2 Murray Road, the design, commissioned by Hong Kong-based property developer Henderson Land, will replace a multi-storey car park to create an urban oasis adjacent to Chater Garden within a short walking distance to both Central and Admiralty MTR metro stations.

2 Murray Road, reaching to 190-metre height, will incorporate "the integration of advanced design, construction and operational technologies throughout the building."

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The tower will have a base elevated above the ground and will shelter courtyards and gardens cultivated with (...)