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MU Architecture releases Pekuliari tower that features irregularly-shaped exoskeleton in Quebec

WA Contents • Nov 15, 2019 • 44

MU Architecture releases Pekuliari tower that features irregularly-shaped exoskeleton in Quebec

Quebec-based architecture practice MU Architecture has unveiled design fo a residential tower in a vast forest of Quebec, taking cues from its natural surrounding and trying to connect a new relationship between humans and their natural habitat with its peculiar form.

Called Pekuliari, the 48-story tower aims to redefine the way of inhabiting and occupying one territory, the project announces a new relationship between humans and their natural habitat.

Diametrically opposed with the concept of urban sprawl, this impressive tower that stands in the heart of the vast forest of Quebec greatly diminishes its impact on nature and the destruction of more and more rural land. Straight out of the imagination, this iconic and enigmat (...)

HW Studio Arquitectos converts old wood drying oven into its own studio with all-white colour volume

WA Contents • Nov 15, 2019 • 68

HW Studio Arquitectos converts old wood drying oven into its own studio with all-white colour volume

Mexico and Valencia-based architecture practice HW Studio Arquitectos has transformed an old wood drying oven into its own architecture studio with all-white colour and simplistic volume in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.

Named Kaji or Fire Cradle, the 80-square-metre building is located at a site where the wood drying ovens of Señal furniture factory occupied - which was owned by Don Shoemaker, one of the most important Mexican furniture designers of the 20th century.

When the factory closed, the ovens remained abandoned and the studio thought it was a good idea to occupy and revamp them to develop its studio inside.

The space was divided into two areas, which HW Studio created a wide transition linking the t (...)

Architecture For People Event Series will be held between 18-22 November in İzmir

WA Contents • Nov 15, 2019 • 88

Architecture For People Event Series will be held between 18-22 November in İzmir

This year Building For Humanity (B4H) International Design Competition aims to address the notion of having architecture as a social and cultural facility, by seeking design ideas that would contribute towards the social inclusion and integration of Syrian war refugees in the Turkish border city of Reyhanlı.

Within the competition framework, Yaşar University, Faculty of Architecture will host a series of events - titled Architecture for People - including an exhibition, a series of panels, workshops and a colloquium which will be held at Yaşar University, Faculty of Architecture and İzmir Architecture Center between 18-22 November 2019.

Among the panelists, Professor Juhani Pallasmaa, who was prominent in the theory of archit (...)

SHL Architects and Perkins and Will join forces to expand portfolio into North America

WA Contents • Nov 14, 2019 • 270

SHL Architects and Perkins and Will join forces to expand portfolio into North America

Danish architecture practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has joined forces with Perkins and Will to expand its portfolio into North America.

According to a recent joint press release sent by the firms, the global architectural firm SHL Architects, deeply rooted in Danish design traditions, will open studios in New York and San Francisco alongside North America’s strongest architectural practice.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, one of Scandinavia’s most recognized design firms, will open a bi-coastal practice in the U.S. in early 2020, bringing Danish design within closer reach of clients in North America.

New Maritime Knowledge Hub at Wirral Waters in Liverpool, United Kingdom by Schmidt Hammer Lass (...)

KPF's casino-hotel-resort comprised of stacked jewel-like boxes wins Emporis Skyscraper Award

WA Contents • Nov 14, 2019 • 550

KPF's casino-hotel-resort comprised of stacked jewel-like boxes wins Emporis Skyscraper Award

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates-designed mega casino-hotel-resort, comprised of stacked jewel-like boxes, has won the 2018 Emporis Skyscraper Award, an annual award recognizes the year's best skyscraper in both aesthetic and functional design.

The award went to the MGM Cotai in Macau designed by KPF and in collaboration with Wong Tung & Partners Limited, the impressive $3.4 billion casino-hotel-resort is located on the Cotai Strip, the heart of Macau’s gambling industry.

When selecting the MGM Cotai, the jury was especially fascinated by its innovative design, said Emporis Skyscraper Award.

"The unique structure is based on the idea of nine Chinese jeweler's boxes stacked upon each other, forming two int (...)

MEAN* releases its technologically-advanced Sabeel 2020 Water Fountain for Dubai Expo 2020

WA Contents • Nov 14, 2019 • 370

MEAN* releases its technologically-advanced Sabeel 2020 Water Fountain for Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai-based architecture studio MEAN* (Middle East Architecture Network) has unveiled its design proposal for Sabeel 2020 - Water Fountain for Dubai Expo 2020.

Sabeel 2020 was launched as a programme that sets out to produce uniquely and innovatively designed drinking water fountains for the Expo 2020 Dubai site and its legacy. The designs were planned to built in Dubai’s Jebel Ali site of Expo 2020.

In response to the brief of the competition, MEAN* has proposed a self-sufficient and technologically-advanced design, taking a "biomimetic" approach to the core of the project.

"Water is a vital element of nature. A replenishing life-source; the need for water equally binds all living forms, cultures, ages, and loca (...)

With Completion Of 2nd Overbridge, Le Corbusier's City Centre At Chandigarh Gets New Facelift

Sarbjit Bahga • Nov 14, 2019 • 534

With Completion Of 2nd Overbridge, Le Corbusier's City Centre At Chandigarh Gets New Facelift

Towns are biological phenomena, according to Le Corbusier, and they have a brain, heart, lungs, limbs and arteries like human beings. Based on this concept while planning the city of Chandigarh, Corbusier placed The Capitol Complex at the top of the town because he likened it to the intellect of man, which emanates from the brain or the head. The industrial and the educational belts on either side of the city symbolize the limbs. The City Centre with commercial buildings, shops and offices represents the heart. The spacious parks and the green belts which run through the city provide the lungs. The network of roads for vehicular traffic and footpaths for pedestrians constitutes the circulatory system.

Le Corbusier-designed City Centr (...)

Changing Face of Multiplex in India

Himani Ahuja • Nov 13, 2019 • 514

Changing Face of Multiplex in India

Since the past few years, the multiplex revolution has been following an organic trajectory in India. The increase in demand for an upgraded motion-pictures experience has been evident in the country. Hence, all the consortiums in the entertainment sector endeavour to confer a powerful revelation in the multiplex industry. From small single-screened theatres to extravagant multiplexes, the industry has turned movie-watching into an experience.

There were times when theatres were not family spaces. With subdued halls, dilapidated and ill-ventilated buildings, excruciating seating space and unhygienic food counters and private spaces, a sizable chunk of the population remained alienated from cinema theatres.

Image PVR ICON court (...)

Green jungle, internal patios, pergolas hide this housing complex by Studio Arquitectos in Tulum

WA Contents • Nov 13, 2019 • 770

Green jungle, internal patios, pergolas hide this housing complex by Studio Arquitectos in Tulum

Green jungle, internal patios and pergolas help to hide this housing complex in Tulum, Mexico, the new housing perfectly addresses to the local architecture of the area by using local materials, textures, patterns and colors.

Named Ka’a Tulum Housing Complex, the 1,048-square-metre complex has been designed by Tulum-based architecture firm Studio Arquitectos to reflect the soul of the region.

As the architects highlighted, "local materials, textures, senses and nature merge together in 2 main patios to become the core of this project."

The new complex consists of 4 main volumes scattered linearly - it includes 2 apartments for each one, which means, the complex includes 8 apartments in a total area of 873 square (...)

Competition: THE DWELLING: 2100

WA Contents • Nov 13, 2019 • 270

Competition: THE DWELLING: 2100

Archue has launched a competition, titled THE DWELLING: 2100. See the competition's brief and details below.

Brief

“A house is machine for living in”, Le Corbusier.

Dwelling (A House) remains the place where we all spent most of the time of our lives and experience architecture, learn connect to it through emotions. A dwelling represents our culture our backgrounds, ownership, safety. A dwelling is a place we all want to return where everyone finds comfort, despite how chaotic our lives are.

From the caves of the beginning of civilisation to the smart homes, we are improving the quality of our dwelling’s day by day with the development of various technologies, innovations in artificial intelligence and cha (...)