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BIG designs processing plant with underwater robots and surface vessels for The Metals Company

WA Contents • May 18, 2021 • 371

BIG designs processing plant with underwater robots and surface vessels for The Metals Company

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has released plans to design a processing plant, underwater robots and surface vessels for Vancouver-based The Metals Company, a deep-sea mining company is working to develop sustainable ways of producing metals from polymetallic rocks to power electric vehicles from the depth of the oceans.

BIG's new design scheme, called DEEPGREEN, will comprise the design of an onshore processing facility, alongside the robotic vehicles and surface vessels that will be used to transport these metal nodules to the processing plant.

BIG and The Metals Company's vision will offer the design of a whole system that will extract critical battery metals from polymetallic nodules that are the fist-sized rocks cont (...)

Free flow dark screens are suspended from ceiling of restaurant designed by Studio Kota in Jakarta

WA Contents • May 18, 2021 • 251

Free flow dark screens are suspended from ceiling of restaurant designed by Studio Kota in Jakarta

Free flow dark screens suspended form the ceiling of a restaurant follow the layout of the seating of the space in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Named ISSEI Restaurant, the casual restaurant & bar has been designed by Indonesia and Hong Kong-based firm Studio Kota Architecture to create a cozy and warm atmosphere.

Covering a total of 200-square-metre area, the design of the project is inspired by "organic pattern of natural landscape" and the studio translated this language into free flow curvatures that are reflected into the geometry of the seatings by using dark hanging screens.

The restaurant is situated in the heart of Jakarta’s Central Business District Issei and acts as a casual Japanese restaurant by day and s (...)

Simón Vélez and Stefana Simic present bamboo Majlis, a meeting place at the 2021 Venice Biennale

WA Contents • May 18, 2021 • 264

Simón Vélez and Stefana Simic present bamboo Majlis, a meeting place at the 2021 Venice Biennale

Internationally acclaimed bamboo architects Simón Vélez and Stefana Simic have designed a unique bamboo structure for the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale which will open to the public on May 22 and will be on view until November 21, 2021.

Named The Majlis, the circular structure has been installed as one of the official Collateral Events that reflect the 2021 Architecture Biennale’s theme of How will we live together?

by the curator Hashim Sarkis.

As the team explained, "Majlis" is a word that originated in Pre-Islamic Arabia, meaning “council” or “gathering place.”

"Traditionally, amajlis is a place where people come together to discuss local events and issues, ex (...)

Hungarian Pavilion will explore past and future of socialist architecture at the 2021 Venice Biennale

WA Contents • May 17, 2021 • 521

Hungarian Pavilion will explore past and future of socialist architecture at the 2021 Venice Biennale

The Hungarian Pavilion has presented its theme for the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale which will be opened to the public on May 22nd and will be on view until November 21st, 2021 at Arsenale and the Giardini venues. Themed as "Othernity – Reconditioning our Modern Heritage", the theme will explore the past and future of socialist architecture heritage and it will rethink that how this heritage could be evaluated in possible ways in future. The exhibition, curated by Dániel Kovács, will present 12 iconic modern buildings from Budapest, offering a possible way to reconcile past and future architecture, with new visions reconditioned by 12 architecture practices from Central and Eastern Europe.

National commission (...)

Manuel Herz Architects built curvilinear hospital with lattice-like brickwork in rural Senegal

WA Contents • May 17, 2021 • 466

Manuel Herz Architects built curvilinear hospital with lattice-like brickwork in rural Senegal

Basel-based architecture practice Manuel Herz Architects has completed a curvilinear Maternity and Pediatric Hospital in Tambacounda, a large region of eastern Senegal.

The project was first revealed in 2018 by Manuel Herz Architects, and a transformative project, named Tambacounda Hospital, was completed as pro bono to the region by acclaimed architect Manuel Herz.

Commissioned by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and local charity Le Korsa, the 3,000-square-metre hospital is a two-storey clinic situated to the north of the existing pediatric clinic and revolves around the existing clinic.

The building combines the two clinics - pediatrics and maternity - under the same roof and offers approximately 150 hospital be (...)

Call for Entries: Architectural Poetry Competition, 4th Cycle: ‘Design Interpretations’

Pappal Suneja • May 17, 2021 • 713

Call for Entries: Architectural Poetry Competition, 4th Cycle: ‘Design Interpretations’

Architectural Poetry Competition Series, 4th Cycle is the fifteenth initiative of the Architectural Journalism & Criticism Organization founded by architectPappal Suneja to spread awareness about this subject and sow the seeds of inspiration to explore and write about Architecture and allied fields from a lyrical perspective.

Theme for the Series in this cycle is ‘Design Interpretations’

A fundamental portion of architecture constitutes design interpretation: the art of conveyance of the basic ideology and theme behind the development of a design form, rather eloquently. So too in poetry, the spine of a theme branches out into its many abstractions, extrapolations embellished with nuance in eloquence. Even though poetry is (...)

RA! creates tiny taco restaurant by using broken mosaics and green bar in Mexico City

WA Contents • May 17, 2021 • 483

RA! creates tiny taco restaurant by using broken mosaics and green bar in Mexico City

Portuguese architecture studio RA! has created a tiny restaurant and bar space by using broken mosaics and green-colored rounded bar in Mexico city, Mexico.

Named Los Alexis Taco Place, the 15-square-metre area is a renovated space in Roma Norte, a neighborhood in Mexico City and has a full of history and movement; the neighborhood is known for its cultural, gastronomic, and architectural display.

For interiors, the studio is inspired by the Art Deco of the Roma neighborhood and colors that contrast with the background.

As the team explain, the colors highlight the space with its curved and linear design that through the use of lighting evokes an atmosphere that generates a range of contrasts.

The design team c (...)

Henning Larsen's New Primary School in Sundby breaks ground

WA Contents • May 17, 2021 • 727

Henning Larsen's New Primary School in Sundby breaks ground

Construction has begun on Henning Larsen's new school in Sundby on Lolland-Falster, Denmark, which was designed together with SKALA Architects, ETN Architects, MOE, and Autens led by BO-HUS as a result of a competition in September 2020.

Named Nordic Swan Ecolabel Primary School, the ground-breaking ceremony for the New School in Sundby took place for the launch of a historic project for Danish sustainable school construction.

At the ceremony, the chairman of the Children, Family, and Education Committee of Guldborgsund Municipality, Simon Hansen, was joined by two students from Sundskolen to take the project’s first shovel to the ground.

The New School in Sundby, described as "the largest construction proje (...)

Webinar: Rethinking & Revitalizing Urban Parks Post Covid-19

WA Contents • May 17, 2021 • 424

Webinar: Rethinking & Revitalizing Urban Parks Post Covid-19

Parks and urban green spaces enrich people’s lives in many ways and are known to provide a range of physical and mental health benefits to communities within which they are located. In the past year, with the increasing number of restrictions and guidelines for social distancing due to the global pandemic, parks across the world have seen dramatic increase in use. They have become spaces of resilience, personal restoration, and social activity when the usual amenities were not available. Parks today provide access to a range of activities such as exercising,

Urban designers and landscape architects have always played a prominent role in parks development and design. The popularity of parks today, however, has prompted city off (...)

The Palais de Lomé: a journey to the heart of the natural and cultural diversity of West Africa

Franklin Yemeli • May 17, 2021 • 421

The Palais de Lomé: a journey to the heart of the natural and cultural diversity of West Africa

Built from 1898 to 1905 under the technical direction of the engineer Furtkamp, this building was born of the will of Governor August Köhler. It served in turn as the palace of German and French governors during the colonial period. Later, it served as the headquarters of the Togolese state until 1970. From 1976 to 1991, the building had the function of "Palace of the distinguished guests of the Togolese Republic" and became the headquarters of the Prime Minister's Office in September 1991. As a symbolic object of political protest, the building was severely degraded and abandoned following the socio-political unrest in 1990 and 1991.

South elevation, restoration work period

After more than 20 years of abandonment, th (...)