Thursday, May 3, 2012

ARCH-ARQ: two skyscrapers for Seoul.

Cross Towers by BIG

“The Cross # Towers constitute a three-dimensional urban community of interlocking horizontal and vertical towers. Three public bridges connect two slender towers at different levels – underground, at the street and in the sky. Catering to the demands and desires of different residents, age groups and cultures the bridges are landscaped and equipped for a variety of activities traditionally restricted to the ground. The resultant volume forms a distinct figure on the new skyline of Seoul – a “#” that serves as a gateway to the new Yongsan Business District signaling a radical departure from the crude repetition of disconnected towers towards a new urban community that populates the three-dimensional space of the city.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Arch-Arq: A preview of the Olympian built environment coming online in London.


The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 500 acres of former brownfield site in the depths of East London, has undergone a tremendous transformation since London won the Olympic bid in 2005 to host the Games. The impressive buildings by internationally acclaimed architects that sit at the heart of the scheme have won accolades and commendations for design and sustainability, but these are not the crowning glory. For the park organizers and the masterplanners, as well as for some of the designers of the iconic venues, it is the infrastructure and ideology around creating an on-going life for the park that has presented the greatest challenges and opportunities. 


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