Friday, October 27, 2017

ARCHITECTURAL RECORDS: First Look at Bloomberg’s New HQ by Foster + Partners

Bloomberg London

Bloomberg’s new London headquarters, designed by Foster + Partners, reflects a concern for neighbors, both near and far. It is billed as the world’s most sustainable office building, and “in the twenty-first century, being a good neighbor means being a good steward of the environment,” says Mike Bloomberg. And as a “guest” in the city, being a good neighbor also means making an effort to “fit in,” he notes, which has informed the character of the 1.1 million-square-foot building.

Its 3.2-acre plot lies in the heart of the City of London financial district. Though it was possible to build up to 22 stories on part of the site, Bloomberg opted to conform to the ten-story height limit imposed elsewhere to protect views of St Paul’s Cathedral; in fact, the top two floors are set back so that only eight are visible.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

archdaily: New hotel in Orlando’s planned Lake Nona community

 Plans have been announced for a new hotel in Orlando’s planned Lake Nona community, which is to be designed by Arquitectonica in one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. The 16 storey Town Center Hotel will be situated at the heart of the community, featuring a motor court entrance, a lobby, a ballroom accommodating 200 guests, as well as a rooftop pool with a lounge and accommodation for private events. The tower will also be within close proximity to the airport, easily accessible by Orlando’s 68 million annual visitors and the “unique property will cater to airport travelers as well as those who intend to make Lake Nona their final destination.”


Sunday, August 6, 2017

architectmagazine: Port City of Colombo

CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Limited (CPCC) announced that Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP—the internationally renowned architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firm—has won the International Urban Design Ideas Competition held for the Financial District and Marina District of the Port City Colombo. This competition was conducted by CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd. according to the Guidelines of the UIA International Design Competitions—interpreting and implementing the UNESCO “Standard Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning.”


Friday, June 2, 2017

Building design + Construction: How tech companies are rethinking the high-rise workplace

Tencent headquarters © Terrence Zhang, courtesy NBBJ

Editor’s Note: This post, adapted from a talk delivered at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2016 China Conference on October 18, 2016, in Shenzhen, was originally published by NAIOP.
Seventy percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. This is a dramatic change over one and a half generations, and it will require us to rethink how we build our cities.
At the same time, many tech companies — Amazon, Tencent, Google, Samsung and others — are infusing digital technology into how cities are built and operated. They’re introducing different thinking about what defines a high-rise and a city.
The traditional high-rise building paradigm is simplistic: stacked floor plates, disconnected from each other, with little integration of technology and disconnected from the life of the city, except as an urban icon or a passive lens from which to look out. Most tech companies, however, as well as companies in other industries, are looking for a more social workplace, more interaction between employees and a work experience that reflects their brand. Cities are also changing, as they toss off the “inner city” stigmas of the previous generation and become places to live, work and play. As a result, the high-rise building paradigm needs to change into something more porous and highly networked.


Friday, May 26, 2017

designboom: MVRDV's elevated skygarden opens on former highway in seoul

MVRDV's elevated skygarden opens on former highway in seoul

weaving its way through the urban landscape of seoul, south korea, a new skygarden realized by MVRDV has been built on a former inner city highway. named ‘seoullo’, the public 983-meter-long park has been planted with 50 families of greenery, including trees, shrubs and flowers displayed in 645 tree pots, collecting around 228 species and sub-species.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Architectural Records: 100th Birthday I.M.PAI


There is a Latin expression, Finis origine pendet, which translates roughly to, “The end depends on the beginning.” It would seem especially appropriate for I. M. Pei.

At a recent event honoring Pei at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, which he attended from 1942 to 1946, his long-time professional partner Harry Cobb told a resonant story. It seems that when Pei was finishing his degree, he proposed a thesis topic to Walter Gropius, the legendary founder of the Bauhaus, who had taken over the Harvard program in 1937. The thesis was for a museum in a garden to be located in Shanghai, drawing on Pei’s knowledge of traditional Chinese landscape design.

According to Cobb, Gropius would have none of it, saying that tradition had no place at the GSD, which was about “changing the world” by discarding history and starting anew. Pei persisted, and Gropius relented—but he told Pei that he would have to “prove” to him the merit of his case.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: Robots Built the Penthouse Inside This Incredible Concert Hall

The future of Construction and design:

Built on top of a historic warehouse, the venue is wrapped in curved sheets of glass that reflect the city and sky.

After a construction project lasting more than ten years, Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron’s Philharmonic concert hall in Hamburg opened to overwhelmingly rave reviews in January. The 2,820-seat venue, built within and atop a 1960s warehouse by Werner Kallmorgen, is a stunning feat of design (with an equally lofty price tag of nearly $1 billion). Now details and renderings for a soaring private aerie, located on the building’s 24th and 25th floors, with their unobstructed views over the Elbe River, have been released.

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGNS: Vic Gov gazettes amendment for Melbourne Crown Tower

Excellent news for Australia:

 Victorian state government has gazetted its amendment to the Melbourne Planning Scheme which validated the approval of Crown Resort’s 323-metre tower at Southbank.

The information found in the document sheds light on the proposed $100 million public realm works that helped the developer get the project over the line.

Crown and Schiavello Group will need to provide a Public Realm Improvements Plan within 12 months of the commencement of development which will include detailed design and landscaping of all public realm works proposed within close vicinity of the subject site.

This will include a $25 million upgrade to Queensbridge Square, a $10 million contribution to improve Queens Bridge Street, a new Sandridge Rail Bridge that will cost $15 million, and another $15 million contribution to a new look Southbank Promenade and Boulevard.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

ARCHITECTURAL RECORDS: Frank Gehry to Teach His First-Ever Online Class

Frank Gehry Masterclass

Frank Gehry may be 87, but the starchitect continues to prove that he is anything but old school: Today, pre-enrollment opened for Gehry’s first-ever online architecture class. The course, hosted by the website MasterClass, will begin this spring and introduce students to Gehry’s “unconventional philosophy on architecture, design, and art.”

“Theses ideas are scary as hell to tell to the client; they can reject you and they will,” said Gehry—reclining in his Cross Check chair—in a video teaser for the course. “But you have to find your own voice.”

The course will unfold over more than 15 pre-recorded lectures filmed inside Gehry’s cavernous model archive. But there is homework, and the Prizker winner will critique select student work during virtual “office hours.”

“I hope this gives [students] the wings to explore and the courage to create their own language,” Gehry said.


Monday, February 6, 2017

architect magazine: Residence in Crete

so good Contemporaneous house

The location, on a small hill, is privileged. The longitudinal field is open to the south and the view of mountain Youhtas. How can a linear residence deal with the intense cretan light? The house necessarily unfolds along the south side, the side of the sun: through a double curvature the building is bend by the power of the sun’s path from east to west.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Architect magazine: The Six Affordable Veteran Housing

The SIX is a 57-unit affordable housing project provides a home, support services and rehabilitation for disabled veterans. It is located in the MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles. McArthur Park has one of the highest densities in the USA with over 38,000 people per square mile and a total population of 120,000 people in 2.72 square miles. Offering shelter and comfort, the SIX breaks the prescriptive mold of the traditional shelter by creating public and private "zones" in which private space is deemphasized, in favor of large public areas. The organization of the space is intended to transform the way people live-away from a reclusive, isolating layout towards a community-oriented, interactive space. The ground level contains offices, support spaces for the veterans, bike storage and parking while the second level has a large public courtyard. Surrounded by four levels of housing units with balconies wrapped with a wood screen made from recycle planking the courtyard has large openings with green roofs that visually connects the space to the street on the lower level beyond. This allows the tenants to enjoy a secured open space while still connecting to the larger community. The uppermost level has a green roof, large public patio and edible garden with panoramic views of the area. The SIX distinguishes itself from most conventionally developed projects in that it incorporates energy efficient measures that exceed standard practice, optimize building performance, and ensure reduced energy use during all phases of construction and occupancy. The planning and design of Step Up on 5th emerged from close consideration and employment of passive design strategies. These strategies include: locating and orienting the building to control solar cooling loads; shaping and orienting the building for exposure to prevailing winds; shaping the building to induce buoyancy for natural ventilation; designing windows to maximize day lighting; shading south facing windows and minimizing west-facing glazing; designing windows to maximize natural ventilation; utilizing low flow fixtures and storm water management; shaping and planning the interior to enhance daylight and natural air flow distribution. These passive strategies alone make this building 50% more efficient than a conventionally designed structure.


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