Monday, October 22, 2018
bustler.net : Bio-architecture Formosana to design Taiwan's National Central Library and Repository Southern Branch
Taiwanese practice Bio-architecture Formosana (BAF) recently won first place in the design competition for the new Southern Branch and digital preservation center for Taiwan's National Central Library and National Repository Library, located in the Xinying District in Tainan. With a total area of 57,100 m2, the Southern Branch will provide upgraded services for the public and is set to be the largest national library in southern Taiwan. Additionally, the National Repository digital preservation center will serve as a major resource for the country's valuable academic digital materials.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named British Architect Nicholas Grimshaw recipient of the 2019 Gold Medal for lifetime achievement.
Known for Modernist public buildings and infrastructure projects—including the International Terminal at London’s Waterloo station, the 1994 RIBA Building of the Year Award, and the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, an ecological attraction with distinctive ETFE-clad biome domes—Grimshaw founded his firm in 1980. Today, the practice employs over 600 people in offices across the globe.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Text description provided by the architects. Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, is experiencing ongoing growth. According to current estimates, the metropolis on the Yellow River will have over 11 million inhabitants by 2020. In order to prepare for this development, a new railway station has been built in recent years to the east of the city to create a central traffic interchange.
Sunday, July 8, 2018
“With most practitioners, an animating design philosophy—critical, social, aesthetic, what have you—usually compels a designer to want to realize his or her vision, to launch their Big Idea into the real world,” design writer Ian Volner pens in the foreword of Arquitectonica, a new monograph by Alastair Gordon ($85, Rizzoli). “Arquitectonica tends to abjure those kinds of master narratives: Ask the architects what overarching strategy unifies their current portfolio, and the response is likely to vary from partner to partner, from day to day, or simply to elicit a bemused shrug.”
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Two "sister skyscrapers" designed by architect David Childs have been unveiled for Chicago's waterfront, nearly 10 years after work on Santiago Calatrava's ill-fated Chicago Spire halted on the same plot.
The 400 Lake Shore Drive development is located where the Chicago River flows into Lake Michigan, on the site the Spanish architect's 150-storey Spire began construction in 2007 but was stopped the following year due to the global financial crisis.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the 20 recipients of the RIBA Awards for International Excellence 2018. The winners were selected from a list of 62 buildings in the running for the 2018 International Prize, which will awarded in November to the most significant and inspirational building of the year. The 20 projects are located in 16 countries and include private homes, large infrastructure schemes, cultural buildings, and civic spaces. Honorees include Renzo Piano’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Kimmel Eshkolot Architects’ Mount Herzl Memorial Hall in Jerusalem, and Stanton Williams’ renovation of the Musée d’arts de Nantes in France.
“These 20 outstanding projects were selected for their architectural ambition, design ingenuity and excellence of execution,” said RIBA President Ben Derbyshire. “Importantly, they demonstrate the significant and far-reaching contribution that architecture makes to our daily lives.”
Sunday, May 13, 2018
This fall, a number of cities around the world will celebrate the openings of major new museums—many of them with architecture as worthy of awe as the art itself. Some openings, like the Jean Nouvel–designed Louvre Abu Dhabi, will be seismic events for the architectural world. Others, like the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Jakarta, signal the maturation of their country’s flourishing arts scenes into subjects of international interest. From Cape Town’s Zeitz Museum—the first major museum in Africa devoted exclusively to contemporary art—to the Bible Museum in Washington, D.C., where visitors can roam a garden filled with plants referenced in the good book, the next few months will bring a bounty of new places to wander, learn, and find inspiration for years to come.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Salvaged materials, sensory gardens, and non-toxic medical equipment have all helped the recent expansion of Dell Children’s Medical Center earn the first-ever LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) Platinum designation.
Measures taken for the $49 million W.H. and Elaine McCarthy South Tower include sourcing 60 percent of the building’s materials from salvaged or reused materials—effectively diverting 3,000 tons of waste from the landfill—and installing efficient appliances to reduce water waste by 38 percent.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Swiss practice Herzog & de Meuron has won a competition to design a new masterplan for Basel's Nordspitze area, including three residential skyscrapers.
The masterplan by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Mueron's Basel-based firm will transform a commercial area of the city into a new urban quarter, with high-density residential blocks and two new parks.
Three slim, cylindrical towers are planned – one at 160-metres tall and two at 135-metres – along with a row of 30-metre-high cubic residential buildings. A new city park will fill the space around the towers.
America's most popular sporting event, the Super Bowl, will take place next week at a new stadium in Minneapolis, featuring angular protrusions, zinc cladding and a roof partly made of plastic film.
Located in downtown Minneapolis, the US Bank Stadium is home to the Minnesota Vikings, a member of the National Football League (NFL). Encompassing 1.8 million square feet (167,225 square meters), the building also serves as a venue for events such as concerts, conventions and high school and college athletic games.
Although interior fit-outs are still required before employees can move into its 1,400,000 square feet of office space, the building appears entirely finished from the outside.
The glass-wrapped skyscraper has curved corners and a form that gradually tapers towards its top, described by Pelli Clarke Pelli as "the simple, timeless form of the obelisk". Louvres criss-cross the facades to create a grid, shading the windows from direct sunlight.
world architecture news: Nordic Light by RRA wins the invited planning and architecture competition under the direction of Bane NOR Eiendom (BNE)
A unanimous jury has voted for the RRA project Nordic Light as winner of the invited planning and architecture competition for the design proposal of Fjordporten Oslo S.
The winning team behind the project consists of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS in collaboration with C.F Møller Arkitekter, Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure, Baugrundinstitut Franke-Meißner und Partner, GMBH and Transsolar Climate Engineering.
Excerpt from the jury’s report
“Nordic light takes its strength from a controlled and careful form expression. The project’s proposed integration with the station areas and the overall draft of the blueprint will help to further develop Oslo S as the country’s largest collective hub, and will offer the travellers great new spatial and qualitative experiences. The project showcases good solutions for the design and connection of the adjacent spaces to the project. The architect’s approach provides a good potential for the rehabilitation and enhancement of the protected Østbanen structure, and will give it a central role as part of the station’s future visual identity. The project shows credibility and an understanding of the complexity that this task invites to....”
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