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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