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K5 Tokyo Hotel interiors combine Swedish minimalism with Japanese elements by Claesson Koivisto Rune

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2021 • 246

K5 Tokyo Hotel interiors combine Swedish minimalism with Japanese elements by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Swedish architecture firm Claesson Koivisto Rune has completed the interior design of a hotel in Tokyo, Japan.

Named K5 Tokyo Hotel, the 20-room hotel is housed in a converted 1920s bank building, sits beside the Tokyo Stock Exchange and connects the traditional Imperial Palace area with hip Eastern Tokyo.

The hotel, presenting a colorful palette with minimalist touch, combines Swedish style with Japanese elements harmonized in a balanced and elegant way.

K5 Tokyo Hotel contains 20 rooms to guests, and is described as a mixed-use building including a restaurant, wine bar, coffee shop, cocktail bar & beer hall.

The architects are inspired by the Japanese word "Aimai" that guides K5 Tokyo’s conceptual de (...)

aoe designs reception center synthesizing Italian and Sino style in Chengdu, China

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2021 • 273

aoe designs reception center synthesizing Italian and Sino style in Chengdu, China

Beijing-based architecture practice aoe has completed a reception center synthesizing Italian and Sino style in Chengdu, China.

Named Sino-Italian Cultural Exchange City Reception Center, the 1,695-square-metre building was designed to create a space where East and West cultures meet in one place.

As the studio highlights, the marriage of the Italian and Sino style was at the heart of the project to illustrate the cultural mix and was adapted to merge the structure and its surrounding.

Chengdu hailed as the land of abundance, has a civilization history of 4,500 years old and a city construction history of 2,300 years old.

In the 13th century, Marco Polo came to Chengdu, the Corridor Bridge, the Jinjiang River (...)

Ren Ito Architects' Casa Calçada: Subtle Restoration Blends History with Modern Comfort

LENNIE ARAUJO • Apr 19, 2021 • 169

Ren Ito Architects' Casa Calçada: Subtle Restoration Blends History with Modern Comfort

Casa Calçada by Ren Ito Architects was conceived with a desire to create a welcoming home while maintaining a good feel for its history. Located in Vilar do Paraiso near Porto, Casa Calçada’s main structure was originally built in the 18th Century.

Mr. Ito, who is Japanese but has lived in Portugal for over 16 years, explains that his client turned out to be a person with a very keen sense of beauty and wanted an architect who would understand his idea. He was happy in what he saw as the architect's Japanese sensibility, which he - quite rightly - realised would allow him to bring his vision to fruition.

One of the challenges that faced them was that such an ancient structure lacked the air conditioning (...)

New Cultural Hub: Rehabilitation of Brisbane Powerhouse as a new liveable place

Parisa Ziaesaeidi • Apr 19, 2021 • 249

New Cultural Hub: Rehabilitation of Brisbane Powerhouse as a new liveable place

Inside the New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s oldest and largest parks, you can see a historic building known as Brisbane Powerhouse. This building has a long history and began its operation in 1928 producing electricity from coal transported by rail, and by pumping water from the River. The building continued to be a very effective producer of electricity, but by 1969 it was in decline with maintenance issues looming.

"After decommissioning as a generator, the Powerhouse building was used as an army training ground and a store for dangerous chemicals," as reported by New Farm & Districts Historical Society. Opposition to the storage by residents led the state government to abandon the practice.

Image © Parisa Zi (...)

Virtual Live Event: Creativity for Urban Future will be held on April 21, 2021

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2021 • 370

Virtual Live Event: Creativity for Urban Future will be held on April 21, 2021

Urban Economy Forum, in collaboration with UN-Habitat, ISOCARP, Commonwealth Association of Planners, is organizing a session titled, Creativity for Urban Future, which is hosted by Urban + Future as a virtual launch.

Creativity for Urban Future will be held on Wednesday, April 21st from 10:00am – 12:30pm (Toronto Time), on occasion of the World Creativity and Innovation Day.

World Architecture Community is media partner of Creativity for Urban Future virtual event, and will share a post-summary of the conference later.

This session will facilitate a global dialogue between governments, city leaders, urban planners, and urban activists to discuss how creativity and innovation contributes to building sustainable models (...)

Taksim Urban Design Competition by Taksim Collective - A Space for the Public

Silviya Masani • Apr 19, 2021 • 453

Taksim Urban Design Competition by Taksim Collective -  A Space for the Public

Taksim Square is the most significant square in the city of Istanbul and Turkey as a whole. Considering its location, it has been the center of countless historical events making it a landmark of touristic importance. Therefore, its urban transformation throughout its life is no surprise nor are the plans to re-design it. The latest has been an open call competition commissioned by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. A total of 146 projects have been submitted and in September 2020 the top 3 runners were announced. To conclude the winner, a public vote has been conducted for a month and in November 2020 the project designed by Taksim Collective has been chosen as the winner with 86,597 votes.

The urban project has engulfed variou (...)

Diller Scofidio + Renfro completes first work in China, the New Julliard School in Tianjin

Flora Jing Lin Ng • Apr 19, 2021 • 406

Diller Scofidio + Renfro completes first work in China, the New Julliard School in Tianjin

The Tianjin Juilliard School (TJS) is a center for performance, practice, research, and interactive exhibitions, with communal spaces that are designed to welcome the public into the creative process and performance of music. TJS is the first performing arts institution in China to confer a U.S.-accredited Master of Music (MM) degree.

Located in the Yujiapu Financial District, the 32,500-square-metre (350,000 square-foot) building was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the same firm responsible for the 2009 expansion of Juilliard’s iconic New York home. The building is composed of four faceted pavilions housing a 690-seat concert hall, a 299-seat recital hall, a 225-seat black box theater, and administrative, faculty, and r (...)

Jean Moulin Atelier-House features fairy tale-like and light-filled interiors by Atelier NEA in Paris

WA Contents • Apr 16, 2021 • 956

Jean Moulin Atelier-House features fairy tale-like and light-filled interiors by Atelier NEA in Paris

Paris-based architecture studio Atelier NEA has created a fairy tale-like and light-filled interiors for a couple living in Paris nearly a decade.

The couple, an artist from Oregon, USA, and her husband working in the movie industry, commissioned Nathalie Eldan from Atelier NEA to create an intimate space that reflects their personality and way of life. The new house would be a place where domesticity and the make of art come together.

The project, named Jean Moulin Atelier - House, is an 80-square-metre three-floor artist atelier located in the 14th district of Paris, France. The studio created the interiors that are sleek, personified, raw and artistic that represent its owners.

The artist studio was built in the la (...)

MIRALLES, tribute to architect Enric Miralles: A program of events during 2021 in Barcelona

WA Contents • Apr 16, 2021 • 663

MIRALLES, tribute to architect Enric Miralles: A program of events during 2021 in Barcelona

The Foundation of Enric Miralles, with the support of Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat of Catalonia, is promoting a tribute to Enric Miralles, whose death marked 20 years in 2020.

Exhibitions and activities will show throughout 2021 his many facets as a creator: architect, designer, photographer and teacher, bringing his professional and human figure to the general public.The curators of the tribute, Benedetta Tagliabue and Joan Roig i Duran, have selected for the exhibitions, original and unpublished materials from the archives of the Fundació Enric Miralles.

MIRALLES is a program of exhibitions and activities that shows the public the legacy that the architect left, with works in Barcelona -a city where he lived an (...)

The UK’s first green mosque: "The Cambridge Mosque"

Dr Hatice Ozhisar • Apr 16, 2021 • 831

The UK’s first green mosque:

The sustainable design principles in architecture is getting more imperative due to climate change and global warming issues around us. With the start of the holy month Ramadan, we like to remind you the UK’s first green mosque-inspired both by Islamic and English religious architectural traditions. The UK’s first green mosque "The Cambridge Mosque" - which opened its doors to the public in 2019, and is aiming to be a model for other religious buildings around the world - was designed by architect David Marks.

His aim was aimed a British mosque for the 21st century that is unique and inspiring; as told by the architect: "We didn’t want to create a replica or pastiche of something that existed elsewhere. The opportu (...)