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Penda releases "full arcaded" Tel Aviv tower inspired by Bauhausian neighbourhood

WA Contents • Jun 21, 2018 • 294

Penda releases

Beijing and Austria-based Penda has released its "full arcaded" tower in Tel Aviv, evoking its Bauhausian neighbourhood by setting a clear formal language and materiality. The 21,000-square-metre building is already in progress by the Austrian branch of Penda and set for construction in 2019.

Penda is best known with its "crazy details and materialistic innovations with new forms", and the studio will now build a new high-rise tower featuring extreme arched details and cascading terraces, which are all made of hand-laid brickwork.

Named Tel Aviv Arcades, the 116-metre condominium tower will 17.650 squaremeters of residential areas on 18 floors. The building will house a range of residential layouts from 1-bedroom to 4-bedroom (...)

reSITE revealed "creative paradoxes" on housing at its 2018 Conference

WA Contents • Jun 21, 2018 • 190

reSITE revealed

reSITE, the world's most dynamic urbanism and architecture event, has concluded its 2018 Conference on June 14–15, 2018 at Prague’s Forum Karlin.

By setting its theme as "ACCOMMODATE", reSITE's this year's conference has revealed some "creative paradoxes" on housing and affordable living, which have been feverishly discussed with creative thinkers, architects, city leaders, experts and innovative minds at the reSITE's 2018 stage.

While some blame creativity as being a factor of rising the cost of living in attractive cities, thinkers, architects, municipal leaders and developers who spoke at reSITE 2018 ACCOMMODATE in Prague have unanimously called for creative solutions to the housing challenge. (...)

Foster+Partners to renovate Madrid's former Plaza Colón building with diagrid façade

WA Contents • Jun 21, 2018 • 109

Foster+Partners to renovate Madrid's former Plaza Colón building with diagrid façade

Norman Foster's firm Foster+Partners has unveiled design to renovate Madrid's former Plaza Colón building with boxy and diagram façade that makes the building a new iconic landmark to reflect the prestige and importance of the site.

Located at the heart of the city, the former building is taking place at one of the most major intersections in Madrid, the project will completely transform and revitalise the existing structure to emphasise the historical significance of the site. The building is developed as a key part of the long-term vision for the development of Madrid.

The building is situated on the junction of Madrid´s main north-south artery, Paseo de la Castellana, with Génova Street, t (...)

Pavilion of Turkey creates interactive space to discuss the notion of Venice Architecture Biennale

WA Contents • Jun 21, 2018 • 196

Pavilion of Turkey creates interactive space to discuss the notion of Venice Architecture Biennale

The Pavilion of Turkey has hanged a series of wavy curtains to provide an interactive space to discuss the notion of Biennale for cross-cultural dialogues at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by the Irish duo Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara under the title of Freespace.

Similar to the Pavilion of UK, the Pavilion of Turkey embraces "nothingness" in the exhibition space where it creates a strong base to explore the essence of the Biennale, with active participation process that is stimulated with "creative encounters, collaborative production and cultural exchange across borders."

Titled The Shift/Vardiya, the Pavilion is curated by Kerem Piker, the founder of Kerem Piker Architecture (KPM), and co-curat (...)

The Rome Convention Center narrated by those who have built it

Antonello Magliozzi • Jun 20, 2018 • 407

The Rome Convention Center narrated by those who have built it

Cutting-edge technological expertise, engineering solutions of the highest level and a team of high-profile professionals able to best represent the excellence of Italian genius, shaping inspiration and creativity. These are the foundations on which stands the innovative Rome Convention Center, also known as The Cloud, a work of exceptional technical, architectural and artistic value, but also a work that represents the high complexity of the realization phases and the remarkable peculiarity of the construction activities. Built thanks to the specialized skills of all the stakeholders involved, especially by the construction company that realized it by providing its know-how, a key role has certainly had the technical team that supported th (...)

Morphosis unveils its striped design for Orange County Museum of Art in California

WA Contents • Jun 19, 2018 • 1418

Morphosis unveils its striped design for Orange County Museum of Art in California

Los Angeles and New York-based firm Morphosis has unveiled its striped design for the new home of the Orange County Museum of Art in California, the fragmented and striped building will be redesigned with an open and engaging urban presence at 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, California.

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)’s new home will build on the museum’s history of community enrichment and presentation of thought-provoking works of art across a wide range of mediums, by artists of diverse backgrounds. OCMA has closed its former Newport Beach location on June 17, following a celebrated 41-year history at its current location.

The 4,831-square-metre design scheme will be redeveloped by Morphosis, the gl (...)

Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys built sculptural petals to increase active participation in the region

WA Contents • Jun 19, 2018 • 499

Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys built sculptural petals to increase active participation in the region

Lake|Flato Architects and Matsys Design built sculptural concrete pavilions and an education centre to understand different ecotypes of the South Texas region and the function of the San Antonio River watershed, as well as providing a dynamic park for various types of activities.

Named Confluence Park, the 900-ft2 area is composed of the main BHP Pavilion and the multi-purpose Estella Avery Education Center, which can work like "a living laboratory" that allows visitors to understand the region's local climate.

The park is located at the confluence of the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, the idea of confluence is ingrained in every aspect— from big gestures like the landform of the park. Throughout the park, (...)

Emphasizing the Relevance of Design Interpretation

Pappal Suneja • Jun 19, 2018 • 592

Emphasizing the Relevance of Design Interpretation

Design Interpretation refers to the art of conveyance of the basic ideology and theme behind the development of a design form, in a rather eloquent manner.

There could be several concerns, mainly including A Sensitized Approach, Human Movement, Growth, Innovative Ideas, Influences, Implementation, Global Concerns, Healthy Development, Clarity of Thought and lastly, bridging the gap of building adaptability with the environment. The process of getting command over architectural attributes involves a long journey that shall witness quite diverse phases of perceptional thinking and satisfy the clientele. Therefore, one should be prepared well enough, not only to face temperamental choices but also to make buyer understand the thought m (...)

US Pavilion Investigates Dimensions of Citizenship via Installations At The Venice Biennale

Dr Hatice Ozhisar • Jun 19, 2018 • 255

US Pavilion Investigates Dimensions of Citizenship via Installations At The Venice Biennale

The Pavilion of US explores seven spatial scales as; Citizen, Civitas, Region, Nation, Globe, Network, and Cosmos at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which are telescoping from body to city to heavens and addressing the questions on "Citizenship" positioned as a critical global topic.The exhibition, titled "The Dimensions of Citizenship", is inviting architects and designers to envision what it means a citizen today, which it is said that on the occasion when the expansion of the United States-Mexico border wall looms over more nuanced discourses on national citizenship.

Curated by Niall Atkinson, Ann Lui and Mimi Zeiger with associate curator Iker Gil, the Pavilion presents commissioned installations by architects, landscape archit (...)

Renowned artist Christo completes his playful floating platform "The London Mastaba" in Hyde Park

WA Contents • Jun 19, 2018 • 443

Renowned artist Christo completes his playful floating platform

World-renowned Bulgarian artist Christo has completed his playful temporary floating platform in the Serpentine Lake of London, in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries.

Called The London Mastaba, the temporary sculpture has been opened to the public today and will be on view until 23 September 2018 in the Serpentine Lake.

The London Mastaba is the first major outdoor public work by Christo in the UK, and it coincides with an exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries of Christo and his late wife Jeanne–Claude’s work, which opens 19 June and continues until 9 September 2018.

Christo had shared his preliminary sketches about the installation earlier in April and the platform shows that it was designed exac (...)