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Bevk Perović arhitekti's religious and cultural center in Slovenia features thick steel lattice

WA Contents • Nov 26, 2020 • 692

Bevk Perović arhitekti's religious and cultural center in Slovenia features thick steel lattice

Ljubljana-based architecture studio Bevk Perović arhitekti has completed an Islamic Religious and Cultural Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Realised as the first prize of a competition, the 14,080-square-metre building is composed of five volumes distributed at site irregularly, giving views towards different directions.

The program of the center consists of a religious school building, a cultural and office programme, an apartment building for the employees of the community, a restaurant and the mosque, the first one to be built in Slovenia, all of them supported by car parking in the basement.

"The ‘specificity’ of the new location for the Islamic Religious and Cultural Centre is precisely its complete lac (...)

Carlos Zapata completes Unique tower with curved glass skin in Quito

WA Contents • Nov 26, 2020 • 644

Carlos Zapata completes Unique tower with curved glass skin in Quito

New York-based architect Carlos Zapata has completed a 24-storey tower featuring curved glass skin in Quito, Ecuador.

Named Unique, the tower is located on the northern edge of La Carolina Park and enjoys long, uninterrupted views of the park.

Surrounded by 12 to 16 story buildings to the east, west and north, the Unique tower is one of the tallest structures in the city.

Designed for Quito-based developers Uribe Schwarzkopf, the tower contains 99 apartment units, with amenity spaces such as pool on the 13th floor, that stands out from the façade to enjoy the best view of the city, arcade, games room, kids room, terrace and BBQ, gym, yoga room, pilates and aerobics.

In the middle of the tower, an outdoo (...)

Snøhetta designs mixed-use tower in Hong Kong's former Kai Tak airport site

WA Contents • Nov 26, 2020 • 921

Snøhetta designs mixed-use tower in Hong Kong's former Kai Tak airport site

Snøhetta has unveiled design for a new mixed-use tower which will be built in Hong Kong's former Kai Tak airport site.

Named Airside, the project, commissioned by Nan Fung Group, will be situated in the center of the former Kai Tak airport with views over the Victoria Harbour and Kai Tak River.

The 176,000-square-meter building includes a 200-meter tower with a base in one continuous form. The project will be Snøhetta’s first built project in Hong Kong once completed.

Located on top of the new Kai Tak metro station and in proximity to other public transport interchanges, the building will serve as the main gateway to the Kai Tak development in Hong Kong, while offering visitors access to ample (...)

Max Moruzzi on “how 3d printing can makes materials to speak”

Antonello Magliozzi • Nov 26, 2020 • 266

Max Moruzzi on “how 3d printing can makes materials to speak”

"The process of 3D printing is innovative only if it considers the vocation of geometries and numbers at all levels, only if it makes the construction materials speak through the physical and chemical integration of the various components," says Max Moruzzi in an exclusive interview. A sentence that summarizes the vision of one of the pioneers of 3d printing, an idea that arises from the author's specialist and holistic competences and which hints at specific potentialities not yet expressed. Max is not an architect, but he has clear ideas about what the architecture of our cities should be like. He is an Italian Aerospace Engineer born in Emilia Romagna with an extensive 15+ year career as Lead Scientist and Business Innovator in vario (...)

Le House wraps this small hotel with porous steel facade made of irregular patterns in Vietnam

WA Contents • Nov 26, 2020 • 948

Le House wraps this small hotel with porous steel facade made of irregular patterns in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City-based architecture studio Le House has wrapped this small hotel with a porous steel facade that features irregular pattern and makes the building as bright as a lantern with the intentional light in order to create the optimal effects.

Called Nap Am Homestay, the 790-square-metre hotel is located on a high slope and hidden deep inside a narrow alley of Da Lat, Vietnam - with its outer facade the project becomes a shining lantern within the existing fabric. The hotel contains 9 guest rooms in total and a duplex room is situated in the attic area.

The five-storey hotel presents a tropical atmosphere in the interior, while trees and plants are suspended from planters to contrast with wooden materials inside.
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WAC appoints Palak Shah as the United States' Country Reporter

WA Contents • Nov 26, 2020 • 796

WAC appoints Palak Shah as the United States' Country Reporter

Palak Shah - United StatesSince November 25, 2020Palak Shah has been appointed as the United States' Country Reporter as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters Program. Palak is originally a native of Mumbai and a registered architect from India. A recent Masters in Architecture graduate in the United States, she is actively investigating the global realm of Ingenious and vernacular built practices through her curious and inquisitive ventures.

Experimenting with different sustainable practices, she shares a deep love for the mountains, which explains her crazy avidness for exploring the Himalayas. An over-thinker, she tries to amalgamate her vivid imagination and love for nature through her complex writing and drawings (...)

Nathalie de Vries is appointed as new city architect of Groningen

Lola Kleindouwel • Nov 25, 2020 • 459

Nathalie de Vries is appointed as new city architect of Groningen

Today, on November 25th 2020, the new city architect of Groningen was appointed during a press conference at the city hall. From January 1st 2021 onwards, Nathalie de Vries will succeed the current city architect Jeroen de Willigen and will lead the municipality of Groningen’s City Architect Atelier.

The city architect advises on both the current urban development and architectural projects in the municipality. She will guide Groningen’s major housing projects in the right direction and provide insight in several neighbourhoods as well as neighbourhood renewal.

Nathalie de Vries states: "As city architect, I would like to keep an eye on the broad outlines of the Groningen’s development and help realize the am (...)

3XN, B+H and Zhubo Design selected to design the new Shenzhen Natural History Museum

WA Contents • Nov 25, 2020 • 1544

3XN, B+H and Zhubo Design selected to design the new Shenzhen Natural History Museum

3XN, B+H and Zhubo Design have won an international competition to design the new Shenzhen Natural History Museum.

The team was selected over 70 proposals submitted from around the world in an international competition. In the competition, fifteen teams were selected for the bidding stage, representing 18 countries across North America, Asia, and Europe.

Once complete, the new building, named Delta, is set to be one Shenzhen’s "Ten Cultural Facilities of the New Era" and the first large-scale comprehensive natural museum Southern China.

Shenzhen Natural History Museum, Waterfront view

The new building will be located adjacent to the picturesque Yanzi Lake in the Pingshan District of Shenzhen. Covering a to (...)

Natalie Dionne Architecture built wooden house raised on colums on a rocky landscape in Canada

WA Contents • Nov 25, 2020 • 1551

Natalie Dionne Architecture built wooden house raised on colums on a rocky landscape in Canada

Montréal-based architecture practice Natalie Dionne Architecture has designed a wooden house that is raised on slender columns to provide views towards the forest and have a minimum impact on nature.

Called Forest House I, the 2,300-square-foot (215-square-metre house) is located in the Eastern Townships, is roughly 100 kilometers southeast of Montreal, Canada.

Greatly valued by city dwellers for its natural beauty and relative proximity to urban life, the area has now become a choice spot for those willing and able to work from home.

The house was designed for the clients, who are a professional couple, and they had long cherished the dream of building themselves a home in the heart of nature.

"Discreet (...)

AD ARCHITECTURE designs restaurant with dark and cozy interiors in Shenzhen

WA Contents • Nov 25, 2020 • 1090

AD ARCHITECTURE designs restaurant with dark and cozy interiors in Shenzhen

AD ARCHITECTURE has designed a restaurant with dark and cozy interiors in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. Named Gentle L By Alan Yu, the restaurant hopes to provide a private and cozy environment for people to enjoy fine French cuisine, regardless of the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

Situated on the second floor of Hilton in Futian District, Shenzhen, China, Gentle L By Alan Yu is a French restaurant, co-founded by Léon LI and Alan YU.

The letter "L" in the brand name represents the initials of Léon LI, while "GENTLE" indicates a sense of ritual and French elegance, besides, Alan YU was previously the Executive Chef of a three-Michelin-starred restaurant.

Most French restaurants usually have a trad (...)