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Studio Gang unveils its first flower-like tower in St. Louis

WA Contents • December 10, 2016 • 1479

Studio Gang unveils its first flower-like tower in St. Louis

One Hundred is a new 36-story apartment tower proposed by Studio Gang and planned to be built on Central West End Site on Kingshighway, St. Louis. One Hundred tower gives its residents wide views of Forest Park to the west and the Arch to the east. Each of its 305 apartments will have a corner living room to increase the amount of interior daylight. One Hundred’s facade of angled glass is intended to enhance residents’ views and to save energy.One Hundred tower will be the first project in St. Louis by Chicago and New York-based firm Studio Gang. The studio has revealed only one image of the tower, but One Hundred will be unveiled at a public meeting on Monday, December 12 at the St. Louis Public Library.

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David Chipperfield Architects converts old winter storage into a private studio in Berlin

WA Contents • December 10, 2016 • 657

David Chipperfield Architects converts old winter storage into a private studio in Berlin

David Chipperfield Architects has converted an old winter storage used for boats into a private studio in Berlin, Germany. The house originally designed by the architect Robert Tepez in 1970 and is located on the lake serving a winter storage for boats belonging to berlin’s water rescue services.

The building is comprised of a terraced volume, the two-storey reinforced concrete structure is integrated into the sloping topography of the site. David Chipperfield Architects berlin converted the building into a private studio with linear facade divisions and transparency, which obtains a naive appearance and unity in the exterior.

The design not only gives the formally solid-looking boathouse a new transparent identity, the (...)

SOM installs lattice-formed Christmas Tree at Utzon Center in Denmark

WA Contents • December 10, 2016 • 565

SOM installs lattice-formed Christmas Tree at Utzon Center in Denmark

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) has designed an alternative Christmas Tree installed at the courtyard of Utzon Center in Aalborg, Denmark. Lattice-formed Christmas Tree is presented as part of the exhibition Sky’s the Limit, which is on display at Utzon Center until January 15, 2017.

SOM's Christmas Tree forms a huge hollow inside, which allows people to get in and experience the structure in three dimension. The colourful steel-sculpture's cells are multiplied as it reaches upward and seems full layer by layer.

SOM's Christmas Tree is displayed at the courtyard from December 1 and emerges as a collaborative work between some of the world’s best architects, engineers and lighting designers.
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Foster+Partners’ Oceanwide Center breaks ground in San Francisco

WA Contents • December 10, 2016 • 660

Foster+Partners’ Oceanwide Center breaks ground in San Francisco

Foster+Partners' one of the most pivotal urban projects 'Oceanwide Center' finally has broken ground on Thursday in San Francisco. Oceanwide Center will be a new keystone in the rapidly changing Transbay Area of San Francisco-which is very close to Market Street and the financial district, this transit-oriented development is taking place at the core of downtown San Francisco.Foster+Partners develops the project in collaboration with Heller Manus Architects, focusing on new scheme with the urban grain of the city and enhancing pedestrian circulation through the site. The project comprises 2,400 square-meters (26,000 square-feet) of new public spaces, along with two mixed-use towers: a 190,5 metre (625-foot), 54-storey mixed-u (...)

AIA and ACSA named Robert A.M. Stern as the ’best educator’ in architecture

WA Contents • December 10, 2016 • 558

AIA and ACSA named Robert A.M. Stern as the ’best educator’ in architecture

The Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) named Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, as the 2017 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion recipient-the award honors an individual who has been intensely involved in architecture education for more than a decade and whose teaching has influenced a broad range of students.

Robert A.M. Stern was awarded for his dedication to architectural education alongside his buildings, teachings, and prolific writing throughout his 50-year career. Stern was also praised for his architecture -which is powerful and inspiring since he brought time-honored forms and proportions to bear on a modern world.

''In his role as an (...)

Announcing World Architecture Community Country Editor/Reporter Program

WA Contents • December 10, 2016 • 602

Announcing World Architecture Community Country Editor/Reporter Program

We are very excited to announce World Architecture Community is launching the Country Editors/Reporters program in 2017. Please see below more specifics about this program and do not hesitate to apply if you believe to be a good fit as the face of World Architecture Community in your country while being the voice of your Country on World Architecture Community.

What is a World Architecture Community Country Editor/Reporter?

WAC Country Editors or Reporters have the responsibility of picking, writing and submitting local architectural news stories, on a regular and sustained basis, that are newsworthy of being published on the World Architecture Community’s News section and to be promoted over twitter and other social med (...)

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals new golden B.zero 1 ring for Bulgari inspired by Colosseum

WA Contents • December 09, 2016 • 375

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals new golden B.zero 1 ring for Bulgari inspired by Colosseum

B.zero 1 ring is a new bold, golden -goddess and elegant accessory designed by Zaha Hadid for an Italian jewelry and luxury goods brand Bulgari. Bulgari’s original B.zero 1 collection was utterly redesigned with Roman attitude inspired by the Colosseum, which embodied the city’s individual sense of style in a bold, sensual and exuberant.

Bulgari created a new collection to celebrate the new millennium, the B.zero 1 collection has been reinterpreted over the years, exploring different colours, materials and configurations that reinforce and contextualize the design without compromising the integrity of the 1999 original.

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Continuing their ongoing collaborations, in 2015 Bulagri c (...)

World’s first Ice Hotel 365 opened its doors in Sweden

WA Contents • December 09, 2016 • 477

World’s first Ice Hotel 365 opened its doors in Sweden

Imagine you fall a sleep in minus five degrees Celsius in elegantly designed suites with mesmerising artworks, cool bar, sculpture gallery and event hall, which are all a part of a new Ice Hotel 365 in Sweden- opened its doors on 16 October, 2016. Designed by Swedish architect and sustainability designer Hans Eek, Ice Hotel 365 combines state-of-the-art architecture and sustainable energy with the ice art that draws winter visitors from over 80 countries every year.

The new building was erected on the current site of the ice storage, adjacent to the existing Ice Hotel, with the entrance facing north-west (towards Dressing Room service building). These facilities will be open 365 days of the year.

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ADEPT’s UCN Campus experiences education with open-study platforms in Denmark

WA Contents • December 09, 2016 • 429

ADEPT’s UCN Campus experiences education with open-study platforms in Denmark

University College North -UCN Campus designed by ADEPT elevates educational facilities in three dimensions, which provokes sustainable learning environment through alternative methods of studying in the building. The design for UCN Campus in Aalborg, Denmark is a vision of an educational hub bringing together several specialized study programs under one roof.

Faced with the demands for an alternative and sustainable learning environment, ADEPT and Friis & Moltke have worked closely with both staff and students to design a building that merges innovative spaces and new synergy. UCN Campus is education in three dimensions.

The new building is the natural main entrance for UCN Campus. Image © ADEPT

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Erdem Architects envisioned Trump’s Mexican border wall as ’mega green-corridor’

WA Contents • December 09, 2016 • 519

Erdem Architects envisioned Trump’s Mexican border wall as ’mega green-corridor’

Turkey and New York-based landscape architecture firm Erdem Architects has envisioned a 'mega green-corridor' for US presidential candidate Donald Trump's plan to build a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico. In response to the competition theme, Erdem Architects developed a conceptual design that would save natural eco-system of both lands with its humanistic structure.

Named Humanistic Wall, famous landscape architecture firm led by Sunay Erdem and Günay Erdem, designs the border line as a common meeting place instead of a physical separating element, and every country from the cradle fed by 50 meters from its territory. The studio designed a long corridor with a total length of 100 meters and designed a longest (...)

PAO renovates Plugin House with prefabricated panels to make it affordable in Beijing’s historic site

WA Contents • December 09, 2016 • 307

PAO renovates Plugin House with prefabricated panels to make it affordable in Beijing’s historic site

PAO-People's Architecture Office has renovated a house by only using prefabricated panels to decrease the cost of the house thirty times less than the cost of buying a typical apartment in the Beijing neighbourhood. The Plugin House is custom designed for Mrs. Fan, a traditional Chinese family, newlyweds like her are expected to purchase a car and move into a new house in the suburbs to start the next phase of their life. But for people in their early 30’s who wish to be financially independent, the astronomical price of real estate in Beijing makes buying a house on their own nearly impossible.

Mrs. Fan was born and raised in the Changchun Jie Hutong neighborhood in the center of historic Beijing. By the time she was in h (...)

Call for Papers: Cross(-) abilities in Design | 12. International Design and Design History Symposium

WA Contents • December 09, 2016 • 477

Call for Papers: Cross(-) abilities in Design | 12. International Design and Design History Symposium

Design and History Society calls for papers for the 12th International Design and Design History Symposium, which will be held on May 11-12 in İzmir, Turkey.

In the context of representing the other Gayatri Spivak once said:''And I don’t think, really that we will solve the problem today talking to each other; but, on the other hand I think it has to be kept alive as a problem.''The statement can be applied to many contexts of identification. Be it cultural, disciplinary, or individual identities, boundaries that define them are constructed rather than given. Contrary to essentialist claims, they need to be constantly questioned, deconstructed and re-formed. This year’s symposium will question the bou (...)

Chicago architects hide Trump Tower logo with a hypothetical proposal

WA Contents • December 08, 2016 • 1637

Chicago architects hide Trump Tower logo with a hypothetical proposal

Most Chicagoans probably thought they’d see pigs fly before they saw a Donald Trump presidency, but one local architectural firm is taking that idea to its literal extreme. New World Design Ltd. has shared a hypothetical proposal that would partially obscure the view of the infamous Trump Tower Chicago sign with four giant, gold-colored balloon pigs.

As the firm’s proposal indicates, the pigs would be tethered to buoys in the Chicago River and provide “visual relief to the citizens of Chicago,” many of whom are presumably tired of seeing Trump’s name everywhere......Continue Reading

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WORKac proposes open-museum for Beirut Museum of Art evoking Art Nouveau movement

WA Contents • December 08, 2016 • 814

WORKac proposes open-museum for Beirut Museum of Art evoking Art Nouveau movement

Work Architecture Company (WORKac) has envisioned new open-museum model for Beirut Museum of Art to provide more interaction between inside and outside. The envelope of the museum is wrapped up by multi-layered spaces reflected onto elevation, which serves as both balconies and a series of outdoor galleries.

''Contemporary museums face a number of contradictory demands; the need to be grand in scale while encouraging contemplation and intimacy, to be both iconic and flexible, to display established art and support emerging artists, and to be both secure and open and inviting to a diverse range of people,'' says the designers of WORKac.

''Globally, the urban fabric is becoming more closed and priv (...)

Call for Ideas: Future Architecture Platform

WA Contents • December 08, 2016 • 390

Call for Ideas: Future Architecture Platform

After a successful first cycle of activities in the initial year, Future Architecture Platform launches a new call for ideas for all who wish to participate in the Future Architecture program cycle throughout Europe in 2017.

The platform invites emerging creatives to apply with the ideas, visions and projects they consider important for the future of architecture. Applicants should articulate the relevance of their application to the future of architecture, whether as an architectural statement, a social practice, a business model, as new construction technique, as production of living space, or other subject, which the applicants consider to be inevitable or highly relevant to the debates on the future of architecture in Europe. (...)

Renzo Piano’s Paddington Cube gets green light by Westminster planners

WA Contents • December 08, 2016 • 332

Renzo Piano’s Paddington Cube gets green light by Westminster planners

Renzo Piano’s Paddington Cube has been given the green light by Westminster planners – despite a string of objections from heritage bodies. At a planning meeting last night, the £775 million scheme, known as Paddington Quarter, was OK’d paving the way for a 14-storey, 33,500 sq m office block that will sit 12m above new public realm.The scheme, which is being developed by Sellar Property and Great Western Developments, replaced Piano’s earlier plans for a 72-storey pole filled with luxury apartments, which was later withdrawn by the developer earlier this year.

Westminster’s deputy leader Robert Davis hailed Piano as “one the great architects of our time” and added: “These plans a (...)

Rongor Design elaborates interior of Huafa & City Hub Wuhan Sales Center with ripplings of water

WA Contents • December 08, 2016 • 561

Rongor Design elaborates interior of Huafa & City Hub Wuhan Sales Center with ripplings of water

Rongor Design has completed interior design of Huafa & City Hub Wuhan Sales Center in China by interpreting ripplings of water in different forms. Led by Qin Yue-Ming, Principal of Rongor, the architect used the theme of 'water' responding to Wuhan's local culture.

The architect used different patterns of ripplings of water by combining with wood, stainless steel, white jade with straight grain and leather, which creates a holistic approach and unity in the interior.

Exterior view

The space occupies 1,286 square-metre area and the studio made an extensive research on Wuhan's local culture. ''We conducted a deep research of the local culture. Sparkling ripples in the East Lake after ra (...)

British Antarctic Research Station moves to 23 km further inland due to a growing crack in the ice

WA Contents • December 08, 2016 • 312

British Antarctic Research Station moves to 23 km further inland due to a growing crack in the ice

British Antarctic Survey has announced that British Antarctic Halley Research Station moves to its new location, just 23 km further across the ice due to deep cracks in the ice. This is the first time that the station, which has a re-locatable design to cope with life on a floating ice shelf, has been moved since it was towed from its construction site to its present location in 2012.

The station sits on Antarctica’s 150 m thick Brunt Ice Shelf. This floating ice shelf flows at a rate of 0.4 km per year west towards the sea where, at irregular intervals, it calves off as icebergs. Halley is crucial to studies into globally important issues such as the impact of an extreme space weather event (which could cause an economic loss (...)