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Kaunas M.K. Ciurlionis Concert Center Design

Hanieh Lotfipour • Sep 26, 2020 • 299

Kaunas M.K. Ciurlionis Concert Center Design

The project site in the southern side of the “Nemunas” river and its proximity to the cultural-historical zone of the “Kaunas” city made the design team follow a strategy in which the final outcome of the design process wouldn’t look like a stranger in the city, in which will lead Kaunas m.k. Ciurlionis concert hall to be a part of the Kaunas city.

Using the urban geometry of old and historical part of the city was the first step of the concept design process. They injected a contemporary building to the existing typology by distorting the old geometry to fit into the project site boundary. Also, the city skyline of the Kaunas, and the order of the city building beside each other, were both inspiring for (...)

It is World Environmental Health Day – take a look at UNStudio Refurbishment Manifesto

Lola Kleindouwel • Sep 26, 2020 • 263

It is World Environmental Health Day – take a look at UNStudio Refurbishment Manifesto

Today – September 26th – is World Environmental Health day. Construction accounts for nearly 40% of all global emissions and therefore architects and designers have an increasing responsibility to reduce the footprint of their buildings.

On August 31th 2020, UNStudio has published their Refurbishment Manifesto. It states that: "The impact of the building industry on our climate also forces us to think about new ways to remodel, restructure and repurpose existing buildings."

The Refurbishment Manifesto explains that UNStudio is very aware that their work does not stop with the completion of a building. Ben van Berkel, UNStudio’s Founder and Principal Architect has stated: "Refurbishing building allows us to d (...)

Garmendia Cordero Arquitectos transforms abandoned Renaissance church into a house in Spain

WA Contents • Sep 25, 2020 • 506

Garmendia Cordero Arquitectos transforms abandoned Renaissance church into a house in Spain

Bilbao-based architecture studio Garmendia Cordero Arquitectos has transformed an abandoned Renaissance church into a house in Sopuerta, Spain.

Named Tas's Church, the 190-square-metre space used the church's existing layout and adapted it for a flexible layout, with modern touches, while keeping the traces of the history inside.

For the project, the studio, led by Álvaro Cordero Iturregui and Carlos Garmendia Fernández, has closely worked with the client to convert the space according to historical presence of the building.

"Any change in the use of a space requires a series of actions that adapt such place to the new needs that are presented beyond the implicit ones that entails the updating of (...)

Handmade Perspectives - Of Pre-Computer Era: Call for Entries

Pappal Suneja • Sep 25, 2020 • 545

Handmade Perspectives - Of Pre-Computer Era: Call for Entries

“Handmade Perspectives: Of pre-computer Era” is an initiative floated by architect Sarbjit Bahga for the resurrection of the drawings, illustrations, and graphics of the pre-digitalization era of visualizing architectural spaces and the built environment. The curation in the form of a book will be published through White Falcon Publishing, Chandigarh.

Before the Computer Era, people used to prepare perspective drawings by hand on large elephant-size drawing boards. After preparing the rough drawing with a pencil, one used to render it in black ink with Rotring Rapidographs. According to Bahga, Sometimes the clues from the book "Rendering in Pen and Ink" by Arthur Leighton Guptill which was very popular at that time were s (...)

OMA completes Tencent Beijing Headquarters with square-shaped floating volume in Beijing

WA Contents • Sep 25, 2020 • 732

OMA completes Tencent Beijing Headquarters with square-shaped floating volume in Beijing

OMA has completed an office building to house Tencent's thousands of employees, the new building is situated at the edge of Zhonguancun Software Park, north of Central Beijing, China.

Named Tencent Beijing Headquarters, the project was led by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten to serve Tencent’s new headquarters. Designed as a seven-storey building, the building is marked with giant corners cut off to "offset the inertness of the square volume."OMA stated that "Instead of seeking soaring heights to host the expansion of the digital workforce, OMA designed a square-shaped floating volume of merely 7 floors that stretches out horizontally, with the exceptionally large floorplan of 180 x 180m."

As OMA highlights, the bui (...)

Shigeru Ban, Ole Scheeren and Adrian Cheng to create a new art and cultural destination in Hangzhou

WA Contents • Sep 25, 2020 • 540

Shigeru Ban, Ole Scheeren and Adrian Cheng to create a new art and cultural destination in Hangzhou

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) silver medallist Ole Scheeren will collaborate to design a masterplan for Hangzhou Wangjiang New Town project, spearheaded by Adrian Cheng, CEO, New World Development and Founder of K11 Group.

The new masterplan will establish a new art and cultural destination in this historical city with deep cultural heritage. The team applies the concept of design thinking to build a landmark that meets the needs of the new generation.

To continue the legacy of "100 Creative Powers" that shaped K11 MUSEA in Hong Kong, a global cultural-retail destination, the Group gathers a new troupe of top talents to inject endless creativity and ingenuity int (...)

‘Haiga’ Writing Competition Announces the Winning Entries

Pappal Suneja • Sep 25, 2020 • 441

‘Haiga’ Writing Competition Announces the Winning Entries

‘Haiga’ Writing Competition Series themed ‘Ruins’ floated by Architectural Journalism & Criticism Organisation and Architecture-Design-Art magazine announces the Winning Entries.

Theme described for the Competition was:

Ruins

The plasticity of ruins allegorically leads to both natural or man-made calamities and the omnipresent threat of evacuation of meaning from the landscape of human existence. Sublime violence, again either human, historical, natural catastrophe, are processes of creative destruction that offer ruins as potential perspectives in the social, psychological, emotional, environmental & ecological interpretation.

The ‘Special Mention_1’ goes to Baisali C (...)

Cushing Terrell reveals design for the new Montana Heritage Center expansion and renovation in Helena

WA Contents • Sep 25, 2020 • 569

Cushing Terrell reveals design for the new Montana Heritage Center expansion and renovation in Helena

Cushing Terrell has revealed design for the new Montana Heritage Center expansion and renovation in Helena, Montana, currently underway in Helena, Montana, United States.

The design, which includes a 66,000 square feet (6,131-square-metre) of expansion and renovation to nearly 67,000 (6,224-square-metre) square feet of existing space, will be a state-of-the-art repository for the state's historic collections and resources, serving as a place for learning and discovery.

When complete, the project will nearly double the size of the existing building and include 66,000 square feet of new space, plus exterior and interior renovations to 67,000 square feet of the existing 1952 Veterans and Pioneers Memorial Building.

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BORD completes aquaticum waterpark in Hungary by combining artistic composition of elements

WA Contents • Sep 25, 2020 • 929

BORD completes aquaticum waterpark in Hungary by combining artistic composition of elements

Hungarian architecture practice BORD Architectural Studio has completed the Aquaticum Waterpark in Debrecen, Hungary, by incorporating "unusual artistic composition of spaces" and ecological energy resources in design.

Named Aquaticum Waterpark, the 4,008 capacity Aquaticum Waterpark Debrecen has recently been reopened to the public.

The complex, which is the latest characteristic building of the city park, is now ready to provide an incomparable experience to its visitors with its unique atmosphere.

"It is not unusual in the picturesque landscapes of forests that a tiny lake would hide within the trees. The erratic lakeside is populated by versatile flora: an oasis within the woods," said BORD Architectural Studio. (...)

New images unveiled from Silver Opening of MVRDV's Art Depot in Rotterdam

Lola Kleindouwel • Sep 24, 2020 • 912

New images unveiled from Silver Opening of MVRDV's Art Depot in Rotterdam

The idea The Boijmans van Beuningen museum currently displays only about 6 - 10% of their collection. Where is the other 90%?

Director of the museum Sjarel Ex presents the idea and vision of the depot building in a presentation during the press preview of the Silver Opening.

He believes that a museum has a public duty and responsibility and initiated the idea of making the depot the first publicly accessible depot that features a new type of experience for museum visitors.

Councilor Said Kasmi, director Ina Klaassen, director Sjarel Ex, architect Winy Maas and councilor Bas Kurvers. Image © Lola KleindouwelThe museum is showing the collection, and combines certain pieces in order to experience them as a whole. The (...)