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Herzog & de Meuron’s grid-geared Feltrinelli Porta Volta opened in Milan

berrin chatzi chousein • January 17, 2017 • 47

Herzog & de Meuron’s grid-geared Feltrinelli Porta Volta opened in Milan

A geared looking form, numerous grided glazing facade rises between Milan's historic buildings with an elongated and figurative roof, which can bee seen as a very modern intervention in the city's Porta Volta district. Designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, the new office building, encompassing 15,797 square-metre total site area, stretches out at site like a sharp knife both horizontal level and vertical level.

Named Feltrinelli Porta Volta, the building includes offices, cafeteria, book store, reading room and underground archive offered by the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli -a foundation created a particular space to researchers and interested public to study documents from the historical collection.

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World Architecture Community is looking for Country Editors for 2017

berrin chatzi chousein • January 17, 2017 • 1012

World Architecture Community is looking for Country Editors for 2017

We are delighted and very excited to announce the Country Editors/Reporters Program World Architecture Community launched as of 2017. We are actively seeking fellow community members from all around the World, to volounteer as the face of their country on World Architecture Community while being the voice of World Architecture Community in their country.

The idea is very simple: we call for volunteer community members to join the World Architecture Community’s news team. By enrolling these community members scattered around the globe and interested in sharing their countries’ architecture news, we are now expanding our ability to share exclusive and local news, which we trust will be a great addition and benefit to our Co (...)

Atelier Alter converts old storage space into a stone archive using thousands of 10cm stone cubes

WA Contents • January 17, 2017 • 75

Atelier Alter converts old storage space into a stone archive using thousands of 10cm stone cubes

China-based architecture firm Atelier Alter has completed new stone archive in Beijing, made of thousands of 10cm stone cubes on the façade- cut directly from left over dimension stones in the quarry. Conceived as a rehabilitation project, the studio converts an old storage space into a stone archive to showcase the diversities of stone craft and to create a space for architects to contemplate their designs with stone.

As the most primitive construction material, stone comes with dignity and authenticity. However, as construction becomes more and more visually dominated, stones are crafted to be light and polished.

''The spirit within stones seems to be lost, as stones are gradually substituted by other super (...)

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara named as Curators of Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

WA Contents • January 17, 2017 • 223

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara named as Curators of Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

The Board of Venice Architecture Biennale has announced that Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have been named as Curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in 2018.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, co-founders of Grafton Architects, work and live in Dublin, where they graduated from the School of Architecture of University College. The famous team founded Grafton Architects in 1977 and the audio is famous for their University Buildings across the world including Universita Luigi Bocconi, School of Economics in Milan, Italy, University Campus UTEC Lima, Peru, Université Toulouse, School of Economics in Toulouse, France 1 Capitole, Kingston University London Town House, London.The firm were represented at (...)

Bloom Design converts an old flat into heart of fashion and design for Blue Space Office

WA Contents • January 17, 2017 • 194

Bloom Design converts an old flat into heart of fashion and design for Blue Space Office

Bloom Design converts an old storey into a new office for Blue Space Office-is a leading fashion brand planning agency in China. Bloom Design creates fashion of simplicity in the interior by using sliding partition walls, open working space and keeping original structure to make a delightful contrast.

The design studio hides the trade area of Blue Space in the central part of Tianhe District of Guangzhou. Bloom Design's design philosophy is shaped by freedom, openness and simplicity for Blue Space. When Bloom Design is commissioned to do the design for this old space, it decides not to cater for popular aesthetics but to look at how to make a difference and how to shape the temperament of fashion of Blue Space.

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h2O competition winners establish symbiotic relationship with water

WA Contents • January 17, 2017 • 261

h2O competition winners establish symbiotic relationship with water

24H, competition branch of ideasforward, has released 10 winners of the h2O competition which sets an organic relationship with water, climate change and space for the future of next civilizations. Ten-winning proposals were selected from Poland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Russia. 24H celebrates its 14th edition in this competition, which changes its theme in each edition.24H competition is a space where the time limit is used to stimulate your creativity. This competition proposed to give alternative and radical responses in 24H to the social problems, climate changes, humanitarian causes and sociologic problems of the contemporary societies. ''Commitment, perseverance, inspiration and hard work are the necessary bases to develo (...)

Yueqi Jazzy Li photographs Tadao Ando’s Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 568

Yueqi Jazzy Li photographs Tadao Ando’s Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre

Architecture photographer Yueqi Jazzy Li has documented Tadao Ando's latest work Shanghai's Poly Grand Theatre in Jiading district with a series of summer day images, capturing sleeping people, playing kids and natural visitors walking around the theatre.

Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the building is composed of a theatre and a tower, the complex creates a sense of serenity while also achieving a level of theatrical playfulness. Using his signature in-situ concrete, Ando creates a theatre building that offers a number of surprising spatial moments as the rectangular volume is intersected by cylindrical tunnels.

New York-based architect and photographer Yueqi Jazzy Li spent a summer day by walking around (...)

Zaha Hadid leaves £70 Million fortune

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 687

Zaha Hadid leaves £70 Million fortune

Zaha Hadid's asset is severely in the spotlight after her death in March 2016 - the late architect Zaha Hadid has left over £70.8 million estate and Patrik Schumacher, her former deputy, received £500,000 lump sum-the only non-family member named in the will.

British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid's fortune details have been obtained from the documents, released by The Architects' Journal and according to the journal, the majority of Hadid's estate is divided into her four executors, which includes also Patrik Schumacher. The four executors in the list, alongside Schumacher, include Hadid's niece Rana Hadid, artist Brian Clarke and property developer and Peter Palumbo, former Serpentine Gallery Chairm (...)

Architecture Foundation launched the first pan-London architecture schools database

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 197

Architecture Foundation launched the first pan-London architecture schools database

Architecture Foundation (AF) has launched the first pan-London architecture schools database, featuring 11 schools, 88 studios with 1 searchable website. The Architecture Foundation has just launched the first comprehensive survey of Part 2 architectural design teaching in London.The site aggregates all 88 MArch and Diploma studios from London's eleven architecture schools into a single searchable database. The AF has developed this free resource with the aim of opening up lines of communication between students and tutors exploring similar fields of research in different universities. The 88 studio descriptions are tagged with keywords relating to the topics being investigated and the places where projects are being developed. A stude (...)

Tristram Hunt named as new Director of the V&A

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 318

Tristram Hunt named as new Director of the V&A

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has appointed Dr Tristram Hunt as New Director of the V&A. Tristram has served as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, and was previously the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for Education.

A historian, politician, writer and broadcaster, Tristram is an expert on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on Victorian urban history. He is the author of several books, including The English Civil War: At First Hand, and most recently Ten Cities That Made An Empire. A regular history broadcaster on BBC and Channel 4, Tristram has made more than a dozen series on subjects including Elgar and Empire, Isaac Newton and the English Civil War.Tristram lect (...)

AIA Honor Awards 2017 recognize excellence in architecture, interior, and regional&urban design

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 2752

AIA Honor Awards 2017 recognize excellence in architecture, interior, and regional&urban design

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 2017 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Selected from roughly 700 submissions, 23 recipients located throughout the world will be honored at the AIA Conference on Architect 2017 in Orlando.The 2017 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture jury includes: Mark Reddington, FAIA (Chair), LMN Architects; Gregory P. Baker, AIA, HNTB Architecture; David Cordaro, AIAS Representative; Leslie K. Elkins, FAIA, Leslie K. Elkins Architect; Timothy J. Johnson, AIA, NBBJ; William Q. Sabatini, FAIA, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini; Adrian D. Smith, FAIA, Adrian Smi (...)

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg officially opened with a spectacular light projection in Hamburg

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 419

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg officially opened with a spectacular light projection in Hamburg

Herzog&de Meuron's hotly-anticipated magical concert hall Elbphilharmonie Hamburg officially opened on January 11 with a ceremony and the inaugural concert. The concert hall is the new musical heart of the northern German metropolis. The spectacular venue uses its architecture and its programme to combine artistic excellence with the utmost in openness and accessibility.

Designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron and perched between the city and the harbour, the Elbphilharmonie unites the former Kaispeicher warehouse with a new glass structure featuring wave-like peaks and valleys on top. In addition to three concert halls, among other features, the building is home to a hotel and a viewing platform which is open to the (...)

Bee Breeders invites all architects for the New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 575

Bee Breeders invites all architects for the New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition

Bee Breeders are working in collaboration with the New York Build exhibition to run the New York Affordable Housing Challenge. This open architecture ideas competition looks to create a solution to New York’s ever-increasing housing shortage. Working with limited resources, in terms of both finance and space, participants are challenged to create diverse homes and communities open to all within the city. The winning entries will be revealed at the New York Build exhibition in March 2017, with special awards being offered to student entries and those incorporating sustainable best practices. The New York Build exhibition is the leading construction and design event for the thriving metropolitan area, and an amazing opportunity for arch (...)

Walk through Steven Holl’s Ex of In House with designers Steven Holl and Dimitra Tsachrelia

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 525

Walk through Steven Holl’s Ex of In House with designers Steven Holl and Dimitra Tsachrelia

Steven Holl and Dimitra Tsachrelia visited Ex of In House in Rhinebeck, New York within the scope of an architectural film organised by Spirit of Space. In a 6-min film, the architects explain the core concepts and exploratory mission of the Ex of In House.

The Ex of In House explores a language of space, aimed at inner spatial energy strongly bound to the ecology of the place - questioning current clichés of architectural language and commercial practice. The house is a built manifestation of the research and development project Explorations of "IN" under development at Steven Holl Architects since June 2014.

''The explorations of that project began with working on issues of abstraction and space. We're (...)

A rocky house in Eastern Taiwan uses traditional native architectural technique of A’tolan

WA Contents • January 15, 2017 • 460

A rocky house in Eastern Taiwan uses traditional native architectural technique of A’tolan

This linear-rocky house uses interior separations with monolithic walls built from natural rocks of East Coast of Taiwan. The private residence sits on 50 square-metre area and was built by using natural materials of eastern seaboard of Taiwan, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean.

Designed by Create+Think Design Studio, the foundation is made of a narrow rectangular shape of approximately 90 meters in length and 30 meters in width, sitting on the north-south axis. Following the coastline, at approximately 60 meters down the axis from the north, the structure turns 130 degrees east. The downward slope from west to east is transformed and represented in three levels.

Named A’tolan House, A’tolan means 'a place with ma (...)

Detailed images of American Museum of Natural History capture vivid life by Studio Gang

WA Contents • January 15, 2017 • 513

Detailed images of American Museum of Natural History capture vivid life by Studio Gang

New images for the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) have been revealed by Studio Gang, capturing vivid life in the interior with cave-like structure. The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will house scientific and educational spaces, programs and exhibits with glass-walled collections core, immersive invisible worlds theatre and an insectarium. The building will bring new depth to visitor experience.

The 21,000square-metre (235,000-square-foot) Gilder Center project, which includes 18,000square-metre (194,000 square feet) in a new building together with connections to key areas in existing buildings and modernizations of existing spaces, is to be built at a total projected budget of $340 million. < (...)

Designer Xu Xu-Jun hangs plenty of wooden-boats from the ceiling of Pu Zao Restaurant in China

WA Contents • January 15, 2017 • 1483

Designer Xu Xu-Jun hangs plenty of wooden-boats from the ceiling of Pu Zao Restaurant in China

Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design, led by Xu Xu-Jun, has completed interior design of Pu Zao Restaurant in Yunnan, China by hanging many wooden-boats from the ceiling of the restaurant. Designer is inspired by the concept of water and reminds past memories of visitors with boat, living/eating in the boat and any activities associated with boat.

In this project the designer looks at how to break through stereotypes of design under background of secular fashion deluge. The design is inspired by the concept of 'water'- the main line of this project which is found by chance. Diet is the source of life, and diet could not exist without water. Water makes people associate with boat, and eating on boat is a lovely thing. This is ho (...)

Acclaimed Pakistani architect Habib Fida Ali dies at 81

WA Contents • January 15, 2017 • 380

Acclaimed Pakistani architect Habib Fida Ali dies at 81

World renowned Pakistani architect Habib Fida Ali passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Karachi, Pakistan. Habib Fida Ali was one of the most prominent Pakistan's architects contributing on modernist architecture through his three basic design principles; timelessness, simplicity and functionality.

Habib Fida Ali, 81, born in 1935 in Karachi and he always was recognised worldwide for his contributions to the field of modern minimalist architecture. Fida Ali was known and embraced as Pakistan's very own Mies Van Der Rohe for several years by claiming the same phrase 'less is more'- to the guiding principle of his work.

Allied Bank Head Office in Lahore-one of the latest projects of the architect

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Mecanoo reveals porous bubble-shaped experimental garden for sustainable society in Netherlands

WA Contents • January 13, 2017 • 550

Mecanoo reveals porous bubble-shaped experimental garden for sustainable society in Netherlands

Global Dutch architecture practice Mecanoo has revealed new images of Eden Soestdijk, which is an experimental garden for a sustainable society and a paradise destination for all. Transformed from the Soestdijk Estate, this new plan is developed by the Eden Soestdijk Foundation, Mecanoo architecten, Kossmann.dejong and Royal HaskoningDHV in response to the redevelopment competition for the Palace organised by the Dutch government.

The redevelopment of the Soestijk estate is dedicated to a social purpose in creating a more sustainable society. An educative journey will touch all the visitors’ senses, triggering them to become more aware and conscious of the earth’s fragility. Eden Soestdijk aims to make a signficant contri (...)

WANTED MORE: World Architecture Community Country Editors/Reporters

WA Contents • January 13, 2017 • 4613

WANTED MORE: World Architecture Community Country Editors/Reporters

We are delighted and excited to announce World Architecture Community is launching the Country Editors/Reporters program. 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/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.

Who is the typical World Architecture Communit (...)