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Restoration Of Vikram Sarabhai Library & 3 More Indian Projects Bag UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards

Sarbjit Bahga • Oct 19, 2019 • 482

Restoration Of Vikram Sarabhai Library & 3 More Indian Projects Bag UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards

Restoration and conservation of Vikram Sarabhai Library at Louis Kahn-designed Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad bags UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation 2019. This project has already been featured on WAC on June 5, 2019. Somaya & Kalappa Consultants (SNK) which spearheaded the restoration work received the Award of Distinction at an award ceremony conducted at the 20th UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage 20/20 Forum held in George Town in Penang, Malasia on October 14, 2019.

The Vikram Sarabhai Library conservation work was a part of the 16 projects which were selected by a jury from among 57 entries from 14 countries across the Asia-Pacific region.

India's other entries that won award (...)

MVRDV's WERK12 building in Munich features expressive art façade addressing to German comics

WA Contents • Oct 18, 2019 • 486

MVRDV's WERK12 building in Munich features expressive art façade addressing to German comics

MVRDV has played with giant verbal expressions to make this mixed-use building as "an urban art piece" in Munich, Germany. MVRDV has completed this 7,700-square-metre building in the heart of Werksviertel-Mitte district in Munich.

Named WERK12, the building forms the nucleus of the Werksviertel-Mitte district and it has been realized as part of an urban regeneration plan on a former industrial site, the building stands out with its bold and expressive art façade featuring five-metre-tall verbal expressions found in German comics.

The design of WERK12 combines a simple form, honest materials, and transparent façades. Users can move around the building in multiple ways: the design’s external circulation core (...)

Invisible Studio creates large window for a gymnasium overlooking to a productive garden in Somerset

WA Contents • Oct 18, 2019 • 601

Invisible Studio creates large window for a gymnasium overlooking to a productive garden in Somerset

Invisible Studio has created a large window for a gymnasium for a hotel in Somerset in the grounds of Hadspen House. The window comprises only one room overlooking to a productive garden and the low-rise structure gives a sense of calmness and peace while guests making their sports activities inside.

Named Room in a Productive Garden, the 150-square-metre gymnasium has also been designed to leave the minimum environmental impact as much as possible - the room is located in the vegetable garden of Hadspen House, opened as The Newt in Somerset. The project was led by Piers Taylor, founder of Invisible Studio, and Tara Breen.

"Conceived in a manner as ‘no building’ – more, a window on to a mature productive gar (...)

LMN Architects designs new pedestrian bridge with weathered-steel trusses in Everett Washington

WA Contents • Oct 18, 2019 • 457

LMN Architects designs new pedestrian bridge with weathered-steel trusses in Everett Washington

Seattle-based architecture practice LMN Architects has designed a new pedestrian bridge and the 282-foot-long (86 meter) structure is currently under construction in Everett, Washington and expected to be completed in early 2020.

Called Everett Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, the bridge is designed as a unique piece of public infrastructure that will provide a vital new link between the city of Everett to its growing waterfront district.

The bridge will establish a new connection between the uplands Grand Avenue Park and Downtown Everett and the developing waterfront district, bringing pedestrians and utilities over a steep slope, a busy commercial railway and a state highway.

LMN Architects' bridge integrates a se (...)

Farooq and Associates reveals new school design in Dhamial, Pakistan

Rabia Haneef Meo • Oct 18, 2019 • 478

Farooq and Associates reveals new school design in Dhamial, Pakistan

A young architect from Pakistan Khizar Farooq who started his practice in 2014 at the design wing of the firm Farooq and Associates has a passion for creating buildings that are capable of seasoning beautifully. Khizar is an acolyte of the famous maxim "form follows function" and simultaneously his designs speak of his admiration for brutalism. The exquisite blend of raw materials with sensible glazing and openings produce aesthetic results.

The school designed by Khizar and his team in Dhamial must also be intriguing for the users of the building. The design of the project met the last stages this year, will follow the anticipated development in 2020 and the construction will take around 5 years to finish.

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Dezeen Announces The Best 10 Interiors Projects For Dezeen Awards 2019

WA Contents • Oct 18, 2019 • 820

Dezeen Announces The Best 10 Interiors Projects For Dezeen Awards 2019

Dezeen has announced the best 10 winning projects in Interior Design category for Dezeen Awards 2019, the award program - now in its second edition - identifies the world's most outstanding new architecture, interiors, design and studios.Dezeen Awards' each category will identify the 10 winning projects which are named as the best projects in the world. The winning interiors projects include: a former piano studio transformed into a micro house in Taipei by A Little Design, 28 separate bridge houses turned into hotel suites across Amsterdam by i29 interior architects and a gothic-inspired cafe in a former chapel by Van Staeyen Interieur Architecten.

The interior category winning projects were selected from among 53 shortliste (...)

BIG designs indented office tower in which Amazon will be the main tenant in Berlin

WA Contents • Oct 17, 2019 • 768

BIG designs indented office tower in which Amazon will be the main tenant in Berlin

Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG has unveiled design for a new office building in Berlin, the 140-m tall high-rise will be built in Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany. Amazon, a multinational tech giant company, will occupy 28 of 35 floors for its growing team of up to 3,400 employees - Amazon has been confirmed as the main tenant of the office building.

Named EDGE East Side, the project is being developed by EDGE - a real estate technology company of OVG Real Estate - and Amazon plans to move to the building in 2024. The 35-floor tower is located in a square between Berlin Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.

BIG designed an office block that features an indented profiles and gaps throughout the building, the tower is designed as "a smart (...)

PPAA Arquitectos' simplistic holiday home within a forest takes you away from busy life

WA Contents • Oct 17, 2019 • 899

PPAA Arquitectos' simplistic holiday home within a forest takes you away from busy life

Mexican architecture studio PPAA Arquitectos has built a simplistic holiday home within a forest in Aculco, Mexico - a town located in the Atlacomulco Region of the State of Mexico.

The retreat, called Aculco, has been designed by two brothers, they discovered this site during their rock-climbing trip. They loved the site and wanted to build a new retreat to escape sometime.

Aculco house, covering only 90-square-metre area, has been designed as a holiday home surrounded by nature in the middle of nowhere. "It is the ideal place to get some rest from modern living in a natural environment, that has some impressive cliffs close by," said PPAA Arquitectos.

Respecting the qualities of the forest and natural surrounding, t (...)

Construction work begins on Frank Gehry's Floating Iceberg-Like Office Complex for Warner Bros

WA Contents • Oct 17, 2019 • 603

Construction work begins on Frank Gehry's Floating Iceberg-Like Office Complex for Warner Bros

Construction work has began on Frank Gehry's floating iceberg-like office complex for Warner Bros, a global entertainment company in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.

According to Urbanize Los Angeles, a large dirt pit has appeared at the back of The Burbank Studios lot, which means construction work has already started at the project site.

Gehry will expand Warner Bros' current building in Burbank's Media District in Burbank, California, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000-square-metre) office complex includes two mid-rise buildings - one is a seven-story building covering a 355,000 square feet (33,000-square-metre) and other is a nine-story (...)

Giant sloping polygonal shading element marks Alexis Dornier's House Carbon in Bali

WA Contents • Oct 17, 2019 • 470

Giant sloping polygonal shading element marks Alexis Dornier's House Carbon in Bali

German architect Alexis Dornier has designed a tropical residence that is marked with a giant sloping polygonal shading element in front facade of the house on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Named House Carbon, the 275-square-metre private residence - as part of part of Uluwatu Surf Villas - is located on the very southern tip of the island of Bali, this vacation getaway thrones at about 150 meters above sea level.

The house has been designed according to the high wind speeds and rain of the region, as well as hot summer days, the roof - as a prominent figure of the house - is a composition of folded planes that frame the breathtaking view over the Indian ocean.

The house is comprised of four bedroom suites and a loft-l (...)