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MVRDV releases design for Tirana tower featuring protruding housing and office units on the facade

WA Contents • Feb 15, 2019 • 610

MVRDV releases design for Tirana tower featuring protruding housing and office units on the facade

MVRDV has released design for a new tower in Tirana, as the construction work has already begun at site. Called Downtown One, the 140-metre-tall mixed-use skyscraper will become Albania’s tallest building in Tirana.

The most striking element of the 37-storey tower is its relief of cantilevered houses and offices, which form a pixelated ‘map’ of Albania, each representing a town or city, turning this building into an icon in the heart of Tirana, Albania. Developed by Kastrati Construction, the building is expected to be completed in 2024.

Located in central Tirana on the Bajram Curri Boulevard, to the south of the Lana River, Downtown One is envisioned as an expression celebrating the progress of Albania.
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V&A's new exhibition highlights Christian Dior’s design vision as an extensive archive

WA Contents • Feb 15, 2019 • 750

V&A's new exhibition highlights Christian Dior’s design vision as an extensive archive

The V&A has opened its new exhibition for Dior, one of the world's top fashion houses, is displayed as the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior.

Titled Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, the highly stylistic show is the museum’s biggest fashion exhibition since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015. The exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams runs from 2 February – 14 July 2019 at the Sainsbury Gallery.

From 1947 to the present day, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him, to explore the enduring influence of (...)

Five key projects of Junya Ishigami named as 2019 Serpentine Pavilion designer

WA Contents • Feb 15, 2019 • 563

Five key projects of Junya Ishigami named as 2019 Serpentine Pavilion designer

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has been named as the designer of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion, announced by the Serpentine Galleries yesterday. The 2019 Serpentine Pavilion will be installed in Kensington Gardens, London between 20 June and 6 October 2019.

Releasing the first images of the pavilion, Ishigami's design will offer "a free space" with hilly roof made of rocks - the pavilion starts at the lowest point on the ground and rises to upward creating a sense of play in human scale.

Junya Ishigami runs his own firm Junya Ishigami + Associates in Tokyo and the architect is known is known for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena in a new contem (...)

Construction begins on COBE's housing and office complex marked with curved red brick profiles

WA Contents • Feb 15, 2019 • 456

Construction begins on COBE's housing and office complex marked with curved red brick profiles

Construction work has begun on COBE's housing and office complex on the Bremen’s industrial port in Germany. The program of the building scattered through four building is strengthen with a series of halls on the ground floor that invite passers-by in with a wide range of public functions including cafés, shops, galleries and a sprawling street food market.

Named Europahafenkopf, the four buildings are comprised of housing units, offices, parking and public space encompassing a total of 77,000-square-metre in total.

The project is conceived as a milestone in the transformation of Bremen’s industrial port to a new city quarter. After winning the 1st prize in mastership of ideas competition in 2018, the (...)

SOM's supertall Burj Jumeira skyscraper is inspired by the harmonious ripples of the desert in Dubai

WA Contents • Feb 15, 2019 • 609

SOM's supertall Burj Jumeira skyscraper is inspired by the harmonious ripples of the desert in Dubai

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has released design for a supertall skyscraper for Dubai, 550-meter tower will be located in the Al Sufouh area of the popular Jumeirah neighborhood of Dubai.

Dubbed Burj Jumeira, the skyscraper, developed by Dubai Holding, will be one of the tallest buildings in the world. The first phase of the tower is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

The skyscraper, drawing attention with its rippled form, is inspired by "the harmonious ripples of the UAE’s desert sand dunes and its flowing oases." The tower comprised two oval volumes and the two volumes are interconnected each other with sky bridges on the air.

The tower’s façade has been designed as dynamic skin to show dig (...)

National Bank of Oman (NBO) Headquarters: Commendation of Omani Heritage & Culture

Ashish Batra • Feb 15, 2019 • 4089

National Bank of Oman (NBO) Headquarters: Commendation of Omani Heritage & Culture

The banking sector in Oman has grown significantly and now entered in a new epoch after the official completion of National Bank of Oman’s (NBO) glorious new headquarters in November 2017. Standing distinctively from other buildings in Muscat, this new building is a brand new gem on Muscat’s skyline. The building is providing a high quality banking space with innovative support facilities.The building is located opposite to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and in the close proximity of the airport city. The exterior of the building reflects the landscape, architecture, heritage and culture of the country. The overall exterior covering of the building changes at every floor level, creating a natural stepped appearance from outside (...)

Junya Ishigami to design 2019 Serpentine Pavilion by creating "a dramatic hilly roof"

WA Contents • Feb 14, 2019 • 441

Junya Ishigami to design 2019 Serpentine Pavilion by creating

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has been named as the designer of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion, which will be installed in Kensington Gardens, London between 20 June and 6 October 2019.

The architect, who runs his firm Junya Ishigami + Associates in Japan, is known for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena in a new contemporary language.

Ishigami is the nineteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn in Kensington Gardens, after Mexican architect Frida Escobedo's design installed last year.

Ishigami's proposal for Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render. Exterior View. (...)

REX unveils design for Performing Arts Center at Brown University

WA Contents • Feb 14, 2019 • 889

REX unveils design for Performing Arts Center at Brown University

New York-based architecture firm REX has unveiled design for a new Performing Arts Center (PAC) that will be built at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

The new building is designed to inspire innovative new art-making and enable unprecedented artistic collaboration and serve as a hub for performance at Brown.

The design will function as an academic and cultural building that is technologically sophisticated, highly flexible and adaptable to multiple art forms, yet intimate in scale and feel.

The newly-released plans for a state-of-the-art main performance hall that can transform into any of five vastly different stage/audience configurations — ranging from a 625-seat symphony orchestra hall, to a 250- (...)

3XN's sinuous Olympic House in Lausanne is set to open on June 23rd, 2019

WA Contents • Feb 14, 2019 • 669

3XN's sinuous Olympic House in Lausanne is set to open on June 23rd, 2019

Copenhagen-based architecture practice 3XN has officially announced that the sinuous-formed Olympic House will be opened to the public on June 23rd, 2019 in Parc Louis Bourget in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Set to be opened during the worldwide celebration of Olympic Day, the new Olympic House aims to bring together the IOC staff and 500 employees currently spread across Lausanne in four locations - under one roof at a single site.

The IOC decided in 2014 to move ahead with the consolidation of its head office and 3XN was selected to design the project through a multi-stage, international architecture competition certified by the International Union of Architects and led by a jury of renowned architects. Following the competition (...)

Call for registrations to "Buying - Alternative Designs for Shops" competition

WA Contents • Feb 14, 2019 • 247

Call for registrations to

Non Architecture Competitions has launched a new competition entitled "Buying - Alternative Designs for Shops". The aim of the “Buying” competition is to develop design proposals for the shop typology, intended as a space – either material or immaterial – where goods or services are available to the public.

The participants are asked to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of the shop. In recent years, a series of new initiatives have emerged in relation to the shopping experience.

Prizes

We don't believe in one winner. Non architecture competitions wants to be unconventional also in the way it rewards its participants. The winn (...)