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Saucier + Perrotte Architectes wins RAIC 2018 Gold Medal

WA Contents • Feb 22, 2018 • 459

Saucier + Perrotte Architectes wins RAIC 2018 Gold Medal

Montreal-based firm Saucier + Perrotte Architectes (S+P) has been announced as the winner of the 2018 RAIC Gold Medal, which is the highest honour the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) can bestow. The prize recognises individuals who have made a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.

The international judging panel praised the firm for "consistently producing refined, elegant and modern buildings - not for individuals but many for the public".

“They have built and maintained a high quality of work for decades,” said the five-member selection jury. “They are one of the few firms that are recognized both nationally and internationally. The work is always innovative and inter (...)

Matteo Cainer Architects designs penthouse with free-flowing spaces on Paris' old apartment

WA Contents • Feb 22, 2018 • 323

Matteo Cainer Architects designs penthouse with free-flowing spaces on Paris' old apartment

London and Paris-based architecture firm Matteo Cainer Architects designs a two-storey penthouse atop Paris' old apartment, which is currently under construction and expected to be completed at the end of this year.

Named ­La Forêt Urbaine, the 1,433-square-metre space is designed as "a completely green luxury penthouse" by following the traces of the existing apartment's concrete skeleton to evoke the same pattern on its new façade.

Presenting a fragmented facade configuration on its outer skin, the house features free-flowing spaces in the interior to provide magnificent view to Bois de Boulogne and the Jardin du Ranelagh, with 360-degree views of the city’s historic monuments, from the Tour Ei (...)

Zaha Hadid Architects proposes full-scale pedestrianised network for London

WA Contents • Feb 22, 2018 • 306

Zaha Hadid Architects proposes full-scale pedestrianised network for London

Zaha Hadid Architects has proposed new urban paths to make London fully walkable city, as part of a research initiative and exhibition to create a full-scale network of pedestrian routes across the capital.

Presented as a comprehensive analyses, research and strategies in "Walkable London" exhibition, ZHA's detailed 182-page report shows that the studio sets a tangible strategy for a full-scale new pedestrian routes which may be applied the best option for every street, as well as proposing new transport strategy as part of London's infrastructure.

ZHA's report also presents current housing models and develops alternative housing strategies for implementation to promote health, well-being and walkability.

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MVRDV releases plans for gridded mixed-use tower complex in Rotterdam Central District

WA Contents • Feb 22, 2018 • 265

MVRDV releases plans for gridded mixed-use tower complex in Rotterdam Central District

MVRDV has won a competition to design a new mixed-use tower complex in Rotterdam Central District, which will comprise fully gridded facade configuration with variations of transparent windows.

The 50,000-square-metre complex, named Weenapoint, will be developed as the third phase of the Weenapoint development in Rotterdam Central District. The Weenapoint complex has been transformed by Maarsen Groep in phases in recent years. The realization of new offices of Nauta Dutilh and Robeco in FIRST Rotterdam marked the first phase of transformation completed in 2016.

Image © MVRDV

The redevelopment of Weena 750 to Premier Suites & Offices, the refurbishment of the courtyard and renovation of the monumental dome bui (...)

SPF:a unveils plans for orange tree-inspired Anaheim Performing Arts Center in California

WA Contents • Feb 21, 2018 • 204

SPF:a unveils plans for orange tree-inspired Anaheim Performing Arts Center in California

An elegant conic-shaped museum and tower and a trio of volumes that look like half-crossed trees will form the new components of a 11-acre (44,515-square-metre) Anaheim Performing Arts Center (APAC) in Anaheim, California, which will be built by Culver city-based architecture firm SPF:architects (SPF:a).

The studio has released detailed plans of the $500 million project that is shaped through circular patterns and landscape flowing to each other. Designed as a new cultural campus, the design scheme is aimed to become a world-class destination for the performing arts in Anaheim.

Setting on the Anaheim’s City National Grove, the program of the cultural campus will include three theatres - offering a 2,000-seat concert hal (...)

Zaha Hadid Archiects' 1000 Museum takes shape in Miami skyline

WA Contents • Feb 21, 2018 • 909

Zaha Hadid Archiects' 1000 Museum takes shape in Miami skyline

Zaha Hadid Architects' One Thousand Museum residential tower has started to take shape in Miami skyline, as the tower's new visuals are revealed showing details from amenity spaces.

Also literaly known as 1000 Museum, the newly-released images show that the 62-storey residential tower has reached its full height at at 210 metres high. Developed in collaboration with ODP Architects as the local architect of record, the One Thousand Museum is the first and final residential tower she draw in Western region.

The lifestyle centre and spa overlooking the Biscayne Bay to Miami Beach

The new renderings present detailed views to amenity spaces and also provides an overlook to the exterior skin of the tower which is eleg (...)

CM Mimarlik created "rhizomatic" space for HEPIstanbul Housing with irregular window arrangement

WA Contents • Feb 21, 2018 • 458

CM Mimarlik created

Istanbul-based architecture firm CM Mimarlık has completed a new residential development in Istanbul, which arranges low-rise and high-rise residential blocks with internal pathways and with different colour-palette.

Named HEPIstanbul, the 253,000-square-metre development draws a monolithic appearance, presenting different types of 1422 units in total. Due to the fragmentation of the residential blocks, the project is designed based on a "centreless movement" where all attraction points are hidden.

Located in the Istanbul metropolitan area, Esenyurt - which is commonly known with a fast increasing demographic with the domestic migration - the region is inhabited mostly by mid-class socio-economic families.

As the site (...)

Role of Architects in Constructing Post-Earthquake Shelters

Farzam Kharvari • Feb 21, 2018 • 784

Role of Architects in Constructing Post-Earthquake Shelters

How do Architects help people after earthquakes?

The deadliest earthquake of 2017 took place on 12 November in Ezgeleh, which is a part of Salas-e Babajani County in Kermanshah Province of Iran with a moment magnitude of 7.3. Its magnitude was too high that it was felt in different parts of the country from Isfahan to Tehran. Many people had slept outside in that sinister night especially in Tehran because of the fear of Tehran’s big tremor. Fortunately, dead causalities of the earthquake were low since another earthquake with lower magnitude happened just minutes before the main earthquake. Many villages were razed to the ground, leaving the victims with no home. However, nothing can ever replace the loss of a loved one.
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Equitable Housing Approaches in Nairobi

Momoh Kakulatombo • Feb 21, 2018 • 203

Equitable Housing Approaches in Nairobi

Taking a scenic route through the city core to periphery areas is to encounter growing neighborhoods of apartments, contemporary and colonial-style homes, and in between witnessing the transforming edges of a community of urban poor in slums. Residential Housing in Kenya’s urban areas is a pressing issue. The construction of new living space in and around urban areas is continuous and visible wherever you go. This spatial increase is an outcome of urbanization.

The scenery of development is perpetual because of urbanization, the continuous social process whereby cities grow and societies become more urban. In 2012, a report by Acumen Fund estimated Nairobi’s housing deficit to be growing at a rate 85,000 units per year. T (...)

Ibrahim M. Jaidah will give lecture to talk about Qatari architecture at Bodrum Architecture Library

WA Contents • Feb 20, 2018 • 412

Ibrahim M. Jaidah will give lecture to talk about Qatari architecture at Bodrum Architecture Library

Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah, a pioneer figure of a new architectural movement which combines the far-reaching influences of Islamic art with modern style in Qatar and Principle of Ibrahim Jaidah Architects & Engineers (AEB) in Doha, will give a lecture on February 21, 2018 at the Bodrum Architecture Library in Bodrum, Turkey.

Jaidah's lecture, titled "Qatari Architecture: From the Past to the Future", will present an in-depth overlook to the region's architecture with analyses and experiences showing that how his built landmark structures shaped the developing State of Qatar.

Ibrahim M. Jaidah graduated from the University of Oklahoma (USA) in 1988 and worked for Qatar’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs (...)

Call for registrations to 24H's bigData competition to imagine something "immeasurable"

WA Contents • Feb 20, 2018 • 413

Call for registrations to 24H's bigData competition to imagine something

24H, a competition branch of ideasforward, is calling for new ideas about its themed-based international competition, titled "bigData" in its 23rd edition. The competition will explore a big thing, space, structure, information or data, completely leaving to the imagination of the participants for "an immeasurable" thing on earth with its size or variation.

Ideasforward wants to give young creative people from around the world the opportunity to express their views on the future of societies through their innovative and visionary proposals. 24H is an experimental platform seeking progressive ideas that reflect on emerging themes. The eco design, sustainable architecture, new materials, concepts and technologies are compelling issues (...)

OMA unveils plans for Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery with different characterisation of interior spaces

WA Contents • Feb 20, 2018 • 608

OMA unveils plans for Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery with different characterisation of interior spaces

OMA / Rem Koolhaas has unveiled plans to transform Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val, which is the largest museum in Russia with an extensive and important collection of Russian art, including seminal work from Malevich, Kandinsky, Chagall, and Soviet artists such as Aleksandr Deyneka and Vera Mukhina.OMA's design scheme is based on the compartmentalisation of interior spaces linked through the internal pathways and new rotations within the building. The newly-released images show that each interior module will be revived with coloured-stairs, monolithic columns, transparent performance spaces and wooden public halls, which are conceived as different segments of architectural identities.

The original design, which was (...)

Domestic Pools exhibition explores architecture of private pools as modern devises at Villa Noailles

WA Contents • Feb 20, 2018 • 661

Domestic Pools exhibition explores architecture of private pools as modern devises at Villa Noailles

The Villa Noailles, an early modernist house built by architect Robert Mallet-Stevens for art patrons Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, between 1923 and 1927, has opened its new exhibition in Hyères, France to unfold cultural architectures specific to spaces intended for entertainment.The new exhibition, called Domestic Pools, is a continuation of architecture exhibition series of the house, following the "Landskating"and "La Boîte de Nuit" exhibitions presented in previous years. The exhibition has been opened on February 11, 2018 and will be on view until March 18, 2018 at this modernist house in Hyères.

Y House by MVRDV. Image © MVRDV The Domestic Pools exhibition presents the works of Alvar Aalto, the (...)

Plans released for world's tallest timber tower in Tokyo

WA Contents • Feb 20, 2018 • 728

Plans released for world's tallest timber tower in Tokyo

Japanese developer Sumitomo Forestry Group has unveiled plans for the world's highest timber tower in Tokyo, a 350-meter-tall wooden high-rise building is expected to be completed in 2041. The 70-storey building will also be the highest development that will be built in the centre of Tokyo.

Called W350, the project is designed to mark the 350th year since foundation of the business in 1691, the multi-disciplinary firm specializes on the management, utilisation and sales of timber in Japan.

Aiming to create an environmentally-friendly and timber-utilising cities, the project will be developed with Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei - the team will utilise a 185,000 m3 amount of timber on this project.

This con (...)

TAGO Architects creates urban industrial effect in Boutique Maya Residence

WA Contents • Feb 19, 2018 • 675

TAGO Architects creates urban industrial effect in Boutique Maya Residence

Istanbul-based architecture studio Tago Architects has completed a new mid-rise residential block in the heart of Istanbul, emphasizing the industrial background of the city with wide windows, high ceilings, calm colors and use of steel on the entrance canopy, while providing an aesthetical living space for its inhabitants.

Named Maya Residence, the eight-story building includes ground-level retail space, seven levels of condominiums, two underground parking levels, and a sightfull rooftop garden.

The 2,500-square-metre building provides a smooth transition within an existing city fabric in which considered as an urban infill project set in Istanbul, Turkey ever-changing Erenkoy neighborhood.

The project, led by award- (...)

Czech Sustainable Houses 2018 Architectural Student Competition

Elis Mutlu • Feb 19, 2018 • 424

Czech Sustainable Houses 2018 Architectural Student Competition

Czech Sustainable Houses (Český ostrovní dům) 2018 architectural student competition is searching for the buildings of the new generation! The project took off in 2016, and since then it's been pursuing new approaches, which provide “fully functional, progressive and smart solutions into beautiful, self-sustaining and highly economic buildings of the new generation."

How to build a house which helps make a breakthrough in building and housing industry?

What are the possibilities of the next evolutionary step of our homes and buildings?

Are there better ways, whether off-grid, hybrid or active, to keep modern life standards more responsive to the ecological issues?Czech Sustainable Houses project (...)

Architectural Journalism Competition Announces Winning Stories For Series 3 In India

PAPPAL SUNEJA • Feb 19, 2018 • 386

Architectural Journalism Competition Announces Winning Stories For Series 3 In India

Architectural Journalism Competition, India: Series 3, was themed as “Discuss the need for Architectural Journalism as a Serious Curriculum in Architectural Colleges of India.”

Concept brief was described in the competition as Architectural journalism is also reflective. We can understand our mistakes and hence, learn not to repeat them in the future; and we can grasp the advantages and the positives so that they can be replicated ahead, keeping in mind the conceptual and contextual details. In fact, it can arouse the interest of the readers in architecture at another level, which would certainly boost this field beside publicizing architects. Especially in India, this is a not-so-much-trodden path in spite of its importa (...)

Albania declares 100 Villages for The Integrated Rural Development Program

Eneida Berisha • Feb 17, 2018 • 7596

Albania declares 100 Villages for The Integrated Rural Development Program

The Albanian Government has declared the list of the 100 villages, part of the Integrated Rural Development Program - a four year long initiative of providing financial support for economical, infrastructural and sustainable tourism development. This joint program of the 4 Ministries: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry lf Energy and Infrastructure, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism and Environment was presented on the 3rd of February by Minister Niko Peleshi, and Prime Minister Edi Rama.

Minister Peleshi stated that the cooperation between the four ministries introduces a new unity between the human and financial sources, directed towards a fast and proportional development for new village models in Alb (...)

Entry Deadline Extended To The World Architecture Community Awards 27th Cycle

WA Contents • Feb 16, 2018 • 2081

Entry Deadline Extended To The World Architecture Community Awards 27th Cycle

For those of you who need a little extra time, the entry deadline for the WA 10+5+X Awards 27th Cycle has been extended until Wednesday February 28th, 2018.

We have given you extra time to submit your entries to the WA 10+5+X Awards 27th Cycle - all entries must now be submitted by Wednesday February 28th, 2018. This gives you an extra more than one week to send your submissions and get the recognition it deserves!

Important reminders about the WA Awards

There are 3 categories in which you can compete: Realised and Designed, both open for our Associate members (participation fees apply - $100 for Designed and $200 for Realised) and Professional members (free as part of the Professional membership benefits - $180 annual (...)

MVRDV's urban integration and rooftop extension for 1970s shopping centre breaks ground in Paris

WA Contents • Feb 16, 2018 • 824

MVRDV's urban integration and rooftop extension for 1970s shopping centre breaks ground in Paris

Construction work has started on MVRDV's new urban integration and a rooftop extension of 1970s shopping centre in Paris in which the project is called Gaité Montparnasse.

The 108,000-square-metre mixed-use transformation will add a new program on the large roof of the Unibail-Rodamco owned shopping centre Les Ateliers Gaité to include a hotel, offices, 62 social housing units and a 350m2 kindergarten.

Program elements for the transformation

Built in the 1970s, the original Vandamme Nord building located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris will be transformed by world-renowned Dutch firm MVRDV and restructure to integrate it better to its urban context, with a new façade, improved accessibility (...)

Flexibility and tactility of sound sit at the core of discussion in RESONATE Conference

WA Contents • Feb 16, 2018 • 1293

Flexibility and tactility of sound sit at the core of discussion in RESONATE Conference

reSITE, in collaboration with MAAT, has completed its one-of-a-kind satellite event at Amanda Levete-designed MAAT Museum on February 12, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Called RESONATE, the one-day event, powered by MAAT and reSITE in collaboration with Meyer Sound, has welcomed over 320 visitors to rethink the notion of Sound and Space, a first ever conference focused exclusively on the intersection of Architecture and Sound.

The day began with Bill Fontana who led a tour of his Shadow Soundings installation that brought to the inner oval space of the museum a choreographed fugue of the distant sounds of the 25th of April bridge and the depth of the Tagus river.

After Barry's opening the event, Barry and Pedro Gadanho, (...)

Studio Saxe’s steel-framed villas provide fabulous view towards the untouched nature of Costa Rica

WA Contents • Feb 16, 2018 • 4373

Studio Saxe’s steel-framed villas provide fabulous view towards the untouched nature of Costa Rica

Costa Rica-based architecture firm Studio Saxe has completed a pair of villas in the rainforest of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, reflecting themselves as bursting structural elements within this natural environment, while providing fabulous view towards the untouched nature of the town of Santa Teresa.

BriBri villa

Named Joya Villas (separately named BriBri and Maleku), two modern homes are situated on a hilltop, with its main terrace directly overlooking one of the best surfing breaks in the region.

The exoskeletons of the villas are the key part of the construction and of their overall look, as the studio is commonly known for its blending technological innovation with handcrafted techniques to form truly sustainable des (...)

Álvaro Siza Completes His First Church In France with white coloured interlocking concrete volumes

WA Contents • Feb 15, 2018 • 959

Álvaro Siza Completes His First Church In France with white coloured interlocking concrete volumes

Pritzker-prize winning Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira has completed his first church in France’s Brittany region, which strongly shows his sculptural design approach to this modern building. Opened to the public on February 11, 2018, the building has been captured by Portugal-based architectural photographer Joao Morgado.

Called Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, the church is designed to be a unique ceremonial space with the play of light and all-white concrete volumes that are gently folds into the neighbourhood building in the south of Rennes, a residential area with five-story housing blocks.

Siza Vieira, 84, is generally known for his sculptural buildings in which are presented as "a poetic approach", featu (...)

4-Day Architectural Extravaganza Held In Chandigarh

SARBJIT BAHGA • Feb 15, 2018 • 2017

4-Day Architectural Extravaganza Held In Chandigarh

Chandigarh hosted a 4-day Architectural Extravaganza from February 2 to 5, 2018. The multi-activity show was organized jointly by the Indian Institute of Architects, Punjab Chapter, and Udan Media & Communications Pvt. Ltd. The Extravaganza included an "INT-EXT EXPO" - The Interior Exterior and Building Material show, a seminar on "Recent Trends in Architecture," a panel discussion on "Liabilities of Architects," award ceremony besides interaction between architects and press. More than 150 architects from the northern states of India like Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, New Delhi and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, participated in the festival.

The "INT-EXT EXPO" showcased more than 200 exhibitors who presented the late (...)