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Fentress Architects selected to design USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

WA Contents • Jul 21, 2018 • 572

Fentress Architects selected to design USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Colorado-based architecture firm Fentress Architects has been selected to design the United States of America’s Pavilion for the Dubai Expo 2020, which is expected to draw more than 25 million visitors to the emirate and wider UAE.

The project will be developed wit a consortium partner Big Things Group, a world leader in building, funding, and operating major expositions and public diplomacy events.

The yet-to-be-revealed project builds on Fentress’ experience in the region where the “Dancing Sisters” mixed-use towers opened in 2012. The third-largest global event after the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to draw over 25 million visitors from October 20, 2020 to April 10, (...)

Toshiko Mori Architect's retail building featuring twisted façade nears completion in New York

WA Contents • Jul 21, 2018 • 457

Toshiko Mori Architect's retail building featuring twisted façade nears completion in New York

Construction work is almost complete on Toshiko Mori Architect-designed retail building in the center of lower Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood, situated within the Special Little Italy district.

The recent construction images have been released by Field Condition and the seven-story retail building is expected to complete this year. Dubbed 277 Mott Street, the building is situated between the existing residential apartments and the building highlight itself with its twisting front facade, composed of torqued glass and CNC milled stone.

Designed within the special zoning constraints, it forms a presence that appears to shift from opaque to transparent depending on the point of view.

The building contains an all-r (...)

An Unusual Topping Out

Sponsored Content • Jul 20, 2018 • 600

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The Turkish İşbank Headquarters Towers were built by Tepe/Turner Joint-Venture (JV), between 1998 - 2001 in Istanbul.

We talked with Hasan Barutçu and Selçuk Alten, the Managing Director and the General Manager respectively, of the contractor TEPE Construction Company during this project. “It was a real experience” said Alten for the İşbank towers construction “with many first time applications.”

"First of all, with a height of 180 meters, it was then the tallest building in the region covering from Dubai to Frankfurt. Of course, now in the past twenty years, many high buildings have been built in Istanbul, but this building being the first, created a challenge in itself. The Project Mana (...)

MUMA revives Community Centre and Nursery with cute and tiny details in Cambridge

WA Contents • Jul 20, 2018 • 593

MUMA revives Community Centre and Nursery with cute and tiny details in Cambridge

London-based architecture firm MUMA has revived this Community Centre and Nursery with cute and tiny details, as well as a well-crafted façade and materiality at Storey’s Field in Cambridge. The project, named Storey's Field Community Centre and Nursery, is also among the RIBA's 2018 Stirling Prize shortlist.

The building, serves as a Community Centre and Nursery, deeply provides a balance between its unique and pure aesthetic and its functionality. The architects create a unique sense of space starting from the playground, daylight, materials to ventilation, which are all brought into the café but without compromising the privacy of the children.

Offering in some spaces dual uses, like the extern (...)

Brigati Polak Arquitectos completes Argentinian residence as detached from the existing slope

WA Contents • Jul 20, 2018 • 623

Brigati Polak Arquitectos completes Argentinian residence as detached from the existing slope

Argentinian architecture studio Brigati Polak Arquitectos has completed a single-family detached house in Rosario, the largest city in the province of Santa Fe, in central Argentina.

Called Detached House, the house comprises two floors, with the social area on the ground floor and the rest area, and a play room on the top floor. The house is using the existing slope to hide wet spaces behind it and working as part of the existing landscape, while providing two-sided façade as liberated structure.

"The idea was to generate a large shadow affecting the least amount of soil, as would a tree, spreading with lush foliage over its main stem," said Brigati Polak Arquitectos.

"In order to achieve it, the loads rise, w (...)

Foster+Partners to built boathouse for underserved communities in New York

WA Contents • Jul 20, 2018 • 428

Foster+Partners to built boathouse for underserved communities in New York

Row New York announced that Foster + Partners will design a new boathouse and flagship location for the nonprofit organization, which offers a competitive rowing and academic success program to students from underserved communities throughout New York City.

A new boathouse will be situated along Harlem River and will broaden access to waterfront and enable nonprofit to dramatically expand its athletic and academic programming for underserved youth.

With Norman Foster's statement in a press release, Row New York announced the details of a new boathouse that will be developed by Foster + Partners and Bade Stageberg Cox, an award-winning architecture office based in New York City led by principals Tim Bade, Jane Stageberg an (...)

The First Zhongshu Bookstore in Xi'an, China by Wutopia Lab Performs a White Divine Comedy

Sophia T • Jul 20, 2018 • 453

The First Zhongshu Bookstore in Xi'an, China by Wutopia Lab Performs a White Divine Comedy

Shanghai-based architecture company Wutopia Lab recently finished another Zhongshu Bookstore in Xi'an, one of the most ancient cities in China which used to be the capital for thirteen dynasties. The whitest bookstore is filled with various kinds of ancient souls of various temperatures with pure thoughts, memories, and hopes.

Through vivid imaginations and dramatic artistic expressions, the bookstore pays the tribute and performs a white Divine Comedy, which is used by the firm to reference the idea of paradise.

Instead of adopting a direct entry, Wutopia Lab created a glittering entrance in the commercial space on the fourth floor; this required to make free of the floor slab of fifth floor into the main area of the boo (...)

Death of Architecture: A National Travelling Exhibition of Design & Architecture 2018 in India

Vaibhav Saxena • Jul 20, 2018 • 345

Death of Architecture: A National Travelling Exhibition of Design & Architecture 2018 in India

Rare it is to have such an exhibition in India, coming up at a time when this year's Pritzker Prize winner was awarded to India's Balkrishna Doshi in March. As the name suggests, the traveling exhibition is a strong critique towards the current state of architecture in our cities, the sudden and slow demise of the architecture profession, the dominant culture of by-laws, the lack of empathy, aesthetics and meaningful public spaces, and the influence of digitization and western culture in our urban cities. It delves both into the past and the present to not only inform the architecture fraternity of the demise, but also the public to initiate a strong discussion within the community, about our surroundings for the future. It is also (...)

Javad Eiraji appointed as WAC's Iran Reporter

WA Contents • Jul 20, 2018 • 421

Javad Eiraji appointed as WAC's Iran Reporter

Javad Eiraji - IranSince July 14, 2018Javad Eiraji has been appointed as Iran's Country Reporter, as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters program. Javad Eiraji was born in Iran, he is Assistant Professor and currently working as the Head of Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Hashtgerd Branch, at Islamic Azad University, Hashtgerd, Iran. Eiraji is also the CEO and Creator of Studio Eiraji (Design and Creation Studio Based in Tehran), Poonak, Tehran, Iran. Eiraji's more than 20 papers were published in different professional journals. He delivered 15 scientific lectures in different international conferences and in different countries such as Austria, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Malaysia, Netherland, China and (...)

Kengo Kuma wraps office building with wooden lattice in Japan

WA Contents • Jul 19, 2018 • 973

Kengo Kuma wraps office building with wooden lattice in Japan

Kengo Kuma's firm Kengo Kuma & Associates has completed a new office building in Aichi, Japan, wrapped by wooden lattice from two façades to create warm and humane atmosphere.

Titled Hekikai Shin-yo Kinko, the 4,140-square-metre office building serves for the bank and is situated at the center of Nagoya city. The building welcomes its users with a big green void placed at a point facing the intersection of the building. This volume is designed as a "cubic green" that joins the ground and the rooftop.

"Our planning aimed to give comfort to the town with this green, while design it to be viewed and enjoyed from every corner in the building," said the firm in its project description.

"Facing the same road s (...)