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Yuan Architects enhances dinosaur’s gigantic scope with mechanical scaffolding in an exhibition

WA Contents • Jan 19, 2018 • 67

Yuan Architects enhances dinosaur’s gigantic scope with mechanical scaffolding in an exhibition

Yuan Architects has designed a new exhibition space, combining dinosaur’s gigantic scope with a mechanical modular scaffolding system. The exhibition creates a dialogue with the life force of the dinosaurs that is "primal and organic".

Named Cloud Space, the exhibition was installed in a gallery in Taipei, which aimed to stress "rational and mechanical" approach simultaneously.

"While the rough scaffolding balances out the dinosaur’s gigantic scope, the gradient of the lighting, which seems to breathe, creates a spatial concept that is contrasting yet harmonious between the cold, blue-light scaffolding and the warm, yellow-light dinosaurs. The exhibition area is like a cloud in the space, fusing with the dinosaur (...)

Harvard GSD appoints Jeanne Gang, Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee as Professors in Practice of Architecture

WA Contents • Jan 19, 2018 • 129

Harvard GSD appoints Jeanne Gang, Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee as Professors in Practice of Architecture

Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced that Jeanne Gang, the founding principal of Studio Gang, Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, founders and principals of Johnston Marklee, will teach at Harvard GSD's Practice of Architecture - their roles will be effective July 1, 2018.

Appointed as Professors, Jeanne Gang (MArch ’93), Sharon Johnston (MArch ’95), and Mark Lee (MArch ’95), three Harvard graduates, having the vast wealth of experience and leadership, will share their visions and contributions that they have gained in architecture and urbanism in practice, not only to the Department of Architecture, but also to the broader GSD community.

Studio Gang's design a shiny lattice work harmonized (...)

Stefano Boeri Architetti unveils plans for the first vertical social housing project in Eindhoven

WA Contents • Jan 19, 2018 • 149

Stefano Boeri Architetti unveils plans for the first vertical social housing project in Eindhoven

Italian architect Stefano Boeri's firm Stefano Boeri Architetti has unveiled plans for its first vertical social housing project in Eindhoven, Netherlands, which will be fully covered by 125 trees, 5,200 shrubs and plants - and only floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies will be appeared throughout the building.

Named Trudo Vertical Forest, the 75-meter skyscraper will be the first vertical forest adopted by a social housing project in Eindhoven and the fully green-infilled high-rise will serve for low-income social groups, particularly young people with an urban lifestyle in the city.

Boeri, commonly known with his various vertical forest projects proposed for Milan, Nanjing, Utrecht, Tirana, Lausanne, Paris, the green-l (...)

Yuan Architects built playhouse-looking residence in Taiwan to extend outdoor spaces

WA Contents • Jan 18, 2018 • 642

Yuan Architects built playhouse-looking residence in Taiwan to extend outdoor spaces

Taipei-based architecture firm Yuan Architects has built a playhouse-looking private residence in Hsinchu, Taiwan, featuring a series of staggered terraces and rounded corners.

Named House S, the 416-square-metre residence is located on a hillside of Hsinchu province and faces a beautiful scenery of green hills, which is taken into consideration for extending outdoor terraces.

The building features staggered terraces that extend the indoor living space to the mountain landscape, offering a connection with nature that brings a sense of fulfillment to daily life.

The architects intentionally elevate the living space to provide privacy while offering a comfortable outdoor activity space for families. An undulating wall r (...)

Volume reissues Reyner Benham's seminal work on Megastructures of the 20th Century

WA Contents • Jan 18, 2018 • 317

Volume reissues Reyner Benham's seminal work on Megastructures of the 20th Century

New London-based publishing platform Volume has reissued English architectural critic and writer Reyner Benham's seminal work on large-scale structures in a new "Megastructure" book, which was originally published in 1976.

Through the new edition of the book, Volume aims to revitalize Benham's very first in-depth critics and multiple points of view with new illustration and printing techniques, as well as in response to the 21st Century's city builders and technologists.

It is a rare book that captures the zeitgeist of a particular period, and a rare writer who can present that spirit through references that range from art history to engineering, from architectural theory to pop culture. British-born author, criti (...)

OutsiteVR: World's First VR Experiential Learning Platform for Architecture Community in India

PAPPAL SUNEJA • Jan 18, 2018 • 361

OutsiteVR: World's First VR Experiential Learning Platform for Architecture Community in India

OutsiteVR is an India-based start-up that is the world's first VR experiential learning platform enabling architecture students and professionals to explore buildings virtually with feeling as being actually there. It is the brainchild of young Indians Amit Singh and Mayur Karodia, who are alumni of Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

This is a platform through which users can experience architectural sites, buildings & immersive educational content with virtual reality (in real scale) from anywhere across the globe. The basic idea is that the architecture and design students should be able to learn better through virtual site visits on contrary to just reading the text about them. Furthermore, this shall help in bett (...)

Book presentation: Le Corbusier Rediscovered: Chandigarh and Beyond

PAPPAL SUNEJA • Jan 18, 2018 • 170

Book presentation: Le Corbusier Rediscovered: Chandigarh and Beyond

This new book titled "Le Corbusier Rediscovered: Chandigarh and Beyond" edited by Prof. Rajnish Wattas and Ar. Deepika Gandhi celebrates, explores and revisits many of Corbusier’s ideas – and most importantly this is not done in isolation but in the context of time, space and with the perspective of the users of his buildings as well as the citizens of the city. With the dimension of time, the green-fields of the Chandigarh site that Corbusier worked upon is totally a different place now. It is above all else a living heritage. Both Chandigarh and other Indian cities are undergoing a humongous, vibrant growth. A buoyant economy, aspirational new generation and the government’s focus on revitalising urban areas pose myriad (...)

Construction work continues on Renzo Piano Building Workshop's Prata Housing Complex in Lisbon

Hugo Ferraz • Jan 18, 2018 • 321

Construction work continues on Renzo Piano Building Workshop's Prata Housing Complex in Lisbon

A project designed 20 years ago now begins to finally take shape. It is in an old riverside industrial zone, now uncharacterized by the time, that will be born the new green park and residential complex of Braço de Prata, in Lisbon.

The development comprises one of the largest gardens in Lisbon designed by the architects Felipa Cardoso de Menezes and Catarina Assis Pacheco, who won the contest of ideas promoted 2 years ago. Here are planned lawns, terraces, a cycle path, maintenance circuit and a library that will complement the 499 apartments designed by Renzo Piano's firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) in 1998 and which are now being built. Prata Housing complex is the first project of RPBW that will be built in P (...)

COBE designs Norway's first street-food market with mega urban arches as roofed landscape

WA Contents • Jan 18, 2018 • 461

COBE designs Norway's first street-food market with mega urban arches as roofed landscape

Denmark-based architecture studio COBE, in collaboration with Norwegian brewery LERVIG, has unveiled plans for a new visitor center and brewery on the waterfront in Stavanger, Norway.

Encompassing a total of 11,000-square-metre area, the new visitor center will be built on a former industrial pier in central Stavanger and it all act more than a visitor centre, with its major brewery facility, offering also harbour bath and roof garden and it will be the first ‘street-food’ market on the west coast of Norway - the mega canopy will be accessible for the local community and all visitors under its giant wooden-arched structure.

"In recent years, the Norwegian brewery LERVIG has experienced significant international gr (...)

BIG releases plans for Google's second campus with zigzagging form in Sunnyvale

WA Contents • Jan 17, 2018 • 547

BIG releases plans for Google's second campus with zigzagging form in Sunnyvale

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has teamed up with the world's search giant Google once more to design its second campus in Sunnyvale, California, which will be comprised of a pair of two office blocks with terraced roofscapes.

BIG is already working on Google's Charleston East campus with Heatherwick Studio and the company's first UK Headquarters, again in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio.

Google's new Sunnyvale campus will encompass a total of 1m square foot (92,903 square metres) - separately 505,000 and 537,000 square feet (47,000 and 50,000 square metres) hillside campus in neighboring Sunnyvale.

Situated in Moffett Park on Caribbean Drive, the two zigzagging volumes, featuring hillsides, gently ri (...)

Plano Humano Arquitectos completes passageway-looking chapel in Portugal

WA Contents • Jan 17, 2018 • 467

Plano Humano Arquitectos completes passageway-looking chapel in Portugal

Lisboa-based architecture firm Plano Humano Arquitectos has completed a new chapel in National Scouts Activities Camp of Portugal, which proposes only a passageway with wooden shell for visitors.

Recently captured by architectural photographer João Morgado, the photographer captured the chapel from different vantage points as related to its context, in a plateau area, central in the the National Scout's Activities Camp (CNAE), surrounded by a rural environment, with an extraordinary panoramic view, that also impelled the design of the building.

Called Chapel of Nossa Senhora De Fatima, the design of this building emerged from the desire to have a chapel at the National Scout´s Activities Camp (CNAE), in the m (...)

Heatherwick Studio unveils plans for New York's new residential towers with bursting windows

WA Contents • Jan 17, 2018 • 314

Heatherwick Studio unveils plans for New York's new residential towers with bursting windows

British designer Thomas Heatherwick's firm Heatherwick Studio has unveiled plans for a new residential development, which will be built on both sides of New York's High Line.

Named 515 West 18th Street, the two-tower development will be situated at the heart of Chelsea’s art gallery district - in a very close distance to Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th Street condo building - which have views to Hudson River. The two towers will have different heights, the taller one will reach at 21 stories, while the two structures will feature 180 residences in total - all of them will range from one to four luxury bedrooms.

Developed by Related Companies, Heatherwick Studio has released only a few visuals showing the archit (...)

The controversial Dubai Frame opens to public despite copyright claims of the architect

WA Contents • Jan 17, 2018 • 719

The controversial Dubai Frame opens to public despite copyright claims of the architect

Dubai's controversial project "The Dubai Frame", also described as the "world's largest picture frame" has been opened to the public on January 1st, 2018 in the UAE. The 150-metre high and 93-metre wide giant frame offers visitors from all around a spectacular journey through time on three different levels, is designed to present old Dubai, present Dubai and future Dubai.

The Dubai Frame, soaring above Zabeel Park, was originally designed by Mexican architect Fernando Donis, who also designed Dubai’s Porsche Design Towers, and the Dubai Renaissance Tower. But, the Dubai Frame has become a controversial project since 2008, after Donis won a competition in 2008, organized by German elevator company Thyssen Krupp in collab (...)

Bee Breeders announces winners for construction container facelift competition

WA Contents • Jan 16, 2018 • 360

Bee Breeders announces winners for construction container facelift competition

Bee Breeders Architecture Competitions has announced winners for the Construction Container Facelift competition, in partnership with VUDIS modular unit manufacturer, called on designers to submit creative reimaginings of the typical construction container aesthetic.

While there were numerous submissions proposing idyllic solutions, the winner were the ones that combined a new aesthetic with functionality.The winning project was a submission by Katarzyna Formela from Saule Technologies in Poland. It was chosen as the winner for its modern approach that used a high tech solution to improve both the aesthetics and the functional performance of the containers. The new conceived technology would enable a custom-made design to wrap up con (...)

Moriyuki Ochiai creates infinite 3D surface by using thousands of aluminum sheets in a beauty salon

WA Contents • Jan 16, 2018 • 356

Moriyuki Ochiai creates infinite 3D surface by using thousands of aluminum sheets in a beauty salon

Moriyuki Ochiai's firm Moriyuki Ochiai Architects has filled the interior of a beauty salon in Tokyo with thousands of folded aluminum sheets, giving the space depth, brightness and crystallised effect - which aims to challenge to the traditional appearance of several beauty salons.

Named Crystalscape, the knot-looking structure is suspended from the ceiling of the salon, and is made up of only by being used a single finite material - aluminium - as a simple planar surface. In the end, the architects created a multidimensional space that fulfills various functions and requirements at once.

Using Origami as a design method, the architects refer to the very limited sources of Japan in design process and they take inspiration (...)

Call for submissions: DSGN Innovation Hub Scheme in Bali

WA Contents • Jan 16, 2018 • 235

Call for submissions: DSGN Innovation Hub Scheme in Bali

Design Student Global Network (DSGN) officially launches its first international design competition! The winning proposal - an Innovation Hub development scheme for a rural community site in Bali, Indonesia - will be built during our first workshop in early 2019. The hub will be used to teach skills classes for community development and social entrepreneurship.

Individuals or multidisciplinary teams of students and recent graduates, freelance or professional, can participate in this international design competition; which aims to tackle this pressing problem-

“Mass tourism is stealing opportunities from rural areas, forcing income required migration and eroding culture in the process. To combat this, innovators are creat (...)

Call for registrations: Thinking Hand International design competition 2018

WA Contents • Jan 16, 2018 • 4689

Call for registrations: Thinking Hand International design competition 2018

Thinking Hand, a non-profit organisation, calls for registrations to design innovative furniture for neglected communities in India and Africa, in collaboration with Ketham's Atelier.Thinking Hand is a non-profit organization located in Hyderabad India. Thinking Hand's endeavor is to bring awareness on design and innovation through workshops, exhibitions, lectures, discussions and competitions, and channel them to bring positive change in the society. Previously, Thinking Hand has conducted a workshop “Shelter in Need”, aiming to design a foldable structure, to shelter refugees and other vulnerable groups during disasters. To signify the history, profoundness in architectural design and engineering of our heritage sites, (...)

Architectural Journalism Competition Announces Winning Stories For Series 2 In India

PAPPAL SUNEJA • Jan 15, 2018 • 320

Architectural Journalism Competition Announces Winning Stories For Series 2 In India

Architectural Journalism Compeitition, India: Series 2, was themed to "Discuss the relevance of Concept & Context with respect to any Architectural Masterpiece in India or Abroad."

Concept brief was described in the competition as: An architectural journalism piece caters to five features of any building: its feasibility, uniqueness, equity, accessibility and its vitality. Also, the concept and the context of the building are important as they go hand in hand. The concept could be anything that we get inspired by something available in nature, or an already-being-used mechanism, or some bio-mimicry, which is further modified in terms of a building. It could be based upon the simple functions that the building is deemed to perform (...)

The 8th Idea-Tops competition announces winners for 2017

WA Contents • Jan 15, 2018 • 1481

The 8th Idea-Tops competition announces winners for 2017

The 8th International Space Design Awards has announced winners for its 8th edition of the competition, including MVRDV's Casa Kwantes in Rotterdam, Chiangmai Life Architects' Bamboo Sports Hall in Thailand and Mecanoo's National Kaohsiung Center in Taiwan.

Idea Tops Awarding Ceremony and Series Design Forum were held in Longgang, Shenzhen on December 6th. Mrs. Martha Thorne, Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Dean of IE School of Architecture, over 1,500 outstanding designers, entrepreneurs and leaders of 30 design associations from all over the world attended the event to witness the ceremony.

Designers from 40 countries have gathered together for Idea-Tops competition, as the world’s se (...)

Maki & Associates-Designed Bihar Museum At Patna Is Now Fully Operational

SARBJIT BAHGA • Jan 15, 2018 • 1233

Maki & Associates-Designed Bihar Museum At Patna Is Now Fully Operational

Fumihiko Maki's firm Maki and Associates of Japan in association with OPOLIS Architects, Mumbai have recently completed a state-of-the art Bihar Museum at Patna. They got the commission to design this prestigious museum through an international architecture competition conducted by Lord Cultural Resources in 2011, for and on behalf of Department of Art, Culture and Youth, Government of Bihar.

Bihar Museum is located on a sprawling site of 5.6 hectares abutting Bailey Road near Patna High Court. The museum, with a built-up area of 25,000 square metres, is in fact a supplement to the aging 100-year old Patna Museum in its vicinity.

Inspired by the generous site, Fumihiko Maki conceived the Bihar Museum as a campus with inter (...)

Social Housing pioneer Neave Brown dies aged 88

WA Contents • Jan 15, 2018 • 791

Social Housing pioneer Neave Brown dies aged 88

Acclaimed American architect and the pioneer of social housing Neave Brown has died following a long battle with terminal lung cancer.

Brown is best known with his low-cost and innovative social housing schemes of the 20th Century for the local community in north London. Brown has been the only living architect, prior to his passing, to have all their UK work listed.

Last year in September, Brown was awarded the 2018 Royal Gold Medalby the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the award is presented as the UK’s highest honour for architecture.

Designed in 1968 by Neave Brown of Camden Council's Architects Department, this multi-family, 8-storey council housing estate, properly known as the Alexandra an (...)

Sid Lee unveils design for Canada Olympic House at PyeongChang 2018

Popi Bowman • Jan 12, 2018 • 364

Sid Lee unveils design for Canada Olympic House at PyeongChang 2018

World-renowned creative agency Sid Lee, established in Montreal, recently branched into architectural practice in 2009 and since then has completed several high-profile projects, including last year's transformation of Montreal's Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel (best known for John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Bed-in for Peace"); in collaboration with Architecture 49, a year-long renovation included dramatically updating all interior spaces of the late-1950s structure, which is the largest Canadian hotel east of Toronto.

On the international stage, next month Sid Lee Architecture will reach sports fans as the design partner for the Canada Olympic House, which will welcome all Canadians and Team Canada fans visiting the game (...)

Fan Life built new residential cabins shaped through the original terrain of Hubei Province

WA Contents • Jan 12, 2018 • 779

Fan Life built new residential cabins shaped through the original terrain of Hubei Province

Interior design studio Fan Life has built new residential cabins scattered randomly throughout the original terrain of Hubei Province, China. Three Gorges RV Park, the first forest RV park facing rivers in China, is located within the forest park at the bank of Xiling Gorge along Yangtze River. The site is mainly canyons with great views of overlapping peaks and trees, deep gullies and craggy rocks.

Architecture of the RV park are built according to the original terrain; they are scattered randomly over and hidden in the forest and mountains. Walking along these winding and freely flowing architecture makes one feel relaxed and comfortable.

The reception centre is a single building of steel-and-wood structure. The chandelier (...)

Yiduan Shanghai International Design completes new restaurant with separated bamboo rooms in China

WA Contents • Jan 12, 2018 • 737

Yiduan Shanghai International Design completes new restaurant with separated bamboo rooms in China

China-based design company Yiduan Shanghai International Design has completed a new local restaurant in Jiangxi Province of China, comprised of a series of scattered bamboo rooms within the restaurant.

The new restaurant - called Shandao Restaurant - is located in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province, China and offers a dramatic atmosphere in the interior by using natural bamboo material, forming various spaces to dining and sitting.

The Shandao Restaurant covers a 2,000-square-metre area and it breaks boundaries by combining nature with the innovative use of materials. Mr. Xu, creative director of the Yiduan Shanghai International Design, applies natural bamboo to the dining space creatively, combining healthy food with environment orga (...)