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Acclaimed architect Helmut Jahn dies in bicycle accident at 81

WA Contents • May 11, 2021 • 60

Acclaimed architect Helmut Jahn dies in bicycle accident at 81

The famed German-American architect Helmut Jahn, who designed the postmodern James R Thompson Center, has died in a bicycle accident on Saturday afternoon, reported by Chicago Tribune.

Jahn was struck by two cars while riding his bicycle in Campton Hills, about 60 miles west of Chicago. He was 81. Local police said that he was hit by two cars going in opposite directions after he failed to stop at an intersection, but details about the accident are yet to be confirmed.

James R Thompson Center in Chicago. Image courtesy of Chicago Architecture Center

Helmut Jahn was best known for his James R Thompson Center which is currently under threat for demolition. He was also known for United Airlines Terminal 1 at Chicago&rsqu (...)

Carvalho Araújo designed singular concrete volume overlooking a lush forest in Portugal

WA Contents • May 10, 2021 • 355

Carvalho Araújo designed singular concrete volume overlooking a lush forest in Portugal

Braga and São Paulo-based architecture studio Carvalho Araújo has designed a concrete house situated in a densely wooded area next to the Caniçada reservoir, in Vieira do Minho, Portugal.

Named House in Caniçada, the 242-square-metre house takes advantage of slope on site and the most intimate program of the house is located on the top floor where it can fully be opened up to the nature.

The volume of the existing building on the ground was the starting point for the definition of the new volume consisting of three floors and where a traditional single-family housing program is distributed.

The social program of the house is spread over the remaining two floors. On the lower floor the house “o (...)

Dan Brunn Architecture's beach house features duality of positive and negative spaces in California

WA Contents • May 10, 2021 • 404

Dan Brunn Architecture's beach house features duality of positive and negative spaces in California

Dan Brunn Architecture has completed a house with light-filled interiors on California's Venice beach in the United States.

Named Positively Negative House, the 2,520-square-metre house is comprised of duality of positive and negative spaces, that's why the house is named: Positively Negative.

To provide this duality, the architects played with push and pull within the generally cubic nature of the design. So they could provide spaces that bring privacy and natural light.

In project brief, the client's request was a straightforward and the client commissioned the studio to build a structure that "would sustain the harsh marine weather with minimal maintenance."

In response to the brief, the archit (...)

World Architecture Community Awards 37th Cycle Winners Are Announced

WA Contents • May 10, 2021 • 1849

World Architecture Community Awards 37th Cycle Winners Are Announced

World Architecture Community has announced the winners of WA Awards 10+5+X 37th Cycle in Architecture, Interior Design and Student categories.

We have 42 different winning projects from 22 different countries with a fantastic mix of building types, spanning from China to Thailand, Austria to Brazil.

In short, the winning countries can be listed as China, India, Iran, Vietnam, Australia, Thailand, United States, United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Cambodia, Ukraine, Turkey, Nepal, Poland, Taiwan, Georgia, Nigeria, Austria, Spain, Indonesia, Brazil and Singapore.

WA Awards 10+5+X 37th Cycle Architecture/Realised category

In Architecture/Realised category, Zaha Hadid Architects has won the WA Awards with 2 projects: On (...)

WAC Announces Most Active Country Editors/Reporters Of April

WA Contents • May 10, 2021 • 353

WAC Announces Most Active Country Editors/Reporters Of April

World Architecture Community proudly announces that four Country Reporters/Editors have been named as the most active Country Reporters/Editors of April for successfully completing at least three articles in the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters Program.

In April, WAC's China Country Reporter Flora Jing Lin Ng, WAC's Togo Reporter Franklin Yemeli, WAC's India Country Editor Pappal Suneja, WAC's Australia Country Reporter Parisa Ziaesaeidi have been named as the most successful names of April.

WAC's Country Editors/Reporters Program was initiated as a voluntary-based Country Editors/Reporters Program in December 2017, the program aims to promote local architecture, knowledge, local stories and recent devel (...)

Interview: Atoms Studio propagating earth architecture in Egypt

Asmaa Kamaly • May 10, 2021 • 195

Interview: Atoms Studio propagating earth architecture in Egypt

The technology of architectural buildings involves numerous trends and philosophies that reflected the changing perspectives towards the habitat of human beings at various times.

A qualitative leap in the evolution of building architecture and construction techniques was one of the consequences of the industrial revolution. New building materials and designs have been emerged in the architectural scene at that time representing an up-to-date technology to construct architectural units that comply with new social and economic functions and uses. The industrialization of the new architectural technology aspired to accommodate the fast-paced demand for various building units and structures needed for numerous architectural uses represen (...)

OMA-designed Greenpoint Landing Towers top out on the Brooklyn waterfront

Elif Merve Unsal • May 9, 2021 • 736

OMA-designed Greenpoint Landing Towers top out on the Brooklyn waterfront

"These towers, our first in Brooklyn, have reached an important milestone made possible by the perseverance of Brookfield, Park Tower Group, BBB and the entire construction and design team during an unprecedented time," Jason Long, OMA Partner-in-Charge, commented on the recent milestone. "It is exciting to see our collective efforts take shape on Greenpoint’s dynamic skyline."

Roughly 18 months after breaking ground in November 2019, two residential towers of the OMA-designed Greenpoint Landing development in Brooklyn have structurally topped out with the north tower at 300 feet (91 meters) and the south tower at 400 feet (122 meters).

The project was first unveiled by the developers Brookfield Properties and Park Towe (...)

Ten towering cylindrical cement silos are converted to house immersive library of books in China

WA Contents • May 7, 2021 • 1222

Ten towering cylindrical cement silos are converted to house immersive library of books in China

Ten towering cylindrical cement silos have been converted to house an immersive library of books on the Tang Mountain located in the suburb of Nanjing, China.

Designed by China Architecture Design & Research Group, the 568-square-metre project, named Garden Expo Silo Bookstore of Library AVANT-GARDE, is the conversion of the ten former silos into a new bookstore library with bright and infinite touch.

"The absolutely geometrical shapes stand out, which look like a series of big exclamation points, telling the world the past story that the mountain was dissected, the ores were continuously mined, the massif was exposed nakedly and the pit was dug deep, the machines roared in the cement processing plant, powder and smoke ros (...)

Competition: Reviving Silk Route | A Cultural Center for all

WA Contents • May 7, 2021 • 513

Competition: Reviving Silk Route | A Cultural Center for all

Switch Competitions invites all architecture students, and young professionals to develop and submit compelling ideas for the design of a cultural center for all, located in the soul of the Silk Road cities - Baku. The narrative of this competition design stems from revisiting the solid traditional roots and foundation as well as sculpting the community for the years to come. Designing a center that houses a network for all; a space that welcomes all and celebrates the notion of co-existence.

As one of the most important trade exchange channels, the Silk Road was also a “cultural bridge” between Asia and Europe. The system has existed for over 2,000 years. The Silk Road represented a form of the global economy and spanned the Asian c (...)

IDMatrix completes China Qionghai 17℃ International Tourist Resort - General Mansion in Sichuan

WA Contents • May 7, 2021 • 870

IDMatrix completes China Qionghai 17℃ International Tourist Resort - General Mansion in Sichuan

In Chinese classical literature, hometown and dreamland are often connected to each other, but separated by the end of the world. People and hometown are interdependent with each other through the entire endless life, which is perfectly integrated in the General Mansion in the remote mountains of Xichang.

Today, together with IDMatrix, strolling among the century-old pavilions in the southwest of Qionghai coast, haunting the dream of generals for generations, they don't want to wake up.

Past life

After a hundred years of vicissitudes and immortality, it is still experiencing the smudge of time, telling the simple past silently.

Although this Wuyi Captain Mansion does not have the grandeur of the capital in Be (...)