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Superficium Studio proposes modifiable Biohacker’s Residence in Utah's redrock desert landscape

WA Contents • Jan 15, 2021 • 1120

Superficium Studio proposes modifiable Biohacker’s Residence in Utah's redrock desert landscape

London, Kuala Lumpur and Prague-based practice Superficium Studio has proposed a modifiable communal retreat in Utah's redrock desert landscape.

The proposal, called Biohacker’s Residence, has won the Innovation Award at HOME 2020 competition by arch out loud.

The residence, featuring an organic and rocky-like appearance, has been designed to function as a communal retreat for self experimentation for biohacker communities.

"Since the availability of home-use bio-technology kits, do-it-yourself biohacker communities have surged along with an increasing synthesis between home and laboratory," said Superficium Studio.

"The ability to control and reprogramme your body is an uncharted territory of person (...)

Nordic Pavilion will be transformed into an experimental co-housing project in Venice Biennale

WA Contents • Jan 15, 2021 • 828

Nordic Pavilion will be transformed into an experimental co-housing project in Venice Biennale

The Nordic Pavilion has shared details for its exhibition that will be displayed at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Nordic Pavilion's exhibition, named What We Share. A model for cohousing, will respond to this year’s theme of "How will we live together?" by transforming the pavilion into an experimental co-housing project.

Norwegian architects Helen & Hard supported by a curatorial team from National Museum of Norway will present a framework for designing and building communities based on participation and sharing.

Siv Helene Stangeland and Reinhard Kropf. Image © Fotorune

Selected by the Nordic Pavilion commissioners thanks to innovative wo (...)

3XN to design for new hub for Danish robot developers

WA Contents • Jan 15, 2021 • 1029

3XN to design for new hub for Danish robot developers

3XN has won the competition to design a new hub to provide a home to the Universal Robots (UR) and Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) in Odense, Denmark.

Called Cobot Hub, the new 20,000-square-metre hub for robotics is designed to enhance collaboration and employee well-being, while offering highly specialised environments for robot research and development.

UR and MiR specialise in "cobots" – collaborative robots that share their workspaces with humans. After significant growth in recent years, the new hub will be instrumental in the two companies’ continued development.3XN's designs scheme is planned in a gridded layout with cubic volumes that can be scaled up according to the future needs. Each volume will fea (...)

Penda China completes madeleine-shaped portal for Haikou Wenming East Road Tunnel in China

WA Contents • Jan 14, 2021 • 1157

Penda China completes madeleine-shaped portal for Haikou Wenming East Road Tunnel in China

Penda China, led by co-founders Sun Dayong & Wan Shuyan, has completed a madeleine-shaped canopy portal for the Haikou Wenming East Road Tunnel in Hainan Province, China.

Named Wenming East Tunnel Entrances, the entrance portal has been designed as a masterplan by PRC’s central government to get the ball rolling in supporting the construction of Hainan Free Trade Port, which has been designated to be a hub port under the policy of The Belt and Road Initiative.

Haikou Wenming East Road Tunnel is 4380m at its full length (2720m for the underground 6-lane dual carriageway) with a maximum depth of over 23m.

It is the first tunnel to be constructed underneath the Nandu River; vehicles traveling within the tunnel m (...)

Foster + Partners reveals design for marine-grade aluminium clad Lusail Towers in Qatar

WA Contents • Jan 14, 2021 • 1375

Foster + Partners reveals design for marine-grade aluminium clad Lusail Towers in Qatar

Foster + Partners has revealed design for a collection of four towers in a new central business district in Qatar, the 1.1 million-square-metre development will host the headquarters for the Qatar National Bank, Qatar Central Bank and Qatar Investment Authority alongside several other global organisations including Qatari Diar.

The new development will be situated near the firm's Lusail Stadium which is being built to host the opening and final games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.Foster + Partners' design scheme is aimed to "create a new downtown district that is sensitive to the climate and link to a new transportation hub."

The project is developed as part of a larger masterplan also designed by Foster + Partners (...)

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki architects complete Urban Environment House with brick arcades in Helsinki

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Lahdelma & Mahlamäki architects complete Urban Environment House with brick arcades in Helsinki

Helsinki-based architecture firm Lahdelma & Mahlamäki architects has completed the Urban Environment House with brick arcades in Helsinki, Finland.

Covering a total of 40,900-square-metre area, the building has been designed as an archaic and modern civic building in the spirit of open Nordic society.

Dedicated to highly rough material of brick, the program of the building consists of office spaces, public service facilities, auditorium and restaurant.

Other materials used in the building include concrete, wood and copper and the building is characterized with the rooftop terraces with their distinct pavilions.

Image © Marc Goodwin

Combines new building technology with references to the h (...)

Heatherwick Studio unveils design for new residential towers in Vancouver

WA Contents • Jan 14, 2021 • 2654

Heatherwick Studio unveils design for new residential towers in Vancouver

British designer Thomas Heatherwick's practice Heatherwick Studio has unveiled design for a pair of residential towers in Vancouver, and once complete, it is will be the first high-rise project of the studio in Canada.

The project is still in early design stage, but the plans have been submitted to the City of Vancouver in late December 2020.

Although detailed information about the project has not yet been disclosed, the project is commissioned by Vancouver-based real estate company Bosa Properties and UK-based real estate company Kingswood Properties in partnership.

Image © Picture Plane for Heatherwick Studio

Featuring a curvaceous form and distinguished with vertical strips throughout the towers, t (...)

5th Istanbul Design Biennial reveals its 2021 program running until April

WA Contents • Jan 13, 2021 • 1527

5th Istanbul Design Biennial reveals its 2021 program running until April

The 5th Istanbul Design Biennial has revealed its 2021 program which will run until April 2021 around Istanbul with online and physical exhibitions and installations.

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial has opened on October 15 to the public with the theme of Empathy Revisited: designs for more than one, the program of the Biennial will now continue with a series of installations, talks and workshops. The biennial's aim is to bring together ideas and projects that seek to define a new role for design based on empathy. "Designers have adopted sensitive, diplomatic, sometimes therapeutic functions, with the aim of connecting us with one another but also with the world a (...)

Weiss/Manfredi's U.S. Embassy in New Delhi breaks ground on its expansion

WA Contents • Jan 13, 2021 • 1498

Weiss/Manfredi's U.S. Embassy in New Delhi breaks ground on its expansion

New York-based multidisciplinary design practice Weiss/Manfredi's design for the new U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India has broken ground on its expansion. Weiss/Manfredi updates Edward Durell Stone's iconic building built in 1959, expanding campus for the 21st century.

Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism was selected as design architect by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) in 2015. The entire campus project is expected to be completed in fall 2027.

Weiss/Manfredi's design enables the restoration of Edward Durell Stone’s early modernist Chancery Building and recasts the 28-acre embassy compound into a multi-functional campus.

The first phase of (...)

Opposite Office proposes "a dystopian fortress" around US Capitol Building to protect democracy

WA Contents • Jan 13, 2021 • 1397

Opposite Office proposes

Munchen-based architecture studio Opposite Office has proposed to build "a dystopian fortress" around the US Capitol Building to protect democracy against the riot of Donald Trump supporters on January 6, 2021 in Washington DC.

Called Capitol Castle, the proposal remodels the US Capitol Building, originally completed in 1800, and builds "a dystopian fortress" around the building with a 1.5-meter wide wall to protect the existing building.

The US Capitol Building was completed in 1800 and after partly destroyed in 1814 by a British invasion of Washington city (known as the Burning of Washington), the building was fully restored within five years.

The Capitol Building, which has a neoclassical style and white exterior, (...)