Mayor of London Unveils Three Visions for the Future of Heathrow

‘Romance of the Sky’ proposal / Hawkins\Brown. Image © Factory Fifteen

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has unveiled three proposals to redevelop Heathrow Airport into ‘Heathrow City,’ a new town occupying the site that according to one study “could provide 90,000 jobs and 80,000 homes” in West . Developed in parallel with Foster + Partners‘ proposal to create a new airport in the Thames Estuary, the three possible designs are part of a plan that Johnson believes will not only improve the capital’s aviation capacity, but also the quality of living in the area around the existing Heathrow Airport.

The three proposals, by Rick Mather Architects, Hawkins\Brown and Maccreanor Lavington, all take very different approaches to the brief, which was to create a mixed use residential and commuter town, with a focus on education and technology industries. Find out more about the three different proposals after the break.

House in Peñalolén / Planmaestro

© Alejandro Galarce, Mathias Jacob

Architects: Planmaestro
Location: Peñalolén, Metropolitan Region,
Area: 150 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Alejandro Galarce, Mathias Jacob

JA 94: Learning from the Neighborhood

From the publisher. Since the mid-20th century, ’s postwar capitalism promoted home ownership, and extensive residential areas were developed around every major city for 70 years. Each area is an aggregation of individual houses – in other words an aggregation of different architectural characteristics and a mixture of residents with their own personalities.

Among the photographs of house exteriors published in the issues of Shinkenchiku and Jutakutokushu since 2001, we selected those that show the relationship between the home and its surroundings. In this issue, we feature the images with an analysis of what “Compositional Factor” of what “Element” has undergone what kind of “Manipulation”.

House M / Estudio Aire

© Walter Salcedo

Architects: Estudio Aire
Location: , Santa Fe Province, Argentina
Architect In Charge: Juan Germán Guardati, Román Renzi, Virginia Kahanoff
Area: 320 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Walter Salcedo

Aerial Site
Aerial Site

Competition: WHO Headquarters in Geneva

The World Health Organization (WHO, the Commissioning Organization) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. On 23 June 2014, WHO launched an international, two-stage architectural design competition for the extension and redevelopment of WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

The Santi Cosma e Damiano Parochial Centre / SCAU

© Moreno Maggi

Architects: SCAU
Location: Via Provinciale Santa Maria Ammalati, Acireale Catania,
Architect In Charge: Angelo Vecchio
Year: 2014
Photographs: Moreno Maggi

Bazan House / SMF Arquitectos

© Albano Garcia

Architects: SMF Arquitectos
Location: Buenos Aires,
Project Architect: Juan Martín Flores
Project Area: 140 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Albano Garcia

Pulau Banding Rainforest Research Centre / C’ arch

© 807Studio Sdn Bhd

Architects: C’ arch
Location: Gerik, Perak,
Architect In Charge: Chris Wong Chee Seng, Wilson Sng, Lina Ooi
Area: 286.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: 807Studio Sdn Bhd

Training Center in Cambrils / Víctor Pujol Hugas

© Mikel Muruzábal

Location: , Spain
Technical Architect: Aleix Sanz Capdevila
Photographs: Mikel Muruzábal

Winning entry "Circus for Construction" by Ann Lui, Ashley Mendelsohn, Larisa Ovalles, Craig Reschke, and Benjamin Widger. Image Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture
Winning entry "Circus for Construction" by Ann Lui, Ashley Mendelsohn, Larisa Ovalles, Craig Reschke, and Benjamin Widger. Image Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture

WorldWide Storefront Winners’ Two-Month Program Begins September 19

Starting September 19th, the ten winners of WorldWide Storefront (WWSf) – an initiative by Storefront for Art and Architecture to create alternative spaces for the expression/exchange of art/architecture – will open across the globe for the next two months. While one winning proposal invites artists to travel the world on commercial freight ships, another will host exhibits and events out of a traveling semi-truck in the United States. For the full list of winners and more information, click here

Mk-Ck5 Production Office / Agaligo Studio

© Spaceshift Studio

Architects: Agaligo Studio
Location: Samut Prakan,
Area: 3,023 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Spaceshift Studio

AD Round Up: Smiljan Radic

Copper House 2 / . Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Although previously unknown except in his native Chile, architect Smiljan Radic has recently received international attention for his design of this year’s pavilion for London’s Serpentine Galleries. His latest and largest undertaking yet, a winery outside of Santiago, has been featured in this article by the New York Times. And now, his Mestizo Restaurant has been named one of the seven most outstanding 21st century projects in the Americas. If you’re unfamiliar with Radic’s unique works, we’ve compiled a round-up of some of our favorites for you to explore, including his Serpentine PavilionCopper House 2, the Mestizo Restaurant, a bus stop for the town of Krumbach, Austria, and his renovation of the Chilean Museum for Pre-Columbian Art. Enjoy!

Nuestra Señora del Rosario School Renovation / Martin Lejarraga

© David Frutos | BISimages

Architects: Martin Lejarraga
Location: , Murcia,
Project Area: 1,309 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: David Frutos | BISimages

MASS Design Group’s Latest “Beyond the Building” Video: Building Better Builders

In their fifth Beyond the Building video, “Building Better Builders,” MASS Design Group goes behind the scenes of their projects in Haiti to speak with local architects and metalworkers and show how incorporating local talent can engage the local community to develop innovative solutions.

“I am happy that Haitians are constructing it,” says a local engineer working with MASS. “The best way for a person to appreciate it is to participate in the making of it.” Watch the video above and share your thoughts on how architecture can go #beyondthebuilding in the comments below.

Puerto Vallarta Seafront / Trama Arquitectos

© Alejandro Cartagena

Architects: Trama Arquitectos
Location: Puerto Vallarta, JAL, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Jaime Castiello, Héctor Santana, Edgardo Sandoval y Carlos Haro
Co Workers: Livier Miramontes, Manuel Haro, Carmen Espinosa, Jorge Ignacio Gutiérrez, Jaime Castiello Gómez Verea, Fernando Castiello, Carlos Rodríguez, Miguel Martínez, Héctor Lozano, Beatriz Orozco, Mario Rodríguez, Hugo Yáñez, Susana Cortés, Juan Carlos Barriga
Landscape: West8 urban design & landscape architecture + Estudio 3.14
Urban Furniture: West8 urban design & Estudio 3.14
Structural: Constructora Cautín S.A. de C.V., Ing. Roberto Dávalos
Construction: Géminis Internacional S.A. de C.V., Vifeg S.A. de C.V. y Duo S.A de C.V
Area: 20000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Alejandro Cartagena

Hong Kong’s International Commerce Centre Wins Inaugural CTBUH Performance Award


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates‘ International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong as the winner of its first ever Performance Award. The new award recognizes the project with the lowest measured environmental impact on the urban realm, as measured using actual data from the completed construction.

The explains the need for the prize, saying: “Most awards programs focus on design intent, as opposed to actual performance – often well-intentioned projects are not revisited, and thus not held accountable.” KPF‘s 484-metre tall office tower won the prize based largely on its policy of collecting and sharing performance data.

Read on after the break for more on the award

House for Viewing the Mountain / Kawashima Mayumi Architects Design

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: Kawashima Mayumi Architects Design
Location: , Yamanashi Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Mayumi Kawashima
Area: 109.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Interview with Rocco Yim of Rocco Design

Guanzhou Museum. Image Courtesy of Rocco Design

In the ancient culture identity is a touch of spatiality. Our use of space is psychological, you line up sequences of courtyards and buildings in order of importance so it prepares your mood, they get a sense of anticipation. We could reuse this spatially in today’s different types of buildings to achieve different purposes, but it originates from the past — that makes it Chinese.” – Rocco S. K. Yim, , 2013

On the 38th floor of the AIA Tower, Rocco Yim’s office faces the bay, from which you see the quintessential view of the city: the Hong Kong skyline. Rocco Yim is the founder of Limited (founded in 1982) and responsible for the design of iconic buildings like the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong. In this conversation he talks about the importance of the density created and supported by the urban flow in China, and his unique point of view on iconic architecture in relation to ancient culture.