KTA Details Australia’s Largest Urban Renewal Project

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Koichi Takada Architects (KTA) has released details on ’s biggest urban renewal project: Green Square. Shaped by the pedestrian and traffic flows that surround the building, the mixed-use, multi-residential complex is expected to serve as the gateway of Sydney’s Green Square Town Centre by its completion in 2016.

Day 1. Image Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz
Day 1. Image Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz

Rafael de La-Hoz Unveils TEDA Monument in Tianjin

Spanish architect Rafael de La-Hoz has designed a mirrored, 60-meter monument to commemorate the 30 anniversary of the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA). The design, titled “A Cut between heaven and earth”, was “driven by an effort to analyze the process of abstraction and reinterpretation of the site.” 

Zaha Hadid Designs “City of Dreams” Hotel Tower in Macau

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Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a 40-story luxury hotel for ’s premier leisure and entertainment destination known as “City of Dreams.” Perceived as a single “sculptural element” united by an exposed exoskeleton mesh structure, the “simple volume” was extruded from its rectangular site as two towers connected at the podium and roof levels, with two organically-shaped bridges punctuating the tower’s center external void. This central void is then celebrated by a 40-meter tall, “grandiose atrium” that greets visitors as they enter the hotel.

Take a digital tour through the building and into the atrium via a newly released video, after the break…

What’s “Green” Anyway? ShapedEarth’s Accurate, Carbon-Based Alternative

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“Green” measures nothing. Which is greener: a building that saves water or a building that uses certified carpet? There is no obvious answer to this question – this is why trying to quantify “green” is biased and leads nowhere. Using as a metric, on the other hand, makes sense. This is something you can accurately measure and therefore reduce. Going “low-” not only contributes to fighting climate change but also totally redefines construction (choice of materials, energy sources, etc.).

This is why shapedearth.com, the first free online calculator for assessing the whole life embodied carbon of building projects, is such a useful tool.

Switch Residence / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Satoshi Kurosaki
Area: 123 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Daniel Libeskind on Italy, Design, & the State of Architecture Today

Rendering of the CHAU 43 residential project in Berlin, whose facade will be clad in Libeskind’s titanium ceramic porcelain tile.. Image Courtesy of Studio

In this interview with Daniel Libeskind, originally featured on as Q&A: Daniel Libeskind on Italy, Product Design, and the State of Architecture Today, Paul Clemence talks to Libeskind about his perspective on Italian culture, its influence on his career, and his most recent foray into product design.

When you talk to Daniel Libeskind, no single question has a simple answer. From his days as a young musical prodigy (he played the accordion) to his directorship at Cranbrook Academy, not to mention his voracious passion for literature, the fascinating episodes of his life all come together, informing his approach to design and architecture. His career path is an unusual one. And while that is true for many architects, his is particularly interesting, where each twist and turn, no matter how ostensibly disconnected, seem to have always prepared him for his next step. Take his two highest profile jobs, the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the master plan for Ground Zero. The two are intrinsically linked—the museum’s official opening to the public in 2001 was originally scheduled on September 11. The project had taken 13 years of political maneuvering to realize. Similarly, Libeskind’s World Trade Center site master plan was marred by a decade of delays and alterations, which threatened to blot out his original design intentions. One monumental task after the other, eerily similar in challenging circumstances, both offering the architect a rare opportunity to helm projects richly entrenched in emotion, symbolism, and historical significance.

Now as his career moves beyond these two important projects, the architect’s connection to Italy is beginning to play a pivotal role in his work. He moved there after his time at Cranbrook, when he was looking for new career challenges. Libeskind has been back in America since he was commissioned the Ground Zero project, but he recently opened up a studio in Milan, where he, his wife, and son oversee the firm’s forays in product design.

I caught up with Libeskind at his Lower Manhattan office overlooking Ground Zero to talk about Italy and his involvement in upcoming design fairs there, Milan Design Week and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

VIDEO: London From the Top of The Barbican, A Brutalist Icon

Recently voted the UK’s ugliest tower, The Tower is one of the three residential towers of the Estate, built between 1965 and 1976 in . Along with fourteen apartment blocks, the Barbican Estate contains 2014 flats, connected by a labyrinth of floating passageways and landscaped gardens. 

Designed by the architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, the Estate was part of a utopian vision of urban renewal and transformation of the city center after the Second World War. When it opened in 1982, Queen Elizabeth even referred to the high-end mega-complex as “one of the modern wonders of the world.” Though many Londoners despise the massive concrete megastructure, it is in fact a Brutalist masterpiece in the heart of London, a relic from a time of architectural coherence and uncompromised ambition.

Check out the incredible view from the Barbican Tower in the time-lapse above, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Tianjin Qiaoyuan Bridge Culture Museum / Sunlay

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Architects: Sunlay
Location: ,
Design Team: Zhang Hua
Area: 2,220 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Sunlay

School Complex Buffon / TANK

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Architects: TANK
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Olivier Camus, Lydéric Veauvy
Collaborating Architect: Franck Landrot
Area: 4160.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of TANK

Norman Foster Wins Planning for Manchester Maggie’s Centre

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UPDATE: Foster + Partners have been granted planning permission for The Chirstie. The new Centre is due to open in 2016.

Norman Foster has applied for planning permission for a new ’s Cancer Centre in his hometown of . Planned to be built at The Christie, one of Europe’s leading cancer centres and the largest single-site centre in Europe, the new Centre intends to “provide free practical, emotional and social support for anyone living with cancer as well as their family and friends.”

“I believe in the power of architecture to lift the spirits and help in the process of therapy,” Foster explains. “Within the Centre, there is a variety of spaces – visitors can gather around a big kitchen table, find a peaceful place to think or they can work with their hands in the greenhouse. Throughout, there is a focus on natural light and contact with the gardens. The timber frame, with its planted lattice helps to dissolve the architecture into the surrounding greenery.”

Twins’ House / JVA

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Architects: JVA
Location: Oslo,
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Nikolaj Zamecznik, Lars Hamran, Tuva Salomonsen Hansen
Area: 370 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jonas Adolfsen

Lowcost Airport in Bordeaux / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons architectes associés

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Architects: Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons architectes associés
Location: Bordeaux- Airport (BOD), ,
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons architectes associés

Milestone Student Housing / Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner + Ernst Hoffmann Ziviltechniker

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Architects: Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner, Ernst Hoffmann Ziviltechniker
Location: Ausstellungsstraße, 44, 1020 Vienna, Austria
Area: 5900.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Erika Mayer

Gewad / Atelier Vens Vanbelle

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Architects: Atelier Vens Vanbelle
Location: Gewad 3, 9000 ,
Area: 468.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tim Van de Velde

Tunnel House / Makiko Tsukada Architects

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Architects: Makiko Tsukada Architects
Location: Suginami, , Japan
Architect In Charge: Makiko Tsukada
Area: 87 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Shinkenchiku-sha

Venice Biennale 2014: Romania Discusses Industrial Architecture as Generator of Modernity

Conceptual Cross Sections. Image Courtesy of the Romanian Pavilion

In Eastern Europe the assimilation of modernism proved a rather divergent process, correlated with tumultuous and contradictory socio-political events. The urban space suffered successive destructuring, caused by massive industrial insertions with direct impact at urban and demographic level.

Thus the Romanian Pavilion’s exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale, Site Under Construction will bring industrial architecture as generator of modernity into discussion. It suggests creating an initiatory journey from inter-war and socialist industrialization to post-industrial urban voids. Glory and void, past and present are mirrored and laid out to be contemplated, to raise awareness and be re-approached. Once industrial sites were closed down, the remaining locations became modern urban ruins, devoid of content, bare of utility, leaving behind an outer landscape, shattering and desolate.

Culture House Eemhuis / Neutelings Riedijk Architects

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Architects: Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Location: Eemplein, Amersfoort, The
Area: 16,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Scagliolabrakke, Neutelings Riedijk Architecten

Three Teams Shortlisted to Masterplan New Finance Center in Moscow

Three teams have been chosen to advance in the third and final round of a competition to the new International Financial Center (IFC) in “New .” Once complete, the 460 hectare mixed-use development will add offices, housing and hotels, as well as commercial and social infrastructure to the area of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The finalists are…