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Examining China's "Edifice Complex"

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
Examining China's "Edifice Complex", The 'Pearl of the North' (expected to complete 2018). Image Courtesy of Atkins
The 'Pearl of the North' (expected to complete 2018). Image Courtesy of Atkins

In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Dinny McMahon and Yang Jie visit Shenyang - a "chilly industrial town" in north eastern China which was once the country's capital (circa 1600). The city will soon be home to what's being dubbed the 'Pearl of the North', "a 111-floor office tower that will, briefly, be the seventh-largest in the world, dwarfing One World Trade Center." The tower, designed by Atkins, is "symptomatic of China’s edifice complex," McMahon notes - and the city is "just getting started." Read the article in full here.

Avery Associates Reveals Design for 270-Metre Tower Next to London's Cheesegrater

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
Avery Associates Reveals Design for 270-Metre Tower Next to London's Cheesegrater, Courtesy of Avery Associates Architects
Courtesy of Avery Associates Architects

London practice Avery Associates Architects has unveiled their designs for No.1 Undershaft, a 270-metre tall office tower directly adjacent to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' Cheesegrater in the City of London's central skyscraper cluster. The building is currently planned to be the tallest in this cluster and the second-tallest in London (after the Shard) - notwithstanding an as-yet-unrevealed plan for the site of the scrapped Pinnacle project which could potentially supersede it.

Courtesy of Avery Associates Architects Courtesy of Avery Associates Architects Courtesy of Avery Associates Architects Courtesy of Avery Associates Architects +10

George Lucas May Reconsider Los Angeles as Potential Home of Self-Titled Museum

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
George Lucas May Reconsider Los Angeles as Potential Home of Self-Titled Museum, Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts

Concerns regarding the environmental sensitivity of George Lucas’ proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago has caused the project to halt, and may even prevent it from being realized. According to a suit filed against the museum by the Friends of the Parks, environmentalists believe that the “mountainous” lakefront proposal, designed by MAD Architects, will disrupt the site’s ecosystem. 

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Lucas’ hasn’t given up on Chicago yet. However, considering that Lucas wants to see the museum built within his lifetime, the 70-year-old Star Wars director is starting to reconsider a University of Southern California (USC) campus site in Los Angeles. 

Boulanger Kaiti / MOVEDESIGN

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
Boulanger Kaiti / MOVEDESIGN, © Yousuke Harigane
© Yousuke Harigane

© Yousuke Harigane © Yousuke Harigane © Yousuke Harigane © Yousuke Harigane +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    18-32 Tamagawamachi, Minami-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 815-0037, Japan
  • Designer

    Mikio Sakamoto
  • Area

    138.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Tartu Nature House / KARISMA Architects

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
Tartu Nature House / KARISMA Architects, © Jaan Sokk
© Jaan Sokk

© Jaan Sokk © Jaan Sokk © Taevakaamera OÜ © Jaan Sokk +20

House in Póvoa / Luis Peixoto

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
House in Póvoa / Luis Peixoto, © Armenio Texeira
© Armenio Texeira

© Armenio Texeira © Armenio Texeira © Armenio Texeira © Armenio Texeira +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Póvoa do Varzim, 4490-520 Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
  • Project Area

    650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

NL Architects Propose Striking Chain of Amethyst-Inspired Hotels

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
NL Architects Propose Striking Chain of Amethyst-Inspired Hotels, View from Base of Tower. Image Courtesy of NL Architects
View from Base of Tower. Image Courtesy of NL Architects

Cultures around the world attribute magical properties to the amethyst gem. The lustrous purple quartz is said to bring good fortune, heal illness, and calm the mind. It makes sense, then, that NL Architects have modeled their latest hotel chain proposal after an amethyst geode. Designed based on the original hotel layouts of John Portman, this visually striking tower series aims to serve as a symbol of hospitality and well-being for visitors around the world.

Camilo Mora Carrasquilla School / FP arquitectura + Mauricio Montoya

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
Camilo Mora Carrasquilla School / FP arquitectura + Mauricio Montoya, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

Courtesy of FP Oficina de Arquitectura © Fundación Argos © Fundación Argos © Fundación Argos +36

'The Flow' - A Multipurpose Pavilion / Department of ARCHITECTURE

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
'The Flow' - A Multipurpose Pavilion / Department of ARCHITECTURE, © W Workspace and Tra Chang, SCG
© W Workspace and Tra Chang, SCG

© W Workspace and Tra Chang, SCG © W Workspace and Tra Chang, SCG © W Workspace and Tra Chang, SCG © W Workspace and Tra Chang, SCG +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangsaen Sai 1, Tambon Saen Suk, Amphoe Mueang Chon Buri, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20130, Thailand
  • Principals

    Twitee Vajrabhaya Teparkum, Amata Luphaiboon
  • Design Team

    Kritbodee Chaicharoen, Witthawat Prabhasawat
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Swett House / Prado Arquitectos

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
Swett House / Prado Arquitectos, © Daniel Pinilla
© Daniel Pinilla

© Daniel Pinilla © Daniel Pinilla © Daniel Pinilla © Daniel Pinilla +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiguayante, Chiguayante, Bío Bío Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Cristian Prado, Tomas Prado, Raúl Espinoza
  • Collaborators

    Katia González, Daniel Pinilla
  • Project Area

    377.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Sergei Tchoban on the Importance of Drawing and Details in Architecture

00:00 - 20 January, 2015

Berlin Art Link recently sat down with Russian-born, German architect Sergei Tchoban. In the interview above, he discusses his career, including working on the design for the Vostok Tower, Europe’s tallest skyscraper, and the recent opening of the Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing. This building houses his extensive personal works, as well as exhibitions by other artists.  “What is very important for me is the quality of all details, so you create a building from outline, from the silhouette, to the door lever. This building brings out a lot of our and my personal ideas about architecture and about details in architecture,” Tchoban said regarding his design for the Museum for Architectural Drawing. The exterior of the building expresses Tchoban’s devotion to draftsmanship-- the facade of the building is etched with a graphic pattern based on sketches from artists Angelo Toseli and Pietro di Gottardo Gonzaga. “I’m very active in drawings, as a draftsman myself.  Drawing is a result of our thinking process and our thinking process is not only a thinking process with the head, with the mind, but also the process where you think with the whole body.” 

Mountain Guest House / Dom Architecture

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
Mountain Guest House / Dom Architecture, Courtesy of Dom Architecture
Courtesy of Dom Architecture

Courtesy of Dom Architecture Courtesy of Dom Architecture Courtesy of Dom Architecture Courtesy of Dom Architecture +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Pablo Serrano Elorduy
  • Interior Designer

    Blanca Elorduy
  • Area

    65.0 sqm

Incubo House / María José Trejos

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
Incubo House / María José Trejos, © Sergio Pucci
© Sergio Pucci

© Sergio Pucci © Sergio Pucci © Sergio Pucci © Sergio Pucci +32

Rotterdam Central Station / Benthem Crouwel Architects + MVSA Architects + West 8

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
Rotterdam Central Station / Benthem Crouwel Architects + MVSA Architects + West 8 , © Jannes Linders
© Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Luke Harley © Jannes Linders +27

St. Peter's Seminary: 'La Tourette' With "Scottish Inspirations"

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
St. Peter's Seminary: 'La Tourette' With "Scottish Inspirations", Landscaped overview (proposed). Image Courtesy of ERZ Landscape Architects
Landscaped overview (proposed). Image Courtesy of ERZ Landscape Architects

In an article for The Guardian, Rowan Moore explores the state and future of the Grade A listed Brutalist Seminary of St. Peter, "where the influence of Le Corbusier’s monastery of La Tourette combines with [...] Scottish inspirations." Although the building is often seen as wholly unique in the canon of religious buildings, it is still comprised of traditional elements - "cloister, chapel, refectory, cells - but rearranged over multiple levels in unexpected ways, alternately enclosing and opening up to its surroundings."

Sol 25 / Proyecto Cafeína

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
Sol 25 / Proyecto Cafeína, © Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes

© Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes +36

All-Year-Round Sports and Leisure Center / Dżus GK Architekci

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
All-Year-Round Sports and Leisure Center / Dżus GK Architekci, Courtesy of Dżus GK Architekci
Courtesy of Dżus GK Architekci

Courtesy of Dżus GK Architekci Courtesy of Dżus GK Architekci Courtesy of Dżus GK Architekci Courtesy of Dżus GK Architekci +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jeziorna, 11-041 Olsztyn, Poland
  • Design Team

    Grzegorz Dżus, Katarzyna Orzechowska-Dżus, Małgorzata Sender, Agnieszka Adamczyk, Tamara Zawadzka
  • Area

    2930.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

The Greenest City Hall in Sweden / Christensen & Co Architects

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
The Greenest City Hall in Sweden / Christensen & Co Architects, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +18