Architect: TAO (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA Li
Location: Yunnan, Tengchong, Xinzhuang Village, China
Floor Area: 361 sqm.
Lot size: 300 sqm
Client: Committee of Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper
Design team: HUA Li, Huang Tianju, Li Guofa, Jiang Nan, Sun Yuanxia, Xu Yinjun, Yang Hefeng
Photographs: Shu He
Locations: Timisoara, Romania
Architecture Team: Marius Miclăuş, Bogdan Raţ, Zsolt Varday, Brindusa Havasi, Cristian Blidariu, Vasile Oprisan, Beatrice Lucaci, Nicolae Olteanu
Client: Consiliul Judetean Timis si Primaria Municipiului Timisoara
Cost: 9,7 M €
Total Surface: 13,000 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Stefan Tuchila
BDOnline’s recent report Foster & Partners sees profits soars reveals that the firm has “posted a major rise in profits for the year ended April 30, 2011, with pre-tax profits of £10.9 million, up from £1.6 million.” Most of the firms work is said to come from Asia and China, as turnover at the practice is up to £159 million from £134 million.
“In its annual accounts posted at Companies House, Foster’s said 26% of its order book was for work in the Far East, compared to 16% in the Middle East. North America accounts for 24% of the work, while only 8% is in the UK with a turnover of £11.5 million.” The chief’s executive statement also reported that the firm is “exploring opportunities in South Africa, Japan and further projects in Australia.”
Salaries of Foster & Partners totaled £4.7 million, with the highest paid director, believed to be Foster, receiving £1.8 million. The average staff salary was reported to be close to £50,000.
Zaha Hadid joined H.E. Dr Sinan Al-Shabibi, Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI), at a ceremony to sign the agreement between CBI and Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) for the design stages of the new CBI Headquarters building. The ceremony was hosted at the Victoria & Albert Museum by H.E. Dr Muhielddin Hussein Abdullah, Charges d’Affaires of the Iraqi Embassy.
ZHA have already completed the client’s Brief Development and will immediately begin the design process that will focus on developing a national symbol for the new spirit of Iraq on the shores of the Tigris River in Baghdad. ZHA will lead the international team of specialist consultants including: Adams Kara Taylor, Max Fordham, Newtecnic, DEGW, Gross Max, Davis Langdon, Arup, Warringtonfire, Winton Nightingale and A2 Project Managers.
Dr Sinan Al-Shabibi said: “The new building shall be a symbol of the Bank’s role in the economic development of Iraq and a reflection of the determination to rebuild the country.”
Zaha Hadid said: “I am deeply touched that I have been asked to design the new headquarters for the Central Bank of Iraq. I was born in Iraq and I still feel very close to it. I feel very privileged to be working in Iraq on a design of such national importance.”
Continue after the break for more images of the ceremony.
Architects: PLAN Associated Architects
Location: Meia Praia, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal
Project: Yellow Hotel Meia Praia – 5 star hotel
Building Area: 22 298,28 sqm
Design Team: Armando Daniel Dos Reis (Principal Architect), Jenny da Costa Marcos, Ricardo Galego Silva, Quirio Ramalhinho, Liliana de Sousa, Luis Caetano, Hugo Fonseca, Joana Fernandes, Inês Martins, José Martins, Ana Paula Costa, Filipa Monteiro, Matias dos Reis
Client: Iberotel Group
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Alexandre da Luz Mendes, Ricardo Cabeços, Hugo Fonseca
Active City Transformation (ACT)… recently designed a public space using flooding as a productive phenomenon, both as an active and attractive element. The intent of Shifting Fields is to create a more experience-rich site, which underlines the relationships to the
Architect: AI.STUDIO – A r c h i t e k t e n + I n g e n i e u r e
Location: Wahlitzer Weg 4a / 39114 Magdeburg, Germany
Start of construction: June 2010
Completion: March 2011
Property size: 1065.0 sqm
Living space: 204.0 sqm
Enclosed space: 605.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of AI.STUDIO
Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the leading cultural institution of the region, has recently selected Steven Holl Architects to design a new museum building to support its collections, exhibitions, and various educational programs. After a comprehensive international competition, MFAH asked Steven Holl, Snøhetta, and Morphosis to develop site-specific concepts for the planned expansion. The jury unanimously chose Holl as his strong portfolio of built museums, such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the recently finished Cité de l’Océan et du Surf, display a sense of elegance and clarity much desired by the MFAH.
More about the museum after the break.
Architect: Marmol Radziner
Location: Mt Barker, Wanaka, New Zealand
Executive Architect: Herriot + Melhuish (Architecture)
Project Team (MR): Ron Radziner (Design Principal), Leo Marmol (Managing Principal), Stephanie Hobbs (Design Associate), (HMA): Max Herriot (Project Director), Karl Wipatene (Project Architect), Kylie Adamson (Project Team)
Interior Designer: White Interiors
Landscape Architect: Baxter Design Group Ltd
Square Footage: 2150, (200 sqm), (3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths)
Project Date: December 2007
Photographs: Emily Andrews
Located in the Finnish city of Turku, the Calamari Union project by LRA (Lapo Ruffi Architetto)… is designed around the theme, “European urbanity | Resonance between territories and ways of life. What architectures for sustainable cities?”. The project responds to
Andrew Burns Architect recently won the competition for a gallery-atelier in rural Japan – Australia House. The competition was judged by Tadao Ando and open internationally. Their design is scheduled to be completed in July 2012 and will be a key part of the Echigo Tsumari Art Trienale 2012. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Aguinaga y Asociados Arquitectos - Eugenio Aguinaga, Jose María Jiménez Urrutia, Ignacio López Fernández
Location: Bulevar de la Naturaleza nº 1ªA a 1N (garaje nº 3), Parcela 1.34, Ensanche de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain
Area: 5,568.68 sqm.
Client: Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda de Madrid (EMV)
Quantity Surveyor: Manuel López Lara
Photographs: José Latova
Architects: Foster + Partners
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Co-architects: Walter Francl Architects Inc
Consultants: Yolles, Vermeulens Cost Consultants, Imec Mechanical Ltd., PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc., Claude Engle Lighting Consultant, Bridge Electric Corp., Imec Mechanical Ltd., Piers Heath Associates, Robert Lemon Architect Inc.
Client: Jameson House Ventures Inc, Pappajohns (previous client)
Photographs: Nigel Young / © Foster and Partners