The 2010 World Cup to be held in South Africa is less than one year away. Being perhaps the most important international competition in sports in the world, we would like to start featuring some of the stadiums that will host this magnificient competition.
Soccer City Stadium is located in Johannesburg and it was originally built in 1987. Among other important events, it hosted the first massive speech from Nelson Mandela after his liberation in 1990. However, it was completely renewed for the upcoming World Cup, becoming the stadium where the starting and the final game will be played.
Designed by Boogertman Urban Edge and Partners in partnership with Populous, it will allow for 94,000 spectators to enjoy the best soccer in the world. The design of the stadium was selected from a series of concept designs ranging from acknowledgement of Johannesburg’s disappearing mine dumps; the kgotla (defined by the tree) of the African city state; the African map as a horizontal representation, which included the roof as a desert plane supported on tropical trees set within the mineral wealth of Southern Africa; to a representation of the protea, South Africa’s national flower.
The calabash, or African pot, was selected as being the most recognizable object to represent what would automatically be associated with the African continent and not any other. The calabash, or ‘melting pot of African cultures’, sits on a raised podium, on top of which is located a ‘pit of fire’. Thus the pot sits in a depression, which is the ‘pit of fire’, as if it were being naturally fired.
More images after the break.
The internationally acclaimed Herzog & De Meuron unveiled their re-conceptualized design for the Parrish Art Museum on the 14-acre Hampton site. The new design replaces the firm’s original idea which featured a villagelike cluster of pavilions scattered throughout the site. When the museum could not seem to raise the $80 million necessary to realize the project, they approached Herzog & de Mueron for a more modest proposal. The architects took the challenge and created a new building for less than a third of the original budget. The new museum’s long profile, which measures 94 feet wide and 634 feet long, houses galleries arranged in two long rows along a central corridor. The temporary walls allow the room sizes to be adjusted to account for the changing sizes of the temporary exhibits.
More about the new museum after the break.
Architects: Vaillo + Irigaray / Antonio Vaillo + Juan Luis Irigaray
Location: Pamplona, Spain
Project manager: Maite Damboriena
Rigger: José Ignacio Sola y Julián Damboriena
Structure: Javier Errea Argaiz – DASEIN.engineers
Facilities: Luis Miguel Navarro
Contractor: CONSLAU S.L.
Project year: 2004-2005
Photographs: Jose M. Cutillas & Joan Mundó
Architects: Irisarri + Piñera / Jesús Irisarri Castro & Guadalupe Piñera
Location: Pontevedra, Spain
Client: University of Vigo
Structural Engineer: Antonio Reboreda Mártinez / Ibinco SL
Installations: Ana Maria Vigo, Manuel Lopega / Ibinco SL
Phase 01 year: 2004-2006
Phase 03-03 year: 2006-2007
Phase 02 year: 2008
Photographs: Manuel Gonzalez Vicente
CIP Talks 2009 continues the success of its first edition last year, with a series of talks and round tables with prominent architects from around the world, taking place in Zagreb, the heart of Croatia.
The success of last years edition was to the level of the invited speakers: Joshua Prince-Ramus from REX, the brain behind the epic Museum Plaza, and part of the team of the Seattle Library (watch our interview with him here, previously featured projects here), Luke Pearson, british designer working with Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa, Michel Rojkind, the young mexican architect that is constantly evolving forms (see his works previously featured on AD), James Martin, the head consultant for legal issues for OMA, Albert Ferre, editor for the innovative publishing house Actar, among others. The diversity of their backgrounds (architecture, design, new media) make this event “boil” into architectural discussion.
For this years edition, the line up of speakers looks promising:
Shohei Shigematsu (OMA NY, watch our interview), Mikkel Frost from young practice CEBRA (watch some of their works on AD), Sissil Morseth Gromholt from PUSHAK (see their landscape friendly works previously featured on AD), Lea Pelivan + Toma Piejic from STUDIO UP (winners of this year’s Mies van der Rohe Award, Emerging Architects mention, with their Gym), Arnaud Billard from the climate engineering office TRANSSOLAR, Hans Ibelings, editor of A10 magazine, Mark Lee from Johnston&MarkLee (their interview will be soon posted on AD, you can seee their previous features here), Carmé Pinós, renowned spanish architect, and more. Check the full list of speakers here.
The good part? ArchDaily will be there! We will be participating in a round table under the theme “Legislation”, on Architecture and Media with Joseph Grima, Director for the Storefront Gallery (watch his interview here). We will also be making interviews -as usual- with the rest of the speakers and bringing you the insights on the emerging Croatian architecture scene.
Kjellgren Kaminsky shared their proposal for a fish market and its surrounding square in Bergen, Norway. The five story building will house a market hall on the entrance and first floor and try to attract visitors and tourists who are passing by. “We believe that the traditional market would gain more visitors if it was combined with a modern marketplace fully equipped and under one roof,” explained the architects.
More about the fish market after the break.
Santiago Calatrava is known for his elegant bridges that combine structure with a sculpture-esque touch. Yet, could his iconic style be changing? His latest design for Calgary, Canada is a red and white tubular structure, an aesthetic quite unlike of his earlier works. The new footbridge, slated for completion in 2010, will span the Bow River and aid approximately 5,000 people a day commuting in and out of the city on foot or on bike.
More about the bridge after the break.
In case you didn’t know, a couple of weeks ago we started with our Facebook Fan Page (different from ArchDaily’s group on Facebook). The interaction that we have been experiencing with you has been awesome, so we decided to turn things upside down for a change.
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Architects: Nataniel Fúster/ FUSTER + Partners Architects
Location: Miramar, Puerto Rico
Design team: Nataniel Fúster, George Stewart, Angel Rodriguez
Program: House Refurbishment
Client: Carlos y Eneida Delpin
Contractors: Julio vega, Marcelino Mojica
Structural Engineer: Luis Daza
Budget: US 400,000
Project year: 2006
Photographs: Fuster + Partners
Internationally recognized practice RMJM Architects have recently announced their groundbreaking $1 billon mixed-use complex for the Atasehir district, the growing residential and business area of Istanbul, Turkey. RMJM’s complex will allow the new business center to flourish by serving 20,000 people and providing for a variety of their needs. The project will be revolutionary for Turkey as it will become the country’s first LEED-certified mixed-use development upon its 2011 completion date.
More images and more about the complex after the break.
Spanish practice Andres Jaque Arquitectos shared with us this great renovation in Plasencia, transforming an old and abandoned seminary into a residence for former priests and students.
Check the diagrams and a great photo set after the break.
This is a sustainable design for a future development that possibly will be built. BURO II already built a project of this amplitude in Guangzhou (China) and won with this ‘Baiyun International Convention Centre’ an international prize at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2008.
The design of this hotel beach resort is a concept whereby a sustainable relationship with the local economy, culture and natural heritage is central. The hotel assimilates with the natural habitat of the island. The development of this exclusive residential resort of 22.000m² is situated along Mero Beach on the west coast of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
The Steel Structures Education Foundation organized a competition designed for students to fuse their conceptual ideas with the reality of physical structure. With the program and scale left to the discretion of the designer, the proposal had to emphasize the “essential relationship” between the exploration of form and material, with regards to surfaces, members and connections. As an academic project, students also had to use their details to communicate with the steel fabrication industry as a way to expose ”the opportunities and restraints inherent in realizing conceptual design.” “It is important for students of architecture to grasp the fact that structural design lies not just in the realm of the engineer, but can be a means for architects of arriving at a meaningful realization of architectural ideas,” explained the SSEF. The winner, student Matt Schmid from the University of Waterloo, designed a bird sanctuary in Niagara Gorge in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
More about the winning entry after the break.
This villa is located in plot #57 of the ORDOS project.
Architects: Mass Studies
Project Team: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park, Joungwon Lee, Hyunseok Jung, Sanghoon Lee, Cheonkang Park, Joonhee Lee, Kyungmok Park
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009-2010
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China
Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox