Grimshaw Picked to Design Recreational Sports Facilities in Qatar

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The Qatar Olympic Committee has selected Grimshaw as the winner of a competition to design a series of recreational sports facilities across . Grimshaw’s design utilizes a ‘kit-of-parts’ concept to provide adaptable sports centers which suit the different requirements of each site.

The Al Farjan Recreational Sports Facilities will each feature an elevated cafe at the center of the complex, around which football, volleyball, basketball and handball facilities can be added, as well as outdoor children’s playgrounds, public amenities and social areas.

Read on after the break for more on the design.

Details Emerge on World’s Largest Airport Terminal in Istanbul

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Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture (Oslo) and Haptic Architects (London) have released details on what is expected to be the world’s busiest airport terminal: Istanbul Grand Airport. Planned for the Black Sea coast, just 35 kilometers outside the city, the six-runway development, masterplanned by Arup, will serve as a modern gateway to Istanbul and Turkey.

The first of the project’s four phases is slated for completion in 2018 and will serve 90 million passengers per year. Once all phases are complete, the airport’s capacity will expand to over 150 million annual passengers, making it the world’s largest airport terminal under a single roof.

“The Istanbul Grand Airport will be a modern, highly functional airport, with a unique sense of space,” described Nordic. “The airport is inspired by what makes Istanbul great: a large-scale, heaving metropolis with millennia of history, stunning architecture, both new and old, and a richness in color, patterns and quality of light.”

Grimshaw Selected to Redevelop Ireland’s Most Prestigious Racecourse

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The Irish Turf Club has selected Grimshaw, alongside collaborators Newenham Mulligan & Associates (NMA), amongst 100 other leading practices to envision a concept design for the modernization of Ireland’s most prestigious thoroughbred race course.

Embedded within County ’s open plains, the historic Curragh Racecourse is need of a masterplan that preserves the site, upgrades facilities and respects the surrounding landscape. Grimshaw’s winning proposal promises to satisfy these requests, in addition to constructing a new grandstand that retains the “intimate and distinctive character” of the existing grounds.

The Flinders Street Station Shortlisted Proposal / John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw

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As part of the People’s Choice Award launch by Major Projects Victoria, this design by  John Wardle Architects + Grimshawwas selected as one of the shortlisted competition proposals for the rejuvenation of Flinders Street Station in . Their design conceives the station as an ensemble, each part precisely considerate of its place in the city. The theatrical nature of the station is amplified by the stitching of city to river. Landscape, bridges and vaults from the threads. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Koç Contemporary Art Museum Winning Proposal / Grimshaw

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Grimshaw just announced that they have been selected by the Vehbi Koç Foundation to design Koç Contemporary, a new contemporary art museum in . Due to open to the public in 2016, the new project has been conceived to fulfill the Foundation’s vision of showcasing the growing Koç collection to the broadest possible audience and to place these works in a national, regional and international context of contemporary artists. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wimbledon Master Plan Proposal / Grimshaw + Grant Associates

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The All England Lawn Tennis Club has just unveiled this design proposal for the Wimbledon Master Plan developed by Grimshaw Architects, with top UK landscape architecture firm, Grant Associates.  Marking the first step in a consultation process, the vision reflects and reinforces the long history of The Championships while further enhancing Wimbledon’s position as the premier Grand Slam tennis event. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Reconnecting the Subway with the Sky

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In the early years of the City subway system, natural light played a dominant role in the illumination of subterranean spaces. The architecture emphasized a connection to the sky, often through skylights planted in the median of city avenues above — lenses in the concrete sidewalks.

However, it proved extremely difficult to keep the skylights clean, and light eventually stopped passing through. Subway authorities moved toward an almost exclusive reliance on electric lighting. While this allowed for greater flexibility in station design, permitting construction at any location and depth, it also created a sense of disorientation and alienation for some passengers.

For the design of Lower Manhattan’s Fulton Center, Arup, in conjunction with design architect Grimshaw sought to reconnect the century-old subway system with the world above.

Read more about this “enlightening” subway station, after the break…

Queens Museum of Art Expansion / Grimshaw Architects

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Originally constructed for the 1939 World’s Fair, the resilient structure of New York’s Queens Museum of Art has been undergoing its fourth and most ambitious since April 2011. This $68 million , designed by Grimshaw Architects, will double the institution’s size, expanding the museum to a total of 105,000 square feet upon its completion in October 2013.

Grimshaw submits proposal for over-site development in Paddington

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Grimshaw Architects have released submitted a proposal for a major commercial office development planned above the Crossrail station at Paddington in London. The 15-story structure, located at the junction of Bishop’s Bridge Road and the Grand Union Canal, will also provide retail space, a grand colonnade along the canal frontage, and a new entrance to the Hammersmith & City and Circle Line stations below.

Grimshaw Associate Director Declan McCafferty said: “We are delighted to be working once again with Crossrail on what is an exciting and challenging project. We have utilized all of our experience in both the commercial and transport sectors to create a scheme which will provide significant public realm improvements, while integrating the new station entrance and taxi ramp into a coherent and dramatic piece of commercial architecture.”

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Master Plan for LA Union Station / Grimshaw + Gruen Associates

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The New York office of Grimshaw and LA based Gruen Associates were officially awarded the Union Station master plan last Thursday. The County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors, chaired by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, approved a nomination that sets in motion a two year master plan creation process to generate a new vision for Union Station, in conjunction with the general revitalization and growth of downtown as the city and metro look to the future. More architects’ description after the break.

Cutty Sark / Grimshaw

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Architects: Grimshaw
Location: , England
Client: The Cutty Sark Trust
Partner: Chris Nash
Associate Director: Diane Metcalfe
Project Architects:
 Jorrin Ten-Have, Den Farnworth
Architect: Joe Laslett
Principal: Steve Brown
Photographs: Jim Stephenson

EMPAC / Grimshaw

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Architects: Grimshaw
Location: , , USA
Principals: Vincent Chang, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Mark Husser, Andrew Whalley
Project Team: Simon Beames, Shane Burger, David Burke, Demetrios Comodromos, Chris Crombie, Chris Duisberg, Matt Eastwood, Paulo Faria, Nikolas Dando-Haenisch, William Horgan, Barbara Kurdiovsky, Kirsten Lees, Melissa Lim, Theo Lorenz, Mariam Mojdehi, Junko Nakagawa, Michael Pawlyn, Juan Porral
Project area: 221,200 sqf
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Paul RiveraPeter Aaron

Horno 3 Steel Museum / Grimshaw

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Architects: Grimshaw
Location: , Mexico
Project team: Michael Blancato, Shane Burger, Vincent Chang, Paulo de Faria, Kenny Grossman, Christian Hoenigschmid-Grossich, William Horgan, Nieves Monasterio, Robert Stuart-Smith, Andrew Whalley, Chung Yeon Won, Richard Yoo, Casimir Zdanius
Associate Architect: Oficina de Arquitectura (Monterrey)
Specialist Structural Engineer: Werner Sobek New York (NY)
Environmental Design: Atelier Ten (NY)
Exhibit Design: Aldrich Pears (Vancouver)
Landscape Designer: Claudia Harari (Monterrey)
MEP Engineer of Record: Asesoria y Diseño (Monterrey)
Structural Engineer of Record: Sistemas Optimos Constructivos, SOCSA (Monterrey)
Acoustics, ICT and Fire: Arup (NY)
Project area: 6,500 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2007
Photographs: Paúl Rivera & Grimshaw

Newport Station / Grimshaw

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Architects: Grimshaw
Location: Newport, ,
Client: Network Rail
Project area: 1,000 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Grimshaw