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UNStudio's Ben van Berkel on Designing High-Rise for Central London

In the latest episode of Monocle's Section D, Josh Fehnert talks to Ben van Berkel, co-founder and principal of Amsterdam-based UNStudio, about London's new Caneletto residential tower. The office, which was founded in 1988, has completed projects around the world ranging from Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge to the Mercedes-Benz Museumin Stuttgart. With over 81 built projects, and 54 currently in progress (including Raffles City in Hangzhou and Scotts Tower in Singapore), London’s Canaletto Tower (which is due to be completed in 2015) marks the practice’s first major project in the UK. The tower, located at the confluence of two London districts — Islington and Shoreditch — marks a significant moment for the Dutch practice's œuvre.

Foster + Partners Win Competition to Design Cardiff Interchange

Foster + Partners has won the competition to design Cardiff Interchange, the city’s central bus station. Part of the wider Central Square regeneration masterplan for the area, also by Foster + Partners, the interchange is being relocated closer to the Cardiff Central train station in an effort to allow greater integration of all transportation networks and accommodate future growth in passenger traffic.

Competition Entry: AECOM Proposes Transport Center for Solana Beach

AECOM has designed a preliminary study for a mixed-use transportation development in Solana Beach, California, as part of a response for a RFP (Request for Proposal). Located near major roads and connected to railroads, the project proposal consists of a combination of retail stores and restaurants, providing transit users with leisure spaces on their travels, in addition to parking for the nearby AMTRAK train station. 

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Wellcome Collection London Transformation / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Waitrose, Chester / Broadway Malyan

  • Architects: Broadway Malyan
  • Location: Chester, UK
  • Design Team: BREEAM Assessor - Synergy (Achieved BREEAM Excellent)
  • Project Architect: Matt Brook
  • Area: 2756.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Edmund Sumner, Graeme Cooper

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Graeme Cooper

IGN and Meteo France Geosciences Center / Architecture Patrick Mauger

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé

Circulo Mercantil Industrial Sports Center / Manuel Quijano Vallejo

  • Architects: Manuel Quijano Vallejo
  • Location: Avenida Presidente Adolfo Suarez, 3, 41011 Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain
  • Area: 2141.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Javier Orive

© Javier Orive © Javier Orive © Javier Orive © Javier Orive

A2M, Jaspers-Eyers Architects and BAG Design Eco-Neighborhood for Belgium

Association Bureau A2M, Jaspers-Eyers Architects and Bureau d’Architecture Greish's (BAG) proposal for an “eco-neighborhood” in Liège, Belgium, has been unanimously selected by a jury in a competition to design a mixed-use real-estate project. Dubbed “Paradis Express,” the design incorporates offices, housing and local shops and will occupy a 35,000m2 site located along a future esplanade across from Guillemins station, and next to the new Finance Tower. The competition was held by Fedimmo, in consultation with the city of Liège and the Walloon Region.

Exterior View. Image Courtesy of A2M Roof Garden. Image Courtesy of A2M Exterior View. Image Courtesy of A2M Aerial View. Image Courtesy of A2M

Housing in Rue de Lourmel / TVK

  • Architects: TVK
  • Location: Rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris, France
  • Area: 11000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo

Farmers Park / Hufft Projects

  • Architects: Hufft Projects
  • Location: Springfield, MO, USA
  • Creative Director: Matthew Hufft
  • Managing Director: Kimball Hales
  • Area: 156400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Mike Sinclair

© Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will Soon Rise in China

Sunlay Design Group's latest endeavor is a modern shopping center with heavy ties to China’s ancient cultural influences. Inspired by classical dragon mythology and the principles of feng shui, the Chengde Tianshan Retail Center will offer the Hebei province a mixed-use shopping experience that fuses contemporary form with traditional methodology. Construction is set to begin this summer.

Berrel Berrel Kräutler Wins Competition to Expand WHO's Geneva Headquarters

Berrel Berrel Kräutler has won the World Health Organization's (WHO) two-stage international design competition to expand its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Employing a restrained approach, their design for a cubic office building will replace numerous temporary structures and unify the complex’s permanent infrastructure.

Overlooking the garden. Image Courtesy of Berrel Berrel Kräutler Atrium. Image Courtesy of Berrel Berrel Kräutler Restaurant. Image Courtesy of Berrel Berrel Kräutler Site Plan

PWD to Break Ground on Mixed-Use Development in Dali City

China-based firm PWD Architecture will soon break ground on Dali Creative Area, a mixed-use development in Dali City, in Yunnan province. The project took home first place in a 2014 design competition, and takes significant direction from the area’s landscape, employing a minimalist stepped-form that celebrates its setting. The development will include a hotel, restaurants, offices, retail and exhibition space. It is slated for completion in 2016.

Terrace. Image © PWD, +OUT, White Monkeys Garden. Image © PWD, +OUT, White Monkeys Restaurants. Image © PWD, +OUT, White Monkeys Section. Image © PWD, +OUT, White Monkeys

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© Renaud Callebaut © Renaud Callebaut © Renaud Callebaut © Renaud Callebaut

Kullegaard Takes First Place in Holbæk HavneBy Design Competition

A team of architects from the Danish design firm Kullegaard have been awarded first place in a competition for the seaport municipality of Holbæk in Denmark. Seeking to form a connection with the surrounding architecture, their proposal for a mixed-use complex, entitled "Holbæk HavneBy," derives its form from the distinction of public and private spaces.

Read more on the $22 million proposal after the break.

© Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard Northwest birdseye view. Image © Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard Rooftop gardens. Image © Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard Waterfront. Image © Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard