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Safdie's Jewel Changi Airport Nears Completion, Featuring the World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall

11:00 - 14 March, 2019
Safdie's Jewel Changi Airport Nears Completion, Featuring the World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall, Courtesy of Safdie Architects
Courtesy of Safdie Architects

Safdie Architects have published an update of their iconic Jewel Changi Airport, as construction continues in Singapore. Featuring the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, a lush indoor forest, and a green trail of airport amenities, the scheme is set to open on April 17th of this year.

Jewel Changi Airport seeks to reinvent the public concourse not just as an in-between space for travelers, but as a major public attraction. Public transit form the city passes through the city and the large garden and shopping space within the central dome establishes it as a node for public gathering. In the future, an event space on the north side of the park will host public events for up to 1000 people.

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Safdie Architects design a Series of Treehouse-Like Pavilions for Surbana Jurong Headquarters

11:00 - 30 January, 2019
Safdie Architects design a Series of Treehouse-Like Pavilions for Surbana Jurong Headquarters, © Safdie Architects
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Safdie Architects have unveiled details of their proposed corporate headquarters for Surbana Jurong in Singapore. The scheme seeks to reflect the mission of Surbana Jurong (Singapore’s leading architecture, urban design, and infrastructure firm) of characterizing Singapore as the “Garden City.” Located on a previously undeveloped site, the campus will “integrate harmoniously with its natural landscape” while also offering over 740,000 square feet of space for the firm’s 4000 employees. The scheme marks the first initiative for the Safdie Surbana Jurong joint venture, which was established in 2017 to develop innovative and iconic projects in Asia-Pacific.

The scheme manifests as a series of treehouse-like pavilions united by a central pedestrian “street,” all shaped by a careful examination of, and respect for, the site’s existing trees and unique flora. The result is a distinctive network of offices embedded within surrounding parkland, with the glazed pedestrian street interweaving interior and exterior landscapes.

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Safdie Architects' Changi Airport Finds Beauty in a Challenging Typology

12:30 - 5 January, 2019
Safdie Architects' Changi Airport Finds Beauty in a Challenging Typology , © Safdie Architects
© Safdie Architects

Airport architecture is a complex typology in which to innovate. Restrictive technical, security, and circulatory requirements force designs along limited (and precedented) paths; little budget is left over to create space for respite, let alone beauty.

Which makes the central space of Safdie Architect's design for Singapore's Changi Airport all the more unusual. Jewel Changi Airport reinvents the public concourse not just as an in-between space for travelers, but as a major public attraction. Public transit form the city passes through the city and the large garden and shopping space within the central dome establishes it as a node for public gathering. In the future, an event space on the north side of the park will host public events for up to 1000 people.

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KPMB Architects Designs Stacked Data Sciences Tower for Boston University

13:00 - 29 October, 2018
KPMB Architects Designs Stacked Data Sciences Tower for Boston University, Data Sciences Center. Image Courtesy of KPMB Architects
Data Sciences Center. Image Courtesy of KPMB Architects

KPMB Architects have released a design to construct a 17-floor tower for Boston University's new Data Sciences Center. Located on the university’s main Charles River campus, the project will become the tallest building at the university. The vertical design was made to bring together the mathematics, computer science and statistics departments under one roof. Overlooking the Boston skyline and the Charles River, the stacked design will become a new landmark for Boston University.

Data Sciences Center. Image Courtesy of KPMB Architects Data Sciences Center. Image Courtesy of KPMB Architects Data Sciences Center. Image Courtesy of KPMB Architects Data Sciences Center. Image Courtesy of KPMB Architects + 9

Eling Residences / Safdie Architects

20:00 - 8 August, 2018
Eling Residences / Safdie Architects, © ARCH-EXIST
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Yuzhong District, Chongqing, China
  • Category

  • Design Principal

    Moshe Safdie
  • Principals In Charge

    Greg Reaves, Christopher Mulvey
  • Project Manager

    Jeffrey Huggins
  • Area

    460000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Habitat Qinghuangdao / Safdie Architects

22:00 - 14 June, 2018
Habitat Qinghuangdao / Safdie Architects, Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie Architects
Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Jin Meng Hai Wan, Qinhuangdao, China
  • Category

  • Local Design Institute

    China Shanghai Architectural Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd.
  • Client

    Kerry Properties Limited
  • Area

    4800000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017

Safdie Architects Selected to Design the Main Library and Cultural Center in Boise

06:00 - 27 February, 2018
Safdie Architects Selected to Design the Main Library and Cultural Center in Boise, <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/david-lyon/6696935065'>Flickr user David Lyon</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
Flickr user David Lyon licensed under CC BY 2.0

Last week, Boise City Council unanimously approved world-renowned Safdie Architects to lead the local design team for the new cultural and civic center in downtown Boise. The center will expand the main library and bring it into the 21st century as well as becoming the new home for Boise Department of Arts & History that will house a performing arts venue for 400 capacity, gallery, and retail space.

Spotlight: Moshe Safdie

10:30 - 14 July, 2017
Habitat 67. Image © Canadian Architecture Collection, McGill University
Habitat 67. Image © Canadian Architecture Collection, McGill University

Theorist, architect, and educator Moshe Safdie (born July 14, 1938), made his first mark on architecture with his master's thesis, where the idea for Habitat 67 originated. Catapulted to attention, Safdie has used his ground-breaking first project to develop a reputation as a prolific creator of cultural buildings, translating his radicalism into a dramatic yet sensitive style that has become popular across the world. Increasingly working in Asia and the Middle East, Safdie puts an emphasis on integrating green and public spaces into his modernist designs.

Plan for Singapore's new "Air Hub". Image Courtesy of Safdie Architects National Medal of Honor Museum in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Image Courtesy of Safdie Architects Habitat 67. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Montreal_-_QC_-_Habitat67.jpg'>Wikimedia user Wladyslaw (taxiarchos228)</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City. Image © Tim Hursley + 13

Safdie Architects’ Changi Airport Will Host World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall

08:00 - 14 June, 2017

The world’s largest indoor waterfall is currently being built in Singapore’s new Jewel Changi Airport extension. Designed by Safdie Architects, the spheroid-shaped dome will be a new luxury lifestyle destination for one of the world’s busiest airports and is a feat of engineering and sustainability. At approximately 134,000 sqm in size, the Jewel offers a range of facilities including airport services, indoor gardens, shopping and leisure attractions – including a canopy park in the upper levels of the dome.The 40m-tall waterfall is designed by water design firm WET, whose commissions include the Bellagio fountains and Burj Khalifa. Dubbed the Rain Vortex, the ambitious cascade will be the centerpiece for the project’s “Forest Valley” urban garden.

Canada Post Commemorates Canada’s 150th Anniversary with Habitat 67 Stamp

16:00 - 7 May, 2017
Canada Post Commemorates Canada’s 150th Anniversary with Habitat 67 Stamp, via Canada 150 - Expo 67 (CNW Group/Canada Post)
via Canada 150 - Expo 67 (CNW Group/Canada Post)

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67 in Quebec, Canada Post, and renowned architect Moshe Safdie have revealed a celebratory stamp depicting Safdie’s iconic Habitat 67, which was unveiled as the Canadian Pavilion for the world fair.

The housing complex, commissioned by the Canadian government and the city of Montreal, now holds the status as a National Heritage Site and its commemorative stamp is the first of ten to be issued by Canada Post in celebration of the country’s 150th anniversary. Each stamp highlights a key moment in Canada’s history since its centennial in 1967.

Sky Habitat Singapore / Safdie Architects

21:00 - 11 February, 2016
Sky Habitat Singapore / Safdie Architects, © Edward Hendricks
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Bishan, Singapore
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Charu Kokate, Jaron Lubin, Greg Reaves
  • Design Team

    Howard Bloom, Chris Guignon, Jennifer Hardy, Dan Lee, Damon Sidel, Temple Simpson
  • Area

    130000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Film Screening: Moshe Safdie: The Power of Architecture

09:30 - 5 February, 2016
Film Screening: Moshe Safdie: The Power of Architecture

In conjunction with the exhibition Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie on display at BSA Space, this portrait film celebrates the life and work of world-renowned Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie FAIA by highlighting his outstanding contribution to the field of architecture. From the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem to the masterplan for the city of Modi’in to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, this personal documentary delves into some of Safdie’s most famous design projects and explores what makes each one unique.

Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been

09:30 - 21 September, 2015
Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been, Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In It’s A Wonderful Life the film’s protagonist George Bailey, facing a crisis of faith, is visited by his guardian angel, and shown an alternate reality where he doesn’t exist. The experience gives meaning to George’s life, showing him his own importance to others. With the increasing scale of design competitions these days, architectural “could-have-beens” are piling up in record numbers, and just as George Bailey's sense of self was restored by seeing his alternate reality, hypothesizing about alternative outcomes in architecture is a chance to reflect on our current architectural moment.

Today marks the one-year-anniversary of the opening of Phase 3 of the High Line. While New Yorkers and urbanists the world over have lauded the success of this industrial-utility-turned-urban-oasis, the park and the slew of other urban improvements it has inspired almost happened very differently. Although we have come to know and love the High Line of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in the original ideas competition four finalists were chosen and the alternatives show stark contrasts in how things might have shaped up.

On this key date for one of the most crucial designs of this generation, we decided to look back at some of the most important competitions of the last century to see how things might have been different.

Joseph Marzella's second-place design for the Sydney Opera House. Image via The Daily Mail Designs for the Chicago Tribune Tower by Adolf Loos (left) and Bruno Taut, Walter Gunther, and Kurz Schutz (right). Image via skyscraper.org Design for the High Line by Zaha Hadid Architects with Balmori Associates, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and studio MDA. Image via University of Adelaide on Cargo Collective Moshe Safdie's design for the Centre Pompidou. Image Courtesy of Safdie Architects + 16

Images Released of Moshe Safdie's First New York Project

12:18 - 17 September, 2015
Images Released of Moshe Safdie's First New York Project, © Safdie Architects
© Safdie Architects

Images of Moshe Safdie's first New York project has been released. Planned to rise on a Manhattan site at West 30th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue, the 64-story mixed-use tower will feature a limestone base that compliments and serves its historic neighbor: the Marble Collegiate Church, one of the Collegiate Churches’ five ministries.

The building "will be distinguished by its vertical massing, which breaks down the scale of the tower into a series of three-story-high, offset projections," says Safdie Architects. "The offset projections also provide energy efficiency by self-shading the tower’s facade, further enhanced by additional sun shading at the south facade."

Apply Now: Safdie Architects Announces 2015 Research Fellowship

19:00 - 29 April, 2015
Apply Now: Safdie Architects Announces 2015 Research Fellowship, Artscience Museum and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore / Safdie Architects. Image © MBS Digital Media
Artscience Museum and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore / Safdie Architects. Image © MBS Digital Media

Safdie Architects’ 2015 Research Fellowship will center on the theme of “dense urbanism,” and the ways in which the field of architecture can rethink its approach to vital issues such as materiality, construction, environmental conditions, and the demographic realities of rapidly growing populations. This year, Moshe Safdie and his team invite exceptional individuals to attack the challenges of the contemporary urban landscape head-on by proposing new tools and solutions to create a better functioning and humane city. Accepted candidates will spend one year in residence at Safdie Architects’ Boston office, during which they will receive support from the practice and have access to the firm’s resources and consultants.

Safdie Architects Release Final Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum

17:15 - 22 April, 2015
Safdie Architects Release Final Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum, © Neoscape, courtesy of Safdie Architects
© Neoscape, courtesy of Safdie Architects

Images have been released of Safdie Architects' design for the new National Medal of Honor Museum in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The commission, awarded to Safdie following a national search in October, will honor the men and women who "served and sacrificed in defense of the US" and have received the nation's highest military award - the Medal of Honor - from the Civil War to the present.

AD Interviews: Moshe Safdie / Safdie Architects

01:00 - 8 January, 2015

During this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) held in Singapore, we had the chance to talk with keynote speaker Moshe Safdie. Standing inside the Marina Bay Sands, a massive mixed-use project by Safdie Architects and an example of the firm’s ongoing research on density, Safdie talked to us about Asia's urban environment and the challenges of working there. As the world's growth is happening in dense areas, this subject is utterly important, and Safdie has proven that these kind of mega-urbanism projects can be functionally integrated into the city. “Working in Asia at the intensity and scale that we do has been a paradigm shift for our practice because much of our work in the United States and Israel and elsewhere in recent years has been focused on institutions - on libraries, museums, airports - here we are involved with urban place, mixed-use mostly, extremely dense, working for the private sector, and having to reconcile the market forces with the architectural environmental demands, which is no mean task,” he said.

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Safdie Architects Design Glass "Air Hub" for Singapore Changi Airport

00:00 - 5 December, 2014
Safdie Architects Design Glass "Air Hub" for Singapore Changi Airport, © Safdie Architects
© Safdie Architects

Today, Safdie Architects revealed plans for a glass, spherical “air hub” that will be built at the center of the Singapore’s Changi Airport, the world’s sixth busiest airport. The “jeweled” biodome was presented as a “new paradigm” for international airports that will boost Singapore’s stopover appeal and become a “lifestyle destination” for both travelers and local residents.

Learn more about the design and a word from Moshe Safdie, after the break.