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Oppenheim Architecture's Vast Star Metal Project Begins Construction in Atlanta, Georgia

12:00 - 24 September, 2018
Oppenheim Architecture's Vast Star Metal Project Begins Construction in Atlanta, Georgia, Aerial view of Star Metals Offices and Residences. Image © Luxigon
Aerial view of Star Metals Offices and Residences. Image © Luxigon

Oppenheim Architecture has released an update of their proposed Star Metals development in Atlanta, Georgia. Spread over two schemes, the project seeks to “shift the paradigm of what’s possible for new urban environments” through a 1.36 million-square-foot masterplan.

The Oppenheim scheme consists of a 14-story “Star Metals Offices” building, accommodating offices, terraces, parking, and retail, and a nine-story “Star Metals Residences” building with over 400 residential units.

Street view of Star Metals Residences. Image © Luxigon Street view of Star Metals Offices and Residences. Image © Luxigon Terrace view of Star Metals Offices. Image © Luxigon Street view of Star Metals Offices and Residences. Image © Taller De Escalas + 8

OOPEAA + Lundén Architecture Company Design Charred Timber Housing District in Helsinki

12:00 - 20 September, 2018
OOPEAA + Lundén Architecture Company Design Charred Timber Housing District in Helsinki, Courtesy of OOPEAA
Courtesy of OOPEAA

OOPEAA, working in collaboration with Lundén Architecture Company, has won a design and build competition for a timber housing development in Kivistö, Vantaa in the Helsinki metropolitan area of Finland. Organized by the City of Vantaa, the competition asked entrants to design a district of wooden housing, part of a commitment “to provide climate-conscious development in housing.”

Titled “Upstairs – Downstairs, Living Together on Three Levels,” the OOPEAA and Lundén scheme will form part of the broader sustainable district, creating a link between natural forest, active streets, and railway infrastructure.

Proposed Tourist Hub by Progress, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, and Cushman & Wakefield Utilizes the Forces of Nature to Promote a "Natural City"

12:00 - 8 September, 2018
Proposed Tourist Hub by Progress, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, and Cushman & Wakefield Utilizes the Forces of Nature to Promote a "Natural City", Courtesy of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Courtesy of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

A consortium comprising Progress, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT and Cushman & Wakefield recently reached the final stage of a design competition to create a tourist center in Russia in part of the embankment named after Admiral Serebryakov in the city of Novorossiysk. The proposal provides the required hospitality spaces but also features unique facilities, such as a wine museum, a fish market and an "artificial island", all serving as new centers of attraction for residents and visitors of the city. The foundation of the design concept is based on three components: "the idea of a natural city, the unification of the three forces of nature and the characteristic appearance of Novorossiysk as a port city."

David Chipperfield's IMPACT Centre Offers a Contemporary Interpretation of Edinburgh's Georgian Fabric

12:00 - 28 August, 2018
© Hayes Davidson
© Hayes Davidson

David Chipperfield Architects have released new details of their proposed IMPACT Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Addressing the need for a purpose-built, medium-sized performance venue in a city of profound cultural heritage, the scheme will serve as a base for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with a main, 1000-seat auditorium.

Situated in Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the scheme will replace an existing office building to become the first dedicated new space for music and performing arts in the city in 100 years. The scheme seeks to “form an urban composition centered around Dundas House,” a 1771 Grade-A listed civic building whose rear façade abuts the proposed scheme.

© David Chipperfield Architects © Hayes Davidson © Hayes Davidson © Hayes Davidson + 8

A Looping, Green Sky Bridge Connects Four Unique Towers in Aedas' Recent Proposal

14:00 - 26 August, 2018
A Looping, Green Sky Bridge Connects Four Unique Towers in Aedas' Recent Proposal, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Punctuated by four towers of varying size, Aedas’ new design for a mixed-use scheme in Zhuhai, China, uses a looping, layered path to connect the individual structures with a ‘three-dimensional, vertical landscape’. Hoping to become the centerpiece of the city, the Hengqin CRCC Plaza uses strategic positioning and form to both maximize economic output and create a strong community core, where generous open space serves the surrounding workspaces.

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas + 8

Powerhouse and Benthem Crouwel Propose Sponge-Inspired Athlete Village for 2022 Asian Games

12:30 - 22 August, 2018
Powerhouse and Benthem Crouwel Propose Sponge-Inspired Athlete Village for 2022 Asian Games, © Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins.
© Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins.

Powerhouse Company and Benthem Crouwel Architects have revealed their vision for the 2022 Asian Games Athlete Village International Zone in Hangzhou, China. The “Sponge City” proposal explores the sandy connection between land and water on a site which has recently been reclaimed from the sea.

The scheme, designed in collaboration with landscape architects SMARTLAND and Chinese firm UAD, forms a competition entry for the design of the village, the results of which are expected in August/September 2018. The team is one of six competing, including AS+P, SO-IL, NEXT Architects, Jadric Architektur, and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

© Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins. © Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins. © Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins. © Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins. + 7

Organic Farm in Cuchi, Vietnam Will Promote Closed-Cycle Organic Farming

08:00 - 18 August, 2018
Organic Farm in Cuchi, Vietnam Will Promote Closed-Cycle Organic Farming, Courtesy of Integrated Field Architects
Courtesy of Integrated Field Architects

A project in the works from Thai architecture firm Integrated Field (IF) will trumpet the virtues of closed-cycle organic farming to the public. The so-called Cuchi Organic Farming Masterplan involves the reuse of a decommissioned rubber plantation in Cuchi, Vietnam as an “organic food production farm” with “animal feed, livestock, fruit, and vegetation in the closed-cycle operation.”

Courtesy of Integrated Field Architects Courtesy of Integrated Field Architects Courtesy of Integrated Field Architects Courtesy of Integrated Field Architects + 23

KILD Wins Competition for Kaunas Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge in Lithuania

08:00 - 17 August, 2018
KILD Wins Competition for Kaunas Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge in Lithuania , Courtesy of Davit Tsanava
Courtesy of Davit Tsanava

KILD has been announced as the first place winner for a design competition in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city. The competition sought for innovative and eco-friendly proposals for a pedestrian and cycle bridge that would connect the downtown area to Science Island.

Zaha Hadid Architects' Mercury Tower adds a "Sense of Dynamism" to Malta's East Coast

12:00 - 6 August, 2018
West elevation render. Image Courtesy of VA
West elevation render. Image Courtesy of VA

Zaha Hadid Architects have released images of their proposed redevelopment of the historic Mercury House, situated in the tourism and entertainment center of Paceville on Malta’s east coast. An extensive renovation to the existing structure will see the integration of residential apartments, a boutique hotel, and a range of public spaces and amenities.

The boldest addition to the derelict heritage site will be a 31-story tower, rotating as it rises in response to different functional programs. The resulting form seeks to instill “a sense of dynamism within its silhouette that changes when viewed from different directions around Paceville."

Pavilion render. Image Courtesy of VA Swimming pool render. Image Courtesy of ZHA East elevation render. Image Courtesy of VA Piazza render. Image Courtesy of VA + 8

This New Multicultural Center by AIX Arkitekter Begs the Question: What Makes Good Community Design?

12:00 - 4 August, 2018
This New Multicultural Center by AIX Arkitekter Begs the Question: What Makes Good Community Design?, © AIX Arkitekter
© AIX Arkitekter

There has been a lot of focus recently on community engagement in architecture. Some building by some architect is designed to be the next 'community hub,' but what does it take to deliver on the design intent?

In order to promote a community atmosphere, a design must engage a large and variable audience, while also offering something unique. This new design from AIX Arkitekter intends to create a new multicultural center called "The "Meeting Point" in Täby, Sweden. The center combines unique sports and cultural activities, at the heart of an existing ecological infrastructure, to promote community opportunities and engagement.

"The Meeting Point" center utilizes both indoor and outdoor activities. This dynamic also translates throughout the design language of the building through transparency and landscape elements. The intersecting masses cause various activity spaces to overlap, promoting happenstance interactions between both people and program.

© AIX Arkitekter © AIX Arkitekter © AIX Arkitekter © AIX Arkitekter + 15

Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus Win Competition to Design Sydney's Tallest Residential Skyscraper

06:00 - 1 August, 2018
Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus Win Competition to Design Sydney's Tallest Residential Skyscraper , Courtesy of Doug and Wolf
Courtesy of Doug and Wolf

A beautifully delicate design by ingenhoven architects, in cooperation with architectus, has bested series of internationally acclaimed architects to design Sydney’s tallest residential tower at 505-523 George Street. The 79-storey skyscraper will reach 270m, and include several uses, ranging from high-quality living and retail to hotel and leisure. The designers hope the tower will be “a profoundly visible landmark standing for an economical, environmental and socially sustainable, future-oriented development”.

Courtesy of Doug and Wolf Courtesy of Doug and Wolf Courtesy of Doug and Wolf Courtesy of Doug and Wolf + 12

EC3 Reveals Design for a New Dalang Cultural & Sports Center in Shenzhen, China

16:00 - 28 July, 2018
EC3 Reveals Design for a New Dalang Cultural & Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, Courtesy of EC3
Courtesy of EC3

Los Angeles-based studio EC3 has revealed its design entry for a new 14.5-acre, cultural & sports center in Shenzhen’s growing Dalang neighborhood, hosted by the Shenzhen Longhua District Government and the Vanke Real Estate Co.

GroupGSA Wins Competition for the 2022 Winter Olympics Four Seasons Reception Center in China

16:00 - 22 July, 2018
GroupGSA Wins Competition for the 2022 Winter Olympics Four Seasons Reception Center in China, Courtesy of GroupGSA
Courtesy of GroupGSA

GroupGSA's design for the Four Seasons Reception Center in Chongli, Zhanjiakou, China, where the 2022 Winter Olympics will be hosted, has been announced as the winning bid. The building will be used as the main information center for all of the activities that will occur at the ski resort during the Olympic Games.

GroupGSA Designs a Double Helix-Inspired Building for iCarbonX Headquarters in China

16:00 - 21 July, 2018
GroupGSA Designs a Double Helix-Inspired Building for iCarbonX Headquarters in China, Courtesy of GroupGSA
Courtesy of GroupGSA

Australia-based GroupGSA’s recent design for iCarbonX’s Super Headquarters in Shenzhen, China has been dubbed “outstanding” by the competition’s jurors. The firm was invited to submit an entry which explored iCarbonX’s goal to “build an ecosystem of digital life based on a combination of an individual’s biological, behavioral and psychological data, the Internet, and artificial intelligence.”

Gortemaker Algra Feenstra Designs a 'Transparent' Dutch Town Hall for the 21st Century

14:00 - 21 July, 2018
Gortemaker Algra Feenstra Designs a 'Transparent' Dutch Town Hall for the 21st Century , Courtesy of Gortemaker Algra Feenstra
Courtesy of Gortemaker Algra Feenstra

In the world of politics, the notion of “transparency” refers to the honesty constituents expect of their elected officials. In architecture, it means something much more literal: a transparent surface, like a window or glass wall, is one you can see through. In the small Dutch municipality of Albrandswaard, architects Gortemaker Algra Feenstra have melded the two definitions with a circular, glass town hall. As the firm writes of the project, “a single transparent space...shows the process of democracy as soon as you enter.”

Henning Larsen Release New Renders of Their Luxurious Spa Hotel in the Georgian Mountains

08:00 - 21 July, 2018
Henning Larsen Release New Renders of Their Luxurious Spa Hotel in the Georgian Mountains, Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

New renders have been released of Henning Larsen’s “luxurious hideaway in the Georgian mountains” after construction started on the 25000m², 135 room hotel earlier this year. The new Agobili Hotel is located at the Abastumani spa resort in Georgia, which itself has been a health retreat for both the Tsar family and general public alike. The new building hopes “to create a story about the magnificent place it inhabits.”

Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects + 7

MIT's Mass Timber Longhouse Shows a Technology-Driven Approach to Sustainable Design

08:00 - 19 July, 2018
MIT's Mass Timber Longhouse Shows a Technology-Driven Approach to Sustainable Design, Courtesy of MIT Mass Timber Design
Courtesy of MIT Mass Timber Design

MIT Mass Timber Design, a cross-disciplinary design workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have developed a building prototype that aims to tackle the world’s growing energy crisis, “one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.” Extensively using the wood-based building design and construction technology mass timber - a method growing in popularity within North America - the project utilizes the “efficiency, speed, precision and versatility” of prefabricated timber construction elements to realize a multi-functional, sustainable building. The longhouse typology, often one of the first permanent structures of a civilization, is a common across the world, but in adapting its construction to face modern-day issues, the team hopes to create a space that “builds upon this rich cultural icon.”

Courtesy of MIT Mass Timber Design Courtesy of MIT Mass Timber Design Courtesy of MIT Mass Timber Design Courtesy of MIT Mass Timber Design + 14

C.F. Møller's Green-Centric Proposal Wins Competition for New Train Station in Hamburg

14:00 - 15 July, 2018
C.F. Møller's Green-Centric Proposal Wins Competition for New Train Station in Hamburg, Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects
Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects

Acting both as a “visionary landmark and an urban catalyst,” C.F. Møller Architects’ proposal for a new train station development in Altona, Hamburg, emphasizes the significance of green space within the city’s urban fabric. The project will have several uses, ranging from cafes, restaurants, and shops to offices and fitness centers. Its unique undulating roof landscape “embodies a collective and progressive vision of reinforcing Hamburg’s green credentials.”

Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects + 6

New Pavilion in Rotterdam's Leuvehaven Port Brings High-Tech Design to a Historical Context

08:00 - 14 July, 2018
New Pavilion in Rotterdam's Leuvehaven Port Brings High-Tech Design to a Historical Context, Render. Image Courtesy of MoederscheimMoonen Architects
Render. Image Courtesy of MoederscheimMoonen Architects

A new public pavilion from MoedersheimMoonen Architects is set to be built in the old 'Leuvehaven' port in Rotterdam. Located near the Erasmus Bridge, the pavilion intends to bring new life to the historic port of Rotterdam. The municipality of Rotterdam is also set to invest in a bustling residential climate, with this new pavilion housing multiple programs that will contribute to a "lively" and "greener" Maritime District.

The building will replace three existing pavilions, providing a new perspective for visitors to the Leuvehaven. Much of the structure and foundation from the existing buildings are reused in the new design, promoting sustainability, honoring the present conditions of the site, and bringing high-tech design elements to the historical context.

The various programs for the Pavilion will include "the Port Information Point of the Port of Rotterdam, two publicly accessible workshops from the Maritime Museum Rotterdam and two catering establishments with terraces by the water," with the surrounding exteriors space also to be renewed in phases.

Render. Image Courtesy of MoederscheimMoonen Architects Render. Image Courtesy of MoederscheimMoonen Architects Render. Image Courtesy of MoederscheimMoonen Architects Render. Image Courtesy of MoederscheimMoonen Architects + 11

Will Mecanoo’s “Blue District” in Utrecht Promote a Generation of Urban Centenarians?

14:51 - 12 July, 2018
Will Mecanoo’s “Blue District” in Utrecht Promote a Generation of Urban Centenarians?, © 3d Studio Prins
© 3d Studio Prins

That’s the goal, at least. Mecanoo has released designs for a large-scale development in Utrecht inspired by “blue zone” regions - areas where residents tend live atypically long and healthy lives. Currently there are only five recognized blue zones worldwide: Sardinia, Nicoya, Loma Linda, Okinawa, and Ikaria.

© 3d Studio Prins © 3d Studio Prins © 3d Studio Prins © 3d Studio Prins + 4

VTN Architects Designs Hotel with Cascading Greenery for Narrow Site in Vietnam

10:40 - 11 July, 2018
Courtesy of VTN Architects
Courtesy of VTN Architects

VTN Architects has released their design for the Chic-Land Hotel currently under construction in Da Nang, Vietnam. Located opposite the beach, the site offers excellent views to the east—but is constrained by the fact that it is only 15 meters wide. With this in mind, the designers opted for a 21-story building, offering 129 rooms with balconies shaded by a cascade of plants.

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Gewers Pudewill Unveils Competition-Winning Proposal for Vertical Folding Tower in Berlin

14:00 - 4 July, 2018
Courtesy of Gewers Pudewill
Courtesy of Gewers Pudewill

Last October, Germany-based Gewers Pudewill was awarded first place in an invited competition to design the Stream Tower, a new office high-rise in Berlin. The 24-story scheme elaborates on a vertical folding theme expressed through the slabs and façade, creating a programmatic sculpture depicted in recently-unveiled imagery.

Situated next to the city's Mercedes-Benz Arena, the tower will reach a height of 300 feet (90 meters), and a floor area of 430,000 square feet (42,000 square meters). Upon completion, the scheme will host the popular online fashion retailer Zalando.

Broadway Malyan to Design an Expansive "Health City" in Brisbane

18:00 - 27 June, 2018
Broadway Malyan to Design an Expansive "Health City" in Brisbane, Courtesy of Broadway Malyan
Courtesy of Broadway Malyan

For their first major project in Australia, international design firm Broadway Malyan has been selected by the developers behind Greater Springfield, the continent’s largest master-planned community, to design a new health-focused district around the site of Mater Private Hospital Springfield outside Brisbane. Already a healthcare hub containing the hospital, Aveo Springfield Retirement Village and a hotel, the proposed development would expand the so-called “health city” to include a hospital expansion, medical offices, residential and retail space, as well as facilities for wellness, education, research, hospitality, aged care, and start-up businesses.

Emre Arolat Architecture Reveals Design for Nora Mosque Near Dubai

16:00 - 25 June, 2018

Nora Mosque and Community Center from EAA Emre Arolat Architecture on Vimeo.

Emre Arolat Architecture has unveiled their design for the Nora Mosque and Community Center in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates. The 10,000 square meter site located just north of Dubai, is located near a massive high rise residence block. However, it creates its own unique ambiance and spatial setting with a composition of shell-like platforms that spring from the earth.

Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architecture Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architecture Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architecture Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architecture + 26