Archinect - News 2016-12-06T15:04:12-05:00 Vincent Callebaut's luxe, green Agora Garden Tower twists up the Taipei skyline Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-06T14:32:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T14:32:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="551" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After his firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures was awarded the bid to create the building in 2010, Callebaut decided to erect a structure that was "like an inhabited tree," that could create a green urban landmark for the city with a minimal carbon footprint. Slated for a completion in September 2017, the tower will stand 20 stories tall with a 90 degree twist that is achieved with a 4.5 degree turn per floor as the building ascends.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Vincent Callebaut, the Belgian architect known for audacious, ecologically-minded design proposals now has a project under construction in Taipei.&nbsp;We previously featured&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Callebaut's "LILYPAD, A Floating Ecopolis for Ecological Refugees"</a>&nbsp;in 2008.</p><p></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."</a></li><li><a title='France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings</a></li><li><a title="Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality</a></li><li><a title="Eco-Porn Competition results expose the sassy side of green architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eco-Porn Competition results expose the sassy side of green architecture</a></li></ul> SCI-Arc announces full-tuition scholarship for LAUSD students Julia Ingalls 2016-12-06T12:52:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T13:49:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Are you a LAUSD student who loves architecture and would like to attend SCI-Arc free of charge starting in the fall of 2017? Well, you're in luck: if you apply online by January 15, 2017, you'll be in the running for the recently announced merit-based, full-tuition scholarship for first-year freshmen originating from the metropolitan school district which, if you stay in the top 10% of your class, could last all five collegiate years.</p><p>As SCI-Arc director Hernan Diaz Alonso sees it, &ldquo;SCI-Arc is embedded in the fabric of Los Angeles. With this scholarship we are reaffirming our relationship to the city&rsquo;s public education system. We are proud of our well-rounded and rigorous Undergraduate program. A Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-Arc provides a creative way to see the world not only in architectural terms, but in sociological, political and economic terms as well.&rdquo;</p><p>Get thee to an application form! &nbsp;In the meantime, check out these related posts about SCI-Arc:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc EDGE launches four...</a></li></ul> The cultural paradox of the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba Nicholas Korody 2016-12-06T12:21:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T12:30:12-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mosque-cathedral of C&oacute;rdoba in southern Spain is one of the great Rorschach tests of medieval architecture. Like the ink blots that psychologists use to divine unconscious thoughts, we tend to see in the building what we please. For some, it embodies the artistic creativity and religious tolerance of the Muslim period. For others, it is a symbol of the conquests and bloodshed that have washed over this region throughout the centuries.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Whichever message we choose, the mosque is surely one of the most beautiful and controversial monuments in Europe today.</em></p><p>More religious architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Artist catalogs the drab architecture of America's megachurches</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Ancient Italian church comes back to life &ndash; built in wire mesh</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Omaha is building a Tri-Faith campus with a church, a mosque and a synagogue (no joke)</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Drought reveals 16th century church beneath Mexican reservoir</a></li></ul> A horizontal structure with a front door Nam Henderson 2016-12-05T23:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T23:45:21-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Replacing a parking lot in Pioneer Square, a designated historic district, required the developer to clear many hurdles. The design went through several versions before it won the approval of city officials, who vetted materials, signage and even color choices. In one concession, the sides of the Weyerhaeuser building were made of hand-laid brick, to help the structure blend with its neighbors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Morris Newman covers the&nbsp;new headquarters of&nbsp;<a title="More information about Weyerhaeuser Company" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weyerhaeuser</a>, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mithun</a>, on Seattle's&nbsp;Pioneer Square.</p> Covert House and Murphy House join 2016 RIBA House of the Year shortlist Justine Testado 2016-12-02T21:03:00-05:00 >2016-12-03T07:45:12-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="510" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>RIBA is taking a little more time in revealing the shortlist for the 2016 House of the Year award. Most recently, RIBA announced that DSDHA's Covert House and the Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects have made it onto the shortlist, along with the Outhouse and Ansty Plum revealed last week.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Covert House, Clapham, South London by DSDHA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Murphy House, Edinburgh by Richard Murphy Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more details about each project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The first two shortlisters for 2016 RIBA House of the Year</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glass and concrete tread lightly in DSDHA's London 'Covert House'</a></p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Architect Sure!" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-12-02T18:15:00-05:00 >2016-12-03T14:46:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Architect Sure!</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The South Yard</a> in Nanning, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Advanced Architecture Lab</a>; Co-design: Zhou Chao, Atelier UPA; Photo: Arch-exist photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanford University, GSB Highland Hall</a> in Stanford, CA by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steinberg</a> and Legorreta</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'70s Modern</a> in Abington, PA by Irwin Stein; Renovation: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moto Designshop Inc.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laurentian Ski Chalet</a> in St. Donat, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RobitailleCurtis</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCH2, University of Brighton</a> in Brighton, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proctor &amp; Matthews Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renaixement</a> at Burning Man by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pink intruder</a>; Photo: Noel Arraiz</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Waterhouse at South Bund</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neri&amp;Hu Design and Research Office</a>; Photo: Pedro Pegenaute</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CUALTIS Headqu...</a></p> Construction update: BIG's twisted Vancouver House tower rises above grade Alexander Walter 2016-12-02T14:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-02T14:45:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="725" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the three months since our last update, progress has been moving along at the site of the Bjarke Ingels-designed Vancouver House. The soon-to-be iconic 49-storey mixed-use tower by Westbank is beginning to rise above grade [...]. Designed in conjunction with Canadian firms Dialog Architects and James KM Cheng Architects, Vancouver House has been described as a "living sculpture," and the tower's signature twist will soon become a staple of the newly minted Beach District neighbourhood.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Photo of the Vancouver House construction site by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skyrise Cities</a> forum member mcminsen. Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more photos.</em></p><p>The tower and other Vancouver-related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG&rsquo;s 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe Tower for Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture' mold with these new ambitious skyscrapers?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Vancouver's 15% tax on overseas buyers helping to cool the housing market?</a></li></ul> Unfold Berlin's modern architectural history in this nifty paper map Justine Testado 2016-12-02T14:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-02T14:22:13-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="557" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At nearly 350 square miles, [Berlin is] a difficult city to tour without some guidance. Its vastness is doubly inconvenient for architecture buffs...The [Modern Berlin Map] documents 50 buildings, selected by Berlin-based journalist Matthew Tempest. Unfolded, the front of the guide displays the landmarks on a map of Berlin, while the reverse catalogues the buildings in chronological order. This provides a unique lens through which to track the city&rsquo;s political shifts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Want more travel tips for Berlin? Check out Archinect's Berlin Travel Guide, which features recommendations from J&uuml;rgen Mayer H:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Let J&uuml;rgen Mayer H. help plan your next trip to Berlin with his own travel tips</a></p> OMA's three-part Faena project opens in Miami Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-02T13:33:00-05:00 >2016-12-04T10:53:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>OMA's three-piece project for Miami's new,&nbsp;billion-dollar arts neighborhood, Faena District Miami Beach, had its coming out party this past Monday, christening the start of the city's Art Basel. OMA's work consists of the Faena Forum, Faena Park, and Faena Bazaar (the last one doesn't open until March of next year), located right by the beach, and linked by a series of public spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Forum is a 42,565 square-feet arts venue, accommodating a flexible set of art and performance styles. The two main levels of the building are allowed vast stretches of column-free space, supported by a "structural facade of 350 distinct windows". The top floor is capped by a 40-foot-high dome, with a spiraling balcony arising from the street affording plentiful views of the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Faena Park, which OMA's press release refers to as "a state-of-the-art parking structure," doesn't hold a lot of cars (capacity for 81, stacking two per space) but its 28,000 square-feet prioritizes retail space instead. The ...</p> Having bazillions of dollars helps Nam Henderson 2016-12-01T20:21:00-05:00 >2016-12-02T15:26:18-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even if the townhouses look alike and they&rsquo;re next to each other, they don&rsquo;t always have the same floor levels. So we&rsquo;ll have to find a way to eliminate the party wall between them. It&rsquo;s really taking apart both houses and rebuilding them as one. If the client wants these big open spaces, we have to dismantle the interior of these buildings and then rebuild them together as a 40-foot-wide building</p></em><br /><br /><p>S. Jhoanna Robledo reviews the latest trend in urban living for the wealthy, the Franken&shy;mansion.</p> Eero Saarinen documentary to air on PBS Dec. 27th Julia Ingalls 2016-12-01T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-12-02T15:28:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For those who are interested in seeing <em>Eero Saarinen:&nbsp;The Architect Who Saw the Future</em> (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewed her</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">e on Archinect)</a>, they'll have their chance on December 27th when PBS airs the documentary as part of its American Masters Series. The film, which charts both Eero's professional and personal stories, will officially be released on DVD on January 3rd, 2017 from PBS distribution. In the meantime, here's a clip from the film where Eliel Saarinen finds out it is not him but his son Eero who has won the competition for St. Louis memorial design:</p> Guggenheim Helsinki plans nixed by city, citing "the project’s excessive cost for the Finnish taxpayer" Julia Ingalls 2016-12-01T13:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T12:27:51-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The mix of private and public funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki has officially been rejected in a city council vote, meaning that the plans for the museum designed by&nbsp;Moreau &amp; Kusunoki are unlikely to ever be built. A new financing plan that drew the bulk of public funding from the city and the rest from private fundraising had been approved by the city board in November, but was vetoed by the larger city council last night. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>,&nbsp;Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York, said about the vote that&nbsp;&ldquo;I suppose that it was a reaction to a sense of engulfing internationalism, or a reaction against globalism. That&rsquo;s how I&rsquo;m explaining it to myself.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile, Helsinki City Council member and Guggenheim opposer&nbsp;Osku Pajamaki said that&nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;m exhausted but relieved. Instead of buying a subsidiary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we can now focus on creating unique local cultural attractions in Helsinki.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Offici...</p> BIG + BARCODE to design terraced “Sluishuis” complex in Amsterdam Justine Testado 2016-11-30T18:58:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:51:24-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> has another terraced building in the works. This time around, the practice led a team with Rotterdam-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BARCODE Architects</a> to design the competition-winning scheme for&nbsp;&ldquo;Sluishuis&rdquo;, a new 46,000 m2 mixed-use development proposed for IJburg Lake at the edge of Amsterdam.&nbsp;</p><p>The residential complex will be a&nbsp;&ldquo;building inside the port, with a port inside the building,&rdquo; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> says.&nbsp;Showing off different silhouettes at various vantage points, the building will also include 380 apartments,&nbsp;about&nbsp;4,000 m2 of commercial and public areas, 240 underground parking spaces,&nbsp;and a water-quality program that the architects say will provide enough room for up to 30 houseboats.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Toward the water, the building block lifts up to create a large opening that allows water from the IJ Lake to flow into the central courtyard as well as bring sunlight and views into the inner apartments of the building. The block then cascades downward and reveals more of itself toward the city.</p><p>A public promenade ...</p> Santa Monica's 'impossibly green' building dreams: the challenging path to Living Building certification Alexander Walter 2016-11-30T14:57:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T17:31:24-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a small and skinny lot wedged behind its historic city hall, Santa Monica is trying to accomplish something that has never been done before in California. By 2020, the city hopes to construct a 50,000-square-foot city services building that will meet the requirements of the International Living Future Institute&rsquo;s &ldquo;Living Building Challenge&rdquo; &mdash; the most stringent environmental building standard in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Should the city succeed it will prove that net-zero water is possible in our arid climate, even in a drought &mdash;&nbsp;and that if we&rsquo;re serious about staving off the effects of drought and climate change, we should settle for no less. It will also familiarize code officials with new innovations, making it easier for developers to build sustainably."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle&rsquo;s Super-Green Bullitt Center Opened on Earth Day</a></li></ul> The first two shortlisters for 2016 RIBA House of the Year Justine Testado 2016-11-29T20:46:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T09:08:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Anticipation for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year winner builds up as competition grows narrower...Last Thursday, the first two houses in the shortlist were announced: Ansty Plum in Wiltshire by Coppin Dockray and the Outhouse in Forest of Dean by Loyn &amp; Co Architects. After all seven shortlisted houses are unveiled, the House of the Year will finally be revealed on [BBC's &ldquo;Grand Designs&rdquo;] on December 15.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the first two shortlisted houses.</p><p><strong>Outhouse, Forest of Dean by Loyn &amp; Co Architects</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Ansty Plum, Wiltshire by Coppin Dockray</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><img alt="" src=""><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more about each project&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Flint House wins RIBA House of the Year 2015</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glass and concrete tread lightly in DSDHA's London 'Covert House'</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The 2014 winners of the Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize</a></p> The toy-like Mola Structural Kit allows architects to experiment with structural engineering Julia Ingalls 2016-11-29T14:02:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T18:51:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects determine if their designs are structurally sound? Aside from consulting with a professional structural engineering firm, the Mola Structural Kit offers a playful way to test out the strength and durability of various designs. The company has unveiled the second edition of the kit, which has been designed to be compatible with the first. Here's a video that explains it all:&nbsp;</p> COOP HIMMEL(B)LAU completes work on the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen Nicholas Korody 2016-11-29T13:30:00-05:00 >2016-11-29T13:35:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COOP HIMMELB(L)AU</a> has completed work on the Museum of Contemporary Art &amp; Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE), a major new cultural center in the Futian Cultural District of Shenzhen. The &ldquo;monolithic&rdquo; structure houses two separate institutions, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Planning Exhibition, under one roof, serving as a &ldquo;cultural meeting point and a venue for architectural exhibitions&rdquo;. The project completes the eastern part of a major master plan for central Shenzhen.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>From the architects:</p><p><em>Both museums are designed as separate entities emphasizing their individual functional and artistic requirements and yet are merged in a monolithic body surrounded by a multifunctional facade. This transparent facade and a sophisticated internal lighting concept allow a deep view into the joint entrance and transitional areas between the buildings. From the inside, visitors are granted an unhindered view onto the city suggesting they are somewhere in a gently shaded outdoor area, an impression e...</em></p> Waterfront Towers Reel In Unusual Loan Deal Richard Meier & Partners 2016-11-29T12:10:00-05:00 >2016-11-29T12:10:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="845" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of the foundations are completed for the three buildings, which will have rental apartments on the lower floors and condominiums on the upper ones. The partnership tapped Uruguayan architect Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, who designed the slender ultraluxury condo skyscraper at 432 Park Ave., Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects LLP and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC to design the glass, stone and metal towers, which range from 34 to 38 stories tall.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> First glimpse of Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura's Museo del Prado expansion scheme Justine Testado 2016-11-28T18:42:00-05:00 >2016-11-29T13:22:39-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Museo del Prado in Madrid has big plans for its 200th anniversary celebration in 2019. Among those plans is an expansion of the museum campus and the restoration of the historic&nbsp;Sal&oacute;n de Reinos, all of which&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> and Spanish practice Rubio Arquitectura will be in charge of designing. The team won over seven notable contenders in an international competition that included OMA, Nieto Sobejano, Souto Moura, and Gluckman Tang.&nbsp;</p><p>Following the museum's last major extension by architect Rafael Moneo in 1998, this expansion focuses on refurbishing the&nbsp;Sal&oacute;n de Reinos (or&nbsp;Hall of Realms), one of the surviving pieces of the former 17th-century Buen Retiro Palace. The expansion will also create additional gallery space for the Prado Museum's permanent and temporary exhibitions.&nbsp;</p><p>Read on for an excerpt from Foster + Partners' and Rubio Arquitectura's winning proposal, &ldquo;Hidden Design&rdquo;:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;The primary protagonist is the noble Hall of Realms, a monument which has gathered many layers o...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-11-28T15:24:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T15:26:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we enter into December, it seems as though&nbsp;there are already too many Christmas fairs and markets to write about.&nbsp;So, if you need a break from the busy&nbsp;streets, then why not retreat to a gallery, an interesting talk,&nbsp;or to a botanical wonderland to avoid the rush of (early) Christmas shoppers?&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tour: Great British Buildings - Thornsett Road | 7 December</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Allies and Morrison</em></p><p>Thornsett Road, designed by Allies &amp; Morrison, completed in 2015 by architects was awarded the RIBA London Award&nbsp; this year. The business headquarters&nbsp; south London is, in part, a new building and in part a respectful response to the existing buildings and context. This architect-led tour is a fantastic opportunity to get to grips with this south-of-the-river gem.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Rauschenberg | 1 December - 2 April 2017</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Robert Rauschenburg</em></p><p>Opening this week is the comprehensive collection of the works of Rober...</p> One World Trade Center needs a bath—but its washing system is broken Nicholas Korody 2016-11-28T13:38:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T13:45:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A majority of the windows at One World Trade Center haven&rsquo;t been washed since 2015, because the system used to suspend the washers isn&rsquo;t safe, a representative for the Durst Organization told The Real Deal. Typically, a boom at the top of the building lowers a window-washing rig that moves horizontally as the boom moves along a track on the roof. But in early 2016, Durst noticed that welding in the track &mdash; where pieces of metal are joined together &mdash; was riddled with cracks.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The track, built in 2013, also has undersized bolts and suffers from other design flaws, said Jordan Barowitz, a spokesperson for Durst.</em></p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Port Authority plans to sell One World Trade Center for up to $5B</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Tallest Lego model in the U.S. unveiled: One World Trade Center in all its pixely might</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">11 years of One World Trade Center construction in one short time-lapse video</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The view from One World Trade Center</a></li></ul> The NSA spy fortress in the middle of New York City Nicholas Korody 2016-11-28T13:20:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T19:28:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>The Intercept</em>&nbsp;has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published</a> a fascinating, and eerie, investigation into the iconic Brutalist tower at&nbsp;33 Thomas Street in Manhattan. Built to withstand a nuclear bomb, the modern fortress has no windows. At night, the building is a dark shadow blocking the illuminated towers around it.</p><p>But 33 Thomas Street wasn't built as a fallout shelter&mdash;or not for humans at least. Rather, the building was intended to house a massive array of servers, switchboards and computers. According to&nbsp;<em>the Intercept,&nbsp;</em>it's also one of the NSA's most important spy hubs, "used to tap into phone calls, faxes, and internet data."</p><p><em>Documents obtained by The Intercept from the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden do not explicitly name 33 Thomas Street as a surveillance facility. However &mdash; taken together with architectural plans, public records, and interviews with former AT&amp;T employees conducted for this article &mdash; they provide compelling evidence that 33 Thomas Street has served as an NSA surveillance site, code-named T...</em></p> How Tadao Ando defines his own "home for the spirit" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-28T13:04:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T13:15:24-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="648" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This should be Ando&rsquo;s residence. But there is no bedroom. Or food in the kitchen. And a couple of years ago he told Japanese TV that he lives in a normal apartment. This is Tadao Ando&rsquo;s house, but is it his home? [...] Ando built it to be his home in 1995 but never moved in. You can find it listed in architecture books as the &ldquo;Atelier&rdquo; or &ldquo;Studio Annexe&rdquo;. &ldquo;I wanted a fun place to live, a place where every day is thrilling, a quiet place to think,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ando, on the ultimate home, to Robin Harding for the <em>Financial Times</em>:&nbsp;</p><p><em>&ldquo;Please write this,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;A church is a home town for the spirit, a place where the spirit lives. Big or small. It&rsquo;s the home of the spirit so when you go there you feel relief. You feel the spirit&rsquo;s richness. I have to think whether I have made a home for the spirit or not. A house is the same. It must be a home for that person&rsquo;s spirit."</em></p><p>More Ando on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Tadao Ando's sprawling Santa Fe compound for Tom Ford hits the market at $75M" href="" target="_blank">Tadao Ando's sprawling Santa Fe compound for Tom Ford hits the market at $75M</a></li><li><a title="New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan" href="" target="_blank">New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan</a></li><li><a title="Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award" href="" target="_blank">Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award</a></li><li><a title="&ldquo;I thought, &lsquo;What?&rsquo; when I heard it would cost &yen;252 billion,&rdquo; Tadao Ando says about National Stadium" href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;I thought, &lsquo;What?&rsquo; when I heard it would cost &yen;252 billion,&rdquo; Tadao Ando says about National Stadium</a></li></ul> Not for reading the glass, but the core Nam Henderson 2016-11-27T01:04:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T01:04:57-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The pedestal extends 42 feet beyond the building&rsquo;s core to the north and south. The south overhang will suspend the tower over three parallel Long Island Rail Road tracks. The north overhang will act as a counterbalance....Rather than hide the unusual support system, Brookfield will highlight it with a cladding of travertine quarried about 15 miles east of Siena, Italy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>David W Dunlop examines the design and physics behind the making of the $1 billion skyscraper,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1 Manhattan West</a>.</p> Grafton Architects' UTEC “vertical campus” wins inaugural RIBA International Prize Justine Testado 2016-11-23T19:02:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:46:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>RIBA awarded their inaugural International Prize today to The Universidad de Ingenier&iacute;a y Tecnolog&iacute;a (UTEC) in Lima by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grafton Architects</a> and Shell Arquitectos. Open to architects worldwide, the Prize is RIBA's very&nbsp;own&nbsp;recognition award for&nbsp;&ldquo;civil architecture that empowers people and societies to innovate and progress&rdquo;, RIBA President Jane Duncan said. The grand jury, led by architect Richard Rogers, traveled to visit all <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">six finalist buildings</a> before making their final decision.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Irish practice Grafton Architects and Shell Arquitectos from Lima designed the brutalist vertical campus&nbsp;for UTEC, a 50-year-old engineering university that enables&nbsp;young Peruvians to gain engineering qualifications, and therefore encourage social mobility.&nbsp;The jury praised the UTEC building as a bold, masterful project that depicts Grafton Architects' years of experimenting with space and form.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;The vertical structure provides open circulation and meeting spaces in a succession of platforms that compose th...</p> Construction begins on Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Rockwell Group's “shape-shifting“ arts center in Manhattan Justine Testado 2016-11-23T18:17:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:46:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Dubbed &ldquo;The Shed&rdquo;,] The 18,500 square metre venue has six storeys and can &ldquo;accommodate the broadest range of performance, visual art, music, and multi-disciplinary work&rdquo;. A cultural centre will be encased in a 34m-high outer shell that can slide on rails to double the ground space. The building includes two large-scale column-free galleries comprising 2,320 square metres of museum-quality space, a 500-seat theater and event and rehearsal spaces. [Completion is due] in 2019.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more about New York's Hudson Yards:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG-designed "The Spiral" Hudson Yards tower is inching closer to becoming reality</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renderings of Thomas Heatherwick's "Vessel" for New York's Hudson Yard revealed</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></p> Take a look at KAAN Architecten's new offices inside a 1950s-era Rotterdam building Nicholas Korody 2016-11-23T12:27:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:55:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="461" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just steps away from the iconic Erasmus Bridge, a new office for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KAAN Architecten</a> has joins the crowd of notable buildings in the heart of the Dutch city of Rotterdam. The project transformed 1,400 square meters of a site with a storied history. Designed by Henri Timo Zwiers in the mid-fifties, the structure was built on the grounds a former synagogue that was destroyed in the Second World War. Originally the premises of De Nederlandsche Bank, the building&rsquo;s bright open spaces and rectangular floor plan lend itself well to an architecture office.</p><p>KAAN restored the industrial concrete structure, and counterbalanced the rough concrete with dark walnut. &ldquo;The harmonious interaction between the warm comfort of the wood and the pre-existing concrete structure, envelopes the atmosphere in a graceful yet monumental feeling,&rdquo; writes KAAN Architecten.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;The notion of sharing of knowledge is at the core of the division of spaces and the interior design of the new office. This rough space has the ...</p> AECOM halts work on Faraday Future's $1-Billion Nevada factory Alexander Walter 2016-11-22T15:05:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T12:51:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Faraday Future&rsquo;s future is looking bleaker. After the electric car start-up failed to pay millions of dollars in bills, its contractor Monday halted work on Faraday&rsquo;s $1-billion North Las Vegas, Nev., car factory. [...] The contractor is Aecom, the Los Angeles-based engineering giant. [...] Faraday failed to pay $21 million due to Aecom in September and owed $25 million in October and $12 million in November, according to Aecom.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Faraday Future previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faraday Future holds groundbreaking ceremony for $1B Nevada factory</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM to build $1B electric vehicle plant in Vegas</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li></ul> SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower – now world's tallest modular building – opens its doors Alexander Walter 2016-11-22T14:32:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T18:48:54-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After four years of delayed construction, financial missteps, and lawsuits, Forest City Ratner and Greenland U.S.A. are finally welcoming tenants into 461 Dean Street, currently the tallest high-rise&nbsp;in the world constructed with&nbsp;modular units. The 32-story tower on the edge of Prospect Heights and Park Slope offers sweeping views of brownstone Brooklyn, but its lengthy construction saga highlights the issues developers face when they&nbsp;build with modular construction in New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The groundbreaking (but not trouble-free) development previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Continued Delays For Housing at Atlantic Yards</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego High-Rise: World's Tallest Modular Apartment Tower Getting Snapped Together In Brooklyn</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modular construction is gaining popularity across New York City</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlantic Yards Will Be Getting 32-Story, SHoP-designed Modular Tower After All</a></li></ul> Lawsuit alleges Frank Gehry's IAC Building is melting Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-22T14:05:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T18:49:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The curvy, twisted glass facade of media mogul Barry Diller&rsquo;s IAC Building on West 18th Street and 11th Avenue is facing a sticky problem: The window sealant has become a dripping, opaque blob, according to a lawsuit. &ldquo;Nearly all of the windows have significant and visible defects,&rdquo; the building&rsquo;s owners claim in the suit against Permasteelisa North America, the company that installed the unique facade of the building designed by the acclaimed architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More Gehry-news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council</a></li><li><a title="Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family</a></li></ul>