Archinect - News 2016-10-28T04:28:11-04:00 Closer look: Zaha Hadid's new “floating” Port House in Antwerp Justine Testado 2016-09-23T18:07:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T17:04:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="694" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The glistening Port House in Antwerp is Zaha Hadid's latest project to be completed posthumously. But the glass building isn't mere folly. Built atop a disused historic fire station, the striking landmark operates as the new headquarters for the Port of Antwerp, Europe's second largest port.</p><p>ZHA was selected to design the new extension following a competition, in which the main objective was to preserve the original fire station, according to Port of Antwerp president Marc Van Peel. All five shortlisted competitors proposed a new structure above the building, but the Port deemed Zaha's design as &ldquo;the most brilliant&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>At 111 meters long and 21 meters high, the new glass extension &ldquo;floats&rdquo; above the old fire station. &ldquo;Like the bow of a ship, the new extension points towards the Scheldt, connecting the building with the river on which Antwerp was founded,&rdquo; ZHA describes.</p><p>The building&nbsp;also shows off a glazed facade of transparent and opaque triangular facets that allow sufficient natural l...</p> Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership Julia Ingalls 2016-04-20T17:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:20:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Zaha Hadid Architects issued a formal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> announcing that the firm will continue to move forward, with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> acting as de facto leader.&nbsp;In addition to finishing the 36 projects they had started or had under contract before <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Hadid died</a> on March 31st, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA</a> will also be taking on new work. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, in addition to opening new offices in Mexico City and Dubai, the firm "also hopes to push further into aviation, having won a contract for a new airport in Beijing." In tomorrow's episode of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>,&nbsp;Schumacher will share his personal and professional reflections on Hadid's legacy, and elaborate on how he'll carry Hadid's "DNA" and his&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">p</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">arametricist</a>&nbsp;ideas into new arenas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;We want to tell the world that we&rsquo;re still a viable, vibrant address for major work of cultural importance," Schumacher told the NYT.&nbsp;&ldquo;My ambition is to become more visible as a leader of the field to clients."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>He also stated that he wants to continue moving forward on ...</p> .PSLAB's "lion fish" chandelier adds the finishing touch to The Jane Antwerp Justine Testado 2014-04-24T17:10:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:48:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Jane restaurant in the Groen Kwartier of Antwerp still brandishes the now-trendy artisanal interior of the military hospital chapel it once was. Throughout the entire design process, Michelin Star Chef Sergio Herman and Nick Bril closely collaborated with Dutch practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Piet Boon Architects</a>, who then brought in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">.PSLAB</a>, a site-specific Beirut studio whose work specializes in creating sensory experiences.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Complementing the brass, stone, leather, and oak, the focal point of the restaurant is .PSLAB's handcrafted chandelier that the studio nicknamed the "Lion Fish". The chandelier boasts a radius of 12 x 9 m and a weight of 800 kilograms. Its black-finished tubes are accented with over 150 glass light bulbs that disperse upward toward the vaulted ceiling. The studio also describes that at 2.75 m above the ground, "the chandelier communicates a very human scale."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out .PSLAB's video below to see the making of the chandelier.</p> Junya Ishigami's architecture models go on show at DeSingel, Antwerp Archinect 2013-02-26T14:29:00-05:00 >2013-02-27T12:05:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has built a miniature landscape at DeSingel International Arts Campus in Antwerp. The former SANAA employee - who set up his fast-emerging practice in 2004 - has sited over fifty of his architecture models on a series of long tables inside the Campus, giving visitors a intimate overview of his varied oeuvre.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Badboot Lido Opens in Antwerp Alexander Walter 2012-08-16T14:18:00-04:00 >2012-08-20T20:56:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you happen to be in Antwerp, Belgium this summer, make sure to check out "Badboot" [...], the world's largest floating open-air swimming pool, which opened this week. At an overall length of 120 meters (394 feet), the lido is capable of receiving up to 600 people at two event halls, a swimming pool and a restaurant with a lounge terrace, which are all open to the public.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Badboot Lido Coming to Antwerp this Summer Alexander Walter 2012-05-01T18:15:00-04:00 >2012-05-02T13:44:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the world&rsquo;s biggest floating openair swimming pools will open on the Eilandje in Antwerp, Belgium at the Kattendijkdok in mid-August. The pool, with a total length of 120 meters (394 feet), can accommodate 600 people and consists of a swim basin, two event venues, several floors and a restaurant with a lounge terrace.</p></em><br /><br /><p> 'Badboot' was designed by architect Pieter Peerlings and Silvia Mertens of Sculp(IT) Architecten, known for the narrowest house in Antwerp (remember this incredibly popular <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Showcase Feature</a>?).</p>