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A play of shadow and light

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Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography 

This striking new Arada Office in Portugal was designed by Nelson Resende and is located in Ovar

A recently released set of images from Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography highlight the constantly changing aspects of the new Arada Office in Portugal as the natural light changes throughout the day. Commenting on the project Nelson Resende said: "The building is the result of the juxtaposition of a series of pure, little-tamed volumes, linked by necessity, but assuming its own identity. The result seeks, however, to be more than a sum, an idea of ??formulation that exposes without fear the crudeness of the essence as a possible way, the honesty of the simple forms, exposed without filters, in a game that emphasizes the dynamism, by the different rotation of the volumes, its different altimetry and solar exposition, allowing the creation of an object of easy apprehension and simultaneously of insinuated complexity, by the games of light/shadow that causes, by the apparent ambiguit

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Down by the river

Down by the river

This scheme’s design language and material choices reflect the historical dockside context of this site by the River Thames

MSMR first achieved planning consent to redevelop Ransomes Wharf in Battersea in 2015. Now under development by Trentworth Properties Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore-listed City Developments Limited (CDL), the 1.6 acre site will include six buildings of up to 10 storeys, accommodating 118 high quality private and affordable apartments with approx. 2,200 sq m of flexible commercial space and substantial new public realm works. Central to MSMR’s residential-led scheme for the Wharf is a new public square, designed as a flexible amenity space for residents and the wider community. A key objective of the development has been to maximise the permeability of the site and MSMR’s design introduces a number of new pedestrian routes to Ransomes Wharf, including a primary route through the central square, as well as access to the Thames Path. The scheme’s design language and material choices reflect the historical context of the site, referencing the dockside warehouse aesthetic and the former Domus Tiles factory which was located near the Wharf. A brickwork ‘grid’, typical of London Wharves, and interpretations of existing patterns and materials found on the site, inform the elevational treatment. Commercial units flank the square at ground level, enlivening the space and encouraging ‘occupation’ of the external spaces. Elements of play will be introduced throughout the public realm, which has been designed to complement existing facilities, especially those in nearby Battersea Park. MSMR’s interior fit-out design concept continues to draw on the industrial warehouse aesthetic using a material palette of exposed structural concrete, rough cut timber, dark metal and Corten finishes. Careful internal planning given to the residential element of the scheme has ensured a high proportion of family-sized affordable units, with all accommodation exceeding London Housing Design Guide standards. Residential accommodation throughout Ransomes Wharf benefits from private amenity space in the form of balconies, terraces or private gardens. MSMR Director, Simon Robinson says, ‘Ransomes Wharf is an exciting project for us. We’ve designed a new neighbourhood for London including 118 new homes and new public spaces linking the site to the River Thames.’ On the adjacent Elcho Street, MSMR Architects are on site for Trentworth Properties Ltd to construct a 10-storey tower that will deliver a commercial space with 4 duplex apartments above. MSMR's award-winning design breaks convention in terms of building height, materiality, apartment size and mix, but garnered the full support of the local authority’s planning department to achieve planning consent at first application. Nick Myall News editor

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Woods Bagot debuts in New York

Woods Bagot debuts in New York

Woods Bagot has just opened the firm's first North American tower in Downtown Brooklyn, New York

The Amberly, a new Brooklyn luxury rental development situated at the nexus of Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown Brooklyn is Woods Bagot’s first North American tower. Rising 33 stories and located at 120 Nassau Street, The Amberly will offer residents an unmatched combination of comfortable high-design homes, convenient services and amenities that encourage a strong sense of community, and stunning panoramic views of the New York City skyline, Statue of Liberty and seven iconic bridges from the residences as well as the building’s top-floor sky lounge, dubbed The Overlook.   "The Amberly represents a new category of urban luxury living, where as much thought and attention has been poured into the spaces for working and socializing as has been dedicated to the spaces for living,” said Jodi Stasse, Executive Vice President of New Developments at Citi Habitats. “Whether your office is in Brooklyn, Manhattan or even at home, The Amberly is well-located and ideal for everyone, and we're thrilled to show off what’s been created.” Ranging from studios to three-bedroom residences and catering to all household sizes, The Amberly features 270 homes for rent starting from $2,100 per month. Select residences will include private outdoor space, and an on-site leasing office and model apartments are now open. The model apartments have been beautifully furnished in varying colorful styles by leading interior design firm BHDM Design. The building’s architecture and interiors are by Woods Bagot, a global architecture and design studio known for its cutting edge residential, cultural and commercial urban projects around the world. The Amberly is a striking modern addition to the Brooklyn skyline and the firm’s first North American tower. Inspired by the historic brownstones of Brooklyn, The Amberly’s warm terracotta façade was intelligently patterned to maximize light and views in the living and dining areas by giving way to floor-to-ceiling windows, while maintaining privacy within the bedrooms. “The form, materiality and open spaces of the project were designed specifically for this intersection where the scale of Downtown Brooklyn meets the creative ambiance of DUMBO and the material character of brownstone Brooklyn,” said Matt Stephenson, Senior Associate at Woods Bagot. “The design of the building links those contextual elements together while providing visual connections from each residence and amenity to the skyline beyond.” High-end finishes within the residences are on par with new luxury condominium developments while expressing a unique Brooklyn style, including kitchens featuring white subway tile backsplashes, custom walnut cabinetry and Caesarstone countertops with waterfall edges. In the bathrooms, matte finished porcelain tiles floors set in a herringbone pattern line the floors, complemented by an oversized showerhead and glazed porcelain tile walls in the shower. All residences are equipped with Bosch washers and dryers. Amenities at the Amberly, also furnished by BHDM Design, aim to enhance and ease residents’ daily lives, while fostering connectedness and creativity between them. Perched atop the building, The Overlook will crown the tower’s 33rd floor, providing all residents with penthouse views at no additional cost. Additional amenities at The Amberly include a spacious ninth-floor lounge with a wraparound sundeck, landscaped terrace, grills and space for alfresco dining – a twist on the classic Brooklyn backyard – as well as co-working space, a multi-zone fitness center with Peloton bike systems and secure bike storage. An expansive lobby will be attended to by a concierge 24-hours a day, while a private driveway for quick pick-ups, drop-offs and unloading, as well as on-site valet parking with direct tower access, will also be available. The Amberly will also feature a beautifully landscaped 10,000-square-foot public plaza just outside the lobby that will provide a serene welcome to residents and valuable green space to the neighborhood. Designed by SCAPE, the celebrated New York-based landscape architecture and urban design firm, the plaza will be lined with tables and chairs and provide a shaded tree canopy for those looking for a picnic spot, meeting place, or calm respite from the city. Located near the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, F, and R subway lines, The Amberly allows residents to travel conveniently and easily around the city. Opting for transportation above ground, the Pier 1 Ferry is within walking distance at the water’s edge, and residents can also bike or walk across both the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. Nick Myall News editor

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NASA set for lift off in Ohio

NASA set for lift off in Ohio

TEN Arquitectos are combining the best of the old and the new with their plans for a a new NASA research centre in Ohio, USA

Six decades after Congress enshrined its mission in law, NASA marks its diamond anniversary with the groundbreaking of a brand-new centerpiece for its Cleveland-based Glenn Research Center. The birthplace of a wealth of now commonplace innovations, the facility consists of a constellation of primarily World War II-era brick buildings, which, despite their semi-circular distribution, lacked a central focus. Thus, tasked with creating much-needed office and collaborative space, TEN Arquitectos recognised a further opportunity. As a firm for whom form does not just follow function — but is, rather, the most perfect and precise expression of it, they opted to create a nexus: a building with amenities and opportunities to engage the entire campus population, serving as both anchor and core. “If we create architecture that neglects its context and does nothing to activate its surroundings, then we haven’t actually created architecture at all. We’ve merely created a building.” says Enrique Norten, Founder of TEN Arquitectos. Set to rise on the main artery of Lewis Field—the center’s primary campus, and a recently minted historic district—the two storey, 60,000 sq ft Research Support Building will provide a new and contemporary public face for the home of the country’s most prolific aeronautic and aerospace innovations. The design consists of a series of rectilinear massings – airy volumes of glass and corrugated metal – positioned to both optimize program adjacencies and creative interactions, and to allow for the creation of public green spaces, indoors and out. Contributing a cleanly modernist expression that will channel NASA’s palpable ethos of innovation, the structure will, quite literally, mark the center of the campus. Viewed from above, this bold X, alongside the NASA rooftop logo atop the historic hangar building, will give the research campus a renewed public presence to planes from the neighboring airport. Gesturing towards the campus’ main artery, the RSB’s north-south elevated and cantilevered axis provides an extended covered plaza leading to the entrance, and will house a communal dining area, collaborative work space and a gallery. In honor of the facility’s copious and momentous achievements, the two-story space will serve as a point of pride, displaying a rotating selection of items from NASA’s prolific archives. Adept placement of exposed trusses reduces the need for support, thereby enabling a transparency that not only floods the interiors with light but connects it visually to the campus with 270- degree views. The main building will comprise a mix of dedicated and fluid work areas. A series of both open and private office spaces, meeting, conference, and training rooms, as well as an exchange store will be distributed throughout the two floors. Enclosed double height and landscaped internal courtyards will draw natural light deep into the surrounding work spaces and provide additional places to gather. Offering more than 86,000 sq ft of sprawling, landscaped lawn, the exterior, dubbed “Wright Commons”, will serve as the expansive central green. “NASA is a ‘culture of functionalism’. This new building seeks to work within the vocabulary of the research infrastructure, like the amazing domes, gravity drops and pipes that weave throughout the campus. Our hope is this building will act as a platform for this community, connecting them to each other, to resources, to their past achievements and future opportunities.”  says Andrea Steele, a partner at TEN. With skillful use of several of the innovations created by NASA – photovoltaics, tnemec paint and insulation – the building was designed to achieve LEED silver. Construction is set to begin in September 2018, with an expected completion in 2020. Nick Myall News editor

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IN BRIEF

UK planning rules to be eased to allow an extra storey

Extra storeys could be added to London's homes, shops and offices with

Perkins+Will's Los Angeles studio announces new leadership for Corporate and Commercial Projects

The Los Angeles office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Principal Jon Jackson has died

Jon C. Jackson, FAIA, retired principal of national architecture firmB

EVENTS

26.05.2018 

Collateral event of 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia 
La Biennale di Venezia - Hong Kong Exhibition 6 May – 25 November, 2018 

20.11.2018 

WAN Awards presentation 
World Architecture News are pleased to announce that the ninth annual award 

OMA / Shohei Shigematsu completes first phase of Park Grove

OMA / Shohei Shigematsu completes first phase of Park Grove

Two of three towers of Park Grove designed by Shohei Shigematsu officially open, as OMA New York’s three residential projects across North America are nearing completion

Two of three towers of Park Grove, designed by Shohei Shigematsu, in Biscayne Bay, USA, have officially opened, as OMA New York’s three residential projects across North America near completion. 121 E 22nd Street in New York City and Transbay Block 8 in San Francisco to follow in the next year. The Related Group and Terra Group have unveiled the first phase of Park Grove, the multi-tower residential development designed by Partner-in-Charge Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York. Named the Club Residences and Two Park Grove, the first two towers are now move-in ready. OMA first won the design competition in 2013 with a scheme that would connect Coconut Grove’s community scale to the Biscayne Bay and honour the neighborhood’s natural beauty. Inspired by the Bay, Shohei Shigematsu and OMA envisioned the towers as barrier islands, each uniquely independent yet maintaining a linked intimacy. The resulting organic forms contrast from its boxier neighbors. A plinth connecting the three towers provides a lush, landscape of amenities for residents and act as an extension to the surrounding natural environment. A series of passages weave in and out throughout the 5-acre site and provide connections and views to the Biscayne Bay. The final tower lies on the former site of the Coconut Grove Bank, which required a phased construction to accommodate a seamless move from the Bank’s original building to its new home in the plinth. The tower is currently under construction and will reach completion in Spring 2019.  Together, the three residences will add to the distinct community of Coconut Grove that offers an alternative to the Metropolitan downtown. The opening of the first phase of Park Grove marks the beginning of a series of residential tower completions to follow in the next year. OMA has been engaged in the design of a number of residential tower projects, including 121 E 22nd Street in New York (2019), Transbay Bock 8 in San Francisco (2019) and Nora Tornen in Stockholm (2018). All four projects will be completed by 2019. Nick Myall News editor

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Cracks in steel beams discovered at Salesforce Transit Center

Cracks in steel beams discovered at Salesforce Transit Center

Brand new transport hub forced to close due to structural problems

The discovery of cracks in steel beams has prompted the shutdown of the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.  The building is an intermodal transit station in downtown San Francisco which serves as the primary bus terminal - and future rail terminal - for the San Francisco Bay Area. The transport hub opened its doors to the public last month. Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) decided to close the centre following the discovery of "fissures" in one, then two, of the structure's steel beams. According to The San Francisco Examiner, TJPA Executive Director Mark Zabaneh said the initial crack is about two ft, six inches long, while the second crack is smaller than the first. Both run along the bottom of the beams, which were made by the Stockton-based Herrick Corp. The centre and the block of Fremont Street passed over by the centre will be closed for least a week initially.  TJPA officials said there could a number of reasons for the cracks in the steel: a fabrication problem, an installation error, too much weight on the beam or an error in the initial design of the building. The two beams with fissures remain localised to the area above Fremont Street at the Salesforce Transit Center with work on a shoring system beginning in the very near future… Nick Myall News editor

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The Bloomberg Building scoops the RIBA Stirling Prize

The Bloomberg Building scoops the RIBA Stirling Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has awarded the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize to Bloomberg, London by Foster + Partners

The prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded annually to the UK’s best new building and this year’s prize has gone to the Bloomberg building designed by Foster + Partners. Bloomberg’s pioneering new European HQ has been credited as the world’s most sustainable office and is thought to be the largest stone building in the City of London since St Paul’s Cathedral.  With a restrained exterior and dynamic interior to encourage collaboration, Bloomberg is comprised of two buildings connected by a bridge. Each sit either side of a new public arcade, which re-establishes an ancient Roman road. This complex scheme also incorporates new access to Bank Underground station, cafes and restaurants, and a museum displaying the Roman Temple of Mithras, which was discovered on the site sixty years ago. Given its vast footprint (a whole city block), the client, Michael Bloomberg wanted to ensure the building would be a ‘good neighbour’. Three new public spaces open-up this area of the city and the sensitive, handcrafted sandstone exterior and bronze window ‘fin’ details ensure the building sits comfortably within its surroundings. The procession through the building is dynamic and highly choreographed. On arrival, you enter the ‘Vortex’ – a dramatic double-height art work formed from three curved timber shells. From here, high-speed lifts carry you directly to the sixth floor ‘Pantry’ – a large concourse and café space with views across the City. A 210m high bronze ‘ramp’ that is wide enough for impromptu conversations without impeding the flow of people, winds down and links the office floors below. Workspaces are clustered in the wide open-plan floors which are filled with pioneering new technologies including multi-function ceilings fitted with 2.5 million polished aluminium ‘petals’ to regulate acoustics, temperature and light.  Speaking about Bloomberg, RIBA President Ben Derbyshire, said: ‘After vigorous debate, the jury reached a unanimous decision - Bloomberg’s new European HQ is a monumental achievement. The creativity and tenacity of Foster + Partners and the patronage of Bloomberg have not just raised the bar for office design and city planning, but smashed the ceiling. This building is a profound expression of confidence in British architecture – and perfectly illustrates why the UK is the profession’s global capital. This role and reputation must be maintained, despite the political uncertainty of Brexit.’ Commenting Lord Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners, said: ‘From our first discussions to the final details of the project, Mike Bloomberg and I had a ‘meeting of minds’ on every aspect of the project – its sustainable focus, commitment to innovation and drive to create the best workplace for Bloomberg employees. The RIBA Stirling Prize is a testament to the incredible collaborative spirit that has underpinned the entire project from start to finish.’ Michael Jones, Senior Partner and Lead Architect, Foster + Partners went to say: ‘Behind every good building is a great client and Bloomberg is a testament to what is possible when the visions of client and architect align. We were continually supported and inspired by Mike Bloomberg and his team, who shared our values on innovation, sustainability and wellbeing to develop a pioneering new workplace for the future. We are delighted that Bloomberg has been awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize, as recognition of not only this special partnership, but also the immense collaboration by the entire team that underpinned and delivered the project.’ Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, said: ‘When we embarked on this project, we wanted to create a cutting-edge design that would push the boundaries of what an office building could be, which meant setting new standards for openness and sustainability. At the same time, we wanted to honour London's history and contribute to its vitality. We knew that if we could achieve both objectives, we'd have a building that would inspire everyone who set foot inside it. This prize indicates that - thanks to the brilliant Norman Foster - we succeeded. And we're grateful to everyone who worked so hard to bring it to life.’ The 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize judges, chaired by Sir David Adjaye OBE, said: ‘Bloomberg is a once-in-a-generation project which has pushed the boundaries of research and innovation in architecture. The design brief called for a building which could rise-up to the challenge of this loaded site and an information-driven environment. The architect worked exhaustively and collaboratively to design a building which perfectly responds to Bloomberg’s ambitions. By building at a lower height than approved at planning, reserving parts of the site for public space, and using highly-detailed, handcrafted materials, Bloomberg shows a high level of generosity towards the City. This is a building of its place. Art has been commissioned as an integral part to enhance people’s experience of the spaces. The design process involved unprecedented levels of research, innovation and experimentation, with pioneering new details and techniques tested, prototyped – sometimes at 1:1 scale – and rigorously improved.  The real success though is in the experience for staff, visitors or passers-by – how Bloomberg has opened up new spaces to sit and breathe in the City; the visceral impact of the roof-top view across to St Paul’s from the concourse space, the energy of descending the helix ramp or settling into a desk in one of the dynamic new workspaces. This ground-breaking project demonstrates what is possible through close collaboration between highly-skilled, imaginative architects and a deadly sophisticated, civic-minded client. Bloomberg is an astounding commitment to quality architecture.’ Bloomberg was chosen as the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize winner from the following outstanding shortlisted entries: Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire by Waugh Thistleton Architects Chadwick Hall, University of Roehampton, London by Henley Halebrown New Tate St Ives, Cornwall by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, Cambridge by MUMA The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects The jury for the 2018 Prize was comprised of: Sir David Adjaye OBE (Chair); RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire; 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize winner, Alex de Rijke; former Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Jude Kelly CBE and Almacantar Property Director, Kathrin Hersel. Architect Simon Sturgis was appointed as sustainability advisor. Nick Myall News editor

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A rock solid residence

A rock solid residence

This home’s design pursues a double objective. On one hand, to provide its inhabitants with maximum privacy and, on the other, to become an iconic building within the neighbourhood

This single family house is located on a corner plot of the residential district of Abdulla Al Salem, Kuwait. The concept and design by AGi architects stems from a controversial duality imposed by the clients need for complete privacy as well as the desire for distinguishing the house into an iconic building from within the neighbourhood.  The buildings’ structure is composed of reinforced concrete formed in a similar fashion to a folded piece of origami, and the structure rotates around itself creating a central courtyard from which all the spaces in the house are turned towards. The openings overlooking the street rarely occur, however when they appear they are inclined to prevent views and excessive sun light into the interior.  With relatively smaller spaces than the local standards, the design intent is to give maximum functional flexibility, by introducing multiple routes to enable continuous communication between different rooms without interruptions. Similar to traditional Muslim architecture, the use of corridors is avoided, instead the house is seen as a whole entity comprised of changing conditions based on the various activities unraveling throughout the course of the day. Nick Myall News editor

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Zaha Hadid Architects create a splash in Sharjah

Zaha Hadid Architects create a splash in Sharjah

Phase One of Aljada’s Central Hub is scheduled to complete in the first quarter of 2019 in Sharjah, UAE

Arada has announced Phase One of the Central Hub in Sharjah will complete in the first quarter of next year. The focal point of the US$6.5 billion Aljada development in Sharjah, the Central Hub by Zaha Hadid Architects is a new leisure and entertainment destination for the UAE that defines Aljada’s role as a transformational project for Sharjah. The Central Hub’s design conceptualises the first moment a water droplet strikes the earth’s surface, captured in an array of elliptical buildings that are designed to channel prevailing winds into public spaces and courtyards to aid natural cooling. Arada’s commitment to sustainability and smart technologies is integrated within the Central Hub. The complex’s natural ecosystem, irrigated by recovered and recycled water, is designed to sustain a microclimate at ground level for gardens featuring plant species native to the region, while the Central Hub’s lighting requirements will be entirely provided by smart solar power. More than 25 football fields in size (1.9 million square feet), the car-free Central Hub is focussed around its large central plaza and public observation tower. The Central Hub’s design integrates a variety of civic spaces designed with natural cooling strategies to enable them to be enjoyed throughout the year, even during the summer months. In total, there will be 732,000 square feet of public squares and gardens within the Central Hub, including the large community park that covers a quarter of the complex with thousands of specially selected native trees and plants. Work on the first phase of the Central Hub – which will include an outdoor cinema space, a food truck village, skate park and other family-friendly facilities – has already begun and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2019. Arada is on track to complete all phases of the Central Hub by 2022. HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Arada, said: “Our plan has always been to build extraordinary, engaging and transformational communities. That is reflected in the bold design of the Central Hub, which will soon be a new focal point not just for Aljada, but for the whole of Sharjah and the rest of the UAE as well. We are working on putting together some incredible new partnerships for the Central Hub, and we will be announcing these in the coming months.” HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, Vice Chairman of Arada, said: “Sustainability is absolutely central to Arada’s vision, and that has been reflected in the Central Hub’s design. We are working hard to protect and encourage local native species and natural environment. We’re doing this in a way that is cost-efficient and leaves as small an impact on the planet as possible.” Johannes Schafelner, Project Director, Zaha Hadid Architects, said: ‘Aljada’s Central Hub stands as an example of how conscious design can work with the environment to create a truly unique and inspirational focus for its community. The Central Hub is a defining project for Sharjah and the UAE, and we have been proud to work closely with Arada on bringing this development to life.“ The main contract for the first phase of the Central Hub has been awarded to Modern Building Contracting Company (MBCC), which has already mobilised on site, and this part of the destination will be completed by the end of the first quarter of next year. Over 328,000 square feet in size, the first phase of the Central Hub will include: Aljada Community Centre. Food truck village. Children’s play area, outdoor activity zone and skate park. Outdoor event space for film screenings, pop-up events and markets. Arada’s experiential sales centre. The second and third phases of the Central Hub are scheduled to be completed in 2020 and 2022, respectively.  The extensive facilities and attractions in these two phases include: Waterplay area (65,000 square feet in size). Extreme sports centre including a skatepark and climbing wall. ‘Edutainment’ complex for families, which features a virtual reality zone and children’s science and discovery centre . Two retail zones, that include food halls for farmers’ markets. 11-screen cinema. Adventure golf course. Community park, over 340,000 square feet in size, featuring hundreds of species of trees and plants as well as a number of outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts. The latest announcement at Sharjah’s largest mixed-use lifestyle destination follows a series of milestones, including the first infrastructure contract award, to BICC Contracting in September, and the first main residential construction contract award, which was handed to Modern Building Contracting Company LLC in July. Arada has also recently confirmed that Aljada will be one of the UAE’s smartest projects, with next-generation technologies to offer residents and visitors the most convenient and efficient living. In April this year, Arada announced the launch of East Village, a new community which constitutes Phase 2 of Aljada. Additionally, Emaar Hospitality Group announced it will open three new hotels, the Address Aljada Sharjah, Vida Aljada Sharjah and Rove Aljada. In January, the developer also confirmed that the global engineering giant Jacobs had won a key contract for Ajada’s infrastructure. Launched in September 2017 by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Aljada has become Sharjah’s fastest-selling residential community. Delivered in phases starting in 2019, the entire project is expected to be completed by 2025. The Aljada masterplan is carefully designed with walkability and wide green spaces in mind, allowing residents, workers and visitors the ability to live, work and play within a fully integrated and sustainable community. Nick Myall News editor

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MPavilion 2018 is unveiled

MPavilion 2018 is unveiled

This year’s MPavilion in Melbourne celebrates building communities and women in leadership, and heralds a free four-month program of events from 9 October 2018 to 3 February 2019

Exclusive drone footage shows off the MPavilion 2018, designed by Barcelona-based architect and educator Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós, which has opened in the Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne, Australia. Internationally influential for her community-focused philosophy of design, Carme Pinós’s MPavilion marks the first public work in Australia by a female Spanish architect. Initiated and commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from the City of Melbourne, Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and ANZ, MPavilion 2018 is the fifth in an ongoing series of annual architect-designed summer pavilions for Melbourne. The pavilion this year celebrates building communities and women in leadership, and heralds a free four-month program of events from 9 October 2018 to 3 February 2019, featuring over 500 Australian and international guests and collaborators.  MPavilion 2018 was officially opened by MPavilion founder Naomi Milgrom AO, architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós and the City of Melbourne’s Councillor Rohan Leppert. The opening event was commemorated with a live performance from Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham AO and Dhungala Children’s Choir. Naomi Milgrom AO, chair of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, who commissioned Carme Pinós to design MPavilion 2018, said: “Working with Carme to bring her inspiring MPavilion design to life has been an absolute pleasure. Carme’s vision opens Australia to conversations about how to make our cities more inclusive through design. It’s a privilege to commission a work with such international and future-thinking insight.” Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne Sally Capp, said: "For the past four years, MPavilion has celebrated and showcased the best of contemporary Australian and international architecture right in the heart of our city, winning eight national and international awards.  The annual MPavilion program has been a major success, featuring collaborations between more than 1,000 designers, architects, cultural and educational institutions. The City of Melbourne is proud MPavilion continues to call Melbourne home and I’m excited to visit the gardens and see this year’s pavilion.” Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós commented: “In designing this year’s MPavilion, I wanted firstly to make a space for the people of Melbourne to feel connected—to each other, to the city they live in, and to nature. We are all part  of the world, and architecture can tell that story and provide a place for us to experience life together. I hope the MPavilion becomes a flow of knowledge and creativity this summer.”   In true Pinós form, the sculptural design incorporates majestic wings inspired by origami that, rather than make a heroic statement, open the MPavilion to the city, encouraging movement, meetings and new experiences. The geometric configuration assembled in two distinct halves intersect with each other to form the pavilion’s roof. An altered topography forms three mounds that incorporate seating, allowing a multitude of community-focused activities to ‘unfold’ during the MPavilion 2018/19 season of events. Designed for MPavilion and to celebrate the opening, Carme has also released a special commissioned stool made in Spain by hand-tinted birch plywood. Carme Pinós opens the MPavilion 2018 program on Tuesday 9 October, speaking at The land on which we stand, presented by Melbourne Festival. Carme will that evening also give an opening lecture at the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne School of Design, and will further speak at opening week events at MPavilion, including an in-conversation with Parlour on Wednesday 10 October and a discussion with Naomi Milgrom AO and ABC journalist Virginia Trioli on Thursday 11 October. The MPavilion 2018 program features hundreds of free public events through MTalks, MMeets, MMusic, MKids and MProjects event series, as well as MPavilion’s own curated MRelay series of tag-team talks, which this year focus on fostering inclusive and equitable cities. This year, MPavilion has greatly expanded its Indigenous architecture forum series BLAKitecture, initiated in 2017 and curated by MPavilion’s program consultant Sarah Lynn Rees. The program also offers MPavilion’s largest ever number of events developed in direct engagement with the public, resulting via an open call-out for expressions of interest in July. New in 2018 is MPavilion’s Writer in Residence program, which welcomes recipient Maddee Clark, a Yugambeh writer, editor and curator who will investigate the intersections between architecture and the written word. MPavilion’s 2018 Artist in Residence is award-winning Melbourne artist Esther Stewart, who will create an interactive installation at MPavilion to be enjoyed over summer. Esther has also designed and produced a bespoke uniform for the MPavilion kiosk. Further collaborators to the MPavilion 2018 program include celebrated London’s former director of Tate museums Sir Nicholas Serota CH, UK design sensations Fixperts, NY’s Hyphen Labs, Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne Theatre Company, Science Gallery Melbourne, Chunky Move, Melbourne Music Week, Multicultural Arts Victoria, RMIT University, SensiLab at Monash University, Heide Museum of Contemporary Art, Westside Circus, Liquid Architecture, Melbourne Recital Centre, and more, with new additions to the season to come. MPavilion is supported by principal partners City of Melbourne, the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria, and ANZ. It was brought to fruition by Estudio Carme Pinós with the support of Melbourne based architects Zilka Studios; builders Kane Constructions and ACE Contractors; building surveyors Gardner Group, and landscape architects Tract, who won at the 2018 VIC Landscape Architecture Awards for their work on MPavilion 2017; lighting designer Ben Cobham of bluebottle; along with Studio Ongarato, Coleby Consulting, Otway Precast and Britton Timbers International. Open every day from 9am to 4pm through MPavilion’s season is the onsite licensed Kiosk, which features locally sourced food and beverages, including wines from Shadowfax, Four Pillars gin, Two Birds Brewing boutique beers—Australia’s first female owned brewing company, and Three Thousand Thieves coffee. Nick Myall News editor

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