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One Vanderbilt heads for the sky

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The terracotta façade of One Vanderbilt, which pays homage to the materials used in Grand Central Terminal, now reaches the 14th Floor

One Vanderbilt, the skyline defining skyscraper rising next to Grand Central in Manhattan's East Midtown New York and slated to open in 2020, has made tremendous progress in 2018, with construction well ahead of schedule: steel erection of the 77 storey KPF-designed tower has reached the 54th floor, so far utilizing 8,755 pieces of steel and 46,933 cubic yards of concrete. The striking terracotta façade, which pays homage to the materials used in Grand Central Terminal, now reaches the 14th Floor. Two years ahead of opening, the 1.7 million-square-foot building is 37% pre-leased, reaching its 2018 leasing targets. Some of the world’s top-tier finance, banking and law firms have committed to moving their offices to One Vanderbilt, including Carlyle Group, TD Bank, McDermott Will & Emery, Greenberg Traurig, and DZ/DVB Bank.  As part of the building's development, On

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Paddock to Market to Plate

Paddock to Market to Plate

Flemington 2036; Paddock to Market to Plate. A Vision for the Future High Density Urban Agriculture –

Flemington 2036 Paddock to Market to Plate; A Vision for the Future Paddock to Market to Plate is a Vision for the future of the Flemington Market Site in Sydney. Flemington is the historical site of Sydney’s produce markets, next to the Olympic Stadium. The markets have announced they will be relocating. This proposal envisages the redevelopment of this site as a model of urban renewal in the 21st Century. The design includes a mix of all elements needed for a sustainable future in the same place. It includes Urban Agriculture, Employment, High Density Living and retains some Market uses. Urban Heat Islands Modern developed cities are up to 3 degrees hotter than rural areas. In cities, green space is replaced by hard surfaces like roads which cannot absorb the suns energy. This is called the ‘Heat Island Effect’. This scheme tackles the problem by using the green roofs for agriculture to feed the residents. 90% of the land surface is given over to parks, paddocks and agriculture. This can supply 30% of the needs of the residents. Integrated Planning – Paddock to Market to Plate The energy costs of Transportation of food and goods is one of the largest uses of global energy. It chokes our cities with roads, trucks and smoke. In the future, communities must integrate all of the elements of sustainable living in the one place to reduce the impact of transport. The site can accommodate 10,000 dwellings. It also contains employment uses for 5000 people and incorporate large areas for urban agriculture including fields for crops, grains, herbs, flowers and orchards as well as parks, and community spaces. This was a speculative design commissioned by the Urban Taskforce and the Daily Telegraph newspaper to highlights some of the challenges and possible solutions for the future.

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GRAFT takes on Tbilisi

GRAFT takes on Tbilisi

As part of an innovative business corridor in the northern area of Tbilisi’s city centre, GRAFT developed a masterplan for the Didube Chughureti District that creates a scenic and dynamic landscape and a healthy work environment with a wide range of activities for visitors and residents. The development comprises a series of buildings that vary in scale and composition, reorganizing the site while meshing with the existing urban fabric. The masterplan proposes large public squares that serve as meeting points, business centres and social hubs that together with the new railway museum and adjoining parks form a new cultural centre. GRAFT takes an integral approach to the design of the site and its buildings, allowing the landscape to transition into the buildings. The centre of the new urban situation is marked by the introduction of more densely placed vertical structures culminating in two innovative towers at the main junction. The two distinctive towers create a new urban gateway that marks the head offices of the Georgian Railway Company and defines the new urban landscape. The facades of the towers appear to divide like a railway junction. In one continuous motion, the facade translates from a horizontal roof that covers the railway museum and adjoining atrium into the vertical sun shades of the towers housing the Georgian Railway Company, fusing the two functions together into a single coherent building concept.

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Be among the best at the WAN Awards 2018

Be among the best at the WAN Awards 2018

Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, Henning Larsen’s Belfast Waterside and SLA’s SUND Nature Park in Copenhagen are among the high-profile projects on the shortlist for the prestigious WAN Awards 2018. More than 100 projects and practices are shortlisted across the 30 categories of the awards, which are now in their tenth year. Together, they represent the very best in international architecture today. The winners’ names will be announced at an awards dinner taking place at the London Hilton Bankside on 20 November. This celebrated event attracts a global audience of top architects and industry leaders.  This year’s event will be attended by studios including: Architectus, BACCA, Dixon Jones, Form4 Architecture, HDR, Lacime Architects, Margot Krasojevic Architecture, NBBJ, Pascall+Watson, RSAA/Buro Ziyu Zhuang, Squire & Partners, Weston Williamson and Partners, and Woods Bagot.  There’s still time for you to join the audience at this prestigious event. You can book your ticket here. Here’s the full shortlist of categories and contenders for the WAN Awards 2018:   Education UTS Blackfriars Children's Centre - DJRD | Lacoste + Stevenson | Architects in Association Hubert Perrodo Building, St Peter's College, University of Oxford - Design Engine Architects University of Iowa, Voxman Music Building - LMN Architects South Melbourne Primary School and Integrated Community Facilities - Hayball Macquarie University Incubator - Architectus Mulan Weichang Visitor Centre Library - Zhang Hai'ao (HDD) Marlborough Primary School - Dixon Jones   Education – Future Projects Carl H. Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati - Henning Larsen, KZF Design The Hub, University of Cambridge - Jestico + Whiles Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge - Jestico + Whiles Carey Baptist Grammar School - Architectus Mount Si High School - NAC Architecture   Adaptive Reuse The Wadden Sea Centre - Dorte Mandrup Uber Advanced Technology R&D Center - Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects The Sekforde - Chris Dyson Architects The Department Store - Squire and Partners The Gasworks - Chris Dyson Architects Gouda Cheese Warehouse - Mei Architects and Planners   Healthcare  Mental Health Hospital in Vejle - Arkitema Architects Brooklyn Health Center - Francis Cauffman Scheldehof Residential Care Centre - Atelier PRO Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary - NBBJ in collaboration with Ryder Architecture NGS Macmillan Unit, Chesterfield Royal Hospital - The Manser Practice   Healthcare – Future Projects  Everbright Life Center - HDR Architecture Inc. Strømme Senter - Shared care homes for people with dementia - FRIIS & MOLTKE Architects Phuc: An Elderly Village - HAS-Architecture   Affordable Housing Îlot 19 La Défense, Nanterre, France - Farshid Moussavi Architecture Habitat for Orphan Girls - ZAV Architects Primary Stingy Blocks of Flats - Helin & Co Architects   Sustainable Buildings Bambey University - IDOM John W. Olver Design Building - Leers Weinzapfel Associates CIFI Sustainable Demonstration Building - SUP Atelier/ School of Architecture, Tsinghua University Passive Pavilion of Longfor Sundar - SUP Atelier/ School of Architecture,Tsinghua University The New Evjen School - Pir II AS Sonoma Academy's Janet Durgin Guild & Commons - WRNS Studio   Wood in Architecture Stage of Forest - META-Project Macquarie University Incubator - Architectus Henry Street House - Eugene Cheah Architecture The Trondelag Regional Touring Theatre - Pir II AS Embodied Computation Lab - The Living The New Evjen School - Pir II AS   Landscape Masmo Solhaga Park - Land Arkitektur Building a Greenway: Puyangjiang River Corridor - TURENSCAPE Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project - Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership SUND Nature Park - SLA   Urban Design – Future Projects New Baishizhou Shenzhen - Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Whitmore Community Food Hub Complex Plan: Building Community Around Food University of Arkansas Community - Design Center + University of Arkansas Resiliency Center Bulfinch Crossing Master Plan - CBT Thunderbird District - Fred Geis, East West Alliance, J Roc Development, Perkins+Will Belfast Waterside - Henning Larsen Queenstown Masterplan - LandLAB   Waterfront The Coogee Beach Centre - Brewster Hjorth Architects Pierhouse and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge - Marvel Architects PUNTA MARQUÉS SEA CLUB - 128 ARCHITECTURE & URBAN DESIGN + KONTRAST Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay - Buchan + Conway Beg Architects   Concrete in Architecture Foro Boca Concert Hall - Rojkind Arquitectos Shui Cultural Center - West-Line Studio Two St Peter's Square - SimpsonHaugh Rust-ic House - URBAN-AGENCY   Metal in Architecture Healing Pavilion - Ball-Nogues Studio SIIC Center - Qingdao International Beer City - UAP in collaboration with Shanghai Industrial Investment Corporation and SWA Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity) - Idris Khan with UAP and bureau^proberts Rebirth of the Offset Printing Factory - ORIGIN ARCHITECT   Transport Sound Transit - North Link University Station, University of Washington - LMN Architects Tom Bradley International Terminal, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Architect: Fentress Architects, Associate Architects: HNTB Architecture, Inc., BASE Architecture Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4 - SAA Architects Pte Ltd, Consortium Lead and Executive Architect, Benoy Ltd, Concept Design Architect, Interior Designer and Wayfinding   Transport – Future Projects Revolving Sail Boat Bridge - Margot Krasojevic Architecture Jincheng Plaza Transport Hub - AREP LaGuardia Airport New Terminal B - HOK Tiruchirappalli International Airport, New Terminal - Pascall+Watson Smart Urban Park System - Strohecker Architects International Airport in Philippines - GMW MIMARLIK   Rising Star Three14 Architects David Benjamin - The Living MESURA Haptic Architects Bernardo Quinzaños Oria, Ignacio Urquiza Seoane - CCA | Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica Yichen Lu - Studio Link-Arc, LLC   Best Use of Immersive Technology The Dancing Pavilion - Estudio Guto Requena Future Street - Place Design Group, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Internet Of Things Alliance Australia (IoTA) and Smart Cities Council Australia/New Zealand Royal Colombian Hospital, Mental Healthcare Facility - Stantec Architecture Ltd The Sea View Healthy Community - Perkins+Will The Light Creature - Estudio Guto Requena   Façade Celine Ginza G6 - Casper Mueller Kneer Architects BUSABA AYUTTHAYA - TIDTANG STUDIO CO LTD SITE Santa Fe Façade - SHoP Architects in collaboration with UAP Shui Cultural Center - West-line Studio Terrazas del Lago - Morph Estudio   Colour in Architecture Khyaung School - Weston Williamson + Partners Vegetal Kingdom - Senosiain Arquitectos Chaoyang Future School - Crossboundaries / BIAD International Studio Bloomcanopy - Matter Architecture Practice   Small Spaces Village Lounge in Shangcun - SUP Atelier/ School of Architecture, Tsinghua University Bellbird Retreat - Steendijk Restroom in the Mountains - Lab D+H Bex & Arts - Montalba Architects MPavilion - Office for Metropolitan Architecture M+ Pavilion - VPANG Architects Limited   Tall Buildings Salesforce Tower - Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects 1 William Street - Woods Bagot 252 East 57th Street - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Chaoyang Park Plaza - MAD Architects   Commercial The Walled – Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat - Neri&Hu Design and Research Office PLACE 1 - THE_SYSTEM LAB Dorotheen Quartier - Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart Stibbe Headquarters - Jo Coenen Architects & Urbanists Nordea Bank Headquarters in Denmark - Henning Larsen 2050 M Street - REX Salesforce Tower - Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects   Commercial – Future Projects Campus X - Form4 Architecture OCT XI'AN INTERNATIONAL CENTER - EID Architecture Wonderwoods - MVSA Architects + Stefano Boeri Architetti Hangzhou Wangchao Center - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Energy Tower - Gerber Architekten GmbH WUYI YUANSU HOT SPRING RESORT - CLOU architects Binary Harmonics - Form 4 Architecture   Residential Gasholders London - WilkinsonEyre Grow with the Forest - Valley Villas at the foot of Changbai Mountain - ORIGIN ARCHITECT Península House - Bernardes Arquitetura Culture Matters- Vanke Big Family Housing Community Center - Lacime Architects Maybanke - Allen Jack+Cottier Living on the Altmühl riverside - Behnisch Architekten, München   Residential – Future Projects DISCUS - Belatchew Arkitekter 40-Baagh - Shift Process Practice Self-Excavation Hurricane House - Margot Krasojevic Architecture River Beech Tower - Perkins+Will, University of Cambridge, and Thornton Tomasetti   House of the Year Tongling Recluse - RSAA/Büro Ziyu Zhuang Grow with the Forest- Valley Villas at the foot of Changbai Mountain - ORIGIN ARCHITECT House in Karpathos - OOAK Architects Issa Megaron - PROARH MK5 House - ORTRAUM architects Open House: Intimate Home - Endeavour Land Sdn Bhd Brick Cave - H&P Architects   Civic Buildings Mulan Weichang Visitor Centre - Zhang Hai'ao(HDD) Suzhou Chapel - Neri&Hu Design and Research Office Chetian Cultural Center - West-Line Studio Brincante - Bernardes Arquitetura CRLand Archive Library - Studio Link-Arc, LLC Msheireb Museums - John McAslan + Partners   Civic Building – Future Project Memorial in the Path - Lawrence Kim / A+U Lab, Pusan National University Ponsonby Urban Park - LandLAB Luhu Cultural Center - Studio Link-Arc, LLC Garden Chapel Pavilion - archimania   Performing Spaces Royal Academy of Music - Theatre and New Recital Hall - Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd Queen Elisabeth Hall - SimpsonHaugh George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater - Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Congress Center of Jonzac - TETRARC   Sport in Architecture Bamboo Sports Hall at Panyaden International School - Chiangmai Life Architects Mercedes-Benz Stadium - HOK Yangzhou Rowing Water Sports Center - FCHA Vestre Fjord Park - ADEPT The Warner Stand at Lord's Cricket Ground - Populous

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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

20.11.2018 

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

Sybarite celebrates the silver screen

Sybarite celebrates the silver screen

Architecture and design practice Sybarite has created a luxurious, futuristic cinema brand for SKP - with its own strong and scalable design language that will complement the luxury retailer’s existing brand

Sybarite wanted to develop something unexpected and futuristic with the SKP Cinema brand using bold and distinctive branding as well as luxurious materials. The first SKP Cinema opened this summer 2018 at SKP Xi'an, providing the retail store with a refined, seductive and immersive cultural space. Spanning two floors, which are linked with an iconic, brutalist, poured-concrete staircase, the space illustrates how Sybarite has created a design language that can be integrated between the floors, walls and ceilings to develop a sculpted, luxurious environment and a recognisable brand.  Sybarite co-founder Torquil McIntosh said: "Tasked with creating a SKP-branded cinema, we developed a strong and scalable architectural language that can stand alone as well as within SKP retail stores." Each of the seven screens at the SKP Cinema at SKP Xi'an - two double-height Halls, two VIP Halls, a Kids' Hall, a Theatre Hall and a Love Hall - has a signature geometrical stacking effect across the ceiling and walls similar to that of an armadillo shell.  This design highlight connects the ceiling and the walls, with the curvaceous offset also allowing a gap for air-conditioning and subtly diffused lighting.  Aside from the multi-hued Kids' Hall, each screen has its own single colour identity, such as red for the Love Hall, with seats matching the walls.  To accommodate celebrities attending screenings, the SKP Cinema also has incorporated a Green Room and VIP event space with a brushed brass cladded bar, made up of serrated semicircles with an oriental black marble top. In most cinemas, the design of the communal areas is hardly a consideration, with customers arriving just before their film starts and leaving immediately after the screening. The considered, refined design of the communal parts at the SKP Cinema – which includes bars, a RENDEZ-VOUS café concession and point-of-sale areas – invites cinema-goers to stay for longer, meeting friends and family before and after watching a film. While the marbles and metals in the communal areas are used across the SKP retail brand, Sybarite has varied the tone of those materials to ensure the SKP Cinema has a unique aesthetic. In addition, Sybarite has introduced fabrics and other materials that are not regularly used in SKP retail stores. Among the key features in those spaces are the bespoke pendant lights, created by Sybarite from natural fibreglass, which give off a beautifully diffuse glow.  Unrelated to the rest of the design language is the iconic concrete staircase. Such an uncompromisingly modernist architectural detail contrasts with a deep-pile red carpet. With a glass handrail also clashing with the concrete, the staircase is a modern take on old-school Hollywood, transporting celebrities up to screenings on the floor above.  “Sybarite has created a luxurious, contemporary and futuristic design for SKP Cinema, which can standalone and sit harmoniously within SKP stores, while also creating a destination for film premiers and events. The SKP Cinema brand is set to be a leading new entertainment brand across Asia.” said Michael Ferrera, Senior Director, Store Planning & Design, SKP. Nick Myall News editor

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East and West meet in Shanghai

East and West meet in Shanghai

Vudafieri-Saverino Partners Studio has designed a sophisticated residence in the heart of the French Concession in Shang Hai, bringing together Chinese charm and contemporary style

Hunan Lu Villa is an exclusive residence located in Shanghai, which Vudafieri-Saverino Partners- architectural Studio based both in Milan and also in Shanghai - has reinterpreted. The project represents a perfect combination between two distinctive traditions, Chinese and western: inside antique artefacts, artworks and ritual spaces coexist in perfect harmony with western “objects of desire”, neither doming the other.  The residence is located in the heart of the French Concession, an area still characterized by the atmosphere of old Shanghai: the most beautiful colonial residences are located here, among elegant tree-lined avenues, hidden behind high walls. The Villa represents a typical example of these homes, with their mix of elegance, modernity and tradition. The building, dating back to 1920, has been the object of a significant restoration project,which has involved all the external areas, from the garden to the facade, passing through the interior architecture and the furniture. The heart of the residence is the enchanting traditional Chinese garden: completely closed off and protected from outside gazes, all the spaces of the house open towards it. The garden has been designed in collaboration with a Feng Shui expert, in order to respect the tradition’s rigid rules. Internally we discover an harmony of shape, the result of a process in which the balances of nature become delicately and gradually re-proposed by man. Water, stone, sky, and green are the fundamental elements which together contribute to create this balance. The residence consists of four floors. The imposing wooden spiral staircase represents “the Villa’s vertical soul”, above which stands out an imposing suspended lampshade which recalls traditional Chinese lanterns. The interior design project starts out from an analysis of the past in order to propose a contemporary environment: the floor marbles on the first floor, the wall colours, the wood and brass book cases, and the ceiling decoration define a welcoming, fascinating space. Sophisticated details and refined objects characterize these elegant, luxurious spaces. Nick Myall News editor

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Event: Tall Mass Timber Development in Seattle

Event: Tall Mass Timber Development in Seattle

Making the business case for wood towers

Timber, as a building material for skyscrapers, is about to change the skylines of cities. In 2018, the City of Seattle started accepting permit application for developments that use mass timber in building types of up to 18-stories tall. Mass timber manufacturing and construction methods for taller buildings in North America are now enabling price competitiveness to conventional construction using concrete or steel. Climate change, international trade disputes, and new levels of health consciousness are contributing to an industry momentum in support of renewable and locally available resources. Real estate developers and underwriters are invited to join us in Seattle on November 13th when our team will discuss the design and construction cost feasibility of an innovative 12-story mixed-use mass timber tower in Seattle. The site is hypothetical. The design team consists of DLR Group, Fast+Epp, Swinerton, WoodWorks, Heartland (all Seattle, WA) and Martha Schwartz Partners (Brooklyn, NY).   When: November 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm Where: DLR Group Seattle office, 51 University Street, Suite 600, Seattle, WA, 98101

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Wellbeing by Design

Wellbeing by Design

The Hungry Fox, by Bruce Henderson Architects is a new Café in Melbourne, Australia made from Thermally Modified American Tulipwood

The link between our physical environments and our emotional wellbeing has been substantiated by a number of studies. Australian designers seem to have a unique affinity with the natural environment and an innate understanding of how best to bring nature closer to life and leisure. The latest example of this skill is a café which recently opened its doors in Melbourne. The Hungry Fox (by LaManna) at Autocentro at Essendon Fields has been designed using natural materials from around the world and has a mouth-watering global menu (Peking duck bao buns and homemade ricotta gnocchi) that combine to provide a uniquely uplifting Australian experience. The café is the first project in Australia to use thermally-modified American tulipwood in exterior cladding. Selected for its rich colour and uniform texture, American tulipwood provided not only the aesthetic impact sought by Bruce Henderson Architects, but also the stability. The thermal modification process heats the tulipwood to almost the point of combustion. This changes the molecular structure of the timber and results in a material that durable for outdoor use. It requires minimal attention once outside which makes it a perfect choice for a project such as this. Interior Architects, Lukas Partners, took on the challenge of creating a contemporary, warm and inviting interior for the café. Aware of biophilic design principles and their emotional impact, the mood they looked to capture was one of earthy Australian fauna. Their focus was on natural materials, inspired by gum nut and eucalyptus tones. The vaulted ceiling, taking its lead from the exterior design, is also an expanse of thermally-modified American tulipwood. This richness is offset by a stone counter. A velvet-finished granite with a steel edge adds impact front of house and counterbalances the exposed concrete floor. Chunky American ash tables, created by local high-end manufacturer Charles Sandford, are accompanied by chairs created from the same timber with perforated leather seating and wool which has retained its natural colour variation. This perforation forms a motif throughout the space, the screens in the waiting area and the laser cut American walnut veneer panels that mask an acoustic board with style, making the café the perfect venue to meet for relaxed conversation. The look is completed with vast drum pendants created to Lukas Partners’ design by local bespoke lighting specialist Bad Wolf. The playground adjacent to the café has been created by Adventure+. Australian white cypress thoughtfully treated with a tint to match the American tulipwood cladding means that the Hungry Fox is a magnet for families in addition to local professionals and shoppers from the nearby LaManna supermarket. The rich and welcoming space creates a true sense of wellbeing. Perhaps the biggest accolade is from the staff themselves. “I love coming to work here. It feels like a log cabin and it’s really cosy. Especially in winter” says Hayley Cardis, who has worked at The Hungry Fox since it opened. It’s a healthy habitat in every way for all who visit. Nick Myall News editor

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Moving up to the waterfront

Moving up to the waterfront

Chicago City Council has approved SCB-Designed Tribune Media Plan for a transformational riverfront development

Tribune Real Estate Holdings has received final approval from the Chicago City Council for a transformational riverfront development at 777 W. Chicago Avenue.  The approval is the culmination of a multi-year process that included meetings with and input from city planning officials, local Alderman Walter Burnett, neighborhood businesses, and area community groups.  Together with Tribune Media’s neighboring property at 700 W. Chicago Avenue, the combined site will be reimagined as The River District, a landmark urban tech-centric neighborhood that will reflect how people want to live and work.  The new neighborhood extends Chicago’s downtown district and establishes a natural connection between The Loop, River North, Fulton Market, and River West.  Today’s City Council approval of the phased development of The River District reaffirms Chicago as among the most innovative cities in the world. “We thank Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Burnett, members of the City Council and the many community leaders and city staff with whom we have worked over the last two years to move the River District forward,” said Murray McQueen, president of ‎Tribune Real Estate Holdings.  “The River District will be a dynamic new neighborhood that will transform the face of the North Branch and serve as a natural extension of Chicago’s downtown, connecting neighborhoods and people.  With today’s approval, we can take the next steps to build an in-demand neighborhood that will help the city continue to attract and retain new jobs and talent.” Under the current plan for the site, more than 8 million square feet of mixed-use development rights will accommodate over 19,000 jobs and 4,100 residential units.  More than 18,000 construction jobs are expected to be created during the build-out of the site.  The current plan is expected to generate a $1.1 billion municipal tax benefit to the city over the next 20 years - approximately $60 million per year. The master plan was designed by Chicago-based architects Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), whose principal, Christine Carlyle, said, “We are extremely proud to be working with Tribune Real Estate Holdings on this important project, which will enhance the quality of life for Chicago residents and support Chicago’s growing business sectors.” Benefits from the redevelopment of the property are expected to include significant infrastructure upgrades including transportation improvements, expansive publicly accessible green space and river access, and utility enhancements. Increases public access and green space: More than 50%, or 12.7 acres, of The River District will be dedicated to public park space throughout the site.  This includes 6.8 acres of riverfront improvements, a centrally located public park, associated pocket parks to activate the building/streetscape relationship and site-wide landscaping. Celebrates the Riverwalk expansion: As part of the Riverwalk expansion, the site will feature over 2,000 linear feet of continuous publicly accessible pedestrian paths on the river. Supports City’s pedestrian and bike programs: The plan capitalizes on natural connections to surrounding neighborhoods by providing pedestrian and bike path connections and direct visibility from nearby streets.  The site will also include multiple Divvy bike-share stations. Improves Infrastructure Enhancements: Major regional infrastructure upgrades are outlined in the plan, including the construction of a new on-site roadway network and associated traffic infrastructure, and a number of additional supporting and surrounding infrastructure upgrades.  Under the plan, a major arterial boulevard linking Grand to Chicago and an extension of the city grid at Ancona and Superior will be built and associated signalized intersections installed.  Viaduct construction to connect to Halsted and Chicago and site-wide upgrade of utilities will be made, and the plan calls for a sustainably developed storm water management system and access to high-speed fiber throughout the site. The first phase of the redevelopment of the property is expected to occur on the site’s southern end, on 7 “shovel ready” acres that could support 1.5 million square feet beginning in 2020.  This will include approximately 1,250-1,500 residential units along Grand Avenue, a 1.8 acre public park adjacent to the Ohio Feeder ramp and 560 feet of linear river walk.  The remaining phases will be built out based on market demand and support up to an additional 7 million square feet. Nick Myall News editor

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Rolflex opens the compact door for McLaren

Rolflex opens the compact door for McLaren

The McLaren Technology Centre, designed by Foster + Partners, features Rolflex Folding Doors which complement the overall design of this striking structure

The McLaren Group is a collection of high-tech companies involved in the design and development of Formula One cars, high-performance road cars, electronic systems and composite materials in the UK.  In creating the McLaren Technology Centre, Foster + Partners responded to a challenging brief to create a new headquarters for the majority of the McLaren Group’s employees, previously scattered across 18 locations in and around the Woking area in the UK. As part of the building specifications for the project Foster + Partners selected Rolflex Folding doors. Both the access ways for cars and the all-glass doors in the curtain walls are Roflex Folding Compact doors. All the doors on the project were custom made ensuring that they would fit seamlessy into the overall design of the building.  The production centre which opened in 2011 also has Rolflex Folding Compact doors on the outside. At the end of the production line the cars pass through three glass boxes on their way to the car wash. Each glass box is opened and closed with a powder coated Full Light Folding Compact door. Commenting on the project Joost Megens MD of Rolflex said: "We are very proud to have been chosen by one of the worlds leading architects for both phases of this prestigious project. Our Compact Folding Doors' unique space saving features complimented the architects design and detailing of the external and internal cladding of the buildings" Commenting on Foster + Partners role Lord Foster added: "McLaren came to us with a number of preconceptions – not so much about what the building should look like, but more about what the spirit of the building should be, its aspirations and its social generators.” The building’s 57,000 sq m of office space is home to the majority of the McLaren group’s 900 employees, in an area large enough to hold nine Boeing 747 jumbo jets. Nick Myall News editor

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