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Walking in the air in China

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Aedas 

Aedas has designed a featured sky bridge to connect several towers in this mixed-use development in China

Creating a loop in the sky which symbolises integration, connection and communication, Hengqin CRCC Plaza, designed by Aedas, features a signature sky bridge that links all four towers within the development and offers office, retail and leisure facilities as well as outdoor terraces. The four towers include a headquarters office tower and three leasable office buildings. Orientation of the buildings take full advantage of the site and surroundings. The two taller Grade-A office towers occupy the southeast and northeast corners of the site, standing at road intersections with better land values and views. The retail podium sits along the main road, and there are a central atrium plaza and an outdoor amphitheatre. Extensive greening can be found in the northwest corner and together with the landscaped plaza and roof garden, it creates a three-dimensional vertical landscape for the future

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WUC RECLAIMING THE STREETS SYMPOSIUM

An incubator of knowledge

An incubator of knowledge

Lè Architecture in Taipei has a unique egg-like shape and has attracted praise from the public as well as the wider architectural community

Designed by Aedas Global Design Principal Dr Andy Wen, Lè Architecture in the Nangang district of Taipei, Taiwan, is  already redefining Taipei’s rapidly developing skyline. This recently released set of photos show off the completed building with it's elegant curves and striking profile.  Its design drew inspiration from the shape of the river pebbles along the Keelung River, developing a unique aesthetic concept that conveys the idea of roundness and elegance, as well as strength and character. The building's egg-like shape implies it is an incubator of knowledge and a metaphor of intellectual revival, which integrates well with the local context and marks an important milestone in the revitalisation of the fast-emerging Nangang district. The 60-metre tall office building employs multiple strategies to add greenery to the façade and is focused on minimising energy demands which enabled it to achieve a LEED Gold certification. In addition Lè Architecture received the most public votes for Commercial-Office - High Rise (16+ Floors) and won Architizer A+ Popular Choice Awards 2018. This year the highly publicised campaign received over 400,000 public votes from more than 100 countries and territories. Nick Myall News editor

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PRP updates Lewisham’s Almshouses

PRP updates Lewisham’s Almshouses

PRP’s Later Living team has redeveloped Lewisham’s Almshouses in London

One Housing Group Limited (City Style) has completed a £26 million scheme in Lewisham, South London. Designed by PRP, the development provides 92 new homes, including 64 for older people, 26 homes for sale, and an additional two family houses for social rent on a separate site at Blessington Road.  Built in 1963, the site was originally home to the Christopher Boone’s Almshouses and has been developed by housing association One Housing in partnership with the Merchant Taylor’s Boone’s Charity. PRP’s design approach revolved around the need to care and protect older people living in Lewisham. It consolidates the existing almshouse accommodation previously situated on two sites and is well located in terms of access to the high street and public transport routes, but also in relation to a residential care/nursing home operated nearby. The building typology is closely aligned with the aspirations and recommendations of the HAPPI report. The older persons accommodation, which has an age restriction of over 57, is configured as a ‘U-shaped’ block that wraps around a central garden courtyard, while the accommodation has been reinvented as dual-aspect apartments, each with its own front door accessed from walkways that overlook the garden. The apartments are generous in size at 10-15% larger than the minimum space standards, and all benefit from bay windows and large balconies. Carefully arranged landscaped areas are at the heart of the development, with a circular, covered walkway that leads to a communal summer lounge, a terraced garden designed as a quieter space for residents, and a garden for those interested in horticulture and vegetable growing. Anne-Marie Nicholson, senior partner at PRP, said: “These state-of-the-art homes have been sympathetically designed by our ‘Later Living’ team with residents in mind, particularly those who are older and desire modern homes with nearby access to care. We have redeveloped the original properties to bring the community together, centred around a beautifully landscaped courtyard that allows for socialising and hobbies. “People spend years building a community for themselves, and this natural bond to one another and to a location should be a key consideration in design terms.  Designing with people in mind is at the heart of what we do, and we’re determined to create homes that provide older people with the lifestyle they’ve always had.” PRP’s development consultancy team was appointed alongside the ‘Later Living’ architectural team to provide cost consultancy and project management services as well as planning advice and daylight surveys, enabling PRP to see the project through from conception to completion. Nick Myall News editor

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Going for gold in Oman

Going for gold in Oman

The latest phase of Omran ’s OCEC project with SSH chases LEED Gold building status

The development of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) is charging ahead, as Omran commissions SSH to win Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold accreditation for Package Three of the project. Since completing construction of Package Two in 2016 – the 45,000 sqm Exhibition Centre, 4,200-space car park and associated landscaping – Omran employed SSH to move straight onto Package Three, the Convention Centre portion of the project. The Convention Centre design includes a 3,200-seat lyric-style theatre with two galleries, a second 450-seat auditorium, 19 meeting rooms with full AV installations, a Grand Ballroom with 1,200-seat banquet capacity, a Junior Ballroom with 540-seat banquet capacity, a food court, and associated back-of-house facilities. Like Package Two, which was officially accredited with LEED Gold Certification from the Green Building Council in the USA in 2017, Omran and SSH are also seeking LEED Gold accreditation for the Convention Centre phase of the scheme. SSH was originally appointed in 2010 as the Engineering sub-consultant for the OCEC Package 2 Exhibition Centre design stage, preparing final design and construction documentation for tender. Subsequently, in 2012, SSH was appointed by Omran as the Architect and Engineer of Record and in that capacity completed the detailed design and construction documentation for the Convention Centre phase, together with the site infrastructure and hard and soft landscaping designs for the project. This fully integrated precinct developed by Omran within the development zone of Madinat Al Irfan – a world-class, urban mixed-use development – is located just four kilometres from Muscat International Airport. The Exhibition Centre has hosted well over 100 events and seen more than 750,000 visitors walk through its doors, marking OCEC as a truly iconic development with a global profile. The award of LEED Gold Certification also cements the building design’s sustainability credentials. LEED certification is official recognition that a project complies with the requirements prescribed within the LEED rating systems as created and maintained by the US Green Building Council. This rating system evaluates the environmental performance of a building and encourages market transformation toward sustainable design. The system is credit-based, allowing projects to earn points for environmentally friendly actions taken during construction and use of a building. There are six categories in which a project can earn credits: Sustainable Sites Water Efficiency Energy and Atmosphere Materials and Resources Indoor Environmental Quality Innovation in Design With a perfect score for water efficiency, the OCEC Exhibition Centre Package Two achieved an overall credit score of 65, exceeding the threshold for LEED Gold Status. Omran aims to mirror the LEED Gold success already achieved for the Package Two facilities with a similar Gold award for the Convention Centre phase of OCEC, and SSH are responsible for ensuring that this target is achieved. “Design integrity has always been a priority for SSH and we have a proud track record of involvement in design-led landmark projects,” said Danny Warde, Resident Director of Oman at SSH. “We have always promoted the seamless integration of all design elements, including structural materials, mechanical and electrical systems, interior finishes and landscape features. It was, therefore, crucial to us that all these elements are interwoven into the architectural fabric of this particular project to provide our clients with beautifully balanced architecture and a sustainable, cost-effective building.” He added: “To repeat the LEED success we saw with the OCEC Exhibition Centre for the OCEC Convention Centre would be a proud moment for our client, Omran, and for SSH in Oman.” OCEC is the first significant venture for Oman into the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) markets. The centre will act as a gateway to Muscat and draws on Oman’s strong cultural heritage, architectural traditions and natural beauty, thereby driving growth in the country’s tourism sector, as well as engagement from the local community. Nick Myall News editor

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The 100-year life: the role of housing, planning and design

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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 

Setting the benchmark in Sydney

Setting the benchmark in Sydney

A new standard for conservation science and education facilities has been set in the Southern Hemisphere

The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning will be a global centre of excellence for conservation science and learning at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo in Australia. With strong connections to the wider Zoo, the Institute will transform Taronga’s capability to undertake leading research that informs policy development around wildlife management and conservation. NBRS ARCHITECTURE’s vision for the Institute was to create a direct and tangible link between science and learning. Passion and excitement for wildlife and conservation permeates through the building spaces and detail. By housing a world class Research Hub alongside a Learning Hub and a Visitor Hub, Taronga can engage and inspire future generations to become champions for wildlife. Over three levels, the design centres around a vibrant atrium space that seamlessly links the building’s functions and provides a key orientation point. The off-form concrete and timber tiered seating engages with the Science Hub and leads to a mid-level Collaboration Hub. This space has been designed to promote cross-pollination of ideas between scientists, educationalists and animal carers. Facilities include immersive habitat learning spaces themed around rainforest, arid and woodland habitats; multi-disciplinary research and teaching laboratories that provide opportunities to see conservation science in action; digital teaching labs; and cyroreserve. External wildlife encounter spaces provide enhanced education opportunities and allow for real interaction between visitors and animals.   The site sits on the hill overlooking the Zoo and Sydney Harbour beyond. Natural materiality ensures minimal visual impact and creates a harmonious relationship between the built form and the Sydney sandstone environment. Inspiration was taken from the patterns found in DNA structures to influence façade design and to reflect scientific research. Andrew Duffin, Design Director at NBRS said: “The purpose-built facility has provided an agile, transparent and sustainable environment that creates tangible links between theory and practice. The facility is a living example of conservation by achieving a 6 Star Green Star rating.” NBRS worked closely with the Taronga Conservation Society from initial concept though to detailed design. After award of the building contract, Taylor Construction and BKA Architecture successfully progressed the project through construction to delivery. Nick Myall News editor

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Making waves in Shenzhen

Making waves in Shenzhen

BIG has created an undulating building envelope which creates a rippled skin around these towers and breaks away from the traditional glass curtain wall

Designed by BIG, the 96,000m2 office development for the state-owned Shenzhen Energy Company is designed to look and feel at home in the cultural, political and business centre of Shenzhen, while standing out as a new social and sustainable landmark at the main axis of the Chinese city. The volume and height of the new headquarters for Shenzhen Energy Company was predetermined by the urban masterplan for the central area. The development consists of two towers rising 220m to the north and 120m to the south, linked together at the feet by a 34m podium housing the main lobbies, a conference center, cafeteria and exhibition space. Together with the neighboring towers, the development forms a continuous curved skyline marking the center of Shenzhen. BIG developed an undulating building envelope which creates a rippled skin around both towers and breaks away from the traditional glass curtain wall. By folding parts of the envelope that would reduce solar loads and glare, a façade with closed and open parts oscillate between transparency to one side and opacity to the other. The closed parts provide high-insulation while blocking direct sunlight and providing views out. As a result, the towers appear as a classical shape with an organic pattern from a distance and as an elegant pleated structure from close-up. The sinuous direction of the façade corresponds to the solar orientation: it maximizes north-facing opening for natural light and views, while minimizing exposure on the sunny sides. This sustainable facade system reduces the overall energy consumption of the building without any moving parts or complicated technology. From the street level, a series of walls are pulled open for visitors to enter the commercial spaces from the north and south end of the buildings, while professionals enter from the front plaza into the daylight-filled lobby. Once inside, the linearity of the building façade continues horizontally: the pixel landscape of the stone planter boxes is in the same dimensions and arranged in the same pattern as the ripples of the building envelope. The offices for Shenzhen Energy Company are placed on the highest floors for employees to enjoy views to the city, while the remaining floors are rentable office space. Within the protruded areas of the building, the façade is stretched out—two smooth deformations create large spaces for extra good views on each floor, meeting rooms, executive clubs and staff facilities. The folded wall provides a free view through clear glass in one direction and creates a condition with plenty of diffused daylight by reflecting the direct sun between the interior panels. Even when the sun comes directly from the east or west, the main part of the solar rays are reflected off of the glass due to the flat angle of the windows. As the sun sets, the changing transparency and the curved lines of the façade create an almost wood-like texture or a scene of vertical terraced hills. The slits that open between the curtain wall to reveal special spaces such as boardrooms, executive offices and breakout areas, lend the building a distinct character from different parts of the city. Nick Myall News editor

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UNStudio to create a green spine for Melbourne

UNStudio to create a green spine for Melbourne

Beulah International select UNStudio's proposal for Australia’s tallest tower from designs submitted by six of the world's leading architecture firms

Beulah International has announced that 'Green Spine', the design proposal submitted by UNStudio with Cox Architecture has been selected as the winning design for their latest project, Southbank by Beulah, a more than $2 billion mixed-use tower which will be the tallest tower in Australia, located in the heart of Melbourne. The winning proposal was selected by a seven-member jury. Other shortlisted teams included BIG, Coop Himmelb(l)au, MAD, MVRDV and OMA. Commenting on the win for UNStudio Ben van Berkel said: "We are truly delighted that our design has been selected as the winning proposal for this very exciting project! For our proposal to be selected by Beulah - such a forward-focussed developer - and from entries by such an exceptional group of our peers is a true honour. From the outset we worked with a fantastic team of cultural placemakers, sustainability consultants, landscape designers, artists and engineers to achieve a fully integrated design. This truly is a great result for everybody involved!" Beulah International Executive Director Adelene Teh went on to say: “The Green Spine showed work by a strong, multidisciplinary collaborative team that is a bold, yet thoroughly considered approach to creating a context driven landmark as an addition to Melbourne's skyline. In its details, the scheme displays a strong intent for well-considered public and private amenity, and at street level, the proposal displays qualities that will truly transform the public realm by eroding the hard edges that is prevalent in Southbank.” Caroline Bos said: "I could not feel happier at this moment. The competition was incredibly inspiring; I would like to congratulate all architects on their fantastic designs and Beulah and all parties involved in running and judging the competition. On behalf of our whole team I would like to say a wholehearted thank you for the trust placed in us. We very much look forward to the next stages, and contributing to a better Southbank and wider Melbourne with our Green Spine." ‘Green Spine' - A City within a City UNStudio's design proposal for Southbank by Beulah aims to establish a new destination for the Southbank area and Melbourne. The proposal is integrally organised by one Big Detail: a ‘Green Spine’ of vertically networked platforms, terraces and verandas. This multifaceted spine is created by the splitting open of the potential single mass at its core, thereby forming two separate high rise structures and causing them to reveal the almost geological strata of their core layers as they rise above a light-filled canyon. As a result of this design intervention, the towers that emerge on either side can enjoy porous city views and vastly improved contextual links, while the residences, offices and the hotel benefit from increased daylight and access to outdoor spaces. The orientation of the Green Spine further enables an extension of the public realm on the podium, the continuation of green onto the towers and facilitates orientation to the CBD and the Botanical Garden at the top of the towers. The taller of the two towers will be entirely residential and reach a height of 356.2 metres. This tower will house a publicly accessible garden at its top. The lower tower will be home to a hotel and commercial space and top out at 252.2 metres. In addition to being fully integrated within the existing Melbourne network of cultural, entertainment, leisure and commercial venues on offer, with its variety of programmes and connectivities, the design further proposes a mixed-use building that is a city in itself. A host of programmes, including recreation, retail, offices, residential, hotel and exhibition spaces are integrated into the vertically stepped public infrastructure – an infrastructure that is formed by indoor-outdoor spatial frames that embed nature, public space and culture. The Green Spine Ben van Berkel said: “In addition to providing the towers with a twisting, sculptural silhouette, the Green Spine is an architectural element that incorporates a multitude of functions in one fluid gesture.” The spine extends the Southbank Boulevard upwards and acts as the key organisational element of the building with respect to programme, culture, landscape and sustainability. In addition to housing a variety of amenities, all programmes are linked to the Green Spine. At ground level, this spine directly engages with Southbank Boulevard by bringing people up and into the building, thereby expanding the public realm vertically. From the public park at the top of the podium, the Spine continues to entwine itself around the two towers, where it culminates at the top of the residential tower in ‘Future Gardens’. Mixed-use Podium The design proposal for Southbank by Beulah was motivated by the concepts of togetherness joint ownership and open access for local residents and the wider community. We therefore created the space not only to be accessible and tailored to the users of the building, but also for the people of - and visitors to - Melbourne. To this end, the podium and its public rooftop park are reserved for public use. Within the podium a marketplace, retail and entertainment spaces and a @BMW experience centre are housed. The Marketplace Entrance is a permeable open space that invites both visitors and residents. The retail spaces have their own unique access to balconies and terraces, allowing shoppers to engage with an environment that differs from that of typical retail mall or street. The connection from ground level unfolds through stairs and platforms, leading the visitors up along the retail and entertainment programme and finally merges into the public garden at the top of the podium. Nick Myall News editor

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Genoa bridge collapse: What we know so far...

Genoa bridge collapse: What we know so far...

At least 43 people were killed when dozens of vehicles fell 45m (148ft) from the Morandi bridge in Genoa, Italy, during a storm on Tuesday 14.8.18 with cars and trucks buried under the rubble.  The authorities immediately dispatched emergency service personnel in order to rescue people from under the wreckage as a major rescue operation, which is still continuing, got underway. Officials have warned that the scale of the disaster was such that the toll was likely to rise.   Here’s what we know so far  The Morandi bridge carries a major road, the A10 toll motorway, which serves the Italian Riviera and links northern Italy to France. It was designed by Riccardo Morandi who also designed the much larger Lake Maracaibo bridge in Venezuela. The 1.2km (0.8 mile) long bridge spans the Polcevera waterway, railway lines and various industrial buildings. The bridge was completed in 1967 with restructuring work being undertaken in 2016. Major repairs were also carried out in the 1990s. Work to shore up the bridge's foundation was being carried out at the time of the collapse, during which time it was being constantly monitored. A section of the bridge measuring about 200m fell at approximately 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT) during a violent cloudburst. The bridge collapse is the second major accident in Italy this month, following a fuel truck explosion near the Bologna airport last week. It was also the fifth bridge collapse in Italy in five years.   At present it is not clear what caused the disaster, but a range of possible explanations have been put forward... Some experts have suggested that the ongoing maintenance work may have been a factor in the collapse. It has also been suggested that the collapse may have been caused by a design flaw or heavy traffic. Speaking to WAN about the bridge collapse Ian Firth, a structural engineer and specialist in bridges, said the Morandi bridge had a very unusual design. “It is too early to say what caused the tragic collapse, but as this reinforced and pre-stressed concrete bridge has been there for 50 years, it is possible that corrosion of tendons or reinforcement may be a contributory factor. The list of maintenance interventions suggests the structure may have had difficulties in the past. The cables are completely clad in concrete which is very unusual. No one would have known the condition of the tendons because they are not visible inside the concrete structure. It is interesting to note that new cables have been added at the end opposite to the collapsed section, suggesting that there was an issue there recently.” He went on to say: “Bridges of this nature require regular inspection by Bridge Engineers and this seems to have been carried out.”  The bridge carries 25 million vehicles every year, and a 2011 report by an Italian highways company said that the bridge had been suffering from degradation. The Italian structural engineer Antonio Brencich wrote in 2016 that it may have been more economical to rebuild the bridge because of the ongoing maintenance costs. Brencich was quoted as saying: "There are errors in this bridge. Sooner or later, it will have to be replaced. I don't know when." Corrosion of the concrete in the bridge will undoubtedly be an issue that is focused on by investigations. The bridge was constructed using reinforced and pre-stressed concrete.  There are a large number of reinforced concrete bridges in Italy, Europe, USA, and Canada of the same age, which are suffering from corrosion of reinforcement and pre-stressing tendons. In addition, wind and earthquakes can gradually put fatigue on bridges but it is too early to say if this affected the Morandi bridge. However, the extreme local weather conditions on Tuesday may have contributed to the collapse. Regional weather services had issued a storm warning for the morning of the incident and the national police force said on Twitter the disaster happened amid a "violent cloudburst". The response to the collapse Interior Minister and Deputy PM Matteo Salvini said the disaster showed that Italy needed to spend more on infrastructure despite European Union budget constraints. "We should ask ourselves whether respecting these limits is more important than the safety of Italian citizens," he said.  He added that he was committed to finding those responsible for the "unacceptable disaster. I will do everything to get the names and surnames of the managers responsible, past and present," he said. Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli has called for resignations at the Italian highways agency which operated the bridge. "The top management of Autostrade per l'Italia must step down first of all," he said on Facebook. There have been four more significant bridge collapses so far this year… Chirajara Viaduct in Columbia. 15 Jan 2018. Cable-stayed bridge.10 Construction Workers killed, about 6 injured. Total collapse of half bridge. Remaining half likely to be demolished. Bridge failure is being investigated by the Mexican company Mexpresa, and American company Modjeski and Masters Florida International University pedestrian bridge in Miami, USA. 15 March 2018.Concrete Pedestrian Bridge. At least 6 dead, 10 others injured. Partially constructed concrete truss bridge with faux cable ties. One of two spans erected without faux cable ties or support tower. Exact cause yet to be investigated. Pathein – Chaung Thar Bridge in Myanmar. 1 April 2018. Concrete Steel Suspension Bridge. Two dead. Built 2004, 60 ton specification was reduced to 20 tons, when a 6 wheels truck crossed at mid-night, 1am the bridge broken half. Suspected steel rode. Exact cause yet to be investigated. Zhejiang Bridge. 28 July 2018.  Eight dead. Viaduct incorporating a cable-stayed bridge This story was initially covered on WAN on 14.8.2018 Nick Myall News editor

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Italian bridge collapse leads to multiple fatalities

Italian bridge collapse leads to multiple fatalities

Major road bridge collapses during heavy storm in Genoa, northern Italy

A motorway bridge has collapsed near the northwest Italian city of Genoa, sending vehicles plummeting up to 90m (295ft) to the ground and killing at least 35 people, officials say. Video footage appears to show one of the towers holding up the suspension bridge collapsing in stormy weather. According to the BBC, vehicles fell along with bridge debris on to rail tracks below. Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli spoke of an "immense tragedy" and France has offered Italy its support. Ian Firth, a structural engineer and specialist in bridges, said the Morandi bridge is of a very unusual design. “It is too early to say what caused the tragic collapse, but as this reinforced and pre-stressed concrete bridge has been there for 50 years, it is possible that corrosion of tendons or reinforcement may be a contributory factor," the former president of the Institution of Structural Engineers said. Shares in Atlantia, the toll road operator which runs much of the country's motorways, fell 6.3% after news of the collapse. The bridge fell around 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT) during heavy rain. Police reported a violent cloudburst. "It was just after 11:30 when we saw lightning strike the bridge," eyewitness Pietro M all' Asa was quoted as saying by Italy's Ansa news agency. "And we saw the bridge going down." According to an eye witness traffic was queuing on the bridge at the time. "It's not acceptable that such an important bridge... was not built to avoid this kind of collapse," Deputy Transport Minister Edoardo Rixi was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying from Genoa. French President Emmanuel Macron has tweeted a message of sympathy to the people of Italy, writing in both Italian and French. He said France was ready to offer any necessary aid. Cars and trucks were trapped in the rubble and nearby buildings damaged, according to an AFP photographer at the scene. One image posted by the regional emergency services shows a truck perched at the end of the surviving bridge section immediately before the drop. The Morandi Bridge, built in the 1960s, stands on the A10 toll motorway, which serves the Italian Riviera and southern coast of France. The missing section was dozens of metres in length, and ran across the span of the Polcevera river. Work to shore up the foundation of the bridge was being carried out at the time of the collapse but the structure was constantly monitored, the motorway operator was quoted as saying by Reuters. Nick MyallNews editor  

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Steven Holl Architects win in Ireland

Steven Holl Architects win in Ireland

An exhilarating Centre for Creative Design is set to emerge in Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD) and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) have announced that the team led by Steven Holl Architects (SHA) has won the Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition. The international jury—which included Sir David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates; Ann Beha, Principal, Ann Beha Architects and Member, Harvard University Design Advisory Panel; acclaimed urban planner Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies, Inc.; Dermot Desmond, Chairman, International Investment & Underwriting; Sean Mulryan, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Ballymore; and Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor, Royal College of Art, London amongst other distinguished figures—was hugely impressed by SHA’s design proposal for a Centre for Creative Design and Entrance Precinct Masterplan vision for a circa 24 ha area of the overall campus. SHA’s placemaking strategy focuses on creating an exhilarating Centre for Creative Design as a gateway presence which cues to seven new quadrangles of open green space, designed to enhance the campus’ historic features and woodlands. A new pedestrian spine, parallel to the campus’ original spine, creates an H-plan organization, lined with weather canopies that double as solar connectors, forming the infrastructure of an energy network. Cafés and social spaces are located along paths for informal gathering; landscape spaces are animated by water-retention ponds, rain- and wind-protected seating areas and preserved specimen trees. Steven Holl said: “We are very honored to win. It’s a very important and inspiring project for Steven Holl Architects and we look forward to working with UCD. Our masterplan and the new UCD Centre for Creative Design are not just iconic objects − they reflect on the history and quality of UCD’s campus, responding to the particulars of the site to create place and space.” The Centre, set by a plaza and a reflecting pool, displays prismatic forms inspired by the geology of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway. It features abundant use of natural light, which is captured by two vertical structures angled at 23 degrees, mirroring the earth’s tilt. The auditorium echoes the shape of UCD’s iconic dodecahedral 1972 water tower; the Centre’s towers respond to the water tower’s pentagonal pillar. The Centre is intended to encourage creative collaboration and interaction with a “circuit of social connection” that allows students, faculty and visitors to peer into maker and classroom spaces through glass walls but also respects deep creativity by providing spaces for concentration and silence. SHA was supported by Dublin-based Kavanagh Tuite Architects, analysts Brightspot Strategy, structural engineers Arup, landscape architects and urban designers HarrisonStevens and climate engineers Transsolar.  Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of University College Dublin and competition Jury Chair, said: “Holl’s vision is intriguing and striking—combining an iconic design for the Centre for Creative Design with a masterplan distinguished by a few considered, highly intelligent moves that open up the centre of the campus and use creative landscaping to intensify its natural beauty. The Centre for Creative Design promises to be an exhilarating presence, announcing UCD from afar, creating a new Dublin landmark, and giving visitors, students and faculty a definite sense of arrival. We are fortunate to have an expansive campus which brims with potential. We searched globally for the best talent and were rewarded. Now we can create the world-class environment UCD deserves.” Professor Hugh Campbell, Professor of Architecture at University College Dublin and member of the competition jury, added: “Holl’s winning proposal combines the striking form of the Centre for Creative Design building with a clear and robust masterplan. The Centre for Creative Design will allow UCD to harness and develop the creativity of its students in responding to the challenges and opportunities facing society. Holl’s emphasis on daylight and social connection promises a building which will enable and encourage collaboration and interaction, a building which is open and welcoming, a building in which cutting-edge technologies and core creative practices can fruitfully combine.”  The four other finalists comprised, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (US), O’Donnell + Tuomey (Ireland), Studio Libeskind (US) and UNStudio (Netherlands). The first stage of the competition attracted expressions of interest from 98 teams in 28 countries.  Known as Ireland’s Global University, University College Dublin is the country’s largest and most internationally-engaged higher education body. Founded as an independent university 160 years ago by the visionary John Henry Newman, UCD has been a vital and influential force in shaping modern Ireland, both politically and culturally. UCD’s ability to foster creativity and expressiveness is reflected by alumni including the 20th century’s outstanding author, James Joyce; film maker Gabriel Byrne; and comedian Dara Ó Briain; as well as many successful architects and designers. Nick Myall News editor

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