Issue No.110 // 28 September 2007
Back to the future...

Inspiration from past used to form 21st century design

KEO International Consultants' design for the prestigious headquarters for the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) has been given the go ahead. KEO’s winning design created a 220 meter iconic tower lifted 6 floors above the ground with a podium structure housing all public facilities including an auditorium, that slips through the base of the tower. The podium structure inspiration is drawn from the traditional form of the dhow, representing Kuwait’s link and heritage to the past, while the tower manifests its soaring global presence into the future. The design also incorporates sustainable design elements including wind turbines and photovoltaic panels meeting KIA’s brief of creating an efficient building..........more

Barcelona win for Foster
FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium, one of the world’s greatest football venues, is to be extensively remodelled. Following an international competition, Foster + Partners have been selected as the architects for this renewal of the...........more

Russian archipelago
Rotterdam based Erick van Egeraat presented his plans this week for Federation Island to the President of the Russian Federation, Mr Vladimir Putin. The presentation was held at the International Investment Forum 2007 in the future...........more

Asymptote centres on Penang
New York based Asymptote’s vision for the PGCC complex has been revealed. The design is centered on the idea of creating a new and powerful image for the city of Penang and the new initatives associated with the develop........more

Ground moves in Paddington Basin
The final phase of the huge development around London’s Paddington Basin, set to rival Canary Wharf has been started. Ground preparatory work on Mossessian..........more

House of the month
This original design shows a straightforward, honest approach towards materials such as copper and red cedar - something in common with traditional architecture - yet sheathed over exciting new forms with expansive floor plans.........more

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