Issue No.119 // 30 November 2007
Form follows...zoning laws

Jean Nouvel conforms in Manhattan

With his design for the Tower Verre, Jean Nouvel proposes to take the strict respect of the zoning envelope to the point where its shape becomes the tower itself. Governed by its legal envelope and the steel framing needed to withstand the wind loads, this structure is as unique and singular as the parcel it stands on. From close up, its receding stealth geometry makes it surprisingly discrete and unobtrusive for its height. Seen from Central Park, the bridges and most locations on the river banks, its triangular silhouette stands out and is very recognizable in the Manhattan skyline, inscribing the MoMA unmistakably as one of New York’s most famous and successful cultural institutions. The façades of the tower are a structural glazing in standard glass dimensions and the bracing structure follows the simplest and most economical geometry. Living inside this building feels like inhabiting a power fully present and reassuring structure, similar to that of a large tree. The tower draws its shape from the desire for more .............more

New school for Architecture in New Mexico, USA
Antoine Predock Architect PC's new School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico is driven by the necessity of making a building that inspires and teaches students about the potential of architecture. This notion is .............more

KPF's new World Trade Centre 5 unveiled
Another design for a new tower to be located at the World Trade Center site has been unveiled. That building, known as WTC 5, is a 40-storey glass and steel tower designed by Kohn Pederson Fox. The building, which will be the headquarters ..............more

Construction begins at Shenzhen Stock Exchange
Officials from the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) and local government together with representatives from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) have broken ground for the construction of the new headquarters for ..............more

Farrell's bubbling design in London
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have unveiled plans for a major attraction in the form of the first world-class conservation-led public aquarium. The new aquarium at Silvertown Quays will be built on the principles of conservation ..............more

Resort of the month
Dallas based HKS Inc. have been appointed as architects for the prestigious Mandarin Oriental, Costa Rica, a new resort development scheduled to open in 2009. Located in the northwest corner of Costa Rica in the Papagayo Bay ..............more

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