Issue No.112 // 09 December 2008
Mecca under evolution
Dar Al-Handasah's Abraj Al Bait towers

Top architects secret mission revealed as Mecca project nears completion

It is one of the most ancient and religious places in the world and the holiest city in Islam so it’s no surprise that the architects rumoured to be ‘redesigning’ the sacred ground are remaining shy about confirming their involvement. But shy is not a word commonly associated with Zaha Hadid, or Lord Norman Foster. Neither confirming nor denying their involvement, both firms’ press offices have ‘no comment’ on the development which, according to news sources around the world, would triple the capacity of the Masjid al-......more

After the World comes the Universe...
Nakheel announce plans to build 'The Universe' as flagship for sustainability in Dubai: With Kylie Minogue, Charlize Theron, Shirley Bassey, Michael Jordan and Robert De Niro in attendance and a fireworks display literally visible from space, the......more

Wooden college design approved
Sheppard Robson to showcase new-school approach to educational design: Sheppard Robson has received planning for the £27m Waingels College in Woodley, Wokingham – incorporating a cross laminated timber structural system that will reduce......more

HKS take 'hospitality' literally
UAE's 'Pearl of Emirates' hospital to include hotel and spa: HKS have revealed the design for a groundbreaking hospital in Abu Dhabi which will also provide a hotel and spa. United Eastern Medical Services (UEM) selected HKS, Inc. to provide architectural......more

Ben van Berkel - music maestro
UN Studio's design for the Haus für Musik in Austria's Graz nears completion: Ten years in the making, Graz University of Music and Performing Arts’ Music Theatre is finally nearing completion, its official opening to be held in February. WAN caught up......more

HOK Sport reveal glowing windmill design
HOK Sport unveils designs for the Estadio Internacional Monterrey, Mexico Initial concept designs for the new 80,000 seat international stadium in Monterrey, Mexico, have been released by the designers HOK Sport. The design for the multi-purpose venue ......more

Nobu's Dubai debut
Rockwell Group extends Nobu brand to Dubai: The well-established and highly regarded Japanese restaurant chain, Nobu, named for world renowned chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa with locations worldwide, is extending its brand to the Middle East with......more

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