Issue No.216 // 03 November 2009
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In the land of the giants...

Steven Holl's Linked Hybrid reins supreme

Steven Holl Architects' Linked Hybrid in Beijing has been named by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) as the “Best Tall Building Overall” for 2009. The 220,000 sq m Linked Hybrid complex is a mixed-use facility formed of eight towers linked by a ring of eight sky bridges consumed within a 'twenty-first century porous urban space', inviting public use. "With its rich pallet, appropriate scale and consistency in architectural language, Linked Hybrid adds a level of high quality architecture to the city of Beijing," said the CTBUH in announcing the winner. The Council issues......more

Building Beirut's modern heritage
Project designs show new direction for Lebanese architecture: Beirut is not a city short on high rise buildings. Its 85 km2 of land is peppered with predominantly concrete towers of various heights accommodating the 1.25 million residents......more

Yas Hotel opens in time for Grand Prix
Abu Dhabi's new landmark Formula 1 destination completes: Abridging the race track, it was essential that the Yas Hotel completed in time for the start of the Abu Dhabi leg of the Grand Prix tomorrow - challenge complete. Asymptote......more

Planning submitted for new Spurs Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur set for soccer mecca: Fans 'will find themselves closer to the pitch than at any other comparable stadium' if designs for the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium are approved, says Daniel Levy, Chairman of the soccer club, as the planning......more

Taking on the women of the world
World Village of Women Sports design awarded to team led by BIG: The design of a 100,000 sq m 'first of its kind' sports facility for women in Malmo, Sweden has been awarded to the collaborative team led by BIG with AKT, Tyréns and Transsolar......more

Miami celebrates then commiserates
Herzog + de Meuron unveil design for Miami Art Museum as Director swiftly exits: Architects Herzog + de Meuron unveiled its design for the new and expanded Miami Art Museum at a lecture held last week in Miami. But just four days after the......more

Telescopic bridge set for Copenhagen
High profile design competition comes to a conclusion: From a prestigious selection of ten invited participants, including Zaha Hadid Architects and Henning Larsen Architects, a team of London based Studio Bednarski and Flint &Neill with New York......more

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