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First ground broken at Rotterdam Market Hall paves way for social centre

First ground was broken this week (18 November) at the site of the new €175 million Rotterdam Market, representing the beginnings of a new hybrid social hub. The mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutleb and city councillor Hamit Karakus were on site to commence the construction of the monolithic 100,000 sq m public market and apartment building, designed by MVRDV. Once complete in 2014 the market will be a giant cavernous archway in the centre of post-war Rotterdam, situated near the historic Laurens church. 228 apartments over ten upper levels will engulf the market void and overlook 100 stalls from interior......more

Nouvel inspects the Louvre
Taking a trip to Abu Dhabi Jean Nouvel inspects a prototype dome for the city's cultural centrepiece: Jean Nouvel is visiting the Louvre Abu Dhabi site this week to inspect works following the prestigious ground breaking ceremony held in May......more

Cloud over London
Architects and engineers develop energy producing 'Cloud' to celebrate 2012 Olympics: A team of leading architects and engineers has just unveiled designs for The Cloud - a landmark structure to commemorate London's role as host of the......more

Flight of the Fornebu
Former Oslo Airport transformation by A-lab completes: Transformation is complete at the Fornebu site - the location of Oslo's Airport until 1998 when it took retirement at 60. Its vacant cavernous Terminal building opened up a world of......more

Fourth byte out of the Big Apple
Upper West Side's Apple Store opens: The extreme minimalism of Apple's unique retail stores took consumer design and turned it on its head, but none more so than Manhattan's Fifth Avenue store which was likened to the Louvre Pyramid and hailed......more

Bright idea wins Bond Bryan competition
109 designs surpassed by colourful concept for Sheffield Hallam University: A design featuring translucent walls, bright colours, a novelty facade and two floating blocks has won Sheffield Hallam University's competition to design its new £25 million......more

COOP's MINI adventure
Sponsored Opera pavilion designs revealed: Wolf Prix of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has revealed one of the 'smallest but most interesting' designs by the firm, Pavilion 21 MINI Opera Space. The 300 seat pavilion has been designed for the Bavarian......more

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