Issue No.310 // 09 November 2010
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Sculptural expansion to the Mead Center for American Theater opens to rapturous praise

‘Architecture is a sort of stage set for life' explains Principal of Bing Thom Architects (BTA) Michael Heeney, which is a fitting introduction to the firm's newest project, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC. As with many dramatic architectural creations, it is hoped that the Arena Stage project will act as a catalyst for the revitalisation of Southwest Washington, DC. With its 475 ft long sweeping cantilevered roof, insulating glass skin and 18 hefty timber columns, BTA's latest creation is certainly making the desired impact on the local community. Named one of the ten best recent buildings in Washington, DC by the Urban Land Institute and termed ‘a brilliant blend of new construction and unorthodox.....more

Impressions of WAF
WAN Correspondent Ross Sturley travels to Barcelona to bring you the lowdown on WAF: This week, around 1,000 architects gathered for the World Festival of Architecture in Barcelona. It was an energising collection - over 250 buildings were presented......more

Keeping the faith
Multi-faith student centre completed on sacred ground in New Jersey: As the media spotlight remains firmly focused on the multi-faith cultural centre at Park51 in New York City, many more institutions across America have begun to introduce......more

A smooth transition
New images for esc-studio's complete redevelopment of Glorieta Juan Carlos I Mula: esc-studio have just released new imagery of their redevelopment plan for the Glorieta Juan Carlos I in Mula, Spain. Almost a year ago, the young design firm stole first prize in......more

Great Australian Veranda writ large
McBride Charles Ryan Architects present their twist on a local design tradition: The Letterbox House by Mcbride Charles Watson is really one long expression of the veranda. However, while many examples of this design tradition in a nation where outdoor......more

Kengo Kuma wins V&A at Dundee
Unanimous jury vote sees Kengo Kuma design steal first prize for V&A at Dundee: An esteemed jury led by Chair of the V&A at Dundee project Lesley Knox has chosen Kengo Kuma as the winner of an international competition to design the new landmark......more

A sensitive side...
Warren & Mahony fuse elements of transparency and privacy for egg-shaped courtroom, New Zealand: The new Supreme Court building, on a site contiguous to the old, has some tough neighbours. In the legislature district, it’s near to the New Zealand......more

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