Issue No.312 // 22 November 2010
 
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Wrangles over doomed tower
Courtesy of Kris Ziel

Only legal bills rise as Foster + Partners' building falters

Harmon Hotel, a towering 670,000 sq ft hotel block in the much-anticipated Las Vegas CityCenter complex, is to be demolished – or so say the British press. Designed by Foster + Partners working with Adamson Associates Architects, the structure has recently been described by Bobby Baldwin, Chief Executive of CityCenter, as the company's 'biggest disappointment'. With the exterior completed in 2009, Harmon Hotel sits uninhabited while court battles rage over its supposed 'lack of constructability'. Slated to open in late 2010, designs for the Harmon Hotel included 400 high-end guestrooms and suites, 17,500 sq ft of advanced event space and a Frederic Fekkai hair salon. Due to intense debates over structural inadequacies the building's shell has since been utilised as an advertising mechanism, with slogans for Las Vegas.......more

The next step in kerbside dining
Roadside restaurant culture reimagined: Architecture practice langarita-navarro plays with the function of roadside restaurants its recently completed project ‘Lolita’. Situated in La Almunia de Doña Dodina, the public facility takes a prime position between......more

Lend a hand...
Design student suggests management solution to homeless epidemic: Urban Caterpillar is the brainchild of Abby Brazier, concocted during her final year as a design student at Sheffield Hallam University. Working closely with international......more

A sign of the times
Ruud Visser Architects and Peter Boer transform church into spacious family home: Once the focus of local worship, a wooden church on the banks of the river De Rotte in Rotterdam boasts a history that reaches back to the 1930s. Over the last few......more

Up, up and away
DSBA, upgrade.studio and mihai carciun take pole position in Taiwan Tower competition: An international concept design competition for the Taiwan Tower has been won by Dorin Stefan Birou Arhitectura (DSBA), upgrade.studio and mihai......more

REO powers through
Battersea Power Station redevelopment given the nod by Wandsworth Council: Wandsworth Council has given planning approval for one of Europe’s largest brick built buildings – Battersea Power Station in London. Owned by Real Estate.....more

Take to the seas
+31 Architects complete floating residence on the Amstel - a 21st century twist on the traditional houseboat: A young Dutch practice has realised a modern take on the traditional houseboat on the Amstel, in the heart of Amsterdam. +31 Architects has......more

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