Issue No.356 // 25 October 2011
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Sir Richard Branson unveils Foster-designed Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space in New Mexico

A new era has arrived; one where our annual vacations to St Lucia or the Swiss Alps will no longer suffice, and plane journeys between countries will seem a walk in the park. Last week commercial mastermind Sir Richard Branson celebrated the dedication of his latest innovative scheme - Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space, the world’s first commercial space line. Designed by Foster + Partners with URS Corporation and local architects SMPC, the New Mexico project is breaking new ground in architecture, education and research circles, pushing the boundaries of commercial building design. Last Monday over 800 guests gathered at the 120,000 sq ft Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space to rejoice with Branson as scarlet-clad aerial dancers scaled the building to perform a contemporary.......more

A very clever move...
Dutch architect takes home Russian Best Building Award for Chess Club Building: Erick van Egeraat has been awarded the Russian Best Building Award for his asymmetrical Chess Club Building in the oil boom town of Khanty-Mansiysk. Completed exactly one......more

Raise the roof in Tianjin
Newly completed Tianjin West Railway Station features 57m high barrel vault roof: Architecture practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp) has celebrated the completion of a stunning new transportation project in China - Tianjin West......more

A tall order
NBBJ's Timothy Johnson becomes first architect to sit as Chairman of the CTBUH: For the first time in the forty-three year history of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats (CTBUH), a practicing architect has been appointed as Chair of the organisation......more

Another level of design...
Multi-level connecting channels to provide stimulating education space in existing Danish kindergarten: Marthagården is a modest kindergarten in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, consisting of two urban villas set in lush green surroundings. Recently, a......more

Experience pays off for SOM
SOM wins Nanjing Waterfront Redevelopment design competition: SOM has won a competition to redevelop the long-forgotten waterfront area of the historic Chinese city of Najing. SOM’s concept master plan, which was selected by Beijing......more

Croeso i Caerdydd
Cardiff welcomes BFLS-designed Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama: The newly completed Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff - Wales’ national music and drama conservatoire – opens to a new intake of students this month. Won in......more

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