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Zaha Hadid Architects completes tree trunk-inspired Pierres Vives Building in Montpellier

This coming Thursday, Zaha Hadid's latest project in France will be inaugurated. The Pierres Vives Building in Montpellier, Southern France is a bold new addition to the landscape, bringing together three previously separate branches of the Herault regional government. Hadid has completed a handful of projects in France, the first being the surprisingly subtle Hoenheim-Nord Terminus and Car Park in Strasbourg, realised in 2001. On this more recent scheme, the architect's strong design aesthetic is much more apparent. The burgeoning city of Montpellier - the fastest growing city in France - has been injected with an amalgamation of concrete and green-tinted glass, within which the city archive, library and sports department are enveloped. As design inspiration, Hadid looked to a felled tree, using the imagery of spreading......more

BOM SUCESSO Resort: open for business
BOM SUCESSO open their huge architecture, leisure & golf resort for business: The new Architecture Resort, Leisure & Golf, is a tourism development project situated in the western coastal region of Portugal (Silver Coast), on a large area of land on the......more

Japan will buy Senkaku & Diaoyu islands
Reports indicate that the much-disputed islands of Senkaku & Diaoyu will officially become Japanese property: Media reports from Kyodo news agency in Japan have indicated that the government will pay 2.05bn yen ($26m, GBP16.4m) to buy the islands.....more

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Joel Sanders Architect designs elegant safety net for NYU's Bobst Library: After several students at NYU jumped to their deaths in the atrium of the Bobst Library, a space designed by Philip Johnson in the late 1970s, the University took swift action to address......more

Pinnacle One begins onsite
Concept designs revealed of glittering office tower by Make Architects' Beijing studio: The first images have now been released of a simple but elegant new office block in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Conceptualised by the Beijing studio of......more

New community in Istanbul
AECOM secures contract as project manager on $2.2billion Bio Istanbul campus: A $2.2bn development in Turkey moved a step forward this week as international firm AECOM announced that it has been awarded the project management contract for......more

Rome reimagined
Among the treasured ruins of Roman streets, you will now find a smattering of eco-friendly Straw Bale Houses from BAG Offinamobile: From last January in the roman neighbourhood of Quadraro the building site of the first urban straw bale......more

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