Issue No.407 // 23 October 2012
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WAN Exclusive: 425 Park Avenue
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Sharon McHugh speaks to competition organiser Vishaan Chakrabarti on the 425 Park Avenue scheme

This week WAN got a behind-the-scenes look at the design competition for 425 Park Avenue, New York's newest skyscraper and the first building of consequence to be built on Park Avenue in over half a century. If ever there was an ultimate commission, it is perhaps the job of designing a new office tower at 425 Park Avenue. Not only is Park Avenue quite possibly the most important commercial boulevard in New York City and quite possibly the United States, as Matt Chaban put it writing about the project in the New York Observer, the commission is also an opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to put one's stamp on a building that is steps away from the legendary Seagrams Building and Lever House. For architects, it is a rare and precious challenge. And for David Levinson, CEO of L&L Holding, which owns the building, it is a chance to bring a bespoke skyscraper of enormous character and quality to the famous Avenue. For his part, Levinson had the good sense to invite the world's best architects to table, to gather not one idea for the building but many. Earlier this year he staged a design competition for the project inviting 11 firms from across the globe.......more

Let's twist again...
Minimalist meets hunter's lodge at Haus am Weinberg by UNStudio and Ben van Berkel: UNStudio and Ben van Berkel have recently completed a private residence in the scenic Stuttgart area, wedged between an ancient hillside vineyard and the main bulk......more

Snohetta wins Busan Opera House
Portside opera house to link mountains and coastline with 'landmark' design: An invited competition to design a recognisable world-class opera house in the South Korean-city of Busan has been won by Norwegian firm Snohetta. The brief requested architects......more

A house of air and water
Nico van der Meulen Architects' private residence in Midrand is defined by a koi pond and a pool, wrapped in steel bars: Where do you begin when a private client comes to you with the request for an 'iconic' residence? The possibilities are endless. This.....more

The perfect contrast
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes and Hughes Condon Marler Architects complete shimmering geometric science building: This glittering geometric structure is the recently completed Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Centre for Drug Research......more

'Innovation in every aspect'
New images released of Cornell's Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island by Morphosis: To mark the beginning of the land use review process for its new 12-acre campus on Roosevelt Island, New York, Cornell University has released new images of the......more

Grand Central...The Next 100
Lord Foster presents plans to redevelop Grand Central Terminal in New York: Last night, three major architecture practices presented their concepts for the redesign of Grand Central Terminal in New York to The Municipal Art Society of New York. Grand......more

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