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‘Parachute Hybrids’ take shape in Moscow

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Steven Holl Architects 

As well as employing a new building typology ‘Tushino’ will have a mix of housing types, providing homes for all economic brackets

Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with art-group “Kamen”, has won the international design competition for the residential quarters of the Tushino district in Moscow, beating Fuksas Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, Mad Global, and Tsimalo, Lyashenko & Partners. The development will provide a new mixed-use center filled with housing, social spaces, a kindergarten and an elementary school on a former paratrooper airfield. Steven Holl Architects has proposed a new building typology, “Parachute Hybrids,” which combines residential bar and slab structures with supplemental programming suspended in sections above, like parachutes frozen in the sky. Large circular openings in the towers’ facades give a defining geometric character and express health and social spaces. The master plan is organized to shape public space with maximum sunlight exposur

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UNStudio designs for EuropaCity

UNStudio designs for EuropaCity

UNStudio’s ‘Centre Culturel’ has been selected in the largest private initiative architectural competition ever launched in France

Following the announcement in 2017 of BIG’s masterplan for EuropaCity - a unique new tourism and leisure district in Greater Paris – a large scale competition was launched inviting proposals for eight key buildings within the development. These include a concert hall, hotels, a contemporary circus and an exhibition hall. UNStudio’s proposal was selected for the ‘Centre Culturel Dédié Au 7è Art’, a cinema complex and cultural laboratory which opens up and expands the traditional cinema experience.  EuropaCity EuropaCity is a tourism development of a completely new genre; a brand new and unique leisure district that will combine culture, sport, commerce, leisure, hotels, restaurants and urban agriculture and will cater to local communities alongside national and international tourists.  Located on the Triangle de Gonesse, in a public development operated by Grand Paris Aménagement, EuropaCity is one of the emblematic projects of Greater Paris. This innovative project, with a private investment of 3.1 bn euros, is led by Immochan France and Dalian Wanda Group.  Architectural diversity was a key objective of the EuropaCity masterplan. For the architectural competition innovation and sustainable development, along with architectural quality, diversity and creativity formed the main ambitions. UNStudio’s proposal for the Centre Culturel Dédié Au 7è Art The design for the Centre Culturel Dédié Au 7è Art aims to create a new kind of cinema: one with an expanded programme that includes media and production facilities, whilst also fully embracing  the ‘Cinéma en plein air ‘ culture.  The new complex is designed as a cultural destination with an extensive and varied indoor and outdoor programme  that celebrates the full experience of cinema in a  truly public way. Going beyond the traditional cinema complex, in which the building functions primarily as a container for a ‘black box’ audience experience, the Centre Culturel is designed as both a public space and a cultural laboratory.  Commenting on the project Ben van Berkel of UNStudio said: “Cinemas are the perfect example of concealed architecture. The cinema is the one type of building that becomes invisible once you step inside it. You spend up to two hours in a darkened room, immersed in the alternative space and time of the imagination…and then you leave. This limited user experience of the cinema as a venue led to the key concept that drove our design: the desire to create a building that in its totality offers a much more extensive experience of cinema.” Embedding a distinct identity The Centre Culturel building is thoughtfully embedded within the composition of BIG’s masterplan and its ‘Rolling Hills’ concept, yet expresses its own strong and recognisable identity within this context. The building’s choice of facade material was inspired by large scale landscape sculptures and installations and benefits from the range of natural tones and colours found in weathered metal. Three intertwined volumes emerge from the ground, whilst the surrounding landscape continues as a sloping green carpet atop the roof of the building. These rooftop public spaces not only provide outdoor screening areas, restaurants and cafes, but also offer 360 degree views and new vantage points towards the rest of EuropaCity and the skyline of Paris. Ben van Berkel went on to say : ‘’For the design of the Centre Culturel we were inspired by the ‘Cinéma en plein air ‘ culture, and we wanted to  celebrate the art of film-making. We have created a building where you can both produce and enjoy film as a shared experience” Democratising cinema The Centre Culturel extends the cinema-goer’s experience beyond the black box and becomes an institution that serves as a cinema, film centre, archive and a catalyst for new artistic production.  The design focuses on the idea of community whereby cinema becomes interactive, social and above all, accessible. Visitors can happily go to a movie, but are also welcome to enjoy the roof top terraces and outdoor projections, the integrated multi-media art displays and the numerous social amenities that the complex has to offer.  In the design proposal the three blocks of the building are organised according to film genre. There are three well-defined clusters housed within each of the three volumes.  The blocks converge in the central space of the building that forms the foyer. From here visitors can access the cinema halls, whilst also catching a glimpse of the movie-making process on the level below, where the training and production studios are located. A building that cares about its surroundings  An essential concern whilst designing the massing of the building was the need to avoid any adverse effect on daylight accessibility for the adjacent hotel.  The sloping of the Centre Culturel’s roof was therefore designed to achieve minimum overshadowing of the neighbouring building and thereby ensure that it can enjoy access to full natural daylight throughout the year. Further influence on the final design of the blocks was based on the output of sun and wind studies. These studies led to the morphing of the carved and tilted volumes, in order to ensure the best possible comfort for the users by maximising the exposure of the sun decks and minimising wind impact through deflection. Perforated weathered steel façade elements are also strategically located along the facades to harness prevailing winds and provide natural ventilation for the indoor spaces. Furthermore, thermal heat gain is minimised, CO2 emissions are reduced and rainwater is reused, while thick vegetation packages on the park roofs insulate the building against the biggest source of ceiling heat loss and mostly enclosed facades shelter the building from excessive heat gain.  Nick Myall News editor

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Reinventing Le Harve

Reinventing Le Harve

Hamonic+Masson & Associés are creating a unique residential project located at the nodal point of Le Havre’s history and reconstruction

Overlooking the Bassin du Roy, the Bassin du Commerce and the heart of Perret's reconstructed city centre, whilst also being located next to Niemeyer’s Volcan and the city’s historic monuments such as the Town Hall and the Saint-Joseph church, the Videcoq project is a building that sits within the unique city of Le Havre, whose history is formed by architecture. By taking into account the specifics of this context, the project which has been designed by Hamonic+Masson & Associés, attempts to link two territories: the city and the sea. Its architectural style and affirmed expressiveness combine to create a new piece in the port town’s skyline. The site is located at the nodal point of Le Havre’s history and reconstruction. This strategic position, at the articulation between the two urban fabrics of Perret’s proposed general plan, bestows a remarkable character and geometry upon the building. Benefiting from great visibility and exceptional views overlooking the docks, the building offers varied scales for neighbouring local residents and a diversity of spaces for the inhabitants. The project plays with the idea of movement, background and multiplicity. Its volume works alongside the differing scales, creating a sculpted fan effect where the concrete netting wraps around the building’s body accentuating the transforming, rising twist. Living here allows people to understand and appreciate the vast richness of the urban tissue that makes up this astounding site. Residents will not only be aware of the city’s heritage which unfolds before their eyes, but also of the fantastic opportunities that await this territory. Both an emergence and a signal, the Videcoq project strives to provide remarkable apartments. The free floor plan allows different typologies to be created upon request. This personalisation is possible from the building’s conception. The question of housing here carries values such as quality of use, diversity, dynamism and optimism. Embracing the future with ambition, the Videcoq project will be demonstrative of vertical housing in the urban environment. It is rare to have the opportunity to confront a subject with this much symbolic power. During the buzz of Réinventer Paris, Inventons la Métropole, Réinventer la Seine and other international architecture competitions, this project primarily poses the question of our connection to history and heritage. Invention is introduced within historic continuation and not via style or dogma, but through a certain state of mind. Le Havre is Perret and Niemeyer, but above all it has a sense of modernity and architectural adventure on the same scale as its original history: a town built as the starting point of the quest for new territories.

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Sitting on the dock of a bay...

Sitting on the dock of a bay...

Aedas have designed a landmark hotel for one of South East Asia’s best known attractions

Dotted with limestone pinnacles, the World Heritage seascape of Halong Bay is Vietnam’s biggest attraction. The Aedas-designed Alacarte Halong Bay Condotel Development occupies a prime seafront plot with large sweeps of unobstructed views towards the heritage site.  The building design is a perfect composition of modern and traditional, presenting the unique elements of Vietnamese culture in a contemporary context. With a façade design inspired by the undulating flow of seawaves, the 35-storey tower sits on top of a four-storey podium, offering hotel rooms, serviced apartments, restaurants, ballrooms, meeting rooms, gyms and four-season pools, spa facilities and retail outlets. While most rooms enjoy breathtaking seaview, the infinity pool, sky bars and restaurants on the rooftop also overlook Halong Bay.  The site enjoys good accessibility with road connections on three sides. To enhance pedestrian connectivity and create a focal point along the promenade, the ground level is designated for retail. Its strategic location ensures high visibility from the city and the bay. Nick Myall News editor

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IN BRIEF

Casey Jones joins Perkins+Will

Global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will has announced that Ca

David Chipperfield Architects Works 2018

An exhibition at the Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza, Italy. 12 May &ndas

Darling Associates expands leadership

Following the studio’s continued strong performance, Darling Ass

EVENTS

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Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival 
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The ‘Big Debate’ focuses on the London Plan

The ‘Big Debate’ focuses on the London Plan

Experts have responded to the draft London Plan which sets out plans for London’s spatial development over the next 20 years

The draft London plan will have far reaching implications for architects, engineers and the property industry. Politicians and property professionals must work harder to effectively work together with communities if demanding housing targets are to be met and London is to thrive. This was the key response from over 1,000 professionals, politicians and community groups at the Big Debate, organised by New London Architecture, to discuss the key policies guiding the draft London Plan. However, this new draft of the plan to guide London’s spatial development for the next 20 years was given a broadly warm welcome on 5 February as London deputy mayors Jules Pipe and James Murray took part in the debate on how the document might help meet the demands of the city and its citizens. Jules Pipe, deputy mayor for planning, said that the new plan was ‘intended to be a blueprint on how we can continue to succeed as a world city’, but is very definitely not a war on the suburbs, an encouragement to garden grabbing or a move to try and ‘preserve every last inch of industrial space in aspic’. Neither does greater density mean tall buildings or a drop-off in quality. Something had to be done on the city’s ‘growing inequality’, which will, Pipe said, be addressed through the ‘good growth’ guiding principles and the ‘ambitious, delivery-focused’ plan now out for consultation. ‘Most importantly it means ensuring people have more of a say in the development of their city’, he said, ‘so that growth brings out the best in places, while providing jobs and other opportunities for communities that are already there’. Polls held on the night found that most (86%) agreed that densifying the suburbs was necessary if we are to deliver more homes and jobs, and that the mayor working with wider south east partners on strategic infrastructure and housing targets would prove effective in providing affordable homes for Londoners (72%). But an overwhelming majority (93%) said there should be more powers to stop land banking and 96% of those polled felt London would fall short in delivering 65,000 new homes a year. Deputy mayor for housing and residential development James Murray disagreed, declaring it is possible to do so and without building on the Green Belt, asking questions about density and using a mixture of small sites and colocation as well as the volume housebuilder. The GLA, he added, recognised it needs to play a more active, interventionist and muscular role in bringing land forward, since ‘all roads lead to land.’ ‘At the centre from my point of view is a commitment to building genuinely affordable homes’ he said. ‘It is incumbent on us to set out a blueprint of how that can be achieved’. The event was watched at Friends House by an audience of over 1,000, and streamed live on the internet, including questions to panels both from the room and online. Issues covered ranged from density to the impact of Brexit, and the importance of planning discussions to remember the human element beyond just numbers or architecture alone. Yolande Barnes, director of world research at Savills, for example, said that it was important to remember that housing density is not a number. ‘We don’t live in housing units, we live in neighbourhoods, we live in places’, she said. We need to pay a close attention to how we design our neighbourhoods, and although the plan is a great start, we need to think of new mechanisms and levers to make things happen. British Land planning director Michael Meadows stressed the importance of community engagement, while dRMM Architects’ Sadie Morgan said that London ‘cannot do it on its own’ but that infrastructure projects like Crossrail Two and East Thames Crossings are all ‘essential’. Create Streets founding director Nicholas Boys Smith said London faces the biggest clean air and housing challenge since the 19th century – the plan needs to ‘come alive’ for the wider public. On housing, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation chairman Liz Peace said it was important to use scale to make a dent in housing numbers, with Opportunity Areas like hers offering a chance to ‘think and build big’, with a sellable ‘brand’, perhaps creating a car-free community. RIBA president Ben Derbyshire, moreover, welcomed the plan’s emphasis on design continuity, and that now was a good chance to create a ‘wonderful new vision for our suburban neighbourhoods’, turning Nimbies into Yimbies through financial incentives as set out in his Supurbia project. But land values are not the same across London, which is a problem in the plan, suggested Jo Negrini, chief executive of LB Croydon. Volume sites are important but so are the key small sites programmes such as Brick by Brick, and more collaboration needs to happen to make things stack up. Finally, Claire Bennie, director, Municipal and Mayor’s Design Advocate said that all developers want is simplicity, great growth needs great leadership, but the main problems is tax. ‘Tax is crucial if we are to house all Londoners.’ The final session of the Big Debate was the assembly members’ response, chaired by LSE London director Tony Travers, who pointed out that we are living through a time of a change of mood to large developments and the way they are presented and conveyed to communities. Labour’s Nicky Gavron said she believed we could build 65,000 units and applauded higher targets of affordable housing. But planning departments need more resources and the density matrix and framework should be revived, along with ‘active state intervention’ to deliver the plan. ‘Bring it on’, she said. Green Party assembly member Caroline Russell admired the plan’s commitment to healthy streets and made the case for no further expansion of London’s airports, while Liberal Democrat Cllr Adele Morris, LB Southwark, said it was a ‘really tough ask’ for people to ‘get deep and involved’ in the plan. The key issue was the affordability of housing, which the plan has acted on but which will still be overridden by viability, she felt. Finally, Conservative assembly member Andrew Boff said the plan did represent a war on the suburbs, with the abolition of the density matrix giving developers ‘carte blanche’ to develop more. ‘I realise how developers are; I quite like greed, I’m a Tory!’, said Boff pointing out that the plan does not include any references to the word ‘beauty’. ‘This is supposed to be an outbreak of peace with the suburbs; no, it’s war on the suburbs as sure as eggs is eggs’, he said. ‘And this is a war that the suburbs must win.’ David Taylor, editor, New London Quarterly  @davidntaylor    

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Piuarch creates new Gucci HQ

Piuarch creates new Gucci HQ

The new Gucci HQ is a 100% sustainable project which has been carried out in a sympathetic way to respect an original 1920s building

The redevelopment project of the old Caproni factory in Milan, Italy, by Piuarch, focuses on enhancing the stylistic features of the 1920s’ architecture and aims to transform this old plant into a large complex for Gucci, holding offices, showrooms and spaces for fashion shows and operations connected with graphics, as well as a canteen and restaurant. Recovery and enhancement of the characteristic shed buildings was the first element of the redevelopment project: set out in a regular pattern across the site and featuring modular structural bays, the abandoned industrial warehouses with exposed-brick facades generate, thanks to their spatial layout, a seamless interaction between the inside and outside.  Particular attention was paid to the Hangar recovery, a volume of “exceptional” size, once intended for the final assembly of Caproni aircraft, that is now used to house the fashion shows from 2017. Moreover, the Hangar is enhanced by a large open and covered square connected with the main pedestrian axis facing to via Mecenate. This covered square acts as the core of the pedestrian system that includes a tree-lined square, common gardens, patios and green walls. Inside the regular layout of solid structures and empty spaces, a new six-storey tower closely interacts with the old construction: characterized by a glass façade covered with a regular pattern of sunscreens, the new building breaks down the site’s symmetry and tends to draw together all the different functions.  The new Gucci Headquarters is a 100% sustainable project, with a Leed Gold certification, and considers as the main focus of the workspace the quality of life. In terms of energy performance, the project has allowed an average of 25% savings on energy costs and a share of the total annual energy cost is offset by renewable energy generated on site through the use of a photovoltaic system and the heating and cooling effectuated by heat pumps using the groundwater. A highly advanced water management system allows saving 20% of water for the users management. The entire area also provides an advanced plant management to measure the power consumption of individual systems (such as lighting, heating and cooling). Finally, during the construction, over 90% of waste products were recycled.  Nick Myall News editor

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WAN AWARDS London Ceremony: Thursday 28 February

WAN AWARDS London Ceremony: Thursday 28 February

The inaugural WAN AWARDS ceremony is just over a week away and there’s still time to book tickets for this prestigious event

Architects, designers and clients responsible for some of the best projects created across the globe during 2017 will gather at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on the evening of Wed 28th February 2018.  We are thrilled to announce that the ceremony will be presented by Suzannah Lipscomb, historian, author, broadcaster, and award-winning academic.  Join us for a three course dinner, exhibition of shortlisted work, awards presentation, and to celebrate the architectural work of the world’s most talented and influential firms. At the event all the winners will be interviewed and photographed for content to be used following the event. The trophy presentations to the winners and highlights from the evening will also be captured on video with winner’s receiving their own video clip. Following the evening content from the event will be shared online across the brand promoting the shortlist, the winners and the event. A sample of some of the architects attending the inaugural awards ceremony at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square include: Arup Barr Gazetas  Patel Taylor Perkins and Will  Hamonic + Masson Associes Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects  SimpsonHaugh  UNStudio  WATG  White Arkitekter We look forward to seeing you on 28th February 2018 for what promises to be a must attend event. Click here for more details and to buy tickets  Nick Myall News editor

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Lighting up Richmond’s arts district

Lighting up Richmond’s arts district

Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the ICA is a gateway between university and city, anchoring Richmond in the USA’s vibrant arts district

Opening on April 21, 2018, the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, will be the first contemporary museum in Richmond, anchoring one of the city’s busiest junctures and vibrant arts district. Designed by Steven Holl the ICA will bring a vital new dimension to the research university, also serving residents and the global arts community. Spanning 41,000 sq ft, the building comprises fluid exhibition and programming spaces across its three levels, and is capable of housing a wide range of multi-media installations. Keeping with Virginia Commonwealth University’s emphasis on sustainability, the building incorporates state-of-the-art green technologies. Integral features of the building include a 240-seat auditorium, café, four green roofs, classrooms, art storage facilities, a fabrication workshop, a terrace and catering kitchen. About the ICA’s Design The open design of the ICA features dynamic exhibition and programming spaces that can be creatively activated to support widely varied forms of contemporary art. The glass walls and windows create continuity between the interior and exterior spaces of the building. On the first floor, a 4,000-square-foot gallery and café, bar, and concept shop radiate from the ICA’s central forum and frame an outdoor garden, which Steven Holl describes as the “Thinking Field,” that will be used for social gatherings and public programs. The first floor also features a state-of-the-art 240-seat auditorium for film screenings, performances, lectures, and other programs. The second floor includes two forking galleries and an adaptable “learning lab” for interactive engagement. It also includes a publicly accessible terrace, featuring one of four green roofs. The third floor features a gallery with soaring, 33-foot-high walls and houses one of the administrative suites and the boardroom. Additional staff offices are located in the building’s lower level, which also includes a lobby for visitors, art storage and preparation facilities, a fabrication workshop, a green room, the catering kitchen, and general storage. “We designed the ICA to be a flexible, forward-looking instrument that will both illuminate and serve as a catalyst for the transformative possibilities of contemporary art,” said architect Steven Holl. “Like many contemporary artists working today, the ICA’s design does not draw distinctions between the visual and performing arts. The fluidity of the design allows for experimentation and will encourage new ways to display and present art that will capitalize on the ingenuity and creativity apparent throughout the VCU campus.”  In keeping with VCU’s master sustainability plan, the ICA’s design incorporates state-of-the-art technologies and environmentally conscious design elements, and makes use of numerous natural resources. The pre-weathered, satin-finish zinc exterior of the Markel Center, which houses the ICA, includes interspersed clear- and translucent-glass walls and skylights that infuse the building with natural light and lessen the reliance on nonrenewable energy. These include the use of geothermal wells to provide heating and cooling energy for the building, and four green roofs to absorb storm water, offset carbon emissions, and maximize insulation. Native plantings include wood oats, little bluestem, Pennsylvania sedge, and goldenrod. Building materials include Virginia bluestone and custom glass cavity walls, designed to exhaust heat in the summer and harness it in the winter. The project is designed to meet LEED Gold Certification standards. The WAN Awards Civic Buildings category is now open for entries  Click here for more details  or email wanawards@haymarket.com Nick Myall News editor

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Zaha Hadid’s One Thousand Museum tops out

Zaha Hadid’s One Thousand Museum tops out

Zaha Hadid’s first and final residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere takes a major step towards 2018 completion

Developers Louis Birdman, Gregg Covin, Kevin Venger and Regalia Group along with New York-based Plaza Construction announced this week that the highly anticipated One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects has topped out. The 62-storey tower with 83 half and full-floor residences marks the late Pritzker Prize winner’s first and final residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. This milestone is paired with a rendering release of the amenity spaces, revealing new architectural details and further insight into Zaha Hadid’s vision. The project is on track for an early completion in late 2018. The developers celebrated this accomplishment and topped-out the structure with an elegant private event on the rooftop of the recently completed Frost Science Museum, located in the adjacent Museum Park which offers a direct view of One Thousand Museum and the Downtown Miami skyline. The evening celebration offered guests an unobstructed view of the tower, passed hors d’oeuvres and flowing champagne. “We’re now one step closer to revealing Zaha Hadid’s forward-thinking design,” says Louis Birdman, one of the co-developers on the project. “Even in its current state, the building already stands out as the most iconic architectural work on Miami’s skyline. We’re excited to have developed something so unique and special for Miami.” The new renderings of One Thousand Museum showcase the project’s Sky Lounge as well as the double-height Aquatic Centre with indoor pool, and the Lifestyle Centre and Spa, which overlooks the tower’s Sun and Swim Terrace level. Additional amenities in the impressive portfolio include a private on premise, bank-quality vault, multimedia theatre and private dining room. The building will also offer a most unique asset: a private helipad available for residents on-demand to take them to nearby destinations, which is currently the only planned helipad on a private residential skyscraper in all of Florida. Interior construction has already started for the amenity spaces, also designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Unit interiors include kitchens and closets by Poliform, appliances by Gagganeau and Sub-Zero, interior LED lighting by Apure and home automation by Crestron. The developers recently unveiled a fully finished model residence outfitted by Brazilian furnishing company, Artefacto, as a preview of what’s to come. “This is a project that will not only enhance Miami’s skyline, but also redefine the standard of luxury for residential projects,” said Brad Meltzer, President of Plaza. “We do not shy away from challenging projects, as such we were immediately interested when we saw the overall complexity of the job. To date, the project team has faced some major tests, but the project has remained on schedule and we’re looking forward to the successful completion.” Making it arguably one of the world’s most challenging builds, the project’s curved exoskeleton is made up of 5,000 pieces of lightweight glass-fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC) manufactured in and imported from Dubai. This is first skyscraper in the world to utilize GFRC as a permanent formwork in the construction of the tower’s structure. The unique structural exoskeletal design allows for maximized open space and spans between columns as expansive as 40 feet. The methods of construction and the complexity of design were so unique and challenging that the process of building One Thousand Museum has been detailed in the new documentary series titled “Impossible Builds,” airing on PBS on February 7th, 2018. One Thousand Museum is one of only a few projects worldwide that will be featured in this series. Completion is expected in late 2018. Nick Myall News editor The WAN Awards Future Projects category is now open for entries  Click here for more details  or email wanawards@haymarket.com  

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Dar lights up Old Street Circus

Dar lights up Old Street Circus

Old Street Circus would create another landmark circus and a useable space for Londoners

Dar has been longlisted for the prestigious redesign of the iconic Old Street Roundabout in London. Dar’s design is to create a diverse, vibrant landmark for London called Old Street Circus. The design reclaims the roundabout for the people of London to create a thriving, active, healthy, safe and inclusive urban community green space that draws in, connects and captivates, giving people good reasons to visit. Old Street Circus would create another landmark circus in London. The transformation into a genuinely useable public space creates scope for hosting a wide-range of public and commercial activities and services, generating revenue for reinvestment in the progressive enhancement of the space.  The outer circular screens allow information to be displayed dynamically, depending on time of day, season, and occasion, the inner screen can display separate information or imagery from the outer screen. The screen is flexible and can be used for community and arts events. A new station entrance will be celebrated as part of the proposals, while key views to Old Street are opened up and historic buildings are created and the illumination of the space creates a safer environment. A green heart of Old Street Circus with new trees and planting. Commenting on the designs Robyn Gilmour, Head of Marketing and Business Development for Dar, said: “We are thrilled to be longlisted for the prestigious redevelopment of Old Street Roundabout which focuses on delivering public space back to the people of this great city”. Nick MyallNews editor The WAN Awards Future Projects category is now open for entries  Click here for more details  or email wanawards@haymarket.com  

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