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Vauxhall Cross continues to rise

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As the rapidly emerging Vauxhall cluster continues to expand, more tall buildings are set to transform this area on London’s south bank

VCI Property Holding Limited is bringing forward a new proposal for the Vauxhall Cross Island site in London adjacent to Vauxhall Station. The project which includes landmark buildings designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, provides a hotel and office-led scheme, alongside new residential and retail uses and improvements to the public realm. The proposals respond to Lambeth Council’s aspirations for a district centre at Vauxhall by providing a mix of employment-generating and active uses on Bondway, as well as a new public square accommodating Transport for London’s (TfL) emerging gyratory and bus station plans. The Site: Vauxhall Cross Island The site is located adjacent to Vauxhall Underground station and is bounded by Parry Street (to the south), Bondway (to the east) and Wandsworth Road / Albert Embankment (to the west and north). The Island lies in a central and imp

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Starting from the ground up

Starting from the ground up

The complete demolition of an existing structure was necessary before this project in Portugal could get off the ground

From the architects... This project involved demolishing a single-family dwelling and building another one in its place in the centre of V. N. de Famalicão in Portugal. The house is situated on a triangular urban plot of land covering an area of 940.80 m2. The topography includes a 7.60 m slope from west to east, so the elevations in the corner converge with those on the surrounding roads.The building on the site was of poor quality. Everything was demolished apart from the garage, below the elevation of the patio with level access from the road at the lower level.  The surrounding walls also held back the earth, below the street level to the west and above street level to the east. The house has a 367.20 m2 footprint and a gross area of 408.90 m2 on two floors. Floor 0 is 99.30 m2 and it was rehabilitated and expanded, preserving the garage, entrance, vertical access and storage area. Floor 1, at the level of the interior of the plot, is 309.60 m2, and this is where the main structure of the house is – service area, social zone and reserved zone (bedrooms).  The land is highly exposed because of the different topographies between the adjoining streets. This is why the house sits 1 m from the western boundary, below the street and does not show any wall or elevation. It is closed to the north for urbanistic and thermal reasons. This is also why the house is open to the east where light enters the kitchen and the whole of the south-facing front is open under a curved shade cover. The illumination of the other rooms comes from small patios cut out of the volume. Patio 1, allows access from Rua Vieira da Silva Patio 2, illuminates the dressing room and the bathroom attached to the main bedroom Patio 3, illuminates the 3 bedrooms Patio 4, for service, illuminates the kitchen and laundry

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Foster + Partners designs the new Global Home for the PGA TOUR

Foster + Partners designs the new Global Home for the PGA TOUR

A new HQ for the PGA Golf Tour will take its inspiration from the Florida landscape

Designs for the new PGA TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida have been revealed to the public. The new building, designed by Foster + Partners, exemplifies the values of the PGA TOUR by engaging with the surrounding green landscape and creating an uplifting and inspiring environment for its staff, players and visitors alike. Located to the south of the Clubhouse at TPC at Sawgrass, the new 187,000 sq ft headquarters will be nestled within the verdant landscape and surrounded by a large freshwater lake, echoing the iconic ‘Island Green’ 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. Envisaged as the new Global Home of the PGA TOUR, the innovative building embraces new ways of working and collaboration in response to changing media landscapes and audiences, as the TOUR looks towards the future. Nigel Dancey, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners said, “Inspired by the lush greenery of TPC Sawgrass and the beautiful Floridian light, the new PGA TOUR headquarters is designed as an extension of its surrounding landscape. As the Global Home of the PGA TOUR, it brings the organization under one roof for the first time, and signifies the progressive spirit of the TOUR.” Over the past few decades, continued growth of the PGA TOUR has forced expansion to multiple buildings with offices spread throughout Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine that is no longer conducive to the evolving nature of its work. The new building will consolidate all area staff under one roof and embody a sense of openness and transparency, with flexible, open floorplates that are non-hierarchical, focusing primarily on collaboration and mobility at the workplace. The focus has been on creating a richer experience throughout the building, while preserving its connections with the surrounding landscape and flooding it with natural light and air. Nature plays a key role in the design, which incorporates principles of biophilia – an inherent affinity for nature found in humans – that is proven to enhance staff wellbeing and improve the quality of the workplace.   “As we strive to reach an increasingly diverse, more global fanbase and position the PGA TOUR for future success, we must be equipped to meet the ever-changing landscape in international business, media and technology,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner, Jay Monahan. “Moving forward with this beautiful new global home in Ponte Vedra Beach will allow for more creative, efficient collaboration among our staff and partners, and will set us on the right path toward achieving our goals as an organization.” The famous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass provides a point of axial orientation for the building, which is organized as a pair of parallel three-story bays flanking a collaborative atrium. The glazed façades and atrium fill the building with natural light, also allowing for axial views out to the surrounding landscape throughout. The two building bays are connected by 20-foot-wide bridges that encourage chance meetings, and allow for informal gatherings along the edges, without impeding the flow of people. Similar flexible workspaces are located on the wide terraces along the atrium and the far ends of the building on the upper floor, catering to the need for flexible workspaces to support an increasingly mobile workforce. Allied to the principles of biophilic design, is the sustainable focus of the project, with the building targeting a LEED Gold rating. The roof has five large skylights that bring natural light into the building. Its extended overhang on the building edge significantly reduces solar gain on the glazed façades. It is also envisioned that the roof will accommodate a series of photovoltaic panels that will support a portion of the building’s energy needs. Employee wellbeing is a central theme with a raised floor that allows for maximum flexibility and premium air quality, site-wide recycling facilities and a 1.3 km running track in the midst of natural woodlands. Nick Myall News editor

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UK foreign secretary wants a ‘Boris Bridge’ to France

UK foreign secretary wants a ‘Boris Bridge’ to France

Boris Johnson’s latest controversial infrastructure project would see an above the water link established between the UK and France

The UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has proposed a 22 mile bridge to connect the UK to France and mainland Europe. The idea was first raised at a Anglo-French summit that was called to discuss the UK’s exit from the European Union and immigration. Johnson subsequently tweeted "Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?" French president Emmanuel Macron agreed with the controversial idea, saying "let's do it". If it were constructed the bridge would be one of the longest in the world and would cross the world’s busiest shipping lane. The idea has been meet with a fair amount of scepticism by engineers and architects and the UK Chamber of Shipping tweeted: "Building a huge concrete structure in the middle of the world's busiest shipping lane might come with some challenges". It is not the first time the idea of a Channel bridge has been put forward. According to the BBC transport officials submitted plans for one in 1981. The plan was dismissed as "impractical" at the time, as it would make it difficult for ships to navigate the waters. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, bridge designer and former president of the Institution of Structural Engineers Ian Firth said it would be a "huge undertaking, but absolutely possible". However, Downing Street has said there are "no specific plans" for a bridge between the UK and France . Nick Myall News editor

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IN BRIEF

Darling Associates expands leadership

Following the studio’s continued strong performance, Darling Ass

Woods Bagot Announces New China Head

Stephen Jones has been appointed Regional Executive Chair, China, for

University of Bristol appoints Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Hawkins\Brown, and BuroHappold for new University Library

A new £80 million library development is to be built at the hear

EVENTS

22.02.2018 

Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival 
Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival Washington D.C. from February 2 

05.04.2018 

Dwell on Design 
The Largest Design Fair on the West Coast of the USA at the Los Angeles Con 

“It wasn’t my choice to do a black building”

“It wasn’t my choice to do a black building”

Richard Meier is known for his striking white buildings, but now he has unveiled plans for a major departure, as he is set to build his first black structure in New York

Richard Meier’s oeuvre is known for bold, geometric buildings cast in luminous white, a colour he believes enhances nature and refracts the world. One of the most recognized architects alive today, Meier has dedicated five decades to his field and worked on projects around the globe. In this new short video from the Time-Space-Existence series, Meier discusses his first ever black building, 685 First Avenue in New York, as well as his love of designing buildings for public gathering, for enjoyment and for learning. Produced by PLANE—SITE, the video has been commissioned by the GAA Foundation and funded by the ECC in the run-up to the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia Architettura (opening May 2018). Richard Meier — TIME SPACE EXISTENCE from PLANE—SITE on Vimeo. ABOUT RICHARD MEIER Part of the renowned New York Five group of Modernist architects, Richard Meier (b. 1934) has led his own practice since 1963. Over the course of his fifty-year career, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect has consistently placed formal clarity, light, and abstraction at the centre of his work. Equally committed to pedagogy, Meier also advocates for the role of architecture in government, education, and community. He is best-known for the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia and the Jubilee Church in Rome. ABOUT THE VIDEO SERIES The Time-Space-Existence video series has already featured both prominent and emerging architects including Denise Scott-Brown, Peter Eisenman, Meinhard von Gerkan, WOHA Architects, Curt Fentress, Dirk Hebel, Arata Isozaki and others. The series will be exhibited in Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora, and distributed digitally to the media and press. At least one video will be released each month in the run-up to the opening of the exhibition.  

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FXFOWLE: new logo, new location, new name... FXCollaborative

FXFOWLE: new logo, new location, new name... FXCollaborative

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the architecture firm takes on the future with a trio of big transformations

After 40 years, the world-renowned architecture, interiors and planning firm, FXFOWLE Architects, originally founded as Fox & Fowle, is rolling out a new name. Now to be known as FXCollaborative, the name casts the creative spirit, as well as the legacy of the firm, to the forefront of its brand. “We are excited about how the name ‘FXCollaborative’ reinforces our shared core values and the essence of working together: creating buildings and environments that resonate and endure; celebrating our clients’ unique cultures; designing with deep respect for our planet’s resources; and embracing diversity and promoting social responsibility,” said FXCollaborative Managing Partner Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP. “As part of the ongoing evolution of the firm, founded by Bruce Fowle, ‘FXCollaborative’ builds on our history while establishing a clear identity for our practice as we head into the future.” The FXCollaborative logo was designed by Pentagram. Michael Bierut, partner at Pentagram, said, “The new identity is not so much a logo but a statement of purpose and a commitment to a way of working. It’s a simple statement but a profound promise, reflected in straightforward typography and a simple, strong underscore.” As the firm marks its 40th anniversary in January 2018 with the new name, it looks forward to another significant change. In a little less than four years, FXCollaborative will relocate from its Manhattan location (its home for 35 years) to Brooklyn, into a new building of its own design, One Willoughby Square. The vibrant scene in Brooklyn is conducive to FXCollaborative’s position in the field. With the profession becoming increasingly polarized between small boutique firms and large global firms, FXCollaborative resists being wholly defined by either of these models. It operates like a large atelier, with few boundaries between disciplines and typologies, reinforcing information and knowledge exchange. "We're one of those few firms that have really claimed the middle, and own it," said FXCollaborative Senior Partner Dan Kaplan, FAIA, LEED AP. "In the era of very large design organizations, there's a lack of nimbleness perhaps, and a lack of personal touch. Yet for our size, in the age of leveraging technology and collaboration, there's nothing we can't do—and do well." Describing the future home of FXCollaborative, Kaplan further explained, “We crafted One Willoughby Square specifically for Brooklyn. Our design promotes social and natural connectivity with wide-open, light-filled work environments, which is something that we as a firm are passionate about. We imagined what kind of spaces would attract dynamic, collaborative tenants, and envisioned a building that had a sense of creativity and flexibility. We then had an epiphany and realised we wanted to occupy this building, since it perfectly mirrored the FXCollaborative culture.” Developed by JEMB Realty Corporation, the 34-story mixed-use tower is slated to open in 2021. FXCollaborative has signed a 15-year lease for 40,000 square feet on floors seven through nine; the move is planned for 2022. Nick Myall News editor

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Moxon Architects bridge the gap in Barnes

Moxon Architects bridge the gap in Barnes

The meandering alignment of this bridge linking sections of the Thames Path will encourage views of the river up and downstream

Moxon Architects and CampbellReith consulting engineers have submitted a planning application to the London Borough of Hounslow for a new footbridge beneath the existing Grade II listed Barnes Bridge, in Dukes Meadows, Chiswick. The proposal responds to a call from the council to build a new public pedestrian bridge linking two sections of the Thames Path, incorporating landscaped landings at either end. Part of a wider scheme enhancing one of London’s busiest parks, the footbridge will cater to all types of users, allowing access to wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and those with buggies. By enhancing the Thames Path, the new footbridge will provide additional leisure options to the wider area, encouraging recreation and sustainable modes of travel. The bridge also responds to the high volume of rowing traffic along this section of the river, anticipating views to and from rowers at all tide levels. The structure is a ‘half through’ truss form with distinctive bracing members angled to maximise oblique views to the river. The meandering alignment will encourage views up and downstream as well as into the adjacent Dukes Hollow nature reserve which is one of the few remaining natural tidal habitats in London. In addition to linking the Thames Path and providing access to the adjacent sports grounds and rowing clubs, the design also respects the surrounding ecology by carefully positioning a minimum number of supports along the river bank. Through off-site prefabrication and river transport the project aims to reduce disruption as well as carbon consumption during construction. With energy efficient lighting and robust finishes such as stainless steel and aluminium, the project will anticipate and reduce the maintenance required over its expected 100+ year lifetime. The impact of the resulting footbridge will be felt far beyond the project’s boundaries as it enhances the already cherished Dukes Meadows. “The intention is to develop an affordable, efficient and honest solution that is easy to construct and pleasing to use,” said Ezra Groskin of Moxon Architects. “With a modest and refined appearance, the bridge will sit respectfully below the existing landmark structure, referencing its form without competing for attention.” “Dukes Meadows is an incredible asset for Hounslow, achieving over one million visits per year,” said Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council. “The Council is keen to improve the site, particularly in terms of resolving the issue of a railway line that severed the Thames path. The Thames path is an important feature and the proposed bridge will encourage access and usage. The new Dukes Meadows footbridge is an iconic structure that will no doubt add character to the area and, we hope, be appreciated for generations to come. The Council has worked very closely with the Port of London Authority and other key partners to make sure our improvements reflect the London regional strategy and its vision for the River Thames.”  Nick Myall News editor

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AIA Conference comes to New York

AIA Conference comes to New York

The AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City will highlight excellence in architecture

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 2018 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Selected from roughly 500 submissions, 17 recipients located throughout the world will be honoured at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City. Nine projects (detailed below) were selected in the architecture category, slightly less winners than last year but still the largest category in the awards program.  2018 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture The jury for the 2018 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture includes: Lee Becker, FAIA (Chair), Hartman-Cox Architects; Anne Marie Decker, FAIA, Duvall Decker Architects; Susan Johnson, AIA, Strata; Anna Jones, Assoc. AIA, MOD Design; Caitlin Kessler, AIAS Student Representative, University of Arizona; Marilee Meacock, AIA, KSS Architects; Robert Miller, FAIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Sharon Prince, Grace Farms Foundation; and Rob Rogers, FAIA, Rogers Partners.   The Broad; Los Angeles Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Associate Firm: Gensler With its innovative “veil-and-vault” concept, The Broad showcases artworks from the 2,000+ works in the Broad collection. The “vault” storage holding shapes the museum experience for visitors who enter the lobby below its carved underside, shoot through it in the elevator, stand above it in the galleries, and peer in through viewing windows. The vault is enveloped by the “veil,” an airy, honeycomb-like structure that filters daylight into public galleries. Since opening in 2015, The Broad has welcomed more than 1.7 million visitors and has been heralded as a catalyst for urbanizing downtown Los Angeles.   Audain Art Museum; Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Patkau Architects Inc. The Audain Art Museum is a private museum built to house and exhibit Michael Audain’s personal art collection, including British Columbia art from the late 18th century to the present. The design navigates three main determinants by connecting local culture with the permanent collection and traveling exhibits of all kinds, by spanning the revegetated floodplain of Fitzsimons Creek, and by strategically shedding the enormous snowfall typical of Whistler. The building’s minimal interiors recede behind the art and its calm exterior foregrounds the natural landscape.   Chicago Riverwalk; Chicago Ross Barney Architects As early as Burnham and Bennett’s 1909 “Plan of Chicago”, the Main Branch of Chicago River was envisioned as a place of both leisure and commerce. Nearly a century later the Chicago Riverwalk has realized this vision. Through changes in its shape and form, the continuous river level path drives a series of new programmatic connections to the water. Above all, the Riverwalk honors the iconic quality of the existing urban context by embracing and interpreting Chicago’s layered history.   Gohar Khatoon Girls' School; Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan Robert Hull, FAIA, and the University of Washington, Department of Architecture Located in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan’s fourth largest city, the Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School is an important urban center educating several thousand girls every day. Commissioned by the Balkh Province Ministry of Education, in partnership with a U.S.-based non-profit organization, the school is integrated into the national education system expanding Afghanistan’s push toward the development of women and girls and their contribution and inclusion within Afghan society. Gohar Khatoon supports this process by promoting stability, comfort, and community engagement and has become a model for other girls’ schools in the country.   Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 & Spring Street Salt Shed; New York City Dattner Architects in association with WXY architecture + urban design Located at the edge of Manhattan in a dense mixed-use neighborhood, the Department of Sanitation’s garage and a salt shed were signature projects of NYC’s Design Excellence program. The 425,000-square-foot garage’s double skin façade is clad in perforated metal fins, reducing solar loading while providing a strong vertical articulation of the project’s mass. The 5,000-square-foot salt shed, with faceted concrete planes, has become an iconic structure, attracting photo shoots, architectural tourists, and curious locals. The design and siting of these two projects provide a dignified example of vital civic architecture.   Mercer Island Fire Station 92; Mercer Island, Washington Miller Hull Partnership From the earliest ages, we are drawn almost magically to the firefighters, firetrucks and the equipment contained in these civic landmarks.  The design for the 8,000-square-foot replacement of FS92, originally built in 1962, embraces this attraction by providing inviting views into the apparatus bay from the main pedestrian and vehicular thoroughfare in this small island community. This visibility promotes a greater connection to the people that the fire station serves, resulting in increased awareness and vocal advocacy for these vital services. The design team incorporated a number of sustainable features to reduce energy use and provide thermal comfort for the firefighters. The station boasts a thermally efficient envelope, and fast-acting bi-fold doors in the vehicle bays reduce the amount of time the doors are opened following an emergency response.   New United States Courthouse; Los Angeles Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP The New United States Courthouse – Los Angeles houses the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. The building’s architectural expression is an inextricable union of site orientation, environmental performance and principles that honor the public realm. An innovative hat-truss structure allows this cubic form to “float” above a stone base, opening up new public spaces, giving the project a clear civic presence and separating it from its commercial neighbors. The design is rooted in classic principles of American civic architecture as seen through the lens of 21st Century Los Angeles.     Vol Walker Hall & the Steven L. Anderson Design Center; Fayetteville, Arkansas Marlon Blackwell Architects The Steven L. Anderson Design Center is a contemporary addition to a carefully restored and renovated historical building, Vol Walker Hall, the University of Arkansas’s original library and home to the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design since 1968. The coupling of old and new creates a striking hybrid, invigorating the historical center of the university’s campus and revitalizing the educational environment of the School. The expanded facility unites all three departments – architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design – under one roof for the first time, reinforcing the School’s identity and creating cross-disciplinary, collaborative learning environments.   Washington Fruit & Produce Company Headquarters; Yakima, Washington Graham Baba Architects Company leaders desired a new office/headquarters that would serve as a refuge from the industrial agribusiness landscape that surround them. They asked for warmer materials, little-to-no concrete, non-boxlike forms, protection from the freeway, and a spare office aesthetic that minimized visible equipment or devices. The approach for the new 16,500-square-foot office was to create an inwardly focused oasis. The building is light, from the delicate, expressive structural beams to the ample amount of daylight throughout. The building tucks into its environment to merge with nature.

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BuckleyGrayYeoman completes Herbal House refurb

BuckleyGrayYeoman completes Herbal House refurb

This comprehensive refurbishment celebrates the historic industrial character of a former printworks, adding two storeys to create a contemporary flagship creative space for Clerkenwell in London

The adaptive reuse of former industrial buildings continues to create unique working spaces in London and further afield. Another example of this trend can be seen with BuckleyGrayYeoman’s extensive refurbishment of Herbal House, a former print works in Clerkenwell, owned by Ærium and managed by Allied London. Arranged over ten floors, Herbal House provides 115,000sq ft of flexible office space and high-quality apartments in the heart of Clerkenwell, close to Farringdon station in London. Commenting on the project Matt Yeoman, Director of BuckleyGrayYeoman said: “Herbal House is an exciting development for the heart of London’s creative district. Clerkenwell is one of Central London’s most exciting districts, a mature creative district ideally placed for access to the knowledge quarter in Kings Cross, the tech cluster at Old Street and the emerging cultural hub in Farringdon.  The size of this former print works has offered us the scope to create a lively and characterful focal point for the working life of the area, which is being transformed by the imminent arrival of the Elizabeth Line.” Constructed in 1928 as a printworks for the Daily Mirror, Herbal House later became part of the academic campus of Central St Martins College of Art and the London College of Printing. The building sits within the Hatton Garden Conservation Area. BuckleyGrayYeoman’s design is a radical reinvention which has celebrated and breathed new life into an iconic example of London’s industrial architecture. Celebrating the heritage and character of the building, the architects have stripped features back to their original materials, re-introducing the industrial character of the building and bringing the space up to contemporary standards of accommodation. Features such as the original brickwork and stone detailing have been repaired and refurbished, whilst the original Crittal windows have been replaced with visually-similar modern equivalents. The building has been extended upwards by two storeys with a steel-clad rooftop extension, the extension houses office space, roof terraces, and six duplex apartments with private access via refurbished cores on Back Hill and Herbal Hill. An existing loading bay on Back Hill has been converted to create a dramatic triple-height space, extending upwards from the basement and linking to the upper ground floor. A new circulation core has been introduced, connecting the new extension and residential space with the office floors below, as well as creating the option to split the office floorplate for multiple occupiers. A new vertical lightwell has also been introduced, welcoming natural light down through the centre of the building right through to the lower levels.  Commenting on the project Robin Carr, Co-chief Investment Officer at Ærium, said: “Herbal House is located in the heart of London’s best-established hub for digital, design and creative business, and also benefits from excellent public transport links including the forthcoming Elizabeth line, which will launch in 2018. We look forward to welcoming businesses to experience this exclusive and imaginative office space in Clerkenwell.” Nick Myall News editor

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Focusing on science in Oslo

Focusing on science in Oslo

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to design new 30,000 sq m campus complex for the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

NGI - Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Norway's largest geotechnical specialist community and a leading centre of research and consultancy in engineering-related geosciences, selected Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to design a new, contemporary campus. The new complex will not only create a knowledge axis in northern Oslo, but also introduce indoor and outdoor spaces for the public in an area that will see increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the coming years. The campus complex will comprise two new buildings linked by a common entrance area across two levels, and will make room for up to 300 employees. The new NGI campus aims to create sustainable and flexible frameworks for staff, partners and clients, and attract start-up companies both inside and outside of the geoscience industry. The new buildings will serve as an open, dynamic meeting place for visitors and residents. "The campus is designed with a modern expression and a strong identity with respect to its context," said Kim Holst Jensen, senior partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. "The campus buildings will stand prominently in the local skyline and will reciprocate the voluminous Ullevål Stadion, Norway's national football stadium located directly across the street." A changing corner in Oslo With approximately 20 percent of the campus open to the public, this project is about more than expanding Oslo's science community. Its cafes, shops and meeting spaces on the ground floor, as well as a new public green space, will integrate NGI with the neighbourhood. In addition, NGI sits on the corner of Ringveien and Sognsveien, a busy intersection that will also see the addition of a new cycling and pedestrian bridge in 2019. The largest of the two buildings has a central, panoptic space that creates visual connection and social interaction between people across floors. It will be possible to look into the advanced laboratories where NGI's vital activities unfold. The building's facade and its framed openings create great transparency, inviting sights from the outside and optimizing the intake of daylight. Roof terraces, solar panel systems and green roofs make up the building's horizontal surfaces. In addition to the advanced laboratories, the building also includes a central canteen and dining area, offices, meeting rooms, atriums, courtyards, and basement parking. The entire complex will be sustainable and viable in accord with Breeam NOR environmental certifications that are setting new standards for sustainability. As an important parameter, construction will be carried out while the existing NGI remains in operation. For more information about the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, visit www.ngi.no/eng. Nick Myall News editor

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