The first ever garage built under a canal in Amsterdam won a design award. Albert Cuyp parking garage scooped the European Standard Parking Award (ESPA) Gold Award for its design, which accommodates hundreds of cars, in January 2019. Designed by ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects, the garage is unique in being the first parking garage built under an Amsterdam canal. The designers took this approach to maximise the use of limited space in the neighbourhood.
The award is a recognition for parking garages that excel in design, quality and customer service and is awarded by Vexpan, the platform for parking in the Netherlands. The Albert Cuyp parking garage is the 13th parking garage in the Netherlands to win an ESPA Gold Award.
Because the parking system remembers which license plate is parked in which slot, it qualifies as a smart garage. However, the real intelligence is that not a square foot of city has been sacrificed to house 600 cars so residents and visitors can enjoy more spacious, greener and quieter streets.
AECOM was part of a consortium to design and deliver a new bridge linking the US and Canada. The new Gordie Howe Bridge is set to cross the Detroit River between Ontario and Michigan, connecting communities on both sides of the US-Canada border.
Designed and delivered by AECOM and its Bridging North America consortium partners, the 2.5km bridge with its main span of 853m meters will be the longest cable-stayed bridge on the continent and one of the largest in the world.
On January 12, 2019, the world’s largest concrete 3D printed pedestrian bridge was completed in the Wisdom Bay Industrial Park, Baoshan District, Shanghai. The project was designed and developed by the team of Professor Xu Weiguo from Tsinghua University (School of Architecture) – Zoina Land Joint Research Center for Digital Architecture, and was jointly built with Shanghai Wisdom Bay Investment Management Company.
The length of the pedestrian bridge is 26.3 meters and the width is 3.6 meters. The structure of the bridge is inspired by the ancient Anji Bridge in Zhaoxian, China. It adopts the structure of a single arch to bear the load, and the distance between the abutments is 14.4 meters. Before the bridge’s printing process, a 1:4 scale physical model was built to carry out the structure failure testing, which proved the bridge’s strength can meet the load requirements of holding pedestrians crowding over the whole bridge.
MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has collaborated with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) on the development of an elevated, rapid transport system. MAD’s design demonstrates how the artificial can merge with nature through a new urban infrastructure, and while transforming the future of travel, also has the ability to reshape the way we plan and use public space. Providing enhanced connectivity between cities and people, the transportation system will also establish a renewed connection between people and their city through car-free raised green walkways along the roof of the tunnels, and activation spaces below in the form of parks and recreation areas.
MAD’s scheme harnesses solar and wind energy to power the HyperloopTT system. The transportation tunnels are outfitted with bendable solar panel skin modules that are used to power the Hyperloop itself, along with LEDs installed along its surface that function as interactive information boards. Bladeless wind turbine forests positioned at certain sections of the HyperloopTT system will harness the vorticity of the wind, creating a main source of power for the transportation network, lowering overall energy costs.
Hong Kong West Kowloon Station has been awarded Best Public Building Project at LEAF Awards 2019 as well as being shortlisted for Best Achievement in Environmental Performance Project.
Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, designed by Andrew Bromberg, is one of the largest below-grade rail terminuses in the world. It sits adjacent to Victoria Harbour and serves as a gateway to Hong Kong and as a terminus to the high speed rail network of Mainland China. The inspiration for the design came from the converging forces on Hong Kong such as wind, traffic, tracks and pedestrian flows coming into the station. Many of the details were given to the architectural layering and orientation, such as the station entrance being placed in the south-west corner that provides more frontage and value to the commercial areas. This gives it better views of the harbour and eases access, making efficient use of the land and floor area resources and adapting to the urban reality of Hong Kong.