The world’s most slender tall tower, British Airways i360 is a ‘vertical pier,’ that is set to redefine the shoreline of the city of Brighton and Hove. Designed by the team responsible for the enormously successful London Eye, Marks Bradfield Architects, British Airways i360 seeks to reinvent the Victorian ‘pleasure pier’ for the 21st century.
This month we’re bringing you a huge retrospective exhibition of COBE held at the Danish Architecture Centre, a MOMA exhibition looking through the history of refugees, and a look at what’s been happening over the past 30 years in the Flemish architecture scene under the shadow of Dutch architecture. We’re also bringing you an exhibition of the world’s tallest buildings by SOM, and an exhibition discussing whether timber will become the material of the future.
Urban Rigger, a Danish housing startup, has responded to Copenhagen’s affordable housing shortage by proposing a use for the largest undeveloped area of the city center - the harbor itself. With the help of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), they have designed a low-cost, modular housing system that can be altered, replicated and floated. If BIG have their way, Copenhagen’s harbor will soon be dense with floating shipping containers hosting young academics.
In September we saw the announcement of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal and Praemium Imperiale prizes, the last piece of the World Trade Centre puzzle was revealed, and big step forward for the recognition of Brutalist architecture. Read the article to find out more!
Sauna bathing is an essential part of Finnish culture and national identity. Löyly, meaning the steam that comes when you throw water on hot stones in a sauna, is part of a new urban culture where public saunas are becoming more and more important as a sense of community.