Touring the World of Architecture: Week 13
By Christopher William Reeves
Welcome to arcspace's weekly round up of fascinating news. This time we take a look at Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Prize win, David Beckham's dream stadium in Miami and OMA's design for a HQ extension in Berlin. Friday fun features the 'Im an Architect' spoof which will no doubt get stuck in your head! Make sure to come back to us next week as there's a fantastic arcspace Camera piece on John Kosmopoulos in the line up. Until then have a great weekend from the arcspace team.
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Shigeru Ban Wins the Big One!
The Jury stated: "Shigeru Ban is a tireless architect whose work exudes optimism. Where others may see insurmountable challenges, Ban sees a call to action. Where others might take a tested path, he sees the opportunity to innovate. He is a committed teacher who is not only a role model for younger generation, but also an inspiration."
Ban, the seventh Japanese winner of the Pritzker prize, joins an exclusive club of architects that have been recognised for their excellence in built work and significant and consistent contribution to humanity. This contribution has come in the form of Ban's designs, which are well known for their innovative and high quality yet low cost features as well as the use of alternative materials. Ban's Christchurch Cathedral is a prime example of such designs, providing solutions to those who most need it, notably refugees and natural disaster victims.
Take a look at Shigeru Ban's Tamedia Office Building here
Beckhams in the Architecture Game
David Beckham is the man! The retired English footballer is taking on the US with his new Miami MLS (soccer for all you Americans) Franchise. Beckham envisions a bright future for his club and has employed the services of Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture to come up with a suitable design for a new 25,000 seater stadium. There are 30 possible locations for this beauty with render images showing the Port of Miami as a possible favourite. We hope to see it up and rocking by 2018.
Beckham stated: "When people think of Miami, they immediately think about being near or on the water. I asked my team to develop ideas for a stadium that embraces the best of the destination. Even though we are in the early stages of building the franchise, I believe we have a vision that not only Miami would be proud of, but one that will resonate around the world."
Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Arquitectonica's founding man also noted, "The stadium would build on the incredible evolution of downtown Miami, and create a vibrant hub of cultural and entertainment activity along Miami's waterfront, framed by significant new parks, plazas and open spaces along the Bay."
What are the chances of Beckham and Kanye West teaming up for an architectural project soon!?
This Weeks Win
OMA gets the nod in front of BIG and Buro Ole Scheeren for Axel Springer Office Project
Axel Springer sounds like the lead singer of a rock band but its actually the name of one of Europes leading multimedia firms! Earlier this week the firm selected OMA as the winners in a competition to design the expansion of their Berlin headquarters. BIG and Buro Ole Scheeren narrowly missed out.
OMA, led by Rem Koolhaus succeed in winning over the selection committee, with a concept featuring both practicality and strong symbolic features. The building will include the course of the Berlin Wall running diagonally throughout the new space, creating a spectacular interior with strong links to the site location, local history and culture.
The architects were tasked with the creation of a structure that sets the standard of internal atmosphere and office layout. OMA responded with a proposal featuring a series of tiered floors, flooded with natural light that then extend out to external terraces.
Yo, Where my red lines at!?
Sorry about this one but its kind of funny! Have a great weekend from the arcspace crew!
Last updated: March 28, 2014
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