Touring the World of Architecture: Week 43
By Christopher William Reeves
What a great week packed with big architectural news. We have more big scale projects for you, from an old power station in London to a shoreline development in New York to three large domes in Seattle! News on a folding house and a moustache reminder round off this week's Touring the World of Architecture!
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The controversial project at one of London's most iconic landmarks moves forward with Gehry Partners and British firm Foster & Partners selected as the responsible architects to design the third phase of the huge 8 acre development. At a projected cost of $12.9 billion… yes $12.9 billion or nearly 9.4 billion EUR for those of you in little old Europe, this supposedly sustainable mixed use area will be Gehry's first architectural project in the UK.
The area has been vacant for 30 years since the shutdown of the iconic power station and has undergone numerous failed proposals. Controversy has followed the project from the offset with protests against the now owners, a Malaysian Consortium (funded by a palm oil conglomerate responsible for vast deforestation in Asia). Drama! No doubt this story will develop as Gehry and Foster produce more detailed designs.
After Hurricane Sandy, New York Mayor Bloomberg announced the city's resilience plan. An ambitious set of infrastructure goals to survive Sandy like storms. Rockaway, an area at the center of this report have awarded White Arkitekter from Stockholm and partners ARUP and Gensler the task of designing an 80 acre shoreline site into a resilient and affordable community. White Arkitekter's untraditional proposal 'Small Means to Great Ends' attracted their selectors with a series of interventions that can be tested, adjusted and redesigned overtime during the development process.
And Another Story
It seems Amazon have caught onto the 'build a massive headquarters' bug! But hey why not, great architectural pieces are popping up all over the place. This time it's in Seattle with NBBJ's spectacular tri sphere bio dome design. Approved this week by the Seattle Design Board, the dome boasts innovative and green features inside and out . Made up of office space and a retail campus the domes will span over 300,000 sq meters. That's a lot box packing space!
York, Alabama is the setting of a fine piece of art come architecture. The OPEN HOUSE designed by artist Matthew Mazzotta at the Coleman Center for the Arts has transformed a formerly derelict home into an area where the community can meet for shows, plays, movies and various events. The public art project in the shape of a house opens out to reveal an open air theatre with seating for 100 people. What a fantastic example of art and architecture combining to better the community. Bravo Matthew and the people of York!
This Week's Video
Prep your Mo's arcspacers!
Hunting for architectural videos to please all you arcspace readers can be tiring business! So this week we bring you the Movember promo (pro..mo!) video as a reminder to all you architects to start designing (and possibly rendering) your crazy moustaches. Only a week left until it kicks off and remember it's all in the name of charity, men's health charities to be precise. NO MO, NO MERCY!
Last updated: February 03, 2014