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House of Arts and Culture, Beirut, Lebanon

Posted by ewanvfe on 18/05/2009


Alberto Catalano design chosen as winner for House of Arts and Cutlture
Ten months since the Lebanese Minister for Culture, Mr. Tarek Mitri, launched the international competition for the design of the House of Arts and Culture in Beirut at the UIA General Assembly in Turin, last year, a winning design has been chosen. Located in the Ghalghoul neighbourhood sorely affected by the conflicts, the new dynamic and interactive edifice, will offer a vast range of spaces devoted to creativity, exchange, debate, education and cultural diffusion for all publics and all generations.

An international jury met in Beirut examining 388 projects and the italian team led by Alberto Catalano was chosen as the first prize winner. The jury commented that they appreciated the sensitive approach of the Milanese team, the idea of designing the building as a public plaza, as a “non-building”, and its integration in the urban fabric thus achieving one of the important objectives of the programme: the engagement of the public realm.

The awards were given as follows:

1st prize: Alberto Catalano, team leader, with Giulia Lurcotta, Barbarangelo Licheri, Daniel Piludu, Celestino Sanna, Mariangela Murgia, Emanuela Forcolini, Souraya Frem (Milan, Italy)

2nd prize: Beatriz Ramo López de Angulo, team leader, with Simone de Lacobis, Iñigo Paniego de la Cuesta, Jean-Vianney Deleersnyder (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

3rd prize: “Project Meganom” – Yuri Grigorian, Natalia Tatunashvili, Tatiana Kornienko, Yuri Kuznezov, Elena Uglovskaya, Irina Livieva, Artem Staborovskiy, Ruben Grigoryan (Moscow, Russia)

Mentions:
Dorell, Ghotmeh, Tane (Paris, France)

Spiridon Kakavas, Dimitris Giannis, Eleni Klonizaki (Athens, Greece)

Polymur Ltd – Chris Yoo (London, United Kingdom)

Format 21 – Gerd Röschke (Francfort, Germany)

Atelier 2/3/4 – Jean François Patte, Emilie Sopena, Sylvain Rety, Elie Marçais (Paris, France)

Bernd Upmeyer (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

INCH – Roberto Otero Arbide (Mexico city & Madrid, Spain)

KAPUTT! – Rita Ferreira, Kirill de Lancastre Jedenov, Sérgio Antunes, Irene Bonacchi, Ana

Brütt, Sofia Reis Couto, Filipe Moreira (Lisbon, Portugal)

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DTK, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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New office addition for Amsterdam West expected to be completed in autumn
The DTK office building is constructed on top of a two-storey existing complex in Amsterdam West. The project called for a paradoxical addition; to create something new without making a visual disturbance on the context. The folding roofs of the buildings adjacent to either side of the complex motivated the idea of utilizing a metal clad building that resembles the surroundings.

DTK is placed on steel stands with a folding motion aiming towards the west, in order to capture the Dutch sunset. DTK’s silhouette fuses with its neighbouring buildings, creating an organic architectural flow while zinc roof cladding accentuates the building’s soft curved shape.

The DTK Building, already in construction, is expected to complete in Autumn 2009.

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Dickinson School of Law, Lewis Katz Building, Pennsylvania, United States

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Penn State’s Law School building opens
Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law marked its 175th anniversary with the opening of its new 114,000 sq ft Lewis Katz Building.

The Dickinson School of Law, which merged with Penn State in 2000, operates as an ABA-accredited unified two-location law school from University Park and Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Asked to create a unified identity across these two locations, Richard Olcott of Polshek Partnership Architects has designed a building that responds to the law school’s desire to create an inspired and engaging center for legal education.

The focal point of the Lewis Katz Building is its glass-enclosed H. Laddie Montague Jr. Law Library with a volume capacity of 100,000 and seating for 294 students. The architecture draws from the idea that the law library is the theoretical and physical heart of the legal educational experience. As the center in which students spend much of their time, the library is conceived as a floating element, sheltered from the rest of the school’s program beneath. The ground plane flows unimpeded, linking interior and exterior space to foster the feeling of openness and accessibility emblematic of the school’s goals.

“The sinuous building form is a direct response to the presence of the surrounding mountains and geology of the valley,” says Olcott. “The curving library is clad in glass to create a constantly changing backdrop of reflected sunlight throughout the day and a beacon of light at night.”

Within, the library is conceived as a continuous looping circulation system, providing several different types of study environments. Each end of the sinuous form is directed at a specific landscape, one near and one far: the periodicals room faces the adjacent arboretum, and the reading room is focused on the more distant Mount Nittany across the valley. Beneath this floating aerial form is its counterpart, an earthbound series of volumes clad in local sandstone that contain the classrooms, auditorium and courtroom. These elements surround a broad commons area that opens to the landscape and follows its stepping contours, directly connecting the school’s interior programs to the surrounding campus.

The Lewis Katz Building was constructed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements, utilizing numerous sustainable initiatives and local and recycled materials throughout its design. From its continuous planted green roof to its reintroduction of pervious surfaces on what was a massive parking lot, the building helps reduce the amount of rainwater runoff generated by the site. To reduce its energy consumption, the building maximizes its use of natural day lighting in public spaces as its mechanical systems allow for operable windows and individual climate control in most of its individual offices.

Additional building features include the 250-seat Greg Sutliff Auditorium; a courtroom equipped with the latest in trial technology; four 75-person classrooms; several intimate seminar rooms; legal clinic and student organizations suites; and outdoor terraces and reading gardens. As Marie Reilly, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, so aptly states, “Nearly every inch of the Lewis Katz Building is designed to draw students and faculty together in a close community in which students develop the analytical, communication and interpersonal skills the legal profession requires.”

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National Children’s Museum, National Harbor, United States

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Design unveiled for National Children’s Museum
The National Children’s Museum, which has been without a home for five years, has unveiled plans for a new building to be designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli architects. To be located in National Harbor, Maryland just outside the nation’s capital, the new building will be a physical manifestation of the museum’s mission to inspire children to care about and improve the world. As such, Pelli has incorporated many green features into the Museum’s design including a wind turbine tower, a wall of living plants, a green roof and sun louvers to admit and control natural light.

When completed, the 150,000 sq ft four-storey LEED-certified building will serve as a teaching tool for children, inspiring them to be good stewards of the environment. Other features of the building include a boat slip on the Potomac, which will accommodate science and boating activities and a gathering space in the nearby woodlands. The new museum is slated to open in 2013.

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Topaz Towers, Brasov, Romania

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New Residental Building in Brasov
Topaz towers located in the city Brasov, Romania, is comprised approximately 450 medium cost apartments within 4 buildings. The 12-storey buildings are arranged parallel to the two roads on the plot sides to create a quiet, light and secure inner garden between them, while on sides facing the roads there are two commercial arcades.

While the white envelops are making the general & public urban outlines the “cut out” strips on the facades reviles the inner surface of the private apartments and the double sided lobby.The apartments are bound to the outside through a simple relationship between a living room, dining room, terrace and the beautiful view of Tampa mountain.

The buildings contain sustainable design measures such as structural efficiency, insulation, infrastructure, and sustainable materials.

Plot area: 14,860 sm Built area: 49,000 sm

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Alberta Ferretti Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States

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Sybarite design for exclusive Alberta Ferretti store opens in LA
Being home to the billion dollar entertainment industry, it’s no surprise that deluxe would be the order of the day in LA. The new Sybarite design for Alberta Ferretti will not be out of place. With the new concept for Alberta Ferretti, Sybarite have developed a language of lightness and transparency, grounded by a sophisticated yet simple palette of materials to form the perfect backdrop to this collection. The key design features of the new flagship store in Los Angeles are the flexibility of the bespoke display system, the disciplined continuity of the palette and the skillful use of lighting to create an atmosphere that is as sensual, airy and ethereal as the clothes themselves.

Flexibility is achieved by a completely unique system of magnetic hangers and shelving which can be freely placed against lacquered steel panels. Composed of gloss lacquered fiberglass, these elegant full-bust hangers bring the clothes to life, showing them in their natural and volumetric form rather than limply two-dimensional. The freestanding elliptical rails are made from a new ‘black’ stainless steel, a technique developed especially for Alberta Ferretti. The ‘V’ profile of the rail disguises the hanger fixings and forms a crown under which the clothes appear to float freely. Scattered throughout the shop are Perspex screens inlaid with stainless steel to which more magnetic hangers can be affixed. Lacquered petals and mannequins appear to grow naturally out of the floor in elegant compositions, offering additional display flexibility.

The choice of materials is restrained and deliberate. Quality speaks for itself and finishes repeat throughout, creating a harmonious backdrop of simplicity and continuity against which the luxury of the clothes can stand out. The hard surfaces of Perspex, steel, concrete, plaster and fiberglass are all polished or lacquered, the reflective properties enhanced. The bespoke stainless steel rails in smoky black anchor the design, balancing the softly layered greys of the remaining colour palette. Clean and crisp, the polished plaster ceiling is unobtrusive, as the trench lighting seems to disappear into it. Inlaid with circles of stainless steel, what could have been an indistinct expanse of polished concrete floor is broken up and given texture, without sacrificing simplicity. The design and palette are echoed in the exterior treatment, with a black stainless steel ribbon enveloping the façade, giving presence to a building that was previously a simple white box. This ribbon also forms the boundary of the carpark which in turn is paved with the same circle-embedded concrete as the interior.

Lighting is used to optimum effect in this design. Bearing graceful stripes of mirrored steel, the Perspex screens are both transparent and reflective, casting interesting shadows, permitting the flow of light, and creating a mood at once surreal and understated, an effect enhanced by the reflectiveness of the surface finishes. Integral LED lights in the steel rails directs attention to the hanging garments, accentuating texture, and literally highlighting the beauty and sensuality of the Alberta Ferretti collection.

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Moscow, Russia

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HOK releases concept images of Moscow’s Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel
In partnership with the luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel chain, architect HOK is designing Russia’s most exclusive and luxurious hotel. Images unveiled for the first time today depict the five-star luxury development in the heart of Moscow.

The new 250-room ‘upside-down’ hotel summons customers to check-in at sky lobby level affording visitors incredible views over Red Square and the Kremlin. HOK’s new design combines the old and the new and is located on a compact, central site on Tverskaya Road – Moscow’s equivalent to London’s Oxford Street. The hotel is housed in a redeveloped historic building, originally constructed in the early 19th Century as a private manor house. The building will retain two of the historic facades along with listed rooms on the ground and first floors. The new nine level internal atrium features a contemporary approach on a Faberge Egg which rises from ground level and terminates as a specialty restaurant overlooking Red Square at level nine.

The Mandarin will incorporate 6,500 m2 of retail space dedicated to luxury brands with underground parking for 270 cars. The hotel will be home to two elegant ballrooms; a health spa and wellness centre; an indoor swimming pool; fitness centre and a variety of restaurants and bars.

Vance Thompson, HOK’s head of hospitality, says: “This project is a fantastic opportunity to work with a listed building in one of the world’s most prestigious retail addresses. This luxury brand offers HOK the opportunity to create a contemporary modern building with a multitude of uses. The success of the project is based upon affording all rooms a unique view, an unrivalled customer experience and creating synergy between the hotel facilities and luxury retail.”

Following completion of the concept design, HOK will shortly begin work on the project schematics and design and development stages. Construction is expected on site towards the end of 2009 and the hotel will be officially open to the public in 2011.

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ABC Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Mexico City, Mexico

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New hospital dedicated to women and children completes in Mexico City
The design approach for the new American British Cowdray Centro Integral de Atención a la Mujer y al Niño (Women’s and Children’s Hospital) responds to the immediate surroundings and changing environment while embracing functionality.

The specific site shape – semicircular on one end and rectilinear on the other – defined the basic geometries to follow. This enabled the concept to be developed around the curve, subdivided into three distinct architectural elements offering varied solutions to smooth out the physical connection with the existing building.

The side of the existing hospital that connects with the Women’s Center is characterised by a clear predominance of solids over openings. As the curved façade moves clockwise toward the north, the glass proportions increase – allowing natural indirect light into the interior spaces while at the same time framing views of the site

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ION Orchard, Singapore, Singapore

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Groundbreaking retail and residential project set to open in Singapore
Construction of the groundbreaking ION Orchard by Benoy is set to complete in Singapore, providing the city’s most expensive accommodation and a new visual icon for South East Asia. Providing Singapore’s first monocoque façade and canopy structure and one of the largest media walls in Asia, the design is a conquest in innovation in the East.

Over 400 shops and 175 ultra-luxe apartments, together with new public realms ensure the project is one of great significance to this central cosmopolitan district, situated at the junction of the Orchard Road, Orchard Boulevard and the Paterson Road-Scotts corridor.

At 218 m in height the Orchard Residences tower is set for completion in December while the retail centre and public realm will open in July when perhaps the most significant element of the design, the outer skin, will be complete. Inspired by the patterns and textures found in nature, Benoy has designed a fully three-dimensional free form curvilinear glass and metal façade to wrap around the retail component of the scheme. This large point-fixed glass structure includes the integrated media façade which has the potential to transform into one of the largest LED media walls in Asia. The design includes a large low resolution ‘seed façade’ and a smaller high resolution LED façade creating a new stage for public video screenings and advertisements. A double curved glass fully transparent Waterdrop has also been designed as an iconic MRT station entrance to the events space. The entire podium monocoque facade will be fitted with LEDs at each nodal point to illuminate the podium at night.

At the heart of the development sits a new 3,000 m2 public square. This new urban space will be a logical focal point for both large and small events – from festivals and shows to meetings and exhibitions. Other public areas include a 500 m2 art gallery and an observation deck.

Importantly, following the launch of Singapore’s sustainability blueprint in April, the project has received awards for its green credentials including BCA Green Mark Gold certificate from Singapore’s Building Construction Authority. ION Orchard was designed by Benoy with RSP Architects Planners & Engineers as the project architects.

Niki May Young
News Editor

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, Boston, United States

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New addition to Boston hospital provides world-class cardiovascular services
The 420,000 sf Cardiovascular Center enhances Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s stature as one of the world’s leading medical centers. Its strong connectivity to the existing hospital and campus is the culmination of thoughtful planning and responsive architectural articiulation, striking a balance between public spaces and more intimate areas. By consolidating cardiovasocular services into one world-class facility, the center enhances the patient experience, yielding operational efficiences and encouraging collaboration and communication among the specialists.

The Center provides operating suites for cardiac and vascular surgery, diagnostic and treatment facilities, variable acuity inpatient units, ambulatory care clinics and a range of public amenities including dining, conference and family centers. An elevated walkway connects the Center to the hospital’s main pedestrian spine, the “Pike,” and below-grade levels unite new and existing surgical services.

The Center’s exterior reflects its importrant role as the hospital’s Brooline Avenue gateway. Opportunities for natural lighting are maximised and lower levels are as visibly open to the public as possible. Along Vining Street, the building’s scale is reduced to resonate with the scale of the neighbouring housing. Additional construction at the hospital’s existing Armory Building portion refines the 75 Francis Street entry, improves wayfinding, and enhances the hospital’s overall image.

Demonstrating BWH’s commitment to the environment, the development of the building envelope, infrastructures systems, interior finishes and construction methods were all informed by sustainable design best practices.

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