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Port House, Antwerp honoured in the World Architecture Community’s 25th award cycle.
The World Architecture Community Awards recognise remarkable projects that inspire exciting questions about contemporary architectural discourse.
The new Port House in Antwerp repurposes, renovates and extends a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port. Antwerp is Europe’s second busiest shipping port, handling 26% of the continent’s container shipping via 15,000 sea trade ships and 60,000 inland barges each year – with ambitious targets for future expansion over the next century.
An abandoned fire station on the site, a replica of a Hanseatic residence, relied on a change of use to ensure its preservation. This disused fire station has been integrated into the new Port House headquarters.
Working with heritage consultants Origin, ZHA’s studies of the site’s history are the foundations of the design as an elevated extension, rather than a neighbouring volume which would have concealed one of the existing facades. Historic analysis of the old fire station also noted its unrealised tower, a bold vertical statement intended to crown the imposing volume of the building below.
The Port House is a composition of a new volume that ‘floats’ above the old building, respecting the existing facades and completing the verticality of the original design’s unrealised tower. The new extension points towards the city, connecting Antwerp with the port and river on which it was founded.
Surrounded by water, the triangular facets of the new extension ripple like waves and reinterpret Antwerp’s moniker as the city of diamonds.
With constant references to the Scheldt River, the city of Antwerp and the dynamics of its port, married with the successful renovation, integration and reuse of a redundant fire station, the new headquarters will serve the port well through its planned expansion over future generations.
Photo #HeleneBinet
@portofantwerp @wacommunity #antwerp #belgium #architecture #zahahadid #havenhuis

Port House, Antwerp shortlisted for 'World Building of the Year’ at the 2017 World Architecture Festival.
The new Port House in Antwerp repurposes, renovates and extends a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port. Antwerp is Europe’s second busiest shipping port, handling 26% of the continent’s container shipping via 15,000 sea trade ships and 60,000 inland barges each year – with ambitious targets for future expansion over the next century.
An abandoned fire station on the site, a replica of a Hanseatic residence, relied on a change of use to ensure its preservation. This disused fire station has been integrated into the new Port House headquarters.
Working with heritage consultants Origin, ZHA’s studies of the site’s history are the foundations of the design as an elevated extension, rather than a neighbouring volume which would have concealed one of the existing facades. Historic analysis of the old fire station also noted its unrealised tower, a bold vertical statement intended to crown the imposing volume of the building below.
The Port House is a composition of a new volume that ‘floats’ above the old building, respecting the existing facades and completing the verticality of the original design’s unrealised tower. The new extension points towards the city, connecting Antwerp with the port and river on which it was founded.
Surrounded by water, the triangular facets of the new extension ripple like waves and reinterpret Antwerp’s moniker as the city of diamonds.
With constant references to the Scheldt River, the city of Antwerp and the dynamics of its port, married with the successful renovation, integration and reuse of a redundant fire station, the new headquarters will serve the port well through its planned expansion over future generations.
Photo @timfisherphotos
@portofantwerp @worldarchfest #antwerp #belgium #architecture #zahahadid #havenhuis

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery @ScienceMuseum shortlisted for ‘World Interior of the Year’
The gallery is designed to bring together remarkable stories and historical artefacts, highlighting the central role of mathematical practice in all our lives. “This pioneering project has vastly increased visitor numbers to the Mathematics Gallery and is an exemplar project in how architecture can be central to successful curatorial development,” explained the @RIBA awards jury when the gallery received its 2017 @RIBALondon Award.
The RIBA citation continues, “The project is finished to an exacting standard, whilst robust enough to handle the 3.5million visitors the Science Museum attracts each year… the floating pod structure is precisely engineered. The precast concrete benches and new floor surfaces are seamless and refined.” At the centre of the gallery is the Handley Page ‘Gugnunc’ aeroplane, built in 1929 for a competition to construct safe aircraft. Ground-breaking aerodynamic research influenced the wing design of this experimental aeroplane. The three-dimensional curved surfaces of the gallery represent the air that would have flowed around this historic aircraft in flight.
The Sunday Times described the new gallery as “an environment that fills you with wonder… I found myself uplifted by something pure, floaty and mysterious: the beauty of maths.” The INSIDE World Festival of Interiors awards recognize the people, projects and developments that are changing the face of global interiors. The winner will be announced at the 2017 INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, Arena Berlin, 15-17 November
Great photo by @hipster.grammer. #london #architecture #zahahadid

ICYMI: HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visits Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) at Dubai Design District.
With the design industry in Dubai fostering the creativity and innovation that will build UAE’s future, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum met ZHA’s Head of Region Tariq Khayyat at the Dubai Design District, location of ZHA’s Middle East office, on 10 July.
ZHA has a longstanding commitment of more than 30 years working in the Middle East and North Africa. The practice is collaborating with visionary clients on 16 transformational new projects throughout the region.
Recipient of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, ZHA marries concepts of connectivity with advancements in design technologies, material development and construction practices; working with the many diverse histories and cultures of the region to address important issues and deliver the most integrated and sustainable built environments.
@hhshkmohd @d3dubai @zahahadidarchitects @tariqkhayyat @agakhanawardforarchitecture #dubai #uae

Royal Mail celebrates architecture in the UK with the launch of a set of special stamps which includes the London Aquatics Centre.
Jim Heverin, director at Zaha Hadid Architects and project director of the London Aquatics Centre, said: “It is an honour for the London Aquatics Centre to be featured on a stamp. With almost 3 million visitors since opening to the public, the Aquatics Centre is a fantastic legacy of London 2012.” Ten new world records were set in the Aquatics Centre during the London 2012 Olympics, with 1.5 million spectators visiting the building throughout the London Olympic and Paralympic Games - voting it the best venue of the London 2012. The centre was designed and built for its legacy to London and it has become a very popular public space and sporting venue for its community.
14,000 people in East London now use the Aquatics Centre every week – and 4,000 local children are learning to swim each week in the centre. Over 50 different schools also use the centre for their swimming lessons - bringing many thousands more children to learn to swim every month.
On opening to the public in 2014, the London Aquatics Centre was reported by the @Guardian newspaper as “the most jaw-dropping municipal swimming pool in the world. From the curved wall that encloses the lower levels to the swooping wave of a roof, this organic-looking structure beckons you in… it is not until you reach the cathedral-like interior of the main pool hall that you realise the extraordinary skill of the architect. Anyone can now swim in it for around the same entrance fee as other local pools. It is a great legacy of the Olympics.” #london #aquaticscentre #architecture #zahahadid @huftonandcrow

‘Reimagining Architecture’ exhibition 10-26 July, White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
UEM Sunrise in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) present this exhibition giving an insight into ZHA’s 40 years of design innovation.
Part of the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2017, the exhibition will run from the 10th to 26th July at Publika’s White Box.
The purity of ZHA’s formal geometries and fluid lines engage the senses; creating unrivalled spatial experiences that are clearly organised and intuitive to navigate.
Through a selection of seminal projects, the exhibition demonstrates the inventiveness within ZHA’s work that becomes more innovative spatially and formally, more resolved structurally, more polished materially and more advanced technologically with each new design.
Complementing these architectural works on display will be custom furniture by @ZahaHadidDesign, best known for their collaborations such as the beautifully crafted B.zero1 rings with @BulgariOfficial.
White Box, Publika, Level G2, Block A5, Solaris Dutamas, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mon-Fri, 10:00-18:00

Free entry

@KLAF.2017 @UEM_Sunrise #KualaLumpur #Malaysia #architecture #zahahadid

‘Reimagining Architecture’ exhibition 10-26 July, White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
UEM Sunrise in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) present this exhibition giving an insight into ZHA’s 40 years of design innovation.
Part of the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2017, the exhibition will run from the 10th to 26th July at Publika’s White Box.
The purity of ZHA’s formal geometries and fluid lines engage the senses; creating unrivalled spatial experiences that are clearly organised and intuitive to navigate.
Through a selection of seminal projects, the exhibition demonstrates the inventiveness within ZHA’s work that becomes more innovative spatially and formally, more resolved structurally, more polished materially and more advanced technologically with each new design.
Complementing these architectural works on display will be custom furniture by @ZahaHadidDesign, best known for their collaborations such as the beautifully crafted B.zero1 rings with @BulgariOfficial.
White Box, Publika, Level G2, Block A5, Solaris Dutamas, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mon-Fri, 10:00-18:00

Free entry

@KLAF.2017 @UEM_Sunrise #KualaLumpur #Malaysia #architecture #zahahadid

Danjiang Bridge Taipei, Taiwan - one of ZHA's projects showcased at the #GlobalDesignLabratory exhibition, Songshan Cultural & Creative Park, Taipei until 10 October.
The Tamsui River estuary is a natural environment flanked by the urban centres of Tamsui to the East and Bali to the west. The estuary is rapidly growing in popularity with both residents and tourists as a recreational area where people gather each evening to watch the sun set over the Taiwan Strait.
The cable-stayed bridge design minimises its visual impact by using only one concrete structural mast to support the steel 920m road, rail and pedestrian deck. The Danjiang Bridge will be the world’s longest single-tower, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge.
The mast is designed and engineered to be as slender as possible and positioned to offer the best structural performance, avoid impeding the navigability of the river and also minimise any interference with the views of the sunset from popular viewing points along the river. This single-mast design also minimizes structural elements in the riverbed in accordance with the increased protection programs of the estuary’s ecosystems.
Located at the mouth of Tamsui River that flows through the capital Taipei, the Danjiang Bridge is integral to the infrastructure upgrading program of northern Taiwan. By reducing traffic on the congested Guandu Bridge upriver, the new bridge will greatly improve the northern coast traffic system and enhance accessibility throughout the region with the rapidly expanding Port of Taipei/Taipei Harbour, the region’s busiest shipping port.
The Danjiang Bridge will also allow for the extension of Danhai Light Rail Transportation (DHLRT) system over the Tamsui River to connect the town of Bali and the Port/Harbour with Taipei’s public rail network.
The new Danjiang bridge is a Sinotech Engineering Consultants and Leonhardt, Andrä & Partner joint venture with Zaha Hadid Architects
#Taipei #Taiwan #architecture #exhibition #zahahadid

Global Design Laboratory exhibition: 8 July-10 Oct, Taipei, Taiwan.
ZHA transforms notions of what can be achieved in concrete, steel, and glass; combining an unwavering optimism for the future and belief in the power of invention with concepts of urban and social connectivity.
Zaha Hadid insisted that we expand the boundaries of our discipline, our understanding and our knowledge, while at the same time cultivating humanism.
Our primary focus is on contributing to human well-being while the development of 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the design, construction and operations of our buildings dramatically increases construction certainty and efficiency.
This exhibition gives an overview of ZHA’s recent work including architecture, furniture and product design. The experimental designs of our research group CODE (Computational Design) are also showcased, together with the work of ZHA’s virtual reality group (ZHVR) that seamlessly transitions the practice’s wholly digitised workflow from design work into immersive prototypical spaces.
ZHA Global Design Laboratory exhibition
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
133 Guangfu South Road, Xinyi District
#Taipei #Taiwan #architecture #exhibition

#EthelDay Celebrating the talent and achievements of International #WomenInArchitecture @RIBA “It’s important to inspire people in maybe, a very modest way.” #ZahaHadid

Mandarin Oriental @MO_HOTELS to open hotel and residences in Melbourne tower by Zaha Hadid Architects
Mandarin Oriental has signed a management contract for a new hotel and branded residences to be developed in #Melbourne, #Australia. The project is expected to open in 2023, and is the Group’s first announced property in Australia.
The hotel and residences will be located in the mixed-use 185-metre tower on Collins Street that will contribute to the ongoing regeneration of the city’s CBD.
The project is being developed by Melbourne-based property developer, Landream.
James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental said: “We are delighted with this opportunity to open our first hotel in Australia and look forward to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s legendary hospitality to Melbourne. This new development will be a welcome addition to the brand’s growing global portfolio.” Kevin Li, Managing Director of Landream said: “We are proud to bring the award-winning Mandarin Oriental brand to Melbourne. Mandarin Oriental, Melbourne will set a new standard for bespoke service in the city and will offer a preferred choice to travellers and potential homeowners who desire the finest accommodation.” Michele Pasca di Magliano, ZHA project director said: “It is an honour to be working in Melbourne with Landream and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group on this unique project that takes inspiration from the finest examples of historic architecture within the CBD, where details within the masonry bring a rich architectural rhythm to the city. The hotel’s façade reinterprets this historical detailing in a contemporary solution, introducing a delicate filigree that gently envelops the building.” Pasca di Magliano explained: “The tower’s design conveys the wide variety of interior spaces within; dividing the building’s overall volume into a series of smaller stacked vases, with each different vase housing the bespoke guestrooms, suites, residences or amenities of Mandarin Oriental’s renowned service and standards.”

The steel structure of Beijing's new international airport passenger terminal has been completed. Flights are expected to begin in 2019.
With the city’s existing airport at capacity, Beijing’s new international airport will serve the world’s fastest growing aviation sector. Initially accommodating 72 million passengers per year (630,000 flights/year on 4 runways), the new airport is designed for further expansion to accommodate 100 million passengers and 4 million tonnes of cargo annually.
The 313,000 sq.m. new terminal building has been designed to be extremely user-focussed, efficient and adaptable for future growth; its 6-pier radial design gives exceptional convenience for passengers and flexibility in operations.
Evolving from principles within traditional Chinese architecture that organise interconnected spaces around a central courtyard, the new terminal’s design guides all passengers seamlessly through the relevant departure, arrival or transfer zones towards the grand courtyard at its centre – a multi-layered meeting space at the very heart of the terminal.
The terminal’s compact, radial design minimises distances between check-in and gate, as well as minimising distances between gates for transferring passengers. Every aircraft pier radiates directly from the terminal’s main central court where all passenger services & amenities are located.
Flowing parabolic folds within the terminal’s vaulted roof reach to the ground to support the structure and allow natural light within, directing all passengers to the central courtyard.
Designed to adapt to operate in many different configurations dependant on varying aircraft and passenger traffic throughout each day, the new airport will include an integrated transport centre offering direct links to Beijing city centre, local rail services and the national high-speed rail network. (aerial photo via Xinhua)
#Beijing #China #airport #architecture

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