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Wood Awards 2018 announce British Architecture and Design winners

Wood Awards 2018 announce British Architecture and Design winners The winners of the annual Wood Awards have been announced at a ceremony held on the 20th November at Carpenters’ Hall in London hosted by David Hopkins, Director of the Timber Trade Federation. Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is free to enter and aim to …

Innovative architecture for all as Calgary’s new Central Library opens to the public

Innovative architecture for all as Calgary’s new Central Library opens to the public On November 1 the new Central Library in Calgary, designed by Snøhetta and DIALOG, opened its doors to the public. With aims to welcome over twice as many annual visitors to its 240,000 SF of expanded facilities, the library will fill a …

RJ Models shows off their Architectural Office Building Models

RJ Models shows off their Architectural Office Building Models RJ Models has made hundreds of excellent office building models and won widely appreciations from its clients, including the world top-level architectural design firms, such as Foster + Partners, SOM, OMA, KPF, Zaha Hadid Architects, etc. Office building models are used in a very wide range …

Highrise construction takes on new dimensions with Doka Formwork

Highrise construction takes on new dimensions with Doka Formwork Since the 1990s there has been an upsurge in high-rise construction. After the Empire State Building (1931) and Sears Tower (1974, now Willis Tower) builds, their height records stood for decades. Since 1998 the cycle has been shortened to a matter of years with systems like …

MIT class designs prototype timber building to demonstrate sustainable construction

MIT class designs prototype timber building to demonstrate sustainable construction The construction and operation of all kinds of buildings uses vast amounts of energy and natural resources. Researchers around the world have therefore been exploring sustainable construction, seeking ways to make buildings more efficient and less dependent on emissions-intensive materials. Now, a project developed through …

Boxpark reveal plans to revive Brighton’s iconic beachfront

Boxpark reveal plans to revive Brighton’s iconic beachfront Boxpark today reveal plans to revive Brighton’s iconic Madeira Terrace into an internationally renowned retail-and-leisure-as-entertainment destination. Plans have been submitted to Brighton & Hove City Council and demonstrate Boxpark’s desire to secure a 12 month exclusivity period to explore design, funding and management opportunities for the regeneration …

sustainable drainage systems SuDS success celebrated at inaugural Awards

sustainable drainage systems SuDS success celebrated at inaugural Awards More than 100 guests gathered in London’s iconic City Hall Living Room last night to celebrate the inaugural susdrain SuDS Awards, supported by the Greater London Authority. Well-deserved winners were announced in three different categories, along with susdrain’s overall winner and our SuDS Champion as voted …

NEXT architects wins competition with their Belgian wooden watchtower

NEXT architects wins competition with their Belgian wooden watchtower How do you create a touristic landmark that catches people’s attention whilst fluidly merging with the surroundings? Connecting landscape and landmark formed a basis for the winning design by NEXT architects for the Hoge Blekker, a watchtower on the Belgian coast. The competition was run by …

Bouygues UK to build Cardiff University’s Magnet for Innovation campus

Bouygues UK to build Cardiff University’s Magnet for Innovation campus Bouygues UK Limited, a leading construction company with a track record in urban regeneration, will develop a disused railway yard into a centrepiece for innovation. Cardiff Innovation Campus (CIC) will provide cutting-edge facilities that help researchers, students and industry work together to build enterprises that …

Reaching for the sky at the University of Manchester’s Engineering Campus

Reaching for the sky at the University of Manchester’s Engineering Campus Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has reached a key milestone on The University of Manchester’s £287 million Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) project with the first reinforced concrete core reaching full height. The core, which is one of four, will be an integral …

Frankfurt’s OMNITURM tower is rising skyward

Frankfurt’s OMNITURM tower is rising skyward The almost rectilinear glass tower will bring action to the city’s skyline, because at about half-height the tower describes what could be called “a shift of the hip”. For this spiralling shift of the building’s axis, Doka developed a new protection screen that can tilt forward backward and sideways …

Snøhetta designs planetarium for Solobservatoriet, Norway’s largest astronomical facility

Snøhetta designs planetarium for Solobservatoriet, Norway’s largest astronomical facility Snøhetta’s design comprises a brand new 1,500 m² planetarium as well as scattered interstellar cabins, each shaped like a small planet. The new facilities will offer a range of scientific activities within astronomy, sun studies and natural science. Here, researchers, school children, retirees and international tourists can …

The advantages of professional soft strip demolition

The advantages of professional soft strip demolition For a building that is scheduled for redevelopment and renovation it is crucial to detach the non-structural elements, so that you can protect the property and important elements from damage. Soft strip demolition experts can safely remove all the non-structural elements such as internal ceilings, fittings and fixtures, …

Next Architects design the landscape for 24km of road works in Friesland, Netherlands

Next Architects design the landscape for 24km of road works in Friesland, Netherlands Construction of the N356 De Centrale As, a highway connecting the N31 south of Burgum with the Dokkum ring road, is a unique project which Next Architects were proud to be involved in. The 25km route, dissecting the nationalised landscape of Noardlike …

Romania’s new national cathedral transformed with Doka Formwork

Romania’s new national cathedral transformed with Doka Formwork In the heart of Romania’s capital, a new Orthodox cathedral of impressive dimensions is now under construction. Measuring 124 metres long, 70 metres wide and 120 metres high (at the base of the cross), the place of worship will accommodate up to 5,000 people, making it one …

Society of British International Design opens for entries in their 2018 Awards

Society of British International Design opens for entries in their 2018 Awards The 2018 edition of the SBID International Design Awards is now open. As ever, this year’s edition promises to bring together the world’s finest interior design schemes, from the ostentatious to the minimal, the innovative and the functional. Consistent in its quest to …

STRABAG building €39m office tower in central Bucharest

STRABAG building €39m office tower in central Bucharest The European-based construction group STRABAG SE, through its Romanian subsidiary, has been awarded the contract to build a 110 m tall office tower in central Bucharest. The contract has a value of about € 39 million. Completion is scheduled for October 2019. “Thanks to the use of …

Wood Awards 2018 call for entries now open

Wood Awards 2018 call for entries now open The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design has now launched its 2018 call for entries. Anyone involved in a UK-based wood project is invited to enter and has until 25 May to submit their applications. Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages and …

Snøhetta unveils The Arch, a Monument for Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Snøhetta unveils The Arch, a Monument for Archbishop Desmond Tutu The Arch for Arch stands as a tribute to the human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, affectionately known as “Arch” by fellow South Africans, as well as a monument to peace and democracy. Designed by Snøhetta and Johannesburg-based Local Studio, …

Nigeria’s Azuri Peninsula is a new residential paradise on the Atlantic shoreline

Nigeria’s Azuri Peninsula is a new residential paradise on the Atlantic shoreline In the Marina district of Eko Atlantic City in the heart of Nigeria’s business capital Lagos, the Azuri Peninsula is one of the most ambitious and spectacular residential construction projects in all of Africa. Doka is supplying the automatic climbing formwork systems and the …

Meet Krister Lindstedt, the architect behind the new city of Kiruna

Meet Krister Lindstedt, the architect behind the new city of Kiruna Where do you start when the task is to move and design an entire city? Krister Lindstedt, lead architect for the new Kiruna, tells Spirit how people, not buildings, were put in the very heart of the design process. Anyone who’s ever moved knows the …

Max Fordham lets the daylight into the Southbank’s Hayward Gallery

Max Fordham lets the daylight into the Southbank’s Hayward Gallery Inspired by the Brutalist architecture of the Mappin Terraces at London Zoo, Hayward Gallery is one of several striking and fierce concrete masses sitting on London’s Southbank. Since its opening in 1968, the challenges in its design have been hotly debated, most notably the lighting, …

HAUS Architects experiments with thermally modified American Ash

HAUS Architects experiments with thermally modified American Ash Copperwood broke ground in fall 2015 for a family of four seeking an energy efficient, modest, modern dwelling. The site’s name, originated by the owner’s son, was inspired by the colour of the surrounding woods and landscape; an untouched natural site adjacent to farmland and bustling with …

Snøhetta designs World’s first Powerhouse Hotel concept above the Arctic Circle

Snøhetta designs World’s first Powerhouse Hotel concept above the Arctic Circle In collaboration with Arctic Adventure of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, Snøhetta has designed “Svart” the world’s first Powerhouse hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meløy municipality in northern Norway. The name “Svart”, meaning “black” in Norwegian, is a …

Red Oak delivers warmth, wellbeing and the wow factor

Red Oak delivers warmth, wellbeing and the wow factor A major and ultra-prestigious application in the City of London could really put U.S. red oak on the European map. The European market has been something of a frustration for U.S. red oak suppliers. The species is America’s most prolific hardwood, so, in those terms, its …

Lagos Wooden Tower introduces green construction to Africa’s largest city

Lagos Wooden Tower introduces green construction to Africa’s largest city Hermann Kamte, young Cameroonian architect and the founder of company Hermann Kamte & Associates (HKA), is the driving force behind the famous sketch of Lagos Wooden Tower. Originally designed as a submission for Metsä Wood’s City Above the City competition, Kamte’s design looks to tackle …

STRABAG subsidiary ZÜBLIN starts construction of Germany’s first timber high-rise

STRABAG subsidiary ZÜBLIN starts construction of Germany’s first timber high-rise When completed, it will be the tallest timber building in Germany. The ten-storey SKAIO high-rise in Heilbronn, based on a design by Berlin-based architectural firm Kaden+Lager, is being built by Stadtsiedlung Heilbronn GmbH and ZÜBLIN. The 34 m building, being erected as part of the …

The Wildlife Trusts releases guidelines call for homes, people and wildlife

The Wildlife Trusts releases guidelines call for homes, people and wildlife New guidelines published by The Wildlife Trusts today show how new housing developments can be built in a way that provides people with greener, inspirational homes which help to reverse decades of wildlife and habitat decline. ‘Homes for people and wildlife – how to …

MIT Professor releases a manifesto for designing cities

MIT Professor releases a manifesto for designing cities “The city is a people’s art, a shared experience,” a Philadelphia architect and planner named Edmund Bacon once wrote, adding that any urban designer’s job was to “conceive an idea, implant it, and nurture its growth in the collective minds of the community.” It sounds like a …

Snøhetta completes Muttrah Fish Market in Oman

Snøhetta completes Muttrah Fish Market in Oman West of Muscat, on the coast of Gulf of Oman, a new fish market has taken the stand as a new landmark on the waterfront along the lively corniche in Muttrah. The Snøhetta-designed Muttrah Fish Market is created to serve as a focal point for the community of …

Oldcastle Precast Wall Panel System used at Buffalo International Airport

Oldcastle Precast Wall Panel System used at Buffalo International Airport Using precast concrete custom-made wall panels and hollow core plank, Oldcastle Precast Newnan, Ga., working in conjunction with CNS Communications, LLC, constructed the newly upgraded emergency generator runway light control building at Buffalo’s International airport. Owner of Buffalo International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration contracted …

Metsä Wood calls for collaboration in timber innovation

Metsä Wood calls for collaboration in timber innovation Modular construction, using timber as a key element, is a credible solution to fast and sustainable house building. However, Metsa Wood believes that more needs to be done in terms of sharing knowledge and innovation in wood construction to further advance the use of this material in …

ARCHITECT@WORK London 2018 announces approved exhibitors

ARCHITECT@WORK London 2018 announces approved exhibitors The London edition of this global, two-day event aimed at architects, designers and specifiers, is in its sixth year and is being held at Olympia National Hall on 24th and 25th January 2018. The two days include free admission for registered trade visitors and complimentary catering throughout, encouraging networking …

Norway to build world’s tallest timber building

Norway to build world’s tallest timber building “Mjøstårnet” will be more than 80 metres tall and stand 30 metres higher than what is today considered the world’s tallest timber building. “Mjøstårnet sets new standards for timber constructions. The building is the closest we come to a skyscraper in timber,” says investor and contracting client, Arthur Buchardt. …

Architects should include “Access to Nature” for buildings designed for people with dementia

Architects should include “Access to Nature” for buildings designed for people with dementia Buildings designed for people living with dementia must prioritise unrestricted access to nature, support for wayfinding and navigation, and the safety of the environment – new research has found. Academics at Birmingham City University have carried out the study examining how homes …

The Wood Awards announce 2017 winners

The Wood Awards announce 2017 winners The winners of the annual Wood Awards, have been announced at a ceremony held on the 21st November at Carpenters’ Hall in London hosted by Johanna Agerman Ross, Founder of Disegno magazine and Curator of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Furniture and Product Design at the V&A. The Wood Awards …

NASA 3D Printed Habitat Challenge won by Foster + Partners technology 

NASA 3D Printed Habitat Challenge won by Foster + Partners technology In a competition to advance the fundamental construction technologies necessary to create off-world habitats, NASA awarded first prize to team Foster + Partners. Out of 77 registered teams, five teams qualified to compete in the final level of the competition held last August at …

Conversation Plinth in Indiana encourages discussion about hardwood CLT

Conversation Plinth in Indiana encourages discussion about hardwood CLT Design firm IKD has unveiled the first hardwood Cross Laminated (HCLT) structure in the United States at the 2017 Exhibit Columbus exhibition. The Conversation Plinth, which has won the Miller Prize, sparks conversation whilst transforming the cityscape, and is situated in the main plaza of Columbus, …

Snøhetta reveals their futuristic design for Aesop Duke of York Square in London

Snøhetta reveals their futuristic design for Aesop Duke of York Square in London With an intriguing fusion of futuristic and classic design, Snøhetta has completed its first permanently built project in England. The 108-square-meter retail space, dubbed Aesop Duke of York Square, is the latest addition to Aesop’s series of uniquely designed boutiques around the …

Doka offers made-to-measure formwork for complex projects

Doka offers made-to-measure formwork for complex projects Round, angular, abstract, two- or three-dimensional – architects’ drafts can be highly extravagant, so the need for custom Doka Formwork solutions and additional services increases all the time. The Doka Ready-to-Use Service manufactures the complex and individual formwork shapes that produce superior-quality concrete surfaces and ensure efficiency on …

Maarten van der Breggen receives first Open Source Wood award from Metsä Wood

Maarten van der Breggen receives first Open Source Wood award from Metsä Wood The first Open Source Wood Award has been won by Dutch architect Maarten van der Breggen for his Maskerade® building concept. Maskerade is a modular system using the standard structural possibilities of KERTO LVL. The system is based on a vertical way …

Snøhetta reimagines 550 Madison in New York

Snøhetta reimagines 550 Madison in New York Snøhetta has been commissioned to reimagine the 1980’s postmodern tower located at 550 Madison Avenue. The renovation is the first major project to be announced for New York City’s East Midtown since its revitalization plan was approved earlier this year. While the recognizable top of the tower will …

Snøhetta designs “Under” – Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant

Snøhetta designs “Under” – Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant At the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline by the village of Båly, Snøhetta has designed Europe’s very first underwater restaurant. With its immediate proximity with the forces of nature, the restaurant, which will also function as a research center for marine life, is a tribute to …

Sydney Harbour set for an iconic new development

Sydney Harbour set for an iconic new development Global property developer the Wanda Group has unveiled its vision for One Circular Quay, a large-scale, mixed-use development located on Australia’s famed Sydney Harbour that will transform the city’s skyline and usher in a new era of luxury residences and accommodations. Developed by Wanda One Sydney, the …

Snøhetta completes the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design in Bergen

Snøhetta completes the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design in Bergen Snøhetta has completed the new Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD) of the University of Bergen, Norway. This open, robust and interactive building gathers KMD’s 350 art and design students under one roof, while simultaneously connecting the faculty and the city …

From desktop designs to actual projects – join the Open Source Wood

From desktop designs to actual projects – join the Open Source Wood Metsä Wood is calling on all architects and engineers to share their innovations in wood construction. The objective is to share knowledge of prefabricated elements and grow the use of wood in construction. Metsä is now sharing its own innovations and offering EUR …

Super stable, earthquake resistant formwork design for the tallest cooling tower in Greece

Super stable, earthquake resistant formwork design for the tallest cooling tower in Greece On site at one of the biggest projects in Greece in recent years, construction of the lignite-fired power plant Ptolemais Block V needs cooling-tower formwork expertise from Doka, plus compliance with a very special structural requirement. This is the first time that …

Trimble begins construction on campus expansion in Westminster, Colorado

Trimble begins construction on campus expansion in Westminster, Colorado Trimble has announced that it has begun construction on a second building in Westminster, Colorado. With the capacity to accommodate over 1,100 workers, the Westminster campus will be Trimble’s largest employment centre and will continue to serve as a central business hub for several of Trimble’s …

Metsä Wood sees new living space potential for German cities

Metsä Wood sees new living space potential for German cities Due to advancing urbanization, there is an acute lack of living space in many metropolitan cities. An attractive solution to create new living space is to add wooden storeys to existing buildings. To make this approach more popular, Metsä Wood carried out an architecture competition …

Mabey props up Ditherington Flax Mill in Shrewsbury – the grandparent of skyscrapers

Mabey props up Ditherington Flax Mill in Shrewsbury – the grandparent of skyscrapers The world’s first iron-framed building is set to be propped up by Mabey, as the bridge and engineering services company announces its role in a national project to restore key Historic England site, Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings. Designed by Charles Bage, the Grade …

Metsä Wood promotes top-down Timber as a solution for urbanisation

Metsä Wood promotes top-down Timber as a solution for urbanisation The urbanisation dynamic is driving ever greater demand for taller structures in increasingly dense cities. Whether architects and construction companies meet this demand using unsustainable materials, or by employing innovative, carbon negative mass timber products such as Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL, could make a huge …

Historic London Courthouse beautifully brought back to order

Historic London Courthouse beautifully brought back to order The Old Sessions House in Clerkenwell, London, a grand, former courthouse that once had a reputation for dishing out some the harshest sentences in the city, has undergone a transformation, costing close to £15 million, and has been launched back to the market as one of the …

Re-designed Jamarat Bridge successfully increases crowd safety during the Hajj Pilgrimage

Re-designed Jamarat Bridge successfully increases crowd safety during the Hajj Pilgrimage Between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5, an estimated 3 million Muslims will complete their holy pilgrimage to Mecca as part of Hajj week, the largest annual gathering of people on Earth. With as many as 300,000 people expected to cross Jamarat Bridge every hour, …

Doka celebrates the forming of its 1,000th highrise

Doka celebrates the forming of its 1,000th highrise Competence at any height Every highrise is unique – as is the associated formwork solution. Competence is crucial for developing a custom formwork solution. In the high rise sector Doka has more than 40 years’ experience with self-climbing formwork. This year, the company will successfully carry out …

18 storey Mjøsa Tower in Brumunddal, Norway will be the tallest wooden building in the world

18 storey Mjøsa Tower in Brumunddal, Norway will be the tallest wooden building in the world When completed in March 2019, Mjøsa Tower in the Norwegian town of Brumunddal will be the world’s tallest wooden building. The construction, which started in early April this year, is an example of how wood can be substituted for …

Dome of Visions in Denmark made from sustainable wood

Dome of Visions in Denmark made from sustainable wood Aarhus in Denmark is the European Capital of Culture in 2017 and for this occasion, a huge transparent dome of glue-laminated timber will serve as the Aarhus municipal pavilion for building culture. The dome-shaped wooden building, Dome of Visions, is made from Metsä Wood’s sustainable Kerto® …

Architectural lighting turns the OnCube office complex in Shanghai into a landmark

Architectural lighting turns the OnCube office complex in Shanghai into a landmark To create the distinctive “onCube” building in Shanghai, the German GMP studio (consisting of Meinhard von Gerkan, Nikolaus Goetze and Magdalene Weiss) has combined original light effects with a simple square format. The office tower has a total height of 90 metres and …

Extremely rare Roman Sarcophagus discovered during construction in London

Extremely rare Roman Sarcophagus discovered during construction in London An archaeological gem, unearthed by builders from Galliard Construction, has been moved to the Museum of London, where its contents will be exhumed. Earlier this year Galliard Construction workers, who are currently building a new residential development in the prime location of Harper Road, came across …

Max Fordham Environmental Design Prize awarded to stunning Viking Longhouse project

Max Fordham Environmental Design Prize awarded to stunning Viking Longhouse project ‘Light and Dark in the Land of Fire and Ice’ The winner of this year’s Max Fordham Environmental Design Prize has reimagined a traditional Viking long-house as a contemporary town hall and performance space. Amani Radeef’s fifth-year Masters of Architecture project for UCL Bartlett …

Chapman Taylor behind the first modular hotel built in Manchester 

Chapman Taylor behind the first modular hotel built in Manchester Chapman Taylor’s new 220 bedroom Holiday Inn Express, built off-site from purpose built steel shipping containers, has been completed at Manchester’s Trafford City. It is the first hotel in the North West to be built using this particular type of volumetric modular construction. Volumetric modular …

Metsä Wood invests in partnerships in industrial wood element construction

Metsä Wood invests in partnerships in industrial wood element construction Wood construction is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Wood products have become more competitive in residential construction in particular, due to the advanced degree of modularity and prefabricated elements. Through its partner network in Europe, Metsä Wood is increasing the amount of Kerto® LVL-based element construction. …

Snøhetta Reimagines Willamette Falls in Oregon, USA

Snøhetta Reimagines Willamette Falls in Oregon USA Willamette Falls is the second largest waterfall by volume in the United States. For over a century, the breathtaking site has been cut off from public access by industrial infrastructure built along the water’s edge. Snøhetta is leading the design of the public spaces that will allow visitors …

Snøhetta designs bar and interior concept for the expansion of Oslo Airport, Norway

Snøhetta designs bar and interior concept for the expansion of Oslo Airport, Norway Snøhetta has designed a unique bar and interior concept for the expansion of Oslo Airport. Located centrally in the new domestic terminal, the playful design of Norgesglasset draws inspiration from its namesake, the Norgesglasset jar, a classic product long used for pickling …

AECOM’s design for Undersea Pedestrian Tunnel wins prestigious architecture award

AECOM’s design for Undersea Pedestrian Tunnel wins prestigious architecture award AECOM has won the Future Projects Transport category at the World Architecture News (WAN) 2016 awards for its design of the world’s first undersea pedestrian tunnel in Istanbul, Turkey. AECOM’s winning design, called ‘Underwater Domes of Istanbul’, was chosen from a shortlist of six entries …

American Society of Civil Engineers recognizes Parsons for innovative underpass design

American Society of Civil Engineers recognizes Parsons for innovative underpass design Parsons is pleased to announce that the McKinley Village Way Underpass in Sacramento, CA, has been honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Sacramento Section, with the 2016 Outstanding Urban Land Development Project Award. The award recognizes urban or land development projects …

Designing Norway’s 1.7km Stad Ship Tunnel

Designing Norway’s 1.7km Stad Ship Tunnel The Stad sea is the most exposed and most dangerous stretch along the Norwegian coast. It has very problematic wave conditions and it is the area with by far the most and strongest winds. The combination of wind, current and waves around this coastline makes the area particularly demanding …

The Endless Runway, a practical solution for airport expansion

The Endless Runway, a practical solution for airport expansion The Endless Runway is a radical idea for a concept of a runway that effects the improves operations and construction of the whole airport. The Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) has been exploring these issues for decades, with a focus on the long term and led a …