Perkins + Will Design Mile-Long Outdoor Museum for Los Angeles

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Destination Crenshaw. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will Destination Crenshaw. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will Perkins + Will have revealed a design for an open-air museum along the Crenshaw light-rail line in Los Angeles. Dubbed Destination Crenshaw, the project will run 1.1 miles and feature outdoor art and cultural spaces that celebrate black thinkers, activists, and performers of Los Angeles. Featuring works of public art as well as streetscape upgrades by Studio-MLA, the design was conceived as a response to Metro’s decision to put a section of the Crenshaw/LAX Line at ground level.
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Running along Crenshaw Boulevard between 48th and 60th streets, Destination Crenshaw is designed so that the Crenshaw Line’s Hyde Park station and the at-grade portion of the rail line will have views of all the artwork and upgrades. “Everything that we build is simply a backdrop to the innovative, artistic spirit that is

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Moscow Launches New Smart City District as a Living Lab

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Moscow. Image via Creative Commons Moscow. Image via Creative Commons The government of Moscow has begun developing an existing district in the city to test nearly 30 new ‘smart’ technologies for urban development. Home to over 8,000 people, the district is testing ideas on smart lighting, smart waste management, and smart heating. The city intends to evaluate what impact technologies bring to residents and adjust its urban renewal plan once the pilot is complete. When creating a smart district, cities tend to choose new, empty or even abandoned areas to build a district from a scratch, which is faster, easier and more cost-efficient. However, Moscow authorities made the decision to create one in an already existing neighborhood to bring top tech solutions. In April 2018, authorities began implementing technologies in selected buildings situated in Maryino district on the southeast of Moscow. The district includes seven apartment buildings with different years of construction from 1996 to
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Google Reveals Revised Mountain View Campus Plan by BIG and Heatherwick Studio

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Google Mountain View Campus. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group & Heatherwick Studio Google Mountain View Campus. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group & Heatherwick Studio New details of Google's Mountain View campus by BIG and Heatherwick Studio have been revealed. Initially announced in 2015, the project has seen several revisions after first running into difficulty with the city planning board. The latest scheme includes a combination of office, retail, public and residential space. Located in North Bayshore, California, the revised plan focuses on the site's natural environment and affordable housing.
Google Mountain View Campus. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group & Heatherwick Studio Google Mountain View Campus. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group & Heatherwick Studio
Google Mountain View Campus. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group & Heatherwick Studio Google Mountain View Campus. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group & Heatherwick Studio

Google will partner with a developer to construct up to 6,600 residential units on its land, with 20 percent qualifying as affordable housing. "We want to see the area transformed into what the City calls 'Complete Neighborhoods,' with a focus on increasing housing options

Google Mountain View Campus. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group & Heatherwick Studio
Google Mountain View Campus. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group & Heatherwick Studio
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Three Teams Selected to Reimagine New York City’s Green Trash Bins

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Courtesy of New York City Department of Sanitation Courtesy of New York City Department of Sanitation The NYC Department of Sanitation, Van Alen Institute, and the Industrial Designers Society of America / American Institute of Architects New York have announced the three finalists in their BetterBin competition. The competition offered designers an opportunity to reimagine New York City’s iconic green wire litter basket. The three finalist design teams are Group Project (Colin P. Kelly), IONDESIGN GmbH Berlin, and Smart Design. Each team will now produce 12 full-size prototypes that will be tested in New York City neighborhoods in summer 2019.
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New York City is home to more than 23,000 litter baskets for waste and recycling. The most widespread design—the green, wire-mesh basket—dates to the 1930s. While iconic to the streets of New York, the wire basket is in need of a redesign to address the current and future waste needs
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Studio Fuksas Wins Competition for Gelendzhik Airport in Russia

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Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas Studio Fuksas has won the competition to design the new Gelendzhik Airport in Gelendzhik, Russia. Gelendzhik is considered the third most popular resort city on the Black Sea coast. Prioritizing the landscape and an interior garden of local pine trees, the project is set to become the new gateway into the city. Inspired by the flight of birds when they change direction, the airport was made to be a new landmark for Gelendzhik.
Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas
Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas
Focusing on the qualities of space, experience and the control of natural light, the airport was also made to respect local values and characteristics. The concept features a large, white canopy the cover the entirety of the airport. The design will not only be a visual reference point but also a “Green Landmark” in terms of
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Studio Gang Designs a Sugarcane-Inspired Tower for Hawaii

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Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation Studio Gang has revealed a new design for a 41-story tower in Hawaii that's inspired by the island’s native red sugar cane. Designed with a mix of ground floor retail and 565 residences above, the tower is called Kō‘ula. Embracing indoor-outdoor living and Hawaii's climate, the project is oriented to ocean views with vertical columns that bend and twist like sugar cane. The tower is part of a larger development underway in the Ward Village district on Oahu’s south shore.
Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation
Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation

The 60-acre master plan for Ward Village is organized by the Howard Hughes Corporation and will include restaurants, shops, and high-rise residential towers as a LEED platinum–certified community. The village will be built with 4,500 residences and close to one million square feet of retail spaces. Kō‘ula will be

Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation
Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation
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West Kowloon HSR Station Photographed Through the Lens of Kris Provoost

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Architect and photographer Kris Provoost recently captured new photos of Aedas and Andrew Bromberg’s West Kowloon HSR Station in Hong Kong. Provoost lives and works in Shanghai, and his new series of photographs show how visitors are brought into the heart of Hong Kong as the majestic structure overlooks Victoria Harbor. Integrating abundant green space and different viewing platforms, the project creates an urban park in the midst of Hong Kong's city center.

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West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost

Located in West Kowloon District, the station caters for the first high speed rail connecting Hong Kong with the mainland of China. Sitting adjacent to West Kowloon Cultural District, the HSR is surrounded by interesting neighbors. The nearly complete Xiqu Theatre by Revery Architecture, the

West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost
West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost
West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost
West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost
West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost
West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost
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MVRDV’s First US Project Breaks Ground in New York City

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Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Dutch practice MVRDV has broken ground on Radio Tower & Hotel, a 21,800-square-meter mixed-use high rise located in the Washington Heights area in northern Manhattan. The 22-storey building is MVRDV’s first major project in the United States and combines hotel, retail, and office functions in vibrantly stacked blocks. The project was designed to reflecte the vivacious character of the neighborhood and set a direction for future development.
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Designed for developer Youngwoo & Associates, Radio Tower & Hotel will occupy an underutilized lot where Amsterdam Avenue meets the Washington Bridge that connects Manhattan to the Bronx. The site is just one block away from the I-95 highway, one of the major links between Manhattan and New Jersey. The distinctive massing of the building resolves the project’s main challenge of accommodating a large volume of

Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
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Clouds AO Unveils Floating Space Lab in Japan

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AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO Clouds Architecture Office have revealed a new design for a space research lab that floats above a crater in Oita, Japan. Called AVATAR X LAB, the design was made for ANA Holdings Inc. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The lab aims to be part of ANA's AVATAR Vision, an endeavor to advance and pioneer real-world Avatar technologies, and JAXA's new research and development program J-SPARC. The lab was designed to advance understanding of space exploration and development.
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AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO

ANA and JAXA are both experts at launching vehicles into the atmosphere, the feeling of suspension or 'being in the air' is natural for both entities. The AVATAR X Lab Building is designed as a suspended building floating above a moon-like crater. The multi-story structure floats

AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO
AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO
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MVRDV Brings Minecraft to Life with RED7 Housing in Moscow

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RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Dutch practice MVRDV have unveiled RED7, a housing project for Moscow and the firm’s first building in Russia. MVRDV won the competition to design RED7 for client GK Osnova in December 2017, and the project has been accepted by the architectural committee of Moscow. Designed with a Minecraft-like gradient of blocks, the project was inspired by its neighboring context. As a symbolic gateway into the city center, the design will include 289 apartments with external terraces and expansive views of Moscow's skyline.
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The 289 apartments range from 27 to 253 square meters in size, and also benefit from the building’s variety of facilities—including a two-floor fitness center with a swimming pool, a sky lounge with a large outside terrace, children’s play room, co-working space, rentable party space, a cinema, a shopping area, a supermarket, and parking for up to

RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
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Amazon Selects Both New York City and Arlington for HQ2

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Amazon Seattle HQ. Image © Flickr user Joe Behr licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Amazon Seattle HQ. Image © Flickr user Joe Behr licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Amazon has selected New York City and Arlington for it's next headquarters, set to become two of the biggest economic development projects in the United States. Instead of choosing one site, Amazon will spread over $5 billion in construction and investments across the two locations. The tech giant will house at least 25,000 employees in each city, and could receive more than $2 billion in tax incentives. The new announcement ends a 14-month competition among cities across the country.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said in a statement that “with Amazon committing to expand its headquarters in Long Island City, New York can proudly say that we have attracted one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history.” Amazon may receive up to $1.2 billion in
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Europe’s Largest Wooden Construction Revealed by Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park and OXO

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ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, and OXO Architects reveal a design for Europe's largest wooden construction in Arcueil, France. Called Ecotone, the project is sited in the Coteau Area of southern Paris as a multi-use space set to link city and landscape. The design takes the form of two hybrid hills with trees and a large staircase containing several terraces and patios. Ecotone aims to rethink the future of sustainable cities and timber construction.
ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO
ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO

Inspired by biomimicry, the project will include walls that open and close depending on the weather, a thin roof that breathes, and wells that regulate the temperature. At 82,000 square meters, Ecotone will serve as work space and housing for up to 5000 occupants. The project

ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO
ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO
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Europe’s Largest Wooden Construction Revealed by Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park and OXO

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ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, and OXO Architects reveal a design for Europe's largest wooden construction in Arcueil, France. Called Ecotone, the project is sited in the Coteau Area of southern Paris as a multi-use space set to link city and landscape. The design takes the form of two hybrid hills with trees and a large staircase containing several terraces and patios. Ecotone aims to rethink the future of sustainable cities and timber construction.
ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO
ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO

Inspired by biomimicry, the project will include walls that open and close depending on the weather, a thin roof that breathes, and wells that regulate the temperature. At 82,000 square meters, Ecotone will serve as work space and housing for up to 5000 occupants. The project

ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO
ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptych, Duncan Lewis, Park, OXO
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Coal Drops Yard Photographed Through the Lens of Laurian Ghinitoiu

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Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has released new images of Heatherwick Studio’s Coal Drops Yard in London’s King's Cross. Unveiled to the public last month, the project includes two heritage rail buildings from the 1850s brought together as a new shopping district. The design extends the inner gabled roofs of Victorian coal drops to link the two viaducts together around shopping and public space.
Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Ghinitoiu captured Coal Drops Yard through diverse perspectives, including new aerial images of the site. The project is the first major building completion in London for Heatherwick Studio and one of several large-scale developments in the capital that the studio is currently working on. Now home to stores, restaurants and cafés, Coal Drops Yard sits just off Granary Square

Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
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ZGF Reveals Google’s New L.A. Office in Historic California Hangar

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Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects ZGF architects have completed Google's new L.A. office by transforming California's landmark Spruce Goose Hangar. Designed as a building-within-a-building, the project was built inside the seven-story, 750-foot-long historic wooden structure. The 450,000 SF, four-level design is sited between two existing Google properties, and the project aimed to unify the Playa Vista campus while bringing a new perspective to workplace through adaptive reuse.
Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects
Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects

Built by Howard Hughes in 1943 for the construction of the Hercules IV airplane (aka the “Spruce Goose”), the historic hangar now comprises office, meeting, food service and event spaces, and employee amenity spaces. The project included extensive restoration of the original wood frame, and the new architecture is set within the vast, open volumes of the hangar on either side

Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects
Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects
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Sara Göransson on Housing and the Future of Urban Infrastructure

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Public park on top of the Gamla Lidingöbron. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Public park on top of the Gamla Lidingöbron. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Swedish studio Urban Nouveau created a plan to save Stockholm's Gamla Lidingöbron bridge by transforming it into a linear park and housing. After launching a petition to save the bridge and re-purpose it, ArchDaily followed up with Sara Göransson, founding partner at Urban Nouveau, to ask her about her background and how the studio approaches social integration, housing and the future of urban infrastructure.
Countryside inspiration by river Ångermanälven in Sollefteå, Sweden. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Countryside inspiration by river Ångermanälven in Sollefteå, Sweden. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau

What inspired you to study architecture? Sara: I am from a beautiful country region in the north of Sweden. But due to urbanization, what was once a thriving community based around forestry and farming has become a depopulated region with many beautiful old houses and farms standing abandoned. Driving through this landscape and seeing these precious houses left to

Connecting-Stockholm, a strategy for regional urban growth. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau
Documentation of village architecture in Cova do Vapor, Portugal. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau
Gamla Lidingöbron. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau
Sketch showing life inside the apartments of the Gamla Lidingöbron. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau
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Frank Gehry’s Grand Avenue Towers Finally Set to Begin Construction

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The Grand. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners The Grand. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners Frank Gehry's Grand Avenue towers are finally set to begin construction, over a decade after the project was initially proposed. Conceived as a public-private partnership, the towers are sited across from Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The project was designed from a central retail core into the two terracing towers with a mix of retail, entertainment and residences. The $1 billion complex aims to turn Grand Avenue into a full entertainment district.
The Grand. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners The Grand. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners

Created with developer Related Companies, the Grand Avenue project filed for construction permits in August 2017. As Urbanize LA reports, the complex will include a 39-tower residential tower with 113 condos and 323 apartments (20 percent of which will be available to low-income tenants), and a 20-story tower housing a 314-room Equinox hotel. At the base, shops and restaurants

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Wilkinson Eyre Unveils Glass Chimney Lift for Battersea Power Station

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The Chimney Lift. Image Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre The Chimney Lift. Image Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Wilkinson Eyre has revealed new images showing a plan to create a glass elevator in Battersea Power Station. The lift will travel 109 meters to the top of one of the building's iconic chimneys. On opening, it will offer visitors views of the capital's skyline from one of the most unique viewing platforms in London. The Chimney Lift is one of three new and exciting event/attraction spaces on offer inside the iconic Power Station. The station is working closely with a wide collection of heritage and emerging retail brands from the UK and across the globe to complement its vision for the 1930s and 1950s turbine halls.
Battersea Power Station. Image Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Battersea Power Station. Image Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre

The Chimney Lift will provide visitors with the unique experience of travelling up the interior of the north-west chimney in a custom-built glass elevator which emerges at

Battersea Power Station. Image Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre
Battersea Power Station. Image Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre
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LAVA Selected to Design German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai

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German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of facts and fiction | adunic | LAVA German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of facts and fiction | adunic | LAVA The Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has been selected to design the German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai. Designed as a vertical campus that blends nature and technology, the pavilion takes cues from local architecture and Germany’s history of outstanding lightweight pavilion design. Formally, the design features a freeform roof that encloses interlinked floating cubes that house exhibition and event spaces.
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Demonstrating the Expo theme, everything from intelligent use of local climatic conditions to materials reuse and construction is designed to be sustainable. The concept continues German innovation in Expo pavilion design by using new ways of forming space – from Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona 1929 to Frei Otto’s Montreal 1967 to Fritz Bornemann’s spherical concert hall Osaka 1970. It also responds to

German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of facts and fiction | adunic | LAVA
German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of facts and fiction | adunic | LAVA
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SHoP Architects Design New Embassy Compound in Honduras

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Tegucigalpa New Embassy Compound. Image Courtesy of SHoP Architects Tegucigalpa New Embassy Compound. Image Courtesy of SHoP Architects SHoP Architects have revealed new renderings of their design for a New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In 2013, SHoP was among the firms selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Building Operations (OBO) to realize facilities that will meet its operational needs while embodying and communicating the spirit and highest values of the United States.
Tegucigalpa New Embassy Compound. Image Courtesy of SHoP Architects Tegucigalpa New Embassy Compound. Image Courtesy of SHoP Architects
Tegucigalpa New Embassy Compound. Image Courtesy of SHoP Architects Tegucigalpa New Embassy Compound. Image Courtesy of SHoP Architects

The NEC’s design takes its cues from the mountainous Honduran landscape, forming a sense of connection between the buildings and the surrounding area. The north façade addresses the city, creating a welcoming entrance to the chancery, while the east, west and south facades are more solid. As one traverses the site, the reading of the building changes considerably, from open and transparent

Tegucigalpa New Embassy Compound. Image Courtesy of SHoP Architects
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