Orange Trees Provide the Inspiration Behind the Upcoming $500 Million Performing Arts Campus in Anaheim

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SPF:a has revealed their design for the new Anaheim Performing Arts Center (APAC) to be located adjacent to Angels Stadium in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle District. The $500 million, 500,000-square-foot cultural campus will contain three theaters and a range of culture and entertainment program elements, housed within striking buildings inspired by the orange tree.

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Replacing the existing City National Grove music venue, APAC will offer up an expanded slate of performance venues, including a 2,000-seat concert hall, a 1,700-seat opera hall and a 600-seat black box theater, as well as an outdoor amphitheater, two restaurants, office space, lecture rooms and a convention hall. At the center of the site, a museum tower capped with an observatory will become a new area landmark, with a design that draws inspiration from Anaheim’s agricultural past.

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Clement Blanchet Draws Inspiration from Circus Tents for Competition-Winning Cultural Center in France

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Clément Blanchet Architecture has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of a new cultural center to be located in the Paris suburb of Gonesse, France, beating out proposals from Bernard Tschumi & Moreau Kusunoki.

Named Circus³, the facility features a unique tensile roof evocative of a circus pavilion, and will house a 1,500 seat theater for a variety of cultural performances and events.

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This a unique performance venue to EuropaCity and the region, that will be designed specifically to host an internationally branded show, featuring advanced technical features,” explain the architects.

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CIRCUS ³ is focused around three principle design moves:

  1. Free the ground and let the landscape grow
  2. Raise an horizontal  scenographic  and flexible platform framing the main room
  3. Display the roof as a metaphor of the
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REX’s World Trade Center Performing Arts Center Back on Track After Signing 99-Year Lease

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After funding issues threatened to halt the project last year, plans for the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center are now back on track after an agreement made between the venue and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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Earlier today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the 99-year deal that will allow World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, Inc. to lease the land for just $1 per year. In return, the Center will pay the Port Authority $48 million from funding to cover the cost of the building’s below-ground construction, which is already underway and scheduled to finish this year. 

Of the building’s estimated $363 million price tag, about $295 million has already been raised, including a $75 million gift from the building’s namesake, businessman Ronald O. Perelman. 

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Employees Keep Walking into the Glass Walls at Apple’s New Campus

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According to a report from Market Watch, there have already been at least two incidents of people injuring themselves badly enough that local emergency services were needed to be called. Both cases resulted in minor cuts and bruises but ended up not requiring hospitalization. Other sources have claimed that seven people reported injuries on the building’s first day of use, with speculation that even more incidents have

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Japan Plans for Supertall Wooden Skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041

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Timber tower construction is the current obsession of architects, with new projects claiming to be the world’s next tallest popping up all over the globe. But this latest proposal from Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry Co. and architects Nikken Sekkei would blow everything else out of the water, as they have announced plans for the world’s first supertall wood structured skyscraper in Tokyo.

At 1,148 feet tall, the proposal outpaces similar timber-structured highrise proposals including Perkins + Will’s River Beech Tower and PLP Architecture’s Oakwood Tower.

Known as the W350 Project, the development would feature a mixed-use program in hopes of creating an environmentally and socially sustainable community in the sky. Renderings for the complex show light-filled apartments and public spaces on multiple building levels, with hotels, offices, retail and residences intermixing.

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Early estimates indicated that W350 would use

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3 Shortlisted Candidates Announced in Architectural Association’s Search for New Director

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The Architectural Association has announced a shortlist of 3 candidates in the running to become the new AA Director, who will lead the direction of one of the world's foremost architecture schools and institutions.

After reviewing 73 responses received from an initial call for application, the search committee narrowed down the list first to 26 candidates, and then to 15 for a multi-round interview process. This was a diverse list including both male and female architectural minds from all six inhabited continents. After narrowing down the initial list to 8 following the first round of interviews, 3 superior candidates have now been chosen to be voted upon by students, faculty and council members of the Architectural Association. 

The shortlisted candidates are:

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Watch the Construction of Zaha Hadid’s 1000 Museum Tower in This Full PBS Documentary

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As one of Zaha Hadid's final projects, One Thousand Museum Tower in Miami, approaches completion (having topped out just last month), a new documentary on its construction has been released by PBS.  The building was the subject of the season premier of "Impossible Builds," which profiles "the creation of some of the world’s most ambitious, complex and technologically advanced construction projects."  Described by the show as "one of the most complex skyscrapers ever to make it off the drawing board," the 62-story tower features a unique glass fiber reinforced concrete exoskeleton – a system never before seen at this scale. The show is now available to watch in its entirety online. Check it out below! Head over to PBS to learn more about "Impossible Builds" and to see the other videos in the series.

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Madison Square Garden Unveils Plans for Spherical Event Venues in London and Las Vegas

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The Madison Square Garden Company, the eponymous group behind New York City’s iconic concert and events venue, has revealed plans to building two new arenas on opposite sides of the world that will both be shaped like giant spheres.

To be branded as MSG Spheres, the venues will be located in Las Vegas and in London, and will be designed by Populous, the Kansas City-based firm responsible for a large number of stadia and arenas across the globe.

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According to a press release, the MSG Spheres will feature “ an iconic design, and will be equipped with game-changing technologies that push the limits of connectivity, acoustics, video, and content distribution.”

Early conceptual visuals of the Las Vegas venue were released with the news, showing the interior and exterior of the building. Located just off the Strip

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New Renderings Show Off Plans For What Could Become Portland’s Future Tallest Building

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New renderings have been revealed of Kaven + Co. and William / Kaven Architecture’s plans for the new Broadway Corridor in Portland, showcasing the full masterplan for the first time. Conceived as a new mixed-use district and transportation hub connecting Union Station and the Pearl District, the Broadway Corridor will feature the city’s new tallest and one of the west coast’s tallest buildings.

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The masterplan would add nearly 5 million square feet of new development spread across several high and low-rise buildings, including the signature skyscrapers linked by a glass-enclosed botanical garden bridge. The taller of the two towers could cap out at over 970 feet, making it one of the tallest buildings west of the city. The garden bridge would also reach new heights – at 680 feet in the air, it would constitute of the world’s highest

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Downtown Brooklyn’s Latest Megaproject Will Feature a 986-Foot-Tall Tower and 2 Schools by ARO

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Renderings have been revealed for another landmark addition to Brooklyn’s skyline: 80 Flatbush, a dual tower and school complex to be built in the borough’s fast growing Downtown.

Located on a triangular site directly across the street from TEN Arquitectos’ recently completed 300 Ashland and steps from the Barclay’s Center, 80 Flatbush will consist of a mix of new-built and renovated historic structures. Two towers designed by Alloy Development – the taller of which will reach 986 feet – will flank two new schools designed by Architecture Research Office and two 19th century buildings that will be repurposed as retail and cultural facilities. Open spaces will be designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

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In total, the project will create 900 residential units (200 of which will be affordable), 200,000 square feet of office space, a 15,000-square-foot cultural facility and 15,000 square

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Preview the The Shed’s Innovative Programming at Their Temporary Pavilion Designed by Kunlé Adeyemi

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New York’s most highly anticipated cultural venue, The Shed, is giving visitors the chance to preview some of their innovative programming a year before its planned opening at a temporary pavilion designed by architect Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ and artist Tino Sehgal.

To be located at the corner of Tenth Avenue and 30th Street in Manhattan – across the street from the rising Hudson Yards development and future home of the Shed – the pavilion has been designed to accommodate a variety of program types with its reconfigurable structure. Events will include concerts, dance battles, discussion panels and more.

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“One block away from our future home on the west side, we are temporarily transforming an empty lot into a flexible public space for new work, collaboration, and dialogue,”

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Frank Gehry to Design New London Headquarters for Facebook, Sources Say

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Facebook is closing in on a deal to create a new London headquarters, and will be bringing along the design talents of Frank Gehry, according to reports from The Times and Architects’ Journal.

Described as a “growth space” that will allow the company to expand their European presence, the new headquarters would span four buildings in King’s Cross Central – the same part of the city where Google is building its own 11-story “groundscraper” campus designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studios.

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For the design, Facebook is said to be tapping Gehry Partners to fit out two buildings designed by Bennetts Associates and scheduled to complete

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UNStudio Reveals New Renderings of Massive Frankfurt Skyscraper Development

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UNStudio has revealed new renderings of their massive development and master plan for FOUR Frankfurt, as the firm joins forces with HPP Architects (UNS + HPP) to carry out the next stages of the project.

Located on a 16,000 square meter site in the Frankfurt financial district formerly housing offices for Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt FOUR will consist of a multi-story, mixed-use plinth and four skyline-changing high-rise towers, the tallest of which will cap out at 748 feet (228 meters).
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The design is organized to open up new streets and to create a healthy mix of program types that will see the development in use 24 hours a day. Transitioning from the shopping district to the east to the high-rise office towers on Park Taunusanlage, the development will offer offices, hotels, residences, retail, commercial office space and a kindergarten, among other spaces and services.

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Snøhetta’s “A House to Die In” Goes Up for Public Display as the Project Faces Approval Battle

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The result of an 8 year collaborative process between Snøhetta and Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard, “A House to Die In,” is now on display at a new exhibition Tjuvholmen in Oslo, Norway.

Organized by the architects and artist with Selvaag Art Collection, the exhibition shows the artistic process of designing the unique home and studio that is currently seeking approval for its construction. To be located on the grounds of painter Edward Munch’s former house and workshop in western Oslo, the sculptural proposal has prompted discussion over how it honors the legacy of one of Norway’s most famous artists.

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“In collaboration with Selvaag Art Collection we want to tell a different story of how a building comes about. It is an exhibition about plunging into documents, models and drawings to understand the scope of an immensely interesting transdisciplinary collaboration that,

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The United States’ Largest Timber Office Building to Be Constructed in Newark

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Plans for the United States’ largest mass timber office building in Newark, New Jersey have been revealed by developer Lotus Equity Group and Michael Green Architecture.

A part of the Riverfront Square redevelopment project – which will feature 11.8 acres of mixed-use buildings by TEN Arquitectos, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners and Michael Green Architecture and parkland designed by James Corner Field Operations – the Riverfront Square office building will contain up to 500,000 square feet of Class A office space within its cutting-edge timber-framed structural system.

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“To build the nation’s largest timber building in Newark speaks to the confidence and belief we have in the city and Riverfront Square as a world-class location that can compete with any great city around the world,” said

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The Western Hemisphere’s Highest Residential Infinity Pool to be Built in Brooklyn

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A new infinity pool offering unparalleled views of New York City is to be constructed atop KPF’s upcoming Brooklyn Point tower. At 680 feet above grade – nearly 100 feet higher than the iconic infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore – when completed the pool will become the “highest residential infinity pool in the Western Hemisphere."

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Being developed by Extell, Brooklyn Point is the final piece and only residential building to be constructed as part of the new City Point mixed-use complex in Downtown Brooklyn. At 720 feet tall (across 68 stories), the building will become the tallest in Brooklyn – at least until it is surpassed by other planned towers including SHoP’s 340 Flatbush.

Brooklyn Point will feature more than 40,000 square feet of shared indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, including the rooftop terrace, where

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AIA Announces 2018 Thomas Jefferson Award and Collaborative Achievement Award Winners

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Thomas Jefferson Award for service to public architecture and the 2018 Collaborative Achievement Award for distinguished achievements of those who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.

The 2018 Thomas Jefferson Award recipient is Stephen Ayers, FAIA, Architect of the Capitol. Since appointed as the 11th Architect of the Capitol by President Barack Obama in 2010, Ayers has overseen the continued maintenance and restoration of the more than 570 acres of grounds and 17.4 million square feet of government buildings. His major projects thus far have included the restoration of the bronze Ulysses S. Grant Memorial and the first major restoration of the  U.S. Capitol Dome in 50 years, bringing the cast iron structure back to its original glory. 

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MVRDV Wrap Curving Retail Plinth Around Landmark Office Tower in Lodz

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MVRDV has revealed their design for Fabryczna Offices, a new mixed-use office and retail complex to be located in the heart of Łódź, Poland.

Fitting into the city’s master plan for development around the new central station, Fabryczna Offices “connects past to present” with its distinct, rhythmic facade and gently curving forms. A 4-story plinth wraps around the perimeter of the site to create an inner courtyard, from which a 60-meter-tall office tower will rise. This orientation allows daylight to reach all levels of the building, while maximizing the space for the publicly-accessible courtyard area.

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“The rounded plinth and tower are curved to create a series of smaller volumes which makes the project more human scale and also provides a more individual identity to future tenants,” explain MVRDV. “The courtyard has an opening towards the culture centre and a passage towards Kilinskiego Street with the intention

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Winter Has Arrived at Finland’s Game of Thrones-Themed Ice Hotel

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For all those Game of Thrones fans looking to go face to face with a White Walker (or snuggle up like Jon and Dany), here’s your chance: Lapland Hotels Snowvillage in northern Finland has opened its very own Game of Thrones-themed ice hotel, complete with ice-carvings of the show’s best settings and sigils.

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Located in the resort town Kittilä, 125 miles (200 kilometers) north of the Arctic Circle, the Snowvillage is constructed each year once temperatures reach below -10C in late October or early November. Featuring a hotel, restaurant, bar and chapel, all carved from ice, the Snowvillage is a verifiable winter wonderland, covering an area of 215,000 square feet (20,000 square meters).

For the 2017-2018 season, the hotel teamed up with HBO Nordic to create the Game of Thrones theme, bringing in ice sculptors from around the world to design and

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J. Mayer H. Architects Reveal Prize-Winning Design for Kärcher Museum in Germany

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J. Mayer H. Architects has revealed their design for the new Kärcher Musuem that took 3rd prize in a recent closed competition. Designed for international cleaner manufacturer Kärcher, the museum will feature exhibits on the company’s 80+ year legacy and the history of cleaning technologies.

Located on a 2,500 square meter site in Winnenden, Germany, J. Mayer H. Architects’ proposal takes the form of a large, sawtooth cut volume inspired by the surrounding commercial and industrial structures. This monolithic form is cut into at the entrance, revealing the hollowed out interior within. Additional cuts into the body offer views to neighboring company buildings, toward the city and to the surrounding landscape.

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“The large volume is structured by the folded design of the roof,” explain the architects. “On the

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