Leeza SOHO Highly Commended at the World Architecture Festival 2021

Leezo SOHO in Beijing has been Highly Commended in the ‘Offices’ category at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2021.

The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture, with the WAF Awards at the heart of the festival.

Leeza SOHO tower for SOHO China anchors the new Fengtai business district – a growing financial and transport hub between the city centre and the recently opened Beijing Daxing International Airport to the south.

Adjacent to the business district’s rail station at the intersection of five new lines currently under construction on Beijing’s Subway network, Leeza SOHO’s site is diagonally dissected by an underground subway service tunnel.

Straddling this tunnel, the tower’s design divides its volume into two halves enclosed by a single facade. The space between these two halves extends the full height of the tower, creating the world’s tallest atrium at 194m which rotates as the tower rises to realign the upper floors with Lize road to the north.

This rotation of the atrium intertwines Leeza SOHO’s two halves in a dynamic ‘pas de deux’. Acting as a public square for the new district and providing varying views due to its twisting, sculptural form, the tower creates a fantastic new civic space for Beijing that is directly connected to the city’s transport network.

Leeza SOHO’s double-insulated, unitised glass curtain wall system steps the glazing units on each floor at an angle, providing narrow ventilating registers to draw outside air through operable cavities; creating extremely efficient environmental control for each floor.

Targeting LEED Gold certification, Leeza SOHO’s energy management system monitors real-time environmental control and energy efficiency. The tower includes an insulating green roof with photovoltaic array; 2,680 bicycle parking spaces, with lockers, shower facilities and dedicated charging spaces.

World Architecture Festival 2021 (WAF) Award winners

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Shajay Bhooshan on Robotics and Making Construction Sustainable

Shajay Bhooshan, Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects and co-founder of Zaha Hadid Architects Computation & Design Research (ZHACODE) joined ‘The Robot’ podcast to speak about making construction sustainable.

Hosted by Fran Scott, Science Content Developer at the Royal Institution, ‘The Robot’ podcast aims to find out how robots are changing the world around us for the better. From food to healthcare, and education to transport – each episode sees Fran joined by an international panel of experts to explore a different area of our lives, finding out how automation is changing what’s possible and dissecting the opportunities robots are creating.

In the episode, Shajay speaks about his work on the 3D printed concrete bridge Striatus, developed by the Block Research Group (BRG) at ETH Zurich and Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design Group (ZHACODE), in collaboration with incremental3D (in3D) and made possible by Holcim.

Proposing a new language for concrete that is structurally informed, fabrication aware, ecologically responsible and precisely placed to build more with less, Striatus optimises the properties of masonry structures, 3D concrete printing (3DCP) and contemporary design; presenting an alternative to traditional concrete construction.

The name “Striatus” reflects its structural logic and fabrication process. Concrete is precisely printed in layers orthogonal to the main structural forces to create a “striated” compression-only structure that requires no mortar or reinforcement. 

Using a special concrete ink developed by Holcim, this method of 3D concrete printing combines the principles of traditional vaulted construction with digital concrete fabrication to use material only where it is structurally necessary and eliminate waste.

As the construction does not need mortar, the blocks can be dismantled, and the bridge reassembled at different location. If the construction is no longer needed, the materials can simply be separated and recycled.

Listen to the podcast via link below.

The Robot podcast season 2, episode 2 ‘Making Construction Sustainable’

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Niederhafen River Promenade win World Architecture Festival (WAF) Award 2021

Niederhafen River Promenade in Hamburg has been announced winner in the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Award 2021.

The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture, with the WAF Awards at the heart of the festival.

Awarded winner in the ‘Urban Context – Landscape’ category, the Niederhafen River Promenade in Hamburg is integral to the modernisation and reinforcement of the city’s flood protection system and transforms essential flood protection infrastructure into a popular public space.

In the aftermath of storm surge floods in February 1962 that caused 315 fatalities and destroyed the homes of 60,000 residents, between 1964 and 1968 Hamburg developed a barrier on the banks of the River Elbe at Niederhafen to protect the city against floods up to a height of 7.20m above sea level.

Modern hydrology and computer simulations have since forecast the city’s flooding characteristics with greater accuracy; calculating an increase in the barrier height was required to protect Hamburg from future winter storm surges and extreme high tides.

The new Niederhafen flood protection barrier incorporates the city’s riverside promenade providing panoramic views of the Elbe and its historic port, and reconnects its river promenade with the surrounding urban fabric; creating links with adjacent neighbourhoods.

Wide staircases resembling small amphitheatres are carved within the flood protection barrier at points where streets from the adjacent neighbourhoods meet the structure; giving passers-by at street level views of the people strolling along the promenade at the top of the barrier and views of the masts & superstructures of ships in the Elbe. Similar amphitheatres facing the river alternate with these city-facing stairs. Ramps also connect the river promenade with street level providing accessibility for all.

World Architecture Festival 2021 (WAF) Award winners

Photograph by Piet Niemann

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Vishu Bhooshan at ‘Computational Design: Next 7.0’

Vishu Bhooshan, Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects and Computational Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design group (ZHA CODE) will speak at the ‘Computational Design: Next 7.0’ online conference.

Organised by Parametric Architecture (PA) & Design Morphine, the ‘Computational Design: Next 7.0’ on 11-12 December at 12:00 -20:30 (UTC) have invited guest speakers to present a new way of thinking about the future of computation in design.

Find out more on the ‘Computational Design: Next 7.0’ conference on the Parametric Architecture website via link below.

Computational Design: Next 7.0

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One Thousand Museum wins WAN Award 2021

One Thousand Museum in Miami was awarded Gold at the WAN Awards 2021, in the ‘Residential’ category. Al Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah was also recognised and received Bronze in the ‘Leisure’ category.

The award is organised by World Architecture News to promote imaginative and innovative work of talented architects and interior designers.

One Thousand Museum’s 62-storey concrete exoskeleton – a web of flowing lines integrating structural support with lateral bracing – reads from top to bottom as one continuous frame. Columns at its base fan out as the tower rises to meet at the corners, forming a rigid tube highly resistant to Miami’s demanding wind loads; its curved supports creating hurricane resistant diagonal bracketing.

The design expresses a fluidity that is both structural and architectural. The structure gets thicker and thinner as required, bringing a continuity between the architecture and engineering.

The design incorporates GFRC form-work which remains in place as construction progresses up the tower. This permanent concrete form-work also provides the architectural finish that requires minimal maintenance. Behind the exoskeleton, the faceted, crystal-like facade contrasts with the solidity of the structure. With its frame at the perimeter, the tower’s interior floor plates are almost column free; the exoskeleton’s curvature creating slightly different plans on each floor.

On the lower floors, terraces cantilever from the corners, while on the upper floors, the terraces are incorporated behind the structure.

WAN Award winners 2021

Photograph by Hufton+Crow

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ME Dubai wins Prix Versailles Continental Award 2021

The ME Dubai hotel within Opus for Omniyat has won a Prix Versailles Africa and West Asia 2021 award, in the ‘Hotels’ category.

The Prix Versailles celebrates inspiration, progress and inclusion with its mission to transform architecture and design into tools for sustainable ecological, societal and cultural development. Twelve Prix Versailles World Titles will be selected from the regional winners and announced on 15 December 2021.

Opus was designed as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole—taking the form of a cube. The cube has been ‘eroded’ in its centre, creating a free-form void that is an important volume of the design in its own right. The two halves of the building on either side of the void are linked by a four-storey atrium at ground level and also connected by an asymmetric bridge 71 metres above the ground.

The cube’s double-glazed insulating facades incorporate a UV coating and a mirrored frit pattern to reduce solar gain, while the void is created from 4,300 individual units of flat, single-curved or double-curved glass. The high-efficiency glazing units are comprised of 8mm Low-E glass (coated on the inside), a 16mm cavity between the panes and 2 layers of 6mm clear glass with a 1.52mm PVB resin laminate.

During the day, the cube’s facade reflects the sky, the sun and the surrounding city; whilst at night, the void is illuminated by a dynamic light installation of individually controllable LEDs within each glass panel.

Furniture by Zaha Hadid Design is installed throughout the hotel, and the hotel’s bedrooms incorporate the ‘Vitae’ bathroom collection, designed by Hadid in 2015 for Porcelanosa, continuing her fluid architectural language throughout the hotel’s interiors.

Prix Versailles

Photograph by Laurian Ghinitoiu

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Melodie Leung guests RIBA Radio

From today until the 26th November, Marsha Ramroop, RIBA Director of Inclusion and former BBC journalist will host RIBA Radio, a lively mixture of chat, live and pre-recorded guest interviews, panel discussions, debate and music.

Featuring special guests from across the worlds of architecture, design, arts, culture and sport, this new pop-up radio station focuses on promoting diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession.

Melodie Leung, Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects will guest RIBA Radio on Monday the 22 November at 10 am. To tune in, visit the links below.

Register via Eventbrite

RIBA Radio live stream

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Final weekend to visit the Striatus bridge in Venice

Exhibited at the Giardini della Marinaressa during the Venice Architecture Biennale until 21 November 2021, Striatus has been developed by the Block Research Group (BRG) at ETH Zurich and Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design Group (ZHACODE), in collaboration with incremental3D (in3D) and made possible by Holcim.

Striatus is an arched masonry footbridge composed of 3D-printed concrete blocks assembled without mortar or reinforcement. The 16 x 12 metre footbridge is the first of its kind, combining traditional techniques of master builders with advanced computational design, engineering and robotic manufacturing technologies.

Proposing a new language for concrete that is structurally informed, fabrication aware, ecologically responsible and precisely placed to build more with less, Striatus optimises the properties of masonry structures, 3D concrete printing (3DCP) and contemporary design; presenting an alternative to traditional concrete construction.

The name “Striatus” reflects its structural logic and fabrication process. Concrete is precisely printed in layers orthogonal to the main structural forces to create a “striated” compression-only structure that requires no mortar or reinforcement. 

Using a special concrete ink developed by Holcim, this method of 3D concrete printing combines the principles of traditional vaulted construction with digital concrete fabrication to use material only where it is structurally necessary and eliminate waste.

As the construction does not need mortar, the blocks can be dismantled, and the bridge reassembled at different location. If the construction is no longer needed, the materials can simply be separated and recycled.

Striatus Bridge at the European Cultural Centre’s ‘Time Space Existance’ exhibition, Giardini della Marinaressa, Venice, Italy

Striatus bridge

Photograph by Naaro

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Studio City Phase 2 construction reaches full height in Macau, China

Celebrating the construction of Studio City Phase 2 reaching its full height, Lawrence Ho, Chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment hosted the topping out ceremony in Macau. Melco Resorts & Entertainment is a leading global developer, owner and operator of integrated resort facilities.

Located in the Cotai district of Macau adjacent to the Lotus Bridge crossing with mainland China, the Hollywood-inspired Studio City resort has welcomed guests and visitors to the city since 2015.

Appointed in 2017 to expand the resort, Zaha Hadid Architects designed Studio City Phase 2 with new leisure, entertainment and hospitality facilities including one of Asia’s largest indoor & outdoor water parks and a six-screen Cineplex together with extensive conference and exhibition spaces.

Comprising two hotel towers with 900 rooms and suites, 21,000 sq. m of shopping and dining, as well as 2,300 sq. m of gaming space, the 250,000 sq. m Studio City Phase 2 design is informed by the existing resort’s cinematic references with a contemporary reinterpretation of the rich detailing, bold geometries and craftsmanship of the Art Deco period.

Mr. Lawrence Ho, Chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, said, “Melco has a strong track record of contributing to Macau’s ongoing development as a world center of leisure tourism. Studio City Phase 2 reaffirms our ongoing commitment to the city and contributes to reinforcing Macau’s non-gaming proposition in Asia and internationally. We are grateful for the support of the Central and Macau governments during the project construction.”

Mr. David Sisk, Chief Operating Officer of Macau Resorts, Melco, said, “Since opening in 2015, Studio City has become a destination landmark in Macau with its unique entertainment theme and experience. The extension project will complement our existing offering of ‘next-generation’ world-class entertainment and further enhance the distinctive Studio City experience.”

Viviana Muscettola, Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, said, “Zaha Hadid Architects and Melco share the same vision and determination to push boundaries. Studio City Phase 2 continues our ten year collaboration with Melco that includes the Morpheus Hotel at the City of Dreams in Macau. Extending the thriving Studio City resort, the highly adaptable spaces of Phase 2 have been developed by a truly global team of professionals.”

Composed of three different gradations of glass with external fins that delineate the verticality of the towers, the insulated glazing units and shading fins will reduce solar heat gain and glare while maintaining thermal comfort for hotel guests. The high-performance building envelope together with highly efficient services and systems will reduce energy demand. All timber and timber-based products specified within the design have been harvested, traded and sourced in accordance with Forestry Stewardship Council certification.

Environmental site assessments determined the composition of Studio City Phase 2’s development away from the 15-hectare protected wetland of the adjacent Macau Cotai Ecological Zone. The orientation and configuration of the elliptical towers have been calculated to facilitate natural ventilation within and around the resort. The project’s ecologist developed preservation measures for the site’s existing flora together with compensatory planting of species compatible with the landscape and habitat.

Scheduled to complete in December 2022, the Studio City Phase 2 development was named winner of the ‘Regional Award Asia’ at the BREEAM Awards 2021.

Render by Minmud

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Zaha Hadid Architects joins Venice Studio Melbourne 2022

Venice Studio, Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne and MPavilion have partnered to develop an intensive studio experience that brings together leading international offices of architecture and urbanism and students worldwide.

Michele Pasca di Magliano, Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, leads the ZHA studio at Venice Studio Melbourne that is held online over zoom between 8-18 January 2022.

In group projects, students respond to a brief designed by the respective office leading each studio and the final projects are presented to the public and a jury of experts over two evenings concluding the program.

The program is free and open to architecture and urbanism students worldwide enabling opportunities to work together, forge new professional friendships around the globe and work closely with experienced architects and urbanists from celebrated international practices on the development of design projects for sites in Venice’s centro storico (historical centre).

The open call for student applications is open until 3rd of December. For more information and student applications, please visit the link below.

Venice Studio: Melbourne 2022

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