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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

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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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Zugló City Centre in Budapest, Hungary

The mixed-use Zugló City Centre in Budapest’s 14th district integrates new civic spaces surrounded by nature together with homes, shops and offices on a site of nearly seven hectares between Bosnyák Square and Rákos Creek. Developed in phases by Bayer Construct Group in Hungary, the project will begin construction early next year and is scheduled for completion in 2029.

Defined by the surrounding urban fabric of the district’s avenues and parks, Zugló City Centre weaves new public squares and gardens through the heart of the design to connect with the re-established natural ecosystem at Rákos Creek; creating a network of interconnected gardens and plazas lined with restaurants and cafes, shops, apartments and offices as well as a new medical clinic and town hall.

It is a great honour for us to have won the architectural design tender for the development of Zugló City Centre. The project will create one of the greenest and most sustainable neighborhoods on the Pest side of the capital. The new city centre, organically linked to the surrounding area and Rákos Creek, will equally offer residential, office, commercial and leisure services which will form a harmonious whole with the large green areas and community spaces that will be created. The complex development will also pay tribute to the architecture, culture and history of the beautiful capital, Budapest, while paving the way for the future with state-of-the-art solutions,” said Gianluca Racana, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects.

Zugló City Centre embeds future-proof solutions within its design to reduce energy consumption and emissions while enhancing the quality of life for the local community. Incorporating insulating green roofs as well as the collection, storage and reuse of 90,000 cubic meters of rainwater per year, and the orientation and composition of its buildings contribute to naturally regulate temperatures within the centre; decreasing summer peaks by up to 6°C compared to average temperatures in downtown Budapest.

To achieve these goals, the design includes nearly 35,000 sq.m of communal green space, shade trees and ponds to establish a new park that will be the third largest in the district. A centralised plant controlled by smart systems and powered by renewables will reduce energy consumption compared to buildings using traditional heating and energy supply.

Extensive pedestrian zones and new bike paths will encourage urban micro-mobility by connecting living, working and recreational spaces within short walking distances. Determined by detailed transport impact assessments together with micro/macro simulations, the surrounding infrastructure and road networks will be improved and include the creation of 12,000 sq.m of new landscaped areas. 

Extending to the natural ecosystem of Rákos Creek, the ‘green spine’ includes the planting of 900 new trees and defines the central axis of the City Centre design; transforming from urban plazas and gardens into natural parkland at the creek, enabling all those living in the 14th district to easily connect with nature. “The project looks at the surrounding ecosystems, integrating the future developments of the Zugló district and Budapest city to develop a strong bond with the renaturalisation of Rákos Creek; enhancing  biodiversity and establishing a comprehensive natural ecosystem facilitating ecological connectivity with the broader landscapes. The new district envisions a ‘green spine’ as the natural backbone of the development which provides a smooth transition from an urban plaza to a natural park, creating liveable spaces designed according to the users needs throughout the year with the intent of reconnecting people with nature,” said landscape designers LAND Italia.

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Infinitus Plaza inaugurated today

Inaugurated today, Infinitus Plaza is the new global headquarters of Infinitus China. Incorporating work environments designed to nurture connectivity, creativity and entrepreneurship, the new headquarters also includes the group’s herbal medicine research facilities and safety assessment labs as well as a learning centre for conferences and exhibitions.

The 185,643 sq. m Infinitus Plaza defines a gateway to the new Baiyun Central Business District. Built on the site of the decommissioned Baiyun Airport, the new district links Guangzhou’s city centre with Feixiang Gongyuan Park and the new communities within the former airport’s redevelopment. Located adjacent to Feixiang Park station on Line 2 of the Guangzhou Metro, Infinitus Plaza straddles the metro’s sub-surface tunnel, dividing the headquarters into two buildings that interconnect at multiple levels.

Establishing collaborative work spaces that are healthier and more adaptive to new ways of working, Infinitus Plaza is designed over eight storeys as a series of infinite rings that enhance interaction and communication between all departments.

Arranged around central atria and courtyards, echoing the symbol for infinity “∞”, the design creates a variety of shared indoor and outdoor spaces that build the strong sense of community (Si Li Ji Ren) which defines Infinitus’ corporate culture.

The interconnecting bridges house a variety of flexible communal spaces for employees that promote individual and overall wellness including gym and exercise rooms, recreation and relaxation zones as well as restaurant and cafe. The bridges also connect the plaza’s offices with further shopping and dining areas.

Situated within Guangzhou’s humid subtropical monsoon climate, Infinitus Plaza has been designed and constructed to LEED Gold certification and the equivalent 3-Stars of China’s Green Building Program with its life cycle carbon emissions calculated at 15.3% embodied carbon and at 84.7% operational carbon emissions.

Optimization of the structure has reduced the amount of concrete required and increased the proportion of recyclable content. 25,088.33 tonnes of recycled materials have been used in the construction of Infinitus Plaza, primarily: steel, copper, glass, aluminium alloy profiles, gypsum products and wood.

Annual solar irradiation analysis has determined the width of the outdoor terraces to self-shade the building. This analysis has also defined the external perforated aluminium shading panels to optimise reductions in solar heat gain. These measures, together with double-insulated low-E glazing provide effective shading and heat insulation that ensures good natural light throughout the building while reducing solar heat gain and energy consumption.

Operated by the building’s smart management system and powered by photovoltaics, a network of sprinklers spray atomised particles of collected rainwater onto the ETFE membrane roof above each atrium to dissipate heat by evaporative cooling. This translucent, double-layered ETFE membrane roof incorporates a 60cm cavity of compressed air.

Activated when the membrane’s exterior surface is heated to 35°C by solar radiation, spraying for 3-4 minutes every half an hour will cool its surface temperature by 14°C, effectively lowering interior temperatures by 5°C. Rooftop solar water heating further reduces energy requirements.

The project’s system of rainwater collection, filtration and reuse also supplies micro-irrigation to the surrounding landscaping. The gardens on the roof of the 3rd, 7th and 8th floors grow herbs and plants native to the region and are naturally irrigated. These outdoor communal areas are linked together with the rooftop jogging track and walking paths. Green roofs comprise 49.36% of the project’s total roof area.

Equipped to monitor temperature, carbon dioxide, PM2.5 particulates and other pollutants, the building’s smart management system with fresh air linkage ensures indoor air quality, detecting the level of occupancy and automatically adjusting for optimal comfort with minimal energy consumption while also learning to accurately predict daily occupancy trends for increased efficiencies.

Anchoring Guangzhou’s new Baiyun Central Business District as a national centre for China’s health and wellness industries, Infinitus China’s new headquarters combines innovative design and construction technologies with proven sustainability strategies to create new work environments that unite all departments and enhance communication throughout the group.

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Photography by Liang Xue

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Maggie’s Fife: 15 Years

Maggie’s Fife in Kirkcaldy is celebrating their 15th anniversary this month.

Maggie’s Centres offer practical and emotional support to people with any type of cancer, at any stage, for free; focusing on the things that really make a difference, such as help with stress and anxiety, managing side-effects of treatment, money worries, relationships as well as family support. Visitors to Maggie’s Centres around the country explain: “Maggie’s is like an oasis. It gives you the tools to take your future forward, to take control of your life,” said Barbara in Edinburgh. “Cancer hijacks your life and drops you into a situation where you have to learn a new language. Having a Centre within easy reach has been vital in helping me cope,” said Rani in London.

Designed as a transformational space between Victoria Hospital and the natural landscape of a ravine full of plant and animal life, Maggie’s Fife opened in 2006 and has supported over 60,000 people affected by cancer.

Zaha Hadid said at the centre’s opening: “Anybody who knew Maggie Keswick Jencks felt at home in her presence. She had a unique ability to make everyone feel special by giving them the time and space to express and be themselves. It was important that this unique quality was in some way translated into the design for Maggie’s Fife. We shared an understanding of how significantly environments can help enhance personal wellbeing”.

Photo by Werner Huthmacher

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Zaha Hadid Architects participates in ‘Design Explorer’ programme in Hong Kong

This week Kelvin Ma, Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects’, visited students at the Jockey Club Innovation Tower (JCIT) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to speak about Zaha Hadid Architects’ work as part of the ‘Design Explorer’ programme.

Debuted in 2018 by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), Business Of Design Week (BODW) City Programme (CityProg) is a citywide creative business and community activation programme, covering design driven happenings from Nov to Dec around the city. ‘Design Explorer’, a pilot school programme, is introduced under the umbrella of BODW CityProg, aiming to bring local tweens and early teens to explore their interest in design and the prospect to take part in the design industry as their future career goal. Emphasizing on career discovery and planning, ‘Design Explorer’ comprises a series of design workshops, design school and studio visits.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower (JCIT) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University by Zaha Hadid Architects’ is home to the university’s School of Design. The 15 storey tower accommodates more than 1,800 students and staff, with design studios, labs and workshops, exhibition areas, multi-functional classrooms, lecture theatre and community lounges.

The tower’s interiors create informal spaces to meet and interact, complementing the large exhibition forums, studios, theatre and recreational facilities. Its design promotes a multidisciplinary collaboration by connecting the variety of programs within the School of Design, encouraging interaction between the many different learning clusters and design disciplines; establishing a collective research culture where many contributions and innovations can learn from each other.

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