A Groundbreaking Ceremony in Berlin for HENN Architect’s Zalando Headquarters

A Groundbreaking Ceremony in Berlin for HENN Architect's Zalando Headquarters , Courtesy of HENN Architects
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On Tuesday, September 6th, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the newly planned “Berliner Block,” the Zalando Headquarters — a structure designed by HENN Architects for Europe’s largest online dealer in footwear and fashion. Along with David Schneider of Zalando Management Board and Berlin’s governing mayor Michael Muller, architect Gunter Henn spoke about the construction project currently underway.

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In 2015, HENN Architects won the competition to design the Headquarters in Berlin.  Their project will bring the entirety of the Zalando offices into a group of two buildings located on one city block. Hence, a Berliner Block.

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While a typical Berlin block-edge development is horizontal or vertical, the Headquarters plan rotates the building grid diagonally to the plot. The outcome, in effect, allows for naturally illuminated workspaces and transitions between office and public space, linked by translucent facades.

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Beyond the central “marketplace,” catwalks connect most of the areas, while an adaptable rooftop terrace can be used for a range of activities. The Headquarters, which are under construction now, are expected to open in Autumn of 2018.

News via: Henn Architects

Video: President Obama Inaugurates the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

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“What we can see of this building, the towering glass, the artistry of the metalwork, is surely a sight to behold.”

These were the words spoken by President Barack Obama as he inaugurated the most recent addition to the National Mall in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, this past weekend. The opening ceremonies featured musical performances and celebrations, as well as a look at the museum’s place in American history.

“This national museum helps to tell a richer and fuller story of who we are,” said Obama. “It helps us better understand the lives, yes, of the president but also the slave, the industrialist but also the porter, the keeper of the status quo but also the activist seeking to overthrow that status quo.”

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Also speaking at the opening event were former President George W. Bush, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton, Rep. John Lewis and Lonnie G. Bunch III, as well as prominent figures such as Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith.

Designed by David Adjaye as the leader of the Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup (FAB) team, the 400,000 square foot building is the first national museum dedicated to the history and culture of African Americans, and includes exhibition space for the display of more than 3,000 artifacts.

Check out the video above to see the Dedication Ceremony in its entirety, and watch the video below for a timelapse of the building’s construction.

News via Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Weston Williamson+Partners Wins Competition for Dubai 2020 Rail Link

Weston Williamson+Partners Wins Competition for Dubai 2020 Rail Link, Courtesy of Weston Williamson+Partners
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London-based Weston Williamson+Partners (WW+P) has won the “Route 2020” competition for the Dubai2020 rail link, a 15-kilometer, £2.2 billion metro Expolink in the United Arab Emirates.

Working in collaboration with global engineer CH2M, Alstom, and Acciona and Gulermack, the firm was selected ahead of ten rival bids for the high-profile project, which will connect Nakheel Harbor & Tower with the World’s Fair site.

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As an extension of Dubai’s Red Line, the project will include 11.8 kilometers of viaduct and 3.2 kilometers of underground track, creating seven new stations, including an interchange station with the Red Line that will feature a dramatic, wing-shaped terminus.

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Dubai is a superbly dynamic city, said Chris Williamson, Partner at WW+P. It is a great chance to be a part of its expansion, particularly to contribute to the vast public transport opportunities by creating a proud legacy for the people.

News via Weston Williamson+Partners.

Sneak Peek: Zaha Hadid Architects’ Nanjing International Youth Culture Center

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Photographer Khoo Guo Jie of Béton Brut has provided us with some new images of Zaha Hadid Architects’ Nanjing International Youth Culture Centre, now nearing completion along the Yangtze river in Hexi New Town, Nanjing’s new central business district.

Occupying a 5.2 hectare site, the complex contains 465,000 square meters of floor space, which includes a hotel, conference center, offices and underground parking, and is part of a larger masterplan by ZHA that will feature a pedestrian bridge linking the plaza with the other side of the river.

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“The Culture and Conference Centre masterplan expresses the continuity, fluidity and connectivity between the urban environment of Hexi New Town, the agricultural farmland along the Yangtze river and the rural landscapes of Jiangxinzhou Island,” explain the architects.

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The complex consists of two towers rising from a five-story, mixed-use podium. The taller of the towers rises 314 meters (68 floors) and contains a 5-star hotel and office floors, while the 255 meter, 59-story tower will house an additional hotel to accommodate visitors to the conference center below.

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The Conference Centre contains a 2,100-seat conference hall, a 500-seat concert hall, a multifunction hall and a VIP area, expressed as individual volumes encircling a central courtyard on the ground level. At higher levels, the elements “merge into a singular whole” to allow pedestrian to traverse the building uninterrupted.

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The complex is oriented on the site to create a gradual transition from “the vertical of the urban CBD to the horizontal topography of the river.” This transition is also expressed in the formal representation of the building: the fibre-concrete paneled podium borrows from the fluid language of the river, while the towers connect to the urban streetscape of the new CBD.

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The project is slated for completion by the end of 2016.

See renderings for the project on ZHA’s website, here.

Doors – Integrated Folding Doors | Centor

Key information

  • Use

    Exterior Doors with integrated insect screens, shades, and hardware
  • Applications

    Residential
  • Characteristics

    Folding Doors, screens, shades and hardware combined as one, screens are available in two mesh types, shades include Light-filtering and Blackout options, self-latching Centor AutoLatch™ locks, panels glide with fingertip operation

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Create inside-outside living without the compromises with the world’s first Integrated Doors.

Challenging all concepts of what is know as a door today, Centor has combined doors, screens, shades and hardware as one, to create a new category of Integrated Doors that connect homeowners to the outside without the compromises.

As first product in the range, the Centor Integrated Folding Door is available in many configurations and can span openings up to 9214mm (30’ 2 ¾”) wide.

Providing unprecedented versatility, the built-in screens and shades control insects, sunlight and privacy and retract completely into the doorframe when not in use. The screens are available in two mesh types, controlling even the smallest insects, while the shades include Light-filtering and Blackout options. There’s a choice of three fabric patterns, with a range of colours offered in each.

To further minimise visual distractions to outside views, Integrated Folding Doors feature the self-latching magnetic Centor AutoLatch™ that allows you to close and lock door panels with a single hand movement. Concealed hinges remain out of sight when the panels are closed. Each component works seamlessly with the next to deliver superior performance. Panels glide with fingertip operation thanks to Centor’s patent-pending hardware.

Integrated Folding Doors are constructed from thermally-improved aluminium and are available in a range of interior and exterior finish options. They are designed to complement many architectural styles and are compatible with most forms of wall construction.

Centor Integrated Folding Doors have been recognised with several awards since their release, including a coveted Red Dot Design Award and Good Design Award in 2015.

For more information please visit Centor’s page in our Materials Catalog, or go to www.centor.com

Bird-Shaped Ashgabat Airport Spreads its Wings in Turkmenistan

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Designing airports based on flight-inspired, aerodynamic forms is nothing new – in fact, that has been the concept behind some of history’s most beautiful airport terminals, such as Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Terminal in New York. But until now, no airport building has been quite so literal with its symbolism as the recently unveiled Ashgabat International Airport.

The new terminal building in Turkmenistan’s capital takes the form of a soaring falcon, echoing the mascot of the national airline carrier. And at a cost of $2.3 billion USD, the structure has already drummed up some controversy – critics claim the building is much larger than needed to handle the country’s relative low traffic rates.

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People stand in front of a building of a new five-floor international airport in Ashgabat on September 17, 2016

Turkmenistan unveils bird-shaped airport in Ashgabat – BBC News

A major new international airport shaped like a falcon opens in Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat, despite the country receiving few foreign visitors.

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Green Urban Park Floating Above a Highway Unifies Buckhead Neighborhood in Atlanta

Green Urban Park Floating Above a Highway Unifies Buckhead Neighborhood in Atlanta, Aerial view looking south at dusk. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz
Aerial view looking south at dusk. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects have released preliminary designs for a new park floating above a divisive highway and commuter rail line in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. A 2,400-foot-long elevated traverse, Buckhead Park Over GA400 aims to bring the community together with safe, convenient access to the amenities and cultural attractions in Buckhead.

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View from allee looking north. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

View from allee looking north. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

Lined by shade trees spanning the full length of the elevated traverse, the park itself provides a specialized experience to its visitors. The north end includes a common area complete with an intimate amphitheater suitable for both formal and casual gatherings. A plaza in the heart of the park features retail, restaurants, and MARTA rail access. On the southern end is a garden oasis that will help mitigate the urban heat-island effect. The park will also add a destination to PATH400, a multipurpose recreational and commuter greenway trail running along the spine of GA400.

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The design endeavors to improve the quality of life in Buckhead, such as by boosting the city’s walkability. With extensive pedestrian paths linking the park to neighboring streets, Buckhead Park Over GA400 encourages city dwellers to use the park as they travel between work, home, and leisure. Custom-engineered stormwater capture systems will sustainably irrigate the gardens, while native Atlanta flora will minimize maintenance while maximizing aesthetic impact.

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View from Peachtree looking east. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

View from Peachtree looking east. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

We truly feel we have struck the right balance with this initial design to make big change with artfully-considered efforts, said Robert M. Rogers, FAIA, founding partner of Rogers Partners. We see Buckhead leading a national trend to create value, enhance quality of life, and improve connectivity by constructing inspired public spaces.

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Aerial view looking toward Downtown Atlanta. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

Aerial view looking toward Downtown Atlanta. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

The Buckhead Community Improvement District board will review community feedback and discuss the next phase of the project in October. Read more about the design here.

News via: RogersPartners

Executive desk / contemporary / wooden / for professional use SENOR

Executive desk / contemporary / wooden / for professional use SENOR KINNARPS

Characteristics

  • Type:

    executive

  • Style:

    contemporary

  • Material:

    wooden

  • Market:

    for professional use

Description

FOR THAT EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE Senor is an exclusive and representative executive furniture range from MartinStoll consisting of desks, meeting tables and storage units. The most prominent feature of the range is the minimalistic design language with lines and curves, which reflect a feeling of tranquility and clarity. Senor brings together traditional craftsmanship and today’s technology and combines individual configurations with smart design solutions. The range of furniture consists of a freestanding desk and an angled desk with accompanying storage unit. It also includes inviting meeting tables, adapted for today’s technology. What catches the eye first is the front of the furniture and the tabletop where different white lacquer surfaces and warm wood are combined. Senor is available in oak, walnut, beech and in maple wood. It works well with the Senor chair range.

AIA Study Finds Health Impacts Becoming A Design Priority for Architects & Owners

AIA Study Finds Health Impacts Becoming A Design Priority for Architects & Owners, Center for Sustainable Landscapes / The Design Alliance Architects. Image © Denmarsh Photography
Center for Sustainable Landscapes / The Design Alliance Architects. Image © Denmarsh Photography

A recent study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has found that architects and building owners are beginning to place higher priority of the impacts of design decisions on human health. Nearly 75% of architects and 67% of owners responded that healthconsiderations now play a role in how their buildings are designed, indicating that healthy environments have become an important tool in marketing to tenants and consumers.

According to the report, the five healthy building features most often used by architects include:

  • Better lighting/daylighting exposure
  • Products that enhance thermal comfort
  • Spaces that enhance social interaction
  • Enhanced air quality
  • Products that enhance acoustical comfort

The findings align with the goals of the AIA’s Design and Health initiative, which strives to improve healthoutcomes for people and communities while enhancing well-being, safety and environmental quality.

For more highlights from the report, visit the AIA’s website here, or download the report in full, here.

News via the American Institute of Architects.

Wall Tiles – Reims – Grespania

Key information

  • Use

    Interiro Cladding
  • Applications

    Walls
  • Characteristics

    Wall Tiles
  • Colors

    White, Grey and Ivory
  • Sizes

    31,5×100 cm, 25×40 cm

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The design of this collection gets its inspiration from natural stone, characterized by its vibrancy but without being garish.

Reims 31,5x100

Reims 31,5×100

Its wide variety of aesthetic possibilities makes it ideal for any architectural project aiming to create a backdrop of clean, modern lines, whether in a private home or a public building.

Reims marfil + Jacquard + Amiens. Floor Tile: Pirineos taupé.

Reims marfil + Jacquard + Amiens. Floor Tile: Pirineos taupé.

Reims gris + Robine. Floor Tile: Lyon galena

Reims gris + Robine. Floor Tile: Lyon galena

Reims gris + Narbonne gris. Floor Tiles: Sherwood Haya

Reims gris + Narbonne gris. Floor Tiles: Sherwood Haya

Reims blanco + Beziers + Narbonne. Floor tiles: Patagonia ebano

Reims blanco + Beziers + Narbonne. Floor tiles: Patagonia ebano

The Reims range available in 31.5 x 100cm format is available in Ivory, Grey and White and is rounded off with a wide variety of decorative pieces:

Nimes, Beziers and Jacquard provide texture and depth to the base design; the Narbonne and Robine decors impress with their beauty and depths that rise and fall from the base, creating a series of geometrical shapes, and furthermore, the Robine boasts a metallic finish where the lights and reflections seemingly become a part of the piece; the mesh-mounted Amiens with its clean lines, and Chartres with a metalized finish and eye-catching patina, add a touch of class and elegance to the whole range.

Reims 31,5x100

Reims 31,5×100

Reims blanco + Beziers + Narbonne. Bathroom furniture: Coverlam Basic negro

Reims blanco + Beziers + Narbonne. Bathroom furniture: Coverlam Basic negro

Given its modern and unassuming design, its smooth, natural finish and the elegance of its decors, the Reims range is perfect for any setting.

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