Cox Architecture Wins Competition for North Queensland Rugby Stadium

Cox Architecture Wins Competition for North Queensland Rugby Stadium, Courtesy of Cox Architecture
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Cox Architecture has been selected as the winners of an invited competition for the new North Queensland Stadium in Townsville, Australia, beating out finalist proposals from BVN Architecture, Hassell and Populous. With a roof design inspired by the native Pandanus tree, the new stadium will provide seating for 25,000 spectators as the new home to the National Rugby League’s North Queensland Cowboys.

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“Our team is excited to have been selected to deliver this transformative project for the North Queensland region,” commented Project Director Richard Coulson. “The stadium design is an expression of tropical Queensland and North Queensland in particular. It combines structural, functional and operational aspects of international modern stadiums with engagement of the environment that is quintessentially Queensland.”

“The stadium provides an identity for the region and an important contribution to the city. Through the development of a ‘fan first’ approach to the design of the stadium and its use to create a sense of place and belonging, we have forged a unique architectural and engineering response that can only be ‘of this place’.”

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The evaluation panel for the competition were impressed by Cox’s “elegant design, innovative facility planning and strong local collaboration, including their genuine local input and partnership.”

The $250 million dollar stadium will be integrated into the urban fabric with generous arrival plazas and landscaped greens, as well as an open grassed terrace on the northern edge that will provide views to the downtown and Magnetic Island.

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Inside the complex, corporate facilities, amenities, permanent concessions and state-of-the-art IT will create a fan-centric atmosphere. The stadium’s Pandanus-inspired roof will cover 80 percent of the seating, and has been designed to resist cyclonic wind conditions. The stadium has also been designed to accommodate a future expansion to 30,000 seats.

A contractor for the project is expected to be selected in mid 2017, with site work starting later that year. The stadium is hoped to be completed in time for the start of the NRL season in early 2020.

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Credits

Local Architect: 9point9 Architects
Mechanical and Electrical: Ashburner Francis
Structural, Civil, Traffic and Transport, Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) specialists, Acoustics: Arup
Hydraulics: Parker Hydraulics
Landscaping and Surveying: RPS
Geotechnical: Douglas Partners
Specialist Wind Engineering: Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University

Learn more about the project, here.

News via Cox Architecture, Queensland Department of State Development.

Adidas’ New World of Sports Campus is Star Themed

Adidas' New World of Sports Campus is Star Themed , Courtesy of LOLA
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LOLA Landscape Architects have won the Adidas Competition to design the sportswear corporation’s “World of Sports” campus. While Adidas had already chosen a design architect prior to this competition, LOLA will be adding four star-shaped central spaces on the grounds of the campus.

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The campus landscape is the gathering place of the employees of the adidas Group; the quintessence of the adidas brand experience is what athletes, co-workers, media and retailers visit the campus for – to get inspired and awed by what adidas is developing, testing and performing.

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The stars will act as the connecting fabric in the landscape. LOLA describes them as the center of convergence for sports and work-related activities. Places for bike parking, sports pitches, and seating areas are important components of each star. However, each one will be based off a certain theme or activity.

LOLA’s lake is the other crucial element in the landscape. Distinguishing the space between HALFTIME and the ARENA buildings, the lake will produce a physical barricade in addition to a view between the southeast public and private area. Additionally, it will provide the lawns and trees with water during droughts while serving the sustainable function of cooling the HALFTIME building.

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In an incremental way the campus becomes further developed with both interior and exterior spaces. Buildings are merely covered squares; the landscapes are like open air buildings.

Landscape Architects: LOLA
Technical Landscape Consultant:
Frans Boots
Product Designer: Chris Kabel
Engineering Consultant, Sustainability: ARUP
Branding Development: Amsterdam Fashion Institute
3D, Visualizations: IMGplus

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Plans Revealed to Transform Pier 26 into New Park along the Hudson River in New York

Plans Revealed to Transform Pier 26 into New Park along the Hudson River in New York, Rendering by OLIN Studio, via Tribeca Citizen. ImagePier 26
Rendering by OLIN Studio, via Tribeca Citizen. ImagePier 26

The Hudson River Park Trust has revealed plans to transform the 800-foot-long Pier 26, located on the Hudson River in the New York neighborhood of TriBeCa. Currently vacant, the pier is set to receive a new park designed by landscape architects OLIN Studio and a maritime education center designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects.

As shown in renderings published by Tribeca Citizen, the new park will include multiple landscaped areas interspersed with more actively programmed areas featuring playgrounds, forum seating and what appears to be a giant hammock for relaxing over the water. Not shown in the renderings is Viñoly’s design for the estuarium at the park, which will likely be located at the beginning on the pier along the West side highway. The total project is estimated to cost $30 million.

Check out plans and additional renderings for the project at Tribeca Citizen, here.

News via Tribeca Citizen. H/T NY Yimby.

Spiral staircase / stainless steel frame / wooden steps / overhead STAINLESS STEEL-WOOD

Spiral staircase / stainless steel frame / wooden steps / overhead STAINLESS STEEL-WOOD Marretti

Characteristics

  • Type:

    spiral

  • Structure:

    stainless steel frame

  • Steps:

    wooden steps

  • Options:

    overhead

  • Riser:

    without risers

  • Style:

    contemporary

Description

The wooden-stainless steel spiral staircase comprises wooden steps that come in various types of wood (Beech, Oak, Doussie, Wenge, Iroko, Teak) and with several finishes (oil, bleached, polyurethane varnishes, etc.).

The thickness of the step can vary (42-52 mm) depending on the diameter Ø of the staircase between 100 cm and 300 cm. The metal parts are completely made of stainless steel with no welds and are assembled only through mechanical fastenings. The finish can be polished or satinised.

Straight staircase / metal frame / wooden steps / overhead OPEN WOODEN

Straight staircase / metal frame / wooden steps / overhead OPEN WOODEN Marretti

Characteristics

  • Type:

    straight

  • Structure:

    metal frame

  • Steps:

    wooden steps

  • Options:

    overhead

  • Riser:

    without risers

Description

The wooden-stainless steel staircase comprises wooden steps supplied in various types of wood (Beech, Oak, Doussie, Wenge, Teak, Iroko) and with several finishes (oil, bleached, polyurethane varnishes, etc). The thickness of the step and riser (73-80 mm) can vary depending on the width of the staircase. A bearing wall is necessary to anchor the steps. The cantilever staircases have a patented wall fastening system with steel pins and they are tested with a certified load test for a total capacity for each step of 150 Kg. The banisters (registered model) are completely made of stainless steel without welds but with mechanical fastenings or with curved posts Gaudì model with 3 brass-stainless steel-copper branches or completely made of structural glass or with laser-shaped stainless steel panels. The metal parts of the banisters are completely made of stainless steel with no welds and are assembled only through mechanical fastenings. The finish can be polished or satinised.

10 Ways to Improve Your Architecture CV and Get Through the Interview Process

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One of the main difficulties encountered by students when looking for a job is dealing with a lack of professional experience. This fact is a paradox since people who apply for a trainee position have often never worked in the chosen area. Therefore, it is vital to invest in education and also to know the cultural diversity that’s available. Below we have 10 tips that serve as guidelines for students who want to build up their CV and get through the interview processes:

1. NETWORK

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Networking means the ability to establish a network of contacts or connections with something or someone. It serves as a personal marketing tool whose effectiveness will depend on authentic communication, a proactive stance, and the ability to cultivate strong interpersonal relationships. In addition, it functions as a system of mutual collaboration for sharing services and information between individuals who have common interests. For example, hearing about a job opening through a colleague. Therefore, it’s important to participate in social networks related to your areas of interest and also to maintain regular contact with people who can contribute to your professional and personal development. Without a doubt, helping and being helped are rewarding experiences, resulting in beneficial partnerships for all involved.

2. VOLUNTEER

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There are numerous NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that offer on-site collaborations with volunteers and the community, in order to achieve a specific objective (their mission). The projects they do emphasize teamwork and the importance of being civic-minded. In addition, it’s an opportunity to develop your technical skills and at the same time get to know other ways of living and contribute to the transformation of a place and the people who live there.

3. PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSION GROUPS

If discussion groups meet in your area, try to attend. Usually, texts on current and / or relevant themes are discussed. In addition, sessions of documentaries or films that portray the problems and realities of the architectural universe may be shown. If no such group exists, organize one with your peers and ask for help from your professors so that they can suggest readings and films / documentaries related to the subjects they teach. The exchange of information and opinions with colleagues directly contributes to gaining professional knowledge.

4. TAKE MORE CLASSES

Just participating in the courses for your degree isn’t enough if you want to excel professionally. You should further develop your skill set through specialized classes that correspond to what interests you. There are several options offered by public and private educational institutions, among them: distance learning courses, technical vocational courses, seminars, certification classes and technical training courses.

5. ATTEND LOCAL EVENTS

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Be aware of the calendar of events in your field (architecture, urban planning, design, landscaping and construction), including international fairs, forums, symposiums, conventions, round tables, architecture and urbanism week, regional / national / international meetings for architecture and urban planning students, etc. Choose which ones you’d like to participate in from the available options.

6. PARTICIPATE IN STUDENT COMPETITIONS

Participating in a competition means fully meeting all the requirements set out in the call for proposals, whose work will be evaluated by skilled and technically qualified judges. It’s essential that the project is presented in the requested formatting since any non-compliance is cause for disqualification. All these types of experiences are valuable, even if your project doesn’t win since participating demonstrates attention to detail, discipline, teamwork, and organization in order to fulfill all the requirements. In addition, the projects you make can be included in your portfolio (see tip 10) and also mentioned on your CV.

7. VISIT IMPORTANT WORKS OF ARCHITECTURE

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Researching architectural and urban projects that were or are relevant to society allows an architecture student to expand his repertoire of projects. However, seeing the places you studied in person and getting to know them is an irreplaceable experience in the training of an urbanist architect. Being physically in a place stimulates the senses of the human body because it is possible to experience different smells, noises, tastes, textures and sights all at the same time. In addition, observing people interacting with a space provides critical analysis for the architect in decision making. If you can’t travel right now, try to get to know the history and the architectural structures in your own city or even your neighborhood. There are always at least a few interesting places to visit and in many of them are free. Oh! Always bring a notebook to write down your impressions and ideas.

8. PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH

Participating in research is the starting point for those interested in delving into a specific subject or pursuing an academic career. In general, the interested student integrates with some research group at an institution and develops a project together with the instructor, which in turn encourages him to participate in conventions and seminars, as well as to publish articles in newspapers and magazines. In addition, you can obtain research grants by sending in grant applications and project summaries whose relevance will be evaluated by the technical committee of the requested institution.

9. PARTICIPATE IN AN EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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A professional who has already participated in an exchange program stands out in the job market because the experience acquired is associated with a series of challenges that the person has already overcome, among them: dealing with distance from family and friends, learning different customs, adapting to the reality of a new country and, above all, to communicate in another language. An exchange student learns the importance of teamwork and has experience with the cultural diversity of another country. Additionally, you make new friends and expand your network (see tip 1), you acquire new knowledge, responsibility, and independence and, again, can become fluent in a foreign language. There are different exchange programs, some of which offer scholarships and housing and food aid. It is important to thoroughly research the available information and look it over well to determine what destination and length of stay fit your budget.

10. MAKE A PORTFOLIO

Your portfolio is a kind of “display case”, whose main objective is to demonstrate the quality of the projects you’ve done. Students who are planning their careers should gather their work done both at university and from student competitions (see tip 6) so that the portfolio ends up being creative, organized, and well structured. Make sure you always keep it up to date.

Article written by Tarsila Miyazato, Master of Architecture and Urbanism – FAUUSP. She is currently a professor of architecture and urban planning and civil engineering courses at Cruzeiro do Sul University(UNICSUL) and works as an architect at Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM). 

Half-turn staircase / stainless steel frame / glass steps / overhead

Half-turn staircase / stainless steel frame / glass steps / overhead Marretti

Characteristics

  • Type:

    half-turn

  • Structure:

    stainless steel frame

  • Steps:

    glass steps

  • Options:

    overhead

  • Riser:

    without risers

  • Style:

    contemporary

Description

The glass that forms the step is toughened and laminated with a thickness of 32 mm (3 layers of toughened glass 10 mm each and 2 films of 0.6 mm PVB between them) and the finish can be extra-light, float, satinised, soured or coloured. The stainless steel used in the system is type AISI 303/304 with polished or satinised finish. The cantilever staircases have a patented wall fastening system with steel pins and they are tested with a certified load test for a total capacity for each step of 150 Kg. The banisters (registered model) are completely made of stainless steel without welds but with mechanical fastenings or with curved posts Gaudì model with 3 brass-stainless steel-copper branches or completely made of structural glass or with laser-shaped stainless steel panels. – See more at: http://www.marretti.com/glass-cantilever-staircase/#sthash.T1sFCBRn.dpuf

Grimshaw Designs Masterplan and Start-up Incubator in Bristol

Grimshaw Designs Masterplan and Start-up Incubator in Bristol, Courtesy of Grimshaw
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Working with developer Skanska, Grimshaw has designed a master plan for Bristol Temple Square in Bristol, England, that will contain a new start-up incubator and co-working space known as Engine Shed 02. The development will serve as an activated public area linking the Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station and the city center.

The masterplan unlocks a previously isolated site adjacent to the Temple Circus roundabout by creating a new walkway, the Brunel Mile, which prioritizes pedestrian and cyclist circulation through the area. A new public square along the path will also contribute to reinvigorating the neighborhood.

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The scheme also calls for the renovation of the Grade II listed and long derelict George and Railway Hotel, transforming the building into a new office and co-working space with a modern 6-story addition. The adaptable, column-free building would contain over 43,000 square feet of floor space that could be configured to meet the needs of a variety of tenants, from start-ups to larger businesses.

“Lower levels are designed to emulate a ‘shed’ through the use of profiled metal cladding and external structural steel elements. Responding to its context, the home for Engine Shed 02 celebrates the engineering legacy of Victorian architecture with its lower floors referencing features of the adjacent hotel, and its relatable scale ensures the scheme sits in harmony with its neighbour,” explain the architects in a press release.

The upper levels of the building will contrast with its industrial base, using patterned glass and screening elements to create a light-filled interior appropriate for businesses or studios.

“The building for Engine Shed 02 and wider master plan for Bristol Temple Square are ambitious projects in an exciting new development,” said Grimshaw Principal Andrew Byrne.

“We relish the chance to provide considered architecture for a world renowned start-up incubator, and look forward to setting the benchmark for developments of this kind as Bristol continues its drive to be a leading tech and business hub.”

Planning applications for Engine Shed 02 have been submitted to the Bristol City Council following public consultation earlier this month. A full timetable for the project has yet to be revealed.

News via Grimshaw.

Studio Gang Designs Tiered Mixed-Use Tower on Forest Park in St. Louis

Studio Gang Designs Tiered Mixed-Use Tower on Forest Park in St. Louis, Courtesy of Studio Gang
Courtesy of Studio Gang

Studio Gang has revealed their design for One Hundred, a mixed-use tower to be located on Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Studio Gang’s first project in the city, the tower will rise over 350 feet and include retail, amenities, parking and residential apartments featuring views of the park and the Gateway Arch.

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Developed by Mac Properties, Studio Gang’s design calls for a tiered, angled tower that will provide each unit with views and improve energy performance. Each tier will comprise four stories, creating space for outdoor terraces for a quarter of the apartments. Inside the tower, each apartment features a corner living room with double exposures to capture and enhance the quality of natural light throughout the unit.

All units will have access to a communal terrace atop the building’s green roof podium, which will house a range of amenities and social spaces. On the ground floor, a series of retail spaces will activate the street and create connections between St. Louis’ Central West End district and Forest Park, strengthening the city’s overall urban fabric.

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“In a climate with four distinct seasons, we wanted to make it possible for residents to enjoy the different views and natural changes in light over the course of the year,” explains Jeanne Gang. “By experimenting with the geometry of the facade and refining the apartment layouts, we were able to make every apartment into a corner unit perched above the park and city.”

The building has also been designed with environmental concerns in mind – the leaf-shaped plan and tiered massing will both contribute to an efficient performance, reducing overall energy use. The building’s green roofs will double as rainwater collection banks for irrigation and to abate stormwater runoff.

One Hundred is expected to break ground next year, and is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Learn more about this project, here.

News via Studio Gang.

PLH Arkitekter Wins Rail Baltica Competition with Arch-Inspired Infrastructural System

PLH Arkitekter Wins Rail Baltica Competition with Arch-Inspired Infrastructural System, Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter
Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter

PLH Arkitekter has been announced as one of two winners in the international design competition for Rail Baltica, organized by The European Railroad Lines, Ltd. As a part of the European transport network, Rail Baltica will be a multi-modal public transport hub in the Latvian capital of Riga, with a railway bridge crossing the Daugava River.

The focal point of the project will be a train station building “that creates a strong visual identity in the cityscape, strengthening the sense of Riga as a metropolis.” Inspired by the archetypal form of the arch and the Art Nouveau period, the building will feature canopies that resemble arched fern leaves. On the north side of the building, the canopy shape allows for a unique view over the historic city, ideal for travelers entering or leaving the city to create a strong sense of place.

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Throughout the building, geometric features, symmetry, and repetition will enhance wayfinding and maintain orientation throughout travel.

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The project additionally features two new train tracks that run parallel to existing tracks and over a new bridge . The architects explained that it will be “designed with a light and floating expression. To maintain the relationship between the old and the new, the bridge has a varying cross section that emerges on the underside of the bridge, with a rolling, wavy line that refers to the large arch construction of the old bridge. The new bridge is designed with integrated bicycle and pedestrian paths, creating a better connection along the rails and across the Daugava.”

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A sew sequence of green urban spaces will also be included in the project, in order to “remedy climate challenges by creating better micro-climates in the city, and improving air quality, thermal comfort, biodiversity, stormwater management, and preventing urban heat islands.”

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The Baltic Rail project not only has the potential of becoming an iconic, significant and beautiful gateway to Riga – but also to be an engine for the further development of the city, said Steen Enrico Andersen, partner at PLH and leading architect for the design proposal. The central station, the connected station area, and the adjacent infrastructure hold great potential to be much more than just infrastructure – becoming an important city hub with a strong visual identity in the cityscape in a modern sustainable urban development.

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