ODA-Designed Hunter’s Point South, the newest development by TF Cornerstone, and the largest affordable housing project in NYC has launched its housing lottery. The master-planned, mixed-use and mixed-income community, park, school, and playground, situated along the East River in Long Island City, Queens, the first of its kind to hit the market since COVID-19, brings 1,194 rental units and a new park to Long Island City waterfront.
In collaboration with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and NYCHousing Development Corporation (HDC), 5241 Center Boulevard and the newest phase of Hunter’s Point South, were just launched, bringing forward the first 185 affordable units in a pair of matched ODA-designed towers, anchored by a new 22,000-square-foot park designed by Matthews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA).
Designed by ODA, with SLCE as the architect of record, the buildings take on a mix of rich façade materials and highly articulated shapes and arrangements of apartments within. Tied together with a large courtyard, public park, and amenity facilities, the two structures will offer a mix of studios, one, and two-bedroom apartments. “Sixty percent of the apartments will be permanently affordable to low, moderate, and middle-income residents, with 100 apartments set aside for low-income seniors”. Moreover, half of the affordable units are destined for the local community within Queens.
This project was unique for us thanks to the collaboration with the City and TF Cornerstone. The private-public partnership allowed us to create a more holistic vision for this new neighborhood, one that is reflective of the types of communities ODA is trying to build,” said Chen. “The opportunity to combine affordable housing with market-rate and senior housing, surrounded by a curated amenity package, with retail shops and a direct connection to the park is a winning formula we hope to emulate in future projects. — Eran Chen, Founding Principal, ODA.
Located on the waterfront in Long Island City, the Transformative mixed-income development maximizes light and air and increases the number of corner units on every floor. In fact, Eran Chen, Founding Principal, ODA explained that “a typical tower of this scale would have 12-15 apartment per floor, with four corner units,[…] With Hunter’s Point South, we broke up the flat face of the building, creating a three-dimensional façade with pockets or grooves which creates more corner units with light, air, and views on each floor.”
Heatherwick Studio has designed the Cove, a new waterfront experience for San Francisco. Seeking to activate and improve the beachfront, “while future-proofing the historic district and the City against the risks of earthquakes and climate change”, the Cove will put in place a next-generation, high-performance waterfront community that uniquely identifies with San Francisco.
The San Francisco waterfront, although visited by 24 million locals and tourists each year, has its facilities empty, closed to the public, or under-utilized. In fact, the vacant 100-year-old piers continue to deteriorate. Driven by the need to save the architectural heritage as well as the waterfront, of one of the Most Endangered Historic Places, the Cove will generate “a colorful, contemporary model destination that celebrates the classic California coast and the history of the Embarcadero, while serving as a warm, inviting urban (re)treat, a high-value oasis, just steps away from the generic gloss of FiDi and Mission Bay.” The existing piers will be removed completed and replaced by new modern structures to safeguard human health and safety and to create an enduring asset for future generations.
The Cove creates a two-building workplace campus with a central 5-acre, an ecological public park. These structures of 550,000 gross square feet will feature large 117,000 square foot floor plates that can accommodate workspace for a single tenant or multiple tenants and a curated mix of retail. The project also encompasses an Eco-Transect park, with a multi-use plaza, a rolling softscape of native terpene-laden trees and dune grasses, a carbon-sinking, floating wetlands, an oval boardwalk, etc. Smaller than the original pier footprint, the entire Cove has less bay fill and is highly sustainable, and plans for net-zero carbon and International Living Future Institute certifications.
Anticipated in late 2026, the project covers Piers 30-32 and excludes Seawall Lot 330. The EPX2 team developing this initiative, a twenty members group include Earthprise, Sares|Regis, Heatherwick Studio, Paradigm Strategy, CMG Landscape Architecture, Page & Turnbull, Kendall/Heaton Associates, WSP USA Maritime, Fugro USA Land, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, MKA Civil, stok, PAE Consulting Engineers, Biohabitats, McLaren Engineering Group, Edgett Williams Consulting, Michael Schwab Studio, Manson Construction, DPR Construction, Concrete Technology Corporation, Mammoet, Consolidated Engineering Laboratories, SWCA Environmental, and Reuben, Junius & Rose.
The K EVO partition wall is a single glass system with single hollow profiles with variable adjustments, able to absorb dimensional wall tolerance. K EVO glass walls are stratified and can be transparent, etched, serigraphed or decorated with adhesive film. Stratified glass guarantees a better sound isolation. All spaces visually connect each other through the glasses that define the surrounding spaces. The K evo partition wall is a single glazed system with single hollow profiles and variable adjustment to absorb the dimensional wall tolerance.
Gensler has unveiled 545wyn, “the first Class-A office tower in Miami in over a decade”. In collaboration with office developer Sterling Bay and local development partner Joe Furst of Place Projects, the project introduces a new generation of office space, aiming to attract a new type of innovative, forward-focused tenants. In fact, GenslerMiami will be the building’s first tenant of the 10-story tower.
Imagined as an expressive backdrop to the community, 545wyn is a celebration of the city and the community, while also contributing to the future of the neighborhood. Located in Wynwood, a former garment district full of long, low-slung warehouses, in which the walls served as an inviting opportunity for graffiti artists, the project incorporates the neighborhood’s unfinished and industrial nature. Moreover, part of the integration of the 10-story tower with these surroundings, Gensler included the energy of the colorful graffiti canvas under the parking floor slabs.
Creating interlocking elements, the project takes on a floating volume for the office space, while the parking structure is an efficient open-air space. Reducing significantly the mass, the absence of exterior walls allows the art of the neighborhood to be pulled in with murals and installations, each visible to all who pass by from as far as the highway. On another hand, a pedestrian “Paseo” on the east side between the buildings, generates “a circuit of walkable space at the base that offers shade and lush gardens, engages pedestrians with artwork familiar to the neighborhood, and provides dining and retail experiences that allow workers and the community to immerse themselves in the vibrancy of the surroundings”.
Inspired by the site’s earlier life as a zipper factory, the interior space of the highly active mixed-use space, preserves found objects within the old building, putting them on display in the new lobby. Actually, sewing machine pieces are hung from colorful sewing “strings” at the front glass, and a feature wall finish is made of repurposed shirts by Eileen Fisher.
Set to be delivered in late 2020, 545wyn taking on 325,000 sq. ft of total space, defines furthermore the work experience in Miami’s creative district, with expansive floor plates at the upper levels. Designed to appeal to the tech-focused tenants and the community at large, these elements were made possible by interlocking the office and parking and by creating a side core building. Providing additional outdoor space, each floor was built to bear 14-inch slab-to-slab heights and floor-to-ceiling glass.
KAAN Architecten has been investigating methods to ensure that cities continue to flourish. Working closely and experimenting primarily with the city of Amsterdam, the firm’s projects have been focusing on developing a healthy design and finding alternative possibilities to high-density architecture.
Amsterdam, a living laboratory of large-scale urban development, where urbanization, above all, means intensification and diversification, has very limited possibilities for interventions in its center. Focused mainly in the ring around the epicenter, new developments are introducing new forms of the built environment. KAAN Architecten is actively helping in defining and constructing a new image of the city through a series of recent projects ranging in scale and function. Located in all current hot spots of expansion, these projects have provided the firm with a profound understanding of the city’s development. Discover below 4 main interventions from KAAN Architecten, aiming to rethink the city and develop innovative architectural ideas.
This residential project comprised of two buildings connected with underground parking took on the challenge “to translate and express the oxymoron of individuality and collectivity which are both seen as specific qualities in this kind of urban living”. In fact, this was achieved by a refinement of the building contours and elongated balcony slabs, increasing space and views upwards. The terraced design generated different lengths of balcony slabs, depths, and balustrades. Creating a personal bond with a place, the design allows “residents to point out their own home and identify themselves more easily”. According to KAAN Architecten, the project is “a reversal of the formal city with stately buildings and invisible personalized courtyards into an informal neighborhood with accessible buildings and expressive personalized balconies”.
Design Team: Andreas Alevras, Beatrice Bagnara, Timo Cardol, Di Fang, Michael Geensen, Cristina Gonzalo Cuairán, Thomas Hayat, Narcisa Ionita, Kees Kaan, Laura Ospina, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Katarzyna Seweryn, Aldo Trim, Claudia Vermeulen
DE WALVIS (Dutch for ‘the whale’)
De Walvis, the only remaining office building on Bickerseiland, built in the early 60s, no longer complied with contemporary day workplace standards. KAAN Architecten was commissioned by the Maarsen Groep to renovate the building, taking on the mission of updating the structure and integrating it in our present times. “Within an exacting functionality that includes pragmatic and practical considerations, seemingly contradictory elements can turn into ingredients for an attractive environment”. For this project, the emphasis was put on sustainable use and ergonomic qualities with a sense of beauty as an implicit demand, by bringing in more daylight, increasing interior heights, and upgrading all installations to the highest standards including BREEAM Excellent certification. After a year of construction works, De Walvis has been delivered in Spring 2020.
Main Contractor: Dura Vermeer Onderhoud en Renovatie Midden West
Design phase: 2017 – 2019
Construction phase: 2019 – 2020
GFA: 10.400 m2
Programme: offices, parking, meeting rooms, coffee bar
Design Team: Rita Alessio, Andreas Alevras, Sebastiaan Buitenhuis, Timo Cardol, Alice Colombo, Paolo Faleschini, Michael Geensen, Joost Harteveld, Kees Kaan, Nicki van Loon, Hana Mohar, Jennifer Nam, Laura Ospina, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Katarzyna Seweryn, Christian Sluijmer, Joeri Spijkers, Aldo Trim, Ziwei Zhu
In progress, one of the larger urban transformations in Amsterdam is taking place in the south-east part of the city. Questioning how to redevelop the Hogehilweg area, KAAN Architecten proposed to transform the neighborhood into a cosmopolitan mixed-use area over the next few years, with approximately 1,090 new homes and 15,000 m² in facilities for around 2,200 new residents. The master plan establishes “different atmospheres simultaneously, creating both an intimate inner-city environment and an expanding metropolis, the village and the city in one”. Envisioning a space of urban dynamics, with a strong emphasis on the residential atmosphere, the program introduces considerable density, resulting in a green inner-city environment. Moreover, the architectural bureau is also designing three buildings, following a similar concept, with brick city blocks, a variety of towers on top, and sheltered arcades.
Located at the intersection of the Zuidas and Parnassusweg, replacing the previous judicial complex, the New Amsterdam Courthouse is the largest in the country. Opening up to both employees and passers-by, the building engages with the surroundings, putting in place a vast square offering an unobstructed view of the public area with the courtrooms. Commissioned for the new Courthouse design in 2016, KAAN Architecten is expecting to complete the building by the end of the year with the construction being in its final stages.
Main Contractor: consortium NACH (Macquarie Capital, ABT, DVP, KAAN Architecten, Heijmans, Facilicom)
Design phase: 2014 – 2017
Construction phase: 2017 – 2020
GFA: 47.257 m2 (+ 11.500 sqm parking)
Program: public square, foyer, 70 courtrooms, offices, lobby, restaurant, conference center, and library
Design Team: Michael Baas, Sjoerd Boomars, Koen Bosman, Dennis Bruin, Robin Cals, Marten Dashorst, Luuk Dietz, Lisa Goes, Narine Gyulkhasyan, Thomas Hayat, Marlon Jonkers, Kees Kaan, Lianne Klitsie, Marco Lanna, Antony Laurijsen, Yinghao Lin, Johandry Martina, Julian O’Neale, Laura Ospina, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Claudio Zampaglione
Finally, KAAN Architecten for the past two years has focused on the theme AMSTERDAM 2050 with Complex Projects, AMS Institute, and the municipality of Amsterdam. In fact, “the research-through-design process of documenting and analyzing the present urban conditions of the City of Amsterdam and investigating various trends directing future urban development resulted in design solutions and visualizations of the predicted development of these locations”. By using Amsterdam as a living laboratory, graduate students, researchers, and teachers have been exploring how these changes might affect the city, to provide input for the decision making of the redevelopment plans 2025-2050.
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Büro Ole Scheeren unveiled images of the Shenzhen Wave, a transformational headquarters for ZTE, and new symbol of China’s next digital revolution. Envisioned as the future of workspace, the project “reimagines the urban cityscape as an interactive and integrated spatial ecosystem hovering above ground level”.
Conceived for one of china’s leading technology companies, the Shenzhen Wave is a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Creating a new flexible workplace model, Büro Ole Scheeren imagined for his latest venture a “living organism”, introducing new ways of living and working. Moreover, the new headquarters of ZTE, located right on the access to the Shenzhen Bay super HQ master plan, has just received planning approval.
Integrated within its local context, the project puts in place a structure that caters to the future. Portraying ZTE’s vision focused on interaction and innovation, the building’s wave connects different levels and functions, offering a multitude of spaces. An open passage throughout the structure, the sinus movement integrates light and opens ups the interior to the city. It also encourages spontaneous encounters in the headquarters.
The workspace is a composition of open and vast superposed floor plates. This flexible interior can be eventually subdivided in countless ways, adding new functions and even taking on different occupations. Hovering above the ground floor, the Shenzhen Wave generates an open public space to the community, a plaza that links the waterfront to the dense urban fabric, including a culture node, with exhibition spaces and a cafeteria on a lower level. The lobby holds the ZTE club, a multidisciplinary meeting spot, and a gym, a café, and a bar.
Mobilizing the architecture industry to provide opportunities for women, specifically for Black and minority women, has been an ongoing effort in recent years. Not only that, but the discussions over the state of racial and social injustice in field, the continued mistreatment of Black communities taking place in the larger world, and the growing and disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have together sparked greater efforts to re-evaluate racial biases inherent to many industries.
However, if there’s anything the events of 2020 have taught the architecture industry, it’s that architects, design professionals, and students should not be complacent with the mere “discussions” of making changes, but should instead focus on instilling real solutions in institutions and practices.
The AIA’s philanthropic partner, the Architects Foundation, recently launched a new scholarship specifically to raise funds for Black Women in architecture. The Desiree V. Cooper Memorial fund aims to provide scholarship funding for Black Women earning a degree in architecture. Created to honor the late Desiree Cooper, a DC-based architect who sadly passed in 2015, the scholarship celebrates her work and highlights her efforts as a Black licensed architect in the U.S.
According to the scholarship’s site, over thirty architecture firms and studios have committed to fundraising donations. The Architects Foundation states on their site, “Our partners will be matching donations up to $15,600. Together, we could raise $31,200.”
With social media aiding in spreading the word of the fundraising process, a growing number of donating partners have pledged their commitment to the scholarship. Of course, the Architects Foundation is not the first organization aiming to draw attention to the importance of providing resources and funding to Black architects, trailblazers like Tiffany Brown of 400 Forward, Michael Ford of Hip Hop Architecture, Pascale Sablan of Beyond the Built Environment, NOMA, Blackspace, and many other organizations have made continuous efforts towards changing and dismantling the architecture industry’s unjust tendencies towards Black and minority communities.
Modern Portuguese architecture has a renowned tradition of exploring the virtues of the landscape, either by integrating or emphasizing the natural elements to create new landscapes that result from the overlapping of culture and nature. Some fine examples are the Boa Nova Tea House and the Leça da Palmeira Tide Pools, both designed by Álvaro Siza, reacting to the rocky seascape where they lie, each in its own way.
However, it is not just Modern Architecture that is concerned with the landscape. In Portugal, contemporary works have been revealing exciting examples of the possibilities of approaching the natural environment, exploring its potential without compromising its integrity. To illustrate this, we have gathered 12 contemporary projects that use different resources to explore the relationship between natural and built.