Powerhouse Wins Competition to Build New Urban Plaza in Eindhoven

Powerhouse Wins Competition to Build New Urban Plaza in Eindhoven, © Powerhouse Company
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Powerhouse Company have won a competition to create a new mixed-use hub in Eindhoven, Netherlands. For the competition, Powerhouse teamed up with landscape architects ZUS and developerAmvest to design a trio of skyscrapers forming the winning proposal for a new urban plaza, called “District E”. The 70,000 square meter proposal will be located next to Eindhoven Station.

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The flexible construction and installation technology of District E anticipates the future growth of Eindhoven as a sustainable, innovative and economic hotspot. The seamless integration of architecture and landscape design guarantees a new public space filled with activity and a wide spectrum of green spaces – Powerhouse Company.

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Three tall towers collect in corresponding plinths, ranging from 76 to 158 meters in height. The towers will combine a residential program of approximately 450 homes, 20 percent of which will be social housing. A mixture of public amenities will be added, ranging from a hotel, shops/restaurants, a student study center and exhibition spaces. District E’s new “city plaza” aims to balance the 17th-century buildings from the old Eindhoven center alongside the large-scale 20th-century projects near the railway.

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Powerhouse described the use of the plinths as a tool for the skyscrapers to be set back, ensuring that “Eindhoven station, a national monument, is honored by giving it space and relating to its scale.” A diagonal axis within the new urban plaza is another key element to the design, as described byPowerhouse:

An essential and defining gesture in the design is the diagonal axis that visually connects the station and the ‘Philipstoren’, a monument and symbol of Eindhoven’s industrial and technological heritage. This axis cuts through the ensemble and in-so-doing linking the station’s square, the new city plaza and the ’18 September’ square like a set of beads on a thread – Powerhouse Company.

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With offices in Rotterdam, Beijing, and Munich, the architecture office has a portfolio of mixed-use projects including inSports Beijing to the Maastricht Pathé theater. The firm also beat out a bevy of heavyweight contenders in 2014 with their competition-winning proposal of a 100m observation tower in Çanakkale, Turkey.

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Foster + Partners Reveal Updated Designs for Intermodal Transportation Hub in Spain

Foster + Partners Reveal Updated Designs for Intermodal Transportation Hub in Spain, © Foster + Partners
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Foster + Partners and Juan Cabanelas have unveiled updated designs for the refurbishment and extension of the Ourense FFCC Station in Galicia, Spain. The firm was originally selected as the winners of an international competition for the design in 2011 with an expansive new structure spanning the tracks. The new scheme will instead utilize the existing station building, expanding with a series of columned canopies arranged to create a new urban square and easily-accessible multi-modal hub.

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The integrated design will join the high-speed rail and nearby bus station (also currently under design) into one single urban intervention, as well as create pedestrian connections between the neighborhoods on either side of the tracks through an elevated walkway and new public park. The station will accommodate the increase in passengers generated by ongoing upgrades to the region’s high-speed rail lines, offering cafes and shops that will cater to travellers and locals alike.

The modular canopy system will be made up of concrete plates on slender columns, designed to provide shelter from the city’s high-temperature, high-precipitation climate and to allow for ease of future growth. The color of the concrete will be matched to the granite found in the existing station, creating harmony between the new and the old. In front of the building, a new water feature inspired byOurense’s famous hot water springs will welcome passengers into the city.

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Inside, the main lobby has been transformed into a triple-height space that will provide an abundance of natural light and historic frescos on the upper walls will be restored. Circulation through the station has been simplified to provide a more intuitive route for passengers, with clear sightlines connecting the check-in area with the platforms. An internal link will provide a direct connection to the bus station to the west, providing an easy path between transportation systems.

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Legendary Rugby Players Help HOK Design the Stadium of Tomorrow

Legendary Rugby Players Help HOK Design the Stadium of Tomorrow , The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK
The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK
 

Few architectural typologies are more centered around the human experience than a sporting arena. The design of sports stadiums often feature notable architecture firms, such as Herzog & de Meuron’s design for Chelsea’s football stadium in London, and Kengo Kuma’s 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Recently, renowned design practice HOK tackled stadium design using an obvious yet untapped resource in the design of rugby stadiums –rugby players themselves.

John Rhodes, a director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, met with legendary rugby players Jamie Roberts (Wales), Tim Visser (Scotland), James Horwill (Australia) and Danny Care (England) to capture their ideas, both as players and fans. The findings were collated into a video by HOK, which you can watch below.

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The rugby legends placed heavy influence on the connection between players and fans, highlighting how city center stadiums create the pre-match drama of players driving through bustling streets. Furthermore, the decreased area of city stadiums is mitigated by steeper viewing stands, creating a more intimate connection between fans and players. As a throwback to the rugby stadiums of the 1960s, the players proposed an enlarged standing area in the action-fueled ‘red zone’ between the 22m line and touch line, generating further density and noise from excited fans.

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GPS connectivity could stream player statistics to fans. Image Courtesy of HOK

GPS connectivity could stream player statistics to fans. Image Courtesy of HOK
 

Connectivity and modern technology were also at the forefront of the legends’ minds. A fiber optics playing field could display real-time information to fans during intervals, whilst player-tracking GPS currently used for team statistics could be made available to fans, measuring everything from distance run to force of collisions. More radically, a movable overhead gantry could follow the action, projecting a laser to mark the game line whilst providing an incredible aerial view for lucky spectators.

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An overhead gantry could follow the game line, providing an aerial view for spectators. Image Courtesy of HOK

An overhead gantry could follow the game line, providing an aerial view for spectators. Image Courtesy of HOK
 

Any modern, iconic sports ground must provide an exceptional experience for fans. The unique passion of fans is fundamental to the sport and, as architects, we need to design stadiums that maximize this energy…The players gave us exceptional insight into what affects elite athletes. As avid fans, they also provided an invaluable perspective. This has improved our understanding of how to design the best stadiums for both rugby fans and players – John Rhodes, Director ofHOK Sports, Recreation + Energy.

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Standing areas in the 'red zone' could generate more density and noise from excited fans. Image Courtesy of HOK

Standing areas in the ‘red zone’ could generate more density and noise from excited fans. Image Courtesy of HOK
 

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The Textural, Geometric Surfaces of AL_A’s MAAT in Lisbon

The Textural, Geometric Surfaces of AL_A's MAAT in Lisbon, © Joel Filipe
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After a study of Madrid’s exuberantly geometric architecture, Digital Designer and Creative Director Joel Filipe continues his formal exploration in a series of photos of the MAAT by AL_A that celebrates the delicate impression of its undulating white tile facade against the bright Lisbon sky. Situated on the Tagus River, architect Amanda Levete creates a reunion between the river and the city with MAAT’s walkable rooftop terrace that draws visitors from the nearby streets of Belem, and with the promenade which steps down to meet the water. The roof provides a gathering space during the day and a place to screen films at night. The low-lying gentle arch of the building allows for a clever play of shadows and light, along with a nod to rippling water.

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Filipe captures an abstracted view of the building, choosing to highlight the building’s playful form and mix of textures rather than its habitable space. Offering a glimpse at intimate moments such as where the steps meet the facade, these photos exemplify the attention to detail that allows the museum to slip seamlessly into the fabric of Lisbon and the waterfront.

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Urban Rural – Hybrid Habitation in the Heart of Istanbul

Urban Rural - Hybrid Habitation in the Heart of Istanbul, Urban Rural is set to become a landmark for Istanbul. Image Courtesy of Eray Carbajo
Urban Rural is set to become a landmark for Istanbul. Image Courtesy of Eray Carbajo

The American/Turkish architecture firm Eray Carbajo has unveiled Urban Rural, a new typology of urban living set to become a benchmark for future development in Istanbul, Turkey. The vision behind Urban Rural is for a hybrid model of living, combining close proximity to urban centers with the lushlandscape of rural life. Challenging the status quo of typical residential typologies, the scheme will consist of modular hexagonal units with triangular gardens, forming an active façade designed to become a future landmark for the city.

Urban Rural aims to challenge the status quo of urban living. Image Courtesy of Eray CarbajoModular hexagonal units with triangular gardens dominate the facade. Image Courtesy of Eray CarbajoModular hexagonal units with triangular gardens dominate the facade. Image Courtesy of Eray CarbajoUrban Rural is set to become a landmark for Istanbul. Image Courtesy of Eray Carbajo+6

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Modular hexagonal units with triangular gardens dominate the facade. Image Courtesy of Eray Carbajo

The architectural form of Urban Rural is dominated by its unique, hexagonal, modular residential units. Each hexagon unit consists of a polygonal area for living, and a triangular cavity to be used as anirrigable garden. When units are combined, the triangular cavities act as a truss structure, creating an interdependency between building systems, structure, landscape, and aesthetic. Sustainability is central to the scheme, with a combination of locally sourced materials and an efficient component-based modular design enhancing the scheme’s environmental and economic viability.

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Urban Rural seeks to bring the lush landscape of rural living to an urban environment. Image Courtesy of Eray Carbajo

Urban Rural seeks to bring the lush landscape of rural living to an urban environment. Image Courtesy of Eray Carbajo

Urban Rural seeks to become a city landmark following its 2019 completion. A vertical urban village in the heart of Istanbul will reduce dependency on cars and transport, instead of promoting walking and cycling. The scheme features social and recreational spaces on the lower floors, creating a vibrant hub for people to live, work, and meet.

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See the Proposed Sites of LA’s 2024 Olympic Bid

See the Proposed Sites of LA's 2024 Olympic Bid, Main Stadium - Future home of the NFL's LA Rams. Image Courtesy of LA 2024
Main Stadium – Future home of the NFL’s LA Rams. Image Courtesy of LA 2024

As the race for the 2024 Olympics bid has been narrowed down to just two cities, the LA 2024 committee has revealed the latest plans for its bid. While the central appeal of Los Angeles would be its existing sports and transportation infrastructure (a key concern following the economic struggles of many recent host cities), the city would still see a comprehensive update of venues and several new structures.

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As shown in the LA 2024 map, a majority of events would be distributed between 4 main sports parks: Downtown, Valley, South Bay and Long Beach.

Downtown Sports Park

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Downtown Sports Park – LA Live Aerial. Image Courtesy of LA 2024

The largest of the proposed locations, the Downtown Sports Park would center around the existing LA Live Sports and Entertainment District. Main venues here would include the Staples Center, the LA Convention Center, LA Football Club Stadium and the LA Memorial Coliseum. Several buildings on the University of Southern California’s campus would be utilized, including the transformation of a baseball stadium into the main swimming venue. The Olympic media village would be located within new USC dormitories.

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Valley Sports Park

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Valley Sports Park – Aerial. Image Courtesy of LA 2024

Located in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, the Valley Sports Park would be a temporary complex that could be easily dismantled following the conclusion of the Games. Canoeing/Kayaking, Shooting, and Equestrian events would feature here.

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South Bay Sports Park

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South Bay Sports Park – Tennis Center. Image Courtesy of LA 2024

Located in Carson, the South Bay Sports Park would take advantage of the existing StubHub Center athletic complex, which contains a main stadium, a velodrome and tennis center. The Stadium would host rugby during week one, and the modern pentathlon in the second week.

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Long Beach Sports Park

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Long Beach Sports Park. Image Courtesy of LA 2024

The Long Beach Sports Park would contain a mix of existing and temporary venues, including two large-scale facilities for water polo and BMX that could be disassembled and repurposed at the conclusion of the their use. Water-based events, such as open-water swimming and triathlon would be held along the waterfront, while sailing would take place at the Belmont Pier. The Long Beach Convention Center and Arena would serve as a warmup facility and as a venue for handball matches.

Other Venues

The Opening Ceremonies would be held at the new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park (slated to open in 2019). The surrounding entertainment complex would provide visitor amenities as well as host archery events. The Olympic Village would be located within dormitory buildings at UCLA.

Learn more and see the full plans for LA 2024, here.

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Steven Holl Architects To Complete Four Buildings This Year

Steven Holl Architects To Complete Four Buildings This Year, © Steven Holl Architects
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Steven Holl Architects has released updates on four of its latest projects slated for completion this year. The projects, located in the United States and the United Kingdom, include two university arts buildings, a community library, and a cancer support center.

We are very excited about the intensity of the architecture for an unprecedented four Steven Holl Architects’ projects opening in 2017, said Steven Holl. Each ones serves as an inspiring ‘social condenser’ for their community.

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Lewis Center for the Arts – Princeton University

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Lewis Center for the Arts – Princeton University. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Lewis Center for the Arts – Princeton University. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Built in 21 million-year-old Lecce stone blocks set against the concrete structure, the Lewis Center for the Arts shapes an amazing new campus quadrangle with the same spatial proportions as The Campidoglio in Rome. It will present transparent connections to all the performing arts facilities, shaping the space and offer a large Forum dappled by sunlight thru water.  The building will be celebrated during an arts fair among all LCA disciplines the weekend of October 5-8.

Institute for Contemporary Art – Virginia Commonwealth University

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Institute for Contemporary Art – Virginia Commonwealth University. Image © Steven Holl Architects

The building is slated to open with its inaugural exhibition “Declarations” on October 28th.  Soon Richmond and VCU will have a publicly accessible gateway through the Arts at the intersection of Broad and Belvidere.

Hunters Point Community Library

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Hunters Point Community Library. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Set to open this Fall, the Hunters Point Community Library will have sweeping views of the city, a public rooftop cafe and serve as a new “social consensus” for the community.

Maggies Centre Barts

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Maggies Centre Barts. Image © Steven Holl Architects

London’s Historic West Smithfield will soon have a calming collective support space for cancer patients, survivors and their families and friends. The concrete frame of Maggies Centre Barts is complete and the roof slab and concrete stairs will be cast in the next few weeks. A topping out ceremony will be held on the 17th of May and the building is set for substantial completion December 5th.