Monthly News Round-Up, April 2015 Edition

by | 24. Apr 2015

Article | News

This month, a high-profile competition in Oslo and an indecisive jury causing a tie in the competition for the new National Gallery in Budapest. In other news, HLA has been picked for an extension of the Swedish National Museum, Rotterdam gets a new sustainable icon and the frantic, increasingly chaotic preparations to the EXPO 2015 continue. Finally, a look at Fujimoto’s design for the new Polytechnic University in Paris.



Proposal for new Oslo Government District. Image © BIG

BIG, Snøhetta, MVRDV Square Off in Oslo

A range of internationally acclaimed architects have unveiled six different proposals for a new government district in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. the design groups, which include heavy-hitters like SnøhettaMVRDV and BIG, were selected from 24 original entries and will determine potential solutions regarding urban policies and public engagement.

The proposed tower from BIG proposes a topographic urban park to create a new setting for the site’s existing historic buildings. the scheme includes three towers, the tallest of which climbs to a total height of 105 meters.

Snøhetta has designed three towers that seek clarify the government’s position in oslo, while ensuring that urban space at ground level remains opens to the public. the scheme involves reorganizing the existing site with a new entrance, and better connected circulation routes.


Proposal for new Oslo Government District.  Image © Snøhetta



NTU Learning Hub. Atrium. Image © Hufton + Crow

SANAA and Snøhetta Tie for First Place in Budapest

Last week, it was announced that Snøhetta and SANAA have tied in first place the Liget Budapest Project, an international design competition to design of the museum building of the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum. The final design will be chosen from these two projects during consultative meetings with the architects, based on professional and financial considerations.

The project, which will entirely renew the city park area of Budapest, is currently the largest on-going museum initiative in the world. Renovations and developments started at the site last year, and facilities are scheduled to open by 2018.


NTU Learning Hub. Image © Hufton + Crow



New Sydney harbourfront promenade. Image courtesy Lend Lease

HLA to Design Extension to the Swedish National Museum

Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects has been selected to design a new branch of one of Sweden’s most important art galleries, which will form an extension of a century-old regional museum in Östersund.They were chosen ahead of 10 other firms for the project with its vision for a timber-clad building with an angular roof profile, housing a large, flexible exhibition hall.

Conceived as a wooden sculpture, the National Museum in Östersund will be built on the same site as the open-air Jamtli Museum – a collection of buildings that is one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions – and it will function as both a regional and national art centre, functioning as an outpost of the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm.



Kunsthaus Zurich. Image courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

Rotterdams New Inhabitable Wind Turbine?

A team of Dutch companies has unveiled a proposal for a huge circular wind turbine that doubles as an apartment block and hotel, and also includes a rollercoaster.

Billed as “the most innovative windmill in the world”, the Dutch Windwheel is intended as a landmark attraction for Rotterdam’s waterside. The designers imagine the 174-metre-high structure as being framed by two rings – a rotating outer ring made up of 40 rollercoaster cabins, and a static inner ring containing flats, a hotel and a restaurant.

Read more about this, the future of sustainable tourist attractions, here.



Ongoing construction at the UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015. Image courtesy UKTI/CC

Praying for a Miracle in Milan

With just one day until the official opening of the 2015 EXPO Milan, construction of the most part of the 150 pavilions is still in full swing and many sources have deemed it highly unlikely that the EXPO will be ready in time for the opening. Milan news outlet  Repubblica reported one technician as saying it would need “a miracle” for the Italian pavilion to be completed on time.

EXPO organisers are planning to spend almost €3 million on 11,000 square metres of temporary screens, officially described as ” external exhibition elements” in the contract for the work, to hide ongoing construction work when the site opens to the public. The cost of the project, dubbed “operation camouflage” by the Italian media, is in addition to the €1.3 billion the Italian government has already invested in the EXPO.



Ecole Polytechnique Paris. Image courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects


Preview of Fujimoto’s Tree-Filled Polytechnical University in Paris

A team led by Japanese studio  Sou Fujimoto Architects has unveiled images of its competition-winning proposal for a Paris  university building filled with trees and plants.

The building will unite six schools under one roof – the Ecole Polytechnique, the Institut Mines-Telecom, the AgroParisTech, the ENSTA ParisTech, the ENSAE ParisTech and the Institut d’Optique. The 10,000-square-metre building will accommodate 150 staff and 2,000 students. As well as various lecture halls and classrooms, it will include spaces designed around digital learning.

The building is thus seen as an open space revealing the activities taking place in its heart and stands as an architectural and academic emblem of the future neighbourhood
/ Sou Fujimoto

Ecole Polytechnique Paris. Image courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects