Monthly News Round-Up April 2016 Edition
“The Sky’s the Limit” – Bjarke Ingels Among the 100 Most Influential
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2016. The announcement was made last week with a citation written by none less than Rem Koolhaas, former employer of Bjarke Ingels.
Time 100 is an annual ranking of the people the US magazine judges to be the most influential in the American world. This year, Ingels is the only architect on the list, which manifests the unavoidable success the Danish architect has reached worldwide.
Once again, Bjarke has written history and redefined what makes an international architect – this time by being named one of the worlds’ most influential in the category “Artist”. That is a phenomenal achievement! Not only does this title benefit Bjarke himself, BIG, and the small country of Denmark – it also changes the way we look at architects today and expands our understanding of how far the role of an architect can take you.”
|/Kent Martinussen, CEO, the Danish Architecture Centre|
Zaha Hadid Architects Carries On with New Projects in Moscow and Italy
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) will design the Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Moscow. Considered to be Russia’s Silicon Valley, Skolkovo will be home to the laboratories and campuses of Russia’s fast developing IT, biomedical, energy, nuclear and space innovation.
The firm just revealed their winning proposal, which is their first announcement of new work since the dead of Zaha Hadid last month.
Even though the studio of Zaha Hadid is still in shock after her untimely death, the deadlines are pressing and the work is carried on. The New York Times visited Patrik Schumacher, Creative Director of ZHA, at their main studio for a talk about how Zaha Hadid Architects plan to move on.
At the time of Zaha Hadids death, her firm had no less than 36 ongoing projects in various stages of production. Just a few days ago, the first of them opened to the public – the maritime terminal in the port city of Salerno, Italy.
Read more about the Salerno Maritime Terminal here
OMA’s Completes Pierre Lassonde Pavilion at the National Museum of Fine Arts Québec
On June 24, The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec will open the doors to its newest building, a Pavilion designed by Rem Koolhaas’s storied firm, OMA.
The new Pierre Lassonde Pavilion almost doubles the already available exhibition space and adds on an inviting, contemporary “gateway” to the museum in order to connect the museum more directly to the life of Québec City.
|The park and the city and the museum can all extend at the same time at this strategic point. So it’s not just a museum extension, but also an extension of the art and the city. Art becomes the catalyst between the park and the city.”|
|/OMA partner Shohei Shegematsu|
Learn more about the contemporary addition by OMA here
Kengo Kuma reveals plans for Hans Christian Andersen Museum
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has unveiled plans for a new Hans Christian Andersen Museum in the Danish city of Odense. The museum will revolve around the popular fairy tales of the writer and house a children’s centre.
Kuma’s design for the museum features a series of cylindrical volumes with glass and timber facades with scooped green roofs. Two thirds of the building will be built below ground to incorporate the nature by making room for a sunken courtyard, a pool of water, and a blooming outdoor space.
The museum is scheduled for completion in 2020 – the same year as the firm’s stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Learn more about the museum here
Vo Trong Nghia Architects Designs Green City Hall for Bac Ninh, Vietnam
The Vietnamese studio Vo Trong Nghia Acrhitects is known for their plant-covered architecture. A trademark, that does not let down with their design of a city hall for the Vietnamese city of Bac Ninh. The new city hall where two towers are formed by a series of elevated decks covered by plants, grasses, and threes.
One of the towers is designed to contain the government offices, while the other will house a citizen centre and party office. The two volumes lean towards each other to symbolize a unity of citizens and government.
Named The Green City Hall on account of its planted terraces, the building demonstrates the local government’s ambition to develop a more energy-efficient city. It is one of a series of projects by the firm that used planting to express its green credentials. Recently, the firm unveiled their designs of a trio of plant-covered towers linked by aerial bridges in and a tree-covered university – both for Ho Chi Minh City.
Learn more here