Monthly News Round Up – April 2017
I.M. Pei turns 100
Arcspace would like to congratulate Pritzker Prize winning architect, I.M. Pei, as he celebrates his 100th birthday. Pei was born on the 26th April 1917 in Guangzhou, China and graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1946 after studying under Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. He is most well known for his glass pyramid extension to the Louvre in Paris, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C, and his Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.
Bjarke Ingels to star in his own movie
Bjarke Ingels broke onto the architectural world with his daring designs for the Danish National Maritime Museum and apartment buildings in Copenhagen and is now hailed globally as one of architecture’s biggest stars. BIG TIME follows the young architect over five year, while he is building offices in both Copenhagen and New York and struggling to complete his biggest project to date, a residential tower on Manhattan. While he is in the process of changing the New York skyline, health complications start to put the whole project in doubt. The film offers an intimate portrait of the innovative and ambitious Danish architect as he seeks to take over the world.
The film premieres at the Copenhagen Architecture Festival this week but you can watch the trailer above.
London Mayor to subsidise ‘naked’ homes as solution to the city’s housing crisis
As London house prices continue to soar ever further out of reach for the city’s residents, the mayor, Sadiq Khan, is set to subsidise a new generation of ultra-basic ‘naked’ homes that will sell for up to 40% less than standard new builds.
The apartments will have no partition walls, flooring or wall finishes, only basic plumbing. Features such as these will have to be filled in by the occupants as they upgrade the basic home. The upside of this spartan approach is a price tag that is significantly less and within the reach of the city’s resident.
See the proposed homes from London studio, OMMX, here
David Adjaye makes TIME’s Top 100
TIME Magazine has named British architect, David Adjaye, on their list of 100 Most Influential People in 2017. The list recognises world figures that have had the most impact on society in the past year. Adjaye was recognised by TIME because of his contribution as the lead designer in the recently completed National African American Museum in Washington D.C.
Drone footage captures almost complete Apple Campus 2
With Apple employees expected to begin moving into their brand new Foster + Partners designed campus in California this month, a new drone video has been released by Youtube user, Matthew Roberts, showing the final touches being finished on the building.
A previous video shot last year on the construction can be seen here.