Monthly News Round-Up, December 2014 Edition

by | 04. Dec 2014


First off, COBE’s winnig design for Adidas’ new flagship building in Germany. Then, the competition for the new Guggenheim Helsinki narrows down considerably from over 1,700 proposals to just six, some exciting (soon not to be) science fiction and a preview of MAD’s Lucas Museum in Chicago and Heatherwick’s proposed Garden Bridge in London.



Adidas Meet & Eat’. Rendering courtesy COBE

COBE to Design Adidas Flagship Building

COBE has just won the international competition for Adidas’ new flagship building in Germany. The so-called ‘Adidas Meet & Eat’ features a public conference center with employee restaurant and showroom, located at the headquarters campus of the Adidas Group in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The distinctive rhombus-shaped building, which bears a striking conceptual resemblance to Sverre Fehn’s iconic 1962 Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, is scheduled for completion at the end of 2018.

More about the project here.


Shortlist Revealed for Guggenheim Helsinki

The Guggenheim has announced the finalists in the competition to design Guggenheim Helsinki, whittling down the entrants from a record-breaking 1,715 submissions to just six. Representing both emerging and established practices with offices in seven countries, the shortlisted entries, which you can see below, show a variety of responses to the challenge of creating a world-class museum.

The six shortlisted firms are AGPS Architecture, Asif Khan, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050, Moreau Kusunoki Architectes and SMAR Architecture Studio. Entries from the selected practices are still known by their entry code and will remain anonymous until the jury’s final decision has been made in June 2015.


Project GH-04380895.Image courtesy Guggenheim Helsinki



Project GH-121371443.Image courtesy Guggenheim Helsinki



Project GH-76091181Image courtesy Guggenheim Helsinki



Project GH-1128435973Image courtesy Guggenheim Helsinki



Project GH-5631681770Image courtesy Guggenheim Helsinki



Project GH-5059206475Image courtesy Guggenheim Helsinki


If you want to get a sense of the unprecedented volume of competition entries, you can see all submitted projects here.


No Strings Attached

The future is now. What has up until now existed only in science fiction may very soon become reality. The design for the world’s first rope-free elevator was recently revealed. Check it out below.



MAD’s Mountainous New Museum

MAD architects has revealed the first renderings of their mountain-like scheme for the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Located along Chicago’s waterfront, the project’s concept builds upon the firm’s repeated interest in blending nature with urbanity, by blending building and landscape forms to create a sloping structure surrounded by green park space.


Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Rendering courtesy MAD


Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Rendering courtesy MAD

See more renderings here.


Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge Visualized

Earlier this year, the Transport for London (TfL) called for proposals that aimed at improving pedestrian links across the river thames. in response, architect Thomas Heatherwick, together with actor and green activist Joanna Lumley have conceived what they call the ‘Garden Bridge’; a scheme that sees a lush green space connecting North and South London.


‘Garden Bridge’. Rendering courtesy Thomas Heatherwick


See more about the proposed Garden Project project here.