Monthly News Round-Up, December 2014 Edition
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.
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.
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.
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.
See more about the proposed Garden Project project here.