Monthly News Round-Up, December 2015 Edition
In the last article post before the Christmas break, arcspace is bringing you the headline stories from this month. First up we have a radical conceptual plan to redesign London, a new architecture collection from Lego, and three new bridge designs from Santiago Calatrava. We’re also showing you the latest OMA building to be finished in Rotterdam and the Herzog and de Meuron stadium for Premier League side, Chelsea
Clive Wilkinson designs endless office space in London
LA-based architect Clive Wilkinson has drawn up conceptual plans for a giant shared office that would hover above London, enabling people to simply walk upstairs to their mobile workplace.
The Endless Workplace proposal was developed for Flaunt magazine, which commissioned the firm to “imagine an architectural cross-pollination of the two very separate and unique cultural milieus of California and London”.
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Lego introduces skyline building kits
Lego this week unveiled its new Architecture Skyline Collection. Unlike the company’s Architecture Studio kit, which comes with 1210 monochrome bricks and no instructions, Lego’s Skyline lineup supplies the bricks and directions necessary to erect replicas of famous buildings from around the world. So far, the series includes famous structures in New York City, Berlin, and Venice.
The New York City collection includes four fairly on-the-nose classics-the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Flatiron Building-and the newly opened One World Trade Center. Venice’s lineup includes the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Campanile, St. Theodore and the Winged Lion of St. Mark, and the Bridge of Sighs. And for Berlin, Lego released micro versions of the Reichstag, the Victory Column, the Deutsche Bahn Tower, the Berlin TV Tower, and the Brandenburg Gate.
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Santiago Calatrava unveils 3 new bridge designs
Santiago Calatrava has been commissioned to design a trio of bridges in the Chinese city of Huashan, east of Wuhan. The three steel bridges – Xihu, Xianbi and Lincong – will span 1.5 kilometers of the city’s new Yangtze River canal, providing access to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
The central Xianbi Bridge will stretch 129-meters and provide two lanes of traffic. It will be supported by central 42.3-meters-high arch that creates a “characteristic void,” says the architect.
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OMA completes pixelated Timmerhuis in Rotterdam
The latest addition to the city is the iconic Timmerhuis, which has been re-imagined by OMA, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’ firm, and designed by de Graaf. The building was originally built in 1950 to replace one destroyed in bombings, and part of the old design has been incorporated into OMA’s striking new creation, which was envisioned as a floating cloud of steel and glass.
“Timmerhuis was designed five-six years ago as part of a competition,” de Graaf says. “The original brick building plays an important part in its design, which is reminiscent of a stack of shipping containers-a nod to Rotterdam’s history as a major port city. We wanted the building to combine urban living with the feel of a garden.” This has been accomplished by designing the blocks so that the roofs of some blocks create gardens, and terraces for others-in effect giving the building multiple rooftop spaces.
Herzog and de Meuron reveal plans for Chelsea’s new stadium
Earlier this year Herzog & de Meuron was selected to revamp the much-revered home of London’s Chelsea Football Club – and the prolific Swiss architects recently unveiled their final design. Inspired by local architecture, the new stadium will be clad in a series of brick piers that will extend over the existing structure, and it will increase seating capacity to 60,000 spectators.
Read more on the project here