Monthly News Round-Up, February 2015 Edition
The headlining stories this month include BIG’s proposal for an unknown media client somewhere in the Persian Gulf and the design of Hadid’s massive new Beijing passenger terminal. Also, another twisted design from MVRDV, Koolhaas gets an offer he probably won’t refuse and Obama’s possible future Presidential Library.
Middle Eastern Media Center á la BIG
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) just revealed its competition proposal for a vast media headquarters building somewhere in the Middle East. The scheme will provide a framework for international broadcasting that simultaneously seeks to remain grounded within the region’s specific culture.
The design – comprehendibly inspired by the bazaars, the tiled ceramic roofs and the architectural use of textiles common in the Arab world, according to the architects – is formed by two towers connected to the base-shaped canopy, for a total of 650,000 square meters.
The massive media complex is meant to serve as the headquarters for an as-yet-undisclosed client in an as-yet-undisclosed location in the Middle East.
Hadid Reveals Design of World’s Largest Passenger Terminal in Beijing
Accommodating an estimated 45 million passengers a year, the terminal – distinctly resembling a stretched out platypus, when seen from the air – will supposedly be highly adaptable and sustainable, operating in many different configurations dependent on varying daily aircraft and passenger traffic.
MVRDV to Build Twisted Tower in Vienna
Following a three-stage international competition, dutch studio MVRDV has been selected to complete a mixed-use tower for the Austrian capital of Vienna.
The structure, which will climb to a total height of 110 meters, is characterized by its base where the twisted form is a result of the city’s strict planning regulations. in order to ensure that daylight entering neighboring buildings is not blocked by the tower, ten of the lower levels are pivoted around the central core.
The tower’s 30 predominantly column-free storeys, with generous floor heights of up to 3 and a half meters, will allow it to be equipped with either residential units, or offices for a range of businesses.
Construction is planned to start in 2016, with completion slated for the end of 2018.
Koolhaas Invited to Join the High Line Party
According to a report in the New York Post, Rem Koolhaas and OMA are the latest addition to an ever-growing list of internationally acclaimed architects to design luxury real estate along the High Line project on West 18th Street.
At this point, no details on Koolhaas’s design have been revealed to the public, but the 1.45-mile-long elevated park – itself 15 years in the making – finds itself flanked by more and more spectacular development projects every year.
With the recent completion of phase three of the High Line project, the stage is now set for the stars of contemporary architecture to boost the value of West Side real estate.
The commission will be OMA’s first major project in New York City.
Obama’s Futuristic Future Library?
At the end of his final term, Obama is busy preparing his legacy, the physical manifestation of this which – as it was recently revealed – might take the form of a giant hovering ‘O’ in the midst of downtown Chicago.
The project by Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng and Liang Yiang was one of two projects selected by the Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) as Chicago’s official bid for the future The Barack Obama Presidential Library.
Aside the Michigan capital, two other cities – Honolulu, Hawaii and New York City -have been nominated as candidates to host the presidential library. The Obamas are expected to chose a final site later this year.