Monthly News Round-Up, January 2015 Edition

by | 22. Jan 2015

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In the round-up this time around, Snøhetta wins Le Monde HQ, a deadline finally set on the Elbharmonie and Nouvel feels slandered as his Paris Philharmonie nears completion. Also, Coop Himmelb(l)au completes museum in Lyon, DS+R gets commission in Massachusetts and Allied Works lifts the veil on their Veteran Museum in Ohio.



New Le Monde Headquarters. Image © Snøhetta

Snøhetta Wins Competition to Design Le Monde Headquarters in Paris

International architecture studio Snøhetta has been chosen ahead of seven other high-profile names to design the future headquarters of the french newspaper Le Monde. besting numerous other high-profile studios, including Shigeru BanDavid ChipperfieldOMARenzo Piano and 3XN.

25 years after the construction of their headquarters in Falguière by Du Besset Architects, and 10 years after having settled into their current premises on Blanqui Boulevard renovated by Christian de Portzamparc, Le Monde is planning to move into their all-new offices in 2017.



Elbphilharmonie on Hamburg’s harbor front. Image © Thies Rätzke

Herzog & de Meuron’s Controversial Elbphilharmonie to Open in Early 2017

The local government of Hamburg has announced that the city’s new costly waterfront trademark Elbphilharmonie concert hall will open its doors to the public on January 11th, 2017. designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the much-anticipated project will include a 250-room hotel, along with 45 waterfront residential units.



Philharmonie Concert Hall in Paris nearing completion. Image courtesy Oliver Wainwright/Guardian

Jean Nouvel Boycotts the Opening of Paris’ Philharmonie Concert Hall

French architect Jean Nouvel has revealed that he will not be attending the opening of Paris’ Philharmonie Concert Hall, citing press reports that attribute the scheme’s increased cost to his firm.

Located in the French capital’s Parc de la Villette alongside Bernard Tschumi’s famous deconstructivist pavilions, Ateliers Jean Nouvel was chosen to design the 2,400 venue after an international competition in 2007. The project has been the subject of work stoppages and overruns, and is estimated to have reached an increased total cost of €387 million ($455 million USD).



Image © Duccio Malagamba / courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au

Coop Himmelb(l)au Completes Musée des Confluences in Lyon

Four years after construction began, Coop Himmelb(l)au‘s Musée des Confluences is now complete, standing as the centerpiece of Lyon’s ongoing regeneration project – a project for which Herzog & de Meuron are holding the reins, having conceived the masterplan.


Image © Duccio Malagamba / courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au



Image © Peter Ash Lee / courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro


DS+R to Design College Performing Arts Center in Massachusetts

New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been selected to design a new Performing Arts Center for the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. the building is slated to include a 400-seat concert hall and theater, a 200-seat flexible performance space, and a ‘high technology beehive space’, which will provide collaborative work and shared multimedia facilities for recording, sound/video editing and other technical aspects of theater production.

Read more here.



Veterans Memorial and Museum in Ohio. Rendering © Allied Works Architecture

Allied Works Spiral-Shaped Veterans Memorial and Museum in Ohio

Allied Works Architecture has revealed images of Ohio’s Veterans Memorial and Museum, which will open to the public in 2016. Following an invited competition that included David Chipperfield and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Allied Works was awarded the commission in the spring of 2013. The museum, located on the banks of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus, houses exhibitions and artifacts that serve as a testimonial to the 250 years of military service of local veterans.

See more images here.