Monthly News Round-Up June 2016

by | 23. Jun 2016


In this month’s News Round Up we’ve big on transportation with two huge projects from Gottlieb Paludan Architects and Mecanoo. RIBA has just announced the best projects to come out of the UK, and Bjarke Ingels just opened his first project there. Also, Latvia announces the architect that will design their new Museum of Contemporary Art. 


RIBA National Awards 2016 Announced


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today, announced the winners of the 2016 RIBA National Awards, the most rigorous and prestigious awards for new buildings in the UK.

RIBA National Award-winning buildings set the standard for good architecture. The shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year will be drawn from the 46 award-winning buildings announced today.

Award winners include the new Damien Hirst London gallery, the Blavatnik School of Government, and a library by the late Zaha Hadid.

Click here for a full list of the winners


Gottlieb Paludan Architects to design Europe’s Largest Bus Rapid Transit System

Gottlieb Paludan Architects has won the design competition to produce Europe’s longest Bus Rapid Transit system. The winning proposal is an overall concept for the entire ambitious public infrastructure project, Bussveien (The Bus Route), in and around Stavanger in Norway. Bussveien, which is slated for completion around 2021, will be about 50 kilometres in total and have nearly 90 stops.

The infrastructure project Bussveien will be performed in collaboration with Rogaland County Council and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Region West. It is a so-called Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, where trolleybuses run in a dedicated lane. The BRT system combines the high capacity and speed of the tram with the flexibility and lower capital expenditure of the bus.

Read more about the project here


David Adjaye wins Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Competition

David Adjaye Associates has been selected to design the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art in Riga. David Adjaye teamed up with local architects AB3D to produce a building that resonates with traditional Latvian architecture.The large distinctive roof structure refers to a distinctive architectural element of the region. It is made up of a series of tilted planes designed to capture the northern light and define the interior spaces.

From the jury-

The winning design concept proposes the museum as an active social condenser, bringing people together through different interactions, from the formal to the serendipitous. The entry sequence was admired as a particular highlight and, overall, the building was felt to be welcoming and porous, creating many opportunities for public gathering and events.

Read more and see the other shortlisted participants here


Mecanoo Unveil New Transport Hub in Taiwan

Mecanoo’s design for the new Kaohsiung Station will introduce a generous amount of public green space to Taiwan’s second city. With its organic, curvilinear shape and landscaped canopy, the station reaches out to the city in a powerful gesture, and represents Kaohsiung’s vision for the future as a sustainable city.

The new Kaohsiung Station will be a true transportation hub integrating train, metro, local and intercity bus services, taxi and bicycle. Arriving from the underground train and metro platforms, Kaohsiung Station’s central hall is a sunken plaza that unfolds underneath a bright ceiling of oval-shaped lights. As a key project for the city’s transformation, the station sets a new stage for the city’s spirit, values and identity.

The station is the crowning achievement of the massive Kaohsiung Metropolitan Area Underground Railway Project, which started in 2014 and includes seven subterranean stations along a 9.75 km railway tunnel. Completion of the Kaohsiung station is expected in 2024.

See more images of the project here


Bjarke Ingels’ Serpentine Pavilion opens in London

Earlier this month the Serpentine Pavilion 2016 was opened in Hyde Park, London. Designed by Danish Architect, Bjarke Ingels, the design consists of an “unzipped wall” in which a series of stacked fibreglass bricks form two undulating sides. The cavernous space created in the through the unzipping houses the program of this summer pavilion.

From BIG –

We decided to work with one of the most basic elements of architecture: the brick wall. Rather than clay bricks or stone blocks, however, the wall is erected from pultruded fibreglass frames stacked on top of each other. The wall is then pulled apart to form a cavity within it, to house the events of the Pavilion’s programme. This unzipping of the wall turns the line into a surface, transforming the wall into a space. A complex three dimensional environment is created that can be explored and experienced in a variety of ways, inside and outside. The the top, the wall appears like a straight line, while the bottom of it forms a sheltered valley at the entrance of the Pavilion and an undulating hillside towards the Park.

See more images here