Monthly News Round-Up, May 2015 Edition

by | 21. May 2015

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This month’s top stories comes out of the Netherlands: OMA gets the go-ahead on stacked hotel in Amsterdam and MVRDV chosen to design an elevated park in Seoul. Also, ADEPT and Mandaworks will reshape the Stockholm harbourfront, Hadid set to build housing project in Mexico and DS+R reveals design for their US Olympic Museum.



Amsterdam RAI Hotel. Image © OMA

OMA’s Stacked RAI Amsterdam Hotel Gets Greenlighted

Dutch studio OMA has been given the go ahead with their vision for the new Amsterdam RAI Hotel. Chosen from 11 other candidates, OMA’s design illustrates the careful merging of the current RAI complex and an updated look.

Along with the contemporary cladding, the stacked volumes are angled at particular orientations and will stand at a height of 91 meters with 25 floors. Internally, there will be a number of diverse facilities including a multimedia lounge, spa, gallery with a sculpture garden along with a bar, restaurant on the top floor with panoramic views over the city. Due to begin construction in the summer of 2016, the completion of the project will be an addition to the growing array of hotels in Amsterdam.

Watch a video presenting the project here.



‘Seoul Skygarden’. Image © MVRDV

MVRDV’s Reveals Flowery Overpass

Dutch studio MVRDV has been chosen to transform an abandoned section of a highway in South Korea into an elevated public park. The design, dubbed the ‘Seoul Skygarden’, populates the overpass with 254 different species of trees, shrubs and flowers to create an urban arboretum that can be enjoyed by the entire city.

Organized according to the Korean alphabet, a library of plants makes legible the natural diversity of the city, allowing citizens to interact with, and discover new species. The new overpass also serves to reduce the 25 minute walk around the neighboring railway station to just 11 minutes, while it is forecast to generate 1.83 times the cost of its renovation and maintenance in economic benefits.



‘Royal Neighbour’. Image courtesy ADEPT and Mandaworks

ADEPT and Mandaworks to Transform Stockholm’s Harbourfront

Copenhagen-based ADEPT will work closely with Stockholm-based Mandaworks to create 2,000 homes and 70,000 square metres of commercial space as part of the 20-year redevelopment of Stockholm’s main industrial harbour.

Formerly a gasworks, the 236-hectare site is due to be transformed into a major new city quarter by 2030, providing Stockholm with 12,000 homes and a new cultural district, also featuring buildings by Herzog & de Meuron and  Tham & Videgård Arkitekter.

The proposal envisages the creation of three new neighbourhoods towards the north of the overall masterplan, each with its own architectural character. Building typologies will vary from four-storey apartment blocks to an 18-storey high-rise – intended to attract people across a wide range of ages, lifestyles and income brackets.



Housing complex in Monterrey. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

Hadid Announces Mexican Housing Project

Zaha Hadid Architects has presented plans for their first work in Mexico, a high-density housing project in Monterrey. The brief originally called for 12 residential towers, but Hadid instead proposed a low-rise design with 981 units arranged around three sides of the rectangular site.

Located in the Huajuco Canyon to the southeast of the city, the Esfera City center residential project provides essential new homes for Monterrey’s fast-growing population. Straddled between the very diverse urban conditions of the adjacent eight-lane highway and low-density suburban housing developments, the proposal seeks to respond to the varied urban conditions of its context.


news-may-2015-diller-scofidio-renfro-united-states-olympic-museum.jpgUS Olympic Museum. Image courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Design for US Olympic Museum Revealed

New York-based architecture practice Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Washington DC-based Gallagher Associates have revealed their initial plans for the new United States Olympic Museum.

The vast building will be located in colorado springs, which is in close proximity to the headquarters of the united states olympic committee. the 60,000 square meter complex displays a dynamic and fluid form, with elevated pathways connecting the overall scheme. meanwhile the outdoor green areas offer panoramic views of mountainous landscape throughout the year.

Internally, the exhibit will include interactive areas, a theater as well as an array of spaces devoted to embody the spirit of the olympic and paralympic games.