Monthly News Round Up – October 2016 Edition

by | 26. Oct 2016

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October has been the month of awards with both RIBA’s Stirling Prize and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize being announced. Chinese Firm, MAD Architects have released visualizations of their new Beijing Philharmonic Concert Hall while ground has broken on the world’s tallest tower in Dubai. We’ve also included a prototype of what might revolutionise the building industry and change our idea of stairs forever.


Caruso St John Wins Stirling Prize 2016 for Their Newport Street Gallery

Caruso St John has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016 for the design of Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery. The award is regarded as one of the highest honours and is awarded to a single building that is considered to be the biggest contribution to British architecture in the last year.

The Newport Street Gallery was selected ahead of five other projects which included: Blavatnik School of Government by Herzog and de Meuron, City of Glasgow College by Michael Laird Architects, Outhouse by Loyn & Co Architects, Trafalgar Place dRMM Architects, and Weston Library by Wilkinson Eyre.

You can read the full reporthere


SANAA’s Grace Farms Wins Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

SANAA‘sGrace Farms River buildinghas been selected as the recipient of the 2014-15 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize. The prize acknowledges the best work of architecture throughout the North and South American continents.

From Jury President, Stan Allen

‘The jury was struck by the way in which the line between architecture and landscape is blurred by the ‘River’ building. The first hand experience of the building reveals a confident realisation and the immediacy of its detailing. Finally, the Grace Farms project uniquely demonstrates architecture’s capacity to make a place for an innovative new institution.’

Read more and see the other finalists here.


MAD Architects reveal Plans for Chinese Philharmonic Concert Hall in Beijing

Chinese architecture studio, MAD, has unveiled renderings of their design for a new concert hall in Beijing. The concert hall was designed in collaboration with renowned acoustic expert, Yasuhisa Toyota, and has been specially designed for the Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra. The new concert hall has a total floor area of 26,587 sqm and is wrapped in a translucent fluted facade.

See more imageshere.


Construction Begins on World’s Tallest Tower

Construction has begun in Dubai on a proposed tower by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, which will become the world’s tallest structure. Already home of the world’s tallest building,the Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s latest addition to its skyline is expected to exceed the 828m high record.

You can read more about the project here.


‘Vertical Walking’ May Replace The Stair As We Know It.

Designers at ROMBOUT Frieling Lab have released a prototype video documenting the power to move between floors without the need of stairs. ‘Vertical Walking’ is a new proposal that exploits the potential of the human body and requires less than 10% of the energy compared to using stairs.

From ROMBOUT Frieling Lab

“The price of urban land is skyrocketing. And another 3 billion people are expected to live in cities: we will be forced to exploit vertical space: More and taller towers, the use of attics and roofs: we need to get up high….

… It is the ambition to develop this experimental prototype into solutions that can help them, and all of us, to move harmoniously through our vertical habitats of the future.”