News Round Up – June 2017

by | 30. Jun 2017

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Serpentine Pavilion 2017 opens in London

Diebedo Francis Kere, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, has designed the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. Kere, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kere Architecture, is the 17th architect to accept the Serpentine’s invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds.

Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in Gando, Francis Kere has designed a Pavilion that seeks to connect its visitors to nature – and to each other. An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree’s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against London rain and summer heat.

Click here to read about the pavilion including more images.


The Getty completes major renovation project of Kahn’s Salk Institute

This month, after four years of conservation efforts, The Getty Centre have completed the restoration of the Salk Institute in California. The site, completed in 1965 and designed by famed architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely considered to be a masterpiece of modern architecture. It is also home to globally renowned scientists making breakthroughs in research areas of cancer, neuroscience, metabolism, plant science, genetics, and more.

After 50 years in an exposed marine environment, the institute’s distinct teak window walls, set within the monolithic concrete walls of the study towers and offices, had weathered to a non-uniform appearance and were deteriorated. The 203 teak window walls are significant elements of the overall site, expressing a human element and scale within the monumental structure. Although prefabricated, every window has a hand-crafted quality due to the detailing of the teak wood by carpenters and customization to fit many sized openings.

“Through the careful planning of everyone involved, the restoration effort was able to reuse over two-thirds of the original Southeast Asian teak…the teak will last a minimum of 50-70 years more thanks to the conservation plan.” says Tim Ball, senior director of Facility Services at Salk.



ETH Zurich unveils plans for robot-built house in Dübendorf

Researchers from Switzerland’s ETH Zurich university will use robots and 3D printers to design and build a 3-storey house.The team are working with business partners to build the DFAB House, which the team claims will be “the first house in the world to be designed, planned and built using predominantly digital processes”.

The aim of DFAB House is to allow the team to test new building and energy technologies under real-life conditions. These include the robotically fabricated mesh-moulding process, which is the first to make the transition from research to usable architectural application.

The team is using a two-metre-high construction robot mounted on caterpillar tracks to fabricate steel-wire mesh sections that function both as a formwork and reinforcement for concrete walls. The in-situ fabricator is capable of producing double-curved shapes from a dense mesh which is then filled with a special concrete mix that remains inside the formwork without leaking out through the gaps.

The 200-square-metre DFAB House is scheduled to complete in summer 2018, when it will begin to be used as a residential and working space for guest researchers and partners of the NEST project.


RIBA reveals the best of British architecture for 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the prestigious 2017 RIBA National Awards for architecture.

The 49 winners include an ecological straw-clad office building in Norwich (The Enterprise Centre); an exemplary social housing development next to a railway viaduct in London (Silchester); the world’s first ‘vertical pier’ (British Airways i360); the ‘top-notch’ transformation of Leicester Cathedral including the rediscovered tomb of Richard III (Leicester Cathedral’s Richard III Project ‘With Dignity and Honour’); and a contextually sensitive addition to London’s most famous gallery (The New Tate Modern).

RIBA National Award-winning buildings set the standard for good architecture. The shortlist for the highly coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year will be drawn from the list of 49 RIBA National Award-winning projects announced.

See all winning proposals here


Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten reveal OMA’s design for Australia’s MPAVILION 2017

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation have released the MPavilion 2017 design by Netherlands-based architects Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten of OMA. Taking its cues from the ancient amphitheatre, this year’s pavilion blurs the lines between inside and outside – and between audience and performer – in a skillful yet empathetic manipulation of the surrounding landscape in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. OMA’s pavilion design seeks not only to employ the qualities of the amphitheatre, but to animate them by creating a flexible civic space that can function as a stage, auditorium or even playground.

Comprising static and dynamic elements, the pavilion allows for multiple configurations that can generate unexpected programming, echoing the ideals of the typology of the amphitheatre. Construction is due to commence August 2017.

Watch a video of Koolhaas explaining the project here