Touring The World Of Architecture: Week 42

by | 18. Oct 2013

Article | News

By Christopher William Reeves

Welcome to this weeks edition of Touring the World of Architecture. We bring you news of three big project approvals, a fascinating event and touch of controversy involving…you guessed it, Zaha Hadid!

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Top Story

BIG Goes West Side With First Project in San Fransisco

Big Rendor San FransiscoPhoto: © BIG

BIG is getting…bigger! After establishing a huge new headquarters in Copenhagen last week, the strength to strength architect firm has been commissioned to design a mixed use arts, housing and hotel complex in the San Francisco Bay area. The developer Joy Ou, chose the Danish firm for its playful and innovative approach in combination with the understanding that the building should be functional and iconic yet unconventional and alive. The project is slated include 316 residential units, a 75,000-square-foot arts complex, a 250-room hotel and 15,000 square feet of retail space. 

Check out BIG’s projects here


Another Story

The Blade! A New Addition to Central Park

SHoP Architects 111 WestPhoto: SHoP Architects

The New York City Landmarks Commission has this week approved the construction of SHoP Architects sensibly named 111th West 57th Street Building. Famous for The Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, SHoP have produced a spectacular design which is definitely worthy of a better name than 111th West 57th Street, we suggest ‘The Blade’, or perhaps not…!

This 100 unit, 316,000 square foot apartment tower due for completion in 2016, will offer luxury facilities that rise above the Empire State Building and even the new One World Trade Center. Beautiful views across Central Park will no doubt draw the rich and famous in what is expected to be a new tourist ‘must see’ in the Big Apple.

SHoP Architects 111 West 2Photo: SHoP Architects

SHoP Architects 111 West 3Photo: SHoP Architects 

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And Another Story

Apple’s ‘Campus 2’ by Foster & Partners 

Apple Campus 2Photo: Foster & Partners

The much publicized design process of Apple’s new headquarters makes it a step further towards construction with a unanimous ‘yes’ vote from the Cupertino City Council. The ‘Campus 2’ building will take the form of a gigantic (260,000 square meters) glass-and-steel loop when completed in 2016, boasting a private park for the 13,000 employees, a 1000 room auditorium, research and development facilities and a company fitness center amongst a never ending list of facilities. Designed by British Architects Foster & Partners, famous for the Millau Viaduct, Beijing Airport’s Terminal 3 and London’s Gherkin, the project is estimated to cost $5 billion due to series of recent delays. Nevertheless an impressive project to keep an eye on over coming years.

View the full range of Foster & Partners projects 



American Beauty: The Opulent Pre-Depression Architecture of Detroit

American Beauty Detroit 2Photo: Meridian Gallery

There have been some great reviews of this exhibition in the international press so if you’re in the San Francisco area make sure to grab a last chance look at the images on display of Detroit’s crumbling architecture. The work of Canadian photographer Philip Jarmain portrays the increasingly rapid destruction of Detroit’s early twentieth-century buildings in a strange sort of beauty that is rarely captured in such detail.

American Beauty DetroitPhoto: Meridian Gallery

Take a look at the stunning American Beauty Gallery


Friday Fun

Zaha Hadid Controversy

Week 38 Zaha Hadid Japan coverPhoto: Zaha hadid Architects

Touring the World of Architecture Week 38 bought you news of Zaha Hadid’s win to design Japan’s National Stadium. Everyone seemed very impressed and maybe even a little jealous. Well it has all kicked off now! Pritzker Prize laureate Fumihiko Maki has rallied a group of fellow Japanese architects which include Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and Toyo Ito to oppose the scale and design of Hadid’s ‘skeleton’ stadium. The protest states the project as simply too big and too artificial for the surrounding context. Such criticism has never seemed to stop Hadid in the past; like water off a ducks back as they say in England! Meanwhile another of Hadid’s designs seen below dubbed ‘Opus’ has begun construction in Dubai.