Touring The World Of Architecture: Week 6

by | 07. Feb 2014

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By Christopher William Reeves

Your weekly edition of Touring the World of Architecture is here with a variety of news features from Sochi’s Fisht Olympic Stadium to MoMa’s sustainable summer house, a spectacular Montreal based science building and of course, towers made of people! Have a great weekend from the arcspace team.

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Week 6 Sochi Stadium 3Image courtesy farm4 flickr

Populous Designed Stadium To Host Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

We’re jumping on the Olympic bandwagon this week to feature the centerpiece of the already heavily criticised Sochi Olympics; the Fisht Olympic Stadium. Hosting tonight’s opening ceremony the building features a temporary shell like roof based on the jewel encrusted Faberge eggs that have become an icon of (rich) Russian culture. Designed by sports architecture firm Populous, previously famed for the new Wembley Stadium and the massive ANZ stadium in Sydney, the Fisht Olympic Stadium will hold 40,000 spectators and will go onto to play a role in the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

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This Week’s Master Plan

Week 6 Moma summer houseImage courtesy of Dezeen

Corn and Mushroom biobricks win MoMa over

Here at arcspace we love mushrooms…oh and of course a bit of sustainable design meaning this weeks win really put a smile on our collective face! With biodegradable bricks made from corn stalks and mushrooms, a near carbon neutral building phase and a compostable afterlife, New York based The Living’s ‘Hy-Fi’ design will be a temporary summer event structure at MoMa’s PS1 gallery.Presented at the Young Architects Programme (YAP) which promotes the work of emerging architectural talents, the structure will no doubt be a cool hang out at this years MoMa summer series music events.

Week 6 Moma summer house 2Image courtesy of Dezeen


Another Story

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Montreal’s John Abbott College Building Takes Center Stage

The new Anne Marie Edwards Science Building is a welcome addition to Montreal’s John Abbott College. Beautifully designed by Saucier + Perrotte the campus building hosts a range of state of the art sustainable features, is LEED Gold accredited and acts to promote pedagogical considerations with flexible classrooms, laboratories, learning  centers and informal spaces. Now home to 5000 students and staff the building is ensured to create a lasting legacy. Check out the video below for more details.

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A Bit of Friday Fun

Week 6 Friday funPicture  ©  David Ramos

Why build with steel when you can build with…humans!!

This weeks friday fun features our crazy spanish cousins, who it seems have amassed a tradition of building things with people! On the boundary of  architectural relevancy these pictures and accompanying video show the 18th Century tradition of building’ Castells’ (towers). They usually spring up at numerous catalonian festivals in November, so get the diary out to book a trip over to Barcelona this year!

Architecture Reimagined by Rosella Scallia