HEKKTA’s Property Portal – The Arts

We take a look at how houses of the arts can be hosted by some of the best architecture and design around and why the two work so harmoniously well together – as well as the good, the bad and the ugly in all things property and architecture.

Mexico City-based Rojkind Arquitectos have built a stunning concert hall on the seaside in the Mexican city of Boca del Rio. The building’s geometric shape and angular walls were designed to mimic the seaside’s rocky cliffs. It was built for the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra as part of a wider plan to rejuvenate the area.

Rojkind Arquitectos' Foro Boca Concert Hall - HEKKTA - The Arts

Rojkind Arquitectos’ Foro Boca Concert Hall – HEKKTA – The Arts

British architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have begun work on a new storage facility for the arts in Lievin, France. It is for the Louvre Museum and will be able to store 250,000 art works. The green roof and greenery surrounding the facility gives the effect of it sinking into the ground. One of the sleekest storage facilities we’ve seen!

Dutch photographer Iwan Baan has taken some visually brilliant photos of MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza.

Iwaan Baan Photography - HEKKTA - The Arts

Iwaan Baan Photography – HEKKTA – The Arts

Watch The Met’s A Year of Architecture in a Day symposium live from New York.

The Royal Institute of British Architects has released a longlist of 62 projects vying for the RIBA International Prize 2018. Click here to have a look!

HEKKTA are delighted to see that VeloCity, an all women team, have won the ideas competition to develop the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor. They plan to add to six villages with housing and a network of cycling and pedestrian routes.

“This is a real opportunity to reinvigorate the social infrastructure, creating lifetime villages with mixed tenures and integration of shared spaces, where people can live, work and socialise together.”

With the right investment could this corridor become the UK’s silicon valley? Do we want it to?

New mortgage lending has hit it’s highest levels since 2008 driven by people remortgaging homes to secure cheap deals as proportion lent to first-time buyers falls.

The Guardian investigates how Vienna’s low-cost housing policy could help the UK.

The Sirius building in Sydney has been put on sale for £75 million, despite the efforts to secure it as a heritage listed building. The classic brutalist structure is now at threat of demolition as the government rejected such efforts. Protesters fear it will be knocked down in a proposed redevelopment programme.

Sirius Building, Sydney - HEKKTA - The Arts

Sirius Building, Sydney – HEKKTA – The Arts

The abolition of stamp duty for many first-time buyers should spark a wider debate over the taxation of property, surveyors say.

There have been fears from the UK’s biggest architects such as David Adjaye and Richard Rogers that redundancies at the Architectural Association will cause the lessening of exhibitions and publications departments.

The construction of  Santiago Calatrava’s Greek Orthodox church has been halted after the archdiocese has failed to pay construction fees. The church was being built as a replacement for a 19 century building that was destroyed during 9/11. Construction has been underway for 3 years and this halt has caused concern but The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese claims that that the suspension is only temporary.

Construction halts - HEKKTA - The Arts

Construction halts – HEKKTA – The Arts

Nicholas Wrigley, the chair of housbuilding firm Persimmon, has resigned after failing to rein in the ridiculous bonus to the company’s CEO which was north of £100 million.

Foster + Partners have completed a trio of staggered limestone towers in Beirut, which is their first project in Lebanon. The towers were designed with luxury property in mind as the towers consist of balconies with spectacular views of the Mediterranean.

Foster + Partners 3Beirut - HEKKTA - The Arts

Foster + Partners 3Beirut – HEKKTA – The Arts