As 2018 comes to a close and the new year rolls in, HEKKTA brings you our property portal which has a look back at the year just gone, aswell as looking ahead to what lies in store for the architecture and property world.

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OMA unveil their plans for a new stadium for Dutch football team Feyenoord Rotterdam, which will become the largest stadium in the Netherlands, able to seat 63,000. Designed by managing partner David Gianotten himself, the design was intended to bring fans as close to the action as possible, setting “a new benchmark in contemporary stadium design”.

Feyenoord Stadium

Feyenoord Stadium

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The year of 2018 has seen the property market slowdown, recording an average house price rise of 1.02%, with house prices in the seaside town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight, Smethwick in the West Midlands and Diss in Norfolk rising the most, with prices rising up to 10%. Alnwick in Northumberland has struggled the most the year, with prices falling by 6.6%.

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If you’re looking to invest in a property abroad in 2019, Knight Frank has unveiled the five best places for your venture. With property values rising by 15.7% in 2018, Hong Kong is where you’d recieve the most bang for your buck. Similarly Malta, Slovenia, Lithuania and Hungary have recorded vast increases.

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The announcement of the government’s White Paper, limiting the amount of ‘low skilled’ migrant workers coming into the country has stunned the construction industry. Categorising anyone earning under £30,000 a year as ‘low-skilled’, industry leaders fear it will not only be disastrous for the construction industry, but it will seriously affect the economy as a whole.

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Architects and designers have responded to Trump’s latest wall design, one that he called ‘beautiful’. Pointing out that the steel slats design is not only not technically a wall, but also that most people could squeeze between the gaps in the steel slats after calculating the spaces in between.

Trump's Steel Slat Barrier - HEKKTA - Feyenoord Stadium

Trump’s Steel Slat Barrier – HEKKTA – Feyenoord Stadium

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Halifax reflects on the year, pointing out that despite a sluggish market, the housing market in the UK has performed in line with expectations over the past year, with predictions of a stabilisation in 2019.

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Londoners are showing signs of moving out of the capital, as they buy £30bn worth of property elsewhere in the country, as prices continue to rise.

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The French fashion brand and New York-based design studio 212box cover a Christian Louboutin shop in the Miami Design District in tree bark, creating a very sleek but unique aesthetic.

Christian Louboutin tree bark shop - HEKKTA - Feyenoord Stadium

Christian Louboutin tree bark shop – HEKKTA – Feyenoord Stadium

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Work has been given the green light to begin for the new £350m Commonwealth Games Athletes Village in Birmingham for 2022 Games. Work will begin on site in early 2019 at the former Birmingham City University campus in Perry Barr where 1,400 homes will be built to initially accommodate 6,500 athletes.

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The current retail high street struggles have shone a spotlight on property values across the country, as for many shops, they are becoming cripplingly unaffordable.

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Carlo Ratti has developed a prefab housing system for rural communties in India, collaborating with Indian non-profit organisation WeRise. It allows families to ‘do it yourself’, receiving the key functional parts of the house prefabricated and flat-packed, incorporating elements like waste management and water treatment systems, and then allows them to design and build the home they want on top of that.

Carlo Ratti Livingboard - HEKKTA - Feyenoord Stadium

Carlo Ratti Livingboard – HEKKTA – Feyenoord Stadium

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Reports indicate that investors are ready to pounce back into the prime London property market, as Brexit uncertainties begin to subside.

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The new 1 Leadenhall tower in the City of London has had it’s reworked design approved, after making it slightly smaller.

1 Leadenhall - HEKKTA - Feyenoord Stadium

1 Leadenhall – HEKKTA – Feyenoord Stadium