HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Architecture in Hollywood

Architecture is all over Hollywood this week! A movie about famous architect Mies van der Rohe starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal has been announced as well as the launch of the new Netflix design documentary series. A trend we would like to see continue! We also bring you the latest on all the property and architecture news from around the world.

This week it was revealed that Jeff Bridges, the Oscar-winning actor, is set to play famous architect Mies van der Rohe on the silver screen alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal, who will play Chicago nephrologist Edith Farnsworth. The Hollywood movie will follow the relationship of Rohe and Farnsworth as he built a famous house for her which ended bitterly. The movie has been confirmed but has no release date as of yet. HEKKTA thinks we should have more films about architecture and property in Hollywood!

Netflix is set to launch a new design documentary series, which premiered on the 10th February. Named Abstract: The Art of Design, the programme will follow the profiles of eight different designers who represent different aspects on design. It will feature Bjarke Ingels, Es Devlin and Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, just to name a few. More design in Hollywood can only be a good thing!

A retractable roof could be built over a 2,000 year old amphitheatre in Verona, Italy to transform it into an indoor stadium. German architecture office GMP and engineering firm SBP won the international contest seeking ideas for a roof over the Roman arena.

Verona Amphitheatre - Hollywood

Verona Amphitheatre

Carillion have been awarded the £23m contract to upgrade Edinburgh Waverley station with longer platforms for electric trains.

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HS2 is closer to being a reality as the £520m contracts for phase 2 are awarded to US giant CH2M as the overall development partner on the route from Crewe to the North to take the high speed rail to Manchester and Leeds.

London property bargains for foreign buyers as pound drops.

Property developer Simon Lambor, of Matsim Properties, is to open a building for Brighton’s homeless to stay in after a request from the council to make vacant houses available to provide people with some shelter during winter.

A survey conducted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed that 40% of European architects are thinking about leaving the UK. RIBA President Jane Duncan said the government must, “address the structural challenges that threaten the UK’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and invest”.

Chinese businessman Ma Dadong has completed his incredible task of relocating 10 thousand 2,000-year-old Camphor trees and 50 historic buildings from their original home to the outskirts of Shanghai to create a holiday resort. When this vast numbers of trees were threatened to be cut down to build a major new reservoir, Dadong begun this extraordinary task which took him 10 years. The new resort will belong to Aman, the hotel resort brand of Russian real-estate developer Vladislav Doronin. Watch the video on his story here.

Aman Conservation Holiday Resort - Hollywood

Aman Conservation Holiday Resort

Santiago-based architects Emilio Marín and Juan Carlos López have created a rusty steel structure in the middle of the Chilean Atacama Desert. Inspired by James Bond’s famous location?

Atacama Desert Structure - Hollywood

Atacama Desert Structure

British journalist Kieran Long has been appointed as the new director of ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design.

North London’s Haringey is set for a £2bn regeneration with Lendlease running the project as 5,000 new homes are set to be built in the area; just one of the many regeneration projects in the capital.

Denise Scott Brown has been awarded the Jane Drew Prize 2017 for raising the profile of women in the world of architecture.

Foster + Partners’ North Greenwich Interchange is under threat of demolition as Caltrava’s Greenwich enormous regeneration scheme is unveiled. There are calls for the building to be heritage listed.

The £3bn Bakerloo line extension route has been revealed.

Only one quarter of all homes built in London last year were classed as affordable.