All the week’s biggest headlines in the world of architecture & property summed up in a neat, little package. Created by HEKKTA.
It has emerged that IKEA are moving their low-cost modular housing units to the UK, with a deal being made with Worthing council. The units are pre-fabricated structures, which are all furnished with IKEA designs and kitchen models. The developer BoKlok, which is a subsidiary of IKEA, promises to set the prices at a level designed to leave families with money left to live on, and they aldso promise that a single parent would be able to afford to buy a two-bedroom house from the developer. Could this mark a trend across of low-cost, pre-fab structures taking over from the rental market?
RIBA have unveiled their winners of this year’s National Awards celebrating the best of British architecture, aswell as releasing their longlist for House of the Year 2019. Among the celebrated architects was Kengo Kuma for his V&A Dundee and Thomas Heatherwick’s Coal Drops Yard.
Paris are planning to improve their climate by planting an urban forest around the citys’ famous landmarks such as the Place de l’Hotel de Ville, the Gare de Lyon, the Palais Garnier and a footpath along the banks of the river Seine.
A huge new office tower is set for the skies of Boston as Pelli Clarke Pelli unveil their new One Congress tower, which features a huge curved, glass facade, which the firm describe as “opening like a dramatic theatrical curtain”.
Toronto Tomorrow is a new masterplan for the city, thought up by a Google branch called Sidewalk Labs, which promises to transform the city’s waterfront into the “neighbourhood of the future”. It will essentially create two brand new neighbourhoods, “with people at its centre, and with cutting edge-technology and forward-thinking urban design combining to achieve ambitious improvements in the urban environment and in the way we all live”.
Manhattan’s SANAA-designed New Museum is set for an extension designed by OMA, which features angular edges, pertruding into the pavement. The museum is one of Manhattan’s homes of contemporary art, and the extension will double the capacity.
The development at Plough Lane, which will see AFC Wimbledon return to their old home ground has recieved it’s first confirmed funding, with Housing Minister Kit Malthouse announcing the £150m loan deal, which is the first to be agreed from the £1bn Housing Delivery Fund. The project is still attempting to be finished by 2020, despite only securing the first bit of funding.
Architecture giant Foster + Partners have joined forces with another giant of his craft, Steven Spielberg, to create a digital entertainment experience for the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia. The idea was to create something that embodied ther Comcast Technology Center’s focus and drive for innovation.
Santa Monica-based Australian expatriates Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg of Koning Eizenberg Architecture have won the 2019 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal.
Financial Times move back into their former home, the renovated Bracken House, which they have been banished from for three decades! Bracken House was the first post-war building to be listed in the UK.
An old sugary refinery on the banks of Brooklyn’s East River has been transformed by ODA into an office building, with a glistening exterior.
A new eco-village placed in the middle of a lake is destined for the Norweigan town of Bergen. Designed by London architecture studio Waugh Thistleton, Trenezia was created in a bid to create a carbon neutral residential and cultural hub for the city that would attract locals to remain within central Bergen.
A new weaving, winding bridge titled the “Ribbons of Life” has been imagined for Canberra, Australia by CX Landscape. The idea is to create a ‘forest shell’ around the existing tunnel bridge in an attempt to improve the air quality from the surrounding roads.