HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Kengo Kuma

This week Kengo Kuma & Associates dominate the architecture headlines, unveiling two big projects in the pipeline. Other architecture giants such as Heatherwick Studios have joined them in the papers, announcing new projects in a busy week for property & architecture.

Kengo Kuma has unveiled his design for a truly stunning aquatics centre in Copenhagen called Water Culture House. Small outdoor pools dissect huge brick pyramids to form this highly unusual centre on the harbour, which will also contain a gym and other facilities. It is part of COBE’s regeneration of Chistriansholm, which is an artificial landmass also known as Paper Island and the centre will be illuminated at night making it glow like a lamp with the small shaped-gaps in the walls.

Water Culture House by Kengo Kuma & Associates - HEKKTA

Water Culture House by Kengo Kuma & Associates – HEKKTA

Water Culture House by Kengo Kuma & Associates - HEKKTA

Water Culture House by Kengo Kuma & Associates – HEKKTA

The Ace Hotel is opening it’s first branch in Japan, in an old telephone exchange which will be converted by Kengo Kuma. The hotel in the former ShinPuhKan building will open it’s doors this winter in the Japanese city of Kyoto.

Ace Hotel Kyoto - Kengo Kuma - HEKKTA

Ace Hotel Kyoto – Kengo Kuma – HEKKTA

Apple have announced that all of their retail stores, offices and data centres in 43 countries are all running entriely on renewable energy. Very impressive indeed.

Take a look at the extraordinary residential house built in the Barvikha Forest near Moscow for businessman and philanthropist Vladislav Doronin by Zaha Hadid. It was the Iraqi-British architect’s only residential project for a man she described as the Russian James Bond. He may not be the famous British secret agent, but the the house they designed together could certainly be out of one of the films!

Construction output falls again.

Architecture giants Heatherwick Studio and Kohn Pedersen Fox have been chosen to design a new terminal for Singapore‘s Changi Airport. The addition of the new wing will increase the airport’s capacity by an enormous 50 million; this is at an airport that is already one of the world’s busiest. Designs have not yet been drawn but the pair aim to fix the soulessness of the current building, and judging by their previous works, we’re sure they’ll have no problem!

Detroit is having it’s riverfront completely transformed, as Michael Van Valkenburgh and David Adjaye have won a competition for the revamp. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy announced the two firms as the victors for their designs which will change the area in Downtown Detroit into a bustling public park containing several pavilions designed by Adjaye, and even a beach!

Detroit West Riverfront Park - HEKKTA - Kengo Kuma

Detroit West Riverfront Park – HEKKTA – Kengo Kuma

Network Rail and Gatwick Airport have proposed new and revised plans for the expansion of the railway network at the airport. The improvements they hope to gain permission for include almost doubling the size of the rail station concourse, building 8 new escalators, 5 new lifts and 4 new stairways to improve accessibility and passenger flow and improveing connections between the North and South Terminals.

Architecture firm NBBJ have completed the new headquarters for Chinese tech giant Tencent in Shenzhen. The tower or “vertical campus” as it’s been coined consists of two connected towers, designed so that employees are encouraged to meet and interact.

Tencent Global Headquarters, Shenzhen - HEKKTA - Kengo Kuma

Tencent Global Headquarters, Shenzhen – HEKKTA – Kengo Kuma

Build-to-rent schemes either completed in the last 12 months or in the pipeline have surged by 30%.

The Frick Collection museum in New York City is set to undergo a renovation and an expansion, which will be the biggest overhaul of the Frick Collection since the Manhattan art museum opened in the 1930s. Selldorf Architects will undertake the work which will see an extension added to the museum’s library with parts of Frick residence being opened to the public for the first time.

The Frick Collection - HEKKTA - Kengo Kuma

The Frick Collection – HEKKTA – Kengo Kuma

Berlin has emerged as the city with the world’s fastest rising property prices with average prices jumping by 20.5% last year.