Venue experts Populous are dominating the headlines this week as the firm unveils new visuals for the MSG Sphere London in Stratford as well as announcing their plan to build North America’s first eSports stadium in Texas. Other stories in the news include further light being shed on the gender pay gap scandal as more firms release their figures.
New visuals for the MSG Sphere London, a next generation arena, have been unveiled by designer Populous and they are stunning. Built for the Madison Square Garden company, MSG Sphere London in Stratford will no doubt become a world famous arena for touring bands and artists from all over the globe.
Appearing to an onlooker like something out of a sci-fi film, the arena’s external sphere will be entirely covered in digital screens, enabling the promotion of artists and brands for passers-by. But the inside of the arena is what is making HEKKTA rather excited; MSG Sphere London will feature the “largest and highest resolution media display on Earth”, creating a completely new experience for the punters. Concerts will be more immersive than ever, bringing the fans closer to the music.
The arena will also be used for eSports events, as the huge screen makes the venue perfect. Planning application for the arena will be submitted towards the end of the year.
For those wondering what exactly eSports is, it is essentially competitive gaming and this week Populous have announced that North America is set for it’s first eSports arena in the City of Arlington, Texas. The eSports world is growing year on year and the new stadium will make Arlington the centre for eSports in America and help to attract people from all over the world. Populous are aiming for the dedicated stadium to house 1,000 seats for fans including a broadcast studio, hospitality suites, shops, gaming spaces and team training areas for esports.
Edinburgh is experiencing record breaking property price growth due to high-value transactions and high demand compared to lower supply.
A few weeks ago we touched on the growing story of gender pay inequality within architecture, as a change in the law forced firms to publish their figures. Foster + Partners was one of the biggest firms shamed in the unveiling and now Zaha Hadid Architects have announced that it pays women 19.6 per cent less than men, based on the median of its staff salaries. Their reasons for this matched those of Foster + Partners, stating it was due to a higher percentage of men in senior positions. Hawkins\Brown reported a pay gap of 2.6 per cent, making it the only one of the UK’s biggest architectural firms to have a pay gap better than the country average.
Yamoussoukro in the Ivory Coast is set to get a brand new £50m stadium to host the 2021 Africa Nations Cup. French architecture firm SCAU won the competition, and as the firm that designed the magnificent Stade de France in Paris, they will surely do this 20,000 seater stadium justice!
The world’s first fully rotating house has been completed in Northern Italy by architect Roberto Rossi. With the house based on a central pillar, the property is able to turn 360 degrees to give the owner varied views of the beautiful Italian countryside.
BIG’s Copenhagen green energy plant is involved in a very unsual scandal as it’s come to light that the Danish inventor on trial for committing murder, Peter Madsen, helped BIG create the distinctive smoke-ring-blowing chimney in the Copenhagen power plant.
Developer Grosvenor is planning to invest over £1bn in its estate in London’s West End to create better streets and increase capacity as the quantity of people in the capital expands.
The Beast from the East is being blamed for the fall in construction activity in recent weeks, the first fall in six months. Let’s hope that is a thing of the past!
Architecture firm HKS has revamped an old steam plant in Ohio and turned it into an urban healthcare campus in an attempt to revive the ageing downtown district in the American Rust Belt.
According to Knight Frank, Malaysian investors are increasingly eyeing up UK property to invest their money in, aswell as property in Australia and Singapore.
The Scottish government’s Help to Buy scheme is being extended for a further two years from April 2019, allowing more people to buy new-build homes.
The Indian giant Essel Group have submitted their proposal for a take-over of the redevelopment project on the £3.5bn Silvertown Quays site in east London. The grand plans they have for the area include a major world class visitor attraction, hotel and leisure complex to celebrate India’s culture and history and they will be working with HPW Architects to design the project.
HPW Architects have commented on it stating it will become a cultural landmark, defying traditional tall build typologies and it will transform the skyline of the City of London.