Several major projects have made headway this week, with Jean Nouvel opening his new project, the National Museum of Qatar, London’s Tulip getting the green light, and Studio Gang winning their Chicago Airport bid.
Jean Nouvel has completed his staggering new project, the National Museum of Qatar, which has now opened to the public. A real piece of architectural magistry, Nouvel took inspiration from the desert rose in the design, a mineral formation created when minerals crystallise below the surface of a salt basin into an array of flat plates resembling rose petals. The museum situated in Doha will tell the story of Qatar and how it came to be today. Nouvel wanted the shape of the museum to reflect Qatar’s progressive cultural outlook and it’s technological capabilities, combined with it’s past.
Studio Gang won their bid to design the new airport terminal at Chicago O’Hare, with a Y-shaped design with a skylight reflecting the city’s flag in the middle. It will cover 2.25 million square feet and will cost $8.5-billion to build.
London’s new 305 metre high viewing tower, The Tulip, is set to get the go-ahead, after planning officers praised the design, saying it has “the potential to become an architectural icon”. This comes despite London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s claims that it is not in line with current planning regulations.
An ongoing row in the architecture world over unpaid internships has caused Chilean architecture studio Elemental, led by Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena, to announce it is ending internships, prompting worry other studios will follow suit.
England experiences it’s first annual fall in house prices since 2012.
The designs for the athlete’s village for the Paris 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games have been revealed by French architect Dominique Perrault. The enormous complex spans 119,000 square metres and is located in the Seine-Saint-Denis district, and once the Games are over, it will be turned into a whole new community for the city.
Showcased by some stunning pictures, three architects reveal their award-winning plans to rehouse Cairo’s homeless community in shipping containers. Abouzaid, Omara and Hammad said they felt they had a “professional and moral duty” to address this housing crisis in their work, and “With our knowledge and the residents’ manpower we can convert the shipping containers to homes”. The project called Sheltainer won an award at the World Architecture Festival in the WAFX Ethics and Value category.
North-west London have debuted a 3D zebra crossing, in the hope it will encourage drivers to slow down, as it has the optical illusion of it floating.
London councils have been trying to tackle the homeless issue by offering landlords cash incentives in order to house them. It has emerged that councils have paid landlords £14m in the last year.
LAD reimagines a public square in Milan by inserting a public garden in the middle of a roundabout to try and create more greenery in the city.
A masterplan for a new eco-city in Kazan, Russia, has been devised by London-based studio JTP, which they organised around a series of active clusters housed in the new development. Around these are public spaces, meeting areas and playgrounds that remain open with much less density.