Paris have announced two new projects, which have been scheduled to arrive for the 2024 Olympic Games. HEKKTA investigates, whilst also summing up the rest of the week’s events in a tidy, little bundle.

The Eiffel Tower and it’s surroundings are set to have a little makeover before the start of the 2024 Olympic Games. The British firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman are set to amp up the greenery surrounding the infamous monument, with a green corridor running through, a new amphitheatre at the Trocadéro, and the Pont d’Iéna is going to be turned into a green bridge. The new landscape will no doubt increase the grandeaur of the location, but it was also mainly to avoid overcrowding.

One Line - HEKKTA - Paris
One Line – HEKKTA – Paris

Paris is also set for it’s tallest skyscraper since 1973, with this intriguing structure designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The Tour Triangle has been granted planning permission after a long period of court challenges. The city recently relaxed it’s regulation on buildings built over a certain height, meaning the triangular skyscraper should be ready for when the Olympics come to town.

Tour Triangle - HEKKTA - Paris
Tour Triangle – HEKKTA – Paris

As the French Open starts to reach the business end of the tournament, HEKKTA looks at the new, unique greenhouse stand built by Marc Mimram Architecture & Associés, which becomes the third show court for the tournament with a capacity of 5,000. The Court Simonne Mathieu was designed to boast the botanical development of the Roland Garros tournament in Paris.

It has emerged that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the council responsible for Grenfell, made £129m from property deals, while cutting costs on the tower’s restoration. The high combustible cladding used saved the council £300,000.

The number of mortgages given out has taken an unexpected jump, rising 5% between March and April, indicated a possible rebound from the property market.

This has in turn prompted a warning from the Bank of England, with the market regulators attributing to the riskier mortgage lending to an increase in competition between companies, and thus the Bank of England have threatened imposing stricter rules.

UNStudio unveil their new masterplan for a new smart city in ‘India’s Silicon Valley’, Bangalore. The Karle Town Centre was designed to be an attractive place for families to live, for those working in the city. The town was designed intelligently to avoid it being too hot. A cooling paint will be applied on all the buildings, which reflects heat, aswell as plenty of canopies and sky gardens in the hot climate.

Karle Town Centre - HEKKTA - Paris
Karle Town Centre – HEKKTA – Paris

Architects from some of London’s biggest firms have taken part in a charity run in Hyde Park to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Collectively, £60,000 was raised by participants from firms such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Heatherwick Studio and AL_A.

A new cement-free concrete has been made readily available by London supplier Capital Concrete, which they now have “on tap” due to the high demand for sustainable products thanks to new government schemes pushing for more environmental consideration in construction.

On the topic of environmental consideration, Foster + Partners have become the first architecture practice to sign up to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, which promises that by 2030 all buildings used by the practice will be carbon neutral. They join 23 cities, including New York, London and Tokyo, in signing the commitment. It’s a very big step for such a globally recognisable firm, and should give other practices a competitive nudge to sign it too.

Amid the mortgage market’s recent competition, Tesco are pulling out of the sector, citing “limited profitable growth opportunities.”. The 23,000 customers with existing mortgages won’t be affected but jobs most likely will be.

MAD have revealed their incredible visuals for the back-to-the-future-esque “snowflake” design for China’s Harbin Airport. The third terminal for the airport took inspiration from it’s settings, with Harbin known as the Ice City in the winter. The large expansion would increase the capacity by an extra 43 million passengers a year! Harbin is in the capital of Heilongjiang, China’s most northern province.

Harbin Airport - HEKKTA - Paris
Harbin Airport – HEKKTA – Paris

The French Senate has put an end to the architectural battles across firms over the new spire for the Notre Dame, after they passed a bill saying it is to be restored just as it was before.

A historic library in Washington DC has been converted into an Apple Store by Foster + Partners, in which they have incorporated an outdoor events space.

Apple Carnegie Library - HEKKTA - Paris
Apple Carnegie Library – HEKKTA – Paris

The biggest tech hub in the UK outside of London, Manchester, is seeing record levels of job creation, which is driving demand for office space, with the city experiencing a 54% increase on the 10-year average.

House sales in Scotland have hit an 11-year high, as the property market continues to boom across the border.

Is East London about to get some baths? East London has been revealed as a new site for the Thames Baths project, spearheaded by firm Studio Octopi, which aims to bring the swimming culture back to the citizens of London.

East London Baths - HEKKTA - Paris
East London Baths – HEKKTA – Paris