The Winter Olympics are back and this year they are being hosted by South Korea in Pyeongchang so we thought we’d get involved by seeing what architecture and design is on show at the sporting spectacle. We also give our trusty round up of all the latest news headlines in the world of property and architecture!
Imagine what a building would look like if it were able to absorb 99% of the light that hit it’s surface? Well no need to imagine as British architect Asif Khan has created one of the most extraordinary structures to be used at this year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Described as the darkest building on earth, it’s creates the illusion of a void with a material called Vantablack Vbx2. The results are a building which looks like a black hole; strangely being used as a pavilion for Hyundai. This is one of the strangest, most sci-fi buildings we have ever seen!
The opening ceremony took place in this temporary, octagonal stadium which can seat 35,000 fans. Built by South Korean contractor DaeLim Construction, it cost £44 million but will be taken apart after the games. The stands will be removed and the permament building is to become a museum for the Olympics.
Grimshaw and Wilkinson Eyre have been appointed to design stations in London and Birmingham for the HS2 train line, with engineers Arup and WSP working alongside the design companies to create state of the art transport hubs.
Landlords are struggling with their mortgage payments with the number of landlords behind on payments jumping by 20%. This could be because of the recent tax changes which is causing landlords financial issues.
The Grade II listed Park Hill estate is to be made into student housing by designers Whittam Cox Architects. A social housing complex in Sheffield doesn’t have a particular university affiliation as of yet. Developers Urban Splash are overseeing the general regeneration of the estate and brought in the designers.
Facebook is set to unveil plans for a new HQ at London’s Kings Cross. It will join Google in the emerging tech hub in the capital and could occupy up to four buildings, tripling the company’s current footprint in London. This is amid claims Facebook is immune to Brexit.
HEKKTA are slightly infatuated with this amazing new Brooklyn skyscraper which will have the “highest residential infinity pool in the western hemisphere”. Imagine going for a swim in that! The views are just spectacular and you will get a very different kind of perspective of Manhattan, usually viewed from the inside. Kohn Pedersen Fox are the designers behind this new 68 storey skyscraper set to be built in Downtown Brooklyn, with New York-based firm Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects designing the rooftop retreat.
In light of the Grenfell Tower disaster, which exposed the government’s unforgivably poor support for occupants of social housing, Sadiq Khan has released an estate redevelopment guide intending to increase control and say of the residents. Named Better Homes for Local People, the guide states any works or demolitions will be discussed in a resident vote and when demolition is proposed the council must, at a minimum, retain all social housing for residents or increase the amount provided. This should avoid public housing being demolished to make way for expensive private housing (such as Park Hill in Sheffield or the Heygate estate in Elephant & Castle), which is creating a mounting housing crisis in the UK. It is the first of it’s kind to be released by City Hall and indicates the right steps are beginning to be made by the government.
This year’s Superbowl between the New England Patriots and the Philadelpia Eagles was lauded as one of the greatest matches of all time. It was played in the magnificent stadium of the Minnesota Vikings, but where will Superbowl LIII be held? This amazing stadium completed just last year will be where it is played; the Mercedez-Benz Stadium – home of the Atlanta Falcons. It has retractable petals which move backwards and forwards to open and close the roof. Designed by architecture firm HOK, the roof was intended to open and close like a camera aperture. Very excited indeed for next year.