HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Rio de Janeiro

This week in the world of property & architecture, Rio de Janeiro has been named as the first World Capital of Architecture by UNESCO, and yet another supertall skyscraper is planned for the Big Apple.

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Rio de Janeiro has become the first city to named as the World Capital of Architecture, awarded by heritage body UNESCO. The Brazilian metropolis will carry the title in 2020, with “The aim is to create new synergies between culture and architecture in an increasingly urban world, in which cities are hubs for ideas, trade, culture, science and social development in particular”.

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The design for the new London Centre for Music at the Barbican has been unveiled by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro – and it’s a stunner. With the firm calling it “a concert hall for the 21st century”, they have created something truly different from the average concert space, and something very different to typical London architecture too. It will serve as the venue for the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and is estimated to cost £288 million.

London Centre for Music - HEKKTA - Rio

London Centre for Music – HEKKTA – Rio

London Centre for Music - HEKKTA - Rio

London Centre for Music – HEKKTA – Rio

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Yet another supertall skyscraper has been proposed for the skies of Manhattan, this time from New York City developer Harry Macklowe and global architecture firm Gensler. Tower Fifth, the box-like skyscraper in the centre of the picture below, would stand at 1,556 feet and would be the tallest in the city by roof height (the mast of One World Trade Centre would remain higher).

Tower Fifth - HEKKTA - Rio

Tower Fifth – HEKKTA – Rio

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Paul Karakusevic of Karakusevic Carson Architects, argues that London is entering of a new era of public housing, with pioneering new housing models providing the initiative that the housing market has been craving, also stressing there, “is an ambition for quality public housing design that the UK has not seen since the 1970s”. See David Chipperfield’s Hoxton Press as an example.

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William Pears Group, the family behind a multibillion-pound property empire has made a dramatic move into the social housing sector by registering one of its companies as a social landlord. The British property empire follows the world’s largest property investor Blackstone entering the sector, aswell as real estate giant CBRE Global Investors launching a fund investing in affordable housing schemes.

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Orkney in Scotland has been named as the happiest place to live in the UK, knocking Hart in Hampshire off the top spot. The survey takes into consideration a variety of indicators including, employment levels, crime rates, health and also exam results.

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Watch this video to see the moving roof of The Shed in action.

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A hotel in a quarry has opened it’s doors in China, near Shanghai. The Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental hotel was designed by London and Shanghai based group Jade + QA, and sits inside a disused quarry. The top floor sits at ground level.

The Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental - HEKKTA - Rio

The Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental – HEKKTA – Rio

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The winner of this year’s Don’t Move, Improve! awards was a former chapel-turned-property by property development studio Craftworks, which New London Architecture (NLA) described as “unbeatable”.

The Chapel - HEKKTA - Rio

The Chapel – HEKKTA – Rio

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The ‘Brexit discount’ has failed to attract US buyers to the UK prime property market.

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Ken Griffin, founder of the hedge fund Citadel, has paid $238m for a Manhattan apartment, the most expensive home ever sold in the US.

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A research centre has been designed for scientists studying the region on the King George Island in Antarctica. The Henry Arctowski Antarctic Station will be a prefab design to allow quick construction, whilst also assuring resilience against the harsh conditions of the environment.

The Henry Arctowski Antarctic Station - HEKKTA - Rio

The Henry Arctowski Antarctic Station – HEKKTA – Rio

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Mexico’s leading female architects, including Frida Escobedo, Fernanda Canales and Tatiana Bilbao, have spoken of how for the first time, they are finding success without needing a male partner to ‘boost their credibility’.

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Islington Council have found documents vital to the ongoing issue with Amin Taha’s 15 Clerkenwell Close, which were ‘lost’ – this could end the dispute over the legitimacy of the planning application.

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Analysis suggests that there is currently a huge shortfall in new homes being built, and in Scotland, they are 7,000 homes a year less than is needed.

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Herzog & de Meuron update their design for the Vancouver Art Gallery, which would be their first project in Canada if approved. They’ve gone for majority glass as opposed to wood, in a big change for the building.

“We developed a facade out of glass logs which is pure, soft, light, establishing a unique relation to covered wooden terraces all around the building,” said Christine Binswanger, partner at Herzog & de Meuron.

“The building now combines two materials, wood and glass, both inseparable from the history and making of the city.”

Vancouver Art Gallery - HEKKTA - Rio

Vancouver Art Gallery – HEKKTA – Rio

2019-02-06T12:14:04+00:00