HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Royal Academy Architecture Prize

In a slightly quieter week in property & architecture, this year’s winners of the Royal Academy Architecture Prize are announced and we look at why Brexit is not all doom and gloom on the property market.

The winner of this year’s Royal Academy Architecture Prize by unanimous decision goes the architecture duo Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, founders of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The pair have been the brains behind some of the most renowned projects in recent years, including Manhattan’s High Line and The Shed, and have been awarded for their endevours, recognising they are, “leading voices for imaginative urban and environmental design and are an inspiration to architects of all generations,” said jury chair Stanton.

High Line - Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2019
High Line – Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2019

Halifax note that house prices in January fell by 2.9% as the new year rolled in, more of a fall compared to December. However, it must be noted than month on month changes are a far more volatile measurement and that annual change is far more stable. But the issue of a lack of confidence in the housing market is an almost unavoidable situation given the current political climate, and once Brexit eventually reaches a conclusion, confidence should come back to bolster the market again.

A Canadian architecture studio have created the absolutely stunning Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong, with twisting aluminium ribs forming the outside of the building. Revery Architecture collaboratd with local firm Ronald Lu & Partners to create the music complex which will be the new home for traditional Chinese Opera.

Xiqu Centre - Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2019
Xiqu Centre – Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2019

Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not visit David Adjaye’s new Making Memory exhibition at London’s Design Museum? The exhibition covers seven of the architects most famous projects, which he said was designed to challenge how people experience memorials and monuments.

Research suggests that there are a million more young adults living at home than there were 20 years ago. In London, where housing is most expensive, the amount of adults living at home has gone up a massive 41%

The effects of the Me Too movement could already be taking hold, as it emerges that there have been a record number of women applying for architecture related degrees.

A palace in the Forbidden City of Beijing, China, will open to the public for the first time as the Qianlong Garden Interpretation Center will be placed there.

Take a tour around this breathtaking, three-pronged house overlooking Los Angeles. Created by California studio SPF, the Bel Air residence is a statement of elegance and style, with three wings offering maximum views and light.

Orum Residence - HEKKTA - Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2019
Orum Residence – HEKKTA – Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2019

Public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) has said that the government’s current system for delivering houses is falling short of targets and is flawed, and that in London, new builds need to double in order to satisfy demand in the capital.

The designs have been released for west London’s new super-hub station, Old Oak Common Station, which will house the new HS2 line when completed. Whilst being London’s station for HS2, there will also be a link in the station to the new Elizabeth line for easy access to central London. The new transport hub will completely regenerate the area, bringing 65,000 jobs and 25,500 new homes.

Old Oak Common Station - HEKKTA - Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2019
Old Oak Common Station – HEKKTA – Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2019

Whilst the housing market may be struggling under the Brexit cloud, it appears that the construction industry is not fazed at all, as Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham record huge booms. With currently 78 sites under construction, Manchester’s building boom outstrips that of LA and Chicago!

This week BIG have also announced additions to their new Oakland A’s baseball stadium, with a huge cable car proposed for the site. The ski-style gondola will transport fans from the city centre to the ground, lasting about 3 minutes.

BIG gondola Oakland A's - HEKKTA - Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2019
BIG gondola Oakland A’s – HEKKTA – Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2019

The Opéra Bastille is set to be renovated, with firm Henning Larsen adding a new performance space, aswell as a foyer and workshop. This builds on the original structure created by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott in 1989.

The Opéra Bastille - HEKKTA - Royal Academy Architecture 2019
The Opéra Bastille – HEKKTA – Royal Academy Architecture 2019

One of the reasons for the housing shortages, the Federation of Master Builders Wales (FMB) suggests, is that small housebuilders are being edged out by the increasing cost of planning consent

The world’s largest 3D printed bridge has just opened in Shanghai, led by professor Xu Weiguo at the Tsinghua University School of Architecture in Beijing. It is 26.3 metres long and 3.6 metres wide and takes inspiration from the 1,400 year old Anji Bridge in Zhaoxian, China’s oldest standing bridge.

World's largest 3D concrete printed bridge - HEKKTA - Royal Architecture Prize 2019
World’s largest 3D concrete printed bridge – HEKKTA – Royal Architecture Prize 2019
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