HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Venice Architecture Biennale

The Venice Architecture Biennale kicked off this week, so we take a look at the highlights so far – aswell as bringing you the latest news in the world of property & architecture.

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Patrik Schumacher has launched an attack on the curators of the national pavilions at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, which he claims are “devoid of architecture”. “Architects must fight back to reclaim the Venice Biennale from the arrogant and self-indulgent curators,” said Schumacher, the principal at Zaha Hadid Architects, in a post on Facebook.

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The Vatican City made it’s debut at the Venice Architecture Biennale, exploring the chapel’s role in the 21st century. The interesting idea, thought up by architectural historian Francesco Dal Co, tests the perception we all have of chapels and whether they can be stand alone buildings, without the attachment of religion.

The Holy See Pavilion consists of 10 small chapels, built by architects including Norman Foster, Eduardo Souta de Moura, Sean Godsell and Terunobu Fujimoro.

“In our culture we are accustomed to seeing the chapel as a space created for different reasons and aims, inside a larger and often already existing religious space,” reads the curator’s description, “The practice behind this perception has produced many models that share the factor of taking form in and belonging to an ‘other’ space, a space of worship, a cathedral, a church, or more simply a place identified for having hosted an unusual occurrence, selected as being a recognised destination,” it says.

Eduardo Souto de Moura, The Holy See Pavilion - Venice Architecture Biennale

Eduardo Souto de Moura, The Holy See Pavilion – Venice Architecture Biennale

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Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, one of the firms commissioned by the Vatican City for the Holy See Pavilion, feels that the Vatican City should be congratulated for it’s debut biennale contribution. Instead of curating a traditional exhibition, it commissioned 10 architects to design and build contemporary chapels.

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The V&A have come under fire after showcasing a bit of the now demolished Robin Hood Gardens estate. Accusers have claimed that Robin Hood Gardens was part of a failed social experiment of inhuman modernism and shouldn’t be displayed. The director of the V&A, Tristram Hunt, claims that they are merely showcasing a piece of architectural history which held significance to a lot of people. He comments, “our role is to think beyond fashion and to preserve that which has significant design merit, and with which future generations will seek to engage.”

A piece of Robin Hood Gardens at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

A piece of Robin Hood Gardens at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

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Dezeen picks out 10 of the best pavilions out of the 63 on show at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

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Melbourne is set for 5 new train stations, designed by architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + PartnersWeston Williamson and Hassell. The stations will be constructed over the next seven years.

Melbourne metro - HEKKTA - Venice Architecture Biennale

Melbourne metro – HEKKTA – Venice Architecture Biennale

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen has unveiled plans for a maritime education centre in Birkenhead, across the river from central Liverpool, which will be anchored by a 19th-century hydraulics tower. The £20 million Maritime Knowledge Hub will become of the Wirral Waters redevelopment scheme, which is being overseen by Peel Land & Property.

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UK house prices are not performing as expected, with experts claiming that a likely interest rate increase will mean continued low growth.

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A planning row has meant the £1bn Silvertown Quays scheme has been blocked. The plans included a cultural centre and 3,500 homes in East London.

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The Preston Barracks redevelopment in Brighton is moving forward as Graham Construction have been appointed by developer U+I to deliver a new commercial hub for start-up and small businesses. Construction of this will mark the first phase of the £200m project which will also create 369 new homes, 534 student beds, shops, cafes and workshops.

Preston Barracks scheme in Brighton - HEKKTA - Venice Architecture Biennale

Preston Barracks scheme in Brighton – HEKKTA – Venice Architecture Biennale

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Chelsea FC have shelved their £500 million Herzog & de Meuron-designed stadium due to an “unfavourable investment climate”.

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The Telegraph investigates why Manchester is outpacing the rest of the country with its reinvigorated city-centre neighbourhoods.

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Zaha Hadid Architects set to build a new ‘iconic’ Hong Kong office on the world’s most expensive site, with the developer paying an astonishing HK$23.3 billion (£2.2 billion) for the plot of land on Murray Road. The plot is currently a multi-storey car park and Zaha Hadid are envisioning a 35-storey ‘green, smart and healthy’ development.

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Employers and the construction unions have agreed a two year pay deal which will see minimum rates rise by more than 6%.

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ODA have completed a glass residential tower in New York’s Lower East Side that leans over it’s neighbour. They did this to maximise floor space after obtaining air rights from the neighbour below.

100 Norfolk - HEKKTA - Venice Architecture Biennale

100 Norfolk – HEKKTA – Venice Architecture Biennale

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Engineering predicted to bounce back after disappointing start to 2018.

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It has emerged that Oxford and Cambridge collectively own more land than the Church of England and own properties across the UK worth £3.5bn.

Cambridge's Trinity College own the O2 Arena - HEKKTA - Venice Architecture Biennale

Cambridge’s Trinity College own the O2 Arena

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New digital mortgage payment platform launches with the UK’s first mortgage completed online. The fully online payment system also cuts the risk of fraud by eliminating the need for back and forth emails related to mortgage payments.

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Chinese property investment in Australia plummets.

https://www.ft.com/content/0e1e411c-62ed-11e8-90c2-9563a0613e56

2018-06-04T07:26:21+00:00