China attempt to build a hospital in six days, and Foster + Partners have been chosen to design the second World Trade Centre in Manhattan, pipping BIG to the post.

Find out all that you may have missed from the last week in property & architecture.


BIG’s stacked tower design for the new Two World Trade Center has been adandoned, with the developer instead turning to Foster + Partners, looking to create an adapted version of the one the firm imagined in 2006. The tower with a slanted diamond roof is to be “significantly modified to be more reflective of contemporary needs and taste,” as the original proposed design was, “more suited for an investment bank than a modern media company.


In order to fight and contain the outbreak of coronavirus, China are building a hospital in 6 days in Wuhan. With the capacity for 1,000 beds, current hospitals in the city have become completely overwhelmed, having to turn patients away.


The number of young people owning homes has risen for the first time in a decade, with analysts saying the Help-to-Buy scheme has a large part to play in that. Statistics say that 41% of 25-34 year olds live in their own house, with the same amount in rented accomodation.


Tadao Ando has unveiled images for his beautiful design on the new He Art Museum in Shunde, China. The Pritzker Prize-winning architect has incorporated a series of stacked discs, allowing light to pierce through. The museum (HEM) will be a showcase for the art and culture of the Lingnan region, which includes Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan.

He Art Museum - HEKKTA - World Trade Center II

He Art Museum – HEKKTA – World Trade Center II


Snøhetta’s Calgary library and the Glenstone Museum in Maryland are among the winners in the AIA 2020 Honor Awards. The purpose behind the awards is to recognise the buildings and pieces of architecture in the US that demonstrate how buildings can improve lives.


Zaha Hadid Architects have released a short movie, detailing the various features on their recently completed One Thousand Museum. The 62 storey residential tower in Downtown Miami has a challenging design, one which curves and twists against the norms. Whilst the curvaceous design falls in line with other works by the studio, this one has a more practical purpose, as the various grooves help to protect the building from the extreme weather, such as hurricanes, seen in Miami.


Research conducted by the London School of Economics has indicated London is increasingly becoming the “epicentre of the elites”, as high living costs exclude a large sector of society from being able to work and live in the capital.


David Adjaye has created a curved, pink concrete shop for fashion retailer The Webster, at the base of the Beverly Center in Los Angeles. It is his first ever project in California, and his ‘tough and gentle’ design featuring bright colours sees the architect return to ideas he had at the start of his career.

The Webster - HEKKTA - World Trade Center II

The Webster – HEKKTA – World Trade Center II


Adolfo Natalini, founder of one of the most important offices of radical post-war architecture in Italy, has died at the age of 78.


The temple for Burning Man 2020 has been revealed, designed by Colorado architect Renzo Verbeck and artist Sylvia Adrienne Lisse. The unusual festivak in the Nevada desert will be the Empyrean temple burned on the final day along with the ‘man’ and other structures.


London’s historic markets of Billingsgate, New Spitalfields and Smithfield are all being moved to Dagenham, on the former Barking Reach Power Station site in east London. With good connections into London, the council hopes the markets will provide a huge boost to the area.


Poland is enjoying a period of property development prosperity, as acitivity is on the up. Sales in Warsaw increased the most, by as much as 22% quarter-on-quarter.


There are proposed plans to turn an old Grade II listed gas holder in south east London into an alligator enclosure. The strange suggestion from developer Avanton would see the gas holder on Old Kent Road turned into a new attraction, aswell as a new housing development. Aswell as this, they are looking to build a lido adjacent…just make sure there’s no shared waters!


IKEA have a brand new, green store currently under construction in Vienna. The unusual design will see open grids revealing various different levels, containing plenty of greenery designed by Querkraft Architekten. There will be zero car spaces available, instead the store will provide on the day delivery services.

“Around two thirds of Viennese people living in the inner city districts of Vienna do not even have a car any more. They come by public transport, walk, ride bicycles or take a scooter. IKEA Vienna Westbahnhof serves all these changed behaviours.”

IKEA Vienna - HEKKTA - World Trade Center II

IKEA Vienna – HEKKTA – World Trade Center II