HEKKTA’s Property Portal – JFK Airport

Do not fear, your Property Portal is here! This week we respond to the news that JFK International Airport is due to have a $10 billion revamp (a much needed one) to improve the transport and efficiency of the terminals. Of course we also wrap up the biggest headlines to hit property & architecture in the New Year.


The USA’s busiest airport, the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York, is set to undergo a $10 billion revamp to improve the ease of travel for passengers. The plans involve the creation of unified terminal buildings that would allow easier transfers for those on connecting flights and also improved transport links within the airport. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said, “for far too long, JFK has fallen short of today’s global standards…There are overcrowded facilities, confusing on-airport roadways, and poor airport accessibility. In fact, JFK ranks 59th among the world’s top 100 airports”. He stated these changes will, “transform the airport for the 21st century”. Having experienced how hectic and slow JFK airport can be, HEKKTA certainly approves!

The UK’s first gin hotel has opened in west London. The hotel has been opened by Portobello Road Gin and will contain a museum, a distillery and a cocktail bar. HEKKTA would love to try it out.

China have been the hub of property and architecture activity in recent weeks and this trend doesn’t look like ending as US firm Kohn Pedersen Fox complete China’s second tallest skyscraper, the CTF Finance Centre, which is located in Guangzhou’s Zhujiang New Town. The 530-metre skyscraper is second only to the new Shanghai Tower and is the fifth tallest in the world. The tower will be used for offices mainly containing a conference centre and also a hotel, a shopping centre and a viewing deck.

CTF Finance Centre - KPF

CTF Finance Centre – KPF

Rotterdam based firm Powerhouse Company have revealed plans to convert a brutalist bunker in Eindhoven in a high-rise housing tower. The Bunker, originally constructed in the late 1960s to designs by Dutch architect Hugh Maaskant, was formerly used as a student centre by Eindhoven University of Technology. They are keen to keep the essence of the post-war architecture of the Bunker but add a new modern dimension.

The Bunker

The Bunker

British architect David Adjaye has been awarded a knighthood in this year’s New Year’s Honours. Adjaye has been described as “one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the UK”.

According to Savills, Brexit and taxes have served to push down property prices of the top properties as sellers are accepting more realistic offers. However this contrasts to the rising house prices from less expensive homes across the country.

A trio of new towers have been unveiled in Downtown Los Angeles by architecture firms Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) and P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S. SOM are the brains behind some of the most iconic skyscrapers such as the Burj Khalifa and One World Trade Center. The three residential high-rises will all be connected and will accommodate 1,367 residential units, with balconies and terraces forming a layered effect up the facades.

The Olympia development - LA

The Olympia development – LA

Here’s 10 buildings to look forward to in 2017.

Newcastle University is set to add a £29 million new Learning and Teaching Centre. McAlpine is set to construct the four-storey building, which will have a 750 seat auditorium and will be linked to the urban sciences building with a enclosed bridge clad in mirrored glass.

A new hotel, Atlas Hoi An Hotel, in the Vietnamese town Hoi An has been completed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, which features sandstone walls covered in plants. Filled with greenery, the planters offer shade to corridors located behind, and allow the breeze to naturally ventilate them with natural lighting filling the space. HEKKTA would love to go!

Prime London property sales are rising due to cautious buyers returning to the market as more realistic prices emerge.

A scheme (Jacaranda Avenue) proposed by Blank Studio to convert the roadways of Phoenix, Arizona into plant-filled corridors covered by woven canopies has won first place in a design competition. The desert city can regularly go over temperatures of 40 degrees Celcius, so these canopies would provide much needed shelter away from the boiling sun.

Jacaranda Avenue - Arizona

Jacaranda Avenue – Arizona

Since visiting Amsterdam last summer, HEKKTA have been a little obsessed with the city’s architecture. Thus when we saw this grey, modernist Amsterdam townhouse designed by James Jeffries of 31/44 Architects, we got a little excited. And a little jealous.

Will house prices really crash in 2017?

Transport for London has signed a £500 million, fouryear deal with Costain, Morgan Sindall and Skanska to deliver some of its more complex, large scale, civil engineering schemes to improve London’s road network.

Architect Moon Hoon has created a very interesting house in South Korea, which was designed to emulate an owl. The building is made out of concrete with glass gaps for windows.

A 1930s silo in Norway is to be converted into an art museum and a cultural centre by studios MX_SI and Mestres Wåge Arquitectes. The new musuem will stand next to the Kilden Performing Arts Centre designed by ALA Architects.