HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Three World Trade Center

In our weekly property portal, we summarise all the latest stories and news headlines in the world of property & architecture. This week, construction was completed on the new Three World Trade Center in Manhattan, and we also remembered Grenfell a year on from the tradegy that saw 72 people lose their lives.

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Construction on the new Three World Trade Center was completed this week, with the new building standing just next to the site of the previous Twin Towers. Designed by architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, it stands at 1,079 feet (329 metres) making it New York’s fifth tallest building. The building is surrounded by 10,000 floor-to-ceiling glass panels and based on a reinforced concrete core. Steel girders and beams form a lattice K-shaped pattern up the sides of the tower. The tower will contain offices, as expected, but there will also be residential and retail space on the bottom floors.

Three World Trade Center - HEKKTA

Three World Trade Center (in the middle of the three skyscrapers) – HEKKTA

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We remembered Grenfell a year on from the devastating fire that took the lives of 72 innocent people.

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announces the plan for a new cultural hub called East Bank at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. his £1.1bn vision is to create a new powerhouse of culture, education, innovation and growth. An impressive list of establishments are involved, such as Sadler’s Wells dance theatre, London College of Fashion (part of University of the Arts London), UCL and also the V&A. The BBC will build new music facilities there and create a new home for the world-renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers, with a substantial presence from the BBC Concert Orchestra.

“East Bank is a fantastic collaboration of inter-disciplinary work and world-class institutions that will drive forward growth and inspire more young Londoners to take up creative careers, transforming the communities of east London.” The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government today confirmed £151million has been secured to deliver East Bank, creating 2,500 jobs, £1.5 billion of economic benefit and 600 new homes.

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Halifax reported that the UK housing market, while remaining subdued, showed signs of stabilisation in May.

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A very interesting Zaha Hadid-designed hotel opened this week in Macau. Shaped like a rectangle, the white bands that twist around each other fall into three holes in the middle of the building. According to ZHA, the building is the “world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton“, and, “The design is intriguing as it makes no reference to traditional architectural typologies.” Well that is for sure!

Morpheus Hotel - HEKKTA - Three World Trade Center

Morpheus Hotel – HEKKTA – Three World Trade Center

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Sydney-based architect Alec Tzannes has won the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects‘ Gold Medal, the country’s most prestigious award for architecture.

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Sadiq Khan called scrapping the plans for a car-free Oxford Street a “betrayal of Londoners”. The council decided against the idea, thought up by Zaha Hadid Architects, because of a lack of community support. Khan was desperate to see a cleaner healthier Oxford Street, a road which is one of the most polluted in Europe.

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An old brutalist bus station in Preston has been refurbished by John Puttick Associates. The architects have restored the interiors and updated the layout of the bus station, which was at one time scheduled for demolition. The architecture firm, which was only formed in 2015, have done a great job in putting a new spin on the Grade-II listed building.

Preston Bus Station, John Puttick Associates - HEKKTA - Three World Trade Center

Preston Bus Station, John Puttick Associates – HEKKTA – Three World Trade Center

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The numbers of homeowners who remortgaged their properties in April grew by over 30 per cent compared to the same period in 2017, according to data released this morning by lending trade body UK Finance, whilst Buy To Let lending numbers fell again, as did the number of people moving home.

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A Paris-based property company has bought a Belfast city centre retail unit for £16.4m.

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Frida Escobedo, the architect behind this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, commented on her creation saying that the building in Kensington Gardens shows, “what you can create with simple things”.

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Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly renovates an art-deco car showroom in New York and also adds an extension. The beautiful 1920s building was bolstered by a glazed extension on the roof accompanied by a garden.

787 Eleventh Avenue - HEKKTA - Three World Trade Center

787 Eleventh Avenue – HEKKTA – Three World Trade Center

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Glasgow’s world-renowned School of Art has been gutted by another huge blaze, four years after part of the building was destroyed by fire.

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UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has given his support to another bridge project, this time spanning 14 miles of the Irish Sea linking Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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Gatwick Airport plans to spend a further £1.1bn over the next five years on upgrading the airport in a slightly knee-jerk reaction to the Government approval of Heathrow’s third runway. Improvements include the extension of the Western Pier 6 and upgrading Pier 5 to allow it to hold the A380 aircraft.

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The Economist Plaza in Mayfair has been renovated by DSDHA. Originally designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, the brutalist building was home to The Economist Magazine for 52 years from 1964. The Grade-II listed building had six-storeys of the complex’s tallest tower refurbished aswell as a cafe added on the ground floor.

Economist Plaza - HEKKTA - Three World Trade Center

Economist Plaza – HEKKTA – Three World Trade Center

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Elon Musk reveals his plans for his new project – Chicago’s super-fast tunnel system. Called Chicago Express Loop, it will provide a super-high-speed underground connection between O’Hare International Airport’s Terminals 1-3 and Block 37 in Downtown Chicago, cutting the journey time to just 12 minutes.

The system will revolve around “autonomous electric skates” travelling at up to 150 miles per hour. It is expected to be open 20 hours per day, every day of the week, with pods leaving each station every 30 seconds. Musk is one of the pioneers in trying to push through to the new era of superfast travel around the world.

Uber are also pushing their new system called UberAir, allowing passengers to fly to destinations in their so called Vertical Take-off and Landing aircrafts (VTOLs).

This era of travel is also being explored in the freight transport industry with Branson’s company, Virgin Hyperloop One, set to revolutionise the way freight is transported around the globe – using driverless pods in underground tunnels taking freight all over the world autonomously. Click here to read more.

2018-06-18T07:40:35+00:00