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Construction continues on Zlota 44, a 54-story apartment building in Warsaw, Poland, designed by Daniel Libeskind. Image: © Studio Daniel Libeskind Extra Large Image

Warsaw · 2008.1008
Construction continues on Zlota 44 (rendered above), a high-end apartment building in Warsaw, Poland, designed by Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind. The 54-story, 192-meter (630-foot) tower will feature a billowing form and a facade of prefabricated glass and aluminum panels.

The thermal performance of the facade is expected to be 20 percent better than required under Polish construction law. Operable windows will allow tenants to make use of natural ventilation. The building will house 251 apartments, as well as a sun terrace, steel swimming pool, sauna, and spa. An open-access recreation zone is planned for around the tower. The developer is Luxembourg-based Orco Property Group.

Other projects by New York City-based Studio Daniel Libeskind include Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre, which opened in Bern, Switzerland, on October 8, and the Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany, which is slated to open in 2010.

Lisbon · 2008.1008
Ground has been broken for the Champalimaud Foundation Centre in Lisbon, Portugal. Charles Correa and his Mumbai, India, firm designed the 28,000-square-meter (300,000-square-foot) research facility and outpatient cancer clinic, located at the mouth of the Tagus River.

The complex will comprise three main structures. Two buildings connected by a glass bridge will house the clinic, research labs, administration offices, auditorium, restaurant, public exhibition area, conference center, and a large accessible rainforest garden. The third building will be an open-air amphitheater for public performances and community events. A 125-meter- (410-foot-) long ramp will lead diagonally across the site, ending in a water feature that connects visually with the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

RMJM Hillier, the North American division of RMJM Group, is the laboratory and clinical design architect. Portuguese firm Consiste is the architect of record. Slated to open in fall 2010, the center will be the first building in a major redevelopment plan for the historic Belem area of Lisbon.

Seattle · 2008.1007
Kevin Roche has joined Seattle, Washington-based Callison as principal in the firm's retail design practice. Roche has over 30 years of experience, including in marketing and business development, design management, retail design, and brand design. He previously served as CEO of FRCH Design Worldwide and as senior vice president with Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton's DFS Group Ltd. Roche most recently served as a consultant and acting executive director for store planning, design, and construction with Karstadt Department Stores.

Saint-Étienne · 2008.1007
The Zénith, a performance venue designed by London's Foster + Partners, has opened in Saint-Étienne, France. The building's flexible performance space can be configured to accommodate 1,100 to 7,200 people and host a variety of productions, from music to sports events. The auditorium includes exposed concrete finishes.

Located in a valley with prevailing north and south winds, the facility has an aerodynamic cantilevered roof structure that channels air through the building for natural ventilation and cooling. A broad ramped podium provides access to the concert hall. The deep overhang of the roof canopy shades the plaza and the glazed lobby.

Cambridge · 2008.1006
Christopher W. Ham, PE, has joined the Cambridge, Massachusetts, office of KlingStubbins as its new engineering design principal. Ham has over 12 years of experience in the design field, with a diverse portfolio of projects in higher education, technology, hospitality, and research and development. Past projects in the Boston area include the Piano Row Residence Hall at Emerson College, the retrofit of the Charles Street Jail for the Liberty Hotel, and a high-rise laboratory for Millennium Pharmaceuticals.

Nottingham · 2008.1006
The New Art Exchange has opened in Nottingham, United Kingdom. Hawkins Brown of London designed the Ł3.3 million center for contemporary visual arts, located in the inner-city Hyson Green neighborhood. The four-story, 1,360-square-meter (14,600-square-foot) building is divided into a visual arts gallery, workshop spaces, studios, rehearsal spaces, and facilities for an artist in-residence.

A concrete frame supports a semiglazed external skin. The black brick facade contrasts with the neighborhood's red clay buildings. A playful arrangement of frameless windows ranging in size from 0.16 to 4.84 square meters (1.7 to 52.1 square feet) offers a variety of views into and out of the building. For the ground-floor cafe, artist Hew Locke created a site-specific ceiling installation composed of aluminum plates embossed with imagery of the local area.

Philadelphia · 2008.1002
Ground has been broken for a $15.3 million construction project at the University of Pennsylvania Music Building in Philadelphia. Ann Beha Architects of Boston designed the project, which will include restoration and renovation of the existing historic Music Building and construction of a 13,700-square-foot (1,270-square-meter) addition. LEED Silver certification is anticipated.

Located in Penn's Campus Historic District, the original Music Building is an 1890 Italianate structure designed by Cope & Stewardson. The project will renovate the interior and restore the exterior, including the original wood windows, decorative brick and terra cotta masonry, ornamental wood brackets, and historic porch entry. The addition will feature a terra cotta cladding system and large expanses of glass, with a spatial organization and metal fin spandrel system responding to the rhythm of the historic facade. The open circulation will incorporate the east facade of the 1890 building.

Sustainable features will include extensive daylighting and recycling of most construction waste. Ann M. Beha, FAIA, is serving as principal-in-charge. Narbeth, Pennsylvania-based Daniel J. Keating Company is the general contractor. Completion is expected in fall 2009.

Cedar Hill · 2008.0930
The new $27.5 million Cedar Hill Government Center has opened in Cedar Hill, Texas. Plano-based Wiginton Hooker Jeffrey Architects and New York City firm Holzman Moss Architecture designed the 116,000-square-foot (10,800-square-meter) facility to house municipal, school district, and police functions.

Rose-colored Texas limestone punctuated by shaded glass openings clads three linked structures. A large entry canopy extends into the building as an arched roof sheltering an atrium. Intended as a central gathering space, the atrium provides views of surrounding woods and serves as a connection to the four smaller buildings clad in Texas clay. In the facility's principal meeting space, cedar planks milled from trees removed during construction form part of the finishes.

New York · 2008.0930
Meltzer/ Mandl Architects of New York City has completed the design for the Gold Street Apartments, a 14-story rental development in lower Manhattan. The 62,000-square-foot (5,800-square-meter) building will include 56 studio and two-bedroom apartments and 5,900 square feet (550 square meters) of street-level and below-grade retail space. An indoor rooftop recreation space will open onto roof terraces, equipped with bathrooms, a laundry facility, a fireplace, and a kitchenette.

Sustainable elements will include low-emissive-glass windows and roofing materials designed to reduce the heat-island effect. Construction began in June 2008 and is slated for completion in 2010.

San Diego · 2008.0922
Ground has been broken for a new $60 million professional building in San Diego, California. Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells of San Diego is serving as architect on the six-story, 150,000-square-foot (14,000-square-meter) build-to-suit facility. The project is part of The Watermark, a planned 32-acre (13-hectare) campus being designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The developer is San Diego-based Sudberry Properties, Inc.

Marrakech · 2008.0922
Construction is underway on several elements of the Assoufid estate near Marrakech, Morocco. U+B Architecture & Design of Minneapolis, Minnesota, designed over 80 private villas and the clubhouse and golf academy of the Marrakech Golf Club. The firm will also design a resort and spa, and the master plan for the 545-acre (221-hectare) development, owned by The Rocco Forte Collection.

The contemporary hotel design is divided into three intimately scaled plazas within an existing working olive grove, surrounded by gardens. Guest amenities will include a spa, three restaurants, a conference center, and a rooftop bar with views of the Atlas Mountains to the south. The resort and spa is scheduled to open in 2010. The entire Assoufid estate is expected to be complete in 2011.

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