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The "Chips" condominium building by Alsop has been completed in Manchester, United Kingdom. Photo: Christian Richters Extra Large Image

Pevely · 2009.0624
A $22 million workforce housing complex has been completed in Pevely, Missouri. The St. Louis office of Rosemann & Associates, P.C. designed the eight-building Pevely Pointe Apartments. The complex consists of 256 units, plus a community clubhouse with business center, swimming pool, and fitness area, located on a 45-acre (18-hectare) site. The developer and contractor was Gundaker Commercial Group, with funding provided by Pevely Pointe, L.P. and the Missouri Housing Development Commission.

Washington, D.C. · 2009.0622
Architecture and engineering firm Burt Hill has promoted Rick Lipinski to chief information officer (CIO). Lipinski has been with the firm for two years and has been acting CIO for the past five months. He has 25 years of experience in information technology.

Shenzhen · 2009.0617
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has revealed its winning design for a major new cultural center and transport hub in Shenzhen, China, designed in collaboration with Shenzhen-based architecture and urban design firm Urbanus.

Above ground, Shenzhen Creative Center consists of a 20-hectare (49-acre) landscape of parks and gardens, populated by clusters of pavilions and small buildings. The site is ringed by an elevated pedestrian walkway. Below ground, a system of shortcut connectors link existing and future train and subway stations and provide access to buses, taxis, shopping areas, city hall, and the Creative Center. At the heart of these two systems is the "Shenzhen Eye," a spherical void.

The collaboration includes OMA partners Ole Scheeren and Rem Koolhaas and Urbanus partner Meng Yan, with a team lead by OMA associates Dongmei Yao and Anu Leinonen.

Manchester · 2009.0616
The "Chips" condominium building (pictured above) has been completed in Manchester, United Kingdom. Will Alsop of London firm Alsop Architects designed the project, the first major development for the Alsop-designed master plan for New Islington, located on the northern edge of Manchester city center. The project achieves a BREEAM Eco-Homes Excellent rating.

Inspired by a stack of three chips (french fries), the structure comprises three long, thin volumes stacked on top of each other, slightly staggered. The nine-level, 142-unit building is clad in a composite wall, faced with a cladding printed with large text graphics to evoke the industrial heritage of the area. The apartments can be open-plan or subdivided by the use of large folding screens.

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