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16 June 2010
Architecture People and Places

The grand opening of the Marina Bay Sands development in Singapore, designed by Moshe Safdie, is scheduled for June 23. Image: Courtesy Safdie Architects Extra Large Image

Bratislava · 2010.0616
Holder Mathias Architects of London and Cardiff, United Kingdom, and Munich, Germany, has revealed its design for One Fashion Outlet, a 62 million, 30,000-square-meter (320,000-square-foot) retail center planned for a site in Slovakia, 47 kilometers (29 miles) northeast of Bratislava, in the Trnava region. The project will feature a continuous covered shopping street punctuated by a series of open squares, as well as deep, wood-clad arcades and courtyards with plants and water features. The central feature will be a main square, focused on a landscaped lake, around which will be restaurants with large west-facing terraces, timber-decked bridges, and floating pavilions.

Minneapolis · 2010.0615
The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has revealed the design for the new Nelson Cultural Center, a LEED Gold-targeted building to be constructed adjacent to the organization's historic Turnblad Mansion. The Minneapolis office of HGA Architects and Engineers (Hammel, Green and Abrahamson) designed the building and new landscaping, and developed plans for a renovation of the mansion.

Construction of the 34,000-square-foot (3,200-square-meter) addition is scheduled to begin in early 2011 and be completed in mid-2012. "Green" features will include a sloping, 7,000-square-foot (650-square-meter) planted roof, typical of traditional Swedish structures; a geothermal heating system; and a rainwater collection system.

HGA recently hired Victor Pechaty, AIA, as an associate vice president and senior designer in its Minneapolis office, to provide design leadership on corporate and government work.

Seattle · 2010.0615
Ground has been broken for a classroom building at The Bertschi School, an independent elementary school in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Designed to meet the standards of the Cascadia Green Building Council's Living Building Challenge Version 2.0, the building will include many sustainable features, such as a planted roof and wall, rainwater collection system, and solar panels. It is slated for completion in November 2010.

The classroom was designed by the Restorative Design Collective, a multidisciplinary team of regional green-building professionals who contributed their services pro bono. The project team includes KMD Architects, architecture; GGLO, landscape architecture; 2020 Engineering, civil engineering; GeoEngineers, geotechnical engineering; Quantum Consulting Engineers, structural engineering; Rushing, MEP engineering; O'Brien and Company, sustainability consulting; Back To Nature Design LLC, urban ecology; and Skanska, preconstruction and construction services.

New York · 2010.0615
Goshow Architects of New York City has promoted Stephen G. Mitchell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, from associate to principal. Mitchell is a registered architect with more than 25 years of experience in architectural design, project management, and construction administration. He joined the firm in 1992. Currently, he is overseeing the $35 million renovation of a five-story academic building at City University of New York's Hostos Community College, and serving as senior project manager for a new $54 million, 600-bed dorm at SUNY Stony Brook that is targeting LEED Gold certification.

Singapore · 2010.0614
The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands (rendered above) in Singapore is scheduled for June 23, 2010. Designed by Moshe Safdie, the 15.4-hectare (38-acre) waterfront development is a mixed-use, integrated resort and urban district that includes a hotel, convention center, retail arcade, theaters, museum, casino, waterfront promenade, and public plaza. The development is organized around two principal axes. Its total cost, including land, is US$5.7 billion.

The high-end, 265,700-square-meter (2,860,000-square-foot) hotel contains 2,560 rooms in three 55-story towers. The towers are connected at the top by the one-hectare (2.5)-acre SkyPark, which cantilevers 65 meters (213 feet). It includes a public observatory, gardens, restaurants, swimming pools, jogging paths, and 250 trees, and offers panoramic views of the Singapore Harbor.

Safdie was invited to join the Las Vegas Sands Corporation in developing a competitive design proposal for submission to the Government of Singapore. In addition to design architect Safdie Architects, based in Somerville, Massachusetts, the project team includes Aedas, executive architect; Arup, structural engineer; Vanderweil Engineers, MEP engineer (design); Parsons Brinckerhoff , MEP engineer (production); Peter Walker & Partners, landscape architect (design); Peridian International Inc, landscape architect (production); Project Lighting Design, lighting consultant; Howard Fields Assoc. International, water features; Fisher Dachs Associates, theater consultant; and Pentagram, graphics, signage, and wayfinding. Safdie performed casino design wth The Rockwell Group. He also selected James Carpenter, Antony Gormley, Ned Kahn, Sol LeWitt, and Chongbin Zheng to create large-scale, site-specific public art.

The SkyPark, hotel, retail, convention center, and entertainment venues are scheduled to open to the public on June 23, with the public opening of the Museum of ArtScience and the theaters slated to open in fall 2010.

Edmonton · 2010.0614
Construction continues on the new EPCOR Tower in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Part of the 2.5 million-square-foot (230,000-square-meter) Station Lands development, the 28-story building was designed by Vancouver-based Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. The facade features extensive aluminum and blue-gray glass. The tower will provide 624,000 square feet (58,000 square meters) of rentable space upon completion, scheduled for fall 2011. Ledcor Construction is providing construction management services. The construction value is CAN$200 million, not including interior tenant work. The first phase of Station Lands, developed by Qualico, is targeted for LEED Silver certification.

Xinjin County · 2010.0609
New York City firm WXY architecture + urban design (formerly known as Weisz + Yoes Architecture) and the New York City office of structural engineering firm Weidlinger Associates Inc. have revealed their winning design for the Nanhe River Landscape Bridge in Xinjin County, China, for the Chengdu Xinjin Urban & Rural Development Investment Company Limited (URDI). The design consists of two red ribbons intertwined into a helix and held up by five multi-limbed supports.

Los Angeles · 2010.0602
At the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Los Angeles, California, construction is underway on an expansion and redesign of the museum's North Campus, which dates to the 1920s. CO Architects of Los Angeles designed the $30 million project, which includes a redesigned front facade with entry bridge, pedestrian-friendly terraces and communal areas, a new two-level parking garage, and a major landscape program encompassing 3.5 acres (1.4 hectares). The outdoor garden spaces are being created in collaboration with landscape architect Mia Lehrer + Associates of Los Angeles. The project team also includes project manager Cordell Corporation, electrical engineer IBE Consulting Engineers, structural engineer John A. Martin & Associates, and civil engineer Psomas.

The recently completed renovation and seismic upgrade of the museum's Beaux Arts 1913 building earned CO Architects a Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation and a Los Angeles Architectural Award for Preservation from the Los Angeles Business Council.

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