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15 June 2011
Architecture People and Places

Fletcher Priest Architects and Sauerbruch Hutton in London, England, United KingdomHolzman Moss Bottino Architecture in Wylie, TexashanrahanMeyers architects in Claverack, New YorkKasian in Surrey, CanadaK/R Architects in Murcia, Spain  

Planning consent has been received for the 60 Ludgate Hill/ 30 Old Bailey development in central London, designed by Fletcher Priest Architects and Sauerbruch Hutton. Image: GMJ and Fletcher Priest Architects Extra Large Image

London · 2011.0603
Planning consent has been received for a new development in central London, England, United Kingdom, designed by London-based Fletcher Priest Architects and Sauerbruch Hutton of Berlin, Germany. Fletcher Priest's master plan for the large site on Ludgate Hill, the city's ceremonial route to St. Paul's Cathedral, stretching back along the Old Bailey to the Central Criminal Court, will include 34,850 square meters (375,100 square feet) of new offices and retail space. The buildings at 60 Ludgate Hill and 30 Old Bailey will replace two existing buildings dating to the 1960s, and together will transform the streetscape around a new public space. Polychromatic glazed frontages to the new piazzetta will also highlight an original and distinctive terra cotta facade on Old Bailey.

For 60 Ludgate Hill, Fletcher Priest seeks to celebrate the complex historic fabric around the cathedral precinct. With full-height windows within a deeply profiled masonry frame, the building will feature strategic views of the dome of St. Paul's. Designed by Sauerbruch Hutton, 30 Old Bailey will use responsive polychromatic glass fins to reflect and express the colors, forms, and energies of the contemporary city. The client is Land Securities.


In Wylie, Texas, the new municipal complex designed by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture with Architexas is scheduled to open officially on June 18. (Pictured: city hall lobby.) Photo: Craig Blackmon, AIA/ Courtesy HMBA Extra Large Image

Wylie · 2011.0615
The new municipal complex for the city of Wylie, Texas (population 35,400) is scheduled to open officially on June 18, 2011. Designed by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture of New York City, with Dallas-based Architexas, the complex includes a 45,000-square-foot (4,200-square-meter) city hall; a two-story, 48,500-square-foot (4,510-square-meter) recreation center; and a single-story, 43,500-square-foot (4,040-square-meter) library.

Two outdoor entry courtyards provide direct pedestrian access, and each building component is accented by distinct geometric volumes clad in iridescent metal tiles. Capped with distinctive sawtooth roofs, the city council chambers and the library reading room's circular-plan space are accessed from either ends of the pathway.

Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification and to last over 100 years, the building includes a variety of sustainable features and strategies, such as east-west orientation, a continuous north-facing clerestory, a roof overhang on the south side that extends up to 40 feet (12 meters), a rainwater collection system for plumbing and irrigation, and reclaimed building materials.

Native Texas materials include Permian Sea Coral limestone, custom-shaped D'Hanis clay bricks, and mesquite end-grain flooring. West Texas limestone serves as both structure and finish in a long load-bearing wall.


Construction continues on the Won Dharma Center in Claverack, New York, designed by hanrahanMeyers architects. Photo: hanrahanMeyers architects LLP Extra Large Image

Claverack · 2011.0610
Construction continues on the Won Dharma Center in Claverack, New York. HanrahanMeyers architects of New York City designed the 28,000-square-foot (2,600-square-meter) recreational and spiritual retreat for client Won Buddhism of America, Inc. The center is located on a 500-acre (200-hectare) property on a gently sloping hill. Sited as far as possible from the highway, the buildings are oriented toward the west and south to maximize views and daylight, and are also organized around the dual concepts of spiral and void.

The 3,000-square-foot (20-square-meter) meditation hall is conceived as a simple rectangular void and a lightweight frame to the natural surroundings. Its wooden structure is exposed on three sides to form entrance and viewing porches, while the interior offers views of the Catskill Mountains from the meditation space itself.

Also constructed completely of wood, the four other buildings at the center include the administrative and dining spaces and all of the residential spaces for both guests and permanent residents. These building designs draw upon grass-roofed Korean village structures, loosely clustered and organized internally around a single central void. The roof shapes transform in section around a spiral organization, from a simple slope in section to a complex triangulated geometry at the entrance porches. The courtyard also facilitates passive cooling.

The project is scheduled for completion in August 2011.


In Surrey, British Columbia, the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre, designed by Kasian, has opened. Photo: Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. Extra Large Image

Surrey · 2011.0606
The Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, has opened to the public. The standalone facility provides 178,850 square feet (16,620 square meters) of clinical space, and contains over 100 exam and treatment rooms, ten procedural rooms, and six operating rooms. Its modular design will facilitate future expansion.

Located in the ancient Green Timbers Forest, the facility is a public-private partnership between Fraser Health and BC Healthcare Solutions (BCHS). As part of the BCHS consortium, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd was retained to complete the design for the facility, with specific responsibility for the base building construction, medical planning, fixturing, and coordination of medical equipment installation.

In compliance with the BC Ministry of Health mandate for new greenfield healthcare facilities, the building is designed to meet LEED Gold certification standards. Sustainable features include recycled-content and regionally manufactured materials.

Kasian principal Wojciech Brus was the project architect.


K/R Architects recently revealed its master plan for Parque de Levante in Murcia, Spain. Image: VUW Extra Large Image

Murcia · 2011.0428
K/R Architects of New York City and Miami, Florida, has revealed its design for the 100-acre (40-hectare) Parque de Levante in Murcia, Spain. The park occupies a parcel of land along the Segura River, within walking distance of the city's historic center. The master plan envisions the site as a sustainable open-air museum devoted to land-based art installations, with a 485,000-square-feet (45,100-square-meter) campus for a new Museum of Art, Design and the Environment.

The master plan interweaves diverse landscape elements with civic amenities throughout the site, including a 1.2-mile- (1.9-kilometer-) long shaded promenade, which will connect the eastern and western portions of the site via a land bridge across an existing roadway. The master plan also includes proposals for a center for food and agriculture, an event place to host large- scale gatherings, and the restoration of the Segura riverbanks.

Of K/R's founding partners, John Keenen is serving as lead designer and Terence Riley is developing the architectural program for the museum. The design of the museum campus and buildings will be determined by an architectural competition planned for later in 2011.

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