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10 August 2011
Architecture People and Places

RTKL in Zhangjiagang, ChinaLeo A Daly in Boca Raton, FloridaWoods Bagot in Bendigo, AustraliaAtelier Bow-Wow with Fiedler Marciano Architecture in New York, New YorkBöge Lindner K2 Architekten in Hamburg, GermanyZGF Architects in Portland, Oregon  

RTKL has revealed its winning design for the Zhangjiagang Twin Towers in Zhangjiagang, China. Image: © RTKL Extra Large Image

Zhangjiagang · 2011.0804
International architecture firm RTKL has revealed its winning design for the Zhangjiagang Twin Towers in Zhangjiagang, China. RTKL's competition entry included architectural design for the first phase of the project, which encompasses twin towers 268 meters (879 feet) and 188 meters (617 feet) tall, respectively, connected by an elliptical atrium, along with a master plan for the second phase of the project, which covers four retail and 16 residential buildings. The taller building will contain a hotel and serviced apartments. The atrium will provide social gathering space, and is also part of a multilevel, 60,000-square-meter (650,000-square-foot) retail, dining, and entertainment center.

Set to open by the end of 2015, the development is part of a larger urban planning effort to shift the center of the city to Ren Min road. The developer is Jiangsu Shagang Group Hongrun Real Estate Development, a subsidiary of a major steel conglomerate in China's Jiangsu Province.


An engineering and computer science building on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University has received LEED Platinum certification. Photo: Stuart Gobey/ Island Studios Photography Extra Large Image

Boca Raton · 2011.0808
On the Boca Raton, Florida, campus of Florida Atlantic University, the College of Engineering & Computer Science Building has received LEED Platinum certification under LEED-NC v2.2. The building was designed by STH Architectural Group (Schwab, Twitty & Hanser) of West Palm Beach, which was acquired in 2009 by international multidisciplinary firm Leo A Daly, based in Omaha, Nebraska. The Orlando office of Green Building Services provided LEED consulting.

The new five-story, 97,000-square-foot (9,000-square-meter) facility houses the university's computer science, electrical, and computer engineering programs, and contains electrical instrumentation labs, computer build/ circuitry labs, 5G technologies and specialized research labs. Energy usage is estimated to be almost 35 percent lower than an ASHRAE benchmark building, thanks to features and strategies such as chilled-beam technology, ground-source heating and cooling, daylighting in 90 percent of occupied rooms, shading of the building's exterior, and a solar hot-water system. Other sustainable elements include water-conserving plumbing fixtures and local building materials. More than 80 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.


Woods Bagot has revealed its design for an addition to the Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo, Australia. Image: Woods Bagot Extra Large Image

Bendigo · 2011.0803
Sydney-based international architecture firm Woods Bagot has revealed its design for an expansion of the Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo, Australia. The three-level addition will add approximately 1,500 square meters (16,000 square feet) to the existing 2,150-square-meter (23,100-square-foot) museum, which opened in 1991. The new structure will include space for permanent and temporary exhibits, a restaurant, a gift shop, function space, and internal courtyard gardens. It will feature a metallic skin and lightly ornamented appearance that references the patterning of the Chinese Wheel of Life. The new design also reflects the museum's role as a hub for local Chinese cultural activity.


The BMW Guggenheim Lab has launched its international tour in Manhattan with a temporary structure designed by Atelier Bow-Wow. Photo: Paul Warchol Extra Large Image

New York · 2011.0803
The BMW Guggenheim Lab, a global initiative of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and BMW Group, has launched its international tour in New York City. Over the next six years, the lab will travel around the world offering free multidisciplinary programs and a public forum for the open exchange of ideas related to urban life. The project is divided into three successive two-year cycles, each with its own theme and its own specially designed mobile lab structure that will travel to three cities.

The first cycle starts in New York (August 3 to October 16, 2011), and will then proceed to Berlin, Germany, and Mumbai, India. The theme is "Confronting Comfort." Among the multitude of programs planned for the lab's New York stint is Urbanology, a large-scale interactive group game.

Atelier Bow-Wow of Tokyo, Japan, designed the structure for the first cycle, with Fiedler Marciano Architecture of New York City as architect of record. A compact two-story box, the 2,200-square-foot (200-square-mter) structure was designed to transport easily and fit into dense neighborhoods. It is currently nestled between two buildings at First Park, in Manhattan's East Village. The innovative structural framework is composed of carbon fiber, an extremely strong, lightweight material. The lower level of the structure is an open space that can be configured to meet the needs of particular programs. The upper level, the "toolbox" portion of the structure, is loosely wrapped in two layers of semitransparent mesh, which creates a moirÈ effect resulting in constantly shifting patterns on the facade. A series of smaller single-story wooden structures nearby provide space for a 42-seat cafe and restroom in an landscaped outdoor public space.


The 25hours Hotel HafenCity, designed by Böge Lindner K2 Architekten, has opened in Hamburg, Germany. Pictured: the hotel restaurant, Heimat Küche + Bar. Image: Courtesy Design Hotels Extra Large Image

Hamburg · 2011.0701
The 25hours Hotel HafenCity has opened in Hamburg, Germany, in the HafenCity quarter, a harbor area on the river Elbe currently undergoing extensive redevelopment. The hotel contains 170 suites along with a rooftop sauna, restaurant, bar, gallery, newsstand, music listening room, business center, and unconventional meeting spaces, such as one housed in a repurposed shipping container. Böge Lindner K2 Architekten of Hamburg designed the six-story hotel, along with the mixed-use, brick-clad "Virginia" block of which the hotel is a part, and which also includes apartments and retail space.

The 25hours hotel group's concept for the hotel was inspired by the fictional sailor Kuttel Daddeldu from the poems of Joachim Ringelnatz (the pen name of German writer Hans Bötticher). Storyteller Markus Stoll visited a sailor's club in Hamburg dozens of times to collect real stories from sailors of different backgrounds and nationalities. He adapted the firsthand accounts into semifictional stories that are now manifested in the "ship logbooks" and artwork in the guest rooms.

The Hamburg-based team of multidisciplinary design firm Stephen William Associates and creative agency Eventlabs designed the semi-industrial interiors, which include exposed concrete, wide wooden floorboards, old shipping crates, and brightly colored accents. The guest rooms feature elements alluding to ships' cabins, such as rope-ladder bookshelves and minibars that look like travel trunks.


In Portland, Oregon, the Port of Portland's new headquarters building, designed by ZGF, has received LEED Platinum certification. Photo: Port of Portland Extra Large Image

Portland · 2011.0614
At Portland (Oregon) International Airport, the Port of Portland's new headquarters building has received LEED Platinum certification under LEED-NC v2.2. Portland-based ZGF Architects LLP designed the new 205,000-square-foot (19,000-square-meter) building, which consists of three floors of office space atop seven floors of public long-term airport parking. The north facade features a curving lapped-glass curtain wall.

The building was designed to use 75 percent less water and 36 percent less energy than a standard building of the same size. The lobby contains a Living Machine® system, which looks like a planter but provides onsite ecological wastewater treatment of 100 percent of the building's wastewater for reuse in the building's toilets and cooling tower. Underneath the building, more than 200 pipes provide ground-source heating and cooling in a closed-loop system, serving the passive radiant ceiling panel heating and cooling inside. Other sustainable design features include daylighting, outdoor views, fixed exterior shading, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, bicycle storage and locker rooms, low- and no-VOC finishes, and 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of green roof.

Reclaimed old-growth fir from previously dismantled Port warehouses was reused in the building entry lobby, and cobblestones installed in the entry plaza once served as ballast in ships. Much of the office furniture from the Port's former downtown building was refinished and reused in the new headquarters.

The building allowed the Port to consolidate most of its workforce of about 450 employees. The office environment is primarily open-plan, with collaboration spaces for informal meetings.

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