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14 December 2011
Architecture People and Places

Perkins + Will in Chicago, IllinoisUNStudio with Ong&Ong in Singapore, SingaporeGensler in Santa Ana, CaliforniaBDP with EPIG in Izmir, Turkey10 Design in Pingtan Island, China...  

Rush University Medical Center of Chicago has dedicated a new hospital tower designed by Perkins + Will. The bulding opens to patients on January 9, 2012. Photo: Courtesy Perkins + Will Extra Large Image

Chicago · 2011.1208

Rush University Medical Center of Chicago, Illinois, has dedicated a new hospital building designed by Perkins + Will. With input from doctors and nurses, and patients and their families, the architects developed a butterfly-shaped floor plan for the 14-story, $654 million new building, called the Tower.

The ground floor will house the McCormick Foundation Center for Advanced Emergency Response, with 60 treatment bays and a surge capacity of 133 percent, designed to accommodate large-scale health emergencies. The tower's third floor houses an imaging center, and the three consecutive floors above that are devoted to the interventional platform, which also extends into the adjacent building. Containing 42 procedure rooms with enlarged operating rooms, this area locates diagnostic testing, surgical and interventional services, and recovery within a short distance of each other.

The top floor of the building base houses women's services and neonatal intensive care, and the building's top five floors comprise the Herb Family Acute and Critical Care Tower, which contains 304 beds.

Rush is seeking LEED certification for the new building, targeting a LEED Gold rating. The Tower will connect to Rush's existing main hospital building, the Atrium, via the Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion, a three-story reception area with circular skylights and a giant four-season terrarium. The Atrium building will be renovated following the January 9, 2012, opening of the new building.

The construction manager is Power/Jacobs Joint Venture. The building is the major component of Rush's ten-year, $1 billion campus redevelopment project.


UNStudio has revealed its design for The Scotts Tower, a high-end residential building in Singapore. The executive architect is Ong&Ong. Image: rendertaxi/ ©© UNStudio Extra Large Image

Singapore · 2011.1207

Architecture firm UNStudio of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Shanghai, China, has revealed its design for The Scotts Tower, a high-end residential building in Singapore. The 31-story, 18,500-square-meter (199,000-square-foot) tower will contain 231 apartments, along with gardens and other amenities.

As designed, the tower is organized vertically into four different residential "neighborhoods." The largest of these contains the City Loft residences (128 one-bedroom lofts) on the lower sixteen residential floors of the tower. Moving generally up the tower, the other three unit types are City View (80 two-bedroom apartments), Park View (20 three-bedroom units), and Sky Park (three four-bedroom penthouses).

The nearby green area west of the tower will be extended into the site by means of a ground-level landscape concept, designed by Sitetectonix of Singapore to accommodate a variety of recreational facilities. Continuing the gardens vertically into the tower, a "sky lobby" terrace will be located on levels 1 and 2. A second terrace, the "sky garden," will be installed at level 25, offering panoramic views and facilities for outdoor social events, such as jacuzzis, a swimming pool, and a dining deck.

The executive architect is Ong&Ong of Singapore. The project team also includes Singapore firms KTP Consultants, structural engineer; United Project Consultants, mechanical engineer; and Creative Mind Design, interior designer for the residential units.


At John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, the new Terminal C by Gensler recently opened. Photo: Courtesy John Wayne Airport Extra Large Image

Santa Ana · 2011.1206

In Santa Ana, California, John Wayne Airport recently opened its new Terminal C to passengers. Designed by international multidisciplinary firm Gensler, which has an office in nearby Newport Beach, the $211.5 million project included adding a three-level, 282,000-square-foot (26,2000-square-meter) terminal building at the Thomas F. Riley Terminal, as well as upgrading and renovating the existing Terminals A and B.

The design of Terminal C draws heavily on the distinctive features of the existing Riley Terminal. The building's exterior skin incorporates masonry, plaster, and stone, along with glass and metal panels. The interior features barrel-vaulted ceilings resembling a fuselage; an abundance of windows and skylights; a soft, neutral color palette; and a natural marble limestone, Jura stone. Sustainable elements include an LED lighting system.

The new terminal contains a total of six commercial passenger gates, including two connecting to customs facilities to enable international flights. Additional airport features include 23,000 square feet (2,100 square meters) of concession space, and a Common Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS), a universal check-in system for printing boarding passes and checking bags at kiosks. A large-scale three-dimensional sculpture, Flight of Ideas, is installed above the baggage carousels.

The Newport Beach office of McCarthy Building Companies served as general contractor. The project team also included Parsons of Pasadena as program manager; Arcadis/ Pinnacle One of Irvine as construction manager; Jacobs of Santa Ana as civil and MEP engineer; and IDS Group, Inc. of Irvine as structural engineer.


BDP has revealed its master plan and concept design for the Vaha Project, a large mixed-use development on the outskirts of Izmir, Turkey. The local architect is EPIG. Image: Courtesy BDP Extra Large Image

Izmir · 2011.1129

UK-based multidisciplinary firm BDP has revealed its master plan and concept design for the Vaha Project, a large mixed-use development planned for the outskirts of Izmir, Turkey. The development will comprise 175,000 square meters (1.9 million square feet) of retail, leisure, education, social, and religious buildings, intended to serve both the local community and the wider Izmir region.

The narrow and highly visible site lies at the foot of surrounding hills and has several streams running through it. The development layout creates a series of island destinations linked by active bridges and landscaped routes. A central outdoor space will be overlooked by cafes and restaurants. An amusement park, being designed by BDP with California-based consultant Utopia Entertainment, will serve as a further anchor on the eastern side.

BDP is working with local architect EPIG on this project for Turkish developer Megapol.


10 Design recently revealed its competition-winning master plan for a central business district, including a new mixed-use venue, on China's Pingtan Island. Image: Courtesy IO Design Extra Large Image

Pingtan Island · 2011.1122

Architecture firm 10 Design, based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, China, recently revealed its competition-winning design for a central business district on China's Pingtan Island, in the Taiwan Strait. The 93-hectare (230-acre) master plan is intended to make the island into a hub to drive communication and commercial trade between China and Taiwan.

The competition also included the design of the Cross Straits Forum, a new venue that is slated to include theater, convention, and exhibition facilities, and auxiliary commercial and cultural facilities. The venue will be the first phase of development for the master plan, which also includes the creation of a lake, to be fed by runoff.

Service traffic, roads, and trams will be integrated into a series of terraced landscape levels to minimize impact of car traffic on pedestrian circulation routes, and to create free access from the central axial park canal through the lake towards the waterfront, through a series of canals lined by shops and restaurants.

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