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07 March 2012
Architecture People and Places Two

Sam Tisdall Architects in London, England, UKSantiago Calatrava in Dallas, TexasORMS in Uppingham, England, UKMoritz Theden in Marrakech, Morocco | Fletcher Priest Architects in London, England, UKADAM Architecture in London, England, UKgmp with J.B. Ferrari in Lausanne, SwitzerlandNieto Sobejano Arquitectos in Zhengzhou, ChinaReardonSmith Architects in Tivat, Montenegro...


Construction has begun on a new office building in London designed by Fletcher Priest Architects. Image: Fletcher Priest Architects Extra Large Image

London · 2012.0220

Construction has begun on a new 16-story office building in London, England, UK. Located at 6 Bevis Marks, next to 30 St. Mary Axe, the new project was designed by London-based Fletcher Priest Architects for AXA Real Estate, MGPA, Eurohypo and Core.

The office building replaces a 1980s building whose colonnade had served to isolate it from the street. Despite being double the floor area of the previous building, the new 21,760-square-meter (234,200-square-foot) development reconnects the site to the neighborhood. The design sets the building back to align with adjacent property, enhances pedestrian routes through and around the site, and creates a public space from what was previously a service area.

An ETFE floating roof structure will create an all-weather, open-air roof garden for the enjoyment of the occupants. Over 930 square meters (10,000 square feet) of roof gardens are designed to give the building a unique character while helping it to fit in with its architecturally distinctive neighbors that overlook the roof.

The new structure is 80 percent more energy-efficient than the building it replaces. It also reuses over half of the original structural mass.


Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos has revealed its competition-winning proposal for the Baisha district master plan in Zhengzhou, China. Image: © Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Extra Large Image

Zhengzhou · 2012.0222

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos of Madrid, Spain, and Berlin, Germany, has revealed its competition-winning proposal for the Baisha district master plan in Zhengzhou, China. The project involves the development of a 42-square-kilometer (16-square-mile) area, planned for a population of 500,000 inhabitants by 2020. The master plan highlights the Jialu River bank as the central core area, incorporating mixed-use high-rise buildings close to islands intended for public cultural uses.  

German architecture firm gmp has revealed its competition-winning design for a sports complex and urban redesign in Lausanne, Switzerland. Image: © gmp Extra Large Image

Lausanne · 2012.0222

Hamburg, Germany-based architecture firm von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) has revealed its competition-winning design for a sports complex and urban redesign in Lausanne, Switzerland, created in association with Jean-Baptiste Ferrari et Associés SA. Construction is scheduled to start in 2016 and be completed in 2019.

As designed, a single circular building combines all functions of the sports complex under one roof. In addition to housing a UEFA soccer stadium for 13,000 spectators and a competition swimming pool, the round structure will also contain a boarding school with special sports facilities, the municipal sports administration, and a 1,220-space parking garage for the city of Lausanne. The building will feature rooftop photovoltaic and solar thermal arrays, a skylit swimming pool, and additional daylighting.

The stadium opens to the south, toward Lake Geneva. Visitors to the nearby lakeside park will be able to access the sports complex via a new landscape bridge.

The urban design for the adjoining areas encompasses residential and commercial units totaling 100,000 square meters (1.1 million square feet) of net floor space. The design creates an urban link between the diverse structure of the neighboring areas, the proposed new residential quarter, and the shores of Lake Geneva. The concourse in front of the swimming complex will serve as the interface between the residential and the public sports and leisure areas. The overall project is the starting point of an extensive urban expansion program for the city of Lausanne.


The neoclassical new Richard Green gallery, designed by ADAM Architecture, has been completed in London. Photo: Morley Von Sternberg Extra Large Image

London · 2012.0213

A new Richard Green gallery has just been completed on New Bond Street in London, England, UK. Designed by George Saumarez Smith, a director at ADAM Architecture of Winchester and London, the purpose-built art gallery replaces two unlisted buildings that formerly stood onsite.

The design of the five-story, 591-square-meter (6,360-square-foot) building follows the typical 18th-century arrangement seen along Bond Street, with a single-story storefront, two principal floors, and an attic. The Portland stone facade of the building is neoclassical, in keeping with the surrounding streetscape, while the interior has been designed to display modern art. The facade integrates The Prophesy of Tiresias, a three-part bas-relief by artist Alexander Stoddart that illustrates scenes from Homer's Odyssey, while the ground floor has bronze-framed windows and doors.

The interior of the building has been designed in collaboration with Phillip Hooper of Colefax and Fowler. The main staircase is constructed as a cantilevered stone stair rising from basement to second floor, connecting the main gallery spaces. At the top of the stairwell is an oval lantern that brings daylight to the back of the building.

Located almost directly opposite Richard Green's flagship gallery, the building is one story taller than its next-door neighbor, Sotheby's. The new gallery officially opened at the end of January and has already received a Georgian Group award for a new building in a Georgian context.


Construction is underway on the Regent Porto Montenegro hotel in Tivat, Montenegro, designed by ReardonSmith Architects. Image: Skyline CG Extra Large Image

Tivat · 2012.0202

Construction is underway on the Regent Porto Montenegro in Tivat, Montenegro. Designed by ReardonSmith Architects of London, England, UK, the high-end hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2014.

Located on the Adriatic Sea's Bay of Kotor, the hotel stands directly on the waterfront, with a large inlet to one side. Its architectural design is inspired by houses on the Adriatic coastline and by the classical manner of grand Italian lakeside palaces. While the hotel's scale and style is imposing alongside its smaller residential and retail neighbors, it shares cladding of Montenegrin stone and render, and roof tiles of terra cotta. The arcade that wraps around the building echoes the arched colonnades typical of the region's architecture.

The 34 large guestrooms and 46 serviced apartments feature balconies and expansive views. Pisano Atelier is performing the interior design.

The building is part of the Porto Montenegro resort development, master planned by ReardonSmith, which is being created on a decommissioned naval base. The construction of the hotel will coincide with the expansion of the marina from 185 to 370 berths and the creation of a new refit and maintenance facility for superyachts, as well as the continuing development of apartments, boutiques, and restaurants.

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