Construction of the China Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters in Beijing, China, has been completed. The iconic, angular loop-shaped building was designed by OMA to house CCTV's consolidated studios, offices, and broadcasting and production facilities. The building is slated for occupancy later this year.
Reaching 234 meters (768 feet) high and approximately 473,000 square meters (5.1 million square feet) in area, the building consists of two slanted towers rising from a common platform, joined at the top by a cantilevered, L-shaped horizontal section. The structural forces at work on the building are depicted on its facade as a web of diagonal lines that become denser over areas where the building frame experiences greater stress.
Construction of the project began in 2004. OMA's design team of over 100 architects was led by Rem Koolhaas, former partner Ole Scheeren (until 2010), partner David Gianotten, and project manager Dongmei Yao, in close collaboration with partners Shohei Shigematsu, Ellen van Loon, and Victor van der Chijs.
A group of four Passive House townhouses has been completed in Malmö, Sweden. Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture of Gothenburg and builder Höllviksnäs Förvaltnings AB won an open competition organized by the City of Malmö to design the project for the last vacant site in the Bo01 housing exhibition area, in the western harbor.
Two of the units occupy the east end of the site, while the other two stand along the south side. The L-shaped area between the two pairs contains garden and parking space. To give each house its own character, the architects used different types and colors of cladding materials, such as plaster, fiber cement board, and wood. All units feature exterior venetian blinds to allow solar gain from winter sun while blocking summer sun.
As per the Passive House standard, the homes are extremely energy-efficient. Annual energy usage for heating and hot water in each unit is projected to be about 41 to 45 kilowatt hours per square meter (3.8 to 4.2 kWh per square foot). The roofs, exterior walls, and foundations are all about 50 to 60 centimeters (20 to 24 inches) thick, with U-values around 0.08. The windows have a U-value around 0.085. The ventilation system recovers about 82 percent of heat energy contained in outgoing air with an air-to-air heat exchanger.
The development also features energy-efficient appliances, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, FSC-certified wood, vegetated exterior walls and roofs, and solar thermal systems that meet about 40 percent of annual domestic hot water needs.
New York · 2012.0510
Carl Galioto, FAIA, managing principal of the New York City office of HOK, has been elected to the firm's global executive committee. Galioto joined the firm in 2009. With more than 30 years of management and project delivery experience, he serves on HOK's board of directors, chairs the firm's project delivery board, and leads the firm's buildingSMART virtual design and construction initiative. Galioto will continue to oversee the day-to-day management of the New York office.
Nancy Hamilton, S.E., P.E., has joined HOK as director of engineering services. Based in the firm's Chicago, Illinois, office, Hamilton leads the firmwide mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural engineering group. Her experience includes 24 years in leadership roles at Arup. She has been the building engineering leader and lead structural engineer on dozens of complex, high-profile projects.
The steel sculpture Rising by artist Zhang Huan has been installed at the Living Shangri-La development in Toronto, Ontario. Photo: Photography by Rodrigo Extra Large Image
Toronto · 2012.0505
A new permanent public sculpture has been unveiled in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Entitled Rising, the polished stainless-steel sculpture was designed by artist Zhang Huan of Shanghai, China. Working in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario, developers Westbank and the Peterson Group commissioned the site-specific work for installation at Living Shangri-La, a 66-story hotel and multifamily residential development of theirs, designed by James K.M. Cheng Architects.
The sculpture measures about 22 by 20 by five meters (72 by 66 by 16 feet). It was disassembled in China, shipped by sea to Vancouver, transported by wide-body truck to Toronto, and then reassembled and polished by Summit Metal Inc.
New York · 2012.0504
Thomas Wong, AIA, and Guy Maxwell, AIA, LEED AP, have become partners in Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership Architects) of New York City. They join nine existing partners as leaders of the 170-person studio.
Wong joined Ennead in 1993. His projects include the New York City Center renovation; Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center at the Wall, NYU Langone Medical Center Master Plan and Kimmel Pavilion; Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall; and Yale University Art Gallery renovation and expansion.
Maxwell joined Ennead in 1994. His projects include the Department of Homeless Services, Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH); Fire Department of New York Rescue Company 3; New York Hall of Science Great Hall interior and terrace restoration; Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine Crypt Arts Center and North Transept renovation; and Vassar College science project.
El Paso Children's Hospital has opened in El Paso, Texas. The 225,000-square-foot (20,900-square-meter) facility was designed by KMD Architects, based in San Francisco, California. The hospital features a 22-bed pediatric intensive care floor, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a 24 bed-hematology/ oncology unit, a 26-bed general pediatric unit, and a full-floor shell for future growth. The pediatric emergency room shares a trauma center with its adult counterpart.
Designed to meet the needs of children and families and to capture the geographical and cultural essence of El Paso, the facility includes an interactive, enchanted-forest-themed play area and a lobby intended to recall a small-town marketplace, or mercado.
El Paso native Jim Diaz served as project principal for KMD. The project team also included Moore Nordell Kroeger Architects of El Paso, associate architect; CAMA, Inc., of New Haven, Connecticut, interior designer; the Houston office of Jones Lang LaSalle, project manager; and Robins & Morton of Birmingham, Alabama, general contractor.
On the University of California, San Diego campus in La Jolla, California, a new medical office building has opened its doors to staff. Designed as a gateway building to UCSD's La Jolla healthcare facilities, the $25 million, 75,000-square-foot (7,000-square-meter) East Campus Office Building contains office and meeting spaces on all three levels, with exam rooms and a cafe on the main floor. The building's first floor houses the Clinical and Translational Research Institute.
LEED certification is currently pending, with a LEED Silver certification targeted. Construction firm C.W. Driver led the design-build team, which included Gensler as architect and Miyamoto International as structural engineer.
A new visitor center has opened at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York. Designed by Weiss/ Manfredi of New York City, the 20,000-square-foot (1,900-square-meter) building replaces a modest gate as the Washington Avenue entry to the 52-acre (21-hectare) garden.
The LEED Gold-targeting building is a sinuous glass structure composed of two linked forms. The curved glass walls offer a sequence of veiled views into the garden, with fritted glass to reduce heat gain and deter bird strikes.
In contrast, the building's north side is built into an existing berm, increasing thermal efficiency. Other green design features include a ground-source heating and cooling system and a series of rain gardens for stormwater management.
A leaf-shaped living roof measuring 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) hosts over 40,000 plants, including grasses, spring bulbs, and perennial wildflowers, while the Washington Avenue side of the building features a pleated copper roof that echoes the garden's landmarked 1917 Administration Building by McKim, Mead & White.
Nearly 60,000 plants were installed around the visitor center. The landscape architect was HM White Site Architects and the exhibit designer was Thinc Design.