BIG’s first professional sports stadium for Austin

BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group have designed and now released renderings of a very unorthodox sports arena in Austin: the East Austin District, which bills itself as “Austin’s first pro-sports stadium” will actually also host office space, convention space, retail volumes, a medical facility, and a museum arena. For this reason, it was designed by our friends at BIG as many interlocking stadiums; mass square footage: 1.3M SqFt. The main stadium will feature 40,K seats and is designed for soccer and rugby; it is connected to a 15,K-seat multipurpose arena. The connected spaces will be covered by a latticed rooftop with a checkerboard pattern, which is also photovoltaic, hence it will allow the complex to be self-sufficient; hopes are that it will eventually be able to export electricity to the rest of eastern Austin.

Pei Cobb Freed’s Undulant Public Hub in Copenhagen, DK

Tivoli Hjørnet, designed by our friends at Pei Cobb Freed, spans 350′ across the Bernstorffsgade in Copenhagen, Denmark, offering the city’s urban core an array of amenities, and featuring an undulant form which quotes the historic fortification walls and moats of the adjacent historic Danish pleasure garden, Tivoli Gardens. The structure covers 91, K SqFt and houses retail, restaurants, a 22-key hotel, a rooftop terrace and a food hall with 16 dining concepts. Its glass exterior on one side captures kaleidoscopic changing light while providing insulation and solar shading; on another, facing its garden, terracotta cladding referencing Copenhagen’s traditional clay-based masonry and shipbuilding heritage.

Gachot Studios’ Shinola Hotel in Downtown Detroit

Our friends at Gachot Studios, in collaboration with local firm Kraemer Design Group, have, 11 months since, broken ground on the Shinola Hotel for Downtown Detroit, which will be created within two existing buildings and additional new infill buildings along Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit. The hotel makes up 130 rooms and retail volumes at grade. The new infill buildings will connect the existing structures and extend their footprints. When completed the interlocked buildings will be characterized by a variegated material- and color-palette which the designers hope will better match the fabric of the surrounding city. Shinola initially began as a watch company and now produces leather goods, bicycles, and audio equipment. (The retail space of the new hotel will not include a Shinola outpost.)

HOK’s LEED Platinum certified stadium for the Atlanta Falcons

The ostensibly spaceship and doughnut influenced-design of HOK‘s Mercedes-Benz Stadium (for the Atlanta Falcons) has proved one of the most striking to be unveiled this year, and it is now LEED Platinum certified. Which makes it the first professional sports stadium in the world with this certification. While most notable for its general appearance and enormous sunroof, our friends at HOK and Buro Happold Engineering outfitted the complex with a bevy of sustainability functions: 4,000 photovoltaic produce enough solar electricity to power nine games; water-saving fixtures allow the stadium to use 47% less water than a structure of comparable size; the stadium will also feature a 13-acre green space and electrical vehicle charging stations.

CannonDesign’s Jacobs Medical Center

The Jacobs Medical Center is a community access point to cutting-edge cancer, stem cell and surgical therapies; doctors, scientists, nurses and engineers all collaborated with our friends at CannonDesign to create a medical center that placed patient care first. It is regarded as a translational medical center because it combines treatment with research and education in a manner which lends to the facilities a dual purpose, but also a synergy that allows it excel greater at each of those purposes. One way this is accomplished is through an aesthetic continuity in the typologies of patient care and research facilities’ exteriors and interiors; maximizing the use of natural light, and bringing patient environments closer to nature with extensive ground flood facilities and landscaping.

Ground is Broken on Mexico City’s Tallest Residential Tower (Bora Residential Tower by Zaha Hadid Architects)

Construction has begun on a tower in Mexico City’s Santa Fe district, characterized by its tapered form, and the fact that it will be the city’s tallest residential building (50-storeys). Last week, our friends at Zaha Hadid Architects broke ground on the Bora Residential Tower, which, when completed, will be the city’s tallest residential building, standing more than 50 storeys. Commissioned in 2015 by Nemesis Capital, the Bora Residential Tower was one Zaha Hadid’s last projects before her death last year. The tower is actually comprised of six smaller towers, bundled around a core; and, at its base, it flares outward in a series of circuitous canopies, beneath which are amenities, restaurants, and retail volumes. The canopies are aesthetically pleasing and also provide the structure with lateral stability (a crucial feature in the event of an earthquake and a brilliant melding of form and function).

One Willoughby Square, FXFOWLE’s 500-foot office tower in Downtown Brooklyn

FXFOWLE have released renderings for their 495′ office tower at One Willoughby Square (Downtown Brooklyn). JEMB Realty, developers of the project have finalized a deal with the city for the 3,132 SqFt lots. Originally their plans were to construct a 65-storey/700′ condo (with the help of our friends at KPF), but in order to gain air rights from NYCEDC they had to settle for an office complex by our friends at FXFOWLE. Says Dan Kaplan, FXFOWLE partner, the tower will be rooted in what he thinks are the “most classical New York-type buildings.” However, notably, the building will not have a glass curtain facade, and office floor plans with be open with few columns and obstructions. The building will also house a 300-seat school, as well as several “super-floors” which will feature 18′ ceilings, terraces, and loggias.

OMA Redesigns Rijnstraat 8 (The Hague)

The Rijnstraat 8 is a transformed government office building in The Hague. Our friends at OMA‘s rejigging of the nearly 1M SqFt structure marks the first large-scale implementation of an initiative of the government of the Netherlands to consolidate and reduce the overall biofootprint of office space. Unsurprisingly, the Rijnstraat 8 is home to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, among others. Led by OMA partner Ellen van Loon, the design is based around flexible and minimal spaces: a gigantic walkway spans the entire building connecting an array of offices with open plans. It also incorporates a variety of sustainability measures, including triple-glazing, solar panels, LED’s, and heat and cold storage; and, while 20% of the original structure was demolished, 100% was repurposed by OMA for the project.