The most critical phase in the construction of the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre in Kazhakstan was successfully completed yesterday with the erection of its 150 metre-high tripod mast. The 2,000 tonne structure was lifted into place by four cranes in a process that took two weeks.
[SOURCE: Foster + Partners]
St. Petersburg Times reports
“The future home of the Salvador Dali Museum is a blank canvas, a smooth greensward adjacent to the Mahaffey Theater on the downtown waterfront.
The design by Tampa-based architect Yann Weymouth of the international firm HOK has to serve two practical imperatives: display the collection, the most comprehensive in the world, to best advantage; and protect it from the ravages of a possible storm, up to a Category 5 hurricane, with 18-inch concrete walls.”
[SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times – Groundbreaking today on new Salvador Dali Museum]
In a period when the tallest buildlings are going up such as the Shanghai Tower and Burj Dubai it is comforting to see a city that has the initiative to protect its character and urban fabric.
Hangzhou is requiring that buildings that surround the beautiful West Lake should be made less than 24 metres(78.7ft). The Shangri-La hotel on the edge of the Lake will be made to reduce its building.
read more @ the SOURCE: The Guardian – Chinese city to trim tall buildings
“AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Dec 11, 2008 – Beginning in June 2009, a major new European cultural destination, the greatly expanded Hermitage Amsterdam, will welcome visitors to its elegantly restored 17th-century building in the historic heart of Amsterdam. Renovated at a cost of some 40 million Euros (approximately $50 million), the building has been redesigned as a series of light-filled galleries by Dutch architects Hans van Heeswijk and Merkx + Girod.”
[SOURCE: MarketWatch – A New Cultural Center for Europe, Hermitage Amsterdam, to Open in June 2009]
Interior Design reports with a great image gallery
“Seasonal decorations abound in Manhattan, but those with an architectural or interior twist are a special holiday treat for the New York design community. The Upper East Side’s flagship Calvin Klein Collection store on Madison Avenue and 60th St recently unveiled their annual holiday window display with an ultra-modern dollhouse as the central focus. “Madison Avenue (Doll)House” is a collaborative effort conceived by Dale Rozmiarek, senior vice president of creative services for Calvin Klein, Inc., designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX Architecture PC, structurally engineered by Magnusson Klemencic Associates and fabricated by Situ Studio.”
[SOURCE: Interior Design – Calvin Klein Collaborates with REX Architecture for New York Holiday Display]