Finalists announced in RIBA terrace contest – Architects Journal

Dan Pearson, Glowacka Rennie Architects, Burd Haward Architects and designers Studio Weave and Millimetre have been short listed for RIBA terrace contest

SOURCE: Architects Journal – Finalists announced in RIBA terrace contest.

Groundbreaking today on new Salvador Dali Museum – St. Petersburg Times

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 TimesGroundbreaking today on new Salvador Dali Museum]

Hangzhou Shangri-la to get shorter

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

West-side ‘superblock’ plans unveiled – baltimoresun.com

Balitmore Sun reports

“One plan for the long-delayed revitalization of the “superblock,” a crucial piece of Baltimore’s west-side renewal effort, got its first airing before a city design panel today showing a 28-story, T-shaped apartment tower, a 120-room boutique hotel with a restaurant and small and medium size stores.”

[SOURCE: baltimoresun.comWest-side ‘superblock’ plans unveiled]

A New Cultural Center for Europe, Hermitage Amsterdam, to Open in June 2009 – MarketWatch

“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]

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