West 8 & ACLA selected for West Kowloon Cultural District Park

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The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority recently announced that a design team led by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (Hong Kong) Ltd, supported by landscape architects, West 8 (Netherlands) and ACLA (Hong Kong), has been chosen to design and manage the development of the Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong), scheduled to open in stages starting from 2015.

The Park will provide a major green open space in the heart of the city and a waterfront promenade which wraps the entire headland, offering spectacular views over Victoria Harbour.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Development of columbaria in the South Communal Cemetery | Mateusz Rej

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Development of columbaria in the South Communal Cemetery is the Bachelor Thesis of Mateusz Rej of Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland. Throughout preserving majority of the existing birch trees stand, the beautiful melancholic masovian landscape as a background for the composition of walls and steels containing urns niches expresses the devout atmosphere.

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COMPETITION | [PARIS] River Champagne Bar

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Architectural Competition – Concours d’Architecture [AC-CA] have announced a single stage cometition to design a Champagne Bar along the Paris river “Seine” and by the romantic “Pont des Arts”.

The competition hopes to achieve the following:
_Encourage and reward design excellence at a medium scale which integrates function, structure and details.
_Research and investigate the various combination possibilities to create a social space within the city.
_To generate the discussion of ideas regarding the relation between architecture and water.
_Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

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Nicollet Mall | Minneapolis USA | James Corner Field Operations

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James Corner Field Operations won the commission to redesign Nicollet Mall, a beloved but aging pedestrian and transit corridor in downtown Minneapolis. Today, Nicollet Mall is in dire need of a physical retrofit and upgrade. It is also part of a larger vision to ensure the growing vitality of downtown Minneapolis and is an important component for Minneapolis to maintain a competitive edge as a place that attracts investment and a place that people want to live, work and play.

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INTERVIEW | The Immersery by HASSELL

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Last week we published the design concept for the The Immersery which has now opened to the public as the centrepiece of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The Immersery is a cloud-like structure suspended above a floating bar and open-kitchen restaurant on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River designed by international design practice HASSELL, from a concept dreamt up by the team at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. WLA interviewed HASSELL by email about the design and various aspects of the design process.

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