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Archive for January, 2009

Taipei Arts Centre by OMA

Taipei arts centre by oma

The Taipei Arts Centre is expected to be completed in 2013 and the construction will spend £84 million. Designed by OMA (as a result of an international competition), the project covering 40,000sq m to accommodate a 1,500-seat theatre and two 800-seat theatres.


New Port House in Antwerp by Zaha Hadid Architects

New Port House in Antwerp by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid has won the competition to design the headquarters of Antwerp Port Authority in Belgium. Covering 12,000 m² of floorspace, the project is expected to be completed in 2013 and will accommodate 500 people when finish. The construction will spend 31.5 million euros excluding VAT and architect’s fees.


China Life Insurance R&D Center by Henn Architekten

China Life Insurance R&D Center in Beijing by Henn Architekten

The design of China Life Insurance R&D Center was proposed by Henn Architekten for a competition. Located in Beijing, the project adopting the Chinese traditional buildings and translates them into modern design. Consists of of a main building, a research and laboratory building and a training center with a connected boarding house, the complex ringed with areas of open water.


AIA Lists 2009 Honor Awards for Architecture

Basilica of the Assumption, Baltimore

The AIA (American Institute of Architects) has listed nine winners of the 2009 Honor Awards for Architecture. The selected projects are beleived to have a tremendous impact on the social and physical fabric of the communities they serve. The nine winers are: Basilica of the Assumption, Baltimore (John G. Waite Associates, Architects PLLC), Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), Charles Hostler Student Center, Beirut, Lebanon (VJAA), The Gary Comer Youth Center, Chicago (John Ronan Architects), Horno³: Museo del Acero, Monterey, Mexico (Grimshaw Architects), The Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, New Orleans (VJAA), The New York Times Building, New York City (Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FXFowle Architects), Plaza Apartments, San Francisco (Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects), and Salt Point House, Salt Point, New York (Thomas Phifer and Partners)


Basque Cultural Center by Jon Montero and Naiara Montero

Basque Cultural Center

The International Competition for the Architectural Renovation of Tabakalera has selected the Jon Montero and Naiara Montero’ design as the first winner. The competition aimed to get the best proposal to turn the 90 years old Tabakalera building into an international contemporary culture centre.


Coming in 2009: CCTV Tower Beijing

CCTV Building Beijing

Actually the structure of CCTV Tower was completed in time of the 2008 Olympics, but it will be functional by the end of 2009. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, with Cecil Balmond as design engineer, this spectacular building will become the headquarters of China’s state television company.