2015: The year's biggest Design Build stories

Japan finalised the design for Tokyo's 2020 Olympic stadium, Egypt planned $45bn city while first 3D-printed office in the world was to be developed in Dubai. Designbuild-network wraps-up the key headlines from 2015.


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Egypt unveiled plans to build new $45bn city

The Egyptian Government announced a plan to invest $45bn in building a new capital to the east of Cairo, to address prevailing economic conditions and ease overpopulation over the next 40 years.

At an investment conference, Egypt Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly said the project would take five to seven years to complete.

According to developers, the new city would have almost 2,000 schools and colleges and more than 600 healthcare facilities. It will also include an expansive international airport, as well as more than 6,000 miles of new roads.

Plans revealed for world's first 3D-printed office in Dubai, UAE

Dubai 3D office

UAE National Innovation Committee revealed plans to construct the 'first fully functional 3D-printed building' in the world.

The small office building development is being created to promote technology that results in cost cutting and time saving for a growing city.

UAE Cabinet Affairs minister and UAE National Innovation Committee chairman Mohammed Al Gergawi said: "This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D-printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors."

Qatar Investment Authority formed JV with Brookfield for $8.6bn mixed-use project in Manhattan

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) formed a joint venture with a Brookfield Property Partners subsidiary for the Manhattan West development project in New York City.

Under the deal, QIA is entitled to a 44% stake in the mixed-use development, which is expected to involve an investment of $8.6bn.

Brookfield Asset Management CEO Bruce Flatt said: "Brookfield has enjoyed a long-standing, successful relationship with QIA and we are thrilled that they share our vision for this transformative project."

Coppice Primary School in UK used new modular building material for education centre

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Coppice Primary School in Chigwell, UK, completed the development of its 'Centre of Excellence' in a considerably low time and cost, using the AcerMetric building system.

AcerMetric is a British applied engineering design and development firm that offers its innovative construction system as a solution to the shortfall in low-cost housing and schools in the UK, and worldwide.

The modular building system uses expanded polystyrene, known in Europe as airpop, as part of its patented design. This enabled the centre to be assembled on-site over 13 weeks.

Japan selected new architectural design for Tokyo's 2020 Olympic stadium

Japan selected a new architectural design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics main stadium, following the scrapping of the initial design by Zaha Hadid.

The £1.4bn previous plan resulted in several controversies. The government had been prompted to scrap the plan in July, owing to protests over the design and cost.

The new plan presented by architect Kengo Kuma is expected to cost £832m. The new design features a roof made of wood and steel, which is based on traditional Japanese architecture.


World's second-tallest building unveiled in Shanghai, China

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China will soon be home to the second-tallest building in the world, Shanghai Tower, which will stand at a height of 632m in the country's financial capital.

The development is under construction and will feature a softened triangular 'outer skin' that can literally be twisted 120° around a circular core, reports Agence France-Presse.

Planned as a transparent glass tower, it will have 121 storeys that twist and taper upwards, conveying a sense of movement and growth.

Trimble and Microsoft joined forces to bring HoloLens holographic technology to construction industry

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Trimble has collaborated with Microsoft to bring the latter's HoloLens wearable holographic technology to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) Industry.

Under the partnership, Trimble will develop a new generation of tools, integrated with the HoloLens holographic platform on Windows 10 to improve quality and collaboration in the design, construction and operation of buildings and structures.

The head-mounted, holographic computer Microsoft HoloLens provides a mixed-reality experience for various commercial and consumer applications.

MVRDV won competition to build twisting tower in Vienna

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Netherlands-based architecture and urban design practice MVRDV has won the competition to build twisting 'hourglass-shaped' tower near Vienna's Gasometers.

According to the architect, the project site is adjacent to a metro station and regulations restrict new-builds to 75m-high. To overcome this, the company proposed a compact, square layout to reduce the footprint.

MVRDV will parametrically shape the lower ten floors of the building into a twist, so that the structure only casts a shadow onto neighbouring facades for two hours a day. The upper 20 floors will have a traditional square layout.

NCKU unveiled sustainable floating house design in Taiwan

NCKU floating house

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan has unveiled a new floating house design as a part of its sustainable energy initiatives.

NCKU's Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy (RCETS) has developed the sustainable and rotating amphibious house design, which is expected to be constructed within a year.

NCKU visiting expert Bart van Bueren, the leader for the research project has been working at the university for three years and had experience in water architecture.

Damac Properties build tropical rainforest in Dubai

Dubai Rainforest

Damac Properties plans to create a tropical rainforest in the city of Dubai to attract tourism.

The Dubai-based property company is to develop an educational and cultural dome in its AKOYA Oxygen master development community.

Damac Properties aims to replicate the natural environment with a deep rainforest featuring tall, dense trees integrated with the dome structure.

Privé Developers secured permit for luxury real estate project in Aventura, US

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Privé Developers, led by Gary Cohen and BH3, has secured a full vertical building permit for luxury condominium complex Privé at Island Estates in Aventura, Florida, US.

The permit has allowed the much litigated project to rise on the exclusive eight-acre private island located in Dumfoundling Bay between Williams Island and Sunny Isles Beach.

The complex will comprise twin luxury towers and design and architecture, which will be provided by Sieger Suarez Architectural Partnership, with EGS2 responsible for landscape architecture, and Interiors by Steven G. Privé appointed for the interior designing.

5+design develop Riviera Mall in Moscow, Russia

Riviera Mall Moscow

Moscow selected US-based architecture firm 5+design to regenerate one of its 209 industrial zones for the new Riviera Mall project.

Located near the Moscow Kremlin by the Moskva river, the project will add 100,000m² of high-end and mainstream attractions to the capital, such as fashion, electronics, hypermarket, restaurants, multi-screen cinema and other entertainments.

Overall design of the development has been inspired by its proximity to the river and the ever-changing light in the city.