August's top stories: RMJM chosen for The Tower, Hassell and OMA unveil design for New Museum
RMJM has been selected by Aurecon as the executive architect and interior designer for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, and international design firms Hassell and OMA have unveiled the design of New Museum in Western Australia. Designbuild-network.com wraps up key headlines from August 2016.
RMJM has been selected by Aurecon as the executive architect and interior designer for The Tower, a new structure at Dubai Creek Harbour being designed by architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava.
Calatrava selected global engineering consultants Aurecon as the engineer and architect-of-record to collaborate on design and technical features of the project.
Emaar Properties’ venture at Dubai Creek Harbour is situated parallel to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Its chairman Mohamed Alabbar said: “The Tower in Dubai Creek Harbour will be a shining beacon of hope for the world, celebrating diversity and human achievements.
"The iconic landmark will further amplify the country’s ambition and futuristic vision.”
International design firms Hassell and OMA have unveiled the design of New Museum in Western Australia.
Brookfield Multiplex has been contracted to construct the museum.
Hassell principal and board director Mark Loughnan and OMA managing partner-architect David Gianotten jointly stated: “Our vision for the design was to create spaces that promote engagement and collaboration, responding to the needs of the museum and the community.
"We want it to create a civic place for everyone, an interesting mix of heritage and contemporary architecture that helps revitalise the Perth Cultural Centre while celebrating the culture of Western Australia on the world stage.
The Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, UK, has shortlisted seven architectural firms for its new £108m Battersea South campus in an invited design competition.
The shortlisted architectural practices are Christian Kerez of Switzerland, Diller Scofidio + Renfro of the US, Herzog & de Meuron of Switzerland and UK,Lacaton & Vassal of France, Robbrecht en Daem architecten of Belgium, Serie Architects of the UK and Singapore, and Studio Gang of the US.
The seven finalist teams were selected from a total of 97 expressions of interest received from practices worldwide.
UK-based architect Benoy has won an international competition to create plans for the Indonesian Untar University's new campus.
The company will develop the masterplan vision for the new 139ha scheme, which is known as Royal Taruma City in Jakarta. The development will cover a diverse programme consisting of a lifestyle centre, offices, residential units, and health facilities.
A business park and convention centre with an accompanying hotel will also form part of the new development.
In addition, the company will provide the architectural design for the new lifestyle centre.
Benoy's Singapore studio director and head Terence Seah said: “We are honoured to be developing the future vision for Untar University in Jakarta.
Richard Meier & Partners has completed the construction work of its first project in South America.
Located in the Leblon neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, the new commercial office building will house a new international headquarters of VINCI Partners, an alternative investment and asset management firm.
The Leblon Office is a seven-storey structure standing at a length of 25m with a leasable floor area of 6,500 m². It features a spacious lobby and three subterranean floors, which can accommodate an additional leasable space and private parking.
UK-based Stanton Williams and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands have secured design services contracts to develop two sites in the first phase of University College London’s (UCL) new UCL East campus.
To be located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, UCL East is a part of a new cultural and education district being built in the same area in collaboration with London Legacy Development.
Under a £1.2bn expansion and upgrade programme, UCL is investing £270m for its new UCL East campus, which will feature cross-disciplinary UCL expertise in various areas, including creativity and material culture, future global cities and experimental engineering.
A design for a movie museum and convention centre has been approved by New Zealand’s Wellington City Council.
Film-makers Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor are supporting the project. Designed by Studio Pacific Architecture, the three-storey convention centre and movie museum will be located on the capital's waterfront and will require an investment of $150m.
Wellington City's deputy mayor Justin Lester said: "The Movie Museum will provide a one of a kind experience, so it’s absolutely appropriate we deliver a one of a kind design.”
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has selected architecture practice AHR for the refurbishment and extension of its Preston campus.
Under the £8.15m design project, AHR will expand UCLan’s Foster Building to include more space for break-out activities and informal spaces to promote social learning, reported Architectsjournal.com.
The Greenbank and Harrington buildings will also be given a new look with glass roofs and an indoor garden, as well as moveable furniture to cater to students' needs.
AHR will lead a team of 13 designers to collaborate with the university’s chief operating officer Michael Ahern and the student union president Sana Iqbal.