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August 31, 2015

August’s top stories: Leaning ATC tower, landmark skyscraper in Vietnam

Birmingham City University in UK seeks planning permission for a campus extension, Allied London submits final plans for $1.35bn St John’s projects in Manchester, and Chu+Gooding Architects is assisting the design team renovating LA convention centre. wraps up the key headlines from August 2015.

By Prasanth Katam


Council approves leaning air traffic control tower in New Zealand


Wellington City Council approved the resource consent application forwarded by Airways New Zealand for developing a leaning 32m-high airport control tower on Tirangi Road, Rongotai in New Zealand.

The structure is designed to lean at an angle of 12.5° into the prevailing northerly wind.

The proposed Rongotai tower will have nine storeys and be developed in an industrial area at the southern end of the road on airport land near Lyall Bay. It will replace the airline’s existing 58-year old control tower at 34 Tirangi Road.

UK’s Birmingham City University seeks permission for campus extension


Birmingham City University in the UK submitted a detailed planning application to develop a £41m campus extension.

The proposed expansion is intended to house the university’s new School of Life Sciences, as well as the relocated School of Education.

Planned to be developed at its City South campus in Edgbaston, the 10,500m² building will boost the university’s capacity for student admissions and enable it to offer a wider range of courses, such as those for health, nutrition, biomedical science, and sports.

A formal planning application for the project is expected to be submitted by the end of this year.

Atkins developing landmark skyscraper for Vingroup in Vietnam

UK-based Atkins started construction on the Vingroup skyscraper Vincom Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The 241,000m² superfall development is expected to reach a height of 460m, and have 81 storeys.

The building, to be developed in one of the most desired locations in Ho Chi Minh, is claimed to be the tallest in the country.

Allied London submits final plans for $1.35bn St John’s projects in Manchester

UK real estate developer Allied London submitted its plans for the £1.3bn redevelopment of the St John’s neighbourhood in Manchester.

The project will be created on the site of the former ITV Old Granada Studios in the city centre.

Spread across 15 acres, the project has been planned to offer a new neighbourhood for living, enterprise and culture.

Chu+Gooding Architects assists LA convention centre renovation


US-based Chu+Gooding Architects became part of the primary design team responsible for the $350m Los Angeles Convention Center renovation project.

The firm, which is led by Woodbury University School of Architecture professor Annie Chu, collaborated with three other companies for the proposed redesign, namely Populous, HMC Architects and OLIN.

The collective’s design presented for the project reflects placemaking, forward-thinking functionality, and authenticity of experience.

‘Ribbon hotel’ in Edinburgh gains approval

Design for the St James ‘Ribbon Hotel’ received approval from councillors, despite controversy over its potential to mar Edinburgh’s status as a World Heritage Site.

The project, which entailed an investment of £850m, is awaiting a decision on whether a distinctive copper swirl could deck the ‘ribbon’, according to a report by Edinburgh news.

The project has faced opposition, with officials debating how the building could impact the city’s skyline.

Van Gogh Museum creates sunflower labyrinth for inauguration

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands used 125,000 sunflowers to create a labyrinth to celebrate the museum’s new entrance building, which opened to the public on 5 September.

The transparent entrance building is an upgrade of the Van Gogh Museum, as well as the Museum Square.

The floral labyrinth was planned to be 7,000m², covering nearly 50% of the Museumplein.

Zaha Hadid wins competition to design Taiwan’s Danjiang Bridge


In collaboration with Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner, Zaha Hadid Architects won the Danjiang Bridge International Competition in Taiwan.

Designs were submitted by architecture firms from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Denmark, and the US.

Located near the Tamsui River, the Danijang Bridge is expected to be the world’s longest single-tower, asymmetric, cable-stayed bridge.

The bridge is designed to support the 920m road, rail, and a pedestrian deck made from steel, using only one concrete structural mast.

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