The Supreme Award is given to Remarkables Base Building by Arrow International (NZ) and designed by Michael Wyatt. The three-storey 6,000sqm building accepted the award for its team effort on finishing one month ahead of the forecasted ning month project. Judges were impressed with the ability of the team in working in extreme climatic conditions, from high winds to snow.
Park Hyatt Bangkok made its first entry to Bangkok last May. Designed by London-based studio AL_A while New York-based AvroKO designed the three uppermost floors, the hotel is located at the center of Bangkok’s business district and attached with luxury shopping mall that is adjoined by a continual looped form merging plinth and tower.
3 Buenos Aires
Financial center of Buenos Aires now has a new urban landscape, Plaza Catalinas. Designed by Adamo Faiden, the public plaza aimed to cover underground carpark in the business district. The plaza sits at the foot of a glazz tower and created in triangular segments of planting. Designed to create a haphazard layout, the plaza displays variations in surface heights and finishes to defy the rigidity of its metropolitan surroundings.
Qatar Museums awarded Chile-based practice studio Elemental for the Art Mill International Design Competition to design its cultural centers. Led by 2016 Pritzker Prize Laureate Alejandro Aravena, Elemental’s design aim to connect the country’s cultural institutions including the Museum of Islamic Art, QM Gallery Al Riwaq and the forthcoming National Museum of Qatar.
The Elbphillharmonie Concert Hall is now open after ten years of construction. Designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzod and de Meuron and Japanese acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, the concert hall is encased in glass and set upon a giant brick warehouse. A must-visit attraction, the building has become a phenomenon in Germany with overwhelming concert demands.
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The Malaysian architecture Oscars Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) Awards announced Twinkle Villa in Pahang as their “Building of the Year”. No deserving winner last year, the Malaysia’s highest architectural honour found that the villa promotes design excellence with social, physical, and Malaysian cultural aspects in it among 77 entries.
Louis Vuitton presented its Cruise 2018 collection in at Miho Museum, Kyoto. Referencing Japanese culture, the show is held with a breathtaking mountain setting museum design by I. M. Pei, that resonates with the LV’s key inspirations of urban cityscapes, nature, and Japanese heritages such as samurai, traditional dress and martial arts.
Monsoon Architecture Festival was set to celebrate region’s architectural response to the season last April. Curating a series of workshops and exhibitions, the event invited
architects, scholars and students from all countries under the Koppen Geiger climatic classification system, which includes all major regions adjoining the Indian Ocean, south central regions of Africa and nortwestern areas of South America. The event is part of Living Monsoon programmes by the Indian Institute of Architects, Cochin Centre.
London studio Trevor Horne Architects built a mixed-use buildings, an apartment and gallery. Located on the ex-Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in South London, the building features 12-sided brick walls, topped with a glazed events space that can be accessed directly from Tyers Street. Materials indlucing handmade bricks, oak window frames, exposed concrete and basalt flooring fuses into a contemporary construction.
Nike announced KOSMOS architects as the winner of the new Nike sports facility in Gorky Park, Moscow. The brief was to envision a unique architectural objects that also represents a landmark hub for sport and physical activity for Russia. Five architecture studios were picked to gave project proposals, and were reviewed by acclaimed panel, including OMA and Strelka KB. The project will be built this year.