UNStudio Design For Zone 1 Mena Zayed Campus Unveiled At Cityscape Abu Dhabi

UNStudio’s design for twofour54’s Mena Zayed campus reveals a bold waterfront development, which makes use of its prominent position near the city’s Corniche to celebrate and support the growing cultural and community spirit that is clearly growing throughout Abu Dhabi.

“Our new campus will be a spectacular and stunning addition to Abu Dhabi’s skyline; a symbol of Abu Dhabi’s commitment to deliver on the Emirate’s 2030 economic vision,” said Tony Orsten, CEO twofour54. “However, it will also act as beacon to the region’s media and creative industries making twofour54 and Abu Dhabi the lifestyle destination of choice for Arab creatives – a place they will aspire to work and live.”

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UNStudio Wins 1st Prize For Beijing River Creative Zone

UNStudio has been awarded 1st prize in the recent competition for the masterplan of the Beijing River Creative Zone, located in Yanqing, 200km from Beijing. From the nine projects presented (Foster+Partners (UK), Zaha Hadid (UK), Atelier d’Architecture Christian de Portzamparc (FR), AS. Architecture-Studio (FR), Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning &Design Institute (CN), Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (CN), NPS (US) and KCAP (NL)), UNStudio’s design was selected as the winning entry.

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Burnham Pavilion By Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects‘ Burnham Pavilion recently opened in Millennium Park in Chicago.

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UNStudio Wins Competition To Design Dance Theater In St. Petersburg

Dutch architects UNStudio have won a competition to design a dance theater in  St. Petersburg, Russia. The 21,000 m2 Dance Palace forms part of the European Embankment city quarter masterplan for a new urban square in the historic center of St. Petersburg.

The new complex houses the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, headed by choreographer Boris Eifman.

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UNStudio To Build Raffles City In Hangzhou, China

Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has unveiled plans for a 60-story building with two towers in Hangzhou, China.

Called Raffles City, the building will incorporates retail, offices, housing and hotel facilities and marks the site of a cultural landscape within the Quianjiang New Town Area.

‘The philosophy behind the Raffles City concept is to integrate mixed use in an urban context, but in such a way as to give this concept a twist by focusing on where the urban context meets the landscape of the city,’ says van Berkel.

Raffles City Hangzhou will reach a height of 60 stories, presenting views both to and from the Qiantang River and West Lake areas, with a total floor area of almost 300,000 square meters.

‘In the design of the towers the urban element of the project twists towards the landscape, whilst the landscape aspect, in turn, twists towards the urban context, thereby effecting the incorporation and consolidation of these separate elements in one formal gesture.’

The building is due for completion in 2012.

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The Changing Room // Vennice Biennale Of Architecture 2008 // UNStudio

‘The installation by UNStudio explores the transformative potential of the material world. Just like clothes designers, architects offer alternate looks and identities, age and income-appropriate shells.

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Ponte Parodi // Genoa // Italy // UNStudio

‘The Ponte Parodi project establishes a new city attractor based on the proliferation of experience. A three dimensional plaza located on the waterfront combines a variety of programs including a cruise terminal, wellness, cultural and leisure program, all of which bring liveliness to the old harbor. With its low-slung, undulating outlines the piazza provides a park with sport fields, beaches and other public functions while emphasizing the view of Genoa and its Alpine setting.’

Client: Porto Antico di Genova Spa/ ALTAREA Italia Progetti S.r.l.
Location: harbor Genoa
Building area: 76.000 m2
Program: 3 dimensional Piazza/ cruise terminal/ wellness
Status/phase: design development phase

For further information visit: www.unstudio.com.

Arnhem Central // The Netherlands // UNStudio

‘The Arnhem Central project by UNStudio is a large urban plan development composed of diverse elements which amassed constitute a vibrant transport hub. The expansion generates office space, shops, housing units, a new station hall, a railway platform and underpass, a car tunnel, bicycle storage and a large parking garage.

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