Stoke-on-Trent Bus Station Competition Public Choice Awarded To Austin-Smith: Lord

Austin-Smith: Lord has recently taken the public choice prize for the Stoke-on-Trent Bus Station Competition.

Austin-Smith: Lord was one of six architectural practices chosen from over 43 international entrants to participate in a limited invitation design competition for the new £15m Stoke bus station. Other shortlisted practices included Wilkinson Eyre, John McAslan + Partners, Grimshaw, BDP and Zaha Hadid.

Following the formal submission the team were delighted to see that the practice had topped both the Council’s own public vote and The Architects’ Journal’s peer vote when the schemes were anonymously placed on websites for an ‘X-Factor’ style vote on the preferred solution.

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RIBA 2010 Award Winners

dRMM’s Clapham Manor Primary School, London, UK

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) just announced 102 buildings that were awarded for the 2010 Awards. These buildings, 93 sprawled across the UK and 9 in the rest of the EU, include 6 which were nominated for the Stirling Prize.

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Danish Architects BIG Beat Foster And Hadid

Invited as one of five pre-selected architect led teams, Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) was awarded first prize in an open international design competition which included 19 entrants amongst others Lord Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid.

The new National Library in Astana, named after the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, encompasses an estimated 33,000 sq m.

BIG’s design merges four forms – a circle, a rotunda, an arch and a yurt – into an ‘infinite loop’ with a single double-looping surface plane covering the entire building.

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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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Tondonia Winery Pavilion By Zaha Hadid

Rafael López de Heredia Tondonia Winery is one of the oldest and more famous winery in the Spanish region of La Rioja. To celebrate their 125th anniversary they decided to rehabilitate a very old store that the winery founder took to Brussel’s World Fair in 1910 and had been disassembled ever since.

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Zaha Hadid Unveiles New Project In Beijing

Zaha Hadid Architects recently unveiled a new project in Beijing: Chaoyangmen Soho. The prestigous project will be a large residential and commercial structure.

From Zaha Hadid:

‘Soho City is the attempt to invent a new city nucleus on the south-east corner of the Fourth Ring, taking up the opportunity afforded by the new exhibition center planned there on the land of the Beijing Logistic Port. The urbanistic premise of this venture is that Beijing – despite its overarching concentric geometry – can only develop its vitality as a polycentric metropolis. Soho City will not add to the patchwork of urban dormitories that threaten to suffocate Beijings’s metropolitan potential.

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Chamber Music Hall By Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects recently completed their chamber music hall within Manchester Art Gallery for the duration of the Manchester International Festival 2009. The architects have created a chamber music hall for solo performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s chamber music masterpieces. The project’s form, a suspended ribbon of translucent lightweight synthetic fabric (150 g/m2) articulated by an internal steel structure, translates the intricate relationships of  Bach’s harmonies into an architectural spatial condition.

Festival Director Alex Poots exclaimed, ‘Zaha Hadid Architects consistently come up with challenging and innovative ideas. It has been wonderful to see the realization of this project and experience such intimate performances from the leading concert musicians within it.’

The concert series in the new chamber music hall will run until Sat, July 18. Daytime entry to the installation is free. It will be open for viewing July 4 – Aug 31, Tue – Sun (and Bank Holiday Mon) 10am – 5pm.

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A Partial Opening For Burnham Pavilions

Zaha Hadid Pavilion

In April 2009, London-based Zaha Hadid and Amsterdam-based Ben van Berkel of UNStudio have designed architectural exhibits to be installed in Millennium Park this summer to honor the forward-looking spirit of the Plan of Chicago. They emphasize the importance of boldly imagining a better future for all, as Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett did in 1909 by making bold plans and big dreams in their Plan of Chicago.

The two pavilions are the centerpiece of this year’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Plan of Chicago, also called the Burnham Plan after its main author, Daniel Burnham.

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