Calatrava To Rebuild Greek Orthodox Church At World Trade Center Site

The original St. Nicholas Church was crushed on Sept. 11, 2001 as the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. Besides the towers of the World Trade Center, it was the only building destroyed by the attacks. The $20 million design dismisses the look of the old parish church it’s replacing altogether, proposing a new non-denominational bereavement center.

Readers may remember that the proposal for an Islamic community center and mosque on the site two years ago ignited furious debate. This new design proposal purposefully considers this pre-existing controversy: The church’s modern Byzantine design draws inspiration from traditional religious structures found in the east, many of which were of course used for Islamic worship. In fact, the dome will be comprised of 40 ribs, just like the dome of Hagia Sophia.

As Rev. Mark Arey, spokesman for the Greek Orthodox archdiocese stated, “The dome, invented by the Mycenaean Greeks, was a Christian form of architecture that was borrowed by the Islamic world,” he said. “There are going to be some wonderful teachable moments down the road.”

The new St. Nicholas is set to open in early 2016. Find out more about the design

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Inside The Still Unfinished $4 Billion WTC Transportation Hub

The flurry of retrospective analysis after Santiago Calatrava's proverbial camel of a World Trade Center Transportation Hub topped out back in November may have seemed to indicate that the project was near completion. But, as evidenced by some photos taken by one brave New York reporter who found his way past the steel bird wings, the vastly over-budget hub is still far from finished. According to the Port Authority the hub should open by late 2015.

Proposal For The Shipyards at Jacksonville Florida

The eagerly anticipated vision to transform the Shipyards riverfront downtown property into a vibrant entertainment and leisure district was presented today by Jaguars owner Shad Khan and team president Mark Lamping on behalf of Iguana Investments, a new development entity created by Khan specifically for the Shipyards project.

The property, which encompasses approximately 48 acres of City-owned property on the north bank of the St. Johns River, is central to Khan’s long-stated vision to bring new life and positive economic impact to Jacksonville’s urban core.  By creating a year-round destination that bridges EverBank Field and the Sports Complex to Downtown Jacksonville, Khan said the Shipyards project – should it become reality – promises to serve the entire region for generations to come.

Unusual Wedge-Shaped Shipping Container Townhouse Rises in Brooklyn

It looks like Williamsburg's original shipping container home has got some competition. The Carroll House, designed by cargotecture specialists LOT-EK for a private client, is currently under construction at 2 Monitor Street (which is also in Williamsburg, Brooklyn), and boasts a frame made of 21 stacked steel containers. But the home's biggest surprise - its dramatically sliced profile - is only visible when you view it from the side.

According to LOT-EK, the Carroll House was erected from a stack of 21 shipping containers that was “then cut diagonally along both the top and bottom, creating a striking profile that invokes Williamsburg’s industrial past, while providing a sculptural nod to the rapidly changing neighborhood.” At 5,000 square feet, the townhouse will offer plenty of room for its inhabitants, and will even feature an enclosed courtyard and pool area. Even though slicing all 3 floors of the residence might seem like a waste of usable space, the daring design actually makes the home more livable by opening up the rear of each floor and bringing in light and air – undoubtedly a conscious choice to help minimize the feeling of living in a box. The angular design also creates opportunities for large outdoor decks and solar shading on every level.

From LOT-EK’s renderings, it looks like the final home will be painted a brownish color and the side of the home facing Richardson Street will only have a few, ultra-thin windows (which seems fine since the house’s open back will provide ample light). The completed residence will also have a private car garage located slightly below ground level.

Tangram's Qatar World Cup Stadium Sculpts the Desert Wind to Provide Passive Cooling

The new FIFA stadium for the Qatar 2022 World Cup will “sculpt” the desert region’s winds and combine them with nearby water sources to provide passive-evaporative cooling for the entire structure. The system will use no electricity, and it will also function as a central cooling facility for the neighboring community when it’s not being used as a sports venue. Recently unveiled by architecture firm Tangram Gulf.

The 80,000-seat stadium features traditional Badgheer openings which enable the capture and manipulation of the wind. These are created in the outer layer of the stadium and positioned to allow the effective harnessing of hot winds to create air currents across the structure. In order to stop the hot air from pushing out the cool air the designers developed a “skin” of punctured panels. The skin was designed by combining the Fibonacci logarithms and the cooling mechanisms used by the desert lizards in the Western Region Desert—the lizards move their scales to direct wind over their bodies to accelerate cooling. The punctured louvers allow the wind to be directed away from the open top of the stadium in a similar way as simple fluid mechanics help push sailing winds forward on modern yachts. The colonnade helps to create cooling through both thermal mass and the Venturi effect which accelerates air pressure across colonnade structures.

To help direct winds across the stadium at the correct velocity for the cooling to take place, the designers introduced the Qanat-traditional water management system. It is positioned beneath the terraces of the stadium in the form of storage tanks which provide a constant supply of cooled water to the stadium’s “lake”. It cools the air through evaporation which is then guided by the hollow prefab concrete structure through the building. Energy models show the passive cooling system deployed in the stadium can currently deliver between 27 and 30 degrees temperatures, but is projected to become even lower than the WBT(Wet Bulb Temperature of between 26-29 degrees) required by FIFA.

Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

Qatar just released a video of the stunning Al Bayt Stadium slated for construction in Al Khor City, just 30 miles north of Doha. The 60,000-seater Al Bayt Stadium was modeled after black-and-white tents traditionally used by nomadic

Despite being accused of corruption earlier in June, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) released a video of the new host venue planned for the 2022 tournament. Employing the latest construction techniques and materials, the stadium will target both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) ratings. It has a detachable upper tier that allows it to downsize in capacity, and after removing the tier, the stadium turns into a 32,000-seater to be used after the World Cup. The removed seats will be donated to other countries.

Al Bayt Stadium will be used as a venue for the semi-finals while three more stadiums are expected to break ground by end of this year. FIFA requires a minimum of eight stadiums for World Cup host countries, but Qatar plans to build a total of 10.

BIG's Hualien Residences Look Like Gigantic Green-Roofed Mountains

BIG’s Hualien Wellness & Residential development in Taiwan is an eco-friendly home for the elderly that is designed to encourage a health-conscious and productive community of seniors. Its mountainous green roofs undulate and meander through the complex, bringing nature closer to the living spaces and helping to create a stress-free environment. BIG's project was recently honored as a winner in the 2014 Architizer A+Awards

The development is located on the eastern coast of Taiwan, which has recently seen a dramatic outflux of young people going to larger urban centers in search of better jobs. The area has since seen a growing demand for housing and recreational facilities for seniors and retirees.

The architects at BIG decided to introduce speed walking public paths to the complex, which meander through it and infuse outdoor spaces with liveliness and activity. In addition to the recreational areas, the development features an observation point, performance stage, shops, restaurants and healthcare services.

The entire neighborhood encourages interaction. Public paths can be used as meeting places and points of social contact. And an array of amenities such as media rooms, lounges, libraries, pools, common gardens and meditation spaces support the design concept to establish a low-stress environment

Winning Team Chosen to Build 2nd “Architectural Folie of the 21st century” in Montpellier

The "folie" continues with the winning team that will build a new "Architectural Folie of the 21st Century" for Montpellier, France.

The multidisciplinary team -- which includes Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associates, and Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects as the architects -- won the closed competition with their project, "Arbre Blanc" (White Tree).

Its eye-catching appearance aside, the 10,000 m² mixed-use tower has a housing program, a restaurant, art gallery, panoramic bar and office spaces

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Arquitectonica Reveals Prelim Plans for Beckham Soccer Stadium Site in Miami

Arquitectonica from Miami unveiled the conceptual master plan that envisions a potential Major League Soccer Stadium site for the Port of Miami. A notable part of the plan is a soccer stadium that Arquitectonica designed with 360 Architects for soccer star David Beckham.

"Miami’s passionate soccer fans deserve an iconic stadium, and the Port of Miami provides a setting that would be truly unique not just for soccer in America, but globally,” said Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Arquitectonica’s founding principal.  “The stadium would build on the incredible evolution of downtown Miami, and create a vibrant hub of cultural and entertainment activity along Miami’s waterfront, framed by significant new parks, plazas and open spaces along the Bay."

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Winning Projects of the 2014 U.S. Wood Design Awards

The winners of the WoodWorks 2014 U.S. Wood Design Awards sure know how to prove wood as a versatile material in architecture. Out of 140 entries -- the most the competition has ever received -- the jury selected nine of the most outstanding projects in wood architecture.

During the recent ceremony at the Southeast Wood Solutions Fair in Charlotte, NC, awards were given in categories including: Institutional Wood Design, Wood School Design, Commercial Wood Design, Multi‐Story Wood Design, Beauty of Wood, Green Building with Wood, Traditional Use of Wood, Innovative Wood Engineering, and Jury’s Choice.

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