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  1. monctezuma

    Apple new HQ

    Foster’s Apple Headquarters Exceeds Budget by $2 Billion © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple The estimated cost of Apple’s Cupertino City headquarters has escalated from an already hefty price of $3 billion to $5 billion (more than $1,500 per square foot), reportedly pushing back the original completion date to 2016. According to Bloomberg, Apple is working with lead architect Foster & Partners to shave $1 billion from the “ballooning budget”. Most of the cost is seemly due to Steve Job’s “sky-high requirements for fit and finish”, as the tech legend called for the 2.8 million square foot, circular monolith to be clad 40-foot panes of German concave glass, along with its four-story office spaces be lined with museum-quality terrazzo floors and capped with polished concrete ceilings. Although lambasted for his ambitious plans and “doughnut-shaped” design, Steve Jobs wanted to create a masterpiece that looked as good as it functioned, just like his products. During a 2011 presentation to the Cupertino City Council, Jobs stated, “This is not the cheapest way to build something… there is not a straight piece of glass in this building.” He continued, “We have a shot… at building the best office building in the world. I really do think that architecture students will come here to see it.” © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple The spaceship-like headquarters, as Jobs would describe, is intended to accommodate more than 12,000 employees. It will be one of six visible structures planned for the 176 acre parcel - including the headquarters, a lobby to a 1000-seat underground auditorium, a four-story parking garage near Interstate 280, a corporate fitness center, a research facility and central plant - all of which will be accessed by a network of underground roads and parking lots, hidden by 6,000 trees. In addition, Jobs envisioned the campus to achieve “net-zero energy” by offsetting energy use with 700,000 square feet of rooftop solar panels (enough to generate 8 megawatts of power), along with additional contracts for solar and wind power, climate responsive window dressings, and more (additional project information, including plans and images, can be found here). © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple Despite the cost, Bloomberg states, “There’s no indication that Apple is getting cold feet.” Site excavation is planned to commence in June. In related news, Facebook’s quarter-mile-long West Campus by Frank Gehry was just awarded approval from city council. All the details here. Reference: Bloomberg
  2. Five-stars for Foster design Luxury Heathrow hotel given Mayoral seal of approval Foster + Partners’ design for a new five-star hotel on Bath Road, close to Heathrow Airport has been approved by the Mayor of London. The only five-star hotel in the area, it will offer a range of services, including the most extensive conference facilities of any London hotel, to serve the local community and businesses, as well as passengers using Heathrow. The hotel, developed by Riva Properties is characterised by a distinctive layered glass shell, which floods the public spaces with daylight. Articulated as a 13-storey structure, several levels are sunk into the ground, keeping the building’s profile low in response to the immediate surroundings. The rooms are contained within six pavilions, linked by bridges and wrapped in a unifying glass envelope, which acts as a barrier to aircraft noise. The entrance lobby has a floating glass deck with views down to the sunken restaurant level, shallow pool and waterfall. This restaurant floor is accessed via a timber walkway and incorporates a business centre, as well as a variety of venues to eat and drink. The double-height conference facilities, which have their own reception to allow separate access from street-level, encircle a top-lit atrium that brings natural light deep into the building and down to the lower levels. As well as a selection of meeting venues and breakout areas, there is a flexible 1,200-capacity ballroom, two auditoriums and a large conference room. The bowling centre that currently occupies the site will be reinstated within the new scheme at basement level and will remain a public facility. The hotel also incorporates a health centre with a pool, gym, saunas and treatment rooms. Grant Brooker, Executive Director at Foster + Partners, said: “This will be the first five-star hotel in the immediate vicinity of Heathrow and marks a key stage in the area's transformation. We have enjoyed great support and encouragement from local residents, businesses and the Borough of Hillingdon and we believe that the hotel’s wide range of facilities will ensure that it plays a vital role in serving both international travellers and the local community.” http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=11465
  3. Foster+Partners announce design for bustling new district in French capital Hermitage Plaza will create a new community to the east of La Défense, in Courbevoie, that extends down to the river Seine with cafés, shops and a sunny public plaza at its heart. Revealed by Foster + Partners at MIPIM in Cannes, the project incorporates two 323-metre-high buildings – the tallest mixed-use towers in Western Europe – which will establish a distinctive symbol for this new urban destination on the Paris skyline. The result of a close collaboration with EPAD, the City of Courbevoie, Atelier de Paysage Urbain and Département de Hauts-de-Seine, the project is intended to inject life into the area east of La Défense by creating a sustainable, high-density community. Due to start on site in 2010 and complete by the end of 2014, the two towers accommodate a hotel, spa, panoramic apartments, offices and serviced apartments, as well as shops at the base. Forming two interlocking triangles on plan, the buildings face one another at ground level. Open and permeable to encourage people to walk through the site, the towers enclose a public piazza which establishes the social focus. As they rise, the towers transform, turning outward to address views across Paris. The glazed façade panels catch the light, the sun animating different facets of the buildings as it changes direction throughout the day. The angle of the panels promotes self-shading and vents can be opened to draw fresh air inside, contributing to an environmental strategy that targets a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating. The diagrid structure is not only highly efficient - doing more with less - but it emphasises the elegant proportions of the towers. A crystal-shaped podium building contains office space, with two detached satellite buildings housing a gallery and auditorium that further extend the public realm. The piazza – created by burying the existing busy road beneath a landscaped deck – slopes gently downward to the water’s edge, which is lined with new cafés and restaurants. Locking into the existing Courbevoie and EPAD masterplans, the project will reinforce the regeneration of the riverfront. Norman Foster said: “Hermitage Plaza will create a 24-hour community that will regenerate the riverfront and inject new life into a predominantly commercial part of the city. A light catching addition to the Paris skyline, the development will also provide a public piazza that leads down to the river’s edge to create a new destination for the city.” http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=11286
  4. http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/chroniques/francois-cardinal/201407/07/01-4781621-montreal-lanti-bilbao.php Montréal, l'anti-Bilbao Agrandir Trait d'union original entre le marché Jean-Talon et le boulevard Saint-Laurent dans la Petite Italie, la place Shamrock a été inaugurée samedi. PHOTO SARAH MONGEAU-BIRKETT, LA PRESSE =author%3AFran%C3%A7ois+Cardinal&sort=recent"]FRANÇOIS CARDINAL La Presse On aurait dû profiter du remplacement du pont Champlain pour doter Montréal d'une oeuvre architecturale spectaculaire qui aurait fait «boum» et attiré les foules du monde entier... C'est le commentaire qui s'est retrouvé le plus souvent dans ma boîte de courriels, ces derniers jours, avec une foule d'images de ponts à couper le souffle conçus par des starchitectes comme Santiago Calatrava et Norman Foster. Plusieurs évoquent le Viaduc de Millau, parfois l'impressionnant pont à haubans Trinity River Bridge, puis citent l'exemple de Bilbao, cette ville espagnole peu connue et peu visitée, qui est devenue un épicentre touristique grâce à la construction d'un musée hors de l'ordinaire, signé Frank Gehry. Pourquoi pas Montréal? Parce qu'on ne copie pas ce qui se fait ailleurs pour se distinguer, d'abord. Parce que Montréal n'est pas Bilbao, ensuite. En fait, j'oserais même dire que Montréal est l'anti-Bilbao par excellence. Je comprends l'attrait pour les grandes vedettes de l'architecture. Je ne cracherais pas sur une oeuvre signée Renzo Piano, Zaha Hadid ou Rem Koolhaas, si tant est qu'une seule de ces vedettes se présentât ici. Mais c'est loin d'être une nécessité pour Montréal, dont la marque de commerce est tout sauf éclatante, tapageuse, spectaculaire. La métropole québécoise ne possède pas de grands boulevards haussmanniens, mais de jolies rues vibrantes comme Mont-Royal, de la Commune et de la Gauchetière dans le Quartier chinois. Elle n'a pas de belles artères comme l'Embarcadero de San Francisco ou les Ramblas de Barcelone, mais des avenues aux portions électrisantes, comme Saint-Denis, Saint-Laurent et Sainte-Catherine. Elle n'a pas un musée Guggenheim qui fait la une des revues d'architecture, mais elle compte bon nombre de musées d'envergure et de festivals qui font sa renommée pour leur vigueur. Ne nous faisons pas des «à-croire», Montréal n'est pas une vibrante mégalopole qui attire les stars de la planète, ce n'est pas le haut lieu de la finance du continent, ce n'est pas une ville riche qui attire le gratin mondial ou son portefeuille, et donc il est normal que ce ne soit pas le lieu des constructions les plus audacieuses. Pourquoi, de toute façon, Montréal irait-il se battre sur ce terrain en se sachant entouré de plus prospères comme Toronto et Calgary, qui attirent justement les Foster, Gehry, Calatrava? Oui, on retrouve ici quelques oeuvres architecturales impressionnantes, comme Habitat 67 et le Stade olympique, mais ces emblèmes font partie du passé. Comme le statut de métropole du pays fait partie du passé. La force de Montréal, aujourd'hui, n'est pas dans le grandiose, mais dans ses plus petites et plus simples composantes: la qualité de vie, l'hétérogénéité de ses quartiers, le dynamisme de ses artères commerciales, le soin apporté au design de ses commerces, la place faite aux vélos, la qualité de sa bouffe bon marché, la vitalité de ses marchés publics, le vivre ensemble, l'impressionnante créativité de ses résidants, la vigueur de sa scène culturelle, l'énergie de ses festivals, etc. Autant de choses que l'on voit certes dans d'autres villes, mais qui atteignent à Montréal un niveau de concentration impressionnant pour une ville de cette taille. On l'a vu ce week-end encore, avec l'inauguration samedi de la place Shamrock dans la Petite Italie, un trait d'union original entre le marché Jean-Talon et le boulevard Saint-Laurent inspiré par l'urbaniste danois Jan Gehl. L'exécution n'est peut-être pas à la hauteur des ambitions, mais l'intention d'animer l'espace public y est avec ce carrousel à vélos gratuit. Voilà qui fait très «Montréal», comme ces murales qui ont vu le jour sur la «Main» ces dernières semaines, les sculptures de Mosaïcultures que l'on recycle aux quatre coins du centre-ville depuis une semaine, les camions de bouffe bariolés, la place des Festivals et ses terrasses, les Piknic Electronik, les pianos publics du Plateau, etc. Il est d'ailleurs intéressant de noter qu'après avoir passé deux mois ici pour capter l'essence de Montréal, l'équipe du magazine allemand Flaneur n'a pas retenu le caractère «bling-bling» d'une grande artère commerciale dans sa dernière édition, dévoilée vendredi dernier, mais bien la beauté de la rue Bernard, l'intérêt de ses commerces et commerçants, la singularité de ses ruelles que David Homel qualifie d'«allées sournoises». Il n'y a absolument rien de misérabiliste à le souligner et le reconnaître, bien au contraire: la force de Montréal est d'être une ville à échelle humaine qui ne se prend pas pour une autre, simple, belle et réservée à la fois, une ville qui se découvre dans ses menus détails plus que dans ses artifices, une ville qu'il faut regarder sous toutes ses coutures pour en cerner les mérites et qualités. Comme le futur pont Champlain signé Poul Ove Jensen...
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