Perspective magazine takes a sneak preview of some of the world’s most important and Asia’s most anticipated architectural projects in 2019 already underway
SB Architects to create first winery resort in Dalian
Embracing the worldwide experiential lifestyle trend is China's first winery resort, Golden Pebble, in Dalian, Liaoning Province. Devised by SB Architects, its farmhouse design was inspired by the region's agricultural heritage. Situated on SB Architects to create first winery resort in Dalian 200ha surrounded by the hillside villages, vineyards and beaches of the Liaodong Peninsula, the project creates a sense of place through building forms and the use of natural materials, including local wood and stone. Its contemporary architectural aesthetic reflects China's young winemaking industry. Golden Pebble will feature a welcome centre, boutique hotel, residences, commercial village and full production winery.
Zaha Hadid Architect (ZHA) designs sustainable community hub in Sharjah
Set for completion in early 2019, the first phase of Aljada Central Hub, a new lifestyle precinct in Sharjah, UAE, is set to transform the profile of the third-largest emirate. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for developer Arada, the concept is based on a water drop striking earth, with a cluster of elliptical buildings pivoting around a 732,000sqf (68,000sqm) central plaza to maximise natural cooling. Created with an eye for sustainability and community, the pedestrian-friendly Central Hub features recycled water, a solar-powered outdoor cinema, parks, gardens, a food-truck village, pop-up and market space, and children's zones. "Aljada Central Hub stands as an example of how conscious design can work with the environment to create a truly unique and inspirational focus for its community," ZHA's project director Johannes Schafelner said. Phases two and three will include hotels, sports and water parks, retailing and residences.BIG's green design is tallest tower in Quito
In its first project in South America, Danish architecture studio Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is to build the tallest tower in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito. Located in the leafy city centre, between the city and La Carolina park, IQON will be defined by gradually protruding balconies, planted with native species, and a curved construction that reflects the distant hills. The 33-storey residential tower has a terraced, twisted structure that gives each apartment a unique aspect and an open, spacious interior. At ground level, the terraces form a public plaza for retail spaces. But what sets it apart are the green balconies, an urban tree farm that takes the concept of 'bringing the outside in' to a new level.MAKE designs London mixed-use building
Known for sustainable and innovative design, MAKE Architects and Design Delivery Unit, Scott Brownrigg Group's latest addition to London's tech landscape is the Atlas Building in Old Street, in trendy Shoreditch. Developed by Rocket Properties, the mixed-use project includes a 40-storey residential tower, a 10-storey office block and a public piazza with retailing. Located on a space-constrained site above a Tube line, the design demanded optimised use of space in the apartments as well as ground-floor commercial space that would integrate and engage with the district. The residential tower has a tapering construction, with 12 blades at varying heights creating a slim, sculptural peak. Between each blade, or fin, are contrasting glazed facades on the dualaspect apartments, which have a broad range of layouts and balconies on the steps in the building's form.Tirana adds insulating glass cube to its skyline
Part of a larger master plan for Albania's capital city, Tirana, Blloku Cube by Italian architects Stefano Boeri Architetti is a multifunctional facility for commercial, office and public use. Located in the upmarket Blloku district, the building is clad in an iridescent double skin, comprising an insulating glass curtain wall and 110 square anodized aluminium modules with a triangle pattern that evokes Albanian design motifs. Its reflective qualities will make Blloku Cube a glittering highlight of Tirana's skyline, while also providing an energy-efficient shading system. A semi-covered square at ground level seamlessly leads visitors in and out of the building.Smart city at Quayside Toronto
Conceived by Google's sister company, Sidewalk Labs, all eyes are on Toronto's Quayside project, the world's first 'smartcity' development built from the Internet up. The new neighbourhood on the city's eastern waterfront will span five hectares initially. It will feature sensor-responsive heated pavements, a generous public realm wrapped in moveable facades for year-round use, and local and renewable engineered-timber construction for shops, offices and residences, which will be oriented towards Lake Ontario. As the first of what will likely be many purpose-built smart cities, sensors for data collection and municipal management will be hardwired into the project. Sidewalk Labs expects the final plans to be altered following additional public consultation to ensure "precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity".
Column-free building in Belval by Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners (F+P) has designed a medium-rise office building for Belval, on the border of France and Luxembourg, which aims to revitalise the entire area. Developer Besix Real Estate intends the office to tap the city's industrial past — including its historical blast furnaces — while simultaneously catering to the modern sharing economy. F+P opted for a building that was open and responsive as well as respectful and singular. Designed to be column-free, with two wings around a central atrium, the building features an orthogonal facade and roof. An efficient, grid-style interior features generous communal spaces, in tune with modern working practises. Stepped terraces span the atrium, forming the connective tissue between the building's elements, and linking the street entrance and the piazza. Commercial space offering services, food and retail integrates the ground floor into the surrounding streets.MAD creates surreal Quzhou Sports Campus
Taking inspiration from Zhejiang Province's rich heritage, traditional culture and lush natural beauty, Ma Yansong's MAD Architects' concept for the forthcoming Quzhou Sports campus is a "surreal, ethereal and tranquil" space for both athleticism and quiet contemplation. The 700,000sqm (7,534,740sqf) facility will include a stadium, outdoor venue, gym, science museum, retail and hotel accommodations among other amenities, but it is the campus's embrace of natural forms as the starting point that distinguishes its design. Built to a human scale, promoting green energy and enhanced walkability, the campus blends into the urban space and connects the structures and people within them to nature with a seamless interior-exterior design and maxim natural ventilation and light. The project's highlight is its sunken garden lake that emerges from the undulating landscape, and the cratershaped stadium with a translucent halo that floats above the ground and demands users "engage in a dialogue between the earth and the sky".Studio Gang tower is a new twist on San Francisco's bay windows
Studio Gang has designed a new landmark for San Francisco's skyscraper cityscape. The MIRA Tower has a twisting design featuring the city's perennial architectural favourite, the bay window, a defining characteristic of San Francisco houses. In the context of a high-rise building, Studio Gang has twisted the windows to give the tower a unique silhouette while giving each of the 400 apartments a 180-degree view. Utilising a curtain wall and a repeating attachment structure helped reduce energy consumption during construction. The MIRA is targeting LEED Gold certification and will incorporate grey-water harvesting, green roofs and energyefficient fixtures as standard features.
Amsterdam builds new 3D-printed bridge
A 3D-printed 12m bridge is to open over the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in Amsterdam's famed red-light district, De Wallen, in 2019. It will be the second 3D-printed bridge in the Netherlands; the first is a cyclists' bridge in Gemert. Unveiled at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven in October, the futuristic, curvilinear stainlesssteel bridge was designed by Joris Laarman Lab for MX3D, with technical support from Autodesk and the Alan Turing Institute. It will be equipped with sensors to measure data such as strain, vibration, air temperature and air quality, which will be used for the digital modelling of the next generation of designs. By printing "strong, complex and graceful" metal structures using six-axis industrial robots, MX3D aims to demonstrate the feasibility of 3D-printing technology for large-scale, functional objects as well as its sustainability and design innovation.