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In a collaboration with furniture brand PROOFF, we have researched the paradigm shift of the next generation of workers and the impact it will have on the design of the working environment and furniture concepts.
For the Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 we have together developed a VR experience free of the constraints that regular design processes face, taking workspace design to the next level.
Arnhem Central Station has been selected by the jury as the winner of the Architizer A+ Awards 2016 in the category Bus & Train Stations.
Ben van Berkel: “The Architizer A+ Awards are renowned internationally. This accolade by the jury places Arnhem Central - in only its first year of operation - among a select group of acclaimed
train stations and places it firmly on the map as a destination for architecture lovers. This award is also fantastic recognition for everyone involved in the completion of the station."
Zaha was a very great friend and colleague. When I was at the AA, she was an enormously influential, inspiring and encouraging tutor. In more recent years, she had become a truly great friend who I will dearly miss. She was a formidable force and influence within the profession. Her strength and determination were
second to none and what she has done for women in architecture will never be forgotten. My heartfelt sympathies go out to her family, friends and of course, her studio at this incredibly difficult time.
Ben van Berkel
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UNStudio’s winning concept for the former Deutsche Bank site in Frankfurt proposes a mixed-use development comprising offices, apartments, hotels, retail, gastro and open public spaces. Four high-rise towers, up to 228 metres in height, will provide approximately 600 new apartments for the new city centre district.
The main towers will become the highest residential and office buildings in Frankfurt, whilst the varied programme proposed for the plinth will invigorate the financial district.
Tailored lighting scenarios for activating the urban realm
Designed by Ben van Berkel / UNStudio for Zumtobel, Nightsight is a versatile new modular lighting system which aims to improve the quality, accessibility, usability and security of public spaces after dark.
Focusing on individual requirements in urban spaces, Nightsight provides architects and lighting designers with new opportunities for task-specific illumination of paths, squares, roads and façades.
Nightsight will be launched by Zumtobel at Light + Building this week (13th to 18th March 2016) in Frankfurt am Main (hall 2.0, stand B30/31)
For further information on Zumtobel and Light + Building 2016, or to register for a guided tour of the stand, please go to http://www.lightbuilding2016.zumtobel.com/de/zumtobel
Designed for ProWinko and in collaboration with Beligian architects Jaspers-Eyers, Le Toison d’Or - UNStudio’s first completed project in Belgium - celebrates its opening in Brussels today.
Located on the Avenue de la Toison d'Or, the complex is a hybridisation of a traditional building-block typology and a mixed-use development with a retail podium.
Le Toison d'Or contains 72 apartments (from 50 to 750 m2), 13,000 m2 of commercial space, a 1040 m2 crèche, 330 parking spaces and an elevated city garden of 2,950 m2.
Ben van Berkel: “It was important that the retail units be as open and light as possible. We wanted to contrast this with the apparent solidity of the upper floors, to create the illusion that the vertical balloon-like frames were carrying the building; as if the whole block almost has the potential to float above the avenue.”
Tuesday 8 December 2015
On December 8th, UNStudio and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Tbilisi State Academy of the Arts, and Studio L held an all-day seminar in Tbilisi, Georgia. Dutch and Georgian professionals, architects, students, designers and politicians reflected on a key question of the day, ‘What will Tbilisi be like in ten years’ time?’ Topics including historic preservation, disappearing public space, mobility and the city were discussed with the aim to exchange experiences from both Dutch and Georgian perspectives. Moderated by architectural curator Chris Luth, the seminar featured speeches by Caroline Bos (Co-Founder UNStudio), Mark Vernooij (General Manager THNK, The School of Creative Leadership), Lena Kiladze (Founder Studio L, Professor Tbilisi State Academy of Arts), Jeroen ter Haar (ABT Engineering), and Gogi Sulaberidze (Former Chief Architect Tbilisi, Tbilisi City Council, Founder, Art Studio).
The National Georgian newspaper Georgia Today published an article on the event: ‘UNStudio Helping Georgian Architects and Designers Dream for the Future’. The journalist Robert Isaf concluded that “Old Tbilisi courtyards might not be sprouting Portmanesque sky gardens ten years from now, and the ambitious riverside plans showcased or peripheral neighborhood designs – which really are being professionally discussed – might not have the transformative effect we hope. But thinking about Tbilisi as the city we want it to be is a good way to start off getting there”.
The interactive seminar comprised discussion of approaches from both Dutch and Georgian practices, including lessons learned and possible architectural and urban solutions for future inspiration. The day started with an introduction by Chris Luth, followed by a lecture by Lena Kiladze on ‘Preservation versus Transformation of the Historical City’ and a presentation by Caroline Bos ‘Mobility+: Spaces of Flow’. Mark Vernooij then kicked off a reframing workshop, followed by lectures by Gogi Sulaberidze and Jeroen ter Haar. The seminar was concluded by another workshop session with Mark Vernooij and a plenary closing discussion between moderator Chris Luth and all workshop participants.
Friday 30 October 2015
UNStudio’s design for Terminal 3 of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was awarded 2nd prize amongst the shortlisted competitors Rogers Stirk Harbour and Fosters + Partners. Terminal 3 at Taoyuan airport is planned to accommodate 45 million passengers a year. UNStudio’s design challenges the accepted utilitarian approach to airport design in an effort to propose a new global standard for an efficient, sustainable, flexible and innovative terminal model.
The airport typology revisited
With a core team, comprising Bio-Architecture Formosana from Taipei, April Yang Design Studio from Ohio, and a multidisciplinary consultant team - UNStudio reexamines the airport typology through careful analysis of the existing terminals at Taoyuan, whilst anticipating airport operational requirements, infrastructure and the spatial constraints of the site.
Using personal travel experience as a starting point, UNStudio felt that in recent times airport architecture has become rigidly prescribed as a typology with excessive and monotonous use of space. Michael Speaks (jury member and Dean and Professor at Syracuse University) stressed that 'UNStudio offered the most innovative design concept'. He expressed that 'the entire jury agreed that UNStudio's airport design was the one they would want to experience most'. With ‘place making’ at the central core of the design concept, UNStudio strived to distinguish its design from a generic solution by designing for the users and by creating an interior ecology that is entirely distinct from the look and feel of comparable airports.
UNStudio’s design is characterised by its efficiency, short walking distances and optimised airport functions following the principles of natural wayfinding. A small footprint and enough area for landsite construction allow for a quick building assembly with a prefabrication strategy. All of which contribute to a simple, fast paced, sustainable and effective implementation of the overall design strategy.
To celebrate the completion of Arnhem Central Station, a new book “Arnhem. A Station with a Twist” (language: Dutch) will be available in bookstores in the Netherlands from November 19th - the day of the official opening.
“Arnhem. A Station with a Twist” charts the history of the redevelopment of the station and details the succession of challenges that were met during the 18 year long adventure. Containing in-depth details about the design and interviews with the numerous stakeholders,
the book tells the story of a collaborative endeavor between multiple parties, the challenges they faced, the solutions they found and the courage and commitment it took to deliver the project without compromising the original design.
This publication is an initiative from UNStudio, ProRail and bouwcombinatie Ballast Nedam – BAM. Plans are also afoot to publish an English version in the near future.
Belgium's first Apple Store has opened in UNStudio's Le Toison d'Or building in Brussels.
Located on the Avenue de la Toison d'Or, the mixed-use building is scheduled for completion this autumn and will house varied sized apartments, 13,000 m2 of commercial space, a crèche and 400 parking spaces.
Following the launch in Milan and New York, Ben van Berkel / UNStudio's UNX2 shoe design for United Nude and 3D Systems will be presented again at the Re-Inventing Shoes project during London Fashion Week and the London Design Festival.
London Design Festival Exhibition
United Nude Flagship
13 Floral Street
19th-27th of September 2015
The residents of Den Bosch in the Netherlands have played a part in the selection of Ben van Berkel / UNStudio's design for the new 'Theatre on the Parade'.
Following a competition in which the inhabitants of Den Bosch were invited to vote for one of two finalists, UNStudio’s design for the new city centre theatre was selected for realization - having received 57% of the votes. In total 2681 people (over the age of 12) cast a valid vote. In addition, the municipality conducted a survey among 5,000 people, while around 400 residents in the immediate area and other stakeholders received an invitation to vote.
The Theatre on the Parade is located in the heart of Den Bosch, adjacent to a large and lively public square (‘the Parade’) and near to the St. John’s Cathedral.
Alongside essential functional, regulatory and sustainable considerations, the location of the theatre calls for a highly contextual approach, however the architecture of UNStudio’s design places equal emphasis on the overall experience of the theatergoer and the public qualities of the project.
As Dean of the Staedelschule Architecture Class, Ben van Berkel is happy to announce this year's Dean's Honorary Lecture by Benedetta Tagliabue.
The Dean's Honorary Lecture is part of the SAC end-of-year events and will take place at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt am Main on Monday, June 29th 2015 at 19:00.
Further end-of-year events include:
First Year Group:
Thursday and Friday, June 25-26, 10:00 - 18:00
Master Thesis Group:
Monday and Tuesday, June 29-30, 10:00 - 18:00
Guest Lecture: Clemens Weisshaar
The Vanishing Line Between the Physical and the Digital
Thursday, June 25, 19:00, Städelschule Aula
Guenter Bock Prize Award Ceremony
Monday, June 29, 18:30
Photo: Spanish Pavilion, Expo Shanghai 2010, Benedetta Tagliabue. © Zhen Zhonghai
The academic campus for the Singapore University of Technology and Design reflects an in-depth understanding of the changing requirements of learning institutions today. Connectivity, collaboration, co-creation, innovation and sociality are at the basis of UNStudio’s design thinking on New Campuses.
Ben van Berkel: “By introducing diagonal and framed view corridors, vertical and horizontal connections and covered walkways and by tapering the elevations of the buildings, openness is created that means the buildings are experienced as a connected whole.”