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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.”
UNStudio’s design for the Theater aan de Parade in 's-Hertogenbosch has been selected among the last two finalists in the competition to design a new theatre for the city. The residents of 's-Hertogenbosch will vote for their choice of the winning design over the next two weeks. The announcement of the winning design will take place in July 2015.
Further information about UNStudio's design >>>
Voting site (for residents of 's-Hertogenbosch): http://www.s-hertogenbosch.nl/inwoner/actueel/theater/stemmen-voor-nieuw-theater-aan-de-parade/
'Advanced Architecture Design' (AAD) at the Städelschule in Frankfurt promotes a design driven discourse of the changing role of the architect to define new fields and conditions of work. “Value Formation” is the theme of AAD 2015, and the initial phase 'De-Coding Amsterdam', focusses on a city valuation study and was recently presented at the Städelschule Rundgang 2015.
The scope of the undertakings in AAD lies, on one side, in the resultant training in and discussion of an elaborated design methodology, and on the other, in implemented research on topics in urbanism, architecture theory, science and technology. The basis for both research and design methodology is the reading of the city and its buildings as relational and intricate systems. The investigation of interdependencies of form, structure, programme, context and material, enable the consideration of an inner logic of complexity, relativity and multiplicity.
In 'De-Coding Amsterdam' the AAD students investigate phenomena of such urban systems and their effects on building and living environments. Detailed analyses of spatial, infrastructural, social, cultural and economic influences on the city of Amsterdam are addressed and raise questions about the potentials of a critical re-development of the city.
Using a large scale projection, an exploration of form and video in the Rundgang exhibition by the AAD group, the students presented a variety of impressions and observations of the city of Amsterdam that enable an unconventional reading of the city beyond the expectation of well-known stereotypes. The over-layering of a diverse selection of media centrally placed the development of possible architectural strategies in the field of interdependencies of the city’s ecology, its inhabitants and its architecture.
The video-installation reflects some of the research aspects discovered in the current investigation and form the base of the design project for Amsterdam in the coming semester.
Dean: Ben van Berkel
Advanced Architectural Design (AAD)
Guest Professor: Christian Veddeler
Students: Anirudh Rajdev Krishnadas, Bi Han, Marquez Colby, Shiraz Cheriya Parambath, Henrik Irminger Thomassen, Yelta Köm, Yorgui George Khawam
Ben van Berkel / UNStudio's new design for a 3D-printed shoe was unveiled earlier this week by United Nude at the exhibition 'Re-Inventing Shoes' during Milan Design Week 2015.
The Re-Inventing shoes project + exhibition, invited five leading architects and designers to explore and challenge 3D printing technology by designing 3D printed ladies high heels.
Ben van Berkel / UNStudio's new interactive StandTable to be launched today in Rotterdam by innovative furniture brand PROOFF.
Designed to encourage user flexibility and to generate dynamic interactions within the office environment, the StandTable stations divide the traditional circular table into three parts
and create plateaus of different heights, allowing the user to work in various positions. A place to work at, on, behind, around, the StandTable embodies flexibility in a user-generated way.
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