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Issue 77: OUTSTANDING LAND MARKS! The Taiyuan Museum of Art is defined by a curving, horizontal mass whose surfaces rise, fall and torque in response to the topography. The Heydar Aliyev Center establishes a continuous, fluid relationship between its surrounding plaza and the building’s interior, blurring conventional differentiation between architectural object and urban landscape, building envelope and urban plaza, figure and ground, interior and exterior. The exterior concrete structure of the Akiha Ward Cultural Center gently curves into a rising spiral, resembling terraced landscapes..
Issue 76: ip:li architects' award-winning project Killiney 118 challenged the design team to create a minimal core of maximum efficiency; ‘dancing stairs’ in a house on Stone Avenue by Makk Architects become a dynamic, experiential element in the space; the raw aesthetics of Seshan Design’s Menerung House in Bangsar, KL, comfortably meets expectations of the client who was involved in the construction process as well; ArchiCentre’s three-storey house in Sunway Damansara, PJ, is a sustainable green home with generous open living spaces and customised private rooms.
Issue 75: Profiled, three practices: WHBC Architects (Malaysia), Guz Architects (Singapore), and Pei Partnership (Hong Kong). Jardin by DP Architects is designed enriched with garden spaces; an ’80s bungalow off Holland Road gets an industrial sized extension by Teh Joo Heng Architects; a three-storey row house in Pasir Panjang by GAD steps out neatly with newly articulated volumes and airwells; Carlo Colombo takes his design to the next level –green buildings; Gehry’s Maggie’s Centre Hong Kong has a comforting humane scale and quality that is inviting and domestic.
Issue 74: More residential forms trumpet their individualism: The sharply angular form of Rhombus in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, is designed to maximise views potential of its sloping rectangular site. A large overhang tops the architectural structure of a four-storey house in Alimos, Greece. A pair of twin houses with timber-stripped gable ends in Lynwood Grove, Singapore. Faceted ‘gem’ of a house in scenic Kiryat Tivon, Israel. House in Fitzroy, Melbourne, embraces the street art in its neighbourhood. Student apartment blocks in Selangor, Malaysia, with suites volumetrically derived from Tetris blocks.
Issue 73: ZLG Design’s Point 92 strikes a highway attitude in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia; WOHA’s Intercontinental Sanya Resort in Hainan, China, reinvents traditional garden schemes, merging architecture with natural terrain on a sprawling seaside location, while its Parkroyal on Pickering in Singapore takes vertical landscaping to new heights in a high-density environment. 3XN’s astounding Blue Planet for Denmark is a must-visit destination in itself; Tetrarc’s Paloma Music Complex in Nimes is robust and muscular, light with colour within; in contrast, Nouvel’s Montpellier city hall is austere, monolithic.
Issue 72: Buildings of eco-conscious architecture: The naturally cooled Star Vista retail mall and 5,000-seater Star Performing Arts Centre by AEDAS; NUS UTown's Education Resource Centre (ERC) by W Architects Pte Ltd. Also, Chang Architects' transforms Joo Chiat Place shophouse into a spectacular loft space that telescopes out to a deep rear extension; RT+Q's Sentosa Cove house is a subtle counterpoint to the symphony of avant-garde forms in the neighbourhood; Lato Design uses a 'timber ribbon' to reinforce the idea of house as a whole instead of different areas and rooms..
Issue 71:A 17-storey residential development on Robin Road is distinguished by ‘sliding blocks’ and 4m deep cantilevers that sharply.
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