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De Ceuvel – the Netherlands

Neat Amsterdam is a former shipyard that has become a post-industrial wasteland. This disused plot is to be turned into a green oasis housing creative and social enterprises, as well as a teahouse and a bed-and-breakfast establishment. Old houseboats that would otherwise be condemned to the junkyard will be refurbished and kitted out with green roofs and other sustainable energy features, turning these craft into on-land offices and workshops. The site’s heavily polluted earth will, over time, be ‘healed’ by «soil-cleaning plants», which will feature strongly in the scheme. Architectural practices Space & Matter, Metabolic and Marjolein Smeele, and landscape architects DELVA. have been jointly commissioned for the project. «The urban plan for de Ceuvel is simple, but has a certain poetry to it,» says Space & Matter’s Sascha Glasl. -The design of the urban plan and community-driven nature of the project rapidly combine ‘waste’ land and ‘waste’ material* into something beautiful and valuable.»

Penn Station – New York

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill has unveiled its plan for a re-conceptualised Pennsylvania Station. «What we propose creates a civic heart for Midtown West, one that is truly public and open to all, while allowing New York City to maintain its position as a global centre of commerce, industry and culture,» says SOM design partner Roger Duffy in regard to a scheme that aims to increase the station’s transit-capacity by adding two additional concourses for new high-speed rail links that will connect the Manhattan station to the city’s airports. At the centre of the scheme will be a «transparent» ticketing hall.

Munch Museum – Oslo

After much prevarication, due in no small part to the fact that Europe’s economy is on life support, Oslo City Council has decided that the Munch Museum in Norway’s capital will get a home-upgrade after all. Herreros Arquitectos is the practice remitted to design the new premises, which, presumably, will be equipped with better security systems than the current building, before Edvard’s art is relocated to the Bjorvika district, where the museum will be situated from 2018 onwards. «This is going to give us a fantastic opportunity to make Munch’s work more widely available. both locally and internationally, says Munch Museum director Stein Olav Henrichsen. «It will strengthen Munch even more in the international art environment.» Unless, of course, a gang of art thieves goes all Pink-Panther on the museum again.

Glass – Miami

Rene Gonzalez has unveiled his design for an 18-storey residential tower in Miami Beach. GLASS, a predominantly glass structure, will have open-plan levels with panoramic views of the surrounding land- and seascape. Sliding doors will separate interior living quarters from spacious terraces, blurring the boundary between indoor and outdoor space within the apartments. The building’s lobby will be a luxurious and elemental space bathed in natural light. The use of materials such as porous coquina stone (which contains fragments of shells and coral) and blue Macauba quartzite will thematically connect the building to its beachfront environment. Internal mirrors will additionally be positioned to reflect views of the ocean.

Makers Quarter – San Diego

The masterplan for a new neighbourhood in California’s second most populous city is taking shape on the drawing boards of John Portman & Associates. The new zone will comprise several blocks in the Upper East Village suburb, and will deliver residential and retail space as well as cultural and entertainment venues. There will also be a community garden, and an «art wall» by local non-profit organisation Humane Smarts. «The Upper East Village is a unique district within San Diego.» says Portman principal Gordon Beckman. «This project presents an incredible opportunity to develop a new neighbourhood here in a holistic way. Our design seeks lo provide linkages, to connect, to be authentic, walkable, and sustainable.»

Wimbledon tennis club – London

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon has unveiled a masterplan to upgrade facilities at the grand old venue. No. I Court will follow Centre Court’s lead and be similarly fitted out with a retractable roof (for those ever-so-rare occasions when a little rain falls on Southwest London); three new grass courts will be added in the north part of the All England Club’s grounds, easing congestion in the south and central areas during The Championships. Grimshaw is the architectural practice with permission to walk on the hallowed turf. «Maintaining [Wimbledon’s] status as the premier tennis tournament in the world underpins the Master Plan.» says Grimshaw partner Kirsten Lees. «Our proposals strive to improve the quality of the experience for all and provide innovative and high-quality solutions to meet the challenges posed by this beautiful but constrained site.» A move to rename Henman Hill as Murray Mount remains unconfirmed.

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