This dynamic new office building in the City of London has recently been completed on a high-profile site next to Smithfield Market. The colourful structure will become Tiktok’s new UK Headquarters and includes 5,500sqm of modern and efficient office space with a WiredScore Platinum rating and outstanding views out over the surrounding historic neighbourhood.
Crossrail will provide a new high speed east-west link through central London, connecting Canary Wharf in the east to Heathrow Airport in the west. Its infrastructure is of a considerably more generous scale than the current underground network and is planned to facilitate stations and trains which have a capacity twice that of the tube.
IUMO (formerly known as CarTube) is the fusion of two modes of transport, automated electric cars and mass transit, into a single seamless urban mobility system that will revolutionise existing cities and allow for unprecedented urban forms in new cities. IUMO relies on automated electric cars both on existing roads as well as on a network of thoroughfares dedicated solely for their use. Within this network, the cars would be controlled via a dynamic platoon protocol and would travel in continuous flow at high speed, providing capacity far in excess of conventional public transport.
Despite many advances in technology, the elevator has not changed in over 150 years: a single cab hoisted up an and down in an otherwise empty shaft. This shaft is one of the most expensive, underused and inefficient pieces of real estate in the world. At street level and below ground, as soon as a taxi cab or underground train passes, the next follows on its tail. These are looped transportation systems — multi-directional, adaptable and super-efficient. Why shouldn’t elevators behave the same way?
The Government of the State of Qatar, represented by the New Port Project Steering Committee (NPP SC) has embarked on a major programme to develop a new port approximately 25 kilometers south of Doha.
The new Tianjin Binhai International Airport (IATA: TSN, ICAO: ZBTJ) is located east of Tianjin, in Dongli District in Northeastern China. The design of the project, won in an international competition, provides for the phased expansion of the development. Besides the new signature terminal building that serves as a gateway to this fourth largest city in China, the scheme includes the design of new runways, a new automated people mover system (APM) and main rail connection. The phased expansion will provide a state-of-the-art terminal building that triples the airport’s current capacity to a scale similar to that of Schiphol Airport, when completed.
In an attempt to decentralise its national government, South Korea is building Sejong City, a new administrative capital in the centre of the country. Osong Biovalley forms a satellite of this new town, and a hub for the biotechnology industry close to central government. PLP and Tomoon Architect’s entry into an international competition for the Osong Masterplan reimagines the structure of a Korean city to create new forms of collectivity for a research oriented community, breaking the mould of traditional science parks by preserving nature amidst a dense urban environment.
The design of the new Royal Jet terminal at Abu Dhabi International airport rethinks the function of an airport. From the flowering garden to the arching form of the roofs, the design builds on local traditions of architecture and landscape to provide an experience more like that of a hotel than that of an airport.
Munich Airport (IATA: MUC, ICAO: EDDM), the second largest in Germany, has become one of the leading European aviation hubs. Munich Airport Society’s decision to centralise Terminal 2’s activities, in contrast to the decentralised Terminal 1, creates an opportunity and a responsibility to provide a major civic space shared by 25 million passengers per year.