London Aquatic Centre by Zaha Hadid

If i designed such a magnificent building to host a sporting event watched by the public and then didn’t receive a single invitation or ticket to said sporting event I would be less than impressed.

The building has recently found its way back in to the news, not because the olympics start in less than 24 hours time, but sadly for the wrong reasons….Dezeen recently reported┬áthat a dispute has occured between LOCOG and the award winning architect over 600 tickets that have been sold to spectators that will have restricted views of the top diving board events.

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Pacific Place, Hong Kong by Thomas Heatherwick

Hot on the heels of my last shopping centre orientated blog post I have found a case study of another one in Hong Kong. I was actually looking for sculptural installation work by Thomas Heatherwick for a shopping centre project I am working on in England, when I came across Pacific Place. Thomas Heatherwick was commisioned to rennovate this shopping centre and it just looks incredible.

It ripples and flows organically from the external stone facade, through the interior surfaces, glass, mall edges and ceiling features, to intricate details such as lift cars and their calling buttons. Such is the sense of fluidity to the building Heatherwick has moved to soften all angular edges, one impressive instance of this, a new restaurant on the upper level, features skylights clad in timber with softened edges. Continue Reading