Wienerberger India has launched a complete set of roof protection accessories, Koramic Roof System Components (KRSC). The accessories include roofing underlays, insulating materialand other accessories. The components offer complete protection from heat and moisture, and long-lasting products that give continuous protection from water leakage at all vulnerable areas of the roof. These roofing systems are quick and easy to install and have roofed more than 1,500 households across South India.
The Koramic Roof Systems Components include:
PREMIUM REFLEX/Barrier ALU: Roofing underlays that provides waterproofing and insulation.
KORAFLEX: Flashing tapes that protects the abutments.
KORAROLL: For under ridge protection from moisture and avoid mortar bedding below ridges.
VALLEY SHEETS: For waterproofing in valley areas.
TILES Clips: For wind protection and prevents tiles upliftment in storm and cyclones.
Wienerberger’s Koramic & Tondach tile solutions are genuine terracotta tiles that come in a wide range of profiles, finishes and colours that give the architect enough design flexibility. The solution also offers the best protection for houses against weather and wet conditions. They are durable, energy-efficient and colour that does not fade over time.
Safdie Architects has unveiled its plans to extend its Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore by adding a fourth tower. The tower is expected to stand-alone and will be reportedly take cues from the existing glass buildings, which were completed by Safdie Architects on Marina Bay in 2011. The studio has also designed a new entertainment district with state-of-the-art music arena of 15,000 seat. Each of the towers are linked by a cantilevered sky garden and houses luxury hotel rooms. Besides, the resort also has a museum, two theatres, a casino, shops and restaurants. The tower is expected to house 1,000 hotel suits, while its sky roof will feature a swimming pool and restaurant.
In order to transform a historic Melbourne cricket pavilion into a flexible community hub, Winter Architecture has teamed up with Zunica Interior Architecture. The firm has created a flexible space that could server a variety of functions and it also enhances its relationship with cricket oval and surrounding landscape. Understanding the client’s need, the studio maintained the building’s relationship with the local community by creating spaces both internally and externally. The updated design introduces two large openings that create a southeast central circulation axis and reinforces the building's aspect to the cricket oval. The existing structural roof beams on the southeast elevation have been extended into a deep eave towards the oval to create a covered external area.
Commemorating its 10th year, Mattiazzi will be launching seating by Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, Foster + Partners and Industrial Facility. The four have guest art-directed the collection. The collection is expected to include chairs and stools and will be reportedly launched at Milan design week. For the collection, the chair and low stool has been made from pine wood and steel called Fronda. Hecht and Colin have contributed to this collection. The collection is majorly inspired by contemporary and nomadicculture. The metal seat possesses he qualities of Japanese copper and cypress washing buckets. The Zampa collection by Jasper Morrison comprises a low and high stool in ash wood. With gently curving legs and a round, flat seat, the stools feature a minimum of joins.The fourth collection, Leva, by Foster + Partners is a chair in ash wood that was inspired by the efficiency of the form and materiality of an oar.
Designed by the US-based firm Dynia Architects, shifted floor plates and slanted elements offer an off-kilter appearance to a boutique hotel in a Denver art district. The eight-storey building of The Source Hotel reportedly cements the neighbourhood’s reputation as Denver’s cultural hub. The 84,752-sq-ft hotel has a dynamic, off-kilter form as it rises up from a two-storey podium. The six-storey mass angles cross the site with shifted floor plates forming cantilevers and setbacks. Its exterior walls are clad in black and silver metal, giving the building an industrial look. The exterior column on the northeast elevation is slanted and is coloured in bright aquamarine. The hotel is an extension to an existing building, The Source.
Feilden Fowles has designed a gallery, interpretation space, restaurant and shop at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in northern England. The Weston visitor centre is an open-air gallery that includes works by numerous internationally renowned artists including Henry Moore and Barbara epworth. The building is reportedly designed to have minimal impact on the historic landscape. It serves as a subtle and respectful landmark on the eastern boundary of the sculpture park. The centre features a lobby with a gallery space and shop on one side and toilets and a restaurant on the other. The building has two distinct faces. The centre's walls are constructed from layered pigmented concrete, with the kitchen and toilet arranged within the solid eastern wall and the gallery space wrapped in the material.
A concept for a floating city of 10,000 people, which could help populations threatened by extreme weather events and rising sea levels has been designed by architecture firm BIG. At a round-table discussion on floating cities at the United Nation’s New York headquarters, Bjarke Ingels, Founder, BIG had unveiled his plan for Oceanix City. Its concept consists of buoyant islands clustered together in groups of six to form villages, where these clusters would then be repeated in multiples of six to form a 12-hectare village for 1,650 residents, and then again to form an archipelago home to 10,000 citizens. The concept has been based on a modular idea of a hexagonal island. The modules are expected to be built on land and then towed to sea, where they would be anchored in place. The miniature islands are also designed to survive a category-five hurricane. The firms will be reportedly buildings atop to be constructed from locally sourced replenishable materials such wood and fast- growing bamboo.
The Shed, a cultural centre in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, has been completed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group. The New York firms have featured a retractable roof hat can be moved to form a performance area. Spread across 200,000 sq ft, The Shed is an eight-storey cultural institution. Its Bloomberg Building has been designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DSR), with Rockwell Group as collaborating architect. It features a U-shaped, moving roof that virtually doubles the size of the art complex. The building is flexible and can be physically transformed depending on the needs and requests of the artistes for utlising the space. Described as a telescoping outer shell, the moveable roof extends away from the main building on bogie wheels to creates a multi-use event space in the adjoining plaza called The McCourt that spans 11,700 sq ft.
In order to appeal to its increasingly environmentally conscious and transient customers, IKEA is reportedly in plans to roll out furniture rentals to all its main markets. Earlier, the company had been looking into leasing its desks, bed and sofas, however, it fleshed out its plans at an event held at its first sustainable store in Kaarst, Germany. Many consumers change homes frequently, however, they cannot afford new furniture every time they move. Recognising this need, IKEA worked on its first rental pilot. It is also motivated by environmentalism, with IKEA surveys showing that 90 percent of its customers are ready to change their behaviour, even if most don't know how to do that. IKEA, which had global sales of $44 billion last year, will reportedly test a range of subscription-based leasing offers in all 30 of its markets by 2020 so products are reused as often as possible before being recycled.
The design for Kempegowda International Airport Terminal 2 in Bengaluru, India has been unveiled by Skidmore Owings and Merrill. The SOM terminal reimagines the airport as a landscaped and serene transportation experience. The construction of the project’s first phase is expected to be completed by March 2021. Spread across 255,000 sq m, trees, small gardens and ponds features the local and exotic species of plants in line with the interiors, while planted bells hanging from the ceiling will greet passengers at the entrance. A large indoor garden is expected to contain rammed-earth walls and waterfalls, providing a gateway into the densely-landscaped retail space. The terminal is expected to have a garden within. The terminal’s shopping area will be connecting the gates to the three-storey forest belt.