April 2013 supplement
April 2013 issue
Self-sufficient cultural centre is music to the ears
The brief from the matriarch of a cosmetics fortune was to create a world-class yet intimate auditorium for the playing of chamber music in a natural setting. The result is a critically-acclaimed music venue that has featured on the big screen and been enjoyed by thousands of music lovers in its first year of operation.
GKD protects new transport hub from the sun
To bring the 100-year-old infrastructure between the Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in line with current requirements, the state of Minnesota implemented the biggest municipal rail throughout its history. To ensure protection from the sun, its transport hub has been provided with large-scale cladding in the form of metal fabrics and additional stainless steel birds.
Passive house sets a new precedent
Developers Simone Kreutzer and Tommy Wesslund have recently completed work on an eco-home in Sweden, clad in Kebony. Villa Circuitus, meaning ‘a going around’ in Latin, is a spacious, circular 175m² passive house containing four bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and dining area.
Weedon Architects echoes natural habitat at Twycross Zoo
Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire has officially opened one of the largest gibbon facilities in Europe in its most ambitious development to date, Gibbon Forest.