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Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay

Glass Build: 5mm Bronze with ceramic frit strips+0.76 Clear PVB+0.38 White Pvb+5mm Silver Mirror

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is welcoming its newest addition to its Holiday Inn Express family in Singapore. The 442-room Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay has opened its doors in one of Singapore’s liveliest food and entertainment districts.

Getting to Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay is a quick and convenient 20-minute drive from Changi International Airport, ensuring that travelers lose no time at all before heading out to explore the best Singapore has to offer. Guests will find themselves in the heart of the city and steps away from the riverfront, famous for the city’s most popular restaurants and bars serving up delicious fare with a side of live entertainment and music.

Those who want to do some sight-seeing will enjoy taking a stroll along the Singapore River, navigating the waters on a river boat tour or watching some of the regular music events and theatre performances close by in Fort Canning Park. Art lovers are near to the local arts scene, with the likes of Singapore Art Museum and National Museum of Singapore just a few minutes away.

Mark Winterton, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay commented, “Travelers to Singapore will be hard-pressed to find a better location and quality of hotel for the same price than Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay. We’re in the heart of one of Singapore’s most exciting locations – its entertainment and dining hot spot – which is hugely popular among locals and tourists alike.

“Our guests can look forward to a refreshing and hassle-free stay with my team and I who are here to make their experience as easy and as uncomplicated as possible. Holiday Inn Express guests know exactly what they want from a hotel and we listen to them closely.”

Providing everything guests need and nothing they don’t, the select-service hotel brand offers guests the reliability of an international name with the reassurance that their budget is being managed wisely during their stay.

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The award-winning green-designed hotel also features a spacious landscaped roof-top area which includes a fitness room and swimming pool. Guests can recharge with a workout or a refreshing dip in the 40-meter infinity pool with picturesque views of both Clarke Quay and the Singapore skyline. Guests can also watch Clarke Quay’s colorful transformation as the sun sets and the lights come on, revealing the lively ambience of Singapore’s hottest district.

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay follows the successful launch of Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road in July 2013. There are currently six Holiday Inn Express hotels in South East Asia with properties in key cities in Indonesia and Thailand and more than 2,200 around the world.

“Holiday Inn Express is one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the world and this is our second Holiday Inn Express hotel to open in Singapore in under a year. In the last eight months alone, the brand debuted in both Indonesia and Singapore and across the two countries, we opened five Holiday Inn Express hotels in that time. We know that there is a demand for select-service hotel brands in the region and Holiday Inn Express is here to meet that. With 19 Holiday Inn Express hotels due to open across South East Asia alone over the next five years, we’re confident this is just the beginning of a successful growth period for the brand,” said Clarence Tan, Chief Operating Officer, South East Asia & Resorts, IHG.

The new hotel is developed in partnership with RB Capital Hotels, the hotel arm of RB Capital Group – a property investment and development group in Asia that also launched the Cup Page Terrace development in Orchard Road and the EFG Bank Building in Singapore.

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay’s special opening rate from SGD180.00++ per night includes free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel and free Express Start breakfast for two, for stays from now until 31 July 2014.

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Sydney Commonwealth Parliament Offices

Glass Build: (6+6)mm Low Iron Curved Laminated Glass; 6mm Curved Mirror

Architectus designed the fit out for the new Sydney Commonwealth Parliament Offices (CPO) located across three levels at 1 Bligh Street.

The offices are a unique environment which provide office accommodation for Australian government Ministerial and Parliamentary staff while visiting New South Wales and also provide an important gateway for Parliamentarians when meeting international dignitaries.

The central objective of the design was to create flexible and highly secure office accommodation for public and private uses while fully optimising the unique qualities of 1 Bligh.

The timeless design was influenced by the unique nature and character of Sydney, drawing inspiration from natural daylight, views to the harbour, transparency, coastal form and local materials.

The CPO comprises suites for the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and other federal Ministers, along with conference and meeting spaces, media and press rooms and associated facilities.

Through Architectus’ detailed understanding and knowledge of 1 Bligh’s base building design the fit out has been designed to achieve a 6 Star Green Star Office Interiors v1.1 rating.

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Ivywall Hotel in Palawan

LOCATION: Palawan, Philippines

GLASS BUILD: All Interior and Exterior Glass

10mm, 8mm F Green Tempered Glass; 10mm, 12mm Clear Tempered Glass


An affiliate of the Best Western Hotels and Resorts International chain, Best Western Plus The Ivywall Hotel provides the perfect base for both business and leisure travelers in the emerging city of Puerto Princesa in Palawan island – touted as the “Best Island in the World”.

With its beautiful natural attractions, Puerto Princesa in Palawan has become the destination of choice for travelers seeking adventure and a taste of local culture.

The Ivywall Hotel, located at the heart of Puerto Princesa just a few minutes away from the airport, offers a relaxing stay with a host of amenities and world-class service.

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Launched in 2016, The Ivywall Hotel is the first hotel development of DataLand, Inc. – the real estate arm of DDT Konstract, Inc. – a leading quadruple A construction firm in the country. DataLand, Inc. is currently engaged in the development of residential, commercial, office as well as hospitality and leisure projects. The goal is to be “at the cutting edge of the real estate industry through the development of high-quality destinations anchored on the company’s development expertise and dynamism.

DataLand Vice President Paul Vincent Chua explains the concept behind the two restaurants. “Palawan has always been a tourist destination, and our main source of guests are local tourists and foreign travelers who want to experience being close to nature. What we have noticed missing in the city are cultural destinations and food that highlight local offerings within an experiential setting. With Anibong Restaurant and Balayong Grill and Bar, we aim to become the top must-experience dining destinations in Puerto Princesa”, says Chua.

An affiliate of the Best Western Hotels and Resorts International chain, The Ivywall Hotel was awarded the 2017 Best Western Plus Best Standard Award. Its commitment to excellent guest service, inspiring amenities such as its inviting pool and well-equipped fitness center, and comfortable accommodations within a modern Filipino setting have made it the hotel of choice in this landmark tourist destination.

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Novorossiysk’s Waterfront with 9 Descending Buildings

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans for a new masterplan which will be situated along the city of Novorossiysk’s waterfront in Russia, the new masterplan will unite the city’s recreational, cultural, corporate and ecological functions within a coherent composition that reinstates the city’s embankment promenade as important civic space reflecting Novorossiysk’s maritime heritage.

Called Admiral Serebryakov Embankment, the studio has won the competition to activate Novorossiysk’s largest shipping port, which is also the third busiest in Europe. With direct links to Russia’s rail and highway networks, Novorossiysk has also developed into an important centre of industry.

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Novorossiysk is located on the Black Sea coast, connecting Russia with the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean and Suez Canal. “Documented in antiquity as a port specializing in grain, Novorossiysk rich history and traditions as a centre of trade are continued in this masterplan that integrates new public spaces and amenities for the city’s residents and visitors to enjoy the seashore with facilities to host international conferences, trade fairs and business congresses, as well as professional and academic seminars,” said ZHA.

The nine curvaceous buildings are situated perpendicular to the waterfront to maintain existing sea views from the city. The masterplan is blended with Novorossiysk’s urban fabric to create a porous configuration that reconnects the city with its coast. It will invite residents and visitors to traverse the site via public plazas, gardens and parks.

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“By restricting vehicular access, the design creates opportunities for outdoor leisure, sports and recreation in the city’s coastal subtropical climate throughout much of the year,” said ZHA in a project statement.

“The masterplan unites its recreational, cultural, corporate and ecological functions within a coherent composition that reinstates the city’s embankment promenade as important civic space reflecting Novorossiysk’s maritime heritage. A new fishing port, marina and piers are integral to the masterplan, enabling residents and visitors to enjoy the seashore on which the city was founded.”

The 13.9-hectare (139,000-square-metre) masterplan is a phased development of nine principal buildings with a total floor area of approximately 300,000 square metres.

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“Applying the concept of ‘instancing’ in which nine iterations of a single form evolve in a gradient across the site, the configuration of each building is established according its unique function, conditions and requirements,” added the studio.

“As with time-lapse photography capturing nine instances of its subject over a period of time, this evolution sequence becomes the masterplan itself.”

ZHA, as it always has been, will use a digital computational model developed for this masterplan in Novorossiysk which will perform as an urban planning tool – analysing many different programmatic, environmental and socio-economic conditions to define the new buildings within the masterplan.

“All nine buildings are informed by this digital model that simultaneously considers multiple iterations including programme, orientation, environment, height and volume,” explained the firm.

“This parametric model enables designers and stakeholders to accommodate the functional, economic and other time-related fluctuations that influence each new phase of development while also maintaining the overriding architectural vision.”

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The first phase of the masterplan will include facilities for civic, cultural and corporate events as well as the hotel; signalling the restoration of the city’s waterfront on Tsemes Bay as a vibrant public space for Novorossiysk’s residents and visitors.

More than 40 teams from 13 countries took part in the competition. The jury included local and national architects, urban planners and economists together with representatives of the Novorossiysk administrative region.

Construction of the masterplan’s first phase is expected to start in the second half of 2019.

Zaha Hadid Architects is also working on the Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Moscow, Russia, which is expected to be completed in 2019.

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BIG Designs Twisting Towers In New York

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels’ firm BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled new images of a pair of twisting towers that are currently rising in New York’s High Line. Located at 76 11th Avenue between 17th Street and 18th Street, the new towers are comprised of a twisted form sitting on a massive but semi-transparent base, which are gently designed not to block each other’s views along the High Line.

Named The XI, the towers – also literally known as The Eleventh, are currently under construction on site and their exoskeleton already took shape on project site. The XI is planned to complete in 2019.

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Developed by HFZ Capital Group, the tower on the West side will have 36 floors and reach approximately 400 feet (121,9 meters), will include 149 condos and its interiors will designed by the New York firm Gabellini Sheppard, while the East tower will reach 26 floors and about 300 feet (91 meters). The East tower will also contain a Six Senses hotel on the lower floors and will contain 87 condos from the 11th floor up, which will be designed by the Paris firm Gilles & Boissier.

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Conceived as “a micro-neighbourhood”, the building’s central courtyard will be filled with plantings, designed by the Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea. On the street level of the building, several pavilions, restaurants and retail stores, linked to a park on the eastern edge of the site designed by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, are developed to attract visitors throughout this popular walkway.

The pair of twisting asymmetrical bronze and travertine towers is connected by a skybridge, allowing new visitors to pass underneath. The building will be clad by travertine materials and as the towers rotate around its own base, the appearance of the material will change and be shadowed throughout floor-to-ceiling glazing.

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“Our whole idea is to create a resort environment in an urban setting,” Mr. Feldman told New York Times. “We have all the natural resources — the water, the park, the High Line.”

Bjarke Ingels also explained to the New York Times that he designed twisted towers in order to maximize desirable views for residents inside, by allowing the buildings to peek around each other and neighboring structures.

“We minimized the width of the tower on the river, on the lower levels,” added Ingels, describing the west tower. “But then as it rises, it expands, and at the top, it occupies the full western facade.”

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