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#3Novices: Concrete beams curve through Brasília art gallery in abandoned hospital

Brazilian studio Debaixo do Bloco has stripped back the curved corner of a former hospital to create this art gallery in Brasília.

Galeria Meia by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

The local architects renovated a 105-square-metre space inside an abandoned hospital – built in the Brazilian capital in the 1950s – to create art gallery and events space Galeria Meia 1.

The overhaul began by ripping out the partitioning walls, revealing a concrete structure comprising three curved beams supported by a series columns.

Galeria Meia by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

After exposing the structure, the studio chose to make it the centrepiece of the design. White ceiling slabs are placed either side to frame and support the beams, while minimal finishes were choses to complement its rough texture.

Galeria Meia by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

“The preservation of this [unusual structure] and emphasising it in the project became the premise of this work,” said Debaixo do Bloco, which translates to English as Under the Block. “The concrete and structures are without finishes to maintain a rustic appearance, and reveal the imperfections and the authenticity of the space.”

Galeria Meia by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

Translucent glass shutters are fitted along the curved wall at the front of the gallery to allow plenty of daylight inside, as well as maintaining privacy. The windows are placed on pivots, opening to the garden.

Galeria Meia by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

White netted curtains run along the front of this glazed wall to offer more privacy and reduce glare.

Galeria Meia by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

Existing cement boards lining the walls were left exposed, while dark grey floor slabs provide a neutral backdrop for artwork on show. The workbench at the back of the space features a sanded black sandstone base, topped with an angular slab of white Carrara marble to also complement these tones.

Galeria Meia by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

Most of the furnishings selected for the gallery feature brown hues to offset the monochrome backdrop. Among the pieces is a low-level brown leather chair, which is placed between the concrete columns beneath a large standing lamp.

Galeria Meia by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

Other furnishings include a hammock-like chair covered in animal fur, a sofa set along one wall, and wooden side tables. There is also a pair of grey chairs with wooden frames and rugs with geometric patterns that brighten up the space.

Galeria Meia by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

“In the middle of this grey and white climate, the furniture was purposely chosen in caramels, natural leather and wood to bring the warmth to the gallery and prevent the environment from staying cold,” said the studio.

Galeria Meia by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

Gallery Six 1 is currently showcasing the work of Brazilian artist Christus Nobrega in an exhibition that will run until 8 November 2017.

Galeria Meia by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

Under the Block Architecture’s renovation is one of many projects that focus on reusing buildings in creative ways. Examples include the transformation of a former Copenhagen coal crane into private retreat and a sex shop that was converted into tiny Japanese art gallery.

Photography is by Haruo Mikami.

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#3Novices: Richard Rogers’ Three World Trade Center nears completion in New York

The next piece in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, a skyscraper by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, looks almost complete in photos shared on Instagram.

Three World Trade Center is due to officially open in spring 2018, but most of the external work on the 1,079-foot (329-metre) tower appears to be finished.

Silverstein Properties, the real estate company that owns the building, said the project is 90 per cent complete and that work is currently taking place on the lobby areas in an Instagram post on 6 October 2017.

More images on social media show its orthogonal glass-covered form, with zigzagging structural elements exposed up the sides facing east and west, and lines vertically emphasising its north and south facades.

The building is designed by the London-based firm originally founded in 1977 by architect Richard Rogers, who was later joined by Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour. The company is celebrating its 10th anniversary as Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners this year.

Three World Trade Center contains two million square feet (190,000 square metres) of office and retail space. Its concrete core topped out in June 2016, while the perimeter steel structure reached its maximum height in October 2016. Installation of its glass facades completed in August 2017.

Spires topping each of its four corners, shown in early renderings but later dropped, would have taken the building’s height to 1,168 feet (356 metres). Despite losing 89 feet (27 metres), it still remains in the category of supertall skyscrapers, which measure between 984 feet (300 metres) and 1,969 feet (600 metres) tall. It currently stands at the 10th tallest building in the US.

The tower sits between Four World Trade Center, designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki and completed in 2013, and Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus above the area’s transport hub that opened last year.

Along with One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, the buildings spiral in height around the memorial and museum dedicated to the 9/11 terrorist attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers and other nearby buildings. The layout adheres to the masterplan for the site, which architect Daniel Libeskind won an open competition for following the attacks.

Still to come as part of the revitalised World Trade Center complex include BIG’s Two World Trade Center tower, which is yet to make it out of the ground, and a translucent performing arts venue by Rex.

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3Novices: Engineer jumps off Forum mall, dies

A 27-year-old man jumped off Vijaya Forum mall on Tuesday. He died of his injuries later.Police identified the man as P. Yuvaraj, a native of Vellore district and an engineering graduate. On Tuesday,…

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