ThisWeekinFM’s high-performing buildings roundup includes a cube-shaped skyscraper, a building based on a classic fairytale and one of the first UK new builds to achieve six global sustainability accreditations.
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Mukaab – The Cube Skyscraper
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a cube-shaped skyscraper is set to become the tallest building in the city and larger than 20 Empire State Buildings put together.
The New Murabba project will be built around the concept of sustainability, featuring green areas and walking and cycling paths that will enhance the quality of life by promoting healthy, active lifestyles and community activities. It will also feature an iconic museum, a technology and design university, a multipurpose immersive theatre, and more than 80 entertainment and culture venues.
The project will be situated at the intersection of King Salman and King Khalid roads to the North West of Riyadh, over an area of 19 square kilometers, to accommodate hundreds of thousands of residents. The project will offer more than 25 million sqm of floor area, featuring more than 104,000 residential units, 9,000 hotel rooms, and more than 980,000 sqm of retail space, as well as 1.4 million sqm of office space, 620,000 sqm of leisure assets, and 1.8 million sqm of space dedicated to community facilities.
The 15-minute neighbourhood is due to complete by 2030.
HEMISPHERE by Sciontec
HEMISPHERE, in Liverpool, will be one of the UK’s first new builds that is operational net-zero and achieves Platinum WELL, BREEAM Excellent, EPC Rated A, WiredScore certified and NABERS 5.5*
Set across eight floors, HEMISPHERE will be the most cycling commuter friendly workspace in Liverpool city centre, with 166 secure cycle spaces and e-bike charging facilities. The space will also feature a wellness studio, outdoor workspaces and roof terrace, innovation lab, and multi-purpose event space.
HEMISPHERE will be the first new-build development for Sciontec, the owners of Liverpool Science Park. Sciontec will provide free sustainability guidance to all of its customers, as part of a green leasing strategy.
Picture: a CGI showing the exterior of HEMISPHERE. Image Credit: Sciontec
Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive of Sciontec and KQ Liverpool, said: “We’re proud to be working with Liverpool City Council, with the support of the City Region, to deliver a holistic approach to creating Paddington Village as an inclusive destination for health, life sciences, tech and digital innovation. Nothing encapsulates that vision more than Paddington’s next new building, the 120,000 sq ft HEMISPHERE.
“HEMISPHERE promises to change the future of work. Operational net zero carbon; designed for people who truly care about the environment, for businesses and agencies who are driven by innovation, inclusivity and wellbeing.
“We were excited to be out at MIPIM last month, as part of the Liverpool City Region delegation, showcasing the stunning new visuals for HEMISPHERE, a unique and well connected business location at the heart of the Knowledge Quarter Liverpool innovation district.”
Sciontec is aiming to break ground at the end of 2023, with a completion date in late 2025.
The Rapunzel Tower
In Germany, a visitor centre on the site of an organic food producer and distributor is based on Rapunzel’s hair.
Picture: a photograph of the spiral staircase, surrounded by a communal seating area. Image Credit: Markus Guhl and Roland Halbe
Rapunzel is one of the leading organic food producers in Europe. Visitors to their new centre can learn interesting facts about cultivation, fair trade and production as well as sustainable living at interactive stations. There is a coffee roastery, a wine cellar, bakery, organic market and a roof terrace.
Natural and renewable building materials such as wood and clay were used in the construction, and no styrofoam was used for the insulation and the subfloor, but recycled foam glass gravel.
Designed by haascookzemmrich STUDIO2050, Rapunzel’s braid is represented in the form of a large, spiral wooden staircase connecting all floors. The staircase is 14.5-meters-high and weighs 12-tonnes. The production took place in individual segments with up to eight stages. The veneers of the cheeks were first glued to prefabricated moulds and then processed with a CNC-controlled milling machine.
Picture: a CGI showing the exterior of the cube-shaped skyscraper at the New Murabba project. Image Credit: New Murabba
Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 27 April 2023
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