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MVRDV has revealed the design for the Lankuaikei Agriculture Development (LAD) Headquarters in Shanghai, an 11-storey terraced office building that brings together high- and low-tech sustainability strategies under a “swooping technological roof” to create a showcase for the agriculture technology company. Located near the lake at the centre of Lingang New Town, the building is conceived as an “agricultural oasis” in a rapidly developing urban area in Shanghai, and one of China’s greenest, smartest sustainable buildings. The building is rectangular in plan, yet it is given a striking curved shape by the series of terraces clad in wood and covered in greenery, that step down to a courtyard and the main pedestrian entrance on the north side. A curving roof structure which follows the shape of the terraces covers the ensemble. On the southern part of the building, this structure supports solar panels, while on the north it is permeable, filtering sunlight but allowing rain to reach the terraces below. The facade is a “pleated arrangement” of solar panels and glass, angled to protect the interior from strong summer sunlight while allowing winter sunlight into the interiors.


Apple Tower Theatre, Apple’s newest store in downtown Los Angeles, has opened to visitors. The design seeks to reinvigorate one of LA’s most historic cinemas by “giving the building a new purpose and restoring its lost glory,” said the architects. The design is the result of a close collaboration between the design teams at Apple and Foster + Partners. The design restores the distinctive clock tower and exterior terracotta facades, enhances historic interiors and improves the marquees and Broadway Street elevation, while upgrading accessibility to ensure the building will survive and serve the community long into the future. The restored grand staircase takes visitors to the upper levels, while the lobby opens up to the soaring volume of the main theatre hall at ground level, which has been completely transformed into a “majestic display area.”


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