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Top 5 in Design News: More Delays for World Trade Transit Center and Furniture Prices Rival Art

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This week in the world of architecture and design, Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center transit hub draws more ire, the market for highest-end furniture is robust, and the theory behind disk-shaped office buildings. Calatrava's World Trade Transit Center Is Leaking Above: The World Trade Center Transportation Hub under construction. Photograph via the New York Times.  Spanish/Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava’s  World Trade Center Transportation Hub  is under fire once again—this time for a  persistent water leak that has delayed the opening from this year to next. Past criticisms of the  new railway station and shopping mall  centered on the structure being over budget (by nearly double) and behind schedule, even before the water leak was identified. Read the story at the New York Times .  Rising Prices for Art Furniture  Above: A chandelier by Jeff Zimmerman . Photograph via Bloomberg.  Bloomberg reports that in the past decade, prices for high-end furniture have approached values typically reserved for the art market. Says Loic Le Gaillard, cofounder of Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery in New York, “People want exceptional high-end furniture that’s going to match the quality of what they have on the walls.” Read more at Bloomberg .  Dutch Transit Center by UNStudio Opens After 20 Years Above: Photograph by Frank Hanswijk via Slate. On November 19, the Arnhem transportation terminal by Dutch firm UNStudio opened in the Netherlands, after 20 years of planning and $40 million. The hub was first designed in 1996 to replace an aging station, in anticipation of accommodating 110,000 daily commuters by 2020. The curvaceous structure is meant to intuitively guide travelers through the building. Read the story at Slate .  Architect Chosen for World Trade Arts Center Above: Joshua Prince-Ramus. Photograph by Matthias Vriens-McGrath via the Wall Street Journal.  The performing arts center at the World Trade Center site will be REX, a Brooklyn firm led by Joshua Prince-Ramus, whose past work includes the Seattle Central Library and the Wyly Theater in Dallas. The architect worked under Rem Koolhaas earlier in his career as the founding principal of OMA New York, the NY branch of Koolhaas’s studio. The 80,000-square-foot building will serve as a cultural center for lower Manhattan, slated for completion by 2019. Read more at the Wall Street Journal .  The Theory Behind Disk-Shaped Architecture Above: The newest Apple campus planned for Cupertino, California. Image by Handout via the Guardian .  Prompted by a show at London's Serpentine Gallery, the Guardian reports on a theory behind the disk shapes of three new office buildings: Zappos headquarters in Las Vegas, the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham, and Apple’s newest campus in Cupertino, California. The circular buildings, the theory goes, reflect the newly flat management structures of the organizations housed in the structures. Read more at the Guardian .  More from this week:  Trending on Gardenista: How to Plant a Painterly Landscape Trending on Remodelista: The Artist's House More Stories from Remodelista Table of Contents: Homemade Holiday Coming to California: Remodelista Holiday Markets Preview Current Obsessions: Holiday Light






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