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MVRDV reveals design for Canada’s LGBTQ2+ National Monument


MVRDV has unveiled details of its proposed design for Canada’s LGBTQ2+ National Monument.

To deliver the design named the Lens, MVRDV partnered with visual arts and landscape architecture Fathom Studio and Two Row Architect under the name Team Durling. It is one of five teams shortlisted to design the monument, which will be installed close to Parliament Hill in Ottawa’s Capital Plateau.

The monument will be built on behalf of the LGBT Purge Fund and the Government of Canada. Situated on a 6,300m² site facing the Ottawa River, the monument is intended to serve as a recognition of the discrimination experienced by Canada’s LGBTQ2+ people, specifically during the LGBT Purge, a discriminatory federal government campaign that ended in the 1990s.

MVRDV partner Fokke Moerel said: “The Monument offers a literal embrace for people that have been historically excluded and will provide a safe space to heal, reflect and grow.”

The Lens is designed as an expansive canted form pointing toward the Capital Plateau. The ring in cross-section is a triangle that was once a tool of persecution. The triangle, which now represents a positive symbol of self-identity, is extruded into a circle to resemble a concave lens.

The winning design will be announced in late 2022 while the project is slated for completion in 2025.

Image: Illustration of MVRDV’s proposal for Canada’s LGBTQ2+ National Monument.

Credit: MVRDV.

Image: Artist rendering of a building in the Masaar project. Credit: Arada Developments


Select Group unveils plans for Peninsula Two tower in Dubai

Emirati property developer Select Group has shared details of the Peninsula Two tower, which it plans to build in the heart of Dubai’s Business Bay.

Peninsula Two will provide waterfront living with a mix of residential and commercial units, including studios, one and two-bedroom apartments.

These will be located next to a 66,000ft² community mall, which will feature a large-scale upmarket supermarket, waterfront cafés and restaurants among other amenities.

The units at Peninsula Two are designed to offer views of Burj Khalifa, the Downtown skyline and the Dubai Canal.


Design unveiled for Zugló City Centre in Budapest, Hungary

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled the architectural design for Zugló City Centre mixed-use scheme in Budapest’s 14th district in Hungary.

Planned to be built on nearly 7ha site between Bosnyák Square and Rákos Creek, the new centre in Zugló will be developed in phases by Bayer Construct Group.

The construction of the project is scheduled to start in 2022, with completion planned for 2029.

The project will feature new civic spaces together with restaurants and cafes, shops, apartments, offices, a new medical clinic and a town hall. It will also have a network of interconnected gardens and plazas.