Archinect - News 2014-04-20T04:34:09-04:00 New Condo Towers Are Racing Skyward in Midtown Manhattan Archinect 2014-04-09T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T11:25:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ever taller, ever thinner, the new condo towers racing skyward in Midtown Manhattan are breaking records for everything, including price. Sold for $95 million, the 96th floor of 432 Park Avenue will be the highest residence in the Western world. As shadows creep across Central Park, Paul Goldberger looks at the construction, architecture, and marketing of these super-luxury aeries, gauging their effect on the city&rsquo;s future.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why China is turning to Chicago for advice on its new skyscrapers Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T19:30:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:32:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin, writes about China's building boom in his story, "Designed in Chicago, made in China." [...] "Chinese developers lack the expertise to do great skyscrapers," he says. "During the Cultural Revolution their architectural profession was decimated. It really became more about purely engineering. So if you're a Chinese developer, you go to Chicago."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Also read Blair Kamin's recent three-part series for the Chicago Tribune about China's building boom, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designed in Chicago, Made in China</a>."</p> Better a small house than a skyscraper that signifies nothing Alexander Walter 2014-03-24T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-03-24T13:42:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The White House may be the centre of great power, but it is not in itself that big or that shouty. It&rsquo;s just a nice, white house, rather elegant, with a fine sweeping drive, but utterly dwarfed by the US Treasury next door &ndash; a fact that is, in itself, a bit of a clue to the relative significance of wealth in American society. [...] If the White House gleams simply because of the influence of the man inside it, the rest of the Washington complex is designed to make its case for significance.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winners Justine Testado 2014-03-20T20:19:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T09:38:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners for the 9th annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition have finally been revealed! The sky is indeed the limit for the popular worldwide competition, which gave participants complete freedom with their skyscraper designs. Imaginative ideas aside, entrants also had to examine the skyscraper's definition, purpose, and potential in the 21st century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of 525 entries from 43 countries in all continents, the Jury awarded three winners and 20 Honorable Mentions.</p><p><strong>1st place: "Vernacular Versatility" by Yong Ju Lee - U.S.</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>2nd place: "Car and Shell: or Marinetti&rsquo;s Monster" by Mark Talbot and Daniel Markiewicz - U.S.</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>3rd place: "Propagate Skyscraper" by YuHao Liu and Rui Wu - Canada</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Click the thumbnails below to see the Honorable Mentions.</p> Cranes are dismantled from China's Shanghai Tower skyscraper Alexander Walter 2014-03-20T14:26:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T14:28:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cranes that have helped to build the Shanghai Tower, China's tallest building and the world's second tallest, are seen being dismantled.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> London's glittering spires: Nearly 250 high-rise developments planned Alexander Walter 2014-03-13T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T19:31:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Up until recently Canary Wharf was the only place for skyscrapers in London. [...] Now it seems that London is going to receive a more cohesive skyline, with a new study produced by the New London Architecture (NLA) thinktank suggesting that at least 236 tall buildings (those over 20 storeys in height) are currently proposed, approved or under construction in the capital.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Current Obsession: Its Own Identity Crisis</a></p> NYT Podcast: Cities of the Present, Cities of the Future Alexander Walter 2014-02-19T15:54:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:27:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="154" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What have we learned so far about how cities function &mdash; and how they don&rsquo;t? What is the role of that most symbolic of city features, the skyscraper? And is it possible to &ldquo;break&rdquo; a city? Five experts offered their perspectives on the use of data to solve urban problems, the ways in which the skyscraper is venerated and misused, and their best guesses on what the cities of the future might look like.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For his NYT Science Times Podcast, Jeffery DelViscio sits down with SOM structural engineer William F. Baker; architect and IIT architecture dean Wiel Arets; University of Chicago associate professor Virginia Parks; Columbia University professor Saskia Sassen; and Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat executive director Antony Wood to discuss "The Future Skyline."</p> Foster + Partners to design second, taller Philadelphia skyscraper for Comcast Alexander Walter 2014-01-15T15:23:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:02:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six years after Comcast Corp. moved into the tallest U.S. skyscraper between Manhattan and Chicago, the cable-TV and Internet giant expects to break ground this summer on an even taller, more dazzling $1.2-billion tower. [...] One of the world's leading architects, Britain's Norman Robert Foster, has designed the trophy building with a host of innovative features.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> HENN wins Cenke Tower competition in Taiyuan, China Alexander Walter 2013-10-22T15:35:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T21:47:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The skyline of Taiyuan, the capital and largest city of North China's Shanxi province, is scheduled to receive a 280-meter / 919-foot addition soon: German firm HENN has won the architectural competition to design the new Cenke Group tower sporting a slick convex shell. Planning is expected to commence in 2014/15.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Wiel Arets Architects completes the AvB Tower in The Hague Justine Testado 2013-09-10T17:35:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T22:59:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wiel Arets Architects announced today the completion of the Anna van Buerenplein (AvB) Tower located in The Hague in The Netherlands. Standing at 72 m (approx. 236 ft), the steel AvB Tower was built as a "hyper-hybrid" academic building that includes housing, dining, and retail for students and faculty.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vanity Height: the Use-less Space in Today’s Tallest Alexander Walter 2013-09-06T12:49:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:47:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We noticed in Journal 2013 Issue I&rsquo;s case study on Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, that a fair amount of the top of the building seemed to be an unoccupied spire. This prompted us to investigate the increasing trend towards extreme spires and other extensions of tall buildings that do not enclose usable space, and create a new term to describe this &ndash; Vanity Height, i.e., the distance between a skyscraper&rsquo;s highest occupiable floor and its architectural top, as determined by CTBUH Height Criteria.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Across China, Skyscrapers Brush the Heavens Archinect 2013-08-29T18:42:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:46:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China is home to 60 of the world&rsquo;s 100 tallest buildings now under construction. But the skyward aspirations of Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, have inspired incredulity tinged with hostility. [...] the project&rsquo;s scale and speed have set off a burst of national introspection in recent days about whether Chinese municipal leaders and developers have gone too far in their increasingly manic reach for the skies.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sky City, world's tallest building, stops construction due to lack of government approval</a></p> Just Launched: eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition Justine Testado 2013-08-26T18:22:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:16:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's time for the infamous eVolo Skyscraper Competition! As many of you here are probably familiar with, eVolo Magazine's Skyscraper Competition gives participants complete freedom with their skyscraper designs while thoroughly examining its definition, its purposes, and its potential in the 21st century. All students, architects, engineers, and designers are welcome to compete&mdash;with multidisciplinary teams being encouraged. So start gathering your teams now!</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> At top of L.A.'s tallest skyscrapers, diverse firms get great views Archinect 2013-08-22T14:00:00-04:00 >2013-08-28T03:13:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Only a select few businesses find themselves atop the skyscraping office suites of downtown L.A., where ears pop on the way up, gourmet meals are served, VIP clients are entertained and earthquakes occasionally shake things up. Working in these prestigious locations on the top floor of the city's five tallest towers are a big law firm, a metal service company, an investment management firm, a mutual fund company and a computer services firm involved in Japanese pornography.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> RTKL Gets to Design a 28-story Tower in Indianapolis Alexander Walter 2013-08-13T18:12:00-04:00 >2013-08-13T18:40:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The bid to design an $81 million, 28-story residential tower on the site of Indianapolis' former Market Square Arena just went to RTKL (together with developer Flaherty &amp; Collins Properties). The winning design was chosen by a panel of local government, real estate and community leaders and prevailed over five other competitors.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sky City, world's tallest building, stops construction due to lack of government approval Archinect 2013-07-31T14:11:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:45:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yin Zhi, head of Beijing Tsinghua Urban Design Institute, said, "The technique that Broad Group uses has no precedent in the world, and the cost they promised is very low. So they either have some record breaking techniques or it&rsquo;s a lie. They are gambling. If they win, they will change the history of world architecture, but that's one chance in a million."</p></em><br /><br /><p> In China&rsquo;s Hunan province, ground was broken for the next "world's tallest skyscraper". It was a brave ambition. The developer Broad Group planned to build an 838 meter tower with 202 stories, in just 10 months. The tower would surpass the current tallest skyscraper, Dubai&rsquo;s Burj Khalifa by 10 meters. But the project has been halted over questions concerning feasibility and government permission.</p> Aedas Wins Competition for Xuhui Binjan Media City 188S-G-1 Tower in Shanghai Alexander Walter 2013-07-24T14:51:00-04:00 >2013-07-24T16:42:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Warped skyscrapers keep trending: global architecture firm Aedas announces its recent competition win in Shanghai &ndash; the Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> CTBUH Selects the 4 Best Tall Buildings for 2013 Alexander Walter 2013-07-09T19:26:00-04:00 >2013-07-09T20:00:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has announced the four regional winners in the race for the title Best Tall Building Worldwide 2013. The top regional towers include The Shard in London (Winner Europe); CCTV in Beijing (Winner Asia and Australia); Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi (Winner Middle East and Africa); and The Bow in Calgary (Winner Americas).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> OMA’s Twin Skyscrapers Win Tors Torn Competition in Stockholm Alexander Walter 2013-06-19T14:51:00-04:00 >2013-06-24T21:59:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="646" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA has been announced as winner of the design competition for Tors Torn in Stockholm. The proposed pair of towers with its facetted facade was designed as the third tallest twin skyscrapers in Sweden.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "Sky City" gets approval, to be tallest building in the world, with contruction schedule now estimated at 7 months Archinect 2013-05-23T17:13:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T22:20:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week, Broad Group announced it has received approval from the Chinese government and will break ground on the project next month, though according to Quartz's Lily Kuo, Broad Sustainable Building has pushed the building's schedule to a more modest seven months.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Anywhere but Here: Deserted Banking Empire turned Skyscraper Slum Archinect 2013-05-13T14:04:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T14:05:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was built for stockbrokers and bankers in their thousand dollar suits to make million dollar deals, but for nearly two decades it has held the less impressive title of the world&rsquo;s tallest squat. Welcome to the Centro Financiero Confinanzas, more commonly known as the Torre David (the Tower of David) in Caracas, Venezuela, an unfinished skyscraper which has now been colonised by an ad hoc community of over 700 families.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winner of 2013 Mock Firms International Skyscraper Competition Alexander Walter 2013-05-06T16:54:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T19:17:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Winners have been announced recently at the fifth annual Mock Firms International Skyscraper Competition, organized by Chicago Architecture Today. [...] The top title of International Skyscraper and Mock Firm Champion (a combination of architectural and marketing efforts) was awarded to the team AZAHAR Architecture composed of five architecture students and one professor from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mumbai's tallest skyscraper designed to "confuse the wind" Archinect 2013-05-03T14:48:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T15:08:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="824" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture has unveiled plans for Imperial Tower, which would become Mumbai's tallest building and surely one of the world's most slender skyscrapers, should it come to be built. The 116-story, 400-m (1,300-ft) tall residential skyscraper has a distinctive curved shape, which AS+GG says has been designed to "confuse the wind."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Creating Energy from Noise Pollution Anna Johnson 2013-03-26T01:10:00-04:00 >2013-03-26T15:36:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Soundscrapers could soon turn urban noise pollution into usable energy to power cities. An honourable mention-winning entry in the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, dubbed Soundscraper, looked into ways to convert the ambient noise in urban centres into a renewable energy form. Noise pollution is currently a negative element of urban life but it could soon be valued and put to good use.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Poor-Quality Chinese Concrete Could Lead to Skyscraper Collapses Archinect 2013-03-21T18:53:00-04:00 >2013-03-25T20:57:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Ping&rsquo;an Finance Center is planned to top out at 660m, making it not only China&rsquo;s tallest building but the second-tallest building in the world after the Burj Dubai. 80m has been built so far, but construction has been halted in the wake of the revelation from Shenzhen&rsquo;s Housing and Construction Bureau that substandard sea sand concrete had been used in its construction.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> JAHN-Designed Japan Post Tower to Open in Tokyo Alexander Walter 2013-03-13T13:53:00-04:00 >2013-03-18T18:48:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo has a new skyscraper: the Japan Post Tower, a 38-story high-rise building designed by Helmut Jahn's Chicago firm in collaboration with Mitsubishi Jishu Sekkei, will hold its official grand opening for all commercial space Friday, March 21, 2013.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition Winners Archinect 2013-03-12T20:42:00-04:00 >2013-03-13T16:06:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our friends at eVolo Magazine just announced the winners of the 2013 Skyscraper Competition. The annual award, established in 2006, recognizes design visions that rethink the conventions of vertical living and the use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations. [...] The winners were selected for their creativity, ingenuity, and understanding of dynamic and adaptive vertical communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> To commemorate the award, eVolo published a collector&rsquo;s edition of its highly acclaimed book <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>eVolo Skyscrapers</em></a>. The book is a two-volume, 1300-page set with the best 300 projects received since 2006. Only 150 copies are available worldwide.</p> United Bank of Addis Ababa Entry by Söhne & Partner Architekten and BET Architects Alexander Walter 2013-02-26T19:29:00-05:00 >2013-02-28T18:02:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Viennese practice S&ouml;hne &amp; Partner Architekten has shared with us their competition entry for the new United Bank building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The tower design with the dragon-scale facade was conceived in collaboration with Ethiopian firm BET Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Massive mixed-use project in Hollywood clears a hurdle Archinect 2013-02-20T16:47:00-05:00 >2013-02-21T07:59:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A proposal for two skyscrapers that would flank the Capitol Records tower in Hollywood gained the approval of the city's planning department Tuesday despite push-back from dozens of disgruntled residents. The Millennium Hollywood plans are the most ambitious in a string of revitalization projects in the area, including the W Hotel and the Hollywood &amp; Highland Center. The $664-million mixed-use development could include more than 1 million square feet of apartment, office and retail space.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Plans Released For Huge Towers Next to Capitol Records</a></p> Selldorf Architects Designs 54-Story Faceted-Facade Tower Near WTC jldailey618 2013-02-05T13:01:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:39:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reaching 637 feet, the tower features a faceted facade filled with 428 residential units. Last month the creative team at Selldorf posted a video showing the louvered fa&ccedil;ade system, a "second skin" controlled by each individual dweller, and described thusly: "Cloaking the fa&ccedil;ade, a system of operable terracotta louvers animates the building with its changing configurations and reflectivity."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Selldorf Architects unveiled a prismatic tower design for a site just south of the World Trade Center at 22 Thames Street. The 54-story building would replace a 10-story brick structure that sold last year. The first five floors would hold retail and residential amenities, which would be topped by two floors for "performing arts," and the tower rising 637-feet above that.</p>