Archinect - News 2014-04-19T08:58:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/97655429/new-condo-towers-are-racing-skyward-in-midtown-manhattan 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/50aed62feff2325ca1271bd18056c8df.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91683852/flammable-towers-make-a-fiery-statement-on-the-modern-skyscraper-frenzy "Flammable" towers make a fiery statement on the modern skyscraper frenzy Justine Testado 2014-01-20T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T09:43:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9inmjn5uozlu2avn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architects always have the future in mind when they design. That's particularly evident in today's cityscapes as they continuously try to one-up each other in who can raise the world's next tallest, more-modern-than-thou skyscraper for all to gaze in awe -- or not. For <a href="http://naihanli.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jingjing Naihan Li</a>, a long-time resident and practicing architect in Beijing, modern skyscrapers can be invasive and gradually make the city's public spaces feel less familiar.<br><br> As a clever response to the skyscraper frenzy she saw at home and abroad, Naihan created a collection of the most recognizable towers scaled down to meticulously replicated wax candles titled "Flammable."<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ewzftesqdvcmbbwd.jpg" title=""><br><br> "Together, it looks like a party of all the alpha males of the world," Naihan responded in an email. "In places like New York or Hong Kong where land is limited, it was somewhat justifiable to build high and dense. But as the cities with the skyscraper were viewed by other developed countries as the representative of modern success, the sk...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82164334/the-tall-tower-project-aka-pie-in-the-sky The Tall Tower Project aka "pie in the sky" Nam Henderson 2013-09-19T00:36:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T20:29:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gr/grrmtrqtxm7e52dj.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We are some distance from understanding the jet stream well enough to manage the natural risks associated with structural integrity," adds Prof Keith Hjelmstad.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Leo Kelion writes about the '<em>Tall Tower Project</em>' an initiative inspired by author Neal Stephenson's simple question: how tall can we build something? Seeking the answer/limits Mr. Stephenson has begun exploring plans for a 20km (12.4 miles) tall tower. To learn more about the project or get involved see&nbsp;<a href="http://hieroglyph.asu.edu/tag/tall-tower/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tall Tower Project</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69780655/ever-wondered-what-it-feels-like-to-stand-on-top-of-the-burj-khalifa Ever wondered what it feels like to stand on top of the Burj Khalifa? Archinect 2013-03-20T17:43:00-04:00 >2013-03-27T14:46:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/7489717b4deb3528435cc37666df4bbc.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My old battered shoes climbed the worlds tallest building today. What an amazing structure! Tweeting from 820 meters straight up!</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/68116209/shard-builders-mace-to-project-manage-saudi-arabia-s-kingdom-tower Shard builders Mace to project manage Saudi Arabia's Kingdom tower Archinect 2013-02-22T12:53:00-05:00 >2013-02-28T23:22:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h1/h16yjv222450ghel.jpg" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The British company that built the Shard skyscraper in London will manage the construction of the Kingdom tower in Saudi Arabia, which will be the world's tallest building when completed. The Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal unveiled the plans, by American firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, 18 months ago as part of a new &pound;13bn Kingdom City development on the Red Sea coast to the north of Jeddah.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/br/brg0ck2fa80ju70n.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c06dc2465d00ada6e2c62e1686e0450.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66180004/herzog-de-meuron-to-build-one-of-london-s-tallest-residential-towers Herzog & de Meuron to build one of London's tallest residential towers Archinect 2013-01-24T19:48:00-05:00 >2013-01-25T12:20:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r0/r0sljmu757rx2gku.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Swiss practice is one of three that have been commissioned by Canary Wharf Group to design the first phase of the Wood Wharf development. Allies &amp; Morrison has been appointed to design two new office buildings which will sit either side of the western end of the high street. The offices, aimed at IT services and new media companies, will sit above two storeys of retail.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/65046351/toronto-leading-western-world-in-tall-building-construction Toronto Leading Western World in Tall Building Construction Anna Johnson 2013-01-07T23:48:00-05:00 >2013-01-08T00:29:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zf/zfihbojo0ph0b5gh.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Canada&rsquo;s biggest city is getting even bigger, with a pace-setting number of skyscrapers set to join the city skyline. According to a Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) report dubbed &ldquo;Canada Rising,&rdquo; Toronto is leading the western world in terms of new buildings 150 metres or taller currently under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62431708/could-australia-s-tallest-skyscraper-be-the-fastest-to-build Could Australia’s Tallest Skyscraper Be the Fastest to Build? Anna Johnson 2012-11-30T14:58:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T02:55:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lkcd2akzdycs5akv.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While becoming the tallest in architectural terms will always garner attention, taller building often harbour some of the lengthiest development periods. With a rise in the prominence of prefabrication, however, large is no longer necessarily equated with lengthy.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/51518600/sky-city-world-s-tallest-building-to-be-built-in-90-days" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sky City: World&rsquo;s tallest building, to be built in 90 days</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/55406923/is-there-a-limit-to-how-tall-buildings-can-get Is There a Limit to How Tall Buildings Can Get? Archinect 2012-08-16T15:37:00-04:00 >2012-08-19T06:25:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8ad3e2605049c2a263742611a4890a50.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For a Middle East-based client he's not allowed to identify, Johnson worked on a project back in the late 2000s designing a building that would have been a mile-and-a-half tall, with 500 stories. Somewhat of a theoretical practice, the design team identified between 8 and 10 inventions that would have had to take place to build a building that tall. Not innovations, Johnson says, but inventions, as in completely new technologies and materials.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53013440/renzo-piano-s-the-shard-in-london-europe-s-tallest-building-is-officially-open Renzo Piano's The Shard in London, Europe's tallest building, is officially open Archinect 2012-07-05T18:01:00-04:00 >2012-07-08T14:37:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/58e2660a19765546726dcbe3a98aae7f.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tower, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, will contain offices, exclusive residences, a luxury hotel, restaurants and a viewing gallery across 72 floors which can be occupied. There are a further 15 levels which make up the 'spire' - six of which have the potential to be used, with another nine exposed to the elements. The 1,016ft skyscraper was inaugurated by the prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Qatar, Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, and The Duke of York.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/51518600/sky-city-world-s-tallest-building-to-be-built-in-90-days Sky City: World’s tallest building, to be built in 90 days Archinect 2012-06-15T18:48:00-04:00 >2012-11-21T21:45:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a61389c12537d50358c9c0af932c60d.jpg" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It took Dubai more than five years to build the 828-meter Burj Khalifa, the world&rsquo;s tallest building (for the moment, anyway). But Chinese architects and engineers reckon they need a mere 90 days to leave the Emiratis in the dust. At least, that's what they've claimed.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>BSB is renowned for its eye-opening construction efficiency. Its portfolio includes assembling a 15-story building in six days in June 2010, and erecting a 30-story hotel in 360 hours in December 2011.</em></p> <p> <em>The key to achieving such stunning speed is an innovative construction technique developed by BSB.</em></p> <p> <em>Most of the company&rsquo;s buildings are pieced together with prefabricated components from its factory. In this case, 95 percent of Sky City will be completed before breaking ground.</em></p> <p> <em>BSB explained to Xinhua that its goal of building Sky City is not to erect a new landmark in China, but to develop and put into use a &ldquo;medium-cost, super-saving utility building and to promote a futuristic urban lifestyle.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/44740295/residential-skyscrapers-come-of-age-in-britain Residential skyscrapers come of age in Britain Archinect 2012-04-12T12:23:00-04:00 >2012-04-12T12:24:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a15519c7a1b7ec0983f7ad9463ae8958.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Because towers take so long to plan and construct, the current crop reflect a vision up to a decade old, reckons Nick Offer of Arup, an engineering firm. Economic conditions and the scale of such projects mean that only the very brave will invest now... In 2010 the coalition scrapped the previous, Labour government&rsquo;s density targets, which were designed to encourage developers to build more units. Instead it has endorsed &ldquo;garden cities&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/44200134/just-climbing-the-shard-whatever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just climbing the shard, whatever...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/43610132/250m-skyscraper-in-flames-europe-s-tallest-to-be-tower-burns-in-moscow 250m skyscraper in flames: Europe's tallest-to-be tower burns in Moscow Archinect 2012-04-02T17:33:00-04:00 >2012-04-08T21:48:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93750c7e338d8d7351828b22182f0bd0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The fire engulfing Moscow&rsquo;s Federation Tower has been extinguished. About 300 square meters of the yet-to-be-completed skyscraper were set ablaze, but the centrally located building has been evacuated and no victims have been reported. The fire broke on the building's 67th floor (250 meters above the ground) and spread to several sections on the 66th and 65th floors. Fourteen people working at the floors hit by the firestorm were evacuated.</p></em><br /><br /><p> via <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/43607721/skyscraper-with-crown-of-fire/0#last" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the forum</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/36562918/the-tower-and-the-glory-terry-farrell-s-kk100 The tower and the glory: Terry Farrell's KK100 Archinect 2012-02-01T14:49:50-05:00 >2012-02-05T15:47:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8d116b0f56fe1205680d42b3160eed03.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Looming over the sprawling Chinese city of Shenzhen, this building is the tallest skyscraper ever designed by a British architect.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/34249857/new-tower-to-dwarf-istanbul-s-minarets New Tower to Dwarf Istanbul’s Minarets Archinect 2012-01-12T12:01:00-05:00 >2012-01-12T20:56:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a0bcac00c78bf8926d2b1987d9a9fa18.jpg" width="514" height="203" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Istanbul&rsquo;s evocative skyline is set to be capped by a new peak, as architects on Wednesday unveiled plans to build a tower almost 300 meters high, which will rival the highest buildings in Europe. Scotland-based architectural firm RMJM&rsquo;s office in Dubai said that it received planning approval for &ldquo;Metropol Istanbul,&rdquo; a vast 500,000 square meter project, which includes three towers, a 30,000 square meter public shopping mall, offices and luxury apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/34030740/future-looking-up-for-tall-buildings Future looking up for tall buildings? Archinect 2012-01-10T14:19:00-05:00 >2012-01-17T18:25:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b43b26130ccd0a6c353331494c35e7ad.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There needs to be intensification,&rdquo; argues architect Bruce Kuwabara. &ldquo;What we have to think about are ways to create a vertical urban life that&rsquo;s livable. It isn&rsquo;t just about the view. It has to be about how buildings work at the base and how they contribute to the public realm.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/18724133/guangzhou-tower-the-sky-s-the-limit Guangzhou tower: The sky's the limit Archinect 2011-08-30T19:30:00-04:00 >2012-10-17T16:23:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/51/511311a7506eb02d088bf668c4c56dbb.jpg" width="300" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The British architect Chris Wilkinson has designed and delivered one of the four tallest buildings in China, and the ninth tallest in the world. Not bad for a 65-year-old designer who had never done a tower before. The 1,439ft Guangzhou International Finance Centre is more than 400ft taller than Renzo Piano's much-heralded Shard, which is now rising slowly above London Bridge station.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/10728368/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-architecture-win-competition-to-design-world-s-4th-tallest-building Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture win competition to design world's 4th tallest building Paul Petrunia 2011-06-21T18:18:00-04:00 >2012-10-02T17:51:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jl/jlm1pq6b1jx4t8uq.jpg" width="514" height="605" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Chicago-based architects, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, have just shared with us news that they have won the competition to design China's Wuhan Greenland Center. Press release follows...</p> <p> CHICAGO, June 21, 2011&mdash;<a href="http://smithgill.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a> is pleased to announce that it has won an international competition to design Wuhan Greenland Center, which at 606 meters (1,988 feet) will likely be China&rsquo;s third-tallest building, and the fourth tallest in the world, when completed in about five years. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer in Wuhan near the meeting of the Yangtze and Han rivers.</p> <p> A project of the Shanghai-based Greenland Group, the 119-level Wuhan Greenland Center will be comprised of about 300,000 square meters of floor area, including about 200,000 sm of offices, 50,000 sm of luxury apartments and condominiums, a 45,000 sm five-star hotel, and a 5,000 sm, 27-meter-tall private club with spectacular views at the tower&rsquo;s penthouse level.</p> <p> AS+...</p>