Archinect - News 2016-10-22T17:31:34-04:00 CTBUH announces the 2016 Tall Building Awardees Justine Testado 2016-06-24T17:47:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T00:41:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Visually changing skylines aside, new sky-high structures get a shot at prestigious recognition in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's Tall Building Awards. The yearly awards highlight noteworthy tall-building projects worldwide and the impact they have on inhabitants and their urban surroundings, as well as innovative design and construction methods that push the industry forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A little sneak peek:</p><p>Best Tall Building - Middle East &amp; Africa: The Cube, Beirut</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>10 Year Award: Hearst Tower, New York</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Urban Habitat Award: Wuhan Tiandi, Wuhan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>See the rest of the winners plus the Best Tall Building regional finalists over&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A glimpse at the 2015 CTBUH Best Tall Buildings regional winners</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ateliers Jean Nouvel&rsquo;s One Central Park wins CTBUH Best Tall Building Worldwide 2014</a></p> 800 feet high and rising Julia Ingalls 2016-06-08T13:14:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T00:17:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="972" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By living above 800 feet, Estis and Enkin are two members of an unexpectedly exclusive group in Manhattan. In my estimation, no more than 40 people currently live above that line, scattered among just three buildings... As my elevator descended and my ears popped, it occurred to me that I would almost certainly never take in such a view again. And in fact, maybe nobody will, if these apartments wind up becoming empty investments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this elegantly observed and exquisitely written piece, Jon Ronson not only takes in the view of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattan</a> at 800+ feet with visits to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump World Tower</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One57</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8 Spruce Street</a>, but looks toward the future of a nation divided by an increasingly intractable wealth gap.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Real estate of the priciest kind:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York's Megatowers: Nothing but 'Vertical Money'?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tale of Two Cities: NYC approves &lsquo;poor door&rsquo; for luxury high-rise</a></li></ul> World's tallest elevator tower is going up Julia Ingalls 2016-05-12T12:37:00-04:00 >2016-05-12T12:37:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elevator manufacturer Otis will build the world&rsquo;s tallest elevator test tower in Shanghai, as part of the company&rsquo;s bid to develop lifts for skyscrapers in China and around the world. The elevator test tower will be 270 metres high and it is an anticipated to be the tallest above-ground test tower in the world upon completion, Otis said on Tuesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In addition to being the home of the tallest building in the world with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>'s Shanghai Tower, in 2018 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> will also have the distinction of having the globe's tallest elevator test tower, which, to judge from Otis' renderings, could be described generously as occupying the extreme end of functionalism.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile, in other sky-is-the-limit project news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will tall towers and sky walks populate the Stockholm of the future?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of SHoP's 29th-floor skybridge pool nearing completion</a></li></ul> Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai Justine Testado 2016-02-09T18:52:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T23:19:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1219" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Santiago Calatrava won the competition to design an observation tower for the Dubai Creek Harbor development in the city...Calatrava's winning design was met with approval this past weekend from Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the [UAE] and Ruler of Dubai. 'This architectural wonder will be as great as the Burj Khalifa and the Eiffel Tower,' he commented on Calatrava's proposal.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Thoughts?</p><p>You can also find more images of the project&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> Cloud-harvesting skyscraper: renderings of proposed new sustainable Tokyo development Julia Ingalls 2016-01-14T18:20:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T22:35:39-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1001" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's new(ish) in large-scale, sustainable development? Well, the Next Tokyo 2045 project is in the running. Described by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTBUH</a> in a journal paper as "a mile-high tower rooted in intersecting ecologies," the 12.5 square kilometer project is designed to be a protective barrier against coastal erosion, a mid-bay transit hub, and an experiment in dense urban vertical development via a 1,600-meter high "Sky Mile" tower and several smaller mixed-use towers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Developed as part of a collaboration between <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leslie E. Robertson Associates</a>, the design was initially unveiled back in February of 2015, and features proposed elements including an articulated facade that enables "cloud-harvesting" as a means of collecting water for the project dwellers, solar power, and the "capture of kinetic energy from trains running across the bay" as a means of powering mechanical systems.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The project hopes to house roughly a half million people.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> As 432 Park Ave reaches completion, the number of supertall skyscrapers in the world is now 100 Alexander Walter 2016-01-13T15:21:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T22:21:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are now officially 100 supertall (300-plus-meter) skyscrapers in the world following the completion of 432 Park Avenue in New York City. The construction of supertall buildings has increased at an astounding rate in recent years, an indicator of the tremendous growth within the global tall building industry. Whereas the first 50 supertalls took 80 years to complete &ndash; between 1930 and 2010 &ndash; the total number of supertalls has doubled from 50 to 100 in just five years.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"With supertall skyscrapers becoming increasingly common, many look to the megatall (600-plus-meter) distinction as the new frontier for the world&rsquo;s tallest buildings."</em>&nbsp;Buckle up, everyone.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club &ndash; after 41 years!</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Foster Gage wants to propose this Game of Thrones-like skyscraper for NYC</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Trashcan Inspired the Design of Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue</a></li></ul> Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club – after 41 years! Alexander Walter 2016-01-07T15:02:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:27:51-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shanghai Tower has officially completed as the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. [...] The completion of Shanghai Tower is especially notable for pushing Chicago&rsquo;s 442-meter Willis Tower (originally Sears Tower), once the world&rsquo;s tallest building, out of the Top 10 list for the first time since it completed in 1974. Willis Tower was among the Top 10 Tallest Buildings for 41 years</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat goes on to say: "Given the rapid development of urban centers in these regions and the new heights that are being realized by contemporary tall buildings, CTBUH data projects that it will be less than five years before Willis Tower also falls out of the Top 20 Tallest Buildings."</p><p><em>Cue the sad trombone, Chicago.</em></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p>&uarr; The updated CTBUH Current Tallest 20 poster (click image to enlarge).</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megataaaall Shanghai Tower enters final construction phase</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cranes are dismantled from China's Shanghai Tower skyscraper</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Need a skyscraper? Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower just hit the market.</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds</a></li></ul> Seattle's proposed 101-story 4/C Tower considered as too tall by the FAA Justine Testado 2016-01-06T14:05:00-05:00 >2016-01-08T12:57:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The proposed Fourth and Columbia Tower...would be a mixed-use office and residential tower rising up 1,111 feet above the street. It would be 101 stories, with two levels of retail shopping, four levels of above-grade parking, and six levels of office space. It would also play home to 350 hotel rooms, and 1,200 residential units...But being the tallest could be something [developer] Crescent Heights may not want to give up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest</a></p> Canary Wharf may be host to western Europe's tallest residential tower Julia Ingalls 2015-10-09T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-23T21:28:17-04:00 <img src="" width="615" height="690" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developer Greenland Group has submitted plans for a 67-storey tower that would provide 869 new homes on West India Quay. If approved, the building will be western Europe&rsquo;s tallest residential building at 241m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK</a>, the yet-to-be-approved tower would feature a west wing of affordable units, retail on the ground floor, and according to the rendering below, an incredible amount of sunshine:&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> A glimpse at the 2015 CTBUH Best Tall Buildings regional winners Justine Testado 2015-06-23T08:40:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T21:38:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the work ethics behind constructing skyscrapers shouldn't be ignored, tall buildings are an architectural feat that will continue to capture the upward gazes and awe of many. Every year in the Best Tall Buildings awards, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat rounds up a jury of industry experts to select the best recent structures that have contributed greatly to advancing tall-building construction.</p><p>Compared to 88 entries <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last year</a>, 2015 brought in 123 submissions. Out of the nominated projects, one winner was selected in the four regional categories:</p><p><em>(Cover photo)</em><strong> Americas: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One World Trade Center</a>, New York, USA<br>Architect: Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More project info</a></p><p><strong>Asia &amp; Australia</strong>: CapitaGreen, Singapore<br>Design Architect: Toyo Ito &amp; Associates Architects<br>Architect of Record: RSP Architects Planners &amp; Engineers Pte Ltd</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More project info</a>.</p><p><strong>Europe</strong>: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bosco Verticale</a>, Milan, Italy<br>Architect: Boeri Studio</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More project info</a>.</p><p><strong>Middle East &amp; Africa</strong>: Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower, Abu D...</p> Megataaaall Shanghai Tower enters final construction phase Justine Testado 2015-01-22T20:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-14T00:04:56-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="910" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Shanghai Tower is projected to be the one megatall tower to be completed this year, according to The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>2014 Tall Building Data Research Report</em></a>. Since construction began in 2008, the 632-meter structure recently began its final phase.</p><p>Designed by a large collaborative team at Gensler, the approximately US$4.2 billion Shanghai Tower will complete a majestic -- if not overwhelming -- trio of supertall buildings in the Lujiazui neighborhood of Shanghai's developing commercial district Pudong. The adjacent Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center represent "China's past" and "China's present", respectively, whereas the Shanghai Tower will symbolize "China's future."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The tower's final phase is focused on constructing the buildings interior, which includes the first several floors and the top floors. It will have 121 stories above ground and 5 stories beneath, and a total area of 538,000 m&sup2; once complete. The tower's shape is twist...</p> 2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds Justine Testado 2015-01-12T17:04:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:45:43-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>2014 was the year of the tall building. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) published its <em>2014 Tall Building Data Research Report</em>, a statistic-laden round-up that could make your head spin and wonder how much taller a skyscraper can possibly get. Last year, a total of 97 buildings with a height of 200 meters or greater were completed, making it the highest number that the CTBUH has ever recorded.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Not surprisingly, the report states that 74 of the 97 tall buildings are located in Asia, with China completing the most buildings for the seventh year in a row with 58. The Philippines took second place with five completions, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Qatar with four completions each. Indonesia, Canada, the United States, and Japan shared fourth place for three completions each.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To slap on some more statistical highlights, 2014 also saw the completion of 11 Supertall buildings (300 meters height or more), which now accounts for 54% of the world's currently...</p> Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s One Central Park wins CTBUH Best Tall Building Worldwide 2014 Justine Testado 2014-11-07T18:02:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T19:17:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="795" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To say the least, it's been a great year for Ateliers Jean Nouvel + PTW Architects' One Central Park in Sydney, Australia...After the Best Tall Building regional winners presented their projects one last time to the jury (chaired by architect Jeanne Gang), One Central Park was announced as the overall winning Best Tall Building Worldwide 2014 during the Awards Ceremony and Dinner in Crown Hall.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>IIT Dean of Architecture Wiel Arets (left) presents the team from One Central Park with the Best Tall Building Worldwide trophy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Learn more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> U.S. Department of Agriculture launches Tall Wood Building Prize Competition Justine Testado 2014-10-10T15:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:20:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture officially launched their U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. As the first step of a new USDA and forest industry initiative, the competition...aims to showcase the architectural and commercial feasibility of advanced wood products in tall building construction in order to support employment opportunities in U.S. rural communities, maintain the health and resiliency of American forests, and advance sustainability in the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Following a funding initiative announced by the Obama Administration and the U.S. forestry industry through the USDA, SLB and BSLC earlier this year, the competition invites all U.S. developers, institutions, organizations and design teams willing to undertake an alternative solution approach to designing and building taller wood structures to submit entries for a prize of $2 million.</p><p>The objective of the Competition is to identify proponents with building project(s) in the concept-, schematic- or design-development stage in the U.S. that can safely and successfully demonstrate the use of wood as a viable structural material in tall buildings."</p><p>Read more about the competition on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> SURE Architecture’s winning “Endless City” skyscraper proposal for the streets of London Justine Testado 2014-07-30T20:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T18:50:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="731" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SURE Architecture's "The Endless City in Height" skyscraper is all about going with the flow while making a bold statement. Proposed for the SkyScraper &amp; SuperSkyscraper Competition, the entry recently won first place in the international competition. Designed to integrate itself with the surrounding streets in London, pedestrians discover the skyscraper's vertical city inside while walking up and down the "endless" interweaving ramps that wrap around the tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Learn more about it on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> JAHN’S Post Tower wins the CTBUH 10 Year Award Justine Testado 2014-07-25T19:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:32:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat gave their 10 Year Award to JAHN's Post Tower out of seven finalists. The award recognizes a tall building that has best proven successful performance in various criteria over a timespan of at least 10 years since the building's completion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Located in Bonn, Germany, the 163-meter Post Tower office building made itself known as one of the world&rsquo;s lowest energy-consuming tall buildings and a predecessor to sustainable tower design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> CTBUH announces the 2014 Best Tall Buildings regional winners Justine Testado 2014-06-26T17:50:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:03:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) revealed the regional winners of this year's Best Tall Buildings. Every year, a jury panel of industry experts acknowledge new projects that have contributed majorly to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment. Achieving exemplary sustainability is also recognized.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of 88 entries -- most of them submitted from Asia followed by Europe -- four winners were chosen:</p><ul><li><strong>Americas: </strong>The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, Portland, OR, USA</li><li><strong>Asia &amp; Australia</strong>: One Central Park, Sydney, Australia</li><li><strong>Europe</strong>: De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands</li><li><strong>Middle East &amp; Africa</strong>: Cayan Tower, Dubai, UAE</li></ul><p>During the CTBUH 13TH Annual Awards Symposium at Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology on November 6, an overall &ldquo;Best Tall Building Worldwide&rdquo; will be named from the four regional winners after presentations by the owners and architects of each building.</p><p>The symposium will be followed by the Awards Ceremony and Dinner in the Mies van der Rohe-designed Crown Hall.</p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to find out more.</p> SOM and Entasis chosen to design Scandinavia’s tallest tower in Gothenburg, Sweden Justine Testado 2014-06-18T16:29:00-04:00 >2014-06-19T01:42:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The London office of SOM and Copenhagen-based firm Entasis -- who collaborated with COWI in Denmark and Sweden -- was just announced as having the winning design for the Polestar Tower in Gothenburg, Sweden. Once built, the 230 m. structure will reportedly be Scandinavia's tallest tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last update</a> on the Gothenburg tower competition, five star-studded finalist teams submitted their proposals under anonymity. SOM and Entasis went against teams led by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ian Simpson Architects, Wing&aring;rdhs Arkitektkontor, and Manuelle Gautrand Architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Commissioned by major contractor SERNEKE and the City of Gothenburg, this inspirational new residential scheme includes Sweden&rsquo;s tallest building, marking a shift from traditional development patterns in the country. Drawing on their experience as designers of 6 of the world&rsquo;s fifteen tallest buildings, SOM&rsquo;s design is highly efficient, both in terms of floor space and energy use, while still including apartments with views focused on the city and waterfront."</p><p>Read more about the design on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Renzo Piano’s The Shard wins Emporis Skyscraper Award Justine Testado 2014-05-20T17:24:00-04:00 >2014-05-21T14:59:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Skyscrapers designed by some of the world's biggest firms go head to head to get to the top in the yearly Emporis Skyscraper Award, the international prestigious prize for skyscrapers. Winning the top prize this year is Renzo Piano and Adamson Associates' "The Shard", which is also currently Western Europe's tallest building at 306 meters tall. The London-based tower was chosen out of 300 skyscrapers at least 100 m. in height and that were completed in the previous calendar year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Do you agree with the jury's winner selection? Have a look at this year's top 10 below.</p><p>(Pictured above) <strong>1. The Shard (London, UK)</strong><br>Architects: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano Building Workshop</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adamson Associates International</a></p><p><strong>2. DC Tower 1 (Vienna, Austria)</strong><br>Architects: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Perrault</a>, Hoffmann-Janz</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>3. Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort (Huzhou, China) </strong><br>Architects: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>, Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>4. Cayan Tower (Dubai, UAE)&nbsp;</strong><br>Architects: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>, Khatib &amp; Alami</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>5. One Central Park, East Tower (Sydney, Australia)</strong><br>Architects: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ateliers Jean Nouvel</a>, PTW Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>6. Flame Towers (Baku, Azerbaijan) </strong><br>Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>7. Mercury City (Moscow, Russia)</strong><br>Architects: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">F. Williams</a>, G.L. Sirota, M.M. Posokhin</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>8. Ardmore Residence (Singapore)</strong><br>Architects: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a>, Architects 61</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>9. AZ Tower (Brno, Czech Republic)</strong><br>Architect: Architektonick&aacute; kancel&aacute;&#345; Burian-K&#345;ivinka</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>10 (tied). Nanfung Commercial Hospitality and Exhibition Complex (Guangzhou, China)</strong><br>Architect: Andrew Bromberg of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aedas</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>10 (tied). Tour Carpe Diem (Courbevoie, France)</strong><br>Ar...</p> 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="640" height="426" 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> "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="" width="650" height="488" 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="" 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="" 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> 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="" width="650" height="433" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tall Tower Project</a>.</p> 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="" width="612" height="612" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Shard builders Mace to project manage Saudi Arabia's Kingdom tower Archinect 2013-02-22T12:53:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T13:21:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="920" 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="" title="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p> 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="" width="650" height="432" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="650" height="325" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="550" height="305" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sky City: World&rsquo;s tallest building, to be built in 90 days</a></p> 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="" width="600" height="415" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="650" height="419" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="624" height="310" 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>