Archinect - News 2014-10-25T20:29:07-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/100730081/amazing-lego-creation-breaks-world-record-in-budapest Amazing LEGO Creation Breaks World Record in Budapest Archinect 2014-05-30T20:50:00-04:00 >2014-06-02T14:54:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9d3ce8129ace480abc727eb3282fac76.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new world record was broken just this week in Hungary, Budapest when LEGO architects placed the finishing Rubik's Cube ornament on the top of the massive Lego skyscraper. Reaching 34.76 meters (114 feet), the tower was officially registered with the Guinness book of World Records as well as the LEGO Store in Budapest on May 25.</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/96415206/work-to-start-next-month-on-1km-kingdom-tower-in-jeddah-saudi-arabia Work to start next month on 1km Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Archinect 2014-03-24T16:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T15:08:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/4287daa1b5685e475dca387e67fa7d96.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Once complete the tower will be the world&rsquo;s tallest, beating current record holder the 828m-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Client Jeddah Economic Company has not yet confirmed the exact height of the tower, but has indicated it will be over 1km tall. In December, contractor Saudi Bauer completed piling work for the tower, including sinking 270 piles up to a depth of 110m.</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/80610928/across-china-skyscrapers-brush-the-heavens Across China, Skyscrapers Brush the Heavens Archinect 2013-08-29T18:42:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:46:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/371d4924a785ac562fd613cdd5a70cae.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/78369996/sky-city-world-s-tallest-building-stops-construction-due-to-lack-of-government-approval" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sky City, world's tallest building, stops construction due to lack of government approval</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78369996/sky-city-world-s-tallest-building-stops-construction-due-to-lack-of-government-approval 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e03fve8j3jx60i04.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/75507676/cayan-tower-world-s-highest-twisted-tower-opens-in-dubai Cayan Tower, world's highest twisted tower, opens in Dubai Archinect 2013-06-18T11:26:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T11:26:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gv/gvvsma8g1fbw4jmq.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai ceremony marks inauguration of world's highest twisted tower. Saudi developer Cayan inaugurated late Monday the opening of the 73-story, one-thousand-and-seventeen-foot (310-meter) tall Cayan Tower in Dubai's prestigious Marina district.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Inspired by the structure of human DNA, each floor of the 272-million-U.S.-dollar (1 billion-Dirham) tower is rotated by one-point-two degrees to achieve the full 90-degree spiral, creating the shape of a helix.</p> <p> Dignitaries from diplomatic corps and Corporate Dubai joined the celebrations which closed in a gigantic fireworks display across Dubai's new tower and the Marina night-skyline.</p> <p> The emirate of Dubai also harbors the world's tallest hotel, the near one-thousand-two-hundred- foot (354.7-meter) tall J.W. Marriott Marquis.</p> <p> There's also the world's tallest residential tower, the Princess Tower reaching over one-thousand-three-hundred-feet (414 meters), a five-minute walk away from the twisted tower.</p> <p> Cayan Projects, estimated to be worth around 2.7 billion dollars (10-billion Saudi riyal) cover a wide spectrum of developments from exclusive residential to commercial projects.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73777777/sky-city-gets-approval-to-be-tallest-building-in-the-world-with-contruction-schedule-now-estimated-at-7-months "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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/541a52b5d6f7bf146667a8250ac56466.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/72376063/will-one-world-trade-center-really-be-the-tallest-building-in-the-west Will One World Trade Center really be the tallest building in the west? Archinect 2013-05-02T18:56:00-04:00 >2013-05-02T22:00:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/60/606298f19017b61918653022e731709c.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Debate rages over whether the 125m spire counts as part of the building. Do you know your antenna from your radome?</p></em><br /><br /><p> "This definitely raises questions," said Kevin Brass, the public affairs manager for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the body that passes official judgment on such things as whether your erection is tall, supertall or megatall. "Our criteria are very specific. We include spires and not antennas. If this is an antenna, it won't be part of the height measurement. The cladding was an integral part of the design and made the extension part of the permanent look and feel of the building."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72363372/spire-hoisted-to-top-of-one-world-trade-center Spire hoisted to top of One World Trade Center Archinect 2013-05-02T14:27:00-04:00 >2013-05-03T09:03:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wy/wyjixc3pknxvpla4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction crews at the World Trade Center hoisted a flag-bedecked spire to the top of the site's signature One World Trade Center building Thursday. Workers raised the spire to a temporary work platform atop the structure's roof, where ironworkers can later permanently attach it. When fully installed, One World Trade Center will stand a symbolic 1,776 feet high, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The 408-foot spire will serve as a broadcast antenna.</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/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/61585416/russia-s-mercury-city-tower-cuts-the-shard-down-to-size Russia's Mercury City tower cuts the Shard down to size Archinect 2012-11-17T13:25:00-05:00 >2012-11-21T11:09:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bka1zssl7bulohk7.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A towering beacon of pink mirrored glass has overtaken the Shard to become the tallest building in Europe. Moscow's Mercury City tower, which topped out on Thursday, now rises to 339m, making it 29m taller than London's own crystalline pyramid. The building joins a motley cluster in the emerging Moscow International Business Centre, a $12bn complex initiated by former mayor Yuri Luzhkov as a playground for rival oligarchs to demonstrate their penile might.</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/59631614/largest-skyscraper-on-west-coast-designed-by-pelli-clarke-pelli-approved-for-san-francisco-transbay-transit-center Largest skyscraper on West Coast, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, approved for San Francisco Transbay Transit Center Archinect 2012-10-19T14:04:00-04:00 >2012-10-31T22:16:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/huxxh35whb0ddwc4.jpg" width="294" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A 1,070-foot tower that will become the largest skyscraper on the West Coast received its final approvals from the Planning Commission on Thursday.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Clarke also showed the Planning Commission the actual metal and glass that will be used on the exterior of the building. He explained that the skin of the building has been augmented to add metalwork that will grow deeper and denser at the bottom of the tower. Clarke said adding the metal to the glass exterior will give the building a light texture that will glow in an ambient way.</p> <p> The metalwork also was used to make the building safer for birds and to help control the flow of water down the structure.</p> <p> Some people speaking about the project decried the tower as being too large and criticized its design.</p> <p> <em>NOTE: image has been update per Mark Hogan's tip in the comments</em></p> 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/21820292/highest-ever-crane-installed-in-london-as-work-begins-to-complete-shard-skyscraper Highest ever crane installed in London as work begins to complete Shard skyscraper Archinect 2011-09-26T16:58:27-04:00 >2011-09-26T16:59:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/5949f774227c258feea87eadf5591cd1.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Builders will use the machine to complete the spire of the Shard skyscraper near London Bridge in south London. When fully extended the crane will sit at 317 metres or 1,040 ft above ground level, making it seven metres taller than the building's eventual highest point (310 metres). The Shard will become the tallest building in the European Union and the 45th tallest in the world when it is completed in 2012.</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> http://archinect.com/news/article/2816602/children-build-world-s-tallest-lego-tower-in-brazil Children build 'world's tallest' Lego tower in Brazil Paul Petrunia 2011-04-14T01:22:00-04:00 >2013-06-05T13:34:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rn/rn9scw1qm2sacx73.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thousands of children in Brazil have built what organisers say is the world's tallest Lego tower - with a bit of help from parents and a crane. Organisers say the tower, which was made with 500,000 pieces and measured over 102ft, beat a previous record held in Chile.</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>