Archinect - News 2017-04-26T15:58:29-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150004572/will-luxury-apartment-owners-shut-down-the-tate-s-viewing-platform Will luxury apartment owners shut down the Tate's viewing platform? Julia Ingalls 2017-04-25T13:55:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:57:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/37/37jl60ykda6piaca.jpg" width="600" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Good walls make good neighbours &ndash; but not, it seems, when they are made entirely of glass. Five residents of the multi-million-pound Neo Bankside towers, which loom behind Tate Modern like a crystalline bar chart of inflated land values, have filed a legal claim against the museum to have part of its viewing platform shut down. They claim that its 10th-floor public terrace has put their homes into a state of &ldquo;near constant surveillance&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an apparent case of art interfering with life, the owners of the apartments next to the Tate Modern's viewing platform are trying to legally erect some kind of visual barrier between them and the visitors of the museum (although the exotic technology of curtains has apparently not yet made it to the U.K.). This attempt at transforming the viewing platform into just a platform is raising ire for several good reasons, chiefly because it places the comfort of a few above the aesthetic pleasure of potentially millions. On the plus side, it has also caused Oliver Wainwright to write a highly enjoyable piece delving into barely restrained class tension and London's swollen luxury real estate market.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149426414/perforated-sailing-tower-spotlights-denmark-s-commercial-aarhus-harbor Perforated "Sailing Tower" spotlights Denmark's commercial Aarhus harbor Julia Ingalls 2016-03-03T18:29:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T18:49:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i5/i5bjz2v63uhr1kqg.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With bold geometric references to cargo sailing masts and portholes, the primary function of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55355636/dorte-mandrup-arkitekter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter</a>'s&nbsp;Sailing Tower is to reference the considerable maritime history of the Danish harbor, which was founded in the 8th century and remains an active commercial port today. The tower, which was inaugurated in August 2015, incorporates two official viewing platforms, the upper one of which offers a 360 degree view of Aarhus. Sited on the docks, the tower is categorized as an urban sculpture, not only for its direct relationship with the harbor, but its visual orientation toward the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6k/6k4ns8rsjw0vxybq.jpg"></p><p>The staircase offers perforated panoramic views as visitors climb up (although a lift has been installed for those unable to climb stairs), while the steel-plate construction also recalls the feeling of being at sea. At night, the mast-like geometry of the Tower's exterior is illuminated by LEDs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j7/j7fwv9wm14644idq.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124741450/new-york-s-getting-a-better-view-one-world-observatory-to-open-may-29 New York's getting a better view: One World Observatory to open May 29 Alexander Walter 2015-04-07T14:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-16T13:11:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2s/2sm4ybb22jpkg10p.jpg" width="650" height="827" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One World Observatory today announced that its official public opening date will be Friday, May 29, 2015. [...] Positioned on top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere &ndash; on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the One World Trade Center building &ndash; One World Observatory will provide guests with unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters from above 1,250 feet.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Visitors will board one of five dedicated elevators, termed&nbsp;Sky Pods<strong>,</strong> to ascend to the 102nd floor in under 60 seconds. Immersive, floor-to-ceiling LED technology in each cab invites guests to experience a virtual time-lapse that recreates the development of New York City&rsquo;s skyline from the 1600s to present day.</em></p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/hw/hwdtpgtkpvh7yawb.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hw/hwdtpgtkpvh7yawb.jpg"></a></p><p>Click on the panorama image above for the larger version. (Copyright: Evan Joseph Images)</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76678983/wutai-mountain-viewing-tower-vii-by-yaohua-wang-architecture Wutai Mountain Viewing Tower VII by Yaohua Wang Architecture Alexander Walter 2013-07-09T16:22:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T19:13:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n2/n2h4daxsucdg007f.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LA-based architect Yaohua Wang - whose previous project submissions managed to polarize the audience like no one else - has sent us his latest project, a design proposal for a viewing tower at Wutai Mountain in China.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously featured <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/28312592/yaohua-wang" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yaohua Wang</a> works:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/43702808/amsterdam-iconic-pedestrian-bridge-entry-by-yaohua-wang-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Entry by Yaohua Wang Architecture</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/36795350/taiyuan-theater-iv-by-yaohua-wang-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiyuan Theater IV by Yaohua Wang Architecture</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/28495457/nanjing-lab-by-yaohua-wang-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nanjing Lab by Yaohua Wang Architecture</a></li> </ul><p> Let us know what you think in the comment section below!</p>