A tower that arcs high above New York
“What if our buildings were long instead of tall?” ask oiio studio, authors of a new, speculative project titled “The Big Bend”. Their design, which seems to riff on Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue Condominium tower, features a horseshoe shaped tower that arcs high in the air, framing... View full entry
Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis
Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically... View full entry
Paris mayor announces €300M Eiffel Tower renovation
The Eiffel Tower is to undergo a €300m, 15-year refurbishment, Paris’s mayor Anne Hidalgo announced on Friday. [...]
The planned refurbishment is intended to bolster the French capital’s bids to host another World’s Fair in 2025 and, before that, the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games [...].
The project will be managed by the tower’s operator, the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, a public service company wholly owned by the City Council.
The 15-year refurbishment of this most-visited monument anywhere in the world (the 127-year-old wrought iron structure has been operating at its maximum capacity of about 7 million visitors since 2003, according to Wikipedia) will take more than a few buckets of paint and also comprises the... View full entry
Construction begins on Varso Tower, set to become Poland's tallest building
At 53 stories tall, the Foster + Partners-designed Varso Tower is set to become the tallest building Poland. Construction has just begun on the office tower, which is being developed by HB Reavis and is part of a complex that includes two other buildings designed by Hermanowicz Rowski Architects... View full entry
Still no end in sight of San Francisco's 'Leaning Tower' fiasco
Pamela Buttery lives on the 57th floor. To demonstrate how her home tilts slightly to the left, Buttery hits a golf ball straight ahead toward the window. [...]
The ball takes a sharp left turn toward the direction of the tilt, and it ends up in the northwest corner of her living room. [...]
How to fix the tower, or at least keep it from leaning even more?
Some solutions include pouring a concrete collar around the foundation or building a buttress.
Representatives of the sinking luxury condo tower put the blame on the Transbay Transit Center, a sizable new train and bus terminal currently under construction nearby:"Millennium spokesman P.J. Johnston says workers have been pumping out huge amounts of water as they tunnel through the soil... View full entry
Indian Hindu temple planned as world's tallest religious structure
With its indoor theme park and helipad, this building might seem more like it would belong in Las Vegas, but this towering Hindu temple is set to become the world's tallest religious skyscraper. [...]
At 700 feet (210 metres), the temple will be taller than India's Taj Mahal, which stands at 239 feet (73m) tall, as well as St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, which measures 422 feet (128.6m).
— Daily Mail
The illustration below shows the greater master plan for Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. The project website has this description:"The skyscraper temple-cum-heritage project, conceived of by the devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore, will consist of a grand temple of Lord Sri Krishna at its centre. The... View full entry
Construction update: BIG's twisted Vancouver House tower rises above grade
In the three months since our last update, progress has been moving along at the site of the Bjarke Ingels-designed Vancouver House. The soon-to-be iconic 49-storey mixed-use tower by Westbank is beginning to rise above grade [...]. Designed in conjunction with Canadian firms Dialog Architects and James KM Cheng Architects, Vancouver House has been described as a "living sculpture," and the tower's signature twist will soon become a staple of the newly minted Beach District neighbourhood.
Photo of the Vancouver House construction site by Skyrise Cities forum member mcminsen. Click here to see more photos.The tower and other Vancouver-related stories in the Archinect news:BIG’s 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe Tower for VancouverCan Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture'... View full entry
SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower – now world's tallest modular building – opens its doors
After four years of delayed construction, financial missteps, and lawsuits, Forest City Ratner and Greenland U.S.A. are finally welcoming tenants into 461 Dean Street, currently the tallest high-rise in the world constructed with modular units. The 32-story tower on the edge of Prospect Heights and Park Slope offers sweeping views of brownstone Brooklyn, but its lengthy construction saga highlights the issues developers face when they build with modular construction in New York City.
The groundbreaking (but not trouble-free) development previously in the Archinect news:Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab towerContinued Delays For Housing at Atlantic YardsLego High-Rise: World's Tallest Modular Apartment Tower Getting Snapped Together In BrooklynModular... View full entry
Groundbreaking for Calatrava-designed Dubai Tower — (potentially) the world's tallest building
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on Monday "broke ground" on the world’s tallest tower – a structure that will define Expo 2020 as the Eiffel Tower defined Paris for its 1889 World Fair.
"The new tower sets another challenge in the history of human architecture – a race the UAE deserves to lead," said Sheikh Mohammed [...].
The futuristic design, chosen by Sheikh Mohammed, was by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls [...].
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Dubai's ruler, laying the foundation stone for the 'The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour' project on Monday. (Image: WAM)The structure's final height has not yet been revealed — the 1km-high Kingdom Tower, currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is also... View full entry
BIG-designed "The Spiral" Hudson Yards tower is inching closer to becoming reality
Everything is spiraling into place for Tishman Speyer.
The developer officially filed plans Thursday for the Spiral, an office skyscraper that is slated to cost $3.2 billion. [...]
It is being designed by Bjarke Ingels , the Danish architect behind the 2 World Trade Center redesign and VIA57.
The (hotly debated) project previously in the Archinect news: BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson YardsRelated stories:Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger"Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG's websiteBjarke Ingels gets the Rolling Stone treatment View full entry
Chicago Tribune Tower sale closes; mixed-use redevelopment likely
Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group has agreed to buy Tribune Tower for up to $240 million, marking the end of media ownership for the historic North Michigan Avenue building and the beginning of a new chapter, likely as part of a mixed-use redevelopment. [...]
Tribune Media unveiled conceptual plans last year to redevelop the parcel, adding several buildings to maximize the space with residential, retail and hotel components.
The Tribune Tower sale previously in the Archinect news: Chicago Tribune Tower inches closer to hotel & residential redevelopment View full entry
Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower
San Francisco's Millennium Tower has been sinking at a rate of two inches per year since it was completed in 2008, which is about ten inches more than the builders had anticipated the building settling for its entire lifetime. Not to be boring, the tower is also tilting slightly to the northwest... View full entry
Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower: engineers complete wind tests and seismic studies
[...] has completed advanced wind tunnel tests on The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which is set to be 100 metres taller than the 828-metre Burj Khalifa when complete.
Emaar said the wind tests were crucial in defining the final height and design aspects, while the project’s Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls added that they "were an important component in the structural design stage, and we have deployed innovative engineering techniques to confirm the strength of the new icon".
The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour project previously in the Archinect news:"A notch taller" than Burj Khalifa: check out these new renderings of Santiago Calatrava's megatall Dubai towerSantiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai View full entry
Tour Zaha Hadid's "stacked vases" tower in Australia
Imagine blending the veiny facade of 8 Spruce Street and the jaunty offset of the New Museum with Zaha Hadid's signature grace, and you might get something like the 54-story, 70,000 square meter 600 Collins Street, a tower that is reminiscent of a stacked series of ridged vases. The four principal... View full entry
Tallest Lego model in the U.S. unveiled: One World Trade Center in all its pixely might
Just in time for the Independence Day weekend, Legoland is showing off an extensive remodel of its New York miniland, dominated by a towering replica of Manhattan’s One World Trade Center. [...]
Nearly a year in the making, the redesigned New York area includes a number of new buildings, a dozen more moving automobiles and a subway system with new cars and tracks that are illuminated and feature sound effects that mimic the real thing.
— San Diego Union-Tribune
The Legoland announcement proudly boasts these details:"The One World Trade Center LEGO model is built with more than 250,000 LEGO bricks, and took eight Master Model Builders more than 1200 hours to build. This dynamic structure weighs more than 1,000 pounds and towers at a record breaking... View full entry