Archinect - News 2018-12-18T08:21:23-05:00 San Francisco's sinking Millennium Tower: new $100 million plan promises 'cheaper' fix Alexander Walter 2018-12-07T15:48:00-05:00 >2018-12-08T15:06:42-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>All sides in the Millennium Tower debacle appear to be nearing an agreement on a $100 million-plus fix to stop the 58-story high-rise from sinking further [...] The latest plan calls for drilling piles into bedrock from the sidewalk on the building&rsquo;s southwest corner. The proposal would be less extensive and intrusive than the plan floated in April, which called for drilling as many as 300 micro-piles to bedrock through the building&rsquo;s concrete foundation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Take a tour of UNStudio's newly completed Singapore towers Alexander Walter 2018-11-28T16:23:00-05:00 >2018-11-28T16:56:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a> recently completed two impressive high-rise developments in Singapore, bringing the Amsterdam-based firm's portfolio of completed buildings in the Asian city state up to four:&nbsp;the 36-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ardmore Residence</a> tower (2013),&nbsp;Singapore University of Technology and Design campus (2015), and now also the mixed-use V on Shenton and the residential&nbsp;Scotts Tower.</p> <p>Check out the two new kids on the densely populated block and watch the video below for a Ben van Berkel-guided tour&nbsp;of all four projects.</p> V on Shenton <p>"In addition to the office and residential programmes, the dual tower building houses a number of fully integrated sky gardens which provide panoramic 360 degree views of Singapore and house a variety of amenities," explains the project description, "such as a fitness area, swimming pools and a children&rsquo;s play area, with lush green vegetation providing fresher, cleaner air. These areas provide spaces for shared communal activities, or for the residents to entertain guests."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>V...</figcaption></figure> Ole Scheeren's MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok now complete with glass 'Skytray' Alexander Walter 2018-11-27T19:22:00-05:00 >2018-11-27T19:27:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The new Mahanakhon SkyWalk, however, is a thrilling addition to Bangkok's roster of family-friendly tourist attractions. Located at the top of Thailand's tallest completed building, King Power Mahanakhon, it's a 314-meter-high (1,030 feet) observation deck and rooftop bar that offers 360-degree views of Bangkok. The terrifying bit comes in the form of a large glass floor, which juts out over the edge of the building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the opening of its glass-floor observation deck high up above Bangkok's Silom/Sathon central business district the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B&uuml;ro Ole Scheeren</a>-designed King Power MahaNakhon tower is now considered completed (construction of the main building concluded in 2016).<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Srirath Somsawat &copy; B&uuml;ro Ole Scheeren</figcaption></figure><p>"The idea behind MahaNakhon was to take the life of the city and bring it up the tower in a dramatic, spiralling movement," explains Ole Scheeren.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Wilson Tungthunya &copy; B&uuml;ro Ole Scheeren</figcaption></figure><p>"Even the very top of the tower is surrendered to the public, so there is not only a public square at the ground, but human activity rises along the pixelated shaft to the top floors of the building which are given back to the public domain. It is a project that is strongly embedded in the city and the public realm, and expressively proclaims itself as an active part of it."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Wilson Tungthunya &copy; B&uuml;ro Ole Scheeren</figcaption></figure><p>The MahaNakhon SkyWalk consists of an indoor observation deck with 360-degree panor...</p> Elevator plunges 85 stories in former John Hancock Center after cable breaks Alexander Walter 2018-11-20T13:15:00-05:00 >2018-11-20T13:15:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Six people, including a pregnant woman, have plummeted 84 floors in an elevator inside one of Chicago&rsquo;s tallest skyscrapers, only learning afterwards how far they had fallen. [...] One of several cables holding the elevator broke and the car fell rapidly, landing somewhere near the 11th floor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Everyone's worst nightmare became a near fatal reality for six people trapped inside an elevator after falling 85 stories inside Chicago's iconic 875 North Michigan Avenue tower, formerly known as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Hancock Center</a>. <br></p> <p>According to the Chicago Fire Department, the rescue operation inside the nearly 50-year-old skyscraper was unusually difficult: "It was a pretty precarious situation where the cables that broke were on top of the elevator. We couldn&rsquo;t do an elevator-to-elevator rescue. We had to breach a wall on the 11th floor of the parking garage in order to open up the elevator doors."</p> <p>Thankfully no serious injuries were reported.<br></p> JPMorgan Chase reveals two options for Foster-designed supertall HQ Alexander Walter 2018-11-14T14:14:00-05:00 >2018-11-15T11:38:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] the second supertall to result from the Midtown East rezoning is moving forward, with JPMorgan Chase filing a text amendment with City Planning for a 1,400-foot tower on the site of 270 Park Avenue. Designed by Foster + Partners Architects, the plans also come with the first renderings of the 2.4 million square foot supertall, and massing diagrams that offer a look at what&rsquo;s in store for New York City&rsquo;s most central business district.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcing Foster + Partners</a> as design architect for its new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">270 Park Avenue HQ tower</a> a few days ago,&nbsp;JPMorgan Chase has now filed a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">zoning text amendment</a> with NYC's City Planning department.&nbsp;</p> <p>The document shows two options for a massive supertall tower to replace the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current building</a> from 1961; one option rising an impressive&nbsp;1,566 feet and 8 inches above ground, and the other version standing 'merely' 1,400 feet to its rooftop.</p> <p>"Either option would make a very substantial impact on the Midtown East skyline," reports <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YIMBY</a></em>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>270 Park Avenue: proposed No-Action and With-Action options. Image: New York Department of City Planning.</figcaption></figure> Robert A.M. Stern's first Chicago tower nears completion Alexander Walter 2018-11-09T13:46:00-05:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Now, his first Chicago skyscraper, Streeterville&rsquo;s One Bennett Park, is nearing completion. [...] &ldquo;It has a very special site,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It will be a building that is memorable, I hope. I think it has already made an impression on the skyline. I would describe it as a building that has roots in the skyscrapers of New York in the 1920s and &lsquo;30s, which people generally call Art Deco, but maybe that&rsquo;s a kind of sloppy term.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"There are a lot of architects who seem intent on entertaining other architects," Stern says in his WTTW interview. "I would like the respect of my peers, but I would like the public to embrace my buildings."</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Robert A.M. Stern Architects</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Robert A.M. Stern Architects</figcaption></figure> Arquitectonica designs a 53-story Jenga-like tower near LA's Pershing Square Alexander Walter 2018-11-05T13:49:00-05:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>JMF Development Co. [...] hopes to construct a 53-story tower on the vacant, L-shaped lot which wraps the historic structure. [...] Arquitectonica is designing the proposed 784-foot-tall glass-and-steel tower, which is highlighted by a collection of cantilevered, glass-bottom pools for residents on the building's upper levels. While some of the protrusions would extend over the Pershing Square Building, none would hover above the public right-of-way.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: JMF Development Co., via</figcaption></figure><p>A rather dramatic example of the stacked-boxes scheme might go up at 5th and Hill, near <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pershing Square</a>, in Downtown Los Angeles soon.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arquitectonica</a>,&nbsp;JMF Development Co. proposes the&nbsp;53-story tower with its fiercely protruding&nbsp;glass-bottom swimming pools as two potential options: few condominiums + hotel/restaurant if signs of a lurking next recession became clearer vs. plenty of condos +&nbsp;ground-floor retail space if the economic outlook stays strong.</p> Preliminary details unveiled for (could-be) megatall skyscraper in Egypt Alexander Walter 2018-10-25T13:53:00-04:00 >2018-10-25T13:59:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Idia Designs, an architectural design firm, has revealed some preliminary details on the chosen design of its New Administrative Capital&rsquo;s landmark, the &ldquo;Oblisco Capitale Tower,&rdquo; which is deemed to surpass Dubai&rsquo;s Burj Khalifa in stature, Invest-Gate reports. &ldquo;It is still a concept,&rdquo; according to the company&rsquo;s statement. However, some photos and videos were released, showcasing the tower&rsquo;s features. Idia notes that state-run El Nasr Housing and Development is the project&rsquo;s developer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not many specifics are known so far about the obelisk-shaped megatall tower concept <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oblisco Capitale Tower</a> by Cairo/Dubai-based firm IDIA.Design, but the promotional material hints at a structure taller than the&nbsp;Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world's tallest building.</p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">We're already imagining The Oblisco Capitale Tower coming to life...Here's a glimpse of what it will look like once developed. #architecture #archdaily</a><br> A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> IDIA.Design</a> ( on Aug 30, 2018 at 6:19am PDT<br><p>The design description explains how the tower's architecture was inspired from&nbsp;Pharaonic and Art Deco styles, incorporating original obelisk proportions, lotus-flower themes, and the underlying theme of the Nile River as a connecting element.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: IDIA.Design</figcaption></figure><p>H/T <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTBUH</a></p> Lakhta Center, Europe's new tallest skyscraper, now officially commissioned Alexander Walter 2018-10-19T20:10:00-04:00 >2018-10-26T17:21:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Local officials in Saint Petersburg, Russia have granted the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lakhta Center Multifunctional Complex</a> the authorization for commissioning of the facility after it passed final inspections this week. <br></p> <p>While the grand opening as Gazprom's new HQ is still another year out, the 462-meter/1,516-foot tower is already holding the title of Europe's tallest building, the world's northernmost skyscraper, and sporting the fastest elevators in Russia (<em>wheee!</em>).<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Anton Galakhov</figcaption></figure><p>The list of remaining tasks before the Center can officially open to the public is still quite impressive, as the announcement lays out: <br></p> <p>"The final preparation of the business and public space by operators and tenants will take at least a year: completion of the finishing, fit-out of the premises, installation of equipment and improvement works. <br></p> <p>"In the meantime the following will be prepared for reception of visitors: the highest panoramic restaurant in Europe at the level of 315 meters and a sky deck at...</p> New renderings of Central Park Tower aka Nordstrom Tower aka 217 West 57th Street Alexander Walter 2018-10-16T13:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-16T13:36:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s looking to be a big year for Billionaires&rsquo; Row: Just one month after sales launched at 111 West 57th Street, Extell has followed suit at Central Park Tower, its behemoth located at 217 West 57th Street. [...] The development has been somewhat shrouded in mystery since plans were announced more than five years ago. Construction got underway not long after, but details about the tower have been few and far between.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With a target floor count of 101 and designed to stand 1,550 feet tall once completed, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tower</a> on Billionaires&rsquo; Row brands itself as the "tallest residential building in the world". At this height, the upper floors don't have much else standing in their way to interrupt their million-dollar views of New York City's Central Park.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @centralparktower on Instagram</figcaption></figure> Africa's tallest skyscraper set to start construction in Morocco Alexander Walter 2018-10-15T13:57:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T09:40:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction will start November 1 and the tower is expected be delivered on May 30, 2022, the Moroccan BMCE Bank of Africa announced [...] The Bank of Africa Tower will have 55 floors with a luxury hotel, offices, and apartments. An observatory will crown the tower. [...] The O Tower company has started developing the 250-meter tower which could be titled the tallest building in Morocco and in Africa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Once structurally topped out, the 820-ft Bank of Africa Tower will not only be Morocco's tallest building but also take the crown from&nbsp;Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, at 732 feet currently the tallest tower in Africa.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by Spanish architects&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos</a>&nbsp;and Moroccan firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CHB Cabinet Hakim Benjelloun</a>, the building aims for the highest international environmental standards to earn a&nbsp;certified LEED Gold and HQE rating.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure><p>The developer just contracted Belgian construction firms BESIX and&nbsp;Travaux Generaux de Construction de Casablanca (TGCC) for the project. BESIX has completed buildings in Morocco before as well as in the Middle East, including the&nbsp;Burj Khalifa in Dubai (in collaboration with&nbsp;Samsung C&amp;T and&nbsp;Arabtec).</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure> Construction update: David Adjaye's NYC skyscraper gets its hand-cast concrete facade installed Alexander Walter 2018-10-12T15:07:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T12:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>David Adjaye&rsquo;s Financial District condo at 130 William Street has made significant progress since construction started earlier this year. New construction site photos by Field Condition are giving us the first peak at the distinctive hand-cast concrete facade. The photos also offer a peek at the bronze-accented frames of the windows&mdash;this bronze theme will continue in the apartments with Adjaye also designing many of the interior fixtures that will be done up in burnished bronze.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed New York</em> has some fresh construction photos of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye</a>-designed 800-foot, 66-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">130 William Street</a> condo tower where workers are currently installing the building's most striking feature, the hand-cast concrete facade with its&nbsp;bronze-trimmed window frames.&nbsp;</p> <p>Find the full set of photos over on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Field Condition</a> website.</p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Featured today on facade panels are going up at David Adjaye&rsquo;s @130william residential condo tower in the Financial District. The panels are hand cast textured concrete with a smooth concrete border at the bronze window frames.</a></p> <p>A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Field Condition</a> (@field_condition) on Oct 11, 2018 at 9:43am PDT</p> Detroit's under-construction Hudson's Site skyscraper may get quite a bit taller than 800 feet Alexander Walter 2018-10-08T13:45:00-04:00 >2018-10-08T13:55:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Billionaire mortgage mogul and real estate maven Dan Gilbert's skyscraper slated for downtown Detroit may grow by more than 100 feet to 912 feet tall, Crain's has learned. While the final height has not yet been determined, Joe Guziewicz, vice president of construction for Gilbert's Bedrock LLC, confirmed that it will be taller than the 800 feet that was previously announced as the company looks to get "the most flexibility for how we use it and how we program it."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hamilton Anderson Associates</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, the massive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson's Site</a> mixed-use development broke ground in 2017 and occupies the long-vacant site of the iconic J.L. Hudson's department store in downtown <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>&mdash;in its heydays, the world's tallest department store but ultimately demolished in 1998 after a long economic decline.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: SHoP Architects PC, courtesy of Bedrock.</figcaption></figure> Chicago's Lake Point Tower is turning 50 Alexander Walter 2018-09-20T18:33:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T18:33:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As Lake Point Tower, once the world&rsquo;s tallest all-residential high-rise, celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend, it&rsquo;s an apt time to reflect on its legacy. The 70-story condominium tower, which sits just west of Navy Pier at 505 N. Lake Shore Drive, is both hero and villain, though it is more the former than the latter.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin looks back at the history and the significance of Lake Point Tower; as he calls it "by all accounts a spectacular and rare object &mdash; a poetic expression of curves in a city that worships the right angle."</p> Two historic NYC theaters in Times Square to be redeveloped Hope Daley 2018-09-20T14:59:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T18:45:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Two historic New York City theaters are getting ready to shine brightly under the Times Square spotlight once again. This week, developers behind the Times Square Theater and the Palace Theater, unveiled ambitious renovation and expansion plans for their establishments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Palace <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Theater</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redevelopment</a> includes raising the structure about 30 feet&nbsp;to accommodate retail space below and an 18,000 square foot wraparound sign. The&nbsp;existing DoubleTree hotel above the theater will be demolished to be replaced by a&nbsp;46-story tower including retail, dining, and a hotel.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>TSX Broadway rendering. Image: TSX Broadway.</figcaption></figure><p>The new&nbsp;complex, called TSX Broadway,&nbsp;also includes a 4,000-square-foot performance venue to be suspended 30 feet above <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square</a>. The new outdoor stage will be the only of its kind located in Times Square.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>TSX Broadway retail section rendering. Image: TSX Broadway.</figcaption></figure><p>Nearby the Times Square Theater, which has been vacant for 30 years,&nbsp; will be redeveloped as a large retail venue. Architecture and planning firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyer Blinder Belle</a> will restore most of the existing building while adding in two glass stories.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Times Square Theater redevelopment rendering. Image: Stillman Development International.</figcaption><p>New additions also include a glass box overhang on th...</p> Studio Gang reveals new twisting tower design for San Francisco Hope Daley 2018-08-25T11:03:00-04:00 >2018-08-27T21:38:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang</a> reveals a new, 400-foot tall residential tower called "MIRA" for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>'s Transbay neighborhood. The building features classic bay windows staggered in a twisting design around the structure.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"MIRA" high rise rendering by Studio Gang, located in San Francisco. Image: Studio Gang.</figcaption></figure><p>The design provides each unit with ample lighting and views of the bay, while also creating a high-performance facade reducing energy consumption.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"MIRA" high rise rendering by Studio Gang, located in San Francisco. Image: Binyan.</figcaption></figure><p>40% of the building's units have been designated to be priced below market rate.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"MIRA" high rise rendering by Studio Gang, located in San Francisco. Image: Studio Gang.</figcaption></figure><p>The high rise also includes sustainable&nbsp;features such as a VRF cooling system, a&nbsp;graywater harvesting system, green roofs, and high-efficiency fixtures and is targeted for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEED Gold</a> certification.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> Seattle's Space Needle reopens after major renovation—now sporting a rotating glass floor Alexander Walter 2018-08-08T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-11-23T23:29:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Those who have a fear of heights might not want to look down next time you go up to the Space Needle. One of the centerpieces of the landmark&rsquo;s massive remodel, designed by Olson Kundig, is now complete: a rotating glass floor, allowing visitors to look down at the 500 feet between them and the ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After receiving a massive $100 million <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olson Kundig</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">makeover</a>, the&nbsp;55-year-old Seattle icon recently reopened to the public with an improved visitor experience, enhanced views (floor-to-ceiling glass&nbsp;panels further opened up the&nbsp;360-degree views of the Puget Sound), and, what it claims to be, the world's first and only revolving glass floor.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"Oh look, there's our car!" Photo courtesy of John Lok and Space Needle LLC.</figcaption></figure><p>"Through the glass floor, guests are able to see the mechanics of the turntable, which consist of a series of 12 motors," explains the project description. "The power transmission relies on rolling peg gears to minimize friction and wear."</p> A 350-foot artificial waterfall gushes down this Chinese skyscraper. Because, why not? Alexander Walter 2018-07-26T16:23:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As more skyscrapers rise to fill the skylines of Chinese cities, it&rsquo;s getting harder to come up with original designs to stand out. That prompted a novel idea: How about a 350-foot waterfall on one side of the building? The waterfall was built as part of the Liebian Building in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in southwest China.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Fortune</em> reports that "the waterfall has generated some local controversy because the electricity needed to power its four pumps costs 800 yuan, or about $118, per hour&mdash;although the building&rsquo;s managers say that the waterfall will run only on special occasions and use recycled water from rain or the tap."</p> <p>One way to beat the summer heat.<br></p> 'Cheesegrater 2' skyscraper approved for City of London Alexander Walter 2018-07-11T15:21:00-04:00 >2018-07-11T15:28:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A 56-storey tower called The Diamond is set to join the growing cluster of skyscrapers in the City of London and will be the financial district&rsquo;s third-tallest building when completed. The planned 263.4m tower at 100 Leadenhall Street will rank behind 1 Undershaft at 290m, nicknamed the Trellis, where work is yet to start, and 22 Bishopsgate, the reworked Pinnacle at 278m, which is under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: The Diamond.</figcaption></figure><p>The City of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s third-tallest building has just received planning permission, and it will be somewhat of a d&eacute;j&agrave; vu: the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>-designed, wedge-shaped 56-story tower, officially called The Diamond, is going to sit right next to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Roger</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheesegrater</a>&mdash;London's OG wedge.<br></p> 30 Hudson Yards, the development's tallest tower, tops out at 1,296 feet Alexander Walter 2018-07-06T14:27:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T14:33:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Speculations for the topping out of the 73-story 30 Hudson Yards have been swirling for the last couple months, and now the fateful day has finally arrived. [....] YIMBY received confirmation that the tallest building of the Hudson Yards mega-development has finally reached its pinnacle, with an American flag rising above the building&rsquo;s parapet.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Visualization of the Hudson Yards development with the KPF-designed supertall 30 Hudson Yards tower in the foreground. Image: KPF.</figcaption></figure><p>Now only 50 Hudson Yards remains to be finished from the phase one batch of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a> towers. "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phase two</a> will see the construction of several new retail, residential, and office buildings to the west of the current development, none of which will rise higher than the current batch," writes <em>NY YIMBY</em>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Construction photo from April 2018 when 30 Hudson Yard's observation deck platform was lifted into place. Image: Related Companies.</figcaption></figure> Plans proposed for supertall Downtown LA tower that could be the city's tallest Alexander Walter 2018-06-25T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T10:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Move over Wilshire Grand: A planned 77-story skyscraper wants to be the tallest building in Los Angeles and west of the Mississippi. That&rsquo;s no accident. Unlike the Wilshire Grand&mdash;which was, purportedly, not intentionally planned to be the tallest tower in the city or beyond&mdash;this skyscraper was definitely intended to a record-holder, says Jeff DiMarzio, whose firm DiMarzio Kato Architects is designing the project at Figueroa and Third in Bunker Hill.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Downtown Los Angeles is reaching for new heights: last week, the $1-billion, 88-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Angels Landing Development</a> submitted plans to the city, and now another (potentially) supertall tower vis-&agrave;-vis the iconic Bonaventure Hotel has been proposed by Chinese developer Shenzhen New World Group.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: LADCP, via</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by LA-based&nbsp;DiMarzio | Kato Architecture, the redevelopment of an existing 13-story hotel at 333 South Figueroa Street plans to become the tallest structure in the city, and west of the Mississippi River, by surpassing the current record holder, the 1,100-foot-tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Grand Tower</a>, by a mere seven feet.</p> Supertall 35 Hudson Yards tops out at 1,009 feet Alexander Walter 2018-06-19T16:12:00-04:00 >2018-06-20T14:47:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Progress on the second highest tower in the Hudson Yards mega-development has reached a milestone. 35 Hudson Yards has officially topped out at 1,009 feet. Now that it has reached that height, it is the ninth tallest structure in New York City and 19th tallest in the United States. Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are responsible for the development. Next door, 30 Hudson Yards is tantalizingly close to topping out, but the milestone has not yet officially occurred.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of what the completed 35 Hudson Yards will look like. Image courtesy of Related-Oxford.</figcaption></figure> Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower completes massive concrete pile cap Alexander Walter 2018-06-04T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-06-04T18:06:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Concrete placement work for Dubai Creek Tower's pile cap has been completed two months ahead of schedule.&nbsp; A 20m-thick, multi-layered pile cap has been developed for the $1bn (AED3.67bn) Dubai Creek Tower, which is part of the 6km2 Dubai Creek Harbour master development.&nbsp; The pile&nbsp;covers and transfers the load to the foundation barrettes.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Emaar Properties.</figcaption></figure><p>Up to 16,000 tons of steel reinforcement, reportedly twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower, have been buried in the sandy Dubai ground to support (what has been promised to become) the world's tallest tower at a yet to be disclosed height: the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Creek Tower</a> designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>.<br></p> New two-tower development at Chicago Spire site could dominate the city skyline Alexander Walter 2018-05-16T14:05:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T09:47:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The long-awaited vision for the 2.2-acre site along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, unveiled in the first community meeting for the project, is toned down a bit from the 2,000-foot-tall Spire plan that stirred emotions but never advanced beyond a 76-foot-deep foundation hole. The design, by One World Trade Center architect David Childs, includes a south tower rising 1,100 feet and an 850-foot north tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ever since work on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>'s 2,000-foot-tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire</a> came to a halt in 2008 due to financial troubles, the city was left with a gaping hole in the ground rather than the nation's tallest building.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Related Midwest.</figcaption></figure><p>A new proposal by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related Midwest</a> for a pair of towers at&nbsp;400 Lake Shore Drive, designed by&nbsp;architect David Childs with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a>, could rehabilitate the site.</p> Chicago's Willis Tower is getting new elevators Alexander Walter 2018-05-08T15:36:00-04:00 >2018-05-08T15:36:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The 16,000 people who work in and visit Willis Tower each day could soon be spending less time on their elevator rides in Chicago's tallest building. A five-year project to upgrade the tower's 83 elevator shafts -- and replace 97 passenger cabs, as some shafts have two-level elevators -- will start in June, according to the building's owner, Blackstone Group's Equity Office, and elevator firm Otis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This major upgrade is expected to significantly reduce trip times as well as energy consumption (by as much as 30-35%), according to&nbsp;Equity Office and Otis.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 110-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Willis Tower</a>&mdash;once ranked as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">world's tallest building</a> for nearly 25 years&mdash;hasn't undergone such an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">enormous overhaul</a> since it was completed in 1973 as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sears Tower</a>.</p> The tower block as a recurring theme in post-Soviet photography Alexander Walter 2018-05-04T15:24:00-04:00 >2018-05-04T15:24:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In some places, the tower block has never faded from view. The history of mass housing in eastern Europe is complex and uncomfortable. Yet what&rsquo;s striking is how prominently the tower block features in the work of contemporary photographers from that territory. These artists have every reason to turn their backs on such buildings. They&rsquo;re ugly and&nbsp;overbearing, not to say reminiscent of an authoritarian past. But the mass housing block is a recurring presence in their work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer and critic Ekow Eshun provides a beautiful overview of the <em>tower block</em> as a recurring architectural, social, and aesthetic theme in the works of post-Soviet-era photographers in Russia, Serbia, the Baltic states, and throughout Eastern Europe.&nbsp;</p><p>"However ugly and monolithic such buildings were after all, they provided homes for people and are worth time and scrutiny as sites of possibility and connection," Ekow writes. "They were places where people gathered to sleep and eat, to argue and to raise families. And they continue to be so. Perhaps this is a modest artistic aim. But it&rsquo;s also a worthwhile one."</p> 26-story building in Brazil collapses after massive blaze Alexander Walter 2018-05-01T13:29:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T11:52:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An abandoned 26-story building in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, caught fire and collapsed early Tuesday, showering the surrounding streets with fiery embers and killing at least one person, firefighters said. About 150 firefighters were battling the blaze, which started at about 1:30 a.m. local time. It is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion, according to reports.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Though officially abandoned as the former S&atilde;o Paulo&nbsp;headquarters of the federal police, about 50 families were believed to have occupied the building as squatters. Most people have reportedly managed to get out, however at least one person died in the building collapse, firefighters said.</p> <p><br></p> SOM's new Hangzhou Wangchao Center features an impressive curved silhouette Alexander Walter 2018-04-09T15:52:00-04:00 >2018-04-09T15:55:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> just revealed designs for a new mixed-use skyscraper in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, a rapidly growing metropolis with a population of nearly 10 million and host of the Asian Games in 2022. <br></p> <p>The 288-meter-tall, 54-story Hangzhou Wangchao Center makes a strong first impression with its curved facade lines&mdash;merging the engineering feat of eight flowing mega-columns with architectural formal expression.</p> <p>Completion is scheduled for 2021.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; SOM | Brick Visual</figcaption></figure><p>Here's more information about the tower from SOM: <br></p> <p>"The Hangzhou Wangchao Center will serve as a gateway to the newly planned Qianjang Century Town in Hangzhou. It will add 125,000 square meters of office, hotel, and retail programming to the rapidly expanding region. The tower is directly adjacent to one of the city&rsquo;s new subway stations, and is accessible from a major roadway."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; SOM | Brick Visual</figcaption></figure><p>"The tower's expressive silhouette is the result of an integrated <br>architectural and engineering solut...</p> Construction of David Adjaye's NYC skyscraper kicks into next gear Alexander Walter 2018-04-05T13:54:00-04:00 >2018-04-05T14:00:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Last December, plans were unfurled for 130 William, a reverential new skyscraper to jostle amongst the spired giants of lower Manhattan. [...] we can note that the project has achieved two small construction milestones in its journey against the sky: crews have reached street level and standing upright is a red kangaroo crane that will bring the rectangular tower to its full 66-floor, nearly 800-foot-tall summit.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fully revealed</a> only a few weeks ago, the Lightstone-developed, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a>-designed 800-foot luxury condo tower is already making construction progress with its crane fully installed and prepared to stack 66 floors wrapped in a hand-cast concrete facade with bronze detailing towards the Manhattan sky.</p> thyssenkrupp opens first rope-less, high-speed elevator test tower in China Alexander Walter 2018-03-27T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-03-27T15:17:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>German elevator specialists <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thyssenkrupp</a> just inaugurated a new plant and test tower&nbsp;in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China, only months after opening <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">another high-tech test tower</a> near the company's headquarters in Rottweil.&nbsp;</p> <p>At a height of 248 meters (or 31 floors above ground), the Zhongshan test tower even slightly surpasses the (not so) old structure in Germany. Both facilities feature the company's new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rope-less elevator system</a>, MULTI, which can go up, down and also sideways.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: thyssenkrupp Elevator AG.</figcaption></figure><p>The 13-shaft tower is in for some heavy-duty testing: An Active Mass Damper system can both reduce the extent of tower swing caused by changes in weather conditions, and also simulate extreme seismic and&nbsp;meteorological conditions, like earthquakes and typhoons.</p><p>It comes as no surprise that China is&nbsp;thyssenkrupp's largest market in Asia: The company had sales of 17.8 percent in China in the last financial year.</p>