Archinect - News 2017-08-20T17:10:59-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150023315/first-look-at-rafael-vi-oly-s-tower-for-ritz-carlton-nyc First look at Rafael Viñoly's tower for Ritz Carlton NYC DianePham 2017-08-18T10:59:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T15:50:08-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/e2/e232jee94j7oma1v.jpg" width="650" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>EB-5 filings show that Ritz-Carlton New York has plans to build the &ldquo;Ritz-Carlton New York (Madison Park)&rdquo; at Broadway and East 28th Street. Building permits filed in January 2016 call for a 40-floor, 580-foot tall tower designed by Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects, which will contain 164 units, several eating/drinking establishments, a club lounge on the 29th floor and a rooftop bar on the 32nd.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Vi&ntilde;oly's leafy design will join "hotel row" where one can already find the Ace, Nomad, and Flatiron hotels. A Virgin Hotel&nbsp;expected to open in 2019.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150022375/stunning-construction-photos-of-zaha-hadid-architects-leeza-soho-tower-and-its-record-setting-atrium Stunning construction photos of Zaha Hadid Architects' Leeza SOHO tower and its record-setting atrium Alexander Walter 2017-08-11T21:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T02:44:13-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/uw/uwuly11hlocxh8e2.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of the <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>-designed Leeza SOHO mixed-use tower in Beijing is making progress as newly released photographs document. <br></p> <p>Once the 46-story structure reaches its final height of 207 meters (679 feet) in September of this year, it will be home to the world's tallest atrium&nbsp;&mdash; an impressive 190-meter-tall central tunnel hugged by two wavy halves of the dissected larger volume. <br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/z8/z8eh4zcfl8nrak5d.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z8/z8eh4zcfl8nrak5d.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Yicheng Yang. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>Here is how ZHA describe the project: "The 172,800m&sup2; design straddles the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides the site. The tower rises as a single volume divided into two halves on either side of the tunnel. A central atrium &ndash; the world&rsquo;s tallest &ndash; extends 190m through full height of the building and connects with the metro station below, creating a new public space for the city."</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/6n/6nj31ofq8ca7pl8d.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6n/6nj31ofq8ca7pl8d.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Yicheng Yang. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ao/aovdxs1r1cyq0m1e.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ao/aovdxs1r1cyq0m1e.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Satoshi Ohashi. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>"As the tower ri...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018425/sf-millennium-tower-continues-to-sink-engineers-suggest-a-possible-fix SF Millennium Tower continues to sink; engineers suggest a possible fix Alexander Walter 2017-07-19T17:29:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T17:35:38-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/zi/ziitsm18fxu0mer7.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A fix appears to be in the works for San Francisco&rsquo;s sinking and tilting Millennium Tower &mdash; just as a new report estimates the 58-story luxury high-rise has sunk yet another inch in the past seven months. [...] That lean is now up to nearly 14 inches at the building&rsquo;s roof &mdash; an additional 2-plus inches more than the tilt measured in January.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A pair of engineering firms hired by developer Millennium Partners think there's still hope to save the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/831562/millenium-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">troubled structure</a> and straighten it up again: "The LERA firm and DeSimone Consulting Engineers say the problem can be remedied by drilling 50 to 100 new piles down to bedrock from the building&rsquo;s basement," the <em>Chronicle</em> reports. "The engineering firms estimate the fix will cost $100 million to $150 million &mdash; more than your average home foundation repair, but a lot less than the billion-dollar-plus price tag that some experts have feared."</p> <p>Urgency is increasing though as a new engineering report by Arup Group presents evidence that the rate of sinking remains steady and cracking in the basement continues.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150015052/london-office-tower-22-bishopsgate-will-have-a-rock-climbing-window London office tower 22 Bishopsgate will have a rock climbing window Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-28T14:50:00-04:00 >2017-06-30T10:31:04-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/rt/rtumxbqi7p07il0u.jpg" width="650" height="533" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Due to various cultural, demographic, and technological advances, the way people work and live today has dramatically changed. The freelance economy is on the rise, more people are choosing (and allowed) to work from home, and tech and start up companies are foregoing traditional office spaces to set up shop in restored warehouses and adapted historic buildings. These developments have called into question the fate of the high-rise tower as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953852/bouncy-house-urbanism-is-on-the-rise-christopher-hawthorne-rides-the-u-s-bank-tower-s-skyslide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commercial skyscrapers struggle to find enough tenants</a> to fill up their floors.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/gy/gymmsu3pyocf0mcp.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/gy/gymmsu3pyocf0mcp.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Purple PR.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141304606/with-city-s-approval-london-the-stump-pinnacle-celebrates-resurrection-as-22-bishopsgate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">22 Bishopsgate</a>, currently under construction and due to open in 2019<strong>,</strong> is one approach that responds to these key shifts in the workplace. Located in the heart of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/722/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, the 62-story tower will be the tallest building in the Square Mile at 278 meters, eclipsing the nearby Heron tower at 231. The building represents a new approach by offering its professional residents choice. Recognizing the relationship between employee wellbeing and produ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150012673/london-tower-block-fire-kills-twelve-previous-warnings-about-very-poor-fire-safety-standards-may-have-gotten-ignored London tower block fire kills twelve; previous warnings about "very poor fire safety standards" may have gotten ignored Alexander Walter 2017-06-14T14:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T13:30:12-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/oq/oqe3o6euynfdzemv.jpg" width="650" height="812" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twelve people have died in a west London tower block fire and the number of deaths are expected to rise, police have said. [...] Grenfell Tower underwent a two-year &pound;10m refurbishment as part of a wider transformation of the estate, that was completed last year. [...] Before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".</p></em><br /><br /><p>While it's still too early to determine the cause of the fire, the <em>BBC</em> reports that "before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted"."</p> <p>Latest updates on the disastrous blaze can be found in <em>The Guardian</em>'s live feed <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/live/2017/jun/14/grenfell-tower-major-fire-london-apartment-block-white-city-latimer-road" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE, June 14, 2017, 2:06 PM EST:</strong></p> <p>Latest reports raise the fear that the tower may be seriously in danger of collapsing with structural cracks appearing in the corners. Firefighters have been pulled out of the tower.</p> <p><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/06/068h2ooe1evfyxt8.jpg"><em>Image via <a href="https://www.instagram.com/mrgeorgeclarke/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@mrgeorgeclarke</a> on Instagram.</em></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GrenfellTower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#GrenfellTower Tweets</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150010444/revealed-morris-adjmi-s-gothic-inspired-condo-tower-coming-to-nomad REVEALED: Morris Adjmi’s Gothic-inspired condo tower coming to Nomad Dana Schulz 2017-06-01T18:06:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T18:07:00-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/lt/ltikin5cmsbes4pd.jpg" width="650" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The site formerly held the ornate Romanesque Revival parish house of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, which, to the dismay of preservationists, was demolished in 2015 by Elkstein Development Group. However, Adjmi, known for his contextual sensitivity, will reference the church&rsquo;s Gothic details, with six hefty columns that emphasize its 469-foot height and assume a diagrid pattern on the upper floors resembling the barrel-vaulted ceilings of a cathedral.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sn/snis85mzdfin2p0g.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9c/9cy20kk10045lwta.jpg"></p><p>The latest in a slew of new residential developments in Nomad, <a href="http://archinect.com/morrisadjmiarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morris Adjmi</a>'s 30 East 31st Street will rise 40 stories and boast only 41 "ultra-luxury" condos, pointing to the fact that most units will be full-floor.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150007999/completion-of-jeddah-tower-the-world-s-tallest-building-pushed-back-to-2019 Completion of Jeddah Tower, the world's tallest building, pushed back to 2019 Alexander Walter 2017-05-17T14:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-24T12:01:04-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/5l/5lezqlu6jainva1p.jpg" width="650" height="542" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Completion of the world&rsquo;s new tallest tower, Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, has been pushed back to 2019, its developer said yesterday. Formerly known as Kingdom Tower, the structure is to reach more than a kilometre in height, which means it will surpass Dubai&rsquo;s Burj Khalifa. Construction began in April 2014, and was to have finished in 2018. [...] &ldquo;The project was delayed... but it&rsquo;ll open (in) 2019,&rdquo; Prince Alwaleed said during a media visit to the site, reports AFP.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Saudi Binladin Group has been hit by a fall in work brought by lower Saudi public spending following the collapse in oil revenues," GCR reports. "Last year workers in Mecca burned buses in protest over unpaid wages amid reports of mass lay-offs."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149999090/a-tower-that-arcs-high-above-new-york A tower that arcs high above New York Nicholas Korody 2017-03-23T12:09:00-04:00 >2017-06-25T18:32:43-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ih/ihrqhijx0seoq8x4.jpg" width="650" height="877" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;What if our buildings were long instead of tall?&rdquo; ask oiio studio, authors of a new, speculative project titled &ldquo;The Big Bend&rdquo;. Their design, which seems to riff on Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/260627/432-park-avenue" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">432 Park Avenue</a>&nbsp;Condominium tower, features a horseshoe shaped tower that arcs high in the air, framing Central Park. The project seems hyperbolic, but in their description the architect seem to think there&rsquo;s meat to the idea.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n3/n3g3hrcu9gdkwl4j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d8/d8pfj6v8rpe8thx8.jpg"></p><p><strong>From the architects:</strong></p><p><em>There is an undeniable obsession that resides in Manhattan. It is undeniable because it is made to be seen. There are many different ways that can make a building stand out, but in order to do so the building has to literary stand out.</em></p><p><em>We have become familiar with building height measurements. We usually learn about the latest tallest building and we are always impressed by its price per square foot. It seems that a property&rsquo;s height operates as a license for it to be expensive.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vh/vhpnnacn8a0eri4d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xw/xw56rqtcjb87nfrs.jpg"></p><p><em>New York city&rsquo;s zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks trough which develope...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149987007/deborah-berke-designed-stylish-sustainable-tower-opens-in-indianapolis Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T17:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T11:09:05-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/jv/jv4o4euan7x7flud.jpg" width="650" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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 conscious corporate HQ.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xg/xgqbe1tvenh6tg25.jpg"></p><p>Referring to Cummins' past collaborations with architects like Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke notes that &ldquo;over the decades, Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to great design that benefits its employees, its customers, and the community. This building carries that legacy forward with an environmentally sustainable design that dignifies the work going on inside while enhancing the urban realm.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/93/9302jciuvy0oznl8.jpg"></p><p>The building&rsquo;s articulated facades and distinctive form serve a purpose&mdash;to create a comfortable, light-filled work environment for employees that adds to the vitality on Market Street. Adding some muscle to the great bones of downtown Indianapolis, the park is a public am...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149986704/paris-mayor-announces-300m-eiffel-tower-renovation Paris mayor announces €300M Eiffel Tower renovation Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T13:05:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T00:27:35-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/3n/3n1o01wsckox6ivp.jpg" width="650" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eiffel Tower is to undergo a &euro;300m, 15-year refurbishment, Paris&rsquo;s mayor Anne Hidalgo announced on Friday. [...] The planned refurbishment is intended to bolster the French capital&rsquo;s bids to host another World&rsquo;s Fair in 2025 and, before that, the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games [...]. The project will be managed by the tower&rsquo;s operator, the Soci&eacute;t&eacute; d&rsquo;Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, a public service company wholly owned by the City Council.</p></em><br /><br /><p>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)&nbsp;will take more than a few buckets of paint and also comprises the modernization of the elevators, viewing gallery, security and access facilities, as well as the light show systems.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149985916/construction-begins-on-varso-tower-set-to-become-poland-s-tallest-building Construction begins on Varso Tower, set to become Poland's tallest building Nicholas Korody 2017-01-11T13:19:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T14:57:45-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ct/ct4kaado2i4p8s54.jpg" width="650" height="919" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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. It will also have an observation deck&mdash;one of the highest in Europe&mdash;where tourists can ogle Warsaw&rsquo;s skyline.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jq/jqxe52364vmyni7p.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;We believe that Varso Tower will have a unique place on Warsaw&rsquo;s skyline, but most importantly it will establish a new destination capable of revitalising this urban quarter, right in the heart of the city. The building contains high-quality and flexible office space, but it also makes an important contribution to the city with its glazed public courtyard at ground level and the spectacular viewing platforms with restaurants at the top. These public galleries offer panoramic views of the city to everyone. We are really looking forward to construction." said Grant Brooker, Head of Stu...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149984936/still-no-end-in-sight-of-san-francisco-s-leaning-tower-fiasco Still no end in sight of San Francisco's 'Leaning Tower' fiasco Alexander Walter 2017-01-05T13:01:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T13:34:42-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/6k/6ktcwiro12m1akq0.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>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.</p></em><br /><br /><p>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:</p><p><em>"Millennium spokesman P.J. Johnston says workers have been pumping out huge amounts of water as they tunnel through the soil. Johnston says that process, known as dewatering, is destabilizing the ground. [...] Johnston says engineers have inspected the tower and confirm it's safe.</em><em>"</em></p><p>Many of the million-dollar-property owners at this now infamous address aren't easily quietened though, and a permanent engineering fix has yet to be found.</p><p>The troubled structure previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975010/the-sinking-towers-of-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The sinking towers of San Francisco</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961306/luxury-condos-sink-in-san-francisco-s-millennium-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149981806/indian-hindu-temple-planned-as-world-s-tallest-religious-structure Indian Hindu temple planned as world's tallest religious structure Alexander Walter 2016-12-07T14:18:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:25:52-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/8i/8icnwuidjuncfd0u.jpg" width="650" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>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).</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ns/nsnjl45136gks714.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f9/f9dwwz04o4n71h41.jpg"></p><p>The illustration below shows the greater master plan for&nbsp;Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. The <a href="http://www.vcm.org.in/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">project website</a> has this description:</p><p><em>"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 grand temple shall be of monumental proportions and its iconic architecture shall harmoniously combine elements of both Indian temple architecture and modern architecture. This temple is poised to become the tallest, grandest and largest religious structure in India. The temple has a footprint of about 5.5 acres and rises to a height of about 700 feet (213 metres or 70 floors). The temple is planned to be vibrant with festivals and religious activities throughout the year."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xp/xpg6ga4p2aw2qjh1.jpg"></p><p>Vedic Cosmology is an integral part of the design concept. The project website explains:</p><p><em>"A capsule elevator takes visitors from the ground level to the 700 ft. tall viewing Gallery giving an immersive 3D sound and light experi...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149981222/construction-update-big-s-twisted-vancouver-house-tower-rises-above-grade Construction update: BIG's twisted Vancouver House tower rises above grade Alexander Walter 2016-12-02T14:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-10T19:36:38-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/38/38b1168383547b196c9f00d981508729.jpg" width="650" height="725" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>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.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7f/7f14abd0e54e62a6db6af0606ccc3987.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo of the Vancouver House construction site by <a href="http://skyrisecities.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skyrise Cities</a> forum member mcminsen. Click <a href="http://skyrisecities.com/news/2016/12/vancouver-house-rises-above-grade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more photos.</em></p><p>The tower and other Vancouver-related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/45328468/big-s-490-foot-tall-beach-and-howe-tower-for-vancouver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG&rsquo;s 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe Tower for Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137194843/can-vancouver-break-out-of-its-boring-architecture-mold-with-these-new-ambitious-skyscrapers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture' mold with these new ambitious skyscrapers?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973355/is-vancouver-s-15-tax-on-overseas-buyers-helping-to-cool-the-housing-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Vancouver's 15% tax on overseas buyers helping to cool the housing market?</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149979856/shop-designed-brooklyn-tower-now-world-s-tallest-modular-building-opens-its-doors SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower – now world's tallest modular building – opens its doors Alexander Walter 2016-11-22T14:32:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T18:48:54-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/d8/d8f9928ec547c01aaaa53575cb179009.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>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&nbsp;in the world constructed with&nbsp;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&nbsp;build with modular construction in New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The groundbreaking (but not trouble-free) development previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118430633/work-finally-resumes-at-brooklyn-s-modular-prefab-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108188566/continued-delays-for-housing-at-atlantic-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Continued Delays For Housing at Atlantic Yards</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98217703/lego-high-rise-world-s-tallest-modular-apartment-tower-getting-snapped-together-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego High-Rise: World's Tallest Modular Apartment Tower Getting Snapped Together In Brooklyn</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69605673/modular-construction-is-gaining-popularity-across-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modular construction is gaining popularity across New York City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/62343787/atlantic-yards-will-be-getting-32-story-shop-designed-modular-tower-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlantic Yards Will Be Getting 32-Story, SHoP-designed Modular Tower After All</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149973177/groundbreaking-for-calatrava-designed-dubai-tower-potentially-the-world-s-tallest-building Groundbreaking for Calatrava-designed Dubai Tower — (potentially) the world's tallest building Alexander Walter 2016-10-11T16:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T13:16:38-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/96/96b88db2326475eaf64018d069113513.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on Monday "broke ground" on the world&rsquo;s tallest tower &ndash; 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 &ndash; 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 [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a9/a986cbc5a1cb0e27cafa2f0e7ad1cc78.jpg"></p> <p><em>Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Dubai's ruler, laying the foundation stone for the 'The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour' project on Monday. (Image: WAM)</em></p> <p>The structure's final height has not yet been revealed &mdash; the 1km-high Kingdom Tower, currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is also reaching for the title of 'World's Tallest Building.'</p> <p>The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour project previously in the Archinect news:</p> <ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960408/calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower-engineers-complete-wind-tests-and-seismic-studies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower: engineers complete wind tests and seismic studies</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939784/a-notch-taller-than-burj-khalifa-check-out-these-new-renderings-of-santiago-calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A notch taller" than Burj Khalifa: check out these new renderings of Santiago Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149971387/big-designed-the-spiral-hudson-yards-tower-is-inching-closer-to-becoming-reality BIG-designed "The Spiral" Hudson Yards tower is inching closer to becoming reality Alexander Walter 2016-09-30T13:47:00-04:00 >2016-12-11T17:20:28-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/jr/jrrcud0wez3rp95r.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Everything is spiraling into place for Tishman Speyer. The developer officially filed plans Thursday for the Spiral, an&nbsp;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.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ck/ckgu6b4m13llnwlh.jpg"></p><p>The (hotly debated) project previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147663869/big-s-concept-for-a-spiraling-landscape-tower-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></p><p>Related stories:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149970030/introducing-bjarke-ingels-floating-student-housing-urban-rigger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968706/play-arkinoid-arcade-on-big-s-website" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG's website</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968533/bjarke-ingels-gets-the-rolling-stone-treatment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels gets the Rolling Stone treatment</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149966144/chicago-tribune-tower-sale-closes-mixed-use-redevelopment-likely Chicago Tribune Tower sale closes; mixed-use redevelopment likely Alexander Walter 2016-08-31T13:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T13:43:02-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/0y/0y51kqsf7mn45vzu.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>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.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Tribune Tower sale previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946493/chicago-tribune-tower-inches-closer-to-hotel-residential-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune Tower inches closer to hotel &amp; residential redevelopment</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149961306/luxury-condos-sink-in-san-francisco-s-millennium-tower Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower Julia Ingalls 2016-08-03T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-10-23T15:17:12-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/or/oritpnjs9wqwi2ki.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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, giving the multi-million dollar residences within the building a slightly different view of the city and, perhaps, their investment. As the <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-s-landmark-tower-for-rich-and-famous-is-8920197.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SFGate</a> reports, while some blame the nearby Transbay Transit Center site dig for the sink, others noted that the building had sunk at least ten inches by the time the excavation began. But not to worry, officials say:&nbsp;</p><p><em>At the same time, geotechnical reports show that since 2009, the settling has been uneven &mdash; resulting in the 2-inch tilt.</em></p><p><em>And while Stanford&rsquo;s Deierlein doesn&rsquo;t consider the sink or tilt a safety issue, he did say, &ldquo;I would be concerned for my investment.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s because a shifting building can cause walls to crack, elevators to malfunction...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149960408/calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower-engineers-complete-wind-tests-and-seismic-studies Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower: engineers complete wind tests and seismic studies Alexander Walter 2016-07-28T14:05:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T13:16:55-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ez/ezerdi47j1mzhg5h.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] 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&rsquo;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".</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour project previously in the Archinect news:</p> <ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939784/a-notch-taller-than-burj-khalifa-check-out-these-new-renderings-of-santiago-calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A notch taller" than Burj Khalifa: check out these new renderings of Santiago Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149957866/tour-zaha-hadid-s-stacked-vases-tower-in-australia Tour Zaha Hadid's "stacked vases" tower in Australia Julia Ingalls 2016-07-14T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T23:35:30-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/z9/z9rqjgvna40va8b5.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Imagine blending the veiny facade of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63273060/gehry-s-8-spruce-street-wins-emporis-skyscraper-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8 Spruce Street</a> and the jaunty offset of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85537199/so-il-and-gensler-to-design-creative-cultural-incubator-for-new-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> 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 segments of the tower each denote a different part of the program while simultaneously integrating access to public transit and creating civic space.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vt/vt2t0yxrhklo71t2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8q/8qqq7kc74gi6g2e1.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The design has been defined by Melbourne&rsquo;s rich and diverse urban landscape, reinterpreted in a contemporary solution driven by the logical division of its overall volume that will enhance the city&rsquo;s public realm with generous communal spaces,&rdquo; said Zaha Hadid Architects&rsquo; Michele Pasca di Magliano. &ldquo;We are honored to be working with our partners in Melbourne to deliver this project for the city.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p9/p95ppzz56csz1myd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5c/5cktx3oe8mm6msrx.jpg"></p><p>Here's a video showing site context:</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149955981/tallest-lego-model-in-the-u-s-unveiled-one-world-trade-center-in-all-its-pixely-might Tallest Lego model in the U.S. unveiled: One World Trade Center in all its pixely might Alexander Walter 2016-07-05T12:55:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T01:34:10-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/tu/tu7n1zpcbmomi1n8.jpg" width="650" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>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&rsquo;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.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Legoland announcement proudly boasts these details:</p><p>"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 26 feet, making it the tallest LEGO model in the U.S. For the first time ever, guests can use a special LEGO tower viewer giving them a skyscraper view of Miniland U.S.A. The area also features LEGO model replicas of the 9/11 Memorial&rsquo;s twin reflecting pools, the grove of memorial trees and the impressive World Trade Center Transportation Hub."</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132489224/lego-architecture-launches-new-student-acoustic-design-challenge-to-restore-a-destroyed-music-theater" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEGO Architecture launches new student acoustic-design challenge to restore a destroyed music theater</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131272622/lego-to-ditch-oil-based-plastic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego to ditch oil-based plastic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145511680/move-over-lego-kengo-kuma-creates-elegant-wooden-tsumiki-blocks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Move over, Lego: Kengo Kuma creates elegant, wooden Tsumiki blocks</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149953854/3-world-trade-center-celebrates-topping-out 3 World Trade Center celebrates topping out Alexander Walter 2016-06-24T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T00:38:18-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/l8/l8byz1r4100ktq23.jpg" width="650" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a ceremony packed with construction workers, news crews, and real estate folk, the final bucket of concrete made its way to the top of 3 World Trade Center, marking the topping out of this 1,079-foot supertall tower. The 80-story building was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and spans 2.5 million square feet. Once complete in 2018, it will be the fifth tallest tower in New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s6/s6u12q03ev2p9oug.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; &nbsp;Silverstein Properties Chairman Larry A. Silverstein (right) and Port Authority of New York &amp; New Jersey Executive Director Pat Foye at the topping out ceremony signing the final bucket of concrete.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q0/q0maxa7rbh35jj4a.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; &nbsp;This rendering shows what the completed 1,079-ft tower will look like.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146052786/rupert-murdoch-suddenly-pulls-out-of-2-world-trade-center-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rupert Murdoch suddenly pulls out of 2 World Trade Center deal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128880408/11-years-of-one-world-trade-center-construction-in-one-short-time-lapse-video" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 years of One World Trade Center construction in one short time-lapse video</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141506795/rex-revealed-as-the-architects-redesigning-the-200m-wtc-performing-arts-complex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REX Revealed as the Architects Redesigning the $200M WTC Performing Arts Complex</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner To live in London you can't be a Londoner Julia Ingalls 2016-05-27T01:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-01T13:03:57-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/vp/vpr44knaiqd21nw9.jpg" width="650" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost two-thirds of homes in the Tower, a 50-storey apartment complex in London, are in foreign ownership, with a quarter held through secretive offshore companies based in tax havens, a Guardian investigation has revealed. The first residents of the landmark development arrived in October 2013, but many of the homes are barely occupied, with some residents saying they only use them for a fraction of the year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The kind of wealth&nbsp;that turns a home into a status symbol&mdash;and an underused status symbol at that, with occupancy rates of only a few weeks a year&mdash;is not easing London's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935882/could-a-pop-up-village-in-south-east-london-be-the-answer-to-the-city-s-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a>. As the city's housing rates push actual citizens to decamp to cheaper suburbs or simply leave the area altogether, London can look forward to being transformed into an empty stage set of a once thriving metropolis.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gg/ggzi7y7ajsaa9o4m.jpg"></p><p>For a fuller perspective on London's housing problems:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98551137/london-s-skyline-needs-more-tower-blocks-not-more-luxury-flats" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's skyline needs more tower blocks, not more luxury flats</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136811349/100-renderings-of-ideas-to-solve-london-s-housing-crisis-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100 renderings of ideas to solve London's housing crisis released</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149947711/a-stack-of-neighborhoods-ds-r-s-design-for-rubenstein-forum-revealed "A stack of neighborhoods": DS+R's design for Rubenstein Forum revealed Julia Ingalls 2016-05-26T12:46:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T01:06:16-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/mm/mmqoh1lrypii9m6r.jpg" width="650" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/4069531/the-university-of-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Chicago</a>, weary of holding large events off-campus, hired <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller, Scofidio and Renfro</a> to design a 90,000 square foot, multi-faceted meeting place. The result is the Rubenstein Forum, which will&nbsp;be placed next to the Harris School of Public Policy&rsquo;s future Keller Center and across the Midway from Rockefeller Chapel.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m5/m5z9efjgianzgv7l.jpg"></p><p>In terms of the design concept, Liz Diller stated that "we composed the tower as a stack of &lsquo;neighborhoods&rsquo; with meeting and communal spaces of all sizes&mdash;both formal and informal, calm and animated, focused and diffuse. The building prompts its varied populations to cross paths with one another where possible to enhance intellectual exchange. The lower floors of the Rubenstein Forum are porous and dynamic with connections to the campus and the community in all directions. As one climbs the building, there is a progressive retreat from the everyday to more contemplative spaces with dramatic views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.&rdquo;</p><p>What else is DS+R up to these ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149946493/chicago-tribune-tower-inches-closer-to-hotel-residential-redevelopment Chicago Tribune Tower inches closer to hotel & residential redevelopment Alexander Walter 2016-05-20T19:34:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T13:27:15-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/qp/qpw8xc4mh8bnfu42.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of developers on the short list to buy Tribune Tower want to convert the Gothic Michigan Avenue landmark into condominiums, apartments and even a hotel [...] The property also comes with something all developers love: land for new buildings. A buyer could build one or two more towers on the parking lot next door and on space created by demolishing some of the existing Tribune building that is not landmarked. [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>In other recent Chi-Town news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936792/chicago-spire-s-gaping-hole-to-be-hidden-behind-piles-of-dirt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire's gaping hole to be hidden behind piles of dirt</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149946167/architect-richard-meier-changes-his-palette-for-new-tower Architect Richard Meier Changes His Palette for New Tower Richard Meier & Partners 2016-05-19T11:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T15:00:56-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ou/ou1j1pzktle2miu0.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But an old friend, and a special commission, have gotten the architect to change his stripes. Mr. Meier has designed a black building. At East 39th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan, developer Sheldon Solow will be unveiling a 42-story, 556-unit residential building. It will be Mr. Meier&rsquo;s tallest in the city and his first since his trio of apartment towers on West Street were completed in 2004.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h6/h6gusx0d56zwnvoo.jpg"><br><em>A rendering of the Richard Meier-designed building.&nbsp;PHOTO:&nbsp;VIZE/RICHARD MEIER &amp; PARTNERS ARCHITECTS</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149945789/megatall-shanghai-tower-receives-ctbuh-signboard-officially-marking-it-as-china-s-tallest-and-the-world-s-second-tallest Megatall Shanghai Tower receives CTBUH signboard officially marking it as China's tallest and the world's second-tallest Alexander Walter 2016-05-17T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-05-17T17:22:08-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ru/ru9ixxng9o2upkej.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai Tower in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. With a height of 632 meters, Shanghai Tower is only the third &ldquo;megatall&rdquo; building of 600 meters or higher in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8n/8n13fw0ews5s3kd8.jpg"></p><p>A tall plaque for a tall building: attendees of the ceremony included (from left to right) CTBUH China Office Board Member Junjie Zhang, President, ECADI, China Tall Building Awards Jury; Jiaming Cao, President, Architectural Society of Shanghai, China Tall Building Awards Jury; CTBUH China Office Director Daniel Safarik; CTBUH Chairman David Malott, Principal, KPF, China Tall Building Awards Jury; Chunhua Song, Former Vice-Minister, Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China Tall Building Awards Jury Chair; Jianping Gu, General Manager, Shanghai Tower Business Operation &amp; Management Co., Ltd.; Yi Zhu, Managing Principal, Pacific Rim Regional Director, Thornton Tomasetti, China Tall Building Awards Jury; Xiaomei Lee, Principal, Managing Director, Gensler.&nbsp;&nbsp;Photo &copy; CTBUH.</p><p>Shanghai Tower previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145197064/sorry-willis-tower-but-shanghai-tower-just-kicked-you-out-of-the-top-10-tallest-buildings-club-after-41-years" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/118985363/megataaaall-shanghai-tower-enters-final-construction-phase" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megataaaall Shanghai Tower enters ...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149944852/world-s-tallest-elevator-tower-is-going-up 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="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/jq/jq1mtbburxzd8on5.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/gensler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>'s Shanghai Tower, in 2018 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142454438/sci-arc-expands-to-shanghai-with-more-global-programs-on-the-way" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/80/80svd2ku3d44y2wp.jpg"></p><p>Meanwhile, in other sky-is-the-limit project news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145578340/will-tall-towers-and-sky-walks-populate-the-stockholm-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will tall towers and sky walks populate the Stockholm of the future?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134740546/london-s-oligarch-transformation-continues-with-a-sky-pool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941796/construction-of-shop-s-29th-floor-skybridge-pool-nearing-completion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of SHoP's 29th-floor skybridge pool nearing completion</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149942979/mumbai-high-rise-at-the-center-of-adarsh-society-scam-to-be-demolished-high-court-rules Mumbai high-rise at the center of Adarsh Society scam to be demolished, High Court rules Alexander Walter 2016-04-29T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:31:02-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/vm/vm0dtao01i103xiv.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an order that sends a strong message against corruption, the Bombay High Court on Friday ordered the Union Environment Ministry to demolish 31-storey Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society. [...] The society, originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and war widows, was converted into a 100-metre-tall building with politicians, bureaucrats and army officers allegedly conspiring to get flats allotted to them in the cooperative society at below-market rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Click <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adarsh_Housing_Society_scam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about the&nbsp;Adarsh Housing Society scam and corruption scandal.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146810440/top-13-floors-of-india-s-tallest-skyscraper-were-built-illegally-high-court-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 13 floors of India's tallest skyscraper were built illegally, High Court says</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937900/india-on-the-brink-what-s-in-store-for-the-country-s-architectural-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">India on the brink: what's in store for the country's architectural future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145577538/world-s-first-slum-museum-is-coming-to-mumbai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai</a></li></ul>