Archinect - News 2018-06-20T22:36:07-04:00 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> Work to begin on Dubai's second tallest (and world's fifth tallest) skyscraper Alexander Walter 2018-03-19T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-03-20T10:16:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Azizi Developments will begin work on what will become the world&rsquo;s fifth tallest skyscraper in the third quarter of the year. Being developed at a cost of $816m (AED3bn) on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road, the 570-metre tall, 122-storey residential and commercial tower will house residential apartments on the first 100 floors, and a luxury hotel on the remaining 22. In an update, the Dubai-based developer said that it is currently consulting with Atkins to finalise the design based on its feedback.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It looks like there's new life in a flagship development on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai</a>'s&nbsp;Sheikh Zayed Road: after a previous proposal for the supertall Entisar Tower by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AE7</a> with Meydan was sold to Azizi Developers, the company announced plans to work with global architectural firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atkins</a> on the designs and make the 570-meter plus project a reality within the next 39 to 44 months.</p> Marina Bay Sands 2.0: Moshe Safdie sets record for tallest sky bridge with new "horizontal skyscraper" in Chongqing Alexander Walter 2018-02-26T13:57:00-05:00 >2018-02-26T14:00:10-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction of The Conservatory sky bridge has given Raffles City Chongqing the title of development with the highest sky bridge linking the most number of towers. [...] Designed by Moshe Safdie, Raffles City Chongqing also consists of a 350-m supertall skyscraper, which currently holds two records for being China&rsquo;s tallest residential tower and Chongqing&rsquo;s tallest building.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: CapitaLand</figcaption></figure><p>If you thought <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marina Bay Sands</a>' sky bridge in Singapore was pretty impressive, hold your breath now for its younger, bigger sibling, Raffles City Chongqing, currently growing towards the sky in Central China.&nbsp;</p> <p>Also designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Safdie Architects</a>, the 1.12 million sqm megadevelopment's centerpiece are four 250-tall skyscrapers holding up an enormous 300m-long and 30m-wide curved sky bridge&mdash;taller (of course) than its Singapore inspiration and now also holding the world record as the&nbsp;development with the highest sky bridge linking the most number of towers.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: CapitaLand</figcaption></figure><p>To make the project further stand out, the developers also threw in a couple of supertall 350m-tall apartment towers&mdash;one of which already topped out and took the title of China's&nbsp;tallest residential tower and Chongqing&rsquo;s tallest building.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: CapitaLand</figcaption></figure><p>"Hoisting the three middle steel segments of The Conservatory&mdash;each weighing up to 1,100 tons&mdash;to the designated height of 250 m marks a world firs...</p> Calatrava's megatall Dubai Creek Tower completes design development Alexander Walter 2018-02-15T14:52:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T14:23:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The design development programme for Dubai Creek Tower is fully complete.&nbsp; BMT, an&nbsp;international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced that it had&nbsp;taken the Emaar Properties project "to 100% design development". Wind engineering experts from BMT have completed aerodynamic shape optimisation studies, wind loading analyses, and fa&ccedil;ade wind pressure assessments for the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai</a>'s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, stopped by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Creek Tower</a> megaproject last month and inspected the monumental foundation work of what may soon be the world's tallest building (the final height is still kept a secret but was announced to surpass the&nbsp;829.8&nbsp;m/2,722&nbsp;ft of the current and nearby record holder, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burj Khalifa</a>).</p> 70-story wooden skyscraper proposed for Tokyo could become world's tallest Alexander Walter 2018-02-15T13:57:00-05:00 >2018-02-15T14:05:19-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd. has announced that it plans to build a 70-story 350-meter mixed-use skyscraper in Marunouchi, a central Tokyo business district, by the year 2041. [...] The project [...] is estimated to cost 600 billion JPY (5.5 billion USD). This is almost twice that of conventional high-rise buildings using current technology, but the company hopes to reduce costs by making technological advances in wood-based construction.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sumitomo Forestry</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wooden skyscrapers</a> have been seeing an unprecedented boom phase in recent years, but even the more ambitious projects don't even come close to what Japanese company&nbsp;Sumitomo Forestry, in collaboration with Nikken Sekkei, is proposing to build in Tokyo by the year 2041.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sumitomo Forestry</figcaption></figure><p>To pull off the massive structure required for a 350-meter, 70-story wooden tower, as the concept <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">W350 plan</a> outlines,&nbsp;185,000 cubic meters of timber are needed &mdash; the equivalent of&nbsp;8,000 single-family homes.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sumitomo Forestry</figcaption></figure><p>"The planned structure is a hybrid wood and steel structure made from 90% wooden materials," the company explains. "It will use a braced tube structure in which steel frame vibration control braces (diagonal braces) are positioned inside a column and beam structure, made from a combination of wood and steel."<br></p> Jeddah Tower construction reaches 63rd floor Alexander Walter 2018-02-08T15:05:00-05:00 >2018-02-09T15:24:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction of the world's tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is going ahead, the head of the consortium behind the $1.5 billion project said, despite the detention of some businessmen backing the plan in Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption. [...] Construction has reached the 63rd floor and the superstructure - the concrete shell and the cladding - is to be completed next year, Jomah said, adding that delays in some areas were inevitable because of technical challenges.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Progress on the soon-to-be tallest structure on earth has been troubled for a while, with the main contractor (and partial owner)&nbsp;Saudi Binladin Group going through a financial rough patch and, more recently, several project officials and royal family members being targeted by the country's anti-corruption crackdown.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite the challenges, work is going ahead on the&nbsp;1,000 m/3,281 ft <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeddah Tower</a> (formerly Kingdom Tower) designed by Chicago-based&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>, and construction recently reached the 63rd floor.&nbsp;</p> John King reviews the newly opened Salesforce Tower, now San Francisco's tallest building Alexander Walter 2018-01-19T14:26:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>All of which makes for a nuanced tower, conscientious and self-assured even as it reorients the skyline and redefines San Francisco&rsquo;s visual image. But there&rsquo;s also an air of detachment, as if the creators were so busy being tasteful they forgot that big buildings can be fun. In the works for a decade, and with plenty of work left to do, the 1.42 million-square-foot tower at First and Mission streets opened quietly Monday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>John King, the&nbsp;<em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>&rsquo;s urban design critic, reviews <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pelli Clarke Pelli</a>'s brand new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Salesforce Tower</a> which recently welcomed its first occupants. "And while it won&rsquo;t ever gain visual swagger," King writes, "you might come to like it more than you expect."&nbsp;</p> <p>At&nbsp;1,070 feet, it's a slick steel and glass behemoth and dethroned the&nbsp;853-foot Transamerica Pyramid from its top spot as San Francisco's tallest building &mdash; a title it managed to hold since 1972.&nbsp;</p> China builds "world's biggest air purifier" to battle air pollution Alexander Walter 2018-01-17T13:36:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An experimental tower over 100 metres (328 feet) high in northern China &ndash; dubbed the world&rsquo;s biggest air purifier by its operators &ndash; has brought a noticeable improvement in air quality, according to the scientist leading the project, as authorities seek ways to tackle the nation&rsquo;s chronic smog problem. [...] The head of the research, Cao Junji, said improvements in air quality had been observed over an area of 10 square kilometres (3.86 square miles) in the city over the past few months [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now that the experimental <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smog</a>-eating tower is up and running in the city of Xian, authorities are hoping to build much bigger, scaled-up versions in other Chinese cities soon: "A full-sized tower would reach 500 metres (1,640 feet) high with a diameter of 200 metres (656 feet)," the <em>South China Morning Post</em> writes.<br></p> Frank Gehry presents reworked and shortened Santa Monica hotel tower Alexander Walter 2018-01-05T14:05:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A developer looking to erect a hotel tower designed by Frank Gehry on Santa Monica&rsquo;s iconic Ocean Avenue has reworked its plans and released a new rendering of the project. Originally proposed five years ago as 22 stories, the hotel has been reduced to 12 stories&mdash;or 130 feet&mdash;to comply with the city&rsquo;s new development plan for downtown. It&rsquo;s just one part of a larger project that would also include a museum, shops, ground-floor open space, and 79 apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The newly released rendering shows the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry</a>-designed hotel tower as a considerably shortened and reworked version of what was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">originally proposed</a> in March of 2013 &mdash; <em>before</em> the city's new height rules and design guidelines for downtown Santa Monica were implemented. For comparison, check out the rendering of the original proposal below.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The original 22-story Ocean Avenue Project proposal from 2013.</figcaption></figure><p>"The design team has received significant input from the community outreach process, the planning department, and the Architectural Review Board," it reads on the project's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Public viewing platform. Image: Gehry Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>"The extensive outreach process used in developing the approved DCP informed the revised project, resulting in a lower maximum height appropriate to the Downtown context. A slender tower is oriented in an east-west direction, maximizing views to the oceanfront from areas to the east."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>"The building street fronts are modulated to enhance activi...</p> World's tallest (mostly) Lego tower built in memory of eight-year-old cancer victim Alexander Walter 2018-01-02T18:50:00-05:00 >2018-01-02T18:51:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Plastic building blocks are once again reaching for the sky. This time, it was the city of Tel Aviv that made an attempt to build the tallest Lego tower &mdash; or, officially, the tallest structure built with interlocking plastic bricks, not all of them made by the Danish toy giant. [...] a joint effort between Tel Aviv City Hall and Young Engineers, an organization that promotes learning with toy bricks. The tower is intended to honor a child who died from cancer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Omer Tower" was built in memory of Omer Sayag, himself an avid fan of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">colorful plastic blocks</a>, who lost his battle with cancer in 2014 at the age of 8. <br></p> <p>Clocking in at a height of 35.85 meters (117 feet and 7 inches), the structure on Tel Aviv's Rabin Square beat previous world records including the most recent one in Milan in 2015.<br></p> Looking to buy an unfinished skyscraper? This Chinese online auction has one listed (starting price: $84m). Alexander Walter 2018-01-02T14:45:00-05:00 >2018-01-02T14:45:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A 156m (511ft) skyscraper in northern Shanxi province has been listed on Taobao, China's largest e-commerce website, by a local court. [...] Construction on the building first began in 2006 and was due to be completed by 2011, according to Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. However, the developer ran into funding troubles. The building was eventually seized by the Shanxi Provincial Higher People's Court.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Fresh coat of paint, some shiplap here and there, and this puppy can be open for business in no time.</figcaption></figure><p>If a 511-ft fixer upper in the northern Chinese city of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiyuan</a> has been on your real estate wishlist for some time, and you happen to have at least 553m yuan ($84 million) sitting idly by, then <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this listing</a> on China's popular Taobao online auction site is your biggest good news of 2018 yet.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Hurry though, the campaign ends later today.</p> San Francisco's sinking Millennium Tower now emitting unsafe odors found to be a fire hazard Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-19T13:36:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In a December 2016 assessment of the issue obtained by NBC Bay Area, Palo Alto-based building consultants Allana Buick &amp; Bers Inc. trace the odors to openings between the building&rsquo;s fa&ccedil;ade, or curtain wall, and the core structure. The consultants point to the &ldquo;excessive&rdquo; settlement as a likely source of the issue, adding, &ldquo;This condition may be more widespread than these two test areas and may be present in the entire stack. We recommend further investigation of this issue.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>New fire hazards have been found in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>'s infamous <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennium Tower</a>, making the luxury high-rise that has sunk 17 inches since 2009 even less safe than previously thought. According to a December 2016 assessment carried out by building consultants Allana Buick &amp; Bers Inc., gaps between the building's walls and structural frame have been found. These openings "represent a breach in the fire and smoke barrier" that in the event of a fire, would allow smoke to jump floors posing a huge safety risk to the occupants.&nbsp;</p> <p>Allana Buick &amp; Bers Inc. were hired by condo owner Paula Pretlow to assess the tower in order to trace the source of foul orders that had been plaguing the occupant. The consultants discovered that smells were likely coming from gaps that had occurred as a result of the structure's settlement. However, these findings were redacted from the copy of the report they returned to Pretlow.<br></p> <p>Pretlow has spent a year in court fighting to see the original reports and after ...</p> Report: The year 2017 in skyscrapers Alexander Walter 2017-12-14T19:25:00-05:00 >2017-12-14T19:36:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is out with the latest edition of its annual web report, the <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 Tall Building Year in Review</a></em>, and it's a real treat for every serious skyscraper geek: interactive charts, rankings, and plenty of visualized data about all 144 buildings of 200 meters' height or greater that reached completion within the past 12 months.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Skyline: the tallest 2017 completions. Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for a super high-resolution version.<br></p> <p>Taking the top ten spots for 2017 completions are five towers in China, three in Dubai, one in South Korea, and one in Los Angeles (the United States had only one tower among the top 50 this year):</p> <ol><li><strong>Ping An Finance Center</strong>, Shenzhen, China, <br>115 stories, 599 m / 1965 ft,<br>Design Architect:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates</a></li><li><strong>Lotte World Tower</strong>, Seoul, South Korea, <br>123&nbsp;stories, 555 m / 1819 ft,<br>Design Architect:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates</a></li><li><strong>Marina 101</strong>, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, <br>101&nbsp;stories, 425 m / 1394 ft,<br>Design Architect:&nbsp;National Engineering Bure...</li></ol> Renderings released for 300 Biscayne, Miami's future tallest tower Alexander Walter 2017-11-01T14:30:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>300 Biscayne, one of several planned towers that would be Miami&rsquo;s tallest at 1,041 feet above ground, has launched its website and unveiled a batch of exterior renderings, notes The Next Miami. [...] Another large residential project comprised of nearly 700 &ldquo;smart apartments&rdquo; is planned to rise next door at 400 Biscayne by the same development team, Greybrook Realty Partners and Property Markets Group.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Downtown <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> may soon gets its very own supertall stacked-boxes tower; and at a height of 1,041 feet, 300 Biscayne can &mdash; according to its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a> &mdash; claim the title of "tallest residential tower south of New York."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: ArX Solutions</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: ArX Solutions</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: ArX Solutions</figcaption></figure><p><em>All images via the project's website.</em></p> <figure></figure> Designs unveiled for Toronto's massive multi-tower development: Pinnacle One Yonge Alexander Walter 2017-10-17T18:13:00-04:00 >2017-10-17T18:26:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto</a>'s skyline will soon see the addition of five new buildings, all united in one massive development spanning two city blocks. Designed by Toronto firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hariri Pontarini Architects</a> in collaboration with Vancouver-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinnacle International</a>, the project, dubbed One Yonge, will reportedly offer more than four million square-feet of (near) lakefront property.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View from Toronto Harbor &copy; Hariri Pontarini Architects</figcaption></figure><p>Read on for more images and a project description we have received from the architects:<br></p> <p>"The development, on Toronto&rsquo;s waterfront, rethinks the typical mix of residential, commercial and retail space found in Toronto. It will be comprised of five new buildings and the re-clad existing Toronto Star building, all within two city blocks."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View looking South-West &copy; Hariri Pontarini Architects</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View looking North-West from New Park &copy; Hariri Pontarini Architects</figcaption></figure><p>"The north block includes three residential towers (at 95, 80 and 65 storeys) with hotel, affordable housing, community ...</p> Robots designed my building: Zaha Hadid Architects employ algorithm to generate ideal facade for new Melbourne residential tower Alexander Walter 2017-09-26T16:17:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> just unveiled designs for the new 19-story Mayfair Residential Tower in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne</a>, Australia sporting the firm's trademark parametrically generated curves. According to ZHA's statement, various algorithms were at work to design a wavy facade that adapts to a host of different apartment layouts and also to minimize the number of unique facade panels needed in order to bring down costs. <br></p> <p>Read on for renderings and a project description from the architects.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: VA</figcaption></figure><p>"Located within the established streetscape of St Kilda Road, the design enables residents to make full advantage of its excellent location within Melbourne. The fluid forms of the fa&ccedil;ade define large balconies for each apartment and spectacular views of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Port Phillip Bay, Albert Park and skyline of the Central Business District."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: VA</figcaption></figure><p>"For the seventh consecutive year, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne has been listed as the &lsquo;world&rsquo;s most liveable city&rsquo;</a>. The design translates the many at...</p> Alvaro Siza’s first U.S. building in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen revealed DianePham 2017-09-26T11:50:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Back in 2015 architects and design buffs were excited to hear that Portuguese Pritzker Prize-winner &Aacute;lvaro Siza would be designing his highly-anticipated first U.S. building on Manhattan&rsquo;s west side in a neighborhood being called Hudson West. Now, developers Sumaida + Khurana and LENY have released renderings of the building at 611 West 56th Street on the former site of the Gristedes corporate headquarters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tower will rise 35 stories and hold 80 condo apartments.</p> UNStudio's Raffles City Hangzhou is an all-in-one destination for living, working, and leisure Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-19T15:48:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T15:50:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Dutch firm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a>, has completed their largest single building to date&mdash;the new Raffles City mixed-use development described by the firm as "a sustainable urban hub for living, working and leisure." Back in 2009, the firm opened their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> office to oversee the complex's design and construction.&nbsp;</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>&copy; Hufton + Crow</figcaption></figure><p>Conceived as a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vertical city</a>, the structure occupies almost 400,000 square meters of space and will offer a rich mix of 24/7 functions. The two streamlined, 250-meter tall towers house residential units, Grade A offices, the Conrad Hotel and a rooftop helipad. The six-story podium and plaza, which has direct underground connection to the metro, offer retail, restaurants, leisure facilities and parking.&nbsp;</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>&copy; Hufton + Crow</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>&copy; Seth Powers</figcaption></figure><p>The design is representative of the distinctive, sinuous style the firm has become known for. The pair of winding towers, featuring an outer layer of rotated, vertical solar shading fins, placed atop the curtain wall system, starts calmly at t...</p> New Rothschild Tower by Richard Meier & Partners Completes in Tel Aviv's White City Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-11T14:10:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tel Aviv</a> has the largest concentration of buildings in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bauhaus</a>/International Style of any city in the world. With a collection of over 4,000 buildings covering almost one and a half square miles, the White City, as it is called, was largely created in the 1930s by a group of 200 German Jewish architects fleeing Nazi Germany who were heavily influenced by Bauhaus principles as well as modernists like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a> and Erich Mendelsohn. &nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Photo Credit: Roland Halbe.</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Photo Credit: Roland Halbe.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Drawing on this rich architectural history, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier &amp; Partners</a> have just completed a new residential tower that draws inspiration from the Bauhaus design principles of its neighbors in the heart of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNESCO World Heritage Site</a>. Meier commented on the surroundings saying "the great thing about the site is that it's related to the whole city; it's related to all of the wonderful buildings of the 1930s and to the historic buildings of Rothschild Boulevard. It makes me very happy to be in s...</p> Another, now Versace-branded, luxury apartment tower to be built in London Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-25T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-24T20:35:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A property firm run by a business partner of US President Donald Trump has awarded a &pound;250 million ($320 million) contract to developers for the construction of a "Versace-branded" skyscraper in London. Nine Elms Property awarded the contract to developers Multiplex for the construction of AYKON London One, a fifty-story tower to be built in central London at Nine Elms on the South Bank.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The world's first Versace-branded tower", AYKON London One, valued at &pound;590 million, will consist of fifty floors and 450 apartments from one to three bedrooms, interiors of which will be designed in partnership with luxury fashion house Versace and feature panoramic-view "winter gardens". In addition to residential units, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPF</a>-designed building will contain 10,000 square feet of "communal gardens", four floors devoted to office space, and a sky bridge between the two towers. Although the building is scheduled to be completed by 2022, forty-five percent of the apartments are said to be already pre-sold.</p> <p>The multi-billion pound "regeneration" scheme of the River Thames bank, of which the AYKON London tower is a part of, also involves the construction of luxury apartments in Battersea Power Station and a new US embassy. As noted by <em>Business Insider</em>, Dubai-based Hussain Sajwani, who owns DAMAC International, the main developer in charge, is a close&nbsp;associate of Donald Trump.</p> A new tower is coming to downtown Detroit Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-24T18:38:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The project, at the cost of more than $800 million, is set to break ground in early 2018 and transform a mostly vacant two-square-block area bounded by Monroe, Bates, Cadillac Square and Randolph. The project will include 818,000-square-feet of office space, 170,000-square-feet of retail space and 482 residential units. Original plans called for a 20-story office tower, but the latest details show plans for 35 stories.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bedrock released new renderings of the Monroe Blocks project in downtown Detroit, which will include a 35-story office tower fronting Campus Martius. Described by the developer as &ldquo;Detroit&rsquo;s first high-rise office tower in a generation with over 480 residential units, full of public spaces and pedestrian walkways,&rdquo; the project was designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neumann/Smith Architecture</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects</a>.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Aerial view. Image courtesy of Bedrock Detroit.</figcaption></figure><p>The construction work is planned to begin in early 2018 and be completed by 2022.</p> First look at Rafael Viñoly's tower for Ritz Carlton NYC DianePham 2017-08-18T10:59:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T02:23:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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>