Archinect - News 2018-06-22T18:30:38-04:00 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> 3 World Trade Center by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners officially opens Hope Daley 2018-06-12T16:59:00-04:00 >2018-06-13T17:53:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>NYC's fifth tallest tower, 3 World Trade Center was officially opened yesterday by real estate firm Silverstein Properties. Designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</a>,&nbsp;3 WTC will accommodate over 6,000 new employees from tenants GroupM, McKinsey and IEX. The 80-story,&nbsp;2.5 million-square-foot office building is the second-to-last tower within the 16-acre&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Trade Center</a>&nbsp;site.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>3 World Trade Center by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image: DBOX.</figcaption></figure><p>Featuring a reinforced concrete core encased by a steel structure, the LEED-certified Gold office tower is defined by its load-sharing system of K-shaped bracing. The building incorporates floor-to-ceiling glass and column-free floor plates, creating unobstructed 360-degree panoramic views of New York City.</p> An empty Beirut skyscraper now transformed by an artist's colorful installation Hope Daley 2018-06-07T14:51:00-04:00 >2018-06-07T14:51:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Lebanese artist Jad El Khoury has long been creating interventions in Beirut&rsquo;s urban landscape to draw attention to these symbolic sites of warfare [...] Khoury has now taken on the imposing Murr Tower for a two-month installation: &lsquo;The Burj El Murr soars from Beirut&rsquo;s skyline, filled with scars, constantly provoking the city&rsquo;s residents, whose past is shadowed by war, and present is spent dealing with those harsh memories.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist</a>&nbsp;Jad El Khoury's&nbsp;temporary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">installation</a>&nbsp;<em>Burj El Hawa</em>&nbsp;<em>(Tower of Air)&nbsp;</em>inhabits a 34-story skyscraper in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beirut</a>, known as Murr Tower or the Beirut Trader Center. Using brightly colored curtains found in a typical Beirut home, Khoury transforms this empty building which was used as a snipers hideout in the Lebanese Civil War in 1975.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of the blinds &copy; Jad El Khoury</figcaption></figure><p>A towering presence in the city, the skyscraper now projects the artist's message of hope and vitality to the community rather than one of war and unresolved conflict.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of Burj El Murr overlooking Beirut &copy; Jad El Khoury</figcaption></figure><p>Khoury's installation&nbsp;<em>Burj El Hawa</em>&nbsp;will remain in the skyscraper until July 2018.</p> 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> Hickok Cole Architects propose a group of timber skyscrapers for Philadelphia Alexander Walter 2018-04-30T13:15:00-04:00 >2018-04-30T13:16:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] one Washington, D.C. architecture firm wants Philly to become a&nbsp;trailblazer in the future of high-rise construction. Specifically, it wants Comcast to build its rumored third tower out of wood &mdash; mass timber, to be exact. [...] At 62 stories, Timber Towers would be the first high-rise to utilize mass timber. Two office towers are linked by a connecting bridge, with a third tower including residences, a school and ground floor retail.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Are San Francisco skyscrapers prepared for the next big earthquake? Hope Daley 2018-04-23T19:09:00-04:00 >2018-04-23T19:20:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>San Francisco lives with the certainty that the Big One will come. But the city is also putting up taller and taller buildings clustered closer and closer together because of the state&rsquo;s severe housing shortage. Now those competing pressures have prompted an anxious rethinking of building regulations. Experts are sending this message: The building code does not protect cities from earthquakes nearly as much as you might think.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking a hard look at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San&nbsp;Francisco</a>'s building codes,&nbsp;this NY Times piece goes in depth on what it means for city high rises if the next big <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earthquake</a> hit. From the 1906 earthquake and fire to current seismic safety, concerns revolve around the number of skyscrapers built on liquefaction zones and buildings left damaged beyond repair.&nbsp;</p> <p>With cases such as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sinking Millennium Tower</a> and many more high rises planned for the city, San Francisco's seismic risk and building codes are currently being reassessed. The Tall Building Study is the first detailed database of more than 160 high rises, classifying structures by building type.&nbsp;<br></p> Plans unveiled for Chicago's second tallest skyscraper alongside repurposing the Tribune Tower Hope Daley 2018-04-17T15:59:00-04:00 >2018-04-18T17:21:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Developers on Monday unveiled plans for Chicago&rsquo;s second-tallest skyscraper, a tapering shaft of metal and glass that would soar above historic Tribune Tower, resemble the top of Batman&rsquo;s black mask and be only 29 feet shorter than Willis Tower. If completed, the $1 billion-plus project to repurpose Tribune Tower and build a skinny, 1,422-foot high-rise just northeast of it would bring more than 700 residences and 200 hotel rooms to an area north of the Chicago River.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a> are working with&nbsp;Los Angeles developers Golub &amp; Co. and CIM Group to build <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>'s next <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscraper</a>. Their design would take over Trump International Hotel &amp; Tower's title of second-tallest in the city.&nbsp;</p> <p>Current plans for the new tower have construction beginning in late 2019. The new skyscraper would house a 200 room hotel, 439 rental apartments, and 125 condos in its upper floors. The site would be on what it now a surface parking lot behind <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tribune Tower</a>.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Their plans also call for repurposing Tribune Tower with 163 condominiums. This conversion will be headed up by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)</a>, with Vinci Hamp Architects brought on as historic preservation consultants. The earliest of these condo's would be ready by 2020.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tribune Tower project rendering, Chicago. Image: Golub &amp; Co. and CIM Group.</figcaption></figure> 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> 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> Luxury apartment towers aren't just for NYC Hope Daley 2018-03-16T19:58:00-04:00 >2018-03-16T19:59:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Manhattan skyline is one of the world&rsquo;s most iconic, but it wouldn&rsquo;t be complete without the city&rsquo;s famed residential supertalls. Luxury buildings like&nbsp;432 Park Ave and One57 have set a high bar in the era of tower living, but the past decade has seen the vertical lifestyle catching on across the globe&mdash;from Boston to Monaco to New Orleans.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out these luxury residential skyscrapers outside of NYC:</p> <p><strong>Boston, MA</strong></p> <p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox</a>, Echelon Seaport is Boston's latest project located in the Seaport District. This new luxury condo and apartment development is currently under construction with a completion date of 2020.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Echelon Seaport by Image: Warren Residential. </figcaption></figure><p><strong>San Francisco, CA</strong><br></p> <p>181 Fremont Street&nbsp;was designed by Heller Manus Architects with interiors by&nbsp;Orlando Diaz-Azcuy. Reaching 70-stories high it is the tallest residential building in San Francisco. Prices range from $3.24 million to $42 million for an enormous penthouse.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>181 Fremont Street by Heller Manus Architects, located in San Francisco. Image: 181 Fremont. </figcaption></figure><p><strong>Monaco&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Designed by architect Alexandre Giraldi with&nbsp;interior designer Alberto Pinto, Tour Od&eacute;on is&nbsp;the tallest building in the city-state. It is also home to the&nbsp;world&rsquo;s most expensive apartment, a&nbsp;$335 million penthouse that takes up the top five floors of the tower.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tour Od&eacute;on by architect...</figcaption></figure> Resignation towards the demolition of SOM's Union Carbide skyscaper Hope Daley 2018-03-05T16:53:00-05:00 >2018-03-11T10:41:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] historians were dumbstruck last week when Chase announced plans to demolish the 52-story glass-curtain-wall skyscraper, which opened in 1961, and replace it with an even bigger structure. The news prompted two immediate responses. The first was an outcry by preservationists. That part was predictable; what is surprising this time around was their wistful sense of resignation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>News of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Union Carbide building's demolition a little over a week ago</a> has incited commotion, yet there is a level of resignation to many of the outcries. Jeffrey Lieber takes a deeper look into why this relinquishment may exist around the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> skyscraper.&nbsp;</p> <p>The building&nbsp;is not protected by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">landmark status</a> and protestors grow weary of fighting for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation</a> and loosing time and time again. While these are key factors Leiber acknowledges, he also delves into the misattribution of the building and how this plays into its perception. Leiber explains, "...the architect remained invisible.&nbsp;This made it seem as if the building had arranged itself around the corporation&rsquo;s internal drives. The corporation was de facto the architect."</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> BIG + Carlo Ratti Associati's 88 Market Street tower in Singapore breaks ground Justine Testado 2018-02-14T19:04:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T19:12:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located on 88 Market Street in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Singapore</a>'s evolving Central Business District, a&nbsp;280-meter-tall tower that&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> and Carlo Ratti Associati designed broke ground earlier this week. The team had the winning proposal in a competition organized by real estate company CapitaLand, the project client. The tower is currently slated for a 2021 completion, and will be one of Singapore's tallest buildings.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: BIG + VMW.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: BIG</figcaption></figure><p>Replacing a former parking complex built in the '80s, the 93,000 m2 tower will contain office and retail space, 299 residential units, and lush tropical greenery at the tower's base, core, and rooftop. Perhaps the tower's most distinctive feature is its exterior facade, which has vertical elements that are &ldquo;pulled apart&rdquo; to allow the greenery from inside to peek out, creating a &ldquo;dynamic interplay of orthogonal lines and lush greenery&rdquo;, BIG says.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: BIG</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: BIG.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>City Room. Image credit: BIG</figcaption></figure><p>Winding garden paths and covered passages will...</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> 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> Controversial Dubai Frame opens to the public almost a decade after it was first designed Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-02T14:40:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>But the building has proven controversial for other reasons. The 50-storey portal may be the tallest picture frame in the world, but its architect wants to add another title to the stats: for him, it is the biggest stolen building of all time. &ldquo;They took my project, changed the design and built it without me,&rdquo; says Fernando Donis, the Mexican architect whose frame proposal won an international competition in 2008 for a &ldquo;tall emblem structure to promote the new face of Dubai&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The controversial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Frame</a> opened to the public yesterday, finally offering tourists a 360-degree view of the city. While construction only began in 2013, the new 150 meter landmark has been a decade in the making,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;blighted by controversy surrounding its stolen design</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Beginning with a questionable competition organized by the elevator company Thyssen Krupp in conjunction with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UIA</a>, the Mexican architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fernando Donis</a> had originally won a $100,000 prize for his design. However, after Donis refused to sign the contract provided by the Dubai municipality that would have restricted his role in the project, the city hired Hyder Consulting and proceeded without him.&nbsp;</p> <p>Though Donis would've liked to have been involved in the construction process, according to&nbsp;<em>the Guardian</em>, he is still very pleased to see his design actualized. You can <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">check out this interview</a> we conducted back in 2015 in which he discussed the controversy to find out more.&nbsp;</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> Philip Johnson's AT&T Building up for consideration as designated landmark Hope Daley 2017-11-27T17:15:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Tomorrow, Nov. 28, NYC Landmarks <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preservation</a> Commission&nbsp;will vote to consider calendaring Philip Johnson's AT&amp;T Building for a landmark designation hearing. 550 Madison Avenue, formerly known as the AT&amp;T Building or the Sony Tower, is an iconic postmodern skyscraper located in Manhattan. Upon succeeding in this first round of voting, a public hearing will follow at a later date.&nbsp;</p> Plans submitted for tower to be Oakland's tallest RonH 2017-11-01T23:38:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>"We&rsquo;re trying for one tower that seems like two from some create a much more vertical expression, and not just be another slab," said Mark Donahue of Lowney Architecture</p></em><br /><br /><p>Pinnacle RED Group announced today submittal of plans to the City of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oakland</a> for a high-rise mixed-use building, 1261 Harrison, with a dual-tower look in a single structure. At 440 feet to the roof-deck (460 when adding the architectural screening element) and 36 stories in height, it would be Oakland&rsquo;s tallest building. The striking, gently curved structure will be half residential and half commercial space, offering 185 units of market-rate and affordable housing, 120,000 square feet of Class A office space, and 12,000 square feet of commercial/retail space including an innovative &lsquo;locavore&rsquo; market hall with regionally-sourced food and maker entrepreneurs. 1261 Harrison is one of Oakland&rsquo;s only mixed-use vertical communities to include commercial space as well as market-rate housing and affordable housing onsite.</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028"><figcaption>Perceived dual-tower of 1261 Harrison is a single structure. Credit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> and Lowney Architecture</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;1261 Harrison Street will be a transformational live/work...</p> 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> 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> The world's tallest wooden tower is being built in Norway Julia Ingalls 2017-08-31T12:24:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With an expected completion date of March 2019, the 18-story, 80-meter-tall-plus building in Brumunddal, Norway known as the&nbsp;Mj&oslash;sa Tower will soon become the world's tallest wooden structure, a coveted title among those designers who favor wood over more traditional tall building materials. Designed by Voll Arkitekter, the&nbsp;Mj&oslash;sa Tower is on track to supersede the&nbsp;previous wooden record holder, the Brock Commons Student Housing building at the University of British Columbia, which topped out at a stately 53 meters in height.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Mets&auml; Wood / Voll Arkitekter</figcaption></figure><p>Wood has numerous advantages over oft-used concrete and steel:&nbsp;for one, the construction time can be cut approximately in half due to easy prefabrication and the overall lighter weight of the materials. Surprisingly, one of wood's advantages as a tall building material lies in its ability to withstand fires, at least when compared with the tendency of steel to melt down during an all-consuming blaze. As the site's general contr...</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>