Archinect - News 2018-09-22T20:57:35-04:00 More details on Willis Tower's $668 million renovation Alexander Walter 2018-09-17T15:10:00-04:00 >2018-09-17T15:10:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Skyscraper owner Blackstone hopes Catalog, the centerpiece of the building's ongoing $668 million renovation, will set off a rush of foot traffic in the southwest corner of the Loop. [...] Anchoring Catalog will be Willis Tower's first food hall, a 14,000-square-foot location run by London-based food hall operator Urbanspace, as well as dining options Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, Luke's Lobster and Taylor Gourmet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The world's tallest timber tower structurally tops out in Norway Alexander Walter 2018-09-06T14:24:00-04:00 >2018-09-06T14:31:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Construction workers yesterday installed the final beam at Mj&oslash;st&aring;rnet (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mj&oslash;sa Tower</a>), a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wooden skyscraper</a> project in the Norwegian town of Brumunddal, just north of Oslo. Now structurally topped out, the 18-story structure stands 85.4 meters tall and is officially the world's tallest timber tower. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Mj&oslash;st&aring;rnet on Facebook</figcaption></figure><p>Once fully completed in March 2019, the tower designed by Trondheim-based Voll Arkitekter will house apartments, a hotel, and offices on 11,300 square meters (121,630 square feet). <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Mj&oslash;st&aring;rnet on Facebook</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Anti / Jens Haugen, image via Mj&oslash;st&aring;rnet on Facebook</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Mj&oslash;st&aring;rnet on Facebook</figcaption></figure><p>Learn more about Mj&oslash;sa Tower in Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous</a> coverage.<br></p> eVolo Magazine Announces 2019 Skyscraper Competition Sponsor 2018-08-30T16:03:00-04:00 >2018-08-30T16:03:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";bg=FFFFFF&amp;auto=compress&amp;format&amp;w=1028&amp;h=180"></a></p></figure><p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2019 Skyscraper Competition</a></em></strong></p> <p>The 2019 edition of the annual&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skyscraper Competition</a></strong>&nbsp;organized by eVolo Magazine has just been announced and will run until January 2019. Each year the architecture and design publication makes a call to architects and designers around the globe to explore new concepts for vertical living. The competition is open to anyone, including students, young professionals, and established practices.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Sand Babel Skyscraper. Honorable Mention 2014 Skyscraper Competition. Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, Guo Shen.</figcaption></figure><p>eVolo Magazine calls for ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution- projects that examine the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city....</p> Residents sue to stop Sutton 58 high rise construction in NYC Hope Daley 2018-08-29T15:05:00-04:00 >2018-08-29T15:05:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Sutton Place residents filed a lawsuit Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to stop a luxury condo tower from rising on East 58th Street. The plaintiffs, a group called the East River Fifties Alliance, are residents from the surrounding neighborhood, including condo owners whose views would be blocked by a roughly 800-foot tower under construction at 430 E. 58th St.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Construction on NYC's Sutton 58 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">condo</a> project was previously halted after Sutton Place residents secured a rezoning proposal. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rezoning</a> mandated squatter buildings making Sutton 58 noncompliant. Since then a city zoning board granted the project&nbsp;a reprieve, resulting in the resident's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lawsuit</a> to stop construction.&nbsp;</p> NY City Planning Commission approves Brooklyn's 80 Flatbush Ave skyscraper Justine Testado 2018-08-23T14:55:00-04:00 >2018-09-12T15:52:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>... the project will create 900 apartments, some of which will be located within a 986-foot skyscraper, which would become the borough&rsquo;s second-tallest tower if built; it would also have cultural space, two schools, and retail. The development has divided locals and elected officials; some tout the fact that the development will bring two schools to the neighborhood along with 200 permanently affordable apartments, but others [...] feel the project is too out of scale with the neighborhood.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> BIG completes Shenzhen Energy Company's new “undulating” office skyscrapers Justine Testado 2018-08-13T18:41:00-04:00 >2018-08-20T09:54:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Back in 2009, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARUP</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transsolar</a> won the international competition to design Shenzhen Energy Company's new office skyscraper. After six years of construction that began in 2012, the development has been completed at a time when <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shenzhen</a> is continuously evolving into &ldquo;China's Silicon Valley&rdquo;.</p> <figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu.</figcaption></figure><p>A 220-meter tower and a 120-meter tower are linked by a 34-meter, ground-level podium that houses the main lobbies, conference center, cafeteria, and exhibition space. The Shenzhen Energy Company's offices are located on the highest floors, while the remaining floors are rentable office space.<br></p> <p>No stacked blocks to be seen in this BIG design this time around either.&nbsp;The towers feature an&nbsp;undulating envelope that creates&nbsp;&ldquo;a rippled skin around both towers and breaks away from the traditional glass curtain wall,&rdquo; BIG says.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><p>The facade oscillates between transparency on one side and opacity on ...</p> Authorship dispute erupts over Europe's tallest skyscraper in St. Petersburg Hope Daley 2018-08-08T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T15:57:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A row has broken out between&nbsp;former RMJM international group design director Tony Kettle and a Russian architect over who designed Europe&rsquo;s new tallest building &ndash; an&nbsp;87-storey skyscraper near St Petersburg. Staff at Moscow-based firm Gorproject have accused Scottish practice The Kettle Collective of trying to claim &lsquo;authorship&rsquo; over energy giant Gazprom&rsquo;s mammoth tower, currently nearing completion on the Gulf of Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Europe's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tallest skyscraper nears completion</a>, a dispute has erupted over the&nbsp;authorship of the completed project. The Moscow-based firm Gorproject claims design authorship over the Lakhta Center, while Tony Kettle claims the delivered design is his concept while working at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>. Letters on the issue were sent to&nbsp;the RIBA, the RIAS, and&nbsp;the Union of Architects of Russia. A statement from the client, Gazprom, asserts the design was RMJM&rsquo;s original 2011 concept with Tony Kettle as design director.</p> First look at Zaha Hadid Architects' Mercury Tower redevelopment in St. Julian's, Malta Justine Testado 2018-08-06T15:14:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> recently revealed their design for the new Mercury Tower development in the bustling Paceville district in St. Julian's, Malta. In response to Malta's growing tourism and hospitality industry, the project involves the renovation and redevelopment of the historic Mercury House site, which had been derelict for over 20 years.</p> <p>The refurbishment of the&nbsp;Mercury House includes the preservation of its remaining facades that date back to 1903, as well as the reinstatement of&nbsp;its remaining historic interiors as gathering spaces for the new residential apartments and boutique hotel.&nbsp;The site also includes two underground vaults created during the Cold War.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering by VA.</figcaption><p><br>With the Mercury House at its base, the project's new developments emerge from behind the house so that it can remain as a focal point. The developments include a large public piazza surrounded by cafes and shops, and most noticeably, a new 31-story apartment and hotel tower.<br></p></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Main piazza. Rendering by ...</figcaption> Europe's new tallest building, The Lakhta Center by RMJM, nearly completed in St. Petersburg Hope Daley 2018-07-31T13:30:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T13:30:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>For a brief period from 2011 until 2012 Renzo Piano&rsquo;s 309.7m London skyscraper, The Shard, was the tallest in Europe. However, it has since been dwarfed by three new buildings in Moscow, and, this summer, the title has shifted to Moscow&rsquo;s second city, St Petersburg, as one of Russia&rsquo;s largest companies plans its relocation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Lakhta Center, designed by&nbsp;British firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>,&nbsp;is set to be Europe's new tallest skyscraper. The nearly completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">supertall</a>, located on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Petersburg's</a> coast, will reach approximately&nbsp;1,515 feet, which is about 50% taller than The Shard in London. The building will serve as the new headquarters for Russian energy company&nbsp;Gazprom, currently based in Moscow.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Lakhta Center rendering by RMJM, located in St. Petersburg, RU. Image: Lakhta Center.</figcaption></figure><p>With piles driven 270 feet into the ground, the 87-story&nbsp;skyscraper also boasts&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEED Gold</a> certification. The design features an energy saving&nbsp;ice storage facility, which can accumulate up to 1000 tonnes of ice during the night used to air condition the building during the day.<br></p> MAD proposes mixed-use tower topped with a cantilevered “cloud” for downtown Melbourne Justine Testado 2018-07-27T15:52:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> is one of six architecture firms competing to design the &ldquo;Southbank by Beulah&rdquo; tower in the heart of downtown Melbourne.&nbsp;Located at City Road and Southbank Boulevard, the skyscraper must include a mixed-use program of more than 220,000 square meters.&nbsp;The other competing teams are <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coop Himmelb(l)au</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a>.</p> <p>For their proposal, MAD Architects looked to Melbourne's historic parks and natural local terrain. With a building area of 225,238 square-meters, their&nbsp;concept is a single, 360-meter-tall skyscraper of &ldquo;organic&rdquo; forms resembling a mountain, tree, and most interestingly, a cantilevered cloud structure at the top. The design &ldquo;establishes open connections between the interior and exterior spaces in the form of large terraces, gardens, and public art zones,&rdquo; MAD says.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of MAD Architects.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of MAD Architects.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of MAD Architects.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of MAD Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>The podium level of the tower features a &ldquo;mount...</p> A 350-foot artificial waterfall gushes down this Chinese skyscraper. Because, why not? Alexander Walter 2018-07-26T16:23:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As more skyscrapers rise to fill the skylines of Chinese cities, it&rsquo;s getting harder to come up with original designs to stand out. That prompted a novel idea: How about a 350-foot waterfall on one side of the building? The waterfall was built as part of the Liebian Building in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in southwest China.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Fortune</em> reports that "the waterfall has generated some local controversy because the electricity needed to power its four pumps costs 800 yuan, or about $118, per hour&mdash;although the building&rsquo;s managers say that the waterfall will run only on special occasions and use recycled water from rain or the tap."</p> <p>One way to beat the summer heat.<br></p> 'Cheesegrater 2' skyscraper approved for City of London Alexander Walter 2018-07-11T15:21:00-04:00 >2018-07-11T15:28:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A 56-storey tower called The Diamond is set to join the growing cluster of skyscrapers in the City of London and will be the financial district&rsquo;s third-tallest building when completed. The planned 263.4m tower at 100 Leadenhall Street will rank behind 1 Undershaft at 290m, nicknamed the Trellis, where work is yet to start, and 22 Bishopsgate, the reworked Pinnacle at 278m, which is under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: The Diamond.</figcaption></figure><p>The City of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s third-tallest building has just received planning permission, and it will be somewhat of a d&eacute;j&agrave; vu: the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>-designed, wedge-shaped 56-story tower, officially called The Diamond, is going to sit right next to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Roger</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheesegrater</a>&mdash;London's OG wedge.<br></p> 30 Hudson Yards, the development's tallest tower, tops out at 1,296 feet Alexander Walter 2018-07-06T14:27:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T14:33:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Speculations for the topping out of the 73-story 30 Hudson Yards have been swirling for the last couple months, and now the fateful day has finally arrived. [....] YIMBY received confirmation that the tallest building of the Hudson Yards mega-development has finally reached its pinnacle, with an American flag rising above the building&rsquo;s parapet.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Visualization of the Hudson Yards development with the KPF-designed supertall 30 Hudson Yards tower in the foreground. Image: KPF.</figcaption></figure><p>Now only 50 Hudson Yards remains to be finished from the phase one batch of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a> towers. "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phase two</a> will see the construction of several new retail, residential, and office buildings to the west of the current development, none of which will rise higher than the current batch," writes <em>NY YIMBY</em>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Construction photo from April 2018 when 30 Hudson Yard's observation deck platform was lifted into place. Image: Related Companies.</figcaption></figure> Plans proposed for supertall Downtown LA tower that could be the city's tallest Alexander Walter 2018-06-25T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T10:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Move over Wilshire Grand: A planned 77-story skyscraper wants to be the tallest building in Los Angeles and west of the Mississippi. That&rsquo;s no accident. Unlike the Wilshire Grand&mdash;which was, purportedly, not intentionally planned to be the tallest tower in the city or beyond&mdash;this skyscraper was definitely intended to a record-holder, says Jeff DiMarzio, whose firm DiMarzio Kato Architects is designing the project at Figueroa and Third in Bunker Hill.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Downtown Los Angeles is reaching for new heights: last week, the $1-billion, 88-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Angels Landing Development</a> submitted plans to the city, and now another (potentially) supertall tower vis-&agrave;-vis the iconic Bonaventure Hotel has been proposed by Chinese developer Shenzhen New World Group.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: LADCP, via</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by LA-based&nbsp;DiMarzio | Kato Architecture, the redevelopment of an existing 13-story hotel at 333 South Figueroa Street plans to become the tallest structure in the city, and west of the Mississippi River, by surpassing the current record holder, the 1,100-foot-tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Grand Tower</a>, by a mere seven feet.</p> Supertall 35 Hudson Yards tops out at 1,009 feet Alexander Walter 2018-06-19T16:12:00-04:00 >2018-06-20T14:47:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Progress on the second highest tower in the Hudson Yards mega-development has reached a milestone. 35 Hudson Yards has officially topped out at 1,009 feet. Now that it has reached that height, it is the ninth tallest structure in New York City and 19th tallest in the United States. Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are responsible for the development. Next door, 30 Hudson Yards is tantalizingly close to topping out, but the milestone has not yet officially occurred.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of what the completed 35 Hudson Yards will look like. Image courtesy of Related-Oxford.</figcaption></figure> 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 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <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>