Archinect - News 2018-12-14T05:41:16-05:00 Take a tour of UNStudio's newly completed Singapore towers Alexander Walter 2018-11-28T16:23:00-05:00 >2018-11-28T16:56:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a> recently completed two impressive high-rise developments in Singapore, bringing the Amsterdam-based firm's portfolio of completed buildings in the Asian city state up to four:&nbsp;the 36-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ardmore Residence</a> tower (2013),&nbsp;Singapore University of Technology and Design campus (2015), and now also the mixed-use V on Shenton and the residential&nbsp;Scotts Tower.</p> <p>Check out the two new kids on the densely populated block and watch the video below for a Ben van Berkel-guided tour&nbsp;of all four projects.</p> V on Shenton <p>"In addition to the office and residential programmes, the dual tower building houses a number of fully integrated sky gardens which provide panoramic 360 degree views of Singapore and house a variety of amenities," explains the project description, "such as a fitness area, swimming pools and a children&rsquo;s play area, with lush green vegetation providing fresher, cleaner air. These areas provide spaces for shared communal activities, or for the residents to entertain guests."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>V...</figcaption></figure> Ole Scheeren's MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok now complete with glass 'Skytray' Alexander Walter 2018-11-27T19:22:00-05:00 >2018-11-27T19:27:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The new Mahanakhon SkyWalk, however, is a thrilling addition to Bangkok's roster of family-friendly tourist attractions. Located at the top of Thailand's tallest completed building, King Power Mahanakhon, it's a 314-meter-high (1,030 feet) observation deck and rooftop bar that offers 360-degree views of Bangkok. The terrifying bit comes in the form of a large glass floor, which juts out over the edge of the building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the opening of its glass-floor observation deck high up above Bangkok's Silom/Sathon central business district the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B&uuml;ro Ole Scheeren</a>-designed King Power MahaNakhon tower is now considered completed (construction of the main building concluded in 2016).<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Srirath Somsawat &copy; B&uuml;ro Ole Scheeren</figcaption></figure><p>"The idea behind MahaNakhon was to take the life of the city and bring it up the tower in a dramatic, spiralling movement," explains Ole Scheeren.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Wilson Tungthunya &copy; B&uuml;ro Ole Scheeren</figcaption></figure><p>"Even the very top of the tower is surrendered to the public, so there is not only a public square at the ground, but human activity rises along the pixelated shaft to the top floors of the building which are given back to the public domain. It is a project that is strongly embedded in the city and the public realm, and expressively proclaims itself as an active part of it."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Wilson Tungthunya &copy; B&uuml;ro Ole Scheeren</figcaption></figure><p>The MahaNakhon SkyWalk consists of an indoor observation deck with 360-degree panor...</p> Elevator plunges 85 stories in former John Hancock Center after cable breaks Alexander Walter 2018-11-20T13:15:00-05:00 >2018-11-20T13:15:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Six people, including a pregnant woman, have plummeted 84 floors in an elevator inside one of Chicago&rsquo;s tallest skyscrapers, only learning afterwards how far they had fallen. [...] One of several cables holding the elevator broke and the car fell rapidly, landing somewhere near the 11th floor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Everyone's worst nightmare became a near fatal reality for six people trapped inside an elevator after falling 85 stories inside Chicago's iconic 875 North Michigan Avenue tower, formerly known as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Hancock Center</a>. <br></p> <p>According to the Chicago Fire Department, the rescue operation inside the nearly 50-year-old skyscraper was unusually difficult: "It was a pretty precarious situation where the cables that broke were on top of the elevator. We couldn&rsquo;t do an elevator-to-elevator rescue. We had to breach a wall on the 11th floor of the parking garage in order to open up the elevator doors."</p> <p>Thankfully no serious injuries were reported.<br></p> Robert A.M. Stern's first Chicago tower nears completion Alexander Walter 2018-11-09T13:46:00-05:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Now, his first Chicago skyscraper, Streeterville&rsquo;s One Bennett Park, is nearing completion. [...] &ldquo;It has a very special site,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It will be a building that is memorable, I hope. I think it has already made an impression on the skyline. I would describe it as a building that has roots in the skyscrapers of New York in the 1920s and &lsquo;30s, which people generally call Art Deco, but maybe that&rsquo;s a kind of sloppy term.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"There are a lot of architects who seem intent on entertaining other architects," Stern says in his WTTW interview. "I would like the respect of my peers, but I would like the public to embrace my buildings."</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Robert A.M. Stern Architects</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Robert A.M. Stern Architects</figcaption></figure> Arquitectonica designs a 53-story Jenga-like tower near LA's Pershing Square Alexander Walter 2018-11-05T13:49:00-05:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>JMF Development Co. [...] hopes to construct a 53-story tower on the vacant, L-shaped lot which wraps the historic structure. [...] Arquitectonica is designing the proposed 784-foot-tall glass-and-steel tower, which is highlighted by a collection of cantilevered, glass-bottom pools for residents on the building's upper levels. While some of the protrusions would extend over the Pershing Square Building, none would hover above the public right-of-way.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: JMF Development Co., via</figcaption></figure><p>A rather dramatic example of the stacked-boxes scheme might go up at 5th and Hill, near <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pershing Square</a>, in Downtown Los Angeles soon.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arquitectonica</a>,&nbsp;JMF Development Co. proposes the&nbsp;53-story tower with its fiercely protruding&nbsp;glass-bottom swimming pools as two potential options: few condominiums + hotel/restaurant if signs of a lurking next recession became clearer vs. plenty of condos +&nbsp;ground-floor retail space if the economic outlook stays strong.</p> Preliminary details unveiled for (could-be) megatall skyscraper in Egypt Alexander Walter 2018-10-25T13:53:00-04:00 >2018-10-25T13:59:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Idia Designs, an architectural design firm, has revealed some preliminary details on the chosen design of its New Administrative Capital&rsquo;s landmark, the &ldquo;Oblisco Capitale Tower,&rdquo; which is deemed to surpass Dubai&rsquo;s Burj Khalifa in stature, Invest-Gate reports. &ldquo;It is still a concept,&rdquo; according to the company&rsquo;s statement. However, some photos and videos were released, showcasing the tower&rsquo;s features. Idia notes that state-run El Nasr Housing and Development is the project&rsquo;s developer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not many specifics are known so far about the obelisk-shaped megatall tower concept <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oblisco Capitale Tower</a> by Cairo/Dubai-based firm IDIA.Design, but the promotional material hints at a structure taller than the&nbsp;Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world's tallest building.</p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">We're already imagining The Oblisco Capitale Tower coming to life...Here's a glimpse of what it will look like once developed. #architecture #archdaily</a><br> A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> IDIA.Design</a> ( on Aug 30, 2018 at 6:19am PDT<br><p>The design description explains how the tower's architecture was inspired from&nbsp;Pharaonic and Art Deco styles, incorporating original obelisk proportions, lotus-flower themes, and the underlying theme of the Nile River as a connecting element.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: IDIA.Design</figcaption></figure><p>H/T <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTBUH</a></p> Lakhta Center, Europe's new tallest skyscraper, now officially commissioned Alexander Walter 2018-10-19T20:10:00-04:00 >2018-10-26T17:21:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Local officials in Saint Petersburg, Russia have granted the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lakhta Center Multifunctional Complex</a> the authorization for commissioning of the facility after it passed final inspections this week. <br></p> <p>While the grand opening as Gazprom's new HQ is still another year out, the 462-meter/1,516-foot tower is already holding the title of Europe's tallest building, the world's northernmost skyscraper, and sporting the fastest elevators in Russia (<em>wheee!</em>).<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Anton Galakhov</figcaption></figure><p>The list of remaining tasks before the Center can officially open to the public is still quite impressive, as the announcement lays out: <br></p> <p>"The final preparation of the business and public space by operators and tenants will take at least a year: completion of the finishing, fit-out of the premises, installation of equipment and improvement works. <br></p> <p>"In the meantime the following will be prepared for reception of visitors: the highest panoramic restaurant in Europe at the level of 315 meters and a sky deck at...</p> New renderings of Central Park Tower aka Nordstrom Tower aka 217 West 57th Street Alexander Walter 2018-10-16T13:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-16T13:36:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s looking to be a big year for Billionaires&rsquo; Row: Just one month after sales launched at 111 West 57th Street, Extell has followed suit at Central Park Tower, its behemoth located at 217 West 57th Street. [...] The development has been somewhat shrouded in mystery since plans were announced more than five years ago. Construction got underway not long after, but details about the tower have been few and far between.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With a target floor count of 101 and designed to stand 1,550 feet tall once completed, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tower</a> on Billionaires&rsquo; Row brands itself as the "tallest residential building in the world". At this height, the upper floors don't have much else standing in their way to interrupt their million-dollar views of New York City's Central Park.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @centralparktower on Instagram</figcaption></figure> Africa's tallest skyscraper set to start construction in Morocco Alexander Walter 2018-10-15T13:57:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T09:40:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction will start November 1 and the tower is expected be delivered on May 30, 2022, the Moroccan BMCE Bank of Africa announced [...] The Bank of Africa Tower will have 55 floors with a luxury hotel, offices, and apartments. An observatory will crown the tower. [...] The O Tower company has started developing the 250-meter tower which could be titled the tallest building in Morocco and in Africa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Once structurally topped out, the 820-ft Bank of Africa Tower will not only be Morocco's tallest building but also take the crown from&nbsp;Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, at 732 feet currently the tallest tower in Africa.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by Spanish architects&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos</a>&nbsp;and Moroccan firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CHB Cabinet Hakim Benjelloun</a>, the building aims for the highest international environmental standards to earn a&nbsp;certified LEED Gold and HQE rating.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure><p>The developer just contracted Belgian construction firms BESIX and&nbsp;Travaux Generaux de Construction de Casablanca (TGCC) for the project. BESIX has completed buildings in Morocco before as well as in the Middle East, including the&nbsp;Burj Khalifa in Dubai (in collaboration with&nbsp;Samsung C&amp;T and&nbsp;Arabtec).</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure> Shenzhen's elevated garden will bring pedestrians to the sky Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-11T19:31:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T19:31:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Given the diversity of the buildings emerging within the Qianhai area, our preference was for a simple, bold, and confident insertion into the existing master plan,&rdquo; says Spence. &ldquo;The formality derives from the existing road grid and building plots, combined with our desire to maximize the area of raised green park linking the city to the bay. It creates a new horizon against which people can orientate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the bustling city of Shenzen, the growing metropolis that bridges Hong Kong to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's</a> mainland, an exciting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sky garden</a> project will bring the city's transportation infrastructure to the sky. The team at&nbsp;Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are creating a mile long elevated pathway. The main function of these elevated gardens, according to building developers, is to transition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> from the ground level to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a> in the city center.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Creating this separation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> levels will allow for pedestrians to enjoy a much slower paced transit experience, leaving the levels below the sky gardens for commuters riding by train or car. The project is soon to be finished in 2020.</p> Detroit's under-construction Hudson's Site skyscraper may get quite a bit taller than 800 feet Alexander Walter 2018-10-08T13:45:00-04:00 >2018-10-08T13:55:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Billionaire mortgage mogul and real estate maven Dan Gilbert's skyscraper slated for downtown Detroit may grow by more than 100 feet to 912 feet tall, Crain's has learned. While the final height has not yet been determined, Joe Guziewicz, vice president of construction for Gilbert's Bedrock LLC, confirmed that it will be taller than the 800 feet that was previously announced as the company looks to get "the most flexibility for how we use it and how we program it."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hamilton Anderson Associates</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, the massive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson's Site</a> mixed-use development broke ground in 2017 and occupies the long-vacant site of the iconic J.L. Hudson's department store in downtown <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>&mdash;in its heydays, the world's tallest department store but ultimately demolished in 1998 after a long economic decline.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: SHoP Architects PC, courtesy of Bedrock.</figcaption></figure> 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 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <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 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As more skyscrapers rise to fill the skylines of Chinese cities, it&rsquo;s getting harder to come up with original designs to stand out. That prompted a novel idea: How about a 350-foot waterfall on one side of the building? The waterfall was built as part of the Liebian Building in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in southwest China.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Fortune</em> reports that "the waterfall has generated some local controversy because the electricity needed to power its four pumps costs 800 yuan, or about $118, per hour&mdash;although the building&rsquo;s managers say that the waterfall will run only on special occasions and use recycled water from rain or the tap."</p> <p>One way to beat the summer heat.<br></p> 'Cheesegrater 2' skyscraper approved for City of London Alexander Walter 2018-07-11T15:21:00-04:00 >2018-07-11T15:28:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A 56-storey tower called The Diamond is set to join the growing cluster of skyscrapers in the City of London and will be the financial district&rsquo;s third-tallest building when completed. The planned 263.4m tower at 100 Leadenhall Street will rank behind 1 Undershaft at 290m, nicknamed the Trellis, where work is yet to start, and 22 Bishopsgate, the reworked Pinnacle at 278m, which is under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: The Diamond.</figcaption></figure><p>The City of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s third-tallest building has just received planning permission, and it will be somewhat of a d&eacute;j&agrave; vu: the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>-designed, wedge-shaped 56-story tower, officially called The Diamond, is going to sit right next to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Roger</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheesegrater</a>&mdash;London's OG wedge.<br></p> 30 Hudson Yards, the development's tallest tower, tops out at 1,296 feet Alexander Walter 2018-07-06T14:27:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T14:33:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Speculations for the topping out of the 73-story 30 Hudson Yards have been swirling for the last couple months, and now the fateful day has finally arrived. [....] YIMBY received confirmation that the tallest building of the Hudson Yards mega-development has finally reached its pinnacle, with an American flag rising above the building&rsquo;s parapet.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Visualization of the Hudson Yards development with the KPF-designed supertall 30 Hudson Yards tower in the foreground. Image: KPF.</figcaption></figure><p>Now only 50 Hudson Yards remains to be finished from the phase one batch of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a> towers. "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phase two</a> will see the construction of several new retail, residential, and office buildings to the west of the current development, none of which will rise higher than the current batch," writes <em>NY YIMBY</em>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Construction photo from April 2018 when 30 Hudson Yard's observation deck platform was lifted into place. Image: Related Companies.</figcaption></figure> Plans proposed for supertall Downtown LA tower that could be the city's tallest Alexander Walter 2018-06-25T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T10:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Move over Wilshire Grand: A planned 77-story skyscraper wants to be the tallest building in Los Angeles and west of the Mississippi. That&rsquo;s no accident. Unlike the Wilshire Grand&mdash;which was, purportedly, not intentionally planned to be the tallest tower in the city or beyond&mdash;this skyscraper was definitely intended to a record-holder, says Jeff DiMarzio, whose firm DiMarzio Kato Architects is designing the project at Figueroa and Third in Bunker Hill.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Downtown Los Angeles is reaching for new heights: last week, the $1-billion, 88-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Angels Landing Development</a> submitted plans to the city, and now another (potentially) supertall tower vis-&agrave;-vis the iconic Bonaventure Hotel has been proposed by Chinese developer Shenzhen New World Group.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: LADCP, via</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by LA-based&nbsp;DiMarzio | Kato Architecture, the redevelopment of an existing 13-story hotel at 333 South Figueroa Street plans to become the tallest structure in the city, and west of the Mississippi River, by surpassing the current record holder, the 1,100-foot-tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Grand Tower</a>, by a mere seven feet.</p> Supertall 35 Hudson Yards tops out at 1,009 feet Alexander Walter 2018-06-19T16:12:00-04:00 >2018-06-20T14:47:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Progress on the second highest tower in the Hudson Yards mega-development has reached a milestone. 35 Hudson Yards has officially topped out at 1,009 feet. Now that it has reached that height, it is the ninth tallest structure in New York City and 19th tallest in the United States. Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are responsible for the development. Next door, 30 Hudson Yards is tantalizingly close to topping out, but the milestone has not yet officially occurred.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of what the completed 35 Hudson Yards will look like. Image courtesy of Related-Oxford.</figcaption></figure> 3 World Trade Center by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners officially opens Hope Daley 2018-06-12T16:59:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <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>