Official Image Released Of New York’s 1775-Foot Nordstrom Tower

Official render released May 2015. Image © Extell via YIMBY

Update May 20th 2015: Once again uncovered by New York YIMBY, development company Extell has released the first official rendering of 217 West 57th Street, also known as the Nordstrom Tower, as shown above. Below, see our coverage of the first unofficial images from last year.

The designs of the Nordstrom Tower in New York, the world’s tallest residential building at 1,775 feet tall, have been revealed to New York YIMBY by an anonymous tipster close to the project. The project at 225 West 57th Street by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture will be one foot short of 1 World Trade Center, and with its 1,451 high roof will finally reclaim the title of United States’ tallest roof from Chicago‘s Willis Tower.

More on the Nordstrom Tower after the break

Video: The Bicycle Snake / Dissing+Weitling

The Louisiana Channel recently paid a visit to one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities to view what is dubbed “Copenhagen‘s new architectonic landmark,” Dissing+Weitling Architecture‘s “The Bicycle Snake.” “Strikingly slender” and boasting a simple orange track, the Bicycle Snake is a 230 meter bridge dedicated entirely to . The steel bridge tries not to “be more that it actually is,” unlike many other landmarks, connecting bicyclists to two main parts of the city by elevating them up to seven meters above the sea.

House Sperone / Studio Metrocubo

© Jan Stojkovic

Architects: Studio Metrocubo
Location: , Croatia
Area: 443.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jan Stojkovic

ABI Slows in April

April ABI 2015. Image via

For the second month this year, the US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has revealed a decrease in design serves. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) report, the April ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 51.7 in March. The new projects inquiry index was 60.1, up from a reading of 58.2 the previous month.

“The fundamentals in the design and construction industry remain very healthy,” said Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. , PhD. “The fact that both inquires for new projects and new design contracts continued to accelerate at a healthy pace in April points to strong underlying demand for design activity. However, April would typically be a month where these projects would be in full swing, but a severe winter in many parts of the Northeast and Midwest has apparently delayed progress on projects.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Zig-Zag House / Dan Brunn Architecture

© Brandon Shigeta

Architects: Dan Brunn Architecture
Location: Venice, , CA, USA
Design Team: Dan Brunn, , Principal – Samantha Ballard, Designer- John Ferri, , Project Architect
Area: 4500.0 ft2
Photographs: Brandon Shigeta

Allies and Morrison and O’Donnell + Tuomey Chosen to Design London’s Olympicopolis


Allies and Morrison, together with O’Donnell + Tuomey and Josep Camps/Olga Felip Arquitecturia, has been chosen ahead of David ChipperfieldFeilden Clegg Bradley Studios and three other teams to design ’s Olympicopolis culture and education quarter. The major commission, which will be sited at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park along the Stratford waterfront, will include new buildings for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells, the London College of Fashion, and potentially the Smithsonian Institute’s first permanent museum outside the US.

El Pinós Cultural Center / LC Arquitectura

Courtesy of LC Arquitectura

Architects: LC Arquitectura
Location: , Alicante, Spain
Architect In Charge: Rafael Landete / Emilio Cortes (LC Arquitectura)
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of LC Arquitectura

Watch These Italian Artisans Create Bubble-Wrap Inspired Glass

For Maya Lapp and Denis Perera, owners of the company Glass MaDe in the Italian town of Belluno, bubble wrap is just about the most everyday material they know. It is the utilitarian material they use to protect their products from damage – yet despite this, it still holds a certain amount of fascination, resulting in their latest project, “Fragile.” This video by Studio Meddle shows the making of the project, as the glassmaking duo create a mold of the bubble wrap, cast the glass and finally drape the resulting product over a wrinkled wire mesh to create an almost eery facsimile of the original, subverting our usual expectations of the familiar bubble pattern. Check out Studio Meddle’s Video above (make sure the captions are turned on), and see more images of the completed work after the break.

AR Issues: On Destruction And New Beginnings

Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this introduction to the May 2015 issue, The AR’s new editor Christine Murray discusses our various reactions to different forms of destruction and endings - a topic that is perhaps particularly poignant considering the new era that The AR is entering - and outlines her ambitions as editor of the magazine.

The experience of a space can be cathartic, like one night when I visited Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals for a midnight opening, floating in the dark baths. It was just weeks after the birth of my first child, and also my birthday. In the water, I felt the person that I had always been and the mother I had now become reconciled. In that moment, I forgave my tired self (or the forgave me) for being so unworthy, so wholly undeserving of the perfect baby entrusted to me. I left feeling alive and new, and I know Zumthor had something to do with it.

House on a Dune / Oppenheim Architecture + Design

© Karen Fuchs

Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Location: The Bahamas
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2015
Photographs: Karen Fuchs

Courtesy of Building Trust
Courtesy of Building Trust

Building Trust Goes to Italy for Latest Design + Build Workshop

This August, Building Trust will host a Design + Build Workshop in Umbria, Italy, in collaboration with local artisan collective Terraepaglia. Combining innovative building design with natural construction methods, the workshop will focus on the creation of functional spaces through sustainable means and materials. Over the course of 12 days, participants will work closely with Building Trust and Terraepaglia to learn hands-on construction methods including adobe brick making, straw bale and rammed earth construction, natural plastering, and wood flooring. Learn more about the project and how to get involved here. Our previous coverage of Building Trust’s workshops can be found here.

LYCS to Break Ground on Zhejiang Printing Group Headquarters in China

Aerial view. Image Courtesy of

LYCS Architecture has won a competition to design urban headquarters for the Zhejiang Printing Group. Dubbed “The Corner of Hangzhou,” their proposal is informed by the surrounding cultural context, and the distinctive highrise creates both a habitable thoroughfare and a landmark for the city.

Escher Terraces High-Rise Apartments / E2A

Courtesy of E2A

Architects: E2A
Location: , Switzerland
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of E2A, Jan Bitter, Georg Aerni

Call For Entries: RIBA President’s Awards For Research

Stephen Gage: Winner – 2014 President’s Award for the Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis. Image Courtesy of

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced a call for entries for the 2015 President’s Awards for Research. For the first time this year will see the introduction of the President’s Research Medal, which will be awarded to the best work judged from across all four categories of research. RIBA President, , has said that “this award will help to give recognition to the ever increasing importance of research to architecture and our industry.”

Valletta City Gate / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

© Michel Denancé

Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Location: , Malta
Partners In Charge: A.Belvedere, B. Plattner
Year: 2015
Photographs: Michel Denancé

Housing and Shops Complex / Ameller, Dubois & Associés

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: Ameller, Dubois & Associés
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Philippe , Jacques Dubois, Philippe de Fouchier, Jean-François Brecq, Catherine Laroche, Stéphane Martin
Area: 7400.0 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

© Studio Bauhaus

Architects: HIBINOSEKKEI, Youji no Shiro
Location: Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Area: 1107.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Studio Bauhaus

House in Kamisawa / Tato Architects

© Shinkenchiku Sha

Architects: Tato Architects
Location: Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Yo Shimada
Design Team: Yo Shimada, Keita Kurokoshi
Area: 87.0 sqm
Photographs: Shinkenchiku Sha